Heavenly Shade

February 25th, 2015

Living in Florida and being from California, I’m quite used to the sun. In fact I used to crave the sun. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve become less partial to the hot sun. I have to have my sunglasses whenever sunlight is present, and I love me some shade on a sunny day.

Did you realize that God actually shades us from the hot sun? Not only does He shade us, He also protects us from the moon crashing to the earth. God perfectly designed Earth to be the exact distance from the sun to provide us what we need from it. He also put the moon into orbit at the perfect point so Earth’s gravitational pull would not allow the moon to collide with Earth.

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Moving In Jesus’ Direction

February 18th, 2015

This past Monday evening at our Men’s Bible Study, our pastor encouraged us to “Just look for what will bring glory to Christ and move in that direction.” Let that one soak in for a while. If I will look for the things that bring glory to Christ that will be time well spent. For whatever brings glory to Jesus brings glory to God the Father.

The particular instance Brother Dennis was referring to is when things are happening and you don’t know what to do. We are often times tempted to speak and we end up blabbering. I can definitely speak for myself in this case. Nevertheless, instead of saying something incoherent or irrelevant, just be silent and look for what will bring glory to Christ. And then move in that direction.

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Confidence in God

February 12th, 2015

Our nation is facing some difficult issues, from the threat of Islam to the growing national debt; America is at a crossroads in history. In the fifty years that I’ve been paying attention to our nation’s history and current events, truly “these are the times that try men’s souls.”

We should always turn to God and His word to determine the appropriate actions to take when facing untested waters. The Old Testament gives us a great example of a nation and its king facing a truly dangerous moment and the Biblical solution to a problem.

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Only One God

February 11th, 2015

There is only one God. If this is not true, then the Bible is a lie. People may have their own gods, or be their own god, however it is a lie. Mormons do not worship the same God as I do; neither do Muslims. If they do, then the Bible must be declared a lie, and it was by those two belief systems because they wrote their own religious books. More importantly, they have violated God’s First Commandment. God declares of Himself:

    “And God spoke all these words, saying: ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.’” (Exodus 20:1-3)

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Having A Good Talk With Myself

February 9th, 2015

Yesterday our pastor reminded us that sometimes we need to have a good talk with ourselves. Life can get us so cross-threaded that we look at it as though it is all we have. The Christian life is a sojourn on earth on our way to eternal paradise with Christ. We should not put our hope in things of this world instead of King Jesus:

    “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)

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Awaiting Prayers

January 21st, 2015

One Monday evening, our pastor told the men’s Bible study group that God’s commands are prayers waiting to be prayed. He said we could ask God to teach us how to do the things He commands. That really resonated with me: awaiting prayers for you and me.

I can imagine the triune God just waiting for me to ask Him to help with His commands. Perhaps you’re thinking you don’t even know where to start with God’s commands. Sometimes the best place to start is at the start:

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Saying What God Says

January 6th, 2015

Last Sunday my pastor, Dr. Dennis Brunet, said something upon which I’ve set my heart and mind. He said, “If the Word of God says it, then I can say it.” Americans are a very opinionated people, and many Christians—me chief among them—are guilty of offering varied opinions on many subjects. God’s word has addressed many of the issues facing our nation today, so our opinions must sync up to Biblical teaching.

The immorality that runs rampant through our society today can be dealt with by turning to our Bibles:

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Resolving To Be Resolved

December 31st, 2014

Another year has gone and a new year is upon us. Many people are making New Year’s resolutions only to break them before the end of January. Others are vowing not to make any resolutions so as to avoid breaking them. It seems the older I get the weaker my will power becomes. So what’s a person to do?

The greatest foe to staying resolved is temptation. Many times the temptation we face is not openly destructive or evil. The devil is subtler than that. As my pastor is wont to say, “Satan is the best devil there is.” Temptation can come in good things, keeping us from what is best. So how do we know the difference?

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Will You Go?

December 25th, 2014

    “So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.’” (Luke 2:15)

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God’s Own Son

December 24th, 2014

The timeless 19th Century Christmas carol written by William Chatterton Dix asks, “What Child Is This?” The carol goes on to say, “This, this is Christ the King.” We all know that song, and we all know that Christmas is about the Baby Jesus. But we don’t know much about Jesus if that is all we know.

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “This Baby” by Steven Curtis Chapman. The song describes the life of a baby that could represent any baby’s life. However, the difference in “This Baby” is found in the chorus:

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Seeking Great Things For Ourselves

December 18th, 2014

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:4-7)

If you went back to your hometown where near or distant relatives lived, would you have to get a room at a hotel? Now some of us might choose to get a room, but would you have to? Or do you have family and friends in your hometown that would be delighted to put you up while you visited. In fact, most would insist you stayed with them.

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The Old Testament Gospel

December 12th, 2014

I feel sorry for those Christians who believe, or worse yet are taught, that the Old Testament no longer applies to the modern church. One would have to ask if that was true, then why would God have written it? Nevertheless, an honest reading and seeking of God’s truth in the Old Testament results in the Holy Spirit speaking from it. It is a treasure of good news.

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The Heavenly Trailblazer

December 9th, 2014

One of the skills I appreciate most that I learned in the Army is the ability to navigate with just a map and a compass. Now that might come as a surprise to my wife and daughters, knowing my stubborn male ego and refusal to ask for directions at times. Nevertheless, I was taught and have taught land navigational skills.

One area in the world where you really rely on these skills is in the desert, especially at night. If you are familiar with the terrain, you can become comfortable navigating using terrain recognition during the day.

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Worshipping God For Who He Is

November 26th, 2014

I wanted to share something else from Brother Pete’s sermon last Sunday. He encouraged us to “Worship God not for what He’s done for you, but for who He is.” That really struck home with me because outside of church I must confess I rarely do that. Normally my worship of God is in thanksgiving for what He’s done for me. I want to be more like David and worship God for who He is:

    “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)

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Smelling Like Jesus

November 24th, 2014

What would be your response if someone told you that you smell like Jesus? Would you think that person odd? Would have to seek clarification? Would you nervously thank him or her, look at your watch and hurry away? Or would you understand the tremendous compliment that had just been paid to you?

This may seem a funny topic, but yesterday in church our Minister of Discipleship and Evangelism Pete Belmain was preaching on “What It Means Not to Waste Your Life” and I was struck by something he mentioned. His fourth point was a life that is selflessly devoted to Jesus results in love-driven conduct. He was preaching from the familiar passage of Mary anointing Jesus with expensive spikenard. In John 12: 3 we read:

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Pushing Down Our Enemies

November 19th, 2014

As Christians, the enemies of God are also our enemies. Those who oppose God and His biblical principles will also oppose those values we embrace. If we are to have spiritual victory in our Christian lives, then we will have to vanquish our enemies.

However, the weapons we use against our enemies are not what might first come to mind. We do not overwhelm our enemies with power; we overcome them with grace and truth just as our King Jesus did:

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Vain Fancies

November 17th, 2014

Last Wednesday night, I was looking for some Scripture to finish our Share Jesus Without Fear training and I read this passage again for the first time:

    “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” (Romans 10:1-4)

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Things That Are Dangerously Real

November 12th, 2014

Defeat can be overwhelming. Whether it is in the arena of business, politics, or sports, defeat is always a hard pill to swallow. However, those defeats are temporary. Voluminous are the accounts of athletes, entrepreneurs, and politicians coming back from “the agony of defeat” to experience “the thrill of victory.”

What do you do when life defeats you? Where do you turn when the devil has his foot on the back of your head, seemingly grinding your face in the dirt? You turn to the Lord Jesus Christ:

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Bringing Evil Upon Themselves

November 10th, 2014

Have you ever met someone who seemed to always find bad luck? This is the type of person who seems to have a knack for always getting into trouble. If there is a way to get into trouble, this person will figure it out. When you scratch just below the surface, you’ll discover the root problem. It is sin.

However, the sin that is self-inflicted is usually avoidable. Worse yet, this person’s sin is often worn as a badge of honor. I used to have many of those badges. I was the type of person who could party with the best of them, doing immoral things and relishing in them. Mankind has been doing this for some time:

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Unmovable in Our Hope

November 6th, 2014

The last couple of days I’ve been asked if I am happy about the outcome of the midterm elections. My response has been two-fold: it is a time of great hope, however I am cautiously confident. I can tell by some of the facial expressions that some are confused by my response. Let me explain.

I am very grateful to God that we have a Republican Party majority in Congress. As a voter, I align myself with the Republican Party platform. The platform stands for biblical principles. As my good friend Steve Deace is wont to say, “If Republicans would just govern by their platform, they would stay in power forever.”

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