“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Continue reading
The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Continue reading
And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” Gen 25:32
The first-born son had privileges his siblings did not. Continue reading
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. Heb 11:1-2 Continue reading
Good morning from Daniel Springs church camp.
Last night the camp pastor spoke on time. As I listened I began to think about the stories my grandparents use to talk about.
Most of us will remember life changing events – for them it was The Great Depression.
My grandmother would not toss out a small bowl of purple-hull peas. Things were so bad and food was scarce.
I heard about the scarcity of jobs and working all day for 50 cents.
It was there life changing event.
In my lifetime there have been many things that have changed the way I live and think.
Man landed on the moon in the late 1960’s. Abortion was made legal in the early 1970’s and same-sex marriage in 2015.
September 11, 2001 changed all of us and our view of Islam.
Now I can reminisce about where I lived and went to school. I could talk about friends and places. But above all the dates and events that have transpired in my lifetime, January 15, 1975 sticks out above all.
That was the day I was born-again by accepting Jesus as my Savior.
It’s the event I should talk about the most.
It’s the event I should talk about most with my grandchildren.
It is the life changing event that I need to tell everyone about.
It’s the event that my mind should think on the most.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2
On Wednesday I was walking four miles and getting my daily exercise, really pouring on some speed, when I over-flexed my left big toe.
It made it difficult to finish my walk. Continue reading
Jimmy Carter was president from 1977 to 1981. I voted for him back then and the reason I did was because he professed to be a born-again Christian. He still does.
But I saw where the former president has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. Continue reading
Why January 1st? Why is that the beginning of the New Year? Who determined that?
There is no astronomical reason for it. The winter solstice is past and January 1st just hangs out in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading
Over the weekend my oldest daughter went into labor and gave birth to my fifth grandchild.
When Linda and I arrived in Dallas on Friday, she was already having some contractions. She might take a few steps and then stop and get this real look of pain on her face.
The contractions subsided over night but picked up in intensity on Saturday. A man cannot imagine the pains of labor. Perhaps stomach cramps are as close as men can get to that sensation but it probably is a poor comparison.
Men will never know the pain of labor or giving birth.
Or can they?
The Bible says,
Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. James 1:15
Each of us conceives desire and gives birth to sin. Each of us will know the pain of death.
But those that look to Jesus for salvation understand the meaning of born-again.
As Jesus said,
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3
As someone once said, “You can be born once and die twice or you can be born twice and die once!”
Experience new birth!
Abba, thanks You for giving me a second chance! In Jesus name, YES&AMEN
Last time I took a look at the birth of Jesus, which probably wasn’t on December 25th but then no one knows for sure.
I’ve seen headstones on graves that didn’t have a birth date or perhaps had the wrong one. Continue reading