“THEN . . . IT HIT ME!”

“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”  1Thessolonians 5:4 NIV   Read:  1Thessolonians 5:1-11   It sounds like something Babe Ruth would have said;  “I wondered why the baseball appeared to be getting bigger, then it hit me!”  A baseball on the noggin’ doesn’t feel very good. It is more than baseballs that seem to hit us before we get the message.  Sometimes, we need a warning to remind us of things that should be very obvious.  There is no reason to be surprised. Are you so busy, so involved, with all the distractions of daily life you forget to pay attention to the things that really matter?  Do you make one more phone call at work and then you are 20 minutes late picking your kids up from school?   Did you forget to pick up flowers and a card for your mother’s birthday last week?   What is really important to you? Once today is gone; it is gone.   If you intend to do tomorrow what you did not do today, then when will you do the things you have to do tomorrow since you put off them off to do all you did not do today? If JESUS were to come in one hour to raise up all believers, would you be ready?  As our scripture verses tell us; there will be no warning.   It will be worse than getting hit by that baseball if you are not ready.   It will be eternal death.   Now, is the time.   Don’t put it off any longer. ...

“JUST COMMON SENSE!”

“The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.”  Proverbs 10:21 NLT   Read: Proverbs 10:17-25 Just a little common sense would make our days much more tolerable.  The problem is: ‘Common sense just isn’t so common.’   Some days it is even rare. We all make mistakes.   The biggest mistake is simply not taking the time to think things out.   We are in such a hurry to do, we forget about previewing all the possible outcomes.    Do you want more common sense? When faced with a decision, use a little common sense…no, use a lot of common sense.   Call upon things in your past that you have learned from.  When you take leftovers from the refrigerator, smell them.   If they don’t smell good, toss them out.   If they are discolored, throw them out.   This is just common sense.  Make things in your life pass this smell and look test.  That is common sense. When dealing with situations use common sense before acting.  In every situation, common sense starts with a prayer.   GOD knows what is good and what isn’t.  Don’t you want to have GOD on your side?   A prayer is your invitation for GOD to help you make the right decision.   There is not a more important ingredient in common sense. An intimate prayer can make the difference between success and failure.   You need to talk with GOD.   It is only common sense. Today’s prayer:  “LORD, YOU know more than I do.   I need your help in...

“URGENT!”

“Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people.”  2Corinthians 8:3b-4 NIV   Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 In bold red letters, the word “URGENT!” on the envelope proclaimed I should open the letter immediately.   The return address claimed it was from ‘Law Firm Notification’.   Knowing it must be junk mail and few things are really urgent, I opened the letter which proclaimed my warranty was about to expire on my vehicle and this was the last notice I would receive.  Junk mail it was. Not all notices we receive are ‘urgent’.   But some are very important.   You may receive notice of a recall on a vehicle or product you purchased.   Your doctor may tell you it is urgent to perform surgery or start a medical treatment.    These are all important …but not as ‘urgent’ as one thing. So, what is the one thing that is so urgent?   It is urgent you accept JESUS as your LORD AND SAVIOUR.   This is the one life changing experience above all else.   Things of this earth may be important, but they are not urgent.   Every letter or personal warning you may receive of things on this earth are overstated.   They will not go with you or take you into eternity. Have you put off giving your life to CHRIST?   Do you know HE is the saviour you need today, but you have put it off?  Today is your day to accept your RISEN SAVIOUR.   Right now, go to HIM on your knees and thank HIM for forgiving all your...

“MORE THAN A DOZEN ROSES!”

“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”   Song of Solomon 2:12 NIV   Read:  Song of Solomon 2:1-17   No, it is not about the quantity of roses; yet a couple of dozen probably would not hurt anything.   In fact, it is not about roses at all.   It is about doing more…much more…than bringing home or having flowers delivered.   One day a year of showing love and appreciation is hardly enough to make up for the days of forgetfulness and wrongs of an entire year.   We need to show our love and appreciation for others every day.   We can get so busy in this hectic life, we forget to do the simple things for others simply because they are the right things to do.   While the giving of roses is a usual gift from a man to a special lady, roses are far from showing the love we all need to give and receive.  Today’s reading expresses the romance of love between a woman and a man.   Did you ever notice, when reading these verses, the exchange of poetic praises starts with the lady, is answered by the man, and is closed by the lady?   GOD created us male and female for HIS reasons.   HE alone created the romance we can hold for another.  Use this day to romance the one HE has created for you.  Hold each other high and sing praises to our LORD.   It is more than a dozen roses.  And don’t forget those who are all...

“DON’T BE A FOOL!”

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  Luke 16:9 NIV   Read:  Luke 16:1-15   “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.”  (Jim Elliott, Christian missionary)   I suggest you read this quote a couple of times to apply it properly. We could re-phrase this as ‘He is a fool who holds onto things he cannot keep while losing things he could not lose in the first place.’ We are wise to give up things that we could not keep in the first place in order to gain what we can never lose.  It seems, daily, we strive to hold onto those things that are destined to slip from our grasp.  We reach with even more effort to hold what we know we were to never have. We do this while ignoring all we can have without fear of losing it.   Does this sound familiar?   We acquire worldly possessions which we cannot take with us.   Our lives are obsessed at times with things. JESUS offers us more than things.   HE promises us forgiveness of our sins…all of them.   When we are cleansed of our sins, HE promises us eternity in Heaven.   Are you holding onto things that will rot and decay rather than the sweet, pure eternity in Heaven that once given to you will never be taken away? Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for taking on all my sins so that I may spend eternity in Heaven with...

“NOT EVEN IN A BUCKET!”

“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.” Psalm 30:4 NIV   Read:  Psalm 30   I have learned to sing fairly well…not great…but fairly well.   I am still reminded of what my oldest son told me, years ago in church, when he was about 16: “Not so loud, Dad, others can hear you!”.  Back then, I could not carry a tune…not even in a bucket!   A pastor recently told me of being asked in school choir:  “Can you sing ten or?”   He replied he thought he was a bass.   The teacher joked; “No not tenor….ten or twelve miles away.”   Then, we have heard of the singer being asked:  “Can you sing Far Away.   The singer responded he did not know Far Away.   The requester clarified:  “No not the song Far Away…..really far, far away.”   Oh, we can be so cruel, even when joking…   Our voices may not please everyone.   But, they please GOD.  GOD created you with the voice HE chose.   Your joyful noise is a blessed symphony when GOD hears you.  HE loves to hear you raise your voice to praise HIM.    It is more than just your voice.   All your thoughts and actions given to praise GOD, to do HIS work and to spread HIS gospel are all well received.  Of course, there is always someone who can do something better by our human standards.  But, your actions will always be the very best by GOD’S standard.   Feel the joy of being GOD’S best.   Raise your voice in praise....