Monday, August 31, 2015

When You Need a Road Map

 I met a man recently whose philosophy in every area of life was based on “this Book I read.”

No matter what came up in the conversation, if people were differing in their opinion or he hoped to convey his take on things with authority, he’d say it again.

“Well, I read this Book, and it tells me . . .”

God’s Word is his road map, his authority for every opinion, and his solution when anything is confusing or awry.

This man knows God’s Word, and it touches the way he lives his life.

It was said of John Bunyan, “If you cut him, he’d bleed Scripture.”

This is the testimony of every person who lets God’s Word be his guide. His road map to life.

I see Christians downcast.
I’m often there myself.

 I listen to anxious prayers.
I say them too.

I hear of people looking for God’s will and wishing they could call Him on the telephone.
                Many times, I’ve wished I could dial His number too.

Because we’ve lost sight of the power of God’s Word to lead us.
To comfort.
To change a life.
To change our lives.

“The world isn’t going to read the Bible. The world is looking at you.” ~ Elisabeth Elliot

Do we let God’s Word lead us so much that the world reads the Truth in our lives and asks for more?

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)

Monday, August 24, 2015

Five Important Truths I Keep Forgetting

“The Christian life is a battle,” our pastor reminded us. “Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”

Some days that battle is fierce. Some days growing like wheat among tares is stifling. The world constantly tries to press us into its mold. To enjoy its pleasures. To take our eyes off the invisible God. To give in and stop running the race.

And I keep forgetting the important truths of Scripture—truths that should be ready in my hand like a sword in the midst of a raging battle.

1.       This world is not my home.
“Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)

2.       The Maker of heaven and earth loved me before He made heaven and earth.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (Jeremiah 31:3)

3.       Christ died for me, so my slate is clean.
“As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

4.       Christ rose again, assuring me eternal life.
“Because I live, you will live also.” (John 14:19)

5.       I might see Him today.
“Looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13)

“Take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand. . .

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth.” (Ephesians 6:14)

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Monday, August 17, 2015

FREE Autographed Book Giveaway--When God Breaks Your Heart by Ed Underwood

Ed Underwood, pastor and author, was diagnosed with leukemia fifteen years ago and has asked all the hard questions about suffering.

But the story of Mary and Martha at the tomb of Lazarus brought his faith full circle.

These sisters wondered where Jesus was in their time of need, especially when they knew He loved them so much.

They questioned His ways, His silence, and His absence.

But when Jesus came, He spoke words that restored their faith.

Jesus’ words, particularly to Martha, brought Ed Underwood’s faith to the breaking point as well.

“Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40)

Ed Underwood has been comforted by these words—repeating them to himself and clinging to them in his darkest hours of pain and suffering.

God shows His glory in the most unexpected and most mysterious ways. As Jesus said, we will see it, if we trust Him.

Ed and many others before him have been able to rejoice in those ways, even when they didn’t make sense.

Ed Underwood blends these sisters’ story along with his own to paint a portrait of hope for all who have asked the hard questions about suffering.

If you or someone you love is wondering, like Mary and Martha, “If He had come through, this would not have happened,” you will want to pick up this book.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Three Reasons to Delight in Whatever God Does

Need a contentment boost? A reason to rest no matter what?

Sometimes we just need a truth reminder—the truth about the God who is in complete control.

Here are three reasons to delight in whatever God does.

1.       Your story has already been written.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23a)

I live near Beacon Rock, the second largest monolith in the northern hemisphere. The U.S. Army wanted to blow it up in 1904, but Charles Ladd asked if he could buy the rock. In 1915, Ladd sold it to Henry Biddle for one dollar on the condition that it would be preserved.

Today, one hundred years later, it still stands—fixed, established, “ordered.” 

Psalm 37 says our steps are fixed just like that.

When our lives are His, He leads us and chooses our way and closes doors or opens them wide.

Our story is right on schedule.

2.       He delights in the path He has chosen for you.
“. . .and He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:23b)

The pleasure of God is hard to understand. Sometimes life looks like a frowning providence. In reality, He’s hiding a smiling face. A smile, because He always knows what He’s working together.

He’s working good we might not see as “good” in this life.
He’s working glory for Himself in ways we would never give Him glory if we went our own way.
He’s making a masterpiece that brings Him delight.

What He is doing and what He is making of our lives gives Him pleasure.

A godly older man reminded me recently, “This blob of clay can never say to the supreme Potter, ‘Are you sure this is going to work out?’”

He is working all things out and delights in what He is doing.

3.       God is holding your hand.
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the LORD upholds him with His hand.” (Psalm 37:24)

I’ve been single a long time and still hope that one day someone holds my hand every day. But I can choose to delight in whatever God does, because He is holding my hand. He is not an imaginary friend we pretend is walking beside us and loving us.

He is real.

Catching us when we fall.

Holding us up on our darkest days.

And present during our greatest joys.

For these reasons and more, we can delight in whatever God does.

“The joy of the LORD is your strength.”  (Nehemiah 8:10)

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