Endless Supplies

By , January 23, 2015

“But my God shall supply all your need…”
Philippians 4:19

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I recall working for an electronics company that seemed to have endless supplies of parts to build the televisions their customers demanded.

One day the entire assembly line had to shut down because someone forgot to order several thousand of one 5 cent parts.

All each TV needed was one of these components that cost next to nothing, but because of an oversight by the purchasing department everything came to a halt.

It does not matter who it is that is creating a product, supplies can easily run out and the production line stops.

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More Questions Than Answers

By , January 22, 2015

The secret things belong to the Lord our God,
but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
that we may follow all the words of this law.”
Deuteronomy 29:29 NIV

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When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply…” Psalm 73:16 NIV

“The Bible has all the answers!” shouted the man on our TV. I was a very new Christian at the time and was so impressed with the persuasive words coming from the evangelist.

It seemed so reassuring to know all my questions could be answered by looking in Scripture.

It was some time later that I learned the Bible does not have answers for all the questions we can ask about life in this broken world.

What that enthusiastic man was talking about I am not certain, but his confidence—that he could get all the answers for life’s questions in Scripture—was misleading.

In Deuteronomy Moses spoke about “secret things” that only God knows about—and we cannot find those things out. But Moses also makes it clear that God has revealed all that we need to know in order to be fully obedient to the Lord.

Humanity is wired with an insatiable curiosity and it can lead to trouble if we are not careful to curb it.

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Forgetting Or Ignoring?

By , January 21, 2015

“Then they remembered his words.”
Luke 24:8 (NIV)

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It is very evident that some Christians have very short memories. They read the warnings in the Bible that God’ s people will have trouble in this life and promptly forget those warnings. This was the case with the apostles when Jesus was crucified. They forgot His teaching about the cross and the resurrection.

Beginning a year before the crucifixion, Jesus taught the disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem and suffer, die, and be raised the third day (Matthew 16:21). We can only guess why this teaching went unheeded by the disciples. Some people think that the disciples Messianic expectations blinded them to anything less than the Messiah leading a military overthrow of the occupational forces of Rome.

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Humility, The Rare Spiritual Gift

By , January 20, 2015

“He must become greater; I must become less.”
John 3:30 (NIV)

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It saddens me to listen to Christian leaders being praised as “outstanding”, “successful”, “Great” and so on. It is easy to look at the praise of authors printed on the covers of the books they write. It almost gets to the place where we say, “Aren’t we lucky to have such an amazing person in the Christian Church?” Leaders are feted and praised and lesser believers look on in wonder and praise of the individual.

There are opportunities for we lesser lights to obtain praise for ourselves as we speak of all our suffering or how we have endured opposition for the cause of Christ. It is so easy to try and take some of the glory to ourselves that rightly belongs to Jesus. Frankly it is an occupational hazard for all who seek to live for the Lord.

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The Secret Of Happiness

By , January 19, 2015

“Now that you know these things,
you will be blessed if you do them.”
John 13:17

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We have just passed the festival of Christmas with all of its feasting, presents, and making merry. We have sung the great carols of the season such as, Joy to the world and Silent Night.

What a delightful time of year it is. I believe the Lord is pleased with how we seek to celebrate Advent.

Children love the season because it is a time for receiving gifts. Adults find their pleasure in the act of giving. In giving we are imitating our Father in heaven who loved us and gave His only begotten Son for us.

I wish you to consider how mature you are in the Christian faith by thinking about this distinction between children and adults. Are you more interested in receiving from the Lord or in giving to the Lord?

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