“I WANT A BURGER WITH FRIES!”

“And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”   1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-18   Fast food came into being when the idea of a drive thru lane became a norm.    We are so impatient and some may say lazy.   Is it too much to get out of our car?    Still, the drive thru has found its way into America.    Some dry cleaners are building drive thrus.  I have even seen drive thru convenience stores…that you actually drive thru the middle of the store.   Several years ago, I read of a drive thru mortuary.   You could view and pay your respects to the deceased laying in the coffin behind a large window as you drove by.   Something is wrong with this.   Our casual approach to life shows in every part of our society in general.    Instant gratification, getting ahead of the other guy, bigger must be better, more toys more joys, if it glitters it’s good, and more are clear signals we are headed in the wrong direction. Don’t you want more out of life than ‘a burger with fries’?   Do have values that are more important?  On the way to visit a church one Sunday morning, I passed a famous pancake restaurant with a line of at least 50 people waiting on the sidewalk to get in.   The church was only half occupied and there was no line waiting to get in. With the condition of our society, shouldn’t we have lines of people waiting to get...

“SOMETHING TO FORGET?”

“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”   Joshua 1:5 NIV Read:  Joshua 1:5-9   “I would rather have something to forget than to have nothing to remember.”  Does this make you think of people and situations of many years ago?  I read this recently and it provoked me to think of distant memories.   Have you noticed memories of ancient times are usually exaggerations of reality?   We tend to embellish some facts while conveniently ignoring thoughts of times that did not go as well. One fact remains; we are today a result of the good and bad of our past times.   All memories are certainly better than having nothing to remember.   Where were you twenty years ago?   At the time, did you have any idea of your life today?   Having no memories would tell us we did nothing with the life given us.  GOD put us on this earth to live according to HIS will. It proves to have something to forget is much better than having nothing to remember.  What will you remember about this time twenty years from now?   Will your memories be blessed thoughts or will they be painful disappointments? You have a choice.  Are you doing today the things that will make good memories for you in years to come?  Wouldn’t it be great to have a lot of good memories of today? Today will be the memory you have tomorrow.   Even in what may seem...

“EVER FALL ON YOUR EAR?”

“Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach,”  Proverbs 22:17 NIV Read:  Proverbs 22: 17-21 Did you ever hear the expression ‘fell on his ear’.   It seems we could fall on a lot of parts of our body before an ear would make contact.   The expression seems to date back to the some time in the 1800s.   It was the result of someone being removed from an establishment by dragging them out literally by their ears.   Perhaps, you know of a friend’s mother corralling them by the ears in a similar manner. There are probably times we all should have been disciplined by throwing us out on our ear.   We might have learned a good lesson and corrected our attitude even if we fell on our ear or another more appropriate part of our anatomy. “Fell on our ear” can also have another learning experience.   When was the last time a truthful thought from another ‘fell on your ear’?   Has GOD’S word ever fallen on your ear?  JESUS taught us to listen through HIS teachings…not just hear but to listen. Last Sunday, your pastor read a verse of scripture that should have ‘fallen on your ear’, maybe it was from a Sunday School teacher, a Bible study group or from a radio sermon.  Where it came from is secondary.   What the scripture told you was dramatic. Did you listen to what ‘fell on your ear’ or did you hear it in one ear and it went right out the other ear?   That’s the problem.   GOD talks to...

“GOD, WHERE ARE YOU?”

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?”  Psalm 22:1 NIV Read:  Psalm 22:1-11 “GOD, where are YOU?, we all too often scream.   During these times of fear, doubts and insecurities we fail ourselves and at those times may feel GOD has left us.   In truth, GOD is there for us, just as HE always is. GOD never abandons us.  Never.  Never has and never will.  But, through our own agendas we abandon GOD.  We expect GOD to be there when we want HIM.   It seems all too often, when we are not in need of GOD’S help we simply ignore our CREATOR.  Does your way become more important than GOD’S way as long as everything is going along with your plans and desires? “GOD, I need YOU now!”, might have been the call of David as he ran and hid from the armies of Saul.   While David hid he called upon GOD asking GOD why HE had forsaken him. Does it all sound familiar?   Have you called upon GOD during a crisis and pleaded “GOD, where are YOU?” or “GOD, I need YOU now.  Please, don’t allow this or that.” We cry out to GOD to interfere with our situations.   Maybe, we are suffering from a job loss at an unplanned time or a financial setback at a bad time.   Some cry out for their health or a loved one’s health to be restored.   There is not a good time for any of these or other situations. GOD wants to...