I Wonder….?

Several times during the last few weeks I have heard people make the statement, “The Lord is coming back soon!” The emphasis was always on the “soon”.

It makes me wonder, What are we doing about it? I mean, shouldn’t we be winessing even more? Shouldn’t witnessing to the lost be as normal as going to church, praying, reading our Bible, and paying our tithes?

Everything we believe in and like carries with it some kind of a witness.

Someone who likes Ford pickup trucks will brag about the features of that vehicle.

If one is a Walmart shopper you will often hear them say what a great deal they got.

That’s just part of our daily life.

Shouldn’t it be the same with our faith in Jesus Christ? Sure!

 

In the light of His soon return I am going to be more faithful in my witness.

 

I am going to make witnessing a regular part of my Christian faith.

I am going to let it become a part of my normal lifestyle.

Whenever a conversation opens the door for me to share Christ I am going to witness without apology.

 

Hey, I just did that………….

 

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Is This All There Is?

I did not stop living my life in the light of the resurrection after Easter had passed.

I try to challenge my thinking, my theology, and my lifestyle every day. And, in doing that, I am forced to ask myself tough questions in my desire to be introspective and ultimately better at what I have been called to do.

I asked myself these questions……Today!

“Do I live as though this is all there is?”

“What are the most important things to me?”

“What are the essentials? What are the things I would not give up if a gun were put to my head? And are those the things I give priority; or do I focus my life on what is passing away?

“Do I treat my fellow Christians as though I’m going to spend eternity with them?”

“Do I feel an urgency to call others to Christ, because I know that there is a resurrection, and that if they reject Christ they will spend eternity in torment?”

“What does my religion consist of? Relationship with the risen Christ; or in structures and programs and rituals and rules…as though this is all there is?”

In the Bonds of Calvary,

“What If ?”

“What If”

 

What If… This is the time of New Beginnings for me? New beginnings for me, my loved ones, my family and neighbors?

 

What If  I make Jesus Christ my Lord? LORD OF ALL!

 

What If, This is the day that I really dedicate my life to Jesus?

 

      What If, I stop looking back and start looking up to Jesus?

 

What If my Prayers Are Answered?

What If my children get right with God?

What If I get my bills paid, because I decide to obey God’s financial plan?

What If God restores my health?

 

What If this is the time for a deeper commitment to the Kingdom of God?

 

What If I begin to read and study my Bible regularly?

What If I begin to pray regularly?

What If I begin to fast regularly?

What If God pours you out a Blessing I cannot contain?

 

What If, This is the TIME of the greatest Evangelism?

 

I’m just thinking, and planning, and watching………

 

In the Bonds of Calvary,

“Truth Detectors”

You know … lying is such a common, accepted part of our culture.

I read some statistics recently. A USA Today poll showed that only 56% of American parents teach honesty to their children! Not long ago a noted physician appeared on a network news-and-talk show and proclaimed, “Lying is an important part of social life, and children who are unable to do it are children who may have developmental problems.”
No wonder we have such a time in our justice system trying to figure out who is telling the truth and who is telling a lie. They have even had to develop machines to see who is telling the truth. These lie detectors … polygraphs … are a valuable tool in law enforcement and investigation. They’re not perfect, but they help point investigators in the direction of the truth.

Wouldn’t it be great if, in matters of faith, the Bible, and the church, if we had “truth detectors?”

Wouldn’t it be awesome as we heard something or read something if we could just plug in to a truth detector and know if the information was biblical and true?

It would save us so much trouble! It would keep God’s people from chasing theological rabbits and buying into outright lies.
Truth is a precious commodity in the church.

So, how are we supposed to tell the difference? Where are God’s “truth detectors?”

I guess that’s us.  Jesus said in John 8:32, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

Free from sin, free from false beliefs, free from false teachers, free from the lies of the world.

So, how do I become a “Truth Detector?”

I have to learn and know the truths of the Word of God.

 

And that’s what I am  trying to do…..every day!

 

In The Bonds of Calvary,

What does it mean to knock?

We ask because we understand God has unlimited resources;

We seek because we know His abiding presence will help us find;

And we knock because we’re certain He’s home, just on the other side of the door.

 

What does it mean to knock?

Knocking is a noise-making experience. It alerts someone that you want attention.

Awhile back a friend arrived at my office at 7:00 a.m. Although I was anticipating his arrival, I was unaware of his arrival because he stayed in his automobile until 7:30. I was only alerted after he came to my office door and knocked. I permitted his entrance when he made the proper noise at the door.

And what’s the proper sound we should make at Heaven’s door? Well, the apostle said: “Let your requests be made known unto God with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving and praise should accompany our asking.

 

 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Someone might say, “But I earnestly and sincerely asked, sought, and knocked without receiving my want.

What happened?

 Jesus didn’t say we would receive precisely the things for which we ask, seek, and knock. But we will absolutely receive. We receive what He, as our Heavenly Father, deems best. He always gives “good gifts to those who ask him.”

We may ask for wealth, but if that should be a serpent He won’t supply it.

We may seek the chief position of the corporate Board but should that be a rock of offense He won’t grant it.

We may knock for opportunity but should it poison our spiritual relationship He won’t supply it.

This should always leave us in a trusting attitude toward God when He denies our human requests and presents us with His wise, loving, heavenly answer.

 

 

I’m knocking now and I know that He will answer and provide what is best for me.

 

In the Bonds of Calvary,

365 Days Ago

It was one year ago today that the doctor at the Veteran’s Hospital Urgent Care unit announced that I had lung cancer. Needless to say, that news came as a real shocker to me , and then to my wife and family. I told the church on the following Sunday and it goes without saying that they were shocked as well.

The news didn’t get any better. I was told that the cancer was large and advanced and therefore chemo-therapy and radiation could not be offered. Further, the oncology doctor said that I had a year to a year and one half to live and that was a very optimistic prognosis.

But wait, I almost forgot to mention: the church started praying! I don’t mean just the church I pastor. I mean the CHURCH. God’s people from everywhere prayed, and touched God on my behalf. 

Chemo…….Radiation………And God intervened!

A year has passed. The cancer has continued to shrink. I feel great and rarely miss an opportunity to do what God has called me and allows me to do.

I am Blessed and I give God ALL  the glory!

In the Bonds of Calvary,

To my Delight…….

I  am totally amazed  an delighted by the incredible response that we had for our Easter egg hunt today. There were a number of dedicated volunteers  who came to help us hide eggs and the supervise the children while they went on the hunt. More than fifteen hundred eggs were hidden and then found when the children went on the hunt. The best estimate of how many were there seems to be about two hundred.

Lots of candy, hot dogs and hamburgers concluded the festivities of the morning.

Thank you for your help. Thank you for your donations. Thanks you for your time. You helped to brighten the lives of  many children and parents.

Now we look forward to the real celebration of His Resurrection.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I Saw God Working Today

I love it when I see God working!

Once again I have seen a miracle. The same doctor (a very good cardiologist with a great reputation) who told us a few days ago that there was damage to the wall of the heart caused by the heart attack told me today that there is no damage, no stent was needed, neither was it necessary to do an angioplasty. The pictures of the heart look the same as they did several years ago when the previous heart cath was done.

“Some kind of false enzyme reading” was the explanation I heard. Yea right! That would be it if God had not been responding to all the prayers that have gone up on Sandy’s behalf over the last few days. That would be it if God wasn’t in there working that whole thing out so I would have the opportunity to brag about Him some more. That would be it if God didn’t love Sandy so much. But that ain’t it.

Good doctor. But a Geater Physician!

Did I mention that I love it when He does miracles…..especially when I recognize them.

I see this one.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

Attack!

Strange how things seem to sneak up on you sometimes. I am moving along trying to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s keeping up with an already crazy schedule and then, just that quick, Sandy has a heart attack.

What? It’s another one of those things that I didn’t expect because those kinds of things (like cancer) happen to other people. So much for the schedule…..

Sandy had a heart attack on Thursday and had to be rushed from the doctors office to the hospital by ambulance. They diagnosed her with pneumonia and later determined that she had in fact had a heart attack that caused some undetermined amount of damage to the lining of the heart.

She is resting comfortably now as they continue to keep her stable. A heart cath is scheduled for Monday.

Please keep Sandy in your prayers.

In the Bonds of Calvary,

I’m Standing on the Rock

Jesus said that if we want to follow him we must deny ourselves, and take up our cross daily, and follow him.

If we are going to be the church that stands in the gap, then it is not going to happen in one day,

one revival, one month, or even one year.

I am going to have to get up every day, put on my armor, take up my cross and stand.

My children may try my patience day after day, but that’s all right because I’m going to be standing.

The homosexual agenda will be pushed and promoted day by day, but Iwill still be standing.

Racist policies will try my faith, but I will be standing.

Unemployment may continue to rise, but I will be standing.

Temptation will come, but I will be standing.

I will be standing on the Rock.

I will be standing on the firm foundation of faith founded on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

And when the storms have come and gone I’ll still be standing.

When the kingdoms have risen and fallen, I’ll still be standing.

When nations have come and gone, I’ll still be standing.

I’ll still be standing because I’ve made the preparation by putting on the powerful armor of the Lord.

I’ll still be standing, becauseI’ve got the determination to keep on keeping on.

I’ll still be standing because I am dedicated to our God, His Word and His will.

It’s time to stand.

It’s time to get up; it’s time to plant our feet on the Rock, Christ Jesus.

It’s time to shine a light that cannot be hid, it’s time to declare a truth that cannot be denied, it’s time to be the the people that God has called us to be.

 

In the Bonds of Calvary,

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