Why Is It My Church Home?

The first church I was a member of, after becoming a Christian, was a small church in Moore.  I enjoyed the people, the preaching, and growing in my faith.  The church ordained me to be a deacon after I had been a Christian for about seven years.  I learned the Bible would guide me and instruct me, and even show me when I didn’t have the correct motive or actions.   My social skills improved, as did my involvement with others.

My sister once commented to me that I took on Christianity as a lifestyle.  I think that is what Jesus would call someone who is his disciple. Continue reading

The Letter

 

Have you ever received something you didn’t know just what to do with it?  That happened this last week.  One of our cousins found a letter from my mother written to my father.  The date of the letter was November 1, 1965.

My cousin was going through some of her father’s things and found this letter addressed to my dad and sent to my uncle’s address.  There were times my dad would work out of town, being gone all week.  I believe he was working near my uncle and stayed with him on this trip.  My cousin read the letter and contacted my sister in regards as to what to do about it.  Sis asked my cousin to mail it to her address.  Continue reading

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