May 30, 2010
Though a fool hast more followers than a wise man tis best to be wise nonetheless. – An ancient proverb just written by St Ron the Baptist. 😉
One of the more irksome things that I have experienced in my life is people telling me how smart I am or what a great teacher/preacher I am but then they do not use the “wisdom” they asked for and I gave praising God I even had any or they never show up for Sunday School or Church. I would hate to think they were liars or flatterers but what’s up with that?
In a small way, I think I understand how God feels. We pay Him all sorts of compliments but when we need help or get into a tough situation we refuse to heed what He says and want to be Frank Sinatra’s and do it our way. Is it any wonder that Christians and the Church is in deep doo-doo?
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
May 29, 2010
It is time we get back to the Old Rugged Cross so that we might die to self and be raised unto power and newness of life!
May 26, 2010
2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? KJV
Most would agree that a Christian marrying an atheist or agnostic or a non-Christian would be a problem according to this passage because they would be unbelievers. Some would OK the non-Christian as long as the person has some sort of faith or spirituality. Others would not have an issue with a Baptist and a Catholic or a Methodist and Presbyterian since they are all Christian, just different sects.
In my experience I have seen very, very few mixed faith marriages work. If one converts to the other’s religion they are normally not happy for it is not a conversion of heart or conscience but for convenience. Even if they love the person the conflict of conscience ultimately leads to stress and strife.
Then you have the child factor. When they come along the true heart comes out for if a person is truly a person of faith and conviction they will want their children raised in the faith they believe is true and if that is different than the spouse’s the fight is on. I have seen many people stay together but they are miserable for a conversion not of heart or conviction is one that is not going to generate a lot of zeal and if the other is zealous it will only be a strain for the other to feign a modicum of zeal. Often one or both just quit attending any church because it is too stressful and neither want to go to their own church alone. This does not help instill faith of any kind in the children.
Other stress comes when the children are grown for if they accept the faith of one they often have less respect for the other parent. Often, the child chooses no faith for they feel like it doesn’t really matter since Mom and Dad compromised or if one or both parents have a creed but not real conviction. Sometimes out of rebellion they will choose a different faith.
Even marrying outside of your sect can cause the same issues. It does not have to be a complete change from Christian to Jew or Christian to Islam. Within religions there are variations, some great and some minor but this can also cause a less than satisfying relationship though the symptoms may not be exposed for years leater.
Strife between in-laws can cause a divorce even if the couple is happy with each other. If a person has to choose between family and spouse the ties are often closer to the family than the spouse and do not try and come between a mother and her children.
There is much wisdom in sticking to your own faith unless your faith is only what you inherited and it is not of the heart. Then you need to faind a faith of heart and conviction that you can truly say is yours. While there is possiblity of great happiness if you do not do so, the chances of strife and a failed relationship are statistically far greater and no one ever thinks theirs will be the one that fails.
Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? KJV
A marriage is a walk where agreement is necessary! It has to be an agreement of heart and not just the will or mind. People of different faith structures will have great difficulty. It will more often tear down a bond rather than strengthen it. Be not unequally yoked for even if you manage to get a row or so plowed that little success will be eroded by the strain and ultimately one of you and the yoke will be broken.
May 26, 2010
“When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Unfortunately, Martin Luther had some different views on Jews than Martin Luther King.
We have people today who call themselves Christians but hate Jews. How can you love a Jewish Savior and yet hate the people group He chose to be born into and offered salvation first? Indeed, you will have a lot of explaining to do when you stand before the Lord if you stand against His people. The Abrahamic Covenant has never been removed and all the promises to the Jews will be fulfilled so you better be blessin’ not cursin’ them!
May 26, 2010
Pray more. Politic Less. That is the way out of the mess.
May 22, 2010
Today I had the honor of laying a Marine to rest. He was 88 and served in WWI during three major battles including Iwo Jima. He was born in MS and passed away in Spring, TX near Houston but buried in the Pittman Cemetery, Muldoon, TX. He was married 62 years before he lost his wife last year. They say he was a very happy and energetic man.
God blessed me to be the one the local funeral director referred to the Houston director. While I hate to lose a comrade-in-arms it was good to hear that he was a Christian and that he had a full and wonderful life after see all the horrors of warfare in the Pacific.
He may not have been as well know as MacArthur and Audie Murphy, but he was a hero nonetheless and I wanted to share him with you. May his legacy and fruits of his service to his country and his God live on until Christ returns!
Stack arms, my Brother! Enjoy the glory of God and rejoice with your wife!
May 19, 2010
A man has no opportunity to choose the place or conditons of his birth. He has very limited opportunites to choose how he is raised. He has limited opportunities to change his life after high school and a few more opportunities after college or military service. He has limited opportunites to choose how long he lives or the quality of that life. In reality, as a man, he has really no control of anything and even opportunities can become liabilities or false hope.
The one thing a man can do is to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. After that, the opportunities are unlimited in how Christ can change him and let him see things he would have never seen before when he was in supposed control of his life. The opportunities given him may not look golden from a human point of view. Indeed, to a culture meandering myopically in a morass of mediocrity and materialism he may appear moronic. Yet, this life he will attain wisdom and wealth in ways this world cannot understand and the in the end gold will end up as only pavement for him. The richness of the joy and peace in his soul here and there cannot even be given a value estimate.
Were you born and raised in less than ideal circumstances? Has life not worked according to your plan? Are you terminally ill or worse wishing that you were? Is your quality of life just poor to worse? Then, my friend, opportunity is knocking for Jesus Christ can still give you life and life more abundantly more than you could ever hope for or expect.
I am not promising you wealth in the bank or even healing of your body, but the healing of your soul is more valuable and that healing comes free in Christ.
I do not care what you have done. You may be viler than vile or of the highest moral character. You do have a terminal disease called sin and Jesus is the cure. He turns no one away. Will you turn to Him now and ask Him to forgive you of sins and to take over your life as Lord and Savior? There is nothing magical about the following words. If their meaning is what you believe in your heart then use your own words or these as a pattern to receive healing for your soul and to find out what life is really about and why we are here.
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and that Your Son, Jesus
Christ, died and rose again to pay for my sins. I want Him to be my King and Saviour. Please forgive me for my sins. I want to turn from my sin and, with your help, to obey You. Save me now, for Jesus’ sake. Thank You for saving me, Amen.
If you were sincere then God will keep His side of the promise for “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” If you do not really understand than email me or if you are in the area come on by to the church and let’s have a cup of coffee and allow me the honor of showing you how to find Him and become my brother or sister.
Blessings to you as you seek His will and His Word!
May 16, 2010
You never know it is true love until it has been tested in the fires of adversity. It is easy to love in the good times but when the heat is on and the dross rises to the top then and only then do you know the value of your relationship.
May 16, 2010
Peter thought he had agape love until there was a chance he might go to jail or die. Then he realized it was only phileo. Thank Jesus that He accepts that much to be able to serve Him. Many who are shouting and dancing at church thinking they have agape love will be hitting the road when the persecution starts. Some will have phileo and God will reclaim for service others will just be tares that God is pulling out to purge His Bride. Which one are you? Lord, which one am I?