Taking the Bad with the Good

Try to picture this with me.  A woman gets a knock on her door.  When she gets to the door she looks outside and sees a big group of people standing on her porch.  There are cameramen, photographers, boom microphones, all of her neighbors and a very nicely dressed, handsome man at the front of the large crowd.  Right behind him someone is holding what looks like a regular bank check on steroids.  On the sum line it says “Ten Million Dollars.”  The lady opens the door and a man introduces himself as Ned McTan and he informs her that she just one a sweepstakes of ten million dollars.  The woman starts screaming and saying, “Thank God. I can’t believe this.  Thank God.” Read the rest of this entry

Possible Does Not Mean Permissible

Each of us have wondered at some time, “Why is it that God answers some prayers and not others?”  Many great preachers have taught great sermons on this matter.  Sometimes the most simple explanation suffices in place of deep theological exhortations.  This is one possible simple explanation.

Everyone loves to hear a scripture like Mark 10:27 where it says, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”  This is good for our faith.  To know and believe that God can do anything should give us strength and hope.  That same scripture can be a problem when we have a need for something seemingly impossible and God does not come through for us.  Read the rest of this entry

Jesus Has Your Back

Everybody likes to have someone in their corner; someone who believes in them and is backing them.  To be honest, people like to support and encourage other people.  Look at the size of our stadiums.  Thousands and tens of thousands, even over 100,000 people will join together on a given day and time to cheer on their team.  On a much smaller scale, people in general, when they see someone down and out, reach out to try to encourage or help them.  Whether it is when things are good or bad, we all like someone supporting us.

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Let Winter Pass

           Thanksgiving is now a few days behind us and Christmas is approaching fast.  We are headed into the dead of winter.  Winter is often associated with a time of dormancy.  The bears are hibernating, the trees lose their leaves, the ground lays inactive waiting for the cold to pass.  The same concept applies in our lives.  There is a time in our lives that we know as winter.  Its those times when nothing seems to have any life.  The world around us is cold. Read the rest of this entry

Love The Fiery Trials

           When reading the words of Peter in 1 Peter 4:12 it should cause an alarm to go off in your head.  Peter said, “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:”  The next verse is even more alarming.  Verse 12 alone though should make the hair on your neck stand on end.  Peter said do not think it weird if you are in the middle of heavy trail.  This is not a strange thing that has happened to you. Read the rest of this entry