Archive for June, 2013


Hands Free

“As Paul gathered an armful of sticks and was laying them on the fire, a poisonous snake, driven out by the heat, bit him on the hand. But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed.”
(Acts 28:3, 5 NLT)

Sometimes life’s circumstances arise that limit our actions. It seems that our hands our tied preventing us from doing what is necessary. In the Bible the Apostle Paul’s hands were chained as a prisoner for speaking the truth about Christ. He was being transported to Rome for trial when their sailing vessel shipwrecked on an island. Finally his shackles were removed but then a poisonous snake fastened itself to Paul’s hand. Miraculously the viper did not harm Paul and his hands remained free to pray for the healing of the sick throughout the island. Satan will always attempt to fasten our hands rendering us ineffective in doing God’s will but nothing can paralyze the ministry gifts that the Lord has given us for loving others.

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Restored

“Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.”
(Psalms 51:10, 12 NLT)

I have owned several used cars in my life. My last used vehicle gave me a lot of problems until I had a mechanic overhaul the engine and then it drove much better. I washed and detailed the exterior and the car looked great. Take an old car to an automotive repair shop and the mechanic can rebuild the vehicle. With a little hard work, expertise and paint soon the old car is restored to look like new. Take a sinner to a church and the Lord Jesus can save the soul. With correct biblical discipleship, teaching and prayer soon the lost soul is restored and made whole.

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The Ultimate Question

“For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God himself. I promised you as a pure bride to one husband—Christ.”
(2 Corinthians 11:2 NLT)

I can remember the day that I proposed to my fiancée and how I made sure that every detail was perfect. We went out for a nice lunch followed by a romantic walk along the beach. Then we went to the top of a Ferris wheel and I asked her to marry me. I had a flower halo made especially for her to wear and I brought all my friends together for a surprise celebration afterwards. A man makes many preparations and sacrifices for his potential bride to ensure the day of his marriage proposal goes perfect. The only thing not in his control is the answer to the question; “Will you marry me?” The bride has the choice to either receive or reject his proposal. The Lord Jesus is the lover of our souls and he went through the great sacrifice of dying for our sins on the cross all in preparation for life’s ultimate question; “Will you receive me as Lord and Savior?” God has given us free will to either receive or reject this proposal. What will be your answer?

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The Safe Path

“In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
(Proverbs 12:28 NIV)

While walking along a sidewalk one day I was startled to see a snake waiting on the top of a hedge. I did not know if the snake was dangerous and so I altered my course and walked far around the snake in safety. Seeing a poisonous snake in your path is not a welcome surprise. You may try and step around the snake but this is risky because you might get bit. The safest option is to choose another path avoiding the danger altogether. Along life’s journey we are often confronted the snakes of sinful temptations. We may think that we can just casually step over temptations but we risk poisoning our souls. The Bible instructs us to “not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.” (Proverbs 4:14) Choose the safe path and avoid sin.

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Don’t Jump!

“Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ”
(Luke 4:9, 10, 12 NLT)

I was watching the news recently about a daredevil in Australia who decided to jump into the ocean with some sharks swimming all around the boat. The man had only a flimsy thirty dollar bird cage around his head for protection. Suddenly a big shark attacked him. He threw the bird cage at the shark and narrowly escaped with his life. We may think about how careless that man was but Satan tricks us to jump out into dangerous situations every day. We put God’s mercy to the test when we voluntarily jump out into sinful activities which are hazardous to our souls and then expect God to save us. Understanding and obeying God’s truth prevents us from jumping to our eternal destruction.

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Play Together

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together”
(Hebrews 10:24, 25 NLT)

I love Nashville TN and of course the best thing about Nashville is the abundant musical talent. It’s great to see all the individual sidewalk musicians showcasing their abilities but several musicians often join to form one music group because they understand the sound produced is better when they play together. Each musician offers their individual talent to improve the quality of the song. Several believers join as one in the local church because they understand that God’s love is released through them more powerfully when everyone works together. Each believer offers their individual gifts to improve the quality of loving outreach to a world in need. So let’s unite as one and worship God as we serve together.

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Hold My Hand

“For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”
(Isaiah 41:13 NKJV)

I remember my first day of kindergarten clearly. It was the first time I was without my parents. What stands out in my mind the most was that there was another child crying his eyes out the entire day screaming for his mother. The child was experiencing separation anxiety from his parents. Unfamiliar territory can create fear in the heart of a child. Upon hearing the child’s distress a loving family member relieves their anxiety by coming close to hold their hand. God loves us as a perfect father and does not want us to be afraid. As believers in Christ we become children of the Living God (Romans 9:26) and although life’s fearful circumstances will come the God of peace is close enough to hold our hand.

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Get High!

“I (Jesus) have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
(John 15:11 NLT)

Extreme sports are becoming very popular. People are always looking for a new high pushing their physical limits and risking personal injury. Mountaineers always want to climb the next highest peak but they risk their lives with every step. The ultimate climb is the colossal Mount Everest reaching over 8000m in height but sadly for 1 out of every 25 climbers this choice is fatal. They justify this risk for the rush of adrenaline which makes them feel on top of the world but this high does not last. Jesus has promised his joy to all those who abide in his love and obey his commandments. There is no risk required to receive the joy of the Lord and this high never ends. There is no high like the most high God!

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Without Words

“The true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers.”
(John 4:23 AMP)

Worshiping the Lord requires much more then a song. Worship is a lifestyle. A true worshiper of God can worship him without words by living their life sacrificed in obedience to him.

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The Right Company

“Stay away from fools, for you won’t find knowledge on their lips.”
(Proverbs 14:7 NLT)

Recently I went out for dinner with my fiancée Ismari. It was a beautiful warm sunny day so we chose a nice restaurant with an outdoor patio. The ambiance was very peaceful with soft music playing. The food was great with appetizers, bread, soup, salad and a delicious main entrée. Our conversation was delightful in joyful fellowship. It was one of those dates where everything just seemed to go perfectly smooth until some uninvited dinner friends showed up to bother us. Several flies decided to attack us. We had to continually swat at the insects throughout the meal to keep them away. Imagine attempting to enjoy a nice dinner with a loved one but some flies ruin the atmosphere pestering you while you eat. Imagine spending time with the Lord Jesus prayerfully feeding on his Word but the wrong company continually interrupts your thoughts. Bad company corrupts good character. (1 Cor 15:33) Anyone that does not bring you closer to Jesus will only lead you further away. Choose your friends wisely.

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