In some areas of life, a small margin of error won’t really make much of difference in the outcome; however, when it comes to your faith, even a small margin of error is unacceptable. For instance, in 1983, an Air Canada flight ran out of fuel above Gimli, Manitoba. Canada had switched to the metric system in 1970, and the plane is reported to have been Air Canada’s first aircraft to use metric measurements. The plane’s onboard fuel gauge was not working, so the crew used measuring “dipsticks” to check how much fuel the plane took on during refueling. Things went wrong when they converted this measurement of volume into one of weight. They got the number right, but the unit wrong – mistaking pounds of fuel for kilograms. As a result, the plane was carrying about half as much fuel as they thought. Luckily, the pilot was able Continue reading Infallible Proofs
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. - Luke 5:1-11
In this podcast, we will look at the five things that every Fisher of Men needs to do:
- Follow the right person
- Make the right preparations
- Know the right process
- Fish in the right place
1. Follow the right person
I have had my own issues in the past with not handling anger very well. In fact, my wife will tell you that at one time, she was pretty sure that I held the world record for broken Television remote controls. To this day, I don’t know what they ever did to me, but I bounced them off of the wall, the floor, coffee-table or anything else that I could find. I had real anger management issues.
Anger, when it is misused, may come and go quickly, but so does a tornado, and just like the aftermath of a tornado, it takes a lot of effort and time to clean up the mess that is left behind.
We tend to believe that anger is always a bad thing, but sometimes it is a sin to not be angry. In John chapter 2 we see a time that the Lord Jesus Christ got angry. Angry enough to make a weapon, and we know that Continue reading Four ways to handle anger
Shortly after Herman Ostry purchased some property in Bruno, Nebraska; a nearby creek flooded his new barn with 29 inches of water. Herman’s son, Mike, started to think about how they could resolve this problem. he counted how many boards, timbers, nails, etc. and estimated the weight of the barn at 19,000 pounds (9.5 tons). He figured that if everyone would pitch in (344 We need always to be moving to higher groundtownspeople) that each person would only need to lift 55 pounds each, to carry the barn to higher ground.
On June 30, 1988, Mike designed a grid of steel tubing to serve as “Barn Handles”. Herman counted 1..2..3..Lift! The barn rose up off the ground with no trouble at all. The 344 townspeople carried the 9-ton barn up hill 50 yards to higher ground.
We need always to be moving to higher ground
We need always to be moving to higher ground. In 2 Corinthians chapter 8, the Apostle Paul gives us Continue reading Pressing for Higher Ground
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O LORD God, thou knowest. Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD. So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the LORD God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army. - Ezekiel 37:1-10
Sometimes it can feel like nothing can go right. Like all hope is lost.
Israel was now in Babylonian captivity, Their home had been Continue reading Can Defeated, Dead, Dry Bones Live?
Have you ever seen those, What did you see first, hidden picture games? Where they show you several pictures that have other pictures embedded or hidden within them? For instance, you will see a picture of a face, but within that face, they have embedded other pictures of different things, and you are supposed to select what you saw first. How do you do on them? Me? Not so good. I usually only see the main image at first and have to study to see what else is there. Or sometimes you may see one that says hit “share” when you see it, and I have to look long and hard to see what I am supposed to be seeing!
In this podcast we will discuss why we often miss the big picture: Continue reading Why you can’t see The Big Picture
Stay the course is a phrase that originated as a nautical metaphor on maintaining a constant, unaltering course while navigating the Sea. It was also a recurring phrase used in the Mel Gibson film The Patriot. Mel Gibson played a former soldier, turned farmer and then Colonel of the local Militia during the Revolutionary War. Throughout the movie Two of his sons were killed, his friends and supporters were burned out of their homes and killed. He almost quit. He decided to Continue reading Stay the Course
To be continued….Those are arguably the most disappointing words on television. Especially at the end of a season. Before Netflix, you would actually need to wait until next week or longer for the conclusion of the matter. The most famous cliffhanger of them all was from the show Dallas, Who shot J.R? In the Christian life there are things to be continued, but contrary to the entertainment industry, the things to be continued are not discouraging or disappointing, but rather encouraging. Helping us not to quit! Everywhere you look, there are people quitting on everything. They quit jobs, they quit Continue reading The Ultimate Guide of Things to Continue
The difference in a contribution and total commitment is usually the difference in failure and success. A chicken and a hog were walking past a church building one day when they noticed the Sunday morning sermon posted on the outside bulletin board, “Helping the Poor. ” They walked a ways when the chicken suddenly came across with a suggestion. “Say, Brother Hog, why don’t we give all the poor people a nice breakfast of ham and eggs?” The hog thought a moment and replied, “That’s all right for you to say because for you it is only a contribution, but for me, it’s total commitment!”
The Lord is looking for some people to be committed. In Ezekiel 22 we find the Jewish people in exile to Babylon. Ezekiel’s message to them is focusing on the fall of Jerusalem and the cause of the fall. As we read Chapter 22, we see that the sins that they were guilty of included:
- Disrespect of Parents
- Sexual Perversion
- Contract Murder
- Forgetting the Lord
It is plain to see our society, Continue reading Are You Standing in the Gap?
No-one likes to admit a weakness. We go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses. When interviewing people for a new position or job, one of the most likely questions that will be asked is, what are your strengths? What talents or abilities will you bring to our company? Most people rather enjoy answering this question. It gives them the opportunity to brag on themselves, and even though most people would deny it, they love talking about themselves. In most conversations that you find yourself in, the other party isn’t listening to what you are saying; they are just simply waiting for their turn to talk and usually about themselves or some experience that they have had. On the other hand, probably the most disliked question in an interview is, What are your weaknesses? Who wants to talk about weaknesses in an interview? In an interview, you are attempting to put your best foot forward, not talk about where you are weak! Most people have covered up their weaknesses so well and often, that they forget that they even have any. For instance, just yesterday, I was reminded of how easily a small weakness can completely dominate your actions. Yesterday I was moving a gas grill down some steps (with help) and somehow managed to twist and pull in exactly the wrong way, and pulled a muscle or something in my lower back. Today, I can hardly stand up straight. Before that happened I was just like everyone else, thinking that I didn’t have a weakness to worry about.
In this podcast, we are going to look at a few things that can Continue reading What Makes You Weak?