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Archive for August, 2017

As they led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26)

by on Aug.16, 2017, under Messages

Simon was made to take up the cross of Jesus.  We choose to carry it … and to die on it with Jesus.  Live as a crucified believer today.

As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. (I Samuel 12:23)

by on Aug.15, 2017, under Messages

What do you do when God’s people sin against him?  Pray for them.  Teach them.  If you refuse, then you too are in sin.

…he endured their conduct for about forty years in the desert, … (Acts 13:18)

by on Aug.14, 2017, under Messages

Sometimes God has to endure our conduct.  He does that in hopes that we will learn and change.  Be thankful for God’s endurance in your life.

“By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you authority to do this?” (Mark 11:28)

by on Aug.12, 2017, under Messages

It was a question designed to trap Jesus.  People still use the authority question to try and discredit Christians.  We must do everything under the authority of God.  Just like Jesus did.

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. (Psalm 94:19)

by on Aug.11, 2017, under Messages

We all live in an anxious world.  There is stress and worry all around.  Remember those times when God was there and answered your prayers.  He will take care of you.  So do not worry.

“No one, sir.” she said. “Then neither do I comdemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (John 8:11)

by on Aug.09, 2017, under Messages

Jesus offers grace and forgiveness when we have sinned.  But he expects us to do better.  We are not forgiven so we can sin more, but we are forgiven so we can be more like Jesus.

Meanwhile, the Midianites sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captainof the guard. (Genesis 37:36)

by on Aug.08, 2017, under Messages

Of course we know the end of the story of Joseph.  But at this point in his life, it must have seemed as if it was as bad as it could be.  But God knew what was coming.  He does in our lives also.  Trust Him.

My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. (Proverbs 6:20)

by on Aug.07, 2017, under Messages

If you were blessed to grow up under Christian parents, then remember what they taught you.  Live the way you were raised.  Then raise your children to know the Bible.

What I Learned about Jesus from a Crazy Ostrich

by on Aug.06, 2017, under Hope

It was a fun ride through a wildlife park with our grandkids.  The grandkids were especially enjoying getting to feed the animals.  They would come right up to the car and even eat cubes out of their hands.  Everything was wonderful, until the ostrich showed up.  There were several of them and knowing a little of how aggressive they could be… we were careful to drop the feed pellets out the window instead of holding the food in our palms.

But there was one ostrich that was very aggressive and stuck his head right inside the driver’s window.  And that is where I was.  My grandson was in the passenger seat and being a quick thinker, he decided to throw pellets at the ostrich.  He assumed it would be so interested in catching the pellets that it would move its head back to catch them.  So he threw a pellet.  Good arm, good accuracy, and no cooperation from the ostrich.  The food bounced right of its beak and back into the car.  On me.  Which led the ostrich to try and retrieve it. 

Let’s just say it is funnier now than it was then.

But I did learn a few things about following Jesus.

Good plans well executed do not always turn out like you planned.  Life is unpredictable.  You may think you have your whole life laid out before you, but it only takes a year or two of real life to figure out you were wrong.  Economic downturns, illness, and evil are all things that may change things in a way that alters your plans.  Which reminds us we are not in control.  And ostriches end up chasing food inside your car instead of outside.  Maybe it makes sense to follow someone greater than us.

People are who they are.  They do not always act like we want them to, or like we expect them to act.  People do bad things – sometimes to others.  Sometimes even to you.  And sometimes you do bad things and make poor choices.  An ostrich is an ostrich and behaves like one.  People are people, and they act like it.  Only Jesus offers a chance to really change things in your life. 

This world is not our reality.  The whole idea of a wildlife park is not real.  That park has fences, animals are separated, and the whole thing is fenced in.  We rode through the park with dozens of other cars, feeding “wild” animals out our window.  It was not real.  This world is not our reality either.  It seems as if there are bad things everywhere.  Bad enough things happening to you that it seems as if there is no hope, joy, or peace to be found anywhere.  Not true.  Joy, peace, and hope can be found in Jesus.  

I was reminded by a crazy ostrich that I am never really in charge, that people are messy, and that this world is not what it seems.  I need to remember that.  Maybe you do too.


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