Connected?

Power source!

A clock in our bedroom was not properly set, so I turned the hands to the correct time. A few minutes later it still wasn’t right. I said, “That clock is not keeping good time.” Sara asked, “Is it plugged in?” Why didn’t I think of that?

The problem was not the clock, nor the wall socket. The problem was no connection.

THE Power Source!!!

Jesus said to His disciples, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

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God so designed us that we cannot fulfill our purpose for existence apart from Christ. Without Him we have potential but lack power.

Are you plugged in?

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

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When Ignorance is Good

Educators sometimes joke that they’re “stamping out ignorance.”

Is ignorance always bad?

Ignorance of the future humbles us in knowing we can carry out our plans only “if the Lord wills” (James 4:14).

If we knew when Jesus was coming, the temptation to procrastinate obedience would be intense. “Therefore be on the alert,” Jesus said, “for you do not know which day your Lord is coming” (v. 42).

When God commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac (Genesis 22), God stopped him at the last moment. For it to be a real test of his faith, Abraham had to be ignorant of the outcome.

Learning to trust

When we endure trials, we don’t know how it will turn out. Our obligation is to obey—trusting God for the outcome.

In such cases, ignorance may not be bliss, but it is best.  

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

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The Counter-Culture Christ

Jesus was a misfit

“The world . . . hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil” (John 7:7).

He was slandered. He was rejected. He was executed.

Jesus was a misfit. “The world . . . hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil” (John 7:7).

He was slandered. He was rejected. He was executed.

He is still counter-culture. His teaching on greed (Luke 12:13-21) confronts the materialism of our day.

His welcoming children (Mark 10:13-16) stands in sharp contrast to the neglect and abuse of little ones—and the termination of so many pre-born.

His claim to be the only way to God (John 14:6) is politically incorrect.

We also must decide Do we want to be popular with the world or pleasing to God?

Following Him, we too will know what it means to be out of step and out of favor with the world.

But we will hear His “Well done” at the end of the road.

And isn’t that enough?

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

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Believe–What?

The difference a day makes

Imagine getting up one morning believing one thing, but before day’s end believing something dramatically different.

That’s what happened to many who heard Peter preach. What convinced them? The ample evidence he provided (Acts 2:22, 29-33).

Peter confronted them with shocking news: “God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified” (v. 36).

The difference truth makes

Truth can hurt: “. . . they were pierced to the heart . . . ‘Brethren, what shall we do?’” (v. 37).

Truth can also heal: forgiveness, if they would repent and be baptized (v. 38). Some 3,000 of them were only too glad to do so (v. 41).

What a day! What a day!

It goes to show it does matter what we believe and what we do with what we believe.

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

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Tangible Truth

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Peter never forgot what he saw that day when he, along with James and John, witnessed the glorious transformation of Jesus’ appearance. According to Peter, they were “eyewitnesses of His majesty . . .” They heard God say, “This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased” (2 Peter 1:16-18—see Matthew 17:1-8).

What they witnessed . . .

Peter, John, and Paul all testified to having seen Jesus after He rose from the dead (Acts 2:32; 3:15; 5:30-32; 10:38-41; John 20-21; Acts 22:6-15; 26:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8).

These men knew what they saw. They left a record of it. Their testimony agreed with one another, and they maintained their testimony to the end, in spite of repeated efforts to silence them (Acts 4:1-2,18-20; 5:27-32, 40-42).

We can believe

Their written testimony provides a solid foundation for our faith (John 20:30-31; 1 John 1:1-3).

How can we dismiss their testimony as legend or lies?

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

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The Perspective of Age

Growing older: pros & cons

I have been a senior three times in my life: in high school, in college, and now as one in the senior age group.

Like most who’ve been around awhile, I’m finding that growing older has its challenges. The body doesn’t cooperate like it used to (Ecclesiastes 12).

But then aging does have its advantages—in addition to the grandkids, retirement, and senior discounts, nice as those are.

Among our assets are happy memories, things we’ve learned along the way, and the satisfaction of accomplishments we could never have achieved without God’s help.

What experience teaches

We can know from personal experience that God really does keep His promises. “I have been young and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread” (Psalm 37:25).

It isn’t just a matter of aging gracefully, but of aging gratefully in the grace of God.

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

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So What’s So Bad About Porn?

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A trap set and waiting

Some 49 years ago I had a teacher  who actually recommended looking at porn to see what it was like. Bad advice!!!

Pornography is one of Satan’s deadliest traps. It is so available, so alluring, so addictive.

Pornographic graffiti has been found in ancient ruins. Internet pornography is a new spin on an old sin.

Pornography has nothing to commend it and much to condemn it. So what’s so bad about porn?

What Jesus had to say

“…everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matthew 5:28).

Jesus also said that “evil thoughts….defile the man” (Matthew 15:19-20).

Pornography’s highly addictive nature is another reason we must not even dabble with it. “. . . do not sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts” (Rom. 6:12).

If you haven’t gotten into porn, don’t. If you have, seek help NOW! Do whatever it takes to get out—while you can!

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

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