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Out of the fog

by on Feb.04, 2018, under Hope

It was a Christmas Day soccer match between Charlton and Chelsea. Soon after the match began, a thick fog rolled in, making it impossible to play. The match was cancelled, and all of the players returned to the locker rooms.

All except Sam Bartram. The goalkeeper for Charlton stayed at his post, watching vigilantly for any balls that might come his way. He was happy as could be, supposing that the lack of activity on his end of the field meant that his teammates were having their way with their opponents.

Bartram noticed that the game was unusually quiet, but he kept waiting for someone to show up to let him know how the match was going. Finally, someone did. A policeman showed up out of the fog and asked, “What are you doing here? The game was called off 15 minutes ago!”

Do you know what’s going on? Are you really informed about what life is all about? Or are you standing in the fog, hoping that the lack of catastrophes signifies that all is well?

Jesus once said:

“For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.” (John 9:39)

He also said,

“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46)

There’s one way to be certain that you are seeing everything that needs to be seen: walk in the light. Walk in the light of Jesus. Let him show you the way. You’ve stood in the fog long enough. Come let him show you the light.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7)

by on May.30, 2017, under Messages

What worries you? Give it to God. Put it in his hands.

What scares you? Give it to God. Let him handle it.

What keeps you up at night? Let go of it. Give it to God.

He will take those frightening worries and give you in exchange a very special peace, one that no one can understand but everyone wants to have.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” (Psalms 111:10)

by on May.27, 2017, under Messages

No one is truly wise who doesn’t respect God. Unless you honor him as Lord, you will go astray in the end.

“Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.” (Proverbs 25:12)

by on May.25, 2017, under Messages

Are you able to accept criticism? I don’t mean the mean-spirited personal attacks. I mean constructive criticism, where someone who cares points out an area in which you can improve?

The Bible tells us that there is great value in a timely rebuke; be open to correction from godly people.

“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth.” (Isaiah 11:3–4)

by on May.23, 2017, under Messages

We get frustrated as we watch human judicial systems that fail time and again. Innocent people go unprotected, while the guilty too often go free.

One day, all judgement will be in the hands of God. He will judge rightly, not according to faulty human testimony, but through the perception of the omniscient Creator. Justice will be done. All things will be put right.

“Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.” (Psalms 146:3)

by on May.20, 2017, under Messages

The President isn’t going to fix your problems. Neither is your mother. Nor your preacher. Nor any other human being.

Only God can fix things forever. Trust in him and him alone.

“At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the LORD.” (Zephaniah 3:20)

by on May.18, 2017, under Messages

One day, God will bring us home. Our time of trial will be over; our exile from heaven will be at an end. We will go and live with God forever.

“Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” (Romans 16:19)

by on May.16, 2017, under Messages

Some people want to know everything they can about bad things: immorality, sin, vice.

The Bible urges us to be innocent about things like that, but to be experts when it comes to good things. Learn all you can about what’s right; leave the other info alone.

“He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children.” (Psalms 113:9)

by on May.13, 2017, under Messages

Motherhood is a gift from God, a gift that not every woman gets to enjoy. If you’ve been blessed with children, take some time today to thank God for them. While you’re at it… give thanks for your mother, as well!

“After the LORD had said these things to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “I am angry with you and your two friends, because you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has.” (Job 42:7)

by on May.11, 2017, under Messages

Not everyone who claims to speak truth actually does so. Many sincere people are sincerely mistaken.

Compare what you’re told with what God’s Word says. If there’s a conflict, stick with God, not people.

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