Sunday, November 30, 2008
"There is only one philosophy, one religion, that fills this need in all the world's thought, whether the East, the West, the ancient, the modern, the new, the old. Only one fills the philosophical need of existence, of being, and it is the Judaeo-Christian God- not just an abstract concept, but rather that this God is really there. He really exists. There is no other answer." -Francis Schaffer, pg. 13
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Part 2- I'm thankful that God loves me.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Rev 5:13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
An Australian company recently entered the overcrowded bottled water market knowing that it would be hard to stand out, so they chose the honesty route- it's just bottled water and here's another one.
I love their approach and the product. In the battle for the "water dollar" they would get mine. I just thought their approach was funny and well done....I know I would buy it!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
35 years ago today I met a beautiful young lady who really caught my attention. She had just trusted Christ as her savior, and soon we were talking often about faith, the bible and everything else. We have been holding hands, walking together and talking about the Lord ever since. God is good and I am blessed!
Monday, November 17, 2008
Yesterday we had to make a difficult announcement in church- we had to let two of our great staff members go because of the tough economic days we are in right now. It doesn't make it any easier that other churches have had to do the same thing, but it is a reality that people are giving less to the church and that has affected what we must do....it has affected these two families.
I know that God will provide for each of us, and he does, but choices like these are really hard to make because they affect the lives of people you work with. This same thing is happening in our business culture as well. The economy is in a downturn and things are tough. People are scared. Times like this are great for Christians because we are forced to stop trusting ourselves and really trust God.
Trusting God....what an interesting thing in a person's life. It doesn't happen for most of us until we are forced into it by our situations, and then we will get on our knees and ask for help. It's the very place we should be all the time, but in our culture we are so self reliant it takes a time like this to make us God dependent. I wish we were more dependent on him than we are, but our society has created a culture that is so self reliant they rarely ever pray because they can take care of things themselves, thank you very much. And yet, that asking for our daily bread is the very kind of dependent life God wants us to live. How many have done that in recent years? How many have asked, "Lord, would you provide what we need for food today?" Instead, in most homes in America the cry goes out, "Mom, what's for dinner?" We are indeed blessed, or are we? We have so much we don't need to ask for God's provision. We have missed the opportunity to see God work in our daily supply. Bart Simpson's prayer for dinner is the prayer of our day, "Lord, thanks for nuthin'. We bought all this stuff ourselves."
But now, in this time, there is a sense again of our need for him. So, in the midst of difficult days I'm excited to see what God will do in our lives. It will be great to once again see faith and dependence on God for all we need become part of our lives. I love a short passage in Proverbs, it speaks to this very thing. Let me close these thoughts with those two verses:
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
"Let me state the cause of my burden. It is this: Jesus Christ has today almost no authority at all among the groups that call themselves by His name....It is a basic doctrine of the New Testament that after His resurrection the Man Jesus was declared by God to be both Lord and Christ, and that He was invested by the Father with absolute Lordship over the church which is His Body. All authority is His in heaven and in earth. In His own proper time He will exert it to the full, but during this period in history He allows this authority to be challenged or ignored. And just now it is being challenged by the world and ignored by the church." -A.W. Tozer
I was personally challenged as I read this article. It challenged me because it made me think about my own life- am I ignoring Christ's authority and rule in my life? It's obvious that the world is challenging the authority of Christ....that is all around us, but when he then said the church ignores that same authority it stopped me....made me think....am I doing that? Have I bowed to his lordship in my life? Do I really believe he's "in charge" of everything? Do I act like it in the world or do I live in fear and panic at what I think is looming in front of us as a country and race? What authority does Christ have in my life? What authority have I given to the king of the universe? What a strange thought....what authority have I given to him....the whole idea is so contrary to the rule of kings, but for now that is how he has allowed it to happen...my surrender to the king is a choice I must make. Someday everyone will bow, but what a shame that the king does not seem to be king in the lives of the very ones he died for.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Ads proclaiming, "Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake," will appear on Washington, D.C., buses starting next week and running through December. The American Humanist Association unveiled the provocative $40,000 holiday ad campaign Tuesday.
In lifting lyrics from "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," the Washington-based group is wading into what has become a perennial debate over commercialism, religion in the public square and the meaning of Christmas.
"We are trying to reach our audience, and sometimes in order to reach an audience, everybody has to hear you," said Fred Edwords, spokesman for the humanist group. "Our reason for doing it during the holidays is there are an awful lot of agnostics, atheists and other types of non-theists who feel a little alone during the holidays because of its association with traditional religion."
To that end, the ads and posters will include a link to a Web site that will seek to connect and organize like-minded thinkers in the D.C. area, Edwords said.
Edwords said the purpose isn't to argue that God doesn't exist or change minds about a deity, although "we are trying to plant a seed of rational thought and critical thinking and questioning in people's minds."
The group defines humanism as "a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity."......
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
So, today, if you have an opportunity, thank those you know what have served our country. This is a wonderful day to celebrate their service to each one of us.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Pro 20:24 Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?
"Man's steps are ordained by the LORD, How then can man understand his way?" Do you realize how exciting this is? God is involved and interested in my life! He's an active part of how my life works out. He's designed a life for me that will glorify him and make me fulfilled. He's involved in my life for the very best results! When you really understand this a hundred other questions will arise, but don't worry about those right now. Now is a great time, especially if you find yourself at what you think is a detour in your plans, to thank the Lord for having a route marked out for you. It's so much easier when the navigator really does know where we are going.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
One night I had a wondrous dream,
"My child," He said in somber tones,
Saturday, November 08, 2008
The promise is this, "To him who overcomes I will....." There is the promise of reward for endurance. To simply be faithful and do what you know to do will be rewarded. Sometimes the simple, basic things of the Christian life seem boring, but they are the little things that produce a life that overcomes....a life of endurance that will be rewarded.
Last night Joye and I attended a conference for those wanting to finish well. The theme is basically this- How do I use my retirement years for the glory of God? What is the best way to finish this life? Today we will go back for part two, but the speaker last night was the founder of Operation Mobilisation. He's a dynamic man, now 69, who is zealous to use every breath and moment for the glory of God. Guys like this are very motivating to listen to, but core to a good finish is a life of little faithfulnesses.....a life of endurance.
It doesn't seem like a big thing to get up early and spend time in the word of God, but for me, over 45 years it has permeated my whole being and now is woven into every pore of who I am. Each of those short times in the word seemed like small things by themselves, but added together over a lifetime they produced much more than I ever imagined. It's the same with prayer....a few minutes a day and over a lifetime of faithfulness there is an endurance that has developed in a person's life that will be rewarded with the overcomer's prize.
Don't take the little things of your walk with God lightly. It's the little things, done every day, that will bring you to the day when Jesus will say, "Well done, good and FAITHFUL son."
Friday, November 07, 2008
Pilot blinded in mid-air guided to safety by RAF jet
A man who had a stroke and went blind while flying a plane was guided safely to the ground by an RAF jet scrambled to come to his rescue.
Last Updated: 9:22AM GMT 07 Nov 2008, The Telegraph
The 65-year-old, who had taken off from Prestwick airport and was on his way to Colchester in Essex, radioed for help and the RAF responded, sending a jet to his aid.
The military aircraft flew alongside Mr O'Neill and guided him down to land at RAF Linton-on-Ouse in north Yorkshire.
He was taken to hospital where doctors discovered that the stroke had caused blood the back of his head to put pressure on the optic nerve, blinding him.
Mr O'Neill, who is still receiving medical attention, said: "I should not be alive. I owe my life to the RAF, it was terrifying.
"Suddenly I couldn't see the dials in front of me. All there was in front of me was a blur. I was helpless at the controls."
Group Captain Mark Hopkins, station commander at Linton-on-Ouse, said: "Shepherding aircraft in this way is something we do from time to time, but this is a very strange case.
"I'm proud we could get him on the ground safely."
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
One of my favorite books in the bible is the book of Daniel. It's written by an amazing Jewish man who was taken into captivity as a youth and lived the rest of his life in a foreign country under an often hostile government. In this book he encounters one of the most wicked leaders of history and through his influence in the king's life and prayers for the king you see a king who changes completely. In the midst of a government opposed to his faith he prayed and saw God work in this ruler's life and in this foreign country.
Whatever your views of our next president I encourage you to pray for him. He needs our prayers.
This is an exciting time to be a Christ follower and to trust God to work in our country and world. Soon the Lord will return to rule and reign on planet earth, but for now our task is to continue to serve him, pray for our leaders, and to share the good news of the gospel with a world that desperately needs to hear about God's love and message of salvation.
Mr. Obama, I will be praying for you.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
Isa 2:22 Quit scraping and fawning over mere humans, so full of themselves, so full of hot air! Can't you see there's nothing to them?
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Unfortunately, the e-mail response said in Welsh: "I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated".
How often does this happen in our relationship with other people? We think we understand, but what comes out is completely different from what was said. I wonder if this happens with our relationship with God too?