A Change For The Better?

I made a Facebook post on the evening of October 31st asking when did it become popular to transport children into neighborhoods for “Trick or Treat”.   It was meant to be funny, since I am know as having a dry sense of humor I even put a “dry sense of humor alert” at the bottom of my post. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Hate Ruin Your Love

A friend of mine posted a photo of her two youngest grandchildren giving each other a kiss.  It was a adorable photo of the three year old sister giving her one year old brother a kiss.  It was wonderfully pure and innocent love expressed.

The photo gave me joy, in a world of division and hate, many people have let the desire to show love go, replacing it with a position of “my way or the highway!”  A thought process of if we disagree on a subject, one of us must be destroyed and that type of thinking must be terminated.

When I was in high school, hippies were very popular and their message of love was prominent.  While I didn’t embrace their lifestyle, I have always thought that loving one another was the right thing to do.  But how do you do that?

When I was twenty-six years old, I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ.  It was through that act of surrendering that I was shown how to love my fellow man.  Jesus spoke these words:

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 ESV

He said, “just as I have loved you.”  How did He showed that He love me?  What did He do?  Well, the first thing was that He died on the cross to pay my sin debt that I could not pay.  Then He, through the Holy Spirit working within me, began to change me from the inside out.  Innumerable times, He has been patience with me.

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.1 Peter 4:8 ESV

In marriage and in a family, we know we must be patient with one another to keep things together.  There has to be give and take.   Could we extend what we do in a family to those outside our circle  and show love/respect ?

with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV

Did you notice what Paul wrote in Ephesians, “bearing with one another in love,”?  Does the word “bearing” suggest to you that it takes some effort and work on our part to accomplish?

Perhaps that could be as easy as sharing a smile with someone you pass on the street or in the store.  In 1967, The Youngbloods had a hit song called, “Get Together”.   The chorus of the song was this, “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now”.

You may think my approach, which is implementing what the Bible teaches, may be simplistic, but I believe it will work and it is the right thing to do.

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Romans 12:9 ESV

Let’s be genuine.  Let’s not let hate ruin our love.  Think about a pure and innocent love for one another.  Let’s get together!!

A Sweet Memory

I was on my way to work Friday morning and I was praying for a lady in our church who had just had a brain tumor removed on Wednesday.  She had posted on Facebook about being in ICU and not being able to get any sleep or rest.  Having spent my share of time in hospitals, I said “Amen” to her statement.

I was thinking about how kind and gracious the Lord was to her, that she was able to even do a simple task like posting on Facebook.  In the simple things, He gives us hope.

I was reminded of one time that I was in the hospital.  After a major surgery that required the doctors to place a tracheotomy in me, due to my throat swelling.  I could not talk.  I was given a white board and a marker to write my thoughts.  It helped, but it left me frustrated, because I could not write as fast as I wanted too.

One day, about a week after the surgery, my team of doctors came into my room to do a follow-up.  It happened to be a time when Terrie wasn’t there yet.  The doctors began to question me and I was trying to write and I was unable to keep up, when a doctor from Belarus, with agitation said,”Why don’t you just put your finger over the tube opening and speak!”  I did that and said, “Because no one told me that was an option!”

And so when they left, I reached for the telephone beside my bed and called home.  Terrie said, “Hello?” and I said, “Hello, Baby.”  We both immediately began to cry.  How sweet it was to experience a little headway as we were going through this great trial.  How sweet it was to be able to speak.  How sweet was God’s grace to allow the simple things to become great things.

It was from that time, that I knew I would not go home with the tracheotomy.  I told them that I would not go home with it.  They didn’t believe me, saying I had to accomplish X, Y, and Z before that would happen.  Again, by God’s grace, X,Y, and Z did happened and the trach was removed before I went home.

Our God is able.  He is can create a sweet memory for you as he created a sweet memory for me!

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”

Scorched Earth

I have been hearing the phrase “scorched earth” since 1991 when the Iraqi forces set fire to the oil wells in Kuwaiti.  Black smoke filled the skies leaving an apocalyptic feel to the observer.

According to Wikipedia.org, this phrase is defined as:

“A scorched-earth policy is a military strategy that aims to destroy anything that might be useful to the enemy while it is advancing through or withdrawing from a location. Any assets that could be used by the enemy may be targeted, for example food sources, water supplies, transportation, communications, industrial resources, and even the locale’s people themselves.” Continue reading

A Greater Cause

Before the Apostle Paul converted to Christianity, he was a zealous and a devoted Jew.  The scripture says he was extremely devoted to following the Jewish customs.  A Jew among Jews.

After his salvation, Paul was a zealous, devoted, and bold preacher of the gospel.  He would reason in synagogues and many were converted to Christianity.  But there were many who did not accept his message.  He eventually expanded his message to the Gentiles.  As a result of his faithful proclamation, Continue reading

Surrendered To Singleness

I hate being single and alone!

As a guy who needs social involvement, it is aggravating to be alone.  I don’t seem to know how to function without someone I feel close to in my life.

I really don’t need a lot of involvement from others.  Just one will do.  Throughout my life, I have found one was about all that I did have.

As a child, my sister was the one.  We played together and hung out together.  We were about the only ones we knew as a result of moving so often.  In high school, I had a one friend at different times, Continue reading

Lessons From Beyond The Door

In my church, we have been studying about what a Christian home should be in our Sunday school classes and how that core unit effects not only our home, but our children’s future relationships and their homes as well as the effects on our churches and society.

 

I have meditated on these lessons as one without children, but one who loves children and understands the need of a solid foundation for our precious children.

I believe these principals  are very important for all of us now.  Continue reading

With Some Fear

I  have been off any form of chemo for over a year and I have a CT scan about every five months to make sure nothing resurfaces.  One small tumor resurfaced but did not change size, but then it went from 6 mm to 8 mm.  At that point, my doctor said if it continued to grow, he would ask Radiation to blast it with precision bombing.

 

The last CT scan showed it had indeed grown from 8 mm to 12 mm (less than 1/2″).  He told me they could take care of it with three to five session.  Continue reading

Surprised or Awed?

 

I don’t know which word describes how I feel.  Maybe it’s both.  When you pray for something and God answers that prayer with what you asked for, do you ever feel surprised?  Or are you in awe that He did it?

A week ago, we began another cycle of GriefShare  (www.griefshare.org) sessions at my church.  Interested people may pre-register online on our church website.  As of the eve of the first session, no one had pre-registered for the class.  That’s not too surprising because our society does not like to sign-up for things anymore.   I understand that, but it does make it difficult in knowing how to prepare materials, drinks, etc. for the class.

In the first session, I knew my facilitator would be absent due to a work conflict.  So, I went to the church wondering if I would be the only one there.  I was surprised when two young ladies walked in to join the class.  As I talked with them, it was apparent they were both hurting deeply and I was glad that my church has this ministry to help the hurting.

Last night was our second session.  I knew my facilitator would be joining me and a lady from the church said she would be there.  When they arrived, I was pleased to have them.  And then the two young ladies came and right behind them were two more people that was a complete surprise to me.  The last two drove about 25 miles one way to be there.

I was asked what was the minimum amount of folks required to have a class.  My answer was one, but even if no one signed up, we would be there each week to pray and to study and to be available if someone should walk in.

Is it a matter of faith or lack of faith?  Is it a matter of being available to be used by God?  Or is it an excitement to seeing Him in action?

“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe all things are possible to him who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”  Mark 9:23-24 NKJV

 

Where Have I Been?

Just a quick word to give some explanation for being absent from this blog.

On December 27th, I had surgery on both of my knees to repair torn meniscus and to remove as much arthritis as possible.   The recovery has restricted my ability to  get upstairs to my study, which  is where my laptop is located.  Therefore, I haven’t been able to do what I truly like to do, which is to write.

I am getting stronger and my mind has a couple of things that I have been wanting to write.  I’m hoping to be able to do that soon.  Until then…