Archive for October, 2013


Survivors

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
(Matthew 24:12, 13 NLT)

The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff’s deputy, Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way in a world where the structures of society have collapsed and flesh eating monsters are everywhere. The plot focuses primarily on the dilemmas the group faces as they struggle to maintain their humanity surviving in a hostile world. We also live in a hostile world in which many people resist the structure of God’s absolute truth written in the Bible. We can survive in this loveless world if we stay alert! “Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.” (1 Peter 5:8, 9) “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57)

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Forever Loved

“I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”
(Romans 8:38 NLT)

Many people are intrigued by romance. People want to be loved forever and the motion picture industry has capitalized on this basic human need. In the current pop culture vampires have center stage. The Twilight Saga portrays vampires as extraordinarily beautiful with perfected physical features including their scent and voice. Their beauty is described as angelic or even god-like. This is one of the several features meant to fascinate, and seduce, unsuspecting humans. Female vampires lure men to their deaths by seducing and engaging in sex with them before feeding on their victim. Like a carnivorous flower they are physically attractive to their prey. The romance does not last because one partner ends up dead or transformed into a vampire themselves. Only the love of God will last forever because he loves us with an everlasting love. “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

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Spirit Walkers

“Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
(Galatians 5:16)

In the popular TV show “The Walking Dead” the world is filled with zombies after a global apocalypse had infected every human with a virus. The virus transformed the humans into zombies after death. These walking dead exist by basic instincts just gratifying their most animal-like desires. They act out the impulses of their flesh to satisfy their own selfish needs. But the truth is that we “all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.” (Ephesians 2:1-3) Sin like a virus has infected all of humankind for the Bible says that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.(Romans 3:23) “Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:21) We must consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. (Romans 6:11) Spirit walkers “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:14)

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Walkers

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world.”
(Ephesians 2:1, 2 NKJV)

There has been a recent fascination in pop culture with zombies. A Zombie is defined as a deceased human body that has somehow become reanimated and autonomous, yet no longer has sufficient brain or vital functions to be considered alive or capable of thought. Sometimes these zombies are referred to as predatory “walkers” who devour any living thing they catch, and whose bite is infectious to humans. These fictitious zombies are horrible monsters that we would want to avoid and run away from but in reality the walking dead are all around us. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior have no hope for the future and they are just “walkers” that aimlessly go through life without any eternal purpose. They exist but do not live. But “we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

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Catch the Foxes

“Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, For our vines have tender grapes.”
(Song of Solomon 2:15 NKJV)

Where I grew up we had a grape vine and I remember waiting for the grapes to ripen but often to my disappointment animals would steal the young grapes before they fully developed. In ancient times vineyards had protective walls around them to keep out the animals that would harm the grapes but there was always the threat of small foxes slipping through the walls. If the vineyard was not closely watched as the new fruit was developing the foxes would destroy the fruit before it was harvested. Sometimes little foxes slip into our thoughts to spoil the good spiritual fruit that the Lord wants to develop in our lives. (Gal 5:22) The little foxes can represent fears, worries or doubts that are contrary to the promises found in God’s holy Word. The little foxes of bitterness, pride and unforgiveness stunt our spiritual growth. Little foxes run fast and are difficult to catch. Taking every thought captive immediately and making it obedient to Christ will ensure a good spiritual harvest.(2 Cor 10:5) Catch us the foxes.

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“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
(Isaiah 40:29 NIV)

Imagine a healthy twelve year old girl asking for help from her father to put on a pair of socks. The father would likely respond “you don’t need help from me because you can put on your own socks!” Now if the same child asked for help to complete a renovation project in order to improve a community youth center then of course any sensible father would offer assistance. The father would easily recognize that the child did not posses the necessary knowledge and resources to complete this worthwhile activity and so he readily offers support. We are all guilty of expecting God to help us with selfish trivial activities that have no eternal significance. We ask to see God’s power move in our circumstances but he will more readily show us his power only after we have been humbled by overwhelming odds and impossibilities. God provides us with the necessary resources in order to make a loving sacrifice for others. When we are are weak in our own inabilities then God comes through with his strength for the victory.

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Move to Live

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.”
(Job 22:21 NIV)

We were on a picnic one beautiful warm afternoon enjoying nature in the shade of a large tree when some uninvited pests showed up to spoil our peace. Some mosquitos decided that we were the main course on their dinner menu. After swatting a few of them we decided to move to a better location to finish our day. We were blessed to find a lovely place at a marina and watched the sunset. Sometimes life is as smooth as a picnic on a perfect day but frequently problems can arise that disturb our peace. Financial difficulties, relationship conflicts or physical illness can inflict us with pain provoking us to fight against God. Rather than resisting to maintain the present position we should see life’s pestering circumstances as an opportunity for positive change. The Lord can permit personal difficulties to arise prompting us to move to a better location to receive the blessings of his his perfect will. Lifeless things don’t move but because Jesus is alive we also live so let’s surrender to God and let him move us in the right direction.

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Honest Service

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
(I Corinthians 6:20 NKJV)

Imagine if someone convinced you to steal money from your employer. You agree to go through with it and put a large sum of money into an envelope and walk out the door. What you did not realize was that the security cameras recorded the entire crime including a clear picture revealing your identity. The majority of people would never even consider stealing from the employer that signs their own paycheck but all of us are guilty of stealing from the Lord who gave us life. Everyday we have an opportunity to offer God our lives in service to him. We steal from God when we choose our own will and resist his will. God not only keeps a record of all of our actions but he knows the intentions of our hearts. God created us as his possession and provides all of our needs but he expects us to bring glory to his name. Let’s honor God in faithful service to him.

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Perfect Match

“So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
(Galatians 2:20 NLT)

We live in a world where everyone is looking for romance. Hollywood has capitalized on this by producing many romantic comedies. The internet has revolutionized the dating scene. Online matchmaking services are abundant as there never seems to be a shortage of lonely people looking for love. Some people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to meet that special someone but the matchmaking business is also tarnished by fraud and litigation.(1) Clients can have unrealistic expectations or misrepresent themselves in their digital profiles. Some matchmaking services prey on lonely people and take their money without even providing a date. Christians offer the best free matchmaking service available with 100% satisfaction guaranteed. They introduce empty people to the lover of their soul Christ Jesus with the Good News of the Gospel. Jesus accepts us just as we are if we repent for our sins and trust him as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the only one who can truly fulfill our every desire and he will never let us down. So if you are feeling lonely, fall in love with Jesus. He’s our perfect match.

1)http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2008-02-12-matchmakers-main_n.htm

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Small and Mighty

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NIV)

Bodybuilders spend hours in the gym lifting weights to build up their flesh. Some even use hormones to increase muscular growth but high-level bodybuilding has been associated with impaired vascular reactivity and increased arterial thickening which causes the heart to work harder to circulate the blood.(1) Excessively oversized muscles also look unusually abnormal and they are not very functional. Often we live life in the flesh pumping up the carnality of self interests as we work in our own strength to achieve apparent success. Striving for our own fleshly agenda appears abnormal to the Lord as he calls us to live in the power of his Spirit. We put unnecessary stress on ourselves pushing an egotistical agenda to satisfy our desires but this hinders our hearts ability to love one another. When we are weak God is strong. We are small and he is mighty. It’s easier to love one another in humility depending on God rather than ourselves.

1) http://content.onlinejacc.org/mobile/article.aspx?articleid=1126934

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