“JOIN THE CLUB!”

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NIV Read: Acts 2:36-47 “JOIN THE CLUB!”, Mike joked as I finally caught onto a computer procedure. What was apparently easy for him to understand was like a foreign language to me. Being a hands on, nuts and bolts kind of guy, it takes me a while to grasp the process a computer uses to perform a task and what I must do to to insure the results. It takes me a while to ‘join the club’. What about you? Are there things in this modern world that just don’t make sense or things you just don’t get the first time? Sometimes we need a little extra time or special instruction to learn something new. At other times, our lack of understanding something new or different comes from our own lack of interest. Often, we put things off in favor of things that are of more interest or importance to us. Have you ever started reading the Bible, front to back, one book at a time? The first time I read GOD’S word chapter by chapter, I was excited with the history and life applications of Genesis, Exodus and Leviticus. Then I started reading Numbers (how appropriately named!). Names after names, numbers after numbers, the son of the son of and 36,000 cattle first seemed boring. I failed initially to understand the purpose. The matter was not whether their was 36,000 cattle or 37,000 cattle. Each of these facts were the dots on the i and the crosses on...

“WHAT WAS I THINKING?”

“But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” Isaiah 32: 8 NIV Read: Isaiah 32:2-8 When was the last time you questioned yourself? I do it often. Sometimes, too often. It seems when I make a mistake, I look back on the situation and ask myself; ‘What was I thinking?’. Many times, I was not thinking. I can easily cause difficulties for myself and others by not thinking and just doing or saying something off the cuff. How about you? Do you question your actions or judgment? Do you look back at times when your decisions were totally off base? Are others still facing difficult issues because of your decision? It is not to late to fix a problem you may have created. There is an old saying with carpenters and wood workers: “Measure twice, cut once.” We can re-think this adage. We could find it helpful if we: “Think twice, act or speak once.” It would make life easier for us if we did think twice before we acted or spoke too quickly. When we are in a situation, it is not enough to think about just the moment. We need to think about both the immediate and long term result of our actions. When JESUS was being arrested, in an act to defend Jesus, Peter cut off one of the servants’ ears. JESUS immediately healed it, but the act stayed with Peter. Peter’s denial of JESUS was when he was spotted and reported to be the one of JESUS’ followers who had cut off the man’s ear. Peter lied and denied it. Denying...

“LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION”

“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Joshua 22:5 NIV Read: 2 Corinthians 6:16-18 Since I was a young man, I have heard there are three rules of real estate investing. Location, location and location are the declared three rules. These rules are true for both residential and commercial real estate. A palatial home built in a sinking swamp would probably be a poor investment just as a high rise office building constructed in an isolated frozen tundra would have little success attracting tenants. While a property may have variables of size and improvements, these are less significant than where the property is located. We can draw a similar comparison of where we are located in our spiritual walk. Are you located in a spiritual swamp or a frozen walk with GOD? Is it time to improve your location with GOD? Peter turned from CHRIST three times. Denial after denial, while he was located physically in JESUS’ presence, Peter’s spiritual location was no where near. Through scripture, we find GOD’S people who are were in the right location physically, but were in the wrong location in their walk with GOD. David went from a faithful shepherd boy to an adulterous king and then faithful again. David was in the right location at times and at the wrong location at other times. We...

“BILLBOARD OF SINS”

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,” Psalms 103: 1-3 NIV Read: Psalms 103: 1-12 To GOD, sin is sin. As humans, many have a ranking order of sin. Do you believe that one sin is more wrong than another or another sin is not as bad as another? If you used a human ranking of sin, what is the worst things you have thought, said or done? Would your list list include exaggerating the truth, lusting of another, cheating on your income tax return, broken promises of tithing, marital unfaithfulness, keeping the money when given too much change or those little ‘white’ lies that you live with daily? What if you had to post these sins on a billboard with your name and photo on it in front of your house? Would you be more ashamed of your sins or would you be more troubled of others knowing the all the sins you have been hiding? We can sometimes hide our sins from others, but never can we hide our sins from GOD. GOD knows everything about us. Some will forgive you while others may be judgmental of all your past errors and will continue to condemn you seemingly forever. No matter what your sin, there is only one you can be sure who will forgive you absolutely for all eternity. GOD is the only one to absolutely forgive you. Ask GOD to forgive you. GOD is the only one who...

“TELEPHONE MESSAGE, I’M NOT HERE!”

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1Corinthians 12:4,5,6 NIV Read: 1Corinthians 12:1-11 I was recently told the story of a man calling his friend’s phone. The call was not answered but went immediately to a recorded message. The message stated; “I am not here to personally answer your call. Instead of sitting around on mostly useless phone calls, I am out doing things to improve my life and helping others.” Telephones, tablets, iPads and computers have become tremendous advances for us…at times. They can also get in the way of us really living our lives. GOD has given us a wonderful world to enjoy and to improve. While Satan walks the earth to undo all the good GOD has for us, every minute of every day GOD gives us hope for a better life. Every day, you have choices. You can sit around and hope that your life will be better than it is or you can use the talents and spiritual gifts which GOD has gifted perfectly to you. These talents and spiritual gifts were not given to you to be ignored or wasted. The special gifts GOD has given you are unique for what GOD wants of you. GOD wants us to succeed and grow so we can benefit ourselves and others. No matter who you believe you are, you can be the better person GOD wants you to be....