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|Posted on October 11, 2012 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. Matthew 14:29- 31a.
A farmer living on the edge of one of the many lakes of Minnesota started to cross it in a small sail boat one evening after dark. The wind suddenly changed, and a gust overturned the boat when he was in the middle of the lake. The surface of the water was covered with large masses of floating ice. The farmer was an expert swimmer, and he struck out boldly towards the shore, where he thought his house stood; but he grew confused in the darkness; the ice formed rapidly over the whole lake.
He was in a small, quickly narrowing circle, in which he beat about wildly, the chill of death creeping over his body. He gave up at last, and was sinking in the freezing water, when he heard a sound.
It was the voice of his daughter call him, “Father, father, where are you?” He listened intently. The sound of her voice would tell him which way was home. It put fresh life into him. He thought, “If she would only call once more! But she will be frightened at the dark cold. She will go back into the house and close the door.”
But just then I heard the cry, loud and clear: “Father! I turned said the farmer later, in telling the story, and struck out in the opposite direction. I had been going away from home. I fought my way the ice broke before me. I reached the shore at last. But if my dear little girl had not persisted in calling me, though hearing no reply, I should have died there alone under the ice.”
After reading this story, I thought about the millions of souls around us, like that poor man, have lost their balance, and let go to their grip on the lifeboat, and are struggling amid the cold icy waves of sin, soon to sink to the bottomless pit and be forever lost, unless someone goes as near to them as possible, and call them in the right direction. Just one word spoken in the name of Jesus may show them the right way, and be the means of their salvation.
Throw Out the Life Line
Throw out the life line across the dark wave;
There is a brother whom someone should save;
Somebody’s brother! O who then will dare
To throw out the life line, his peril to share?
Throw out the life line with hand quick and strong:
Why do you tarry, why linger so long?
See! he is sinking; oh, hasten today
And out with the life boat! away, then away!
Throw out the life line to danger fraught men,
Sinking in anguish where you’ve never been;
Winds of temptation and billows of woe
Will soon hurl them out where the dark waters flow.
Soon will the season of rescue be o’er,
Soon will they drift to eternity’s shore;
Haste, then, my brother, no time for delay,
But throw out the life line and save them today.
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is drifting away;
Throw out the life line! Throw out the life line!
Someone is sinking today.
~ Edwin S. Ufford
|Posted on October 10, 2012 at 10:45 AM||comments (0)|
About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. Acts 19:23.
There were charges made against the Gospel of Jesus Christ that accused it of being the source of confusion and disorder. You probably remember that the same accusation was made against Paul and Silas where they preached the gospel in Thessalonica and disturbance and disorder resulted. And so we read: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here.”
Well, there is one thing certain about the Gospel. It does not make waves. It does not attempt to pacify or satisfy man. The Gospel is a two edged sword of truth that cuts to the soul of man. The Gospel is not interested in how people feel about it for it is the power of God through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Wherever the Gospel arrives in power to any city, to any soul, to any circumstance, it works its disturbing function.
Even though through Paul and Silas (and others) the world was turned upside down in an effort to put it right side up, commotion and opposition was prevalent in many areas where Jesus’ followers traveled. Yes, the Gospel creates disturbance. Wherever it is preached in the power of the Holy Spirit there has and always will be disturbance about “the Way.”
You see, the Gospel is a peculiar system. It is that “Way.” It is a peculiar way of thinking and a peculiar way of behaving and a peculiar way of feeling, for it has to do with faith, hope and love. Children of God are peculiar because we are commanded by our Lord to try and reach out and compel people to turn around, to change directions, to move from immorality to morality, from hate and malice to love and peace, from idol worship to worship of the true God.
As soon as Paul and Silas began to spread the Good News of salvation, hope and comfort to sinners, it occasioned a universal commotion; “there arose a great disturbance about the Way.” Matthew tells us that Christ foretold this very thing: “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34. The evil of sin will continue to exist and the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to create disturbances.
Our Lord and Savior Christ came to give us inner tranquility with God, peace in our souls, peace with our brothers and sisters; but in the world we will always encounter disturbances about “the Way” until His coming again in glory.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
|Posted on October 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
THE CHRIST OF COMMON FOLKS.
I love the name of Christ the Lord, the Man of Galilee,
Because He came to live and toil among the likes of me.
Let others sing the praises of a mighty King of kings;
I love the Christ of common folks, the Lord of common things.
The beggars and the feeble ones, the poor and sick and blind,
The wayward and the tempted ones, were those He loved to find;
He lived with them to help them like a brother and a friend,
Or like some wandering workman finding things to mend.
I know my Lord is still my kind of folks to this good day;
I know because He never fails to hear me when I pray.
He loves the people that He finds in narrow dingy streets,
And brings a word of comfort to the weary one he meets.
My job is just a poor man's job, my home is just a shack,
But on my humble residence He has never turned His back.
Let others sing their praises almighty King of kings;
I love the Christ of common folks, the Lord of common things.
—George T. Liddell.
|Posted on October 1, 2012 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
I was just thinking how so many people believe that life after death is an absolute impossibility. Life beyond the grave - impossible. It is interesting how man's response to what we consider to be impossible is always, a sneer, a snort or mocking laughter. A man landing on the moon - impossible. Electric cars - get out of here, no way. Get news from around the world in an instant, impossible. Yet, we know that in each case the so-called impossible was achieved. But, life after death? No, no way, that really IS impossible, many adamantly claim.
Yet, our Lord, Jesus Christ said we will live after death and He also said that we are now in the wound of Mother Earth living in the comforting and nurturing environment of her time and space.
Someone shared this thought:
Twins in the wound of their mother and its about time to be born. One turns to the other and says; "you are first. There is a life of sunshine out there, a new life totally different from this one, a better life." The other twin looks at him in surprise and says; "You must be kidding. How do we know there's anything after this? No one has ever come back. Impossible!"
|Posted on September 26, 2012 at 3:40 AM||comments (0)|
I was just thinking about the many Christians who have difficulty accepting the truth that prayer is not to change God; it is to be changed by God. Perhaps that is why so many have either given up on prayer, avoid it, or abandon the God they cannot control.
Somewhere, way back in the instinctive zone of our minds is the conviction that if we will just continue to pray unceasingly, something will happen to us. All prayers have this one thing in common: a perpetural self surrender to God, our Father. All prayer gradually, but persistently brings us to the point of giving up the ego and the truth of the matter is our deepest desire is for God.
Of course, some people would rather die than admit this truth. The deepest thirst we have underlying all other needs is for God. The problem is man knows that to surrender to his deepest desire means undergoing radical change; conversion, the occupational hazard of prayer.
When will we learn that God is not converted in prayer, man is. This is why we continue to believe that prayer does something to God. We do not want to be changed and thus, many abandon prayer and God.
|Posted on September 12, 2011 at 7:15 AM||comments (0)|
It is good to know that there are people who are interested in discovering what they really need to know prior to getting married. Apple and Barnes and Noble statistics seem to confirm this because of all the books listed, this is my best seller so far. So what is this e-book about you may ask?
The important purpose of this marriage preparation e-Book is to help couples assess their personal readiness for marriage and to increase their repertoire of tools necessary to grow and maintain a healthy, loving, spiritually satisfying marriage. I provide guidance through serious issues to consider about the relationship and alert couples to those vital areas that need to be thoroughly explore “prior to tying the knot.” Planning for a wedding is a wonderful and exciting adventure. But, it is not nearly as important or essential as planning for marriage LIFE.
Marriage preparation involves commitment by both parties to spiritual and relational disciplines and interpersonal skills as well as honoring God.
I adhere to the belief that even though marriage is a “contract” that is legally binding; for believers it is more than a piece of paper. It is a sacred covenant that is spiritually and morally binding. To be married a man and a woman are pledging their love and commitment to each other before God and are joined together in a lasting bond that is intended to last all their days. This is the sacrament of marriage.
In the society in which we live, it is paramount that couples learn as much about each other as possible before tying that “until death do us part” knot. With divorce rates escalating each year, it seems, couples need every advantage to succeed in today’s marriages. Thus, this marriage preparation guide functions as a booster shot that will boost the capacity to predict and handle potential difficulties and to accentuate awareness of the inevitable challenges of a committed relationship.
This e-Book further seeks to help prepare couples to enter into a long term relationship based upon sacrificial love for one another, and to place the needs of the beloved before the needs of self. The Christian couple is encouraged to invite Jesus Christ to be not only a personal Savior, but also the third cord in the marital relationship: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12.
Pastor Saundra, Author
|Posted on September 11, 2011 at 9:15 AM||comments (2)|
I was just thinking that today, September 11, 2011, the tenth anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks to happen on American soil, many Americans and sympathizers around the world will pause to reflect, pray, share sorrows.
Well, the question is what have we Americans been doing since the terrorist devastation? My observations sadly affirm that far too many of us are still hating, still murdering, still lying, still cheating, still judging our neighbor and still shaking a righteous fist at almighty God. Truth demands we accept the fact that community and national life here in America after 9/11/2001, looks a lot like it did before before the event. Evil is just as present; Satan is still the prince of this world. We are well aware that even in these following years man’s inhumanity to man continues; we continue to treat each other badly; we are still victims of racism, sexism, jealousy, envy, hatred, malice, oppression, and all kinds of abuse.
Every now and then, God will come and shake the earth, upset our security, disturb our comfortable world, and man will still act contemptible. It is clear then, that even when God allows our nation to experience devastation, it does not mean that man will change, that man will confess his own sins and arise and return to Him. Just because God touches our bodies, our lives, our homes or our nation, does not mean that man will “come to himself.” So on occasion, God will allow terror to strike at our heels. The terrors are not only to rattle us and wake us up from our slumber, but they are also reminders that Christ is now preparing for His second coming and we need to ready ourselves for it.
Remember when King Herod and all Jerusalem were terrified because of the Terror being born in a humble manger in Bethlehem? What is it about the coming of the Lord that terrifies us? As long as He does not come, we can pretend that we are in charge of our lives and everything in it. But when God comes, He comes as a holy Terror. He makes us examine the perverseness of our lives. He makes us turn the light on ourselves. When God comes, He calls us into account which is terrifying to sinning souls.
Yes, September 11, 2001 was indeed a tragedy but no description of what occurred on that day compares to what man is to soon experience. Man has not experienced terror like the holy Terror that’s coming. Get ready for the Lion of Judah!
Merciful Father and Ruler of all the earth, forgive us for our complacency and indifference to Your mighty acts. So often, after the initial shock has melted away, we return to our same sinful ways. Please help us, O God, for beside You there is no other. Fix us according to Your will and lead us according to Your desire. Grant that we not be found lacking when Your Son returns and we are weighed in the balances; through Him who lives and reign with You, Jesus Christ, our salvation. Amen.
|Posted on September 10, 2011 at 11:50 AM||comments (2)|
I am excited with my publisher’s recently established agreement with ScrollMotion that will transform my (and over 33,000 other ebooks) into individual mobile applications for distribution to the largest application marketplaces for smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. This means that Smashwords authors and publishers gain free entry into the application marketplaces for Apple, Android, Windows Phone 7 and WebOS.
This partnership with ScrollMotion expands the distribution of our e-books to the largest, fastest growing application marketplaces, and will enable Smashwords authors such as myself and publishers to reach new readers.
For me, this means a greater market for preaching, teaching, reaching through the written Word. All glory to God for this wonderful new venue!! Can I get an AMEN?
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|Posted on July 4, 2011 at 7:40 AM||comments (3)|
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? ... No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:35, 37.
I was just thinking that really there is no other failure than the failure that exists within. You never really fail until you fail on the inside of yourself. When you begin to believe you are a failure, you become what you believe yourself to be. Your own self-defeating, negative, pessimistic thinking will make you a failure. It does not matter how many times you unsuccessfully attempt to achieve or overcome something, you are not a failure until you begin to believe yourself to be a failure.
But humans are endowed with the capacity to overcome overwhelming odds. All those struggling to rise in faith and hope always have God on their side. We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. God and you can move mountains. The realistic Christian is ready for momentary defeats, but he never goes into permanent retreat. As long as you refuse to give up, you are still in the running. As long as you pick yourself up from a fall, dust yourself off, learn from the experience, and bounce back, victory still remains a possibility.
There may be endeavors that do not work out, but that does not mean you are a failure. If you give up on yourself, on God, on life, and on others, failure is inevitable. The important thing to remember is that no one can make you believe in yourself. This, you must do yourself.
Almighty and most merciful Father, help me to overcome my insecurities and fears by filling my mind with positive thoughts and my life with positive action. Sweeten my attitude O God, and grant that my life breathe the fresh fragrance of Your Spirit through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
|Posted on July 3, 2011 at 6:00 PM||comments (0)|
I was just thinking about time and how brief the amount of time we have on this planet. The longest life is but a short drama. Man appears on the stage of life, acts out a few scenes, takes his final bow, and is seen no more. All we have is that short interval between birth and death. Each day of our life should, therefore, be an important and meaningful period of worthwhile life activities. We do not have the time for pettiness and trivialities or a lot of foolishness because in the midst of our wasting time in trivia, Mother Nature goes on about her business. Our clay houses fall to pieces, but the sun goes right on shining. A man’s body disintegrates, but the moon continues to glow, the birds keep on singing, God’s universe keeps on moving, and Father Time keeps on ticking. As we go about fussing and fighting, sneaking and hiding, slipping and sliding, lying and cheating, the sand of death’s hourglass continues descending and the distance to the grave continues to shorten. Time is not concerned with how you utilize it. It does not care whether you use it wisely or squander it ignorantly. It will just continue on about its business.
Our lives are contingent on the will of a wise and holy God. As Governor of the universe, He decides the condition and tenure of our lives. God gives us all the time we need to accomplish our mission and when our time is up, it is up. A second longer is unnecessary. God wants us to appreciate the blessings of living and yet to always be cognizant of the realities of dying. The important thing is not longevity, but the content of your life. What are you doing with your time? Your life is too priceless and too fleeting to spend recklessly. Think about it.
Show me, O Lord, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. Psalms 39:4.