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June 19, 2018, 11:29 AM

What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate!


Technology in our advanced modern times is absolutely mind-blowing. We have cars that can drive themselves, robots that can process data and “think” like humans, and phones that double as supercomputers that fit in the palm of our hand. It’s all so wonderful, until it’s not. Some of you know what I’m talking about. I confess that I’m not the most tech savvy person; I’m doing good to be able to log into my computer. However, a few weeks ago my phone decided that I no longer needed a couple of the apps that I had downloaded and deleted them. I have since been able to acquire them again but not until it caused some real issues with being able to communicate with people in other parts of the world. (I know the simple answer is to go get a new phone but my kids say I’m too cheap, I call it frugal.) As if that isn’t enough, for two weeks now I have had trouble getting my computer to do anything, much less access the internet. My secretary has listened to me bemoan the travails of this misfortune and offered multiple times to help me get a new computer. Even though it is several years old in computer years, I can’t seem to let go of it. The struggle of not being able to communicate via email or other accounts has become extremely frustrating during this time. I have tried to ignore it and do what I can on other computers but that strategy has proven to be ineffective. There is a problem somewhere between the internet and myself that is keeping me from doing what I’m needing to get done. I know it’s in my computer and I even know how to go about correcting the problem but until I address the problem it will never get corrected. There are times when we have things that hinder effective communication between us and God. Often it is that we are too busy to stop and pray or wait for the Lord’s response or turning a deaf ear to it because we don’t like the response, but it can also be unconfessed sin in our lives. Sin separates us from God and it’s not enough to simply acknowledge it and attempt to devise a different strategy for life. We must be quick to bring our confession and repentance to the Father through the Son in order to restore a healthy relationship and open communication with Him. A failure to communicate is said to be a part of the reason the Titanic hit the iceberg, don’t let a failure to communicate with God be the thing that causes disaster in your life. Jesus died so that we might be reconciled to the Father and have a direct line of communication with Him. Stop today and restore that relationship through confession and repentance and find the freedom of forgiveness.

Robert




June 8, 2018, 11:42 AM

Do You Work Here?


Well, tis the season! Not Christmas season, end of the school year and beginning of summer season. This time of the year has become so busy for us with the kid’s field trips, programs, awards, church camps, VBS, etc. One thing I have noticed on some of the field trips and vacations to various places is that it’s not usually very difficult to pick out who works at the particular place where we are and who is there as a guest. Sometimes the employees are noticeable because of their attire but there seems to be an even more telling characteristic than clothing. At one theme park we went to, the employees were the one who moved a little slower than the people who were there as excitement filled guests that were expecting to get something out of their visit to the park. The countenance on the faces of the patrons was also much different than those of the workers. The expressions of the employees seemed to express the fact that it was their job to be there and if they weren’t getting paid they wouldn’t be there. The guests seem to have a look of joy and anticipation. The list of behaviors and outward characteristics could go on much longer but I think you get what I’m saying. I wonder if that is true with the way some our churches look on Sunday mornings. Are the ones who attend regularly still as excited to be there as those who have come for the first time? Has it become a type of “work” or drudgery for us to come to church, or do we show up excited, expecting to worship the King of Kings. Are churches filled with people who are disappointed when they aren’t entertained enough by the music or the preacher? What does our behavior and attitude at church say about us? Are we excited to be there or simply there because we feel like we have to be?




May 29, 2018, 9:04 AM

Can I speak to Whoever’s in Charge?


If you have ever had to say those words it was probably because there was an issue that needed to be addressed and you wanted to take your case to the highest authority recognized by that particular business or organization. In the world of business, the old adage was that the customer was always right and would often come out ahead at the end of the conversation with the person in charge. However, a conversation with the recognized authority doesn’t always turn out the way we may think it would. The topic of who’s in charge and to what extent has been passionately discussed by many folks for many years. Job was reminded most assuredly of who is in charge and his conversation with Him caused Job to be humbled. God described His sovereign authority, providence, power, and wisdom to Job in a manner that should cause each of us to stop and give Him praise. God himself, not another man as was the attempt by Job’s friends, described some of His own attributes to Job in a way that should remove any doubt as to who is in charge of all of creation. Notice, if you will, Job’s response to God’s declaration, “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.” (Job 40:4; ESV) And again after the Lord’s second address to Job, perhaps an even more beautiful response to God, “I know you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (42:2; ESV) Also, in 42:5-6, Job confesses, “I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eyes see you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (ESV) What a wonderful declaration by Job that should be echoed still today. God is in charge of all things and we should long to speak to Him. However, God is not a person such as us and if someone should happen to go to Him with the idea that they’re going to give Him a piece of their mind, they might just hear, “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me.” (Job 38:2-3; ESV) If there remains any question as to who is in charge here, read Job 38-42 and that should help provide a clearer understanding. It should cause us praise God and give Him all glory and honor.

Robert

https://youtu.be/r4-tGQD6sUA




May 14, 2018, 10:55 AM

Simple Mechanics


In life, there are things that inevitably come up at the worst times. A pimple before prom, an upset stomach on a long road trip, or a sick child when mom and dad are finally going to get that date night. For me, another great frustration to add to that list is car trouble. It frustrates me almost more than anything when my vehicle begins to have mechanical issues. First of all, it’s a huge inconvenience to have to work around busy schedules with only one vehicle. Secondly, I know it’s going to cost me some money to get the problem corrected. Perhaps the biggest issue for me is that I can’t fix it myself and I have to trust someone else to do it for me. I remember one time when my car developed an issue and because I had been able to fix some things on it before, I was confident I could do it again. However, I quickly realized I was over my head and needed to seek professional help in order to have it repaired correctly. When the mechanic fixed the issue and called me to come pick it up, he explained that it would have been less expensive and completed quicker if he had not had to first undo what I had done thinking I was fixing the problem. (Thankfully I use a mechanic who is honest a does great work.) My thought is this; how many times do we try to fix the things in our lives before we finally give up and go to God? He is the only One who can repair what is broken about us. How much damage do we do when we take things into our own hands rather than trusting in the God who has created us and provides the only source for our healing. When we attempt to fix things on our own, we often only make matters worse and create more issues that will need to be undone, that will cost more in pain and grief and take longer than we would want. Jesus Christ died on the cross and was resurrected so that we might have healing and redemption, not of our own doing but in what was done by God for us. We don’t have the ability to fix what’s broken about us, it’s only the power of God in us that gives us the strength to overcome. It’s the Spirit of God that draws a person to the Son of God so that they might receive the fullness of the grace of God. Stop trying to fix things on your own and go the One who can reconcile all things through Jesus.

Robert

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdUu6ZsdVfM




May 4, 2018, 9:01 AM

May the Force…


So today is May 4th, a day appropriately recognized as Star Wars Day. I’m a fan of the movies and have shared my enjoyment with my children and they have grown to like the movies as well. The whole idea of two sides of a “force” that battle for dominance over the other, one good and one evil, those who live by a code of honor and integrity versus those who seem to live according to their own standard, is captivating. It always seems that the “Dark Side” is never fully extinguished and the Jedi never escape without casualty. This storyline on this day draws my mind to the battle that Christians face every day. Within one person there are two natures that war with each other. As Paul said, I often find myself struggling to do the things I know I should do and not do what I shouldn’t. The Spirit of God versus my human nature. By the power of God’s salvation, victory is already won but the battles will continue as long as I’m in the flesh of humanity. As if that struggle wasn’t enough, there is the interaction with those around us that can often be difficult. It may strike you as odd when people seem to love causing misery in the lives of those they dislike. Proverbs 4:14-17 describe a wicked person who can’t sleep at night unless they have done evil to someone. Those types of people exist today just as they did in the days of Solomon, and unfortunately, they sometimes operate under the claim of being a Christian. The Bible tells us that there are angles of darkness that masquerade as angels of light, just like that, not everyone who claims to be a Christian really is. The truth of a person’s position in Christ is evidenced by the fruit they produce. However, believers should be mindful of the verses found in Psalm 125. God is faithful to those who truly belong to Him. He will protect and provide for His people and no enemy or wicked person shall be able to stand against Him. In conclusion, on this special day of May the 4th, I say May the God of all creation be with you, and cause His face to shine upon you, and be gracious, and bring you peace. He is a personal God and not some figment of man’s imagination that resides in a galaxy far, far away.

Robert


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