Monday, January 26, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
- Poor in health or appearance
- Poor intelligence
- Poorly placed in some demeaning or humble situation
- Poor communicators
- Those with a ‘poor me’ attitude
How well do you treat these people? Are you aware of their presence in your life? There are people who seem ‘little’ to us, but they are all ‘great’ in God’s eyes.
I saw a bumper sticker that said, “Jesus loves you. The rest of us think you are an a—hole.”
There is an attitude in the world that says, “Don’t waste your time on people that are insignificant. Look for the best crowd and become just like them.”
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
If you have ever lost a child or been a child that got left behind, you know the anxiety and fear of such an occurrence. I remember a childhood incident where my family went to a church meeting in another town and I was mistakenly left behind.
It was in the early 70’s and Hal Lindsey’s book ‘The Late Great Planet Earth’ was a hot seller. He wrote about the Rapture when Jesus would return and Christians would be taken away from the earth. This would begin the Great Tribulation with seven years of horrible events leading to the rule of the Anti-Christ and the slaughter of all who would not take the mark of the beast. I was too young to be interested in reading the book, but I did watch ‘Thief In The Night’, a Mark IV Pictures movie which told the same story in dramatic form. (How could it not be told dramatically?)
All I knew was that I wanted to live right and have Jesus forgive me of my sins. If I didn’t make the grade, I knew that I would do everything in my childish power to resist taking the mark of the beast on my forehead or right hand.
It was a time when evangelical pastors and evangelists would end their sermons with an altar call that invariably would include these words:
“If Jesus were to return tonight, do you know where would you spend eternity? I wouldn’t want to be found at the pool hall or the movie theatre when he returns. I would want to be living right and knowing that my sins were forgiven and that I was ready to go with him to Heaven. My friend, if you were to die in a car accident tonight, do you that you are saved and ready to stand in the judgment?”
This was the way my generation of evangelicals grew up. So, when my family somehow ended up travelling from Meaford to Wiarton for a church meeting (without me and without letting me know they had left), I was certain that the Rapture had happened and I was left behind because I wasn’t a good enough Christian.
It was one of my many deep experiences of praying as a child. I confessed my sins ‘again’ and begged for another chance.
It was a great relief when Dad phoned from the highway to figure out how I had been left behind. If I’m not mistaken, my dad and mother travelled up separately for some reason and both assumed I was with the other. It can be a frightful thing to be lost and separated from the ones you love.
The good news for me was that the Rapture had not occurred. I would grow up and get my driver’s license. I would get to finish school and find a job. I would get married and have sex. Hopefully, God wasn’t in a hurry to take me away before I got to taste life.
My perspective has certainly changed since then. I still believe in the Lord’s return and the fulfillment of prophecies, but it’s now a blessed hope. I’m not motivated by fear now. I’m longing for the coming Kingdom of God, when everything will be made right.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
1 Timothy 3:8-13
When mature love is expressed in the care of the church, she grows into who she is meant to be. Love the church.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
John gave us this incredible insight. The same Christ that spoke and created the universe by uttering the desires of God has appeared in human history with something to say. Big words… little words… subtle words… words with layers of meaning and a word that is simple enough for children. Words embedded with something so powerful, that creation has to follow.
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