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August 22, 2017, 8:53 PM

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God!

 

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”  Psalm19:1

Eclipse 2017 was hyped up as a big deal.  It did not disappoint!

Did you see that?  Was it not awesome?  Was it not a spectacular display of indescribable glory?  Pictures of the event could not do it justice.  Explanations of what had taken place fell miserably short of the actual event.  God’s handiwork was on display and it was breath taking.

But…for a few moments, I thought it was going to be ruined.  

What was forecast as going to be a generally clear sky for optimal viewing in Anderson, SC, was quickly becoming mostly cloudy.  Large ominous clouds were cluttering the viewing area, and I thought surely our view of this once in a lifetime event would be obscured at the very least.  

I even remember praying, “Lord if be pleasing to you, let these clouds clear out.”  Yet, they didn’t.  But, sometimes we have to stop and remember that we are not God and that He is and He knows what is best.  His ways are far above our ways.    

Those same clouds of which I was worried, the very objects I greatly feared would become a problem and hinder but became the canvas on which God painted a 360 degree sunset at 2:37 pm, when the eclipse reached totality.  Sunsets are always better when you have a lot of clouds to reflect the colors of the sunset.  

It reminded me that all though there are many things that occur in my life, and many things I ask God to remove from my path because I don’t see the use in them;  God does.  He can make all things work together for good.  He can use all the things that I don’t like or think I need for His will for my life.  

In this case He used them to make a wonderful event, that much more spectacular!  

The Heavens declared the glory of God.  Our lives our designed to declare the glory of God.  Maybe, the storm clouds of trouble and disappointment that invade our lives are there so that God can use them to allow greater glory from a life lived for him to be seen as that much more spectacular.

 

The Heavens declare the glory of God.  Live your life in chorus with the heavens declaring His majesty and when the storm clouds come, just wait and see how God uses them on which to splash His brilliance in your life.




August 21, 2017, 11:33 AM

What If It Never Happens

What if it never happens?

What if the solar eclipse never happens?

Why are we so certain it is going to happen?  Because people all over have said so?

Haven’t we waited a really long time for this to happen?  Why has it not happened before now?

Yes I know that “scientific experts” are all predicting this to happen, but what if they are wrong?  How do we know they are right?  What if it is all a big sham?  A flim-flam?

What if it suddenly gets cloudy or we are inside, and we don’t see it…does that mean it didn’t happen?  

 

Now, don’t get me wrong,  I think the eclipse is going to happen exactly when they say it is.  But I am basing my thinking on faith in the people who “know” what is going to happen and when.  I don’t know them, I am just believing that, that many people can’t be wrong.  

 

Why is it that we put so much blind faith into what a scientific expert says, when there is not a scientist on this planet that has not been wrong at one time or another, but we struggle to believe someone who has never made a mistake or been wrong, not one time?

 

I will tell you this much.  I am more certain that Jesus is coming back one day than I am that there will be an eclipse this afternoon.  (And I am certain there will be an eclipse this afternoon.)

 

God has said that Jesus is coming back one day.  He also says that no man knows the day nor the hour when Jesus will return.  

The Bible has said so over and over.  Many living in the days following Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension believed it.  The Old Testament prophets wrote about it.  Experts who can validate the authenticity of scripture manuscripts have done so.  We have more validating manuscript evidence than any other historical writing in the history of mankind. 

 

God has never been wrong.  Scripture has proven to be historically and scientifically acurate.

Yet there are far fewer people who believe that God is real and Jesus will return than there are that believe an eclipse will take place today. 

 

Yes I know it has been along time that mankind has been waiting for Christ’s return.  Yes I realize there are some self professing experts that have erroneously predicted a date, and been wrong.  But Jesus is coming!

 

I have been asked many times leading up to today, are you ready for the eclipse?  Are you ready excited for the eclipse?  What are you going to do during the eclipse?

 

Here is my question:  What if Jesus comes before the eclipse?  He could come at any time.  There is nothing preventing him from coming now.  What if he comes during the eclipse?  If he doesn’t come before or during, he most certainly will come some time after.  It is a fact.  He is coming!

 

Here is my final questions:  Are you ready for His coming?  What will you do when He comes?  Are you excited for His coming?  

 

You prepare for the eclipse protecting your eyes.  You prepare for His coming by giving him your heart and repenting from sin.  

 

Turning to God for salvation is the only way you can be ready for His coming.  Living for Him after I have been saved is what we must do while waiting for His coming.  

 

My soul is saved…I am trying my best by His grace and power to live for Him.  Now, where are my glasses…I want to experience this eclipse.

Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.   Revelation 16:15




June 6, 2017, 12:00 PM

A Personal Complaint


Constant griping and complaining is never Biblical, spiritual, or Wise.  In fact it is the opposite of what a believer and follower of Christ should be doing.  

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. - Philippians 4:4

More and more in todays world it is seen or heard: Complaining.  

We complain about the weather, we complain about our jobs, we complain about the news, and we complain about politics.  We complain about our family, our friends, and our neighbors.  We complain about what eat, where we eat it at, and those that serve us what we are eating.  We complain in person, in private, and on every form of social media that we can get our hands on.  Sometimes it seems there are some people who don’t seem to have time for anything else but complaining.  

The problem is that constant complaining is a poison that infects, and damages the complainer and anyone else who takes the time to listen to it.  

Think about it:  A person who constantly complains almost always has a negative outlook on life.  Nothing is ever right, good, or at least, good enough.  Someone is always doing you wrong, doing you dirty, or out to get you.  

God does not intend for you to live that way.  God does not want you to view life that way.  The Bible says “Rejoice always!”  Nearly 200 times there is an admonition to rejoice in scripture!  Obviously God knew the importance of rejoicing while living this journey called life.  God knew that there would be times we would be tempted to grumble and complain.  But, He also knows that if you “count your blessings and name them one by one” it would lead to rejoicing to the point where you have no time nor see the need to complain.  

Paul tells us here in Philippians to Rejoice always.  The admonition is to let your life be marked and filled with rejoicing.  Now, before you say, “Paul doesn’t know what I am going through” you should know that Paul was giving this admonition while he was in prison.  

Paul had been beaten, shipwrecked, stoned, mocked, and imprisoned.  He would later give his life as a martyr for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Yet, he encourages us to rejoice always.

Paul knew what we must remember:  We can always rejoice, no matter our circumstances, because of the Love of God, because of Christ’s sacrifice and redemptive work, and because God will never leave us.  When we weigh our slights, and difficulties in the light of His love, it will always lead us to rejoice.  

Rejoicing despite your troubles leads to joy.  Joy changes your perspective on life and leads to happiness.  Happiness and joy are infectious and will impact others for the good instead of impacting them for the bad.  

People want to be around a joyful, happy, positive people.  People want to talk to you when you are pleasant and fun to be around.  People will listen to you and why you are so joyful.  That is when you can make a difference and share why you are rejoicing...so that they can rejoice as well. 

Realize the love of Christ, and rejoice today! 




June 2, 2017, 9:45 AM

Tell the True Story!


O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old: 

You with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted; you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;  

For not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them, but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them. - Psalm 44:1-3

It seems that there is something lacking in today’s culture.  I suppose there are many things lacking but this morning as I read these verses I realized that there is a lacking of the art of story telling.  I don’t mean making up of stories and spinning fabrications, but rather there has been a loss of the passing down from one generation to the next of how things used to be.  

My grandmother may be the best story teller I have ever met.  She could entertain me for hours as a child (still could as an adult) as she told of how things were when she grew up.  The way she could paint a picture of her time as a child, and even her adult life were fascinating to me.  That ability seems to share the truth of history seems to be missing today. 

But aside from loss of entertainment value of hearing a good story of days past, is the loss of learning the truth of God’s wondrous working in peoples lives.   

The Psalmist here in this passage is writing a song of praise for the Fathers who passed on to the next generation the true stories of what God had done, how he had miraculously acted, and guided, protected, and defended Israel.  Without these facts being shared with the next generation, people may have come to the conclusion that it was man, or men who had done the miraculous.  Or they may have come to the conclusion that God was not active in their lives. Perhaps they might even have not considered God and his power at all!

Oh fellow Christian, how we must never forget to share with others, especially the younger generation, what God has done through the ages.  Our children and grandchildren must be told of God’s wonderful love, power, and grace!  They must learn that it is God that has the power to save, change lives, mend wounds and diseases, and defend against all trouble.  

We must tell them of the past and shed light on the truth of the past and the present.  That it is an almighty God to whom we can look to, call on, and trust.  Because he not only did the redemptive work of the cross, but is alive and working in lives today!

Won’t you tell the true story to someone today?  If not who will tell?




May 31, 2017, 12:13 PM

Prayers for Your Children


Then said I, Ah, LORD God! Behold, I cannot speak: for. I am a child. But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that i shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. - Jeremiah 1:6-7 

Jeremiah was young when God called him as a prophet. 

Daniel, was just a teenager. 

Samuel was a young boy. 

David was still in his youth. 

Mary was probably around 14 or 15 years old. 

God can do amazing things with and through teens. He can do far more than just keep them out of trouble. So pray big for the youth that will lead our tomorrow. 

 Yet when we have a child who wanders from God's love and path, as well as away from family and their upbringing, we tend to begin to pray generalizations for them. We tend to ask God to simply minimize the fallout. That He will help them avoid further trouble, get over their addictions, or stop wrecking their lives. all of these pleas are noble requests, but God wants to do more than just rescue people in need. He wants to do great things in them and through them.

Jonah ran from God, but was used to save a nation. 

David committed adultery, but was called a man after God's own heart. 

 Samson sacrificed so much privilege and ability and ended up in prison as a slave, but in the end he did more in his death than he had in his entire life. 

We must realize that God can do the impossible. We must remember that the Prodigal Son did come home. We must realize that some of the deepest, most committed Christians in your church likely had a period of wasted years in rebellion. Yet, God's love got through to them. 

 No matter who it is in your life that has strayed from God's path, don't give up on them --- God hasn't. 

 Are you struggling with the reality of a child or loved one who has strayed from God? Pray Big! Pray that God overwhelms them with the powerful revelation of His love and grace. Pray that when they turn, God will use them for His glory to touch the lives of countless people with a message of redemption, forgiveness, and a God who specializes in fresh starts. Pray large and audacious prayers, knowing that we serve a large and audacious God! 

No matter how far someone wanders, the hope remains of God working a profound and deep change in them. 

 Keep praying for that.


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