Thursday, October 11, 2018

Comparing Contrast

  I’m normally not one for changing scripture but follow me on this one. In Romans 14:4 we read:

Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

  Now read it again and change one word. Make judge compare. Why do you compare yourself with the servant of another? When you think about they are reflective words. Comparison is a form of judging. Yet comparison is typically done negative towards ourselves. Why am I not as good as them? How come I can’t do what they do? Why do they get all the breaks?

 This form of judging is all too common in our world. We create in others an ideal that we can’t meet, then wallow and worry about our failures? Failures to whom? God will be our judge; not our skewed perceptions.

But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.
Romans 14:10 

  God doesn’t expect us to be them, nor should we. God expects us to be the person he made us to be. Trying to keep tabs and keep up with other servants isn’t the way to please our master.  I can’t be them. God won’t judge me by them. But he will judge me by Him.

 Am I being the best me He can make me be?

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Far Side

The Far Side

Pick the right side. Better said, the correct side even if it is not the right side but the left side.
  1. The side of the boat that had a great catch after Jesus resurrection?

  2. Right

  3. Hand which Ehud used to stab Elgon in the belly?

  4. Right

  5. The choice men of Gibeah, could sling a stone at a hair and not miss. handedness?

  6. Right

  7. The side a wise man is directed according to Ecclesiastes 10:2?

  8. Right

  9. Hand where mark of Beast is located according to Revelation (if not on forehead)?

  10. Right

  11. Which ear of Malchus did Peter cut off?

  12. Right

  13. Side Ezekiel was to lay on for 390 days to bear inequities of Israel?

  14. Right

  15. Hand which Israel placed on Ephraim the younger brother when he blessed the sons of Joseph?

  16. Right

  17. Side where Jehoiada the priest place the collection box for repairs to the temple?

  18. Right

  19. Side where goats will be separated in the final judgment

  20. Right

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Fair? The Fair Only Comes Around in October

  Some of the best preachers I have known have been fired.  Some of the worst continue to get great job after great job.  Some of the hardest working people never get promoted or are given a raise and continually worry about their job security. Some of the laziest get extra benefits, more pay and never fear they’ll get let go.  Some people never prepare or plan and yet everything works out for them, others do everything the right way, scrimp and save yet it the end it all falls apart. Some folks blow through opportunity after opportunity and yet still get another chance; while others never even get a bite at the apple.

  It just doesn’t seem fair!

  Life is hardly ever fair. It seems to take more than it gives. Rewards those that that don’t deserve, punishes those that do. Good people suffer. Wicked people prosper. Life seems more about luck than logic, favoritism more than faithfulness, chance more than choice

  Life may be unfair but eternity won’t be
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
2nd Corinthians 5:10 
  God’s justice will be on full display when the end comes. There will be an answer for our actions or lack there of. We may be able to skate through life never facing the consequences of our actions but they will come to a head at the judgment seat of God. Don’t make the mistake of thinking God doesn’t see and know what you do, whether good or bad.

   He sees, He knows and He will reward.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018



Can you find the right fit?

  1. Who took off his sandal and gave it another, as was the custom, in order to redeem Ruth?

  2. Boaz

  3. Who was told to remove his sandal as he was standing on holy ground?

  4. Abraham

  5. What people conned the Israelites into thinking the were foreigners by their shoddy footwear?

  6. Huns

  7. Who was told by an angel to put on his sandals as he was escaping prison?

  8. John

  9. What character was given a ring, the best robe, and shoes on his return home?

  10. The Prodigal Son
    The Rich Man

  11. Who said he was not worthy to untie the straps of Jesus' sandals?

  12. John the Baptist

  13. What prophet said his people were willing to sell out the righteous for a pair of shoes?

  14. Jeremiah

  15. Who did David tell Solomon to deal with as he had blood on his waist and feet?

  16. Saul

  17. What meal was to be eaten with "your sandals on your feet"?

  18. Passover Meal
    Sabbath Supper
    The Feast of Maximum Occupancy

  19. What prophet went about 'naked and barefoot' as a sign of God judgment?

  20. Isaiah

Thursday, September 27, 2018

No, No It’s Not Ok

  My Father worked for Coca-Cola all his life so, around our house, Pepsi was a bad word. Even today, if a waiter asks for my drink order and I tell him a Coke product and he responds, “Is Pepsi Ok”, I barely can keep the disdain out of my voice when I say I don’t want that filth touching my lips. I guess if that is all there is and I am absolutely dying of thirst, it could work…. Once.  Just don’t tell my Dad.

  It’s just not a substitute for the real thing.

  In Hebrews 10:4, we read “For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins”. So why then were so many animals sacrifices offered then? It is all they had. It wasn’t as good, couldn’t live up to the task and didn’t cleanse completely, but they didn’t have what could.

  We do.

  The blood of Jesus completes. It’s the real deal. Only with his blood can we get what we so desperately want and even more desperately need. Forgiveness.

  So why do we try to substitute it with something else?  Works of the law, manmade religion, clean living, charitable giving, whatever it is we think makes up for our sins, they don’t satisfy the requirements. Our heavenly Father has given us the only thing that will.

 Accept no substitutes.