Are You Hungry?

Greetings everyone. I hope all is well with each of you and your week has been one full of blessings and peace. For me, I’ve been constantly reminded of how blessed I am to have good friends, a wonderful family and reasonably good health. We all need to stop and think how truly blessed we are, without exception. The Lord is so good to us.

One of the things that has really been on mind this week is how easy it is to get so caught up in day-to-day affairs that I don’t spend the time I need to with Him. I don’t spend time in prayer like I should and I don’t read His word like I should. The problem is that it not only affects my relationship with Him but also with those around me. I really believe it all comes down to my lack of hunger for His word and how I don’t get the spiritual nutrition I so desperately need. 

The sad thing is that I don’t think I’m the only christian that has that problem. I think it is more wide-spread than any of us realize. That is probably why we have seen such a decline in attendance in our local churches and why Sunday School seems to have lost the priority it once had. We are just not spiritually hungry. And if anyone is not hungry it usually means one of two things. It could be an indication that we are already full of something other than God’s word and therefore the hunger pains are not there. Or it could mean we are spiritually ill and we do not have the appetite for the nourishment we need. In either case, our spiritual growth comes to a standstill.

So the question is; “What do we do about it?” so that we can move forward in our walk with Him. Well probably the first thing we need to do is confess any sin in our life. Whether they be sins of commission or omission we need to be honest with ourselves and with God. He certainly knows our situation so it would be futile not to be honest with Him. I think then we should earnestly pray that He will give us a renewed desire to study His word and  spend time in prayer on a regular basis. In other words, to make us spiritually hungry again. And then as we feed on His word we take it and apply it to our daily lives so that others can see Jesus in us. Again, in other words, be the obedient child of God that He expects us to be. And let it begin with me!

May God richly bless you as we grow together in Him.

David

Defending Sin

Good evening all. I hope everyone had a great week this past week and have continued to enjoy the warmer temperatures. The rain has been plentiful and there is a hint of green everywhere you look. But we all know that old man winter is not asleep and there is cold weather waiting in the wings. I sure hope it is not a bitter cold and it doesn’t tarry long.

It has certainly be an eventful week on the national scene with the inaugeration of a new president and all the pomp and circumstance that goes with it. The first of his cabinet appointments have been approved and he is already attempting to keep some of his campaign promises. Of course all of that is being done under a heavy curtain of criticism by those who think they have all the answers.

I know the title of today’s post caught your attention because it has a strange ring to it. But my intent is to share my point of view on what is happening across our country today and the adverse affects it brings. I realize everyone has an opinion but when you take a look at what God’s word says about certain things then opinions have no value.

As I write this, there are a number of protests going on across the country that seem to be making headlines for every news outlet whether it be newspaper, magazine, television or internet. But if you stop to consider who the protesters are and the subject of their concerns it should become obvious how steep the moral decline has been for our nation. I certainly respect the right for anyone to peacefully protest as long as they don’t break the law in any way and respect the rights of others. But we all know that is not what’s happening. This leads to exactly why I chose the title.

Everything I hear from these groups is their belief that the agenda they push is a respectable and normal way of life. Whether they are supporting homosexuality, abortion, racial hatred, legalizing drugs or any other of their perversions it is apparent they are intent on trying to normalize sin and require everyone else to do as they do. Therefore what they are really doing is defending sin and it’s ugliness so that they can live a life of perversion without accountability.  And this is nothing new. It has happened throughout the history of mankind. The problem is that they are trying to replace God’s standards with their own standards in hopes that they can get by with it. However, their own conscience bears witness of their condition and God’s word lays all sin to bare so they are without excuse. Defending sin is a very dangerous path to walk.

In spite of all that’s been said there is still good news. God loves each and every sinner and there is nothing they have done or any perverted belief they hold beyond the reach of His grace. The price has been paid and the gift of forgiveness is offered. Repentance is required but eternal life is promised. How do I know? Because this sinner has been there but His grace has changed my life. If He can do that for me He can do it for anyone. Thank you Lord!

May God bless each of you is my prayer.

David

 

 

Resolutions

Evening all. Hope everyone is enjoying this unusual winter weather. What a drastic difference between last weekend and this weekend. I’d be surprised if a lot of people’s allergies are not rearing their ugly heads and creating havoc on their victims. So far, so good for me.

Many people see the new year as a time to resolve to make changes in the way they live and hopefully for the better. You hear all the time about new year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, save money, make better grades, and so on. But very seldom do we hear anyone share a resolution to be more like Jesus this year. Some say they will study their bible more, pray more and even witness more but those attempts usually fall by the wayside rather quickly. We all get so caught up in our daily lives that spiritual matters begin to take a backseat to our other endeavors and soon we become stagnant in our walk with Him.

As I have grown older and thought more about my relationship with Jesus, the more I realize that I don’t need to make a new year’s resolution to be more like Him. I need to make a resolution every day to be more like Him and then live that day like I mean it. Boy do I fail  miserably on many occasions, but I can certainly tell a difference in my life when I follow through with my commitment. Paul said “I die daily” and that is another way of saying the same thing as making a resolution. We can’t become more like Him as long as we are in His way of doing a work in us. I have a long way to go but with His help I will become better at it as time goes by. Is there anyone else out there like me?

With all that said, we all certainly need to resolve to pray more for our country and our leaders in hopes that we would see a great revival take place. That we will see many people return to Almighty God who has so graciously shown His blessings and mercy on us for so many years. Maybe this is the year we will see it happen. I pray it may be so.

May each of you have a wonderful day tomorrow and may God continue to bless you and your family beyond measure. I love you as a brother in Christ Jesus.

David

 

 

Happy New Year!

Well good evening everyone. I want to wish all of you a very happy and productive 2017. I know it’s been a while since delivering a post but I wanted to give everyone a break for the holidays. If you were like me, you were extremely busy and found it hard to make much time for anything but the holidays.

I hope you enjoyed the series on the history of some of the great hymns of the faith and then the same for a few of the wonderful traditional Christmas carols. It was certainly a good learning experience for me and made me appreciate them all the more. As always, God has used and is still using so many ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things for His glory. 

I’m not sure what topics I will bring to the table this year but I’m sure God has something for me to share. If you have any suggestions as to what you would have an interest in please let me know. I love doing the research and study and I always benefit more than anyone else from the effort because God uses it to speak to me. The sad thing is that most of the time it’s in the form of conviction for failures on my part. But hopefully it always ends in spiritual growth.

For those of you who don’t know, God has given me the opportunity to resume activities with a men’s quartet and we have been working hard for the past 3 months preparing ourselves for what He wants to do. All of us feel He has called us to this ministry in addition to our service to our own local church so we are waiting on Him. We would appreciate it if each of you would remember us in your prayers and pray that we will do only what He leads us to do and not let our flesh get in the way. I have attached a short bio of the group and about what we feel our mission is that He has called us to. Just lick on the following link to read. Reassurance

We would like to thank Kirk Bishop for allowing us to use the sanctuary at Westside Baptist Church a few weeks ago to hold a practice session there to adjust our sound system equipment. He was the first to host our group before we had a name and while we were still a trio. It helped us to be certain that God was calling us to this. So, thank you Kirk!

God bless each of you and have a great day in the Lord.

David