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
Many times in life we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t foresee that keep us from fulfilling our objectives. Sometimes the most routine of agendas turns out to be difficult if not impossible to accomplish. We can feel trapped in our circumstances and need help to escape. At other times we may be the help that someone else desperately needs.
When I was young we used to take our annual vacations at Cave City Ky and explored mammoth cave. One year I couldn’t go, but my Dad and Brother decided to take a spelunking tour. Complete with knee pads and hard hats. They had to crawl through some very tight passageways and in one of them my Dad got stuck when he was about half way through. He said that it was one of the scariest events of his life. This brings to mind the story of a man by the name of Floyd Collins.
“Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” -Genesis 39:20-23
In this Podcast:
- Bad things happen to good people
- Don’t worry about evil doers
- Be patient in every circumstance
- Trust in God’s Plan
“And it was told Tamar, saying, Behold thy father in law goeth up to Timnath to shear his sheep.
And she put her widow’s garments off from her, and covered her with a vail, and wrapped herself, and sat in an open place, which is by the way to Timnath; for she saw that Shelah was grown, and she was not given unto him to wife.
When Judah saw her, he thought her to be an harlot; because she had covered her face.
And he turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to, I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; (for he knew not that she was his daughter in law.) And she said, What wilt thou give me, that thou mayest come in unto me?”
In this Podcast:
- Joseph sold into slavery and transported to Egypt
- How Judah received the inheritance of the First Born son even though he was fourth born
- The account of Judah and Tamar is not an insignificant story
- Satan continues his attempt to stop the Promised Seed of Genesis 3
- Even when we mess everything up, God’s promise stands sure
What would you do if you were given a blank check that had no limits put upon it? For most of us, the thought of having limitless resources or options is unfathomable. Just for a moment; however just imagine what you would do if you were given this opportunity. A person could do a lot of good if they had limitless resources couldn’t they?
I suppose that if I were given this opportunity, I would first pay off all my bills. I can think of a lot of things that I could accomplish if I were given a blank check. Just think of how many missionaries you could support, or what local ministries you could support or even start if you had a blank check. Such as a bus ministry to transport local kids to church services, and activities; or Continue reading The Blank Check
Once you come to the realization that you have dirt in your life that needs to be cleaned up, the next step is realizing that you cannot do it yourself. You must be delivered from the dirt. Titus 2:11-14 shows us that it is by grace that we are saved and that because we are saved we should desire to live a pure life. Notice that this reference shows us that Jesus came into the world to redeem us, because we cannot redeem ourselves (Galatians 1:3-4, 1 Peter 1:18-19).
2. Must realize that you need to be delivered from this dirt. (Judges 3:15)
3. Must be willing to do your part. (Judges 3:20)
4. Must not go empty handed (Judges 3:16)
5. Must do right when you are all alone (Judges 3:18-19)
6. Must use your weapon. (Judges 3:21-22)