Friday, May 24, 2019

Pray for love

The key to reaching those who are perishing in their sins is love.  It casts out all fear.  If you are afraid to share your faith, don't pray for less fear.  Pray for more love.

"Faith is For Weak People," page 22

Need to get rid of mice in your church?

Three pastors were having lunch together at a diner.

The first pastor said, "Ya know, since summer started I've been having trouble with mice in my church. I've tried everything -noise, spray, cats - nothing seems to scare them away.

The second pastor then said "Yea, me too. I've got hundreds living in the basement of the church. I've set traps and even called an expert to get rid of them, yet they still won't go away."

With a grin on his face, the third pastor said, "I had the same problem so I baptized all mine and made them members of the church... Haven't seen one back since!!!"

Thursday, May 23, 2019

What does it mean to be "called?" is how we receive Christ Jesus.  God does this by "calling me."  To be called is to hear a voice, to be personally addressed by words.  The Holy Spirit's voice is, by virtue of His divinity, God's Word.  Specifically, the call to faith comes from the Gospel, a term that means "good news."

From "Authentic Christianity,"page 92

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The disaster that is sure to follow

When we create a god in our own image, we predictably shape him to conform to our sins.  This is why you will hear someone say they believe in God and almost in the same breath say that it is a woman's right to chose the death of her unborn child.  That god doesn't mind murder.

Ray Comfort, "Faith Is For Weak People," page 153

There I Go Again

Good morning! I was looking through Tim Challies blog today and found this bit of poetry.  I felt like I could have written it.  Poor choice of words...poor steward of time and wages...poor keeping of the Great Commandment - yep, that's me.
Instead, this poetry comes from Matha Leanne Todd.  She describes herself as "a Christian, wife & mom, a CNA in health care & a writer/poet.  Check this out and see if any of it resonates with you.
There I go again:
quick to stumble, break, and fall.
Another choice of word
that’s slipped and heard
so full of swearing gall.
And there I go again:
poor steward of time and wages;
so wasted, spent;
dare I repent
before the Rock of Ages?
Now there I go again:
harboring rage against my neighbor,
whom I’m to love
if I’m made of
the Spirit for Whom I labor.
God of Heaven,
tell me this—
do I betray you with a kiss…
from unclean lips,
so coarse—profane?
I am not fit
to call Your name!
Much less to have
Your mercy, new,
that falls on me
with mourning due…
so crisp and clean,
‘fore men confessed,
all my sins
as grace refreshed
and Godly sorrow swallows pride
holy, satisfied,
not by a pious claim of mine
for none are they to find.
Though of no merit,
I will inherit
a Kingdom, most divine!
Because God’s rage against me
has been meted out;
and not on me
but on a tree
where Christ defeated doubt!
And so to Him I reach for,
despite my deep chagrin…
His hem, I touch,
absolving much!
It’s there, I go again.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A gimme

Do you know what a "gimme" is? In golf, if a player putts to within a foot or two of the hole, or attempts a putt that falls just short of the cup, the other players may give him the next shot without having to putt out.  It's like a gift.  It"s the other players acknowledging that the next putt would be made anyway.  It's a gimme!

I was reading through John, chapter 3 recently and found a gimme.  It's stated in the most famous verses in all of Scripture.  It speaks of the greatness of God's love for sinful people.  It tells how God made the greatest sacrifice of all - giving His only Son to save us from eternal death to grant eternal life.  If you haven't figured it out yet, we're speaking of John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Martin Luther wrote, "It was not an angel, a principality, or any of the world's mighty who became incarnate and died for us - not, both the angelic and the human nature would have been too weak - but it was the divine nature that assumed humanity.  It was Christ who adopted our flesh and blood that we might be saved through Him."

This is news not to be taken for granted.  Instead, rejoice! God loves you. He gave His Son to be your Savior.  Through faith in Jesus you have eternal life.  Rejoice!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Today's words from the Modern Dictionary

I don't remember how this came about but, on Twitter, I'm following something called "Modern Dictionary."  Their definations are often hilarious and spot on.  Today, I want to share with you their definitions for Dad and Mom.

Dad - (n.)  Someone who always tells you to go ask your mother.

Mom - (n.)  The only person who knows where all your stuff is.

Sounds about right to me.