Sometimes my kids will ask about something that happened last week. Or maybe yesterday. Or two hours ago.
What do you think about the message from Sunday evening when Pastor brought up so-and-so? When you talked to Jane yesterday, what time did she tell you I was to meet her this evening? What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Ahhh. Uhm. I don't know. I don't remember.
In light of that, it's a bit strange when it's the anniversary of something big that happened to our nation or to the world twenty or thirty or forty years ago. (oh, my!) I seem to remember every detail. I wonder why that is?
This morning was such an anniversary. Today is the thirtieth anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Thirty years! I was listening as they talked about it on the news this morning. And immediately I was back there.
I was teaching kindergarten at my home church back then. I can see every detail of my big homey...
I struggle as I write this, for it's my most important post ever and I so want to get it exactly right. It's the most wonderful message in the whole world. It's not my message; it's God's. It's the fact upon which all of my life revolves. The cornerstone. My blessed hope.
I am redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb! Saved and on my way to heaven. Not a doubt. Not a fear. Sealed and settled forever! The source of all of my joy.
There was once a day in my life as a child when I came to understand this wonderful truth. I was eleven. I learned that the Bible had some things for me to understand. Truths that God wanted me to know. And I wanted to know!
I learned that I was a sinner. This I already knew. "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23). Sometimes I was busy telling my mom off in my heart while I was 'yes, Ma'am'ing and obeying on the outside. Barbara is a sinner. Got it....
There was once a small boy and a dog. The boy was an only child and the puppy had been with him since he was a toddler. The dog was his constant companion and playmate and he loved him very much. But when the little boy was six years old, he experienced the first tragedy of his young life. While playing in the yard together, the boy threw a ball that went into the road. His faithful dog chased after it and was struck by a car and killed.
The boy mourned for his dog as only a child who had lost his best friend could. His parents were heartbroken as they watched their son suffer. After a few weeks, they thought that maybe a new puppy would help heal their little boy's heart. The boy loved the new dog immediately.
But he was just a little boy and he was filled with fear that something bad would happen to his new dog. No matter how much his parents encouraged him, he refused to take the dog outside to play. He...
We have no foundation on which to build unless we see a few of God's truths clearly. Nothing in life makes sense. Nothing else works. Just God's way.
The first truth is a simple one. But everything in life is pivotal to this all important truth. Without it, life is meaningless and empty.
The Bible is the Word of God!
Unless a person accepts this as truth, everything that comes after means nothing. If I were to tell you what God says, what He wants for your life, the logical question would be, "How would you know what God wants? How can you speak for God?" Those are wonderful questions- questions everyone should ask. How can we know what God says and what He wants?
The Bible is the Word of God!
That's it! God's preserved word. “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” ~2 Peter 1:21 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine...