Out of Control?

Do you ever find yourself wondering why the world around us seems to be spinning out of control? If you turn on the TV and tune in to any of the news networks, you will be hard pressed to find anything positive about what they are reporting. What you will hear is many opinions regarding what is and should be acceptable in today’s society and how out of touch many of us are because we hold to traditional moral values. We are constantly told there is no room for those who believe in the sanctity of human life and traditional marriage as established and ordained by God. We are told that we are intolerant because we do not believe that homosexuality is a natural and acceptable alternative lifestyle. As a matter of fact, most of the television programs today attempt to make this so, especially all of the ridiculous sitcoms. Yet we sit right there and take it all in, we absorb it like the rest of the world and pretend that it won’t affect us or our relationship with God. Boy, Satan has done a number on us. His lies from the pits of hell are taking their toll.

But, are things any more out of control now than they have been in the past? Somewhat but not that much. The biggest difference today is that the technology is so much more advanced it has led to an increase in our knowledge of all of the things that go on around us. However, I believe there is no doubt that there has been a significant decrease in man’s reliance on the biblical values that we once held so dear. I believe it is both an individual apathy and also a corporate apathy that has resulted from the decline in those values, and it has adversely affected our families, churches and our country.

The thing we really need to remember is that none of this has caught God off guard. It is not new to Him and He has dealt with these same issues many times through the ages. We can rest assured that even thought it appears to be out of control, it is actually still under His control. His plan hasn’t changed and He will bring it to the ultimate end in His timing. Just as He promised.

Next week we will discuss what we as believers can do to improve the situation and do our part to make things better for the generation’s to follow. It is very simple and we can certainly have a positive impact on the future.

May God richly bless each of you this coming week!


New Opportunities to Grow In Faith

I hope everyone has had a great week up to now and you are ready to enjoy the start of a brand new week as we celebrate the Lord’s day tomorrow. What a beautiful day it turned out to be today after the early morning clouds and rain. The beauty of God’s creation is beginning to emerge as Spring is just around the corner. What a special time of the year this is. Everything in creation is coming back to life which serves as a reminder to all of us of the resurrection of our Lord. The final chapter of the gospel story. To God be the glory!

This has been a wonderful day for me for me for another reason. I had the privilege of meeting with a group of men this morning who love Jesus and have a real hunger for God’s word. This first meeting was spent sharing with each other how we came to faith in Christ and how God has directed our lives since that time. What an encouragement it was for me to hear the story of each man as they shared. I am so looking forward to our next meeting as we will begin a study of the gospel of John. There is no doubt in my mind that God is about to do a new work in each of us to continue bringing us to completion of the work He began in us at the time we were saved. What a wonderful way to help me to finish strong.

Bob Moore and I would love to have more guys join us as we study God’s word together and share our hearts with each other. This is one of the best way’s I know to apply the principle of “iron sharpening iron” and therefore grow in our faith. We are meeting on Saturday mornings in the 1120 Building at Keller Hospital from 7:30 to 8:30 AM and we are so thankful to the hospital administration for allowing us to do so. Join us this coming Saturday as we start the new study and as we discuss plans for some other ministry opportunities we can be involved in. I know you will be blessed.

I haven’t decided on a new topic for discussion in our weekly post yet but I do have a few ideas. I will settle on something very soon but I’ll let God lead and I will follow. If you have any suggestions please let me know. I will be more than happy to do any research needed to come to a reasonable conclusion on the topic.

May God richly bless each of you this coming week. If I can be of any assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Finishing Strong, Part 5

Well, it looks like winter has finally showed up, but late. Can you believe what is going on? Temperature dropping. Chance of snow showers in the early morning. Lows headed back into the twenties the first of the week. This should have been happening a month ago. I sure hope it is short-lived. The Spring tease had me convinced that winter was over.

Last week we talked about finishing strong in light of fighting the good fight. We learned that we must first be in the fight just like we must first be in the race. If we haven’t placed our faith and trust in what Jesus did at the cross then we are not in the race or the fight. If we have, then this last aspect of finishing strong is probably the most important one. At the this point we should again be reminded of Paul’s words to Timothy that we have used for the basis of this study: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2nd Timothy 4:7. We will now look at that last phrase “kept the faith” and discuss what we think Paul means by this.

I believe we should go back to the book of Acts and read about Paul’s (Saul’s) conversion experience while on the road to Damascus. Remember how he was blinded by the great light and fell to the ground? He then heard a voice say “Why are you persecuting me?” and then answered with a question “Who, are you Lord?”. I believe at that instant Saul had the faith to believe it was Jesus Himself before Jesus reveled it was Him in His response to Saul. By that same faith, he obeyed what Jesus said and even though blind, he went into Damascus where he met Ananias just like Jesus said he would. And the rest is history. That saving faith he received on that day immediately became the sustaining faith that would be required to see him to the end.

I think what Paul learned during the course of his ministry is that God’s grace and the sustaining faith He makes available to us is realized the most when we are living in total obedience to His word. Keeping the faith is no accident. It is intentional. It is a total commitment to the sufficiency of His word. No matter what life brings our way or Satan himself throws at us, it is imperative that we exercise the faith He gave us and stand firm on His word. I believe that is what Paul did and it’s exactly why he could so purposely write those words by inspiration of the Holy Spirit “I have kept the faith”. As Chad so aptly pointed out in his message last Sunday, when we have a hunger for God’s word, and then yield to God’s Word and when we stand firm on God’s word we have the greatest potential of being what God wants us to be. When we are obedient to His word we are better able to stand against the wiles of the devil and “keep the faith”. Paul did and so can we. Let’s all finish strong together.

Special Note: This morning I had breakfast with my good friend and brother in Christ, Bob Moore. Bob has been contemplating starting a home bible study and has asked me to come along beside him to share in this endeavor. We both believe in having a hunger for God’s word, sharing God’s word and the power of earnest prayer. I’m very excited about the possibilities for ministry  to others that this will enhance. The first meeting will be this coming Saturday, March 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 AM. Still working on the location but we would like to extend an invitation to each of you to join us. Nothing blesses me more that studying God’s word in a group setting with men who love the Lord and truly believe in the sufficiency of the scripture. If you would like to come this Saturday, please let me know by Friday. This will help us determine a suitable location and a count for refreshments we plan to have.

May God richly bless each of you.



Finishing Strong, Part 4

Hello everybody. What a beautiful day the Lord gave us. I heard a lot of lawnmowers in my neighborhood today which indicates that Spring is just around the corner. Sure has been a short winter!

As I suggested last week, we will look at  finishing strong from a “fight” perspective. But first let’s review what Paul wrote to Timothy when he was talking about finishing strong. In 2nd Timothy 4:7 Paul’s words are recorded like this; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” and these words should also be our motto for helping us to finish strong. We have already discussed the matter of running and finishing the race so let’s move on to fighting the good fight.

As we pointed out earlier with regards to running the race, that one must start the race before they can run it and finish it. The same way with a fight. You can’t fight the fight if you are not in the fight to begin with. So here I will repeat the same question I had before: “Are we in the fight?” Again, to be in the fight one must have put their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and have determined in their heart to live a life of obedience. If you have done that, I guarantee you’re in a fight just like I am. Just this week I have been witness to certain events involving two people I love and respect very much where they have been compelled to make decisions that sure indicates that the fight is on. In addition, I have had my own personal struggles lately where I have been reminded again that I’m indefinitely in a battle. Satan never gives up. His attacks are incessant but sometimes so subtle we don’t recognize them for what they are until it is too late. That’s why God’s Word is so important. It is our main weapon for the fight.

Not only did Paul talk about his fight but he said he had fought the good fight. Now that brings up the question of how we fight a good fight. If you have ever watched a boxing match it should have been obvious that the winner is the one who has the best defense against the other’s blows but is also able to deliver strong blows himself. In other words, we must be defensive and offensive fighters in order to fight the good fight. As I stated above, the best tool we have for both positions is the ability to appropriately apply God’s Word to our everyday battles. So to fight the good fight we must spend time with Him for encouragement and in His word to keep our sword sharp and our shield in front of us. Amen and amen.

Next week we will discuss the last part of the verse about keeping the faith. In the meantime let’s apply what we have learned so far so we can fight the good fight and we can finish the race….strong.

May good richly bless each and every one of you.