Mandatory Evacuation

One more thought on our evacuation; after Wednesday’s incident I began looking on Google Earth at the gas wells in the area. I was a little surprised.

There are sixteen wells within five miles of my house. Continue reading

Sickness and the Bible.

Sorry for the delay. I was sick all night with some kind of stomach ailment – perhaps food poisoning. It was enough to keep me from going to work and, later, sleep with socks on, both are unusual for me.

The Bible has quite a bit to say about sickness.

In the Law it says,

You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. Ex 23:25

The Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, Deut 7:15

And while it seems that God wants to protect His people from sickness. For this to happen it appears the people would need to serve Him with all their heart, mind, and soul; to follow His commandments and statutes, which did not happen.

Sickness knows no bounds and affected kings, priest, and prophets alike.

Elisha had become sick with the illness of which he would die. 2 Kings 13:14

Elisha did die.

Hezekiah was sick and near death. Isa 38:1

Hezekiah did not die at this time but would fifteen years later.

Jesus was well known for preaching and teaching the Gospel to the people and

healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matt 9:35

And while there is a gift of healing through the Holy Spirit, it is evident that not everyone receives healing.

There was the infirmity of Paul, which he sought three times for God to remove. And there was a man that Paul also did not heal.

Erastus stayed in Corinth, but Trophimus I have left in Miletus sick. 2 Tim 4:20

Sickness is a part of life and I believe sickness is a result of bacteria, viruses, impurities, and sin.

My sickness was through violating some food law and eating spoiled meat. Did I know this at the time? No, had I, I would never have eaten it.
Yet I feel that God has delivered me from this sickness.

by whose stripes you were healed. 1 Peter 2:24

Probably the best part about being sick, if there is one, is my wife anointing me with oil and praying over me for healing.

Reading the signs of the weather.

The wintry mix wasn’t as bad as predicted or as bad as most of us imagined it would be. Though I haven’t ventured out as of yet, I have walked around outside and taken a few “signs” of the conditions. Continue reading

Prepare for Winter

Here in East Texas the first major winter storm is predicted for the next 24 hours.

Winter is a strange, unpredictable time for the area. Last week 70 degree temperatures were reached and in January it hit the 80 degree mark.
There have been a few dips into the 20’s but so far winter weather has consisted of temp’s mostly in the 40’s with, perhaps, some rain.

Now the prediction is freezing rain or sleet with temperature not going above the mid 30’s.

TXDOT has trucks of sand and gravel to spread on bridges and roadways. Schools are preparing for the necessity of closing for a day or two.

Others will wrap pipes or cover tender vegetation that has already sprouted in gardens.

Yesterday I bought ten gallons of gas just in case the electric lines are downed and we have to run off the generator.

People hear of a major change in the weather and they prepare.

Prepare to meet your God, Amos 4:12

How many are prepared for the return of Jesus. He has given notice that He is returning. He may not have said when but He has promised that return nevertheless.

He has prepared for you!

I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. John 14:3

Are you ready?
Have you prepared to meet your God as much as you have prepared for other things in life like winter weather, a vacation, or retirement?

Prepare yourself.

Message from God

I don’t enjoy every message I hear – some are pleasant and others are not.

I may get a letter in the mail that I have won a contest or I get word that someone has been saved and baptized. That’s great news and I enjoy both. Continue reading

Second Chance Message

Have you ever missed something on TV or the radio? Perhaps you missed the best ball game of all time because you were preoccupied.

Maybe a new restaurant offered free meals on opening night but you declined to go with the in-laws. Continue reading

Many Messages

One thing that confuses many people are the mixed messages they get from those that supposedly believe the same group – Christians.

Different denominations, doctrines, and belief’s confuse a lost world, especially when each church quotes from the same book.

One group says baptism is essential to salvation and another group says it isn’t. There are the gifts of the Spirit and whether they exist today or have fulfilled their purpose. Is salvation eternal or can it be lost again. Is there only one chance of salvation in this life or do you get another opportunity after death.
Is the rapture a true event and if it is does it happen before the tribulation, during it, or after it?

No matter what you believe you can find someone that will agree with you.

This is not a unique situation. It is something that the early church had to deal with.

Paul wrote to Timothy saying,

And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 2 Tim 2:17-18

To the Galatians he wrote,

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. Gal 1:6-7

What we don’t have is an Apostle Paul to explain things today. Even if there were there would still be false messages from others that change the message.

I don’t have that answer to all the Christian denominations except to say read the Bible for yourself. Study the message for yourself. Pray about it for yourself.

If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Rom 12:18

The Message

You are surrounded by messages every day; messages through the form of texting, Facebook, and Twitter. A message is left on the refrigerator to do the dishes or clean up your room. Continue reading