Can’t Wait?

 

Spotted in the Yellow Pages: Quik Credit Auto Sales; Speedy Bail Bonds; Snappy Photo Lab. Nobody, including me, enjoys waiting.

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When waiting is a good thing

Are there times when waiting is to our advantage? Esau threw away his birthright for a single meal (Genesis 27; Hebrews 12:15-17).

Richard Shelley Taylor wrote in The Disciplined Life, “. . . if our typical modern character has any weakness more outstanding than another, it is this inability to wait. ‘I want what I want when I want it’ is the prevailing approach to life.”

Sex before marriage (just can’t wait!) is but one example.

Two lifestyles contrasted

Moses, however, believed delayed gratification well worth it (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Esau had to have it NOW. Moses willing to wait. And we?

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Jesus’ Mission Statement

Saving Lives

A pickup in a hospital parking lot had this message on its door: “To Serve and to Save.” It was a fire/rescue vehicle.

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Didn’t Jesus say something like that? “. . . the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:28).

The angel who announced that Jesus would be born predicted that “He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Saving Souls

First responders bravely risk their lives to save from physical death. Jesus does far more.

He is the Servant who saves, the Savior who serves.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Taking Sides

Two of Dorothy’s sons coached football. Occasionally, their teams faced each other. “It was an odd feeling,” Dorothy said, “I didn’t know which side to sit on or who to root for.”

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The Contest

Spiritually, which side are we on? The Bible is clear: there are just two sides, and they are polar opposites (Acts 26:18). We must choose (Joshua 24:15; 1 Kings 18:21; Matthew 12:30).

The Consequences

Those on the wrong side are the ultimate losers (Matthew 6:24; 7:13-14, 21-27; John 8:24; 14:6; James 4:4). Those with Jesus are the ultimate victors (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

Considering the outcome, can we afford to get this wrong?

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“So Many Churches”

The Christian faith

“There are so many churches,” the 7th-grade boy observed after reading through a list of religious bodies affiliated with the Christian faith. “What do you think about that?” his dad asked.

“People just all believe some of the same things, but all the different churches believe something different. If they would just go by what the Bible says, then there’d just be one church.”

“How did you come to that conclusion?” Dad wanted to know.

“There was one church when Jesus started it.”

The Bible supports

Smart kid!  And the Bible supports it (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22-23; 4:4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Philippians 1:27; 2:2; etc.).

Back to the Blueprint!

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Reminders

Occasionally, a dead bird on the ground calls to mind what Jesus said about how God sees when a sparrow falls, yet He values us far more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:29-31).

Isn’t it fascinating that God uses something small like a dead bird to remind us of His great love?

God uses big things too. Not long ago a faint but beautiful rainbow arched across the eastern sky–reminding us of God’s promise never again to destroy the world by flood (Genesis 9:11-17).

God uses reminders to bring His truths to the surface, renewing our faith. How we need these—and often!

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The Creator of the Inventor

Where computers come from

The capabilities of computers are astounding, and they keep getting smarter! And yet, no computer comes anywhere close to the complexity of the human mind.

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It was the mind, after all, that developed the computer. If we are impressed with computers, how much more with the mind behind them.

The MIND behind the mind

If the mind impresses us, how much, MUCH more awestruck we should be in the presence of the One who made us all

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Conversion Soul-Deep

Worn soles

When the man behind the counter saw the badly worn shoes I had brought in for repair, he told me they were too far gone to fix.

I then took them down the same street to another shop. The man there didn’t say anything about how bad they looked. He just fixed them.

Worn souls

Have you ever known someone so deeply mired in self-destructive behavior that you thought, “He’s a goner”?

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Maybe he is, and maybe he isn’t. If someone is truly willing to cooperate with God, who can say what God can do? (Luke 15:1-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

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