You have seen the bumber sticker. “Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace.” Yes, it is a life changer. I propose to you a new bumper sticker. ”Know Jesus, Know Everything. Period.” If you truly know Jesus, then you know everything you need to know to have a happy, prosperous, purposeful, fruit-filled life. When you know Jesus, it is not about your pedigree, your wealth, your education or anything else. Jesus is everything we need.
In 2 Kings Chapter 6 we see an interesting story involving Elisha the prophet. A man is working to cut down trees so they can cross the Jordan river. In the process of chopping down a tree, his ax head comes off of the handle and flies into the river. He cries out to Elisha saying it was a borrowed ax. Elisha then took a stick and threw it where the ax head fell in and the iron began to float.
There are probably great theological proofs to be found in this story, but sometimes simpler is best. God cares about borrowed things. Or to take it a step further, God likes to give back borrowed things. Read the rest of this entry
They are cute, at first, then they start to get annoying. It is not your first born child. It is the Roomba. The little disc vacuum cleaner that automatically cleans your carpets while you work on other things around the house or even while you are not there. The concept is simple, this robotic vacuum cleaner roams your house sucking up dirt and debris until the floors are clean. The way it works is, it travels in a straight line until it hits something; a wall, a chair, the dog. Then it turns and goes another direction until it hits something else. The logic is that with enough bumping and turning it will eventually clean every inch of your carpet. Read the rest of this entry
This past week I sat and discussed scriptures and doctrine with a wonderful couple for over an hour and a half. They were polite and kind, yet determined and knowledgeable of the scriptures. We spent most of the conversation differentiating between gifts of the Spirit and the gift of the Holy Spirit. I pray a seed was planted in their hearts that causes them to seek for more of God. Read the rest of this entry
A Lark and Her Young Ones
A Lark had made her nest in the early spring on the young green wheat. The brood had almost grown to their full strength and attained the use of their wings and the full plumage of their feathers, when the owner of the field, looking over his ripe crop, said, “The time has come when I must ask all my neighbors to help me with my harvest.”
One of the young larks heard his speech and related it to his mother, inquiring of her to what place they should move for safety. “There is no occasion to move yet, my son,” she replied; “the man who only sends to his friends to help him with his harvest is not really in earnest.” Read the rest of this entry
James gives us a great perspective on our walk with God. James 2:14 reads, “Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it?“ (The Message) If talking about faith is all it took then I know some of the most religious people on earth. Because they are always talking about what God can do. Read the rest of this entry