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
We all know someone who always has to have the last word in a conversation. If you are struggling to think about who always gets the last word in your conversations; It’s probably you! I’ve had conversations with someone even over a test message where they have to get the last word. Even when a further response isn’t necessary. For instance, they may wish you a happy birthday or something, and you respond with a thank you, and then they say you’re welcome, just to make sure that they get the last word in the conversation.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 13, the Apostle Paul had some departing words for the local church, that are crucial for us to follow today:
- Be Perfect
- Be of Good Comfort
- Be of One Mind
- Live in Peace
If we will earnestly strive to accomplish these four things, then our
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?
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
If you don’t prepare, you will permit a pack of problems.
When Catherine and I were first married, we decided along with my brother to go on a canoeing/camping trip. It started as a canoeing trip, but we also wanted to camp. What we wanted was a two-day canoe trip where we could camp half way. The issue that arose was that the canoe outfitter did not have any such trip. So, we made our own; We received permission from the outfitter to pick a spot along the creek bank that we could camp. It was accessible by car, so we set up camp first and then embarked on our canoe “adventure.” We only canoed downstream for an hour or so, then set up camp. We thought that we were prepared to camp, but as it turns out not so much. It first became clear that we didn’t thoroughly prepare when we realized that we didn’t properly “prepare” the female portion of our trip that there would not be any facilities. We had to make our own. Next, we were confronted with the task of finding suitable wood to create a fire, so that we could keep warm and cook our meal. David (my brother) found an area not too far away that we could get some firewood. It was an area that had been cut down previously and had small twigs as well as some bigger pieces that we could burn. We had prepared ourselves for the task of cutting wood, by bringing along a hatchet. So, there we were, tents up, a fire started, all was going well. Then, for a reason that I am still (26 yrs. later) not sure of, Catherine somehow stepped (barefooted) right into Continue reading Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!
” And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.
And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.
And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.“ -Genesis 40:1-4
In this Podcast:
- The 4 C’s of Circumstance: First Two C’s
- Blessings aren’t constrained by your circumstances
- Circumstances don’t change your commission
For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.
How the people of God were revived one day!
A church that is growing will have some distinct characteristics. As we read in Acts 9:26-31. The book of Acts is generally not a good place for the local church to build doctrine; since it is a transitional book; however, we can glean some good lessons from the book of Acts. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4) Especially in the subject of growing a local church, since that is exactly what is going on in the latter part of Acts 9. In our previous article (Are you a destroyer or a restorer) we looked at some things that the Church should not do. Now I would like to turn our attention towards some things that we should do in the Local Church.
When running a race (which is what this life is) most athletes want the best starting position possible. Whether it is a foot race or an auto race, all the competitors do their level best to qualify at the front. Starting in the front doesn’t guarantee a win; however starting in a good position increases your chances of having a strong finish. It is easier to stay in the front rather than starting in the rear and needing to overcome all the obstacles required to get to the front. In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus tells us a parable that shows this reality.
What would you do if someone offered you limitless resources? In “The Blank Check” we looked at a man named Lot, and what he did with his “Blank Check”, and how it did not turn out very well for him. Now I would like to look at a man named Balaam who was offered “Another Blank Check”. Continue reading Another Blank Check