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Free doesn’t mean there is no cost

July 26 2017 – Click here to listen

I was reflecting this morning concerning the “cost” of being a Christian. Some of you may raise your eyebrows and say, “What are you talking about? Why, it costs nothing to be a Christian.” I understand that the price paid for our redemption was nothing less than the death of Jesus Christ on Calvary. We “are bought with a price.” “Christ gave Himself a ransom for all”. Salvation cannot be bought with any amount of money or good works and is a free gift from God.

But that is not the point I’m pondering, and there is definitely a cost. It is called sacrifice, or what must we be ready to give up if we wish to be saved. Believers must grow as disciples and while we never perfectly arrive in this life we must boldly strive to be like Christ – Phil. 3:12.

“Not that I have already attained this – that is, I have not already been perfected – but I strive to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus also laid hold of me.

If a person claims to be a believer, but he isn’t seeking to grow in obedience to Christ, he is fooling himself. He is saying, “Lord, Lord,” but on that fearful day, he will hear the awful words, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness” (Matt. 7:23). In Paul’s words, “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient, and worthless for any good deed” (Titus 1:16).

I concede that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian; (someone who attends a place of worship for an hour or so most Sundays and is reasonably moral during the week.) That’s about as far as millions of people ever go in following Christ. It is cheap and easy work: it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. J.C. Ryles wrote concerning this and said, “If this is soul-saving-Christianity and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, “Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven!”

But it does cost something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an evil world to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run. Conversion is not putting a man in an armchair and taking him easily to heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory.

I read this morning of a struggle a couple is enduring on behalf of their Lord and Savior that can easily cause financial ruin in their lives. Praise God for groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom that provides free legal help to those who are being persecuted because of their Christian beliefs. Here is the story as told by ADF:

Angel and Carl Larsen are Minnesota filmmakers with a dream.

As owners of a video and film production company, they have sought to use their creative talents to tell stories that honor God. They know that great storytelling through film has the power to change hearts and minds.

ADF has filed a suit on behalf of Minnesota filmmakers Angel and Carl Larsen challenging the state law that would force them to express messages that violate their beliefs.

“As followers of Jesus, we believe marriage is a sacred covenant between a man and a woman,” Carl explains. “Ultimately, we believe marriage exists to put God’s goodness on full display to the world.

“We want to tell the stories of couples who agree with this reality,” he adds, “and join in their celebration by adding our creativity to their union.”

But before they could launch their idea, and enter into the wedding video field, the Larsens ran into a major obstacle — a speech-coercing state law. This law mandates that if the Larsens create films celebrating marriage between one man and one woman, they must also create films celebrating same-sex marriage.

Those who refuse can be punished with damages of up to $25,000 and 90 days in jail.

The Larsens were left with only three choices — none of them good. They can:

  1. Tell marriage stories that violate their conscience.
  2. Violate the law and suffer the consequences.
  3. Censor themselves from making any films about marriage.

Rather than accept any of these unacceptable options, the Larsens decided to take a stand to challenge state law. But they needed help. So Alliance Defending Freedom has come alongside the Larsens to represent them free of charge. And we’ve filed a lawsuit on their behalf.

Who will be next?

Activists and misguided government officials across America are determined to force Christians to express messages that violate their faith. They seem to be watching carefully for anyone they can punish.

Since May 2016, ADF has filed five other lawsuits like the one they filed for the Larsens. They did this to protect their clients’ freedom to run their churches and businesses consistently with their faith. These suits were filed to protect a variety of clients from unjust laws across America:

  • Wisconsin — for a photography studio
  • Iowa — for a church
  • Massachusetts — to defend four different churches
  • Arizona — to protect a custom art studio
  • Colorado — to protect a website and graphic design company

Who will be next?

Hmmm . . .  Maybe me for one. It is not out of the question. Consider if I quote Lev. 18:22 right out of the Bible in Words for the Day: “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” I could be subject to be arrested for hate speech. It is law in Canada right now and ministers are forbidden from reading this Scripture and others dealing with that sin to their congregations.

Or how about this verse: John 14:6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. Two men were arrested tried, convicted, and fined for preaching this on the streets of London. It was considered hate speech for Muslims saying that the only way to reach heaven is through Jesus Christ.

Of course, it is much worse in other parts of the world where Christians are martyred by beheading, burned to death, boiled in oil and other horrendous evil simply because they wish to worship Jesus.

There is a cost of obeying what Christ taught. Pollster George Gallup contends that fewer than ten percent of evangelical Christians could be called deeply committed. Most of those who profess Christianity don’t know basic teachings and don’t act differently because of their Christian experience. George Barna found that almost half (46%) of evangelicals read their Bible only once a week or not at all.

Are you willing to sacrifice for Jesus? Have you stood up for Jesus among your non-believer friends and acquaintances? What if your faith required personal sacrifice such as your freedom or suffering financially? What has following Christ cost you?

If the honest answers to these questions trouble you, then perhaps it’s time to come out of the closet and become a true believer that is appreciative of the heavy price paid by Jesus on the cross; someone who boldly walks with the Lord.

To truly follow Jesus Christ, we must consider the cost and put Him above everything else.

Something to ponder today – eh?

Luke 9:23

Then he said to them all, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

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A time to laugh and a time to cry

July 25 2017 – Click here to listen

Yesterday I called a friend that I haven’t spoken with in quite some time. One of his friends had sent me an e-mail and in part said:

“I want to ask for your prayer for Jimmy. A couple of months ago, he was diagnosed with melanoma cancer, which had metastasized throughout his body. Jimmy has always been the model of health & exercise, and he along with everyone who knows him has been stunned by the diagnosis.

He was accepted as viable for immunotherapy treatment at M.D. Anderson, and has gone through multiple treatments over the last few months. Yesterday was a big day, when they would review a new PET scan and MRI to determine if the treatments had been effective in causing the cancer to either regress or go into remission . . . The news was disappointing, and the treatments so far, have not had the desired effect.

Undaunted, the doctor stated that they would change the regimen, and begin anew this coming week. Jimmy is a giant among men in this community. He is a spiritual stalwart in our group. I look up to and revere him as the type of man that I wish I could be more like.

More importantly, his faith in our Father is strong . . . he walks the walk, talks the talk, and lives out the truth. I would be very grateful for your one more voice to join ours in praying for God’s will, (hoping that means miraculous healing for Jimmy.)

Jimmy told me the cancer had spread most everywhere in his body except his brain. He indicated that he did endure some pain with it and was exceedingly tired, but remained optimistic that the Lord had His hand on Him.

I prayed quite a long time for my friend yesterday and woke up this morning praying again. I ask you to join me. Jimmy is one of the good guys. The world needs more men like him, not less. I’m praying for complete restoration and that by the stripes of Jesus he will be wonderfully and miraculously healed.

I asked God to give him more time to continue accomplishing great things for Christ and his kingdom. Please stop whatever you’re doing and whisper a sweet prayer for Jimmy to our Lord in heaven who hears all prayers and they are pleasing to Him.

I am reminded about the sovereign will of God, and that we were created for Him and not vice versa. God desires to spend time with us too and I’m sure that he and Jimmy have much to catch up on; nonetheless when I petitioned God I reminded Him that He will have Jimmy for eternity and it seems only right that He would allow those of us who know him and love him to enjoy his presence for another relatively tiny season in comparison.

With that said I know that God makes all things work together for good to those who love Jesus and that it is His will and not mine that will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I trust God completely and have zero doubt my friend is being held in the hand of God and will remain so for all of eternity and absolutely nothing can ever separate God’s love for him.

If he is granted a long life on this earth I will rejoice; if he enters heaven I will rejoice. You see Jesus took the bitter sting out of death for all who love Him and Jimmy loves Him.

To some of you who know someone who has received a prognosis that spells doom or perhaps you received some bad news yourself, just be aware that Satan and sin brought disease, pain, grief, and death, to mankind, but Jesus overcame it and the Bible states in Cor. 15:55 “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” There is no sting and the victory has been won by Jesus – Believe it.!

Eccl. 3

There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven —

     A time to give birth and a time to die;
A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.

     A time to kill and a time to heal
A time to tear down and a time to build up.

     A time to weep and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn and a time to dance.

     A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing.

     A time to search and a time to give up as lost;
A time to keep and a time to throw away.

     A time to tear apart and a time to sew together;
A time to be silent and a time to speak.

     A time to love and a time to hate;
A time for war and a time for peace.

God Set Eternity in the Heart of Man
He has made everything appropriate in its time.    

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Please let me in the barn

July 24 2017 – Click here to listen

I read this morning where a company in Wisconsin is implanting microchips in the hands of employees that volunteer to receive them. The chips will enable them to purchase goods simply by holding their hand under a scanner to scan their hand and pay for it without ever opening their wallet.

There were also some artificial Intelligence (AI) articles I read recently stating that computers that utilize AI will exceed the human mind in just a few short years. There was an article on robots replacing workers cooking hamburgers, harvesting agricultural products, patrolling streets for crime and so on.

Perhaps most disturbing is the manufacture of sex dolls which are silicone covered replicas of handsome men and beautiful women. The dolls respond to heat and touching certain areas, speak, and are designed to appear to be human in every way, and of course having sex with them is the number one selling point. They seem to really be catching on and a manufacturing plant in China is in full scale production of them. They are already using them in houses of prostitution in the UK.

As with television and its X-rated television shows, and pornography on the Internet, and drones which now kill people from the air all over the world, scientific advances are quickly turned to evil purposes by evil people.

I’m reminded of a parable in Matthew 13:36 that spoke of an enemy who come in during the night and spread “Tares” in a farmer’s wheat field. Tares are a form of a weed. In the agricultural society of Christ’s time, many farmers depended on the quality of their crops. An enemy sowing weeds would have sabotaged a business. They didn’t have weed killers in those days, so the master was asked what they should do. Instead of tearing out the wheat with the tares, the landowner in this parable wisely told them to wait until the harvest. After harvesting the wheat from the entire field, the tares could be separated and burned and the wheat would be saved in the barn.

When Jesus explained this parable, He declared that He Himself is the landowner in the parable. The enemy in the parable is Satan. In opposition to Jesus Christ, the devil tries to destroy Christ’s work at every turn. Instead of requiring the weeds to be rooted out of the world, and possibly hurting the wheat. (immature believers), in the process, Christ allows them to remain until His return. At that time, angels will separate those in Christ who will enter heave from those who are not who will be burned in hell.

Most of you are familiar with this parable. Now apply it to today. Jesus told us to allow the wheat to grow. That means we do not just yield television, the Internet, and other scientific advances to be used exclusively for evil. We too must use them to do good in an effort to bring in the kingdom of heaven.

When Jesus said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”, He meant the spiritual realm which exists on earth side by side with the realm of the evil one. At the end of this age, angels will separate the true from false believers. But for now, both good and bad seeds mature in the world.

It is not inevitable that society has or will sink too low that it becomes hopeless and therefore we should just sit around awaiting the Rapture since we can’t do anything anyway.

No, my friends the wheat grew right alongside the weeds. The many mountains of culture in society including academia, arts and entertainment, media, government, the church, and the family may all contain huge infestations of evil, but the wheat should be right their growing towards the light.

The Internet was allowed into existence to spread the word of God and build the kingdom of heaven and was never intended to be used exclusively for evil purpose. We, at the Jesus Alliance, know that the entire world is lies in the power of Satan; however, we are from God and thus will continue trying our utmost to utilize the Internet and other advanced forms of communication to do just that.

Join us – won’t you? We must do everything we can to use all of God’s gifts for good and not evil. The weeds will be allowed to grow alongside the wheat but for a season, and then will come a day of harvest. I want to get in the barn . . .

1 John 5:19

We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

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Shack burns

July 21 2017 – Click here to listen

Recently I received the following letter:

Dear Mr. Williamson

I enjoy reading your words for the day. I just wanted to ask you a question. Have you read any of William Paul Young’s books? Have you watched his TBS show Revisiting the Shack? I want to always be in Gods will as I go through my life. It is so hard sometimes to know if the teachings of this or that person rings true to the word of God. I’ve been told that many people interpret differently. Sometimes we think a scripture means this and we may or may not get it right. I want so much to understand Gods word and to follow Him closely. Please let me know what you think. I value your opinion Thank you . . .

My response is as follows:

Frankly I think his teachings are heretical. One example is when his movie, (based on the book), portrays God as a woman. God the Father (Papa) was played by a woman and the Holy Spirit was played by an Asian woman. That alone should tell you all you need to know about his teaching. God is not a woman and the Bible is exceedingly clear on that subject.

In one scene, “God” was asked about “that wrath thing” – the wrath of God, which is seen repeatedly in the Scriptures. The response was: “Sin is its own punishment.”

That is simply not true. The Bible makes it clear that God hates sin. If you doubt this, look at Jesus on the cross. That’s what God truly thinks of our sin. The author persuades that God will never judge people for their sins because He is limited by His love. Neither will He enact eternal judgment upon those who reject Him or send anyone to torment in hell. But why would Jesus Christ die a criminal’s death on the cross if not to save us from enduring the wrath of God on sin ourselves?

The movie deals with pain and loss and that is admirable. But it looks at humanistic solutions and ignores the true answer which lies in the cross. On the cross, Jesus experienced incredible pain. He went to hell for us in order that we would be set free from it through Jesus. Unfortunately, Mr. Young seems to leave the door open to the notion that anyone and everyone will see heaven because God is a God of love. While it is true that He is a God of love, He is also a God of wrath towards sin and is a righteous judge, meaning sin must be punished. Jesus took that punishment and it is only through Him that our sins will be atoned; not Allah or Buddha.

I could go on, but enough said. He is watering down Scripture in order to achieve a politically correct objective. I don’t know if he really believes this stuff, or if he is trying to enhance the sales of his books, DVD’s, television opportunities, and movie tickets with sensationalism, but either way he is misguided.

I recommend that you read and study the Bible daily. Put your faith in God’s word. There are good Bible teachers out there, Kay Arthur for one, who have a gift of explaining, but rest assured you can learn more about God in the quiet place of your choosing just reading and listening to God.

I decided to follow that course of action many years ago, because I felt that if I made the effort God would teach me what He wanted to teach me about Himself and life. We should keep in mind that it is through the Holy Bible that God chose to reveal Himself to all of us. The Bible is a divine product and though mysteries galore abound in it, the Bible can be understood by anyone.

Jesus quoted the Scriptures at every turn and used them to teach about Himself and the solutions to our problems. If the risen Lord values, trusts, and feeds on the Bible, so should we. Paul said it best: “The Bible is alive and sharper than any two edged sword capable of penetrating to your innermost spirit and soul.” It is not flawed and has no PC agenda; it reflects God’s laws and who He is in a wonderful way.

In the beginning just focus more on the New Testament and skim over the parts you do not understand. In time, even those most difficult parts will become clear as you reread those passages and God opens them up to you.

You can’t go wrong studying the Bible. You can go very wrong listening to some of those people out there, good intentioned or not, who ignore the Bible and make stuff up that follows the broad road of theology and universalism.

2 Tim. 3:16

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Bluebirds – Big waste of time and money

July 20 2017 – Click here to listen

When I bought sprawling 5000-acre Honey Lake Plantation I had my workers construct and install hundreds of bird houses for bluebirds and other species all over the property. Since then many people have asked me why I spent so much time and money on this project. They pointed out the fact that I cannot possibly get around to all those bird houses and watch the occupants raise families. The obvious question in their minds was if I would never enjoy seeing them why go to the trouble? Why not build a few in my yard and call it a day?

I also planted numerous very slow growing trees that I will never live long enough to see mature. I planted some Live Oak trees on either side of a road that will take 50 years to mature, but when they do, a beautiful canopy will arch across the road where their moss-covered limbs will touch and it will no doubt create a beautiful drive. Certain times of the year Whitetail deer will gather underneath them and dine on the acorns that the majestic oaks will produce. Birds and raccoons will sit atop the grand trees and will be able to see for miles.

I also planted a bevy of Long Leaf pine trees, most majestic of the pine trees but also the slowest growing. In 50 years they will tower all over the property and a single log will nearly build a small house.

My friends asked, “What’s up with the tree planting? At your age, you’ll never make one dime and/or see them grow to maturity or harvest a single tree – Why you’ll be pushing up daisies in 50 years Bob.

What’s the point?”

Hmmm . . .  If we cannot derive personal and tangible benefit from something, should we refrain from doing it?

I want to leave things better than I found them. There will be people and wildlife that will benefit from my efforts in the years to come and I can envision their enjoyment, but more importantly the Lord made us stewards of His property. That does not mean to me that we should strip it of everything of personal value or not make improvements because we will not directly benefit. It means we need to manage it for God the way God would want it managed.

My most important mission left in this short life is to help others find a relationship with Christ. Hardly a week ever goes by without someone writing and telling me they read my book Miracle on Luckie Street, Crazy Like Foxes, or a random entry from Words for the Day, and it ended up changing their lives for the better forever.

Most likely I will never even meet them, at least this side of heaven. So why go to the trouble? I give so many books away I will never make a profit on books sales, Words for the Day is free and I won’t make anything there. The Jesus Alliance takes difficult 18-hour workdays with zero salary – no personal gain there. Many anti-God nuts who don’t like any of my efforts berate and even threaten me. No fun there.

So, why do it?

Because it’s the right thing to do and I don’t want to sin against it.

James 4:17

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.

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Waterboarded

July 19 2017 – Click here to listen

Saturday I attended a memorial celebration for the late Sheila Raye Charles, (daughter of legendary singer/musician Ray Charles.) Her husband Tony saw me and immediately came over and talked to me and there could be no doubt that he was suffering deep pain from his loss. He loved Sheila dearly and even though he knew with certainty that she is with Jesus in a better place for all of eternity, it still hurts and he misses her dearly. I talked to Sheila’s sister and other friends and members of the family and we were all in the same shape.

Yesterday I endured surgery on my mouth. My gums were sliced, scraped, and a tooth was pulled and a very serious infection was drilled, dug out, and cut away along with membrane from my upper palate and the bone that once resided there. A new membrane was grafted in along with donor bone grafts and finally the opening was sewn shut. Although I was given shots in my upper palate and all around the area, they had to keep giving me additional numbing shots as the procedure proceeded and new pains jolted through me like a bolt of lightning with the discovery of each one.

The bottom line is that it really hurt to have this procedure done. Not only was the pain of the operation intense, but I told the oral surgeon that I now knew how it feels to be waterboarded as I very nearly drowned in all the water that they kept squirting in my mouth.

So, I figured once the operation was over the pain would subside.

Boink! – Wrong!

When the numbing agent completely wore off, the pain really kicked in, and even at this very moment I can literally feel every beat of my heart as it painfully throbs throughout the area where my tooth once thrived.

Why do you suppose God allows pain in our lives?

The question was asked by Job, and David in his Psalms, and elsewhere in the Bible and by the modern theologians of today.

Great news! I have thoroughly researched this question and am confident that I can give you the answer in just three powerful words:

I don’t know!

Nor does anyone else this side of heaven. God allows it for His own reasons. He is sovereign and has not elected to disclose why and that is His prerogative.

So that leaves us with what I deem to be our best options. Grin and bear it and know that in time the pain will subside. That last one reminds me of hitting one’s finger with a hammer. When you strike it, logically you know that it will eventually quit hurting, but doggone it when you hit it – It hurts!

Maybe knowing that it will eventually stop hurting can comfort us to a degree, but this verse will help even more: Romans 8:18: “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.”

Okay I’ll just try to grin and bear it, even if for some strange reason my eyes start leaking. Note: Crying is hard for me to even say the word, much less admit to it, but on occasion my eyes do leak a little.

It also might help to memorize 1 Corinthians 2:9: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”

Remember Romans 8:28 the Bible promises, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” That verse encourages me greatly.

I like to prepare myself for pain so I won’t be surprised when it strikes. We should know that it is us who decides whether to turn bitter or turn to God for peace and courage. We must first realize we are not being singled out for punishment, but all of mankind will at some point endure pain in our lives. God has not forgotten or forsaken us when we do. He has a plan and it is a good one whether we know or not – He knows! (Remember Romans 8:28? “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”)

My tooth still hurts and Sheila Ray’s family still endures the pain of the loss of their loved one but to a person through our pain we still know peace, joy, and love that comes from Christ. Without Jesus, life would be unbearable for me. He is our hope!

John 16:33. “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. But be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

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Check it out first

July 18 2017 – Click here to listen

Not long after I graduated from High School, I heard a “rumor” that a young person could make excellent money fighting forest fires in Idaho in the summertime. I lived in Mississippi at the time and decided to hitch-hike to Sandpoint Idaho to fight forest fires for the summer.

Guess what? I arrived 6 weeks too early before the fire season was to begin and they were not hiring. I was told that even if I had arrived during fire season, I probably could not have obtained a job anyway, because they already had a well-trained work force.

I had about thirty dollars when I left, and when I arrived it had dwindled to ten. A man at the ranger station told me that he heard a “rumor” that they were building a huge dam up in Libby Montana and that they were paying young men like “me” big bucks to work on it. (I can only assume that his reference to young men like “me”, actually referred to someone with a strong back and weak mind). I hitch-hiked to Libby Montana. When I arrived it was as cold as I had ever been. I went in a diner and asked how to get a job working on the dam project. I was told that there had been a strike by the union and no one was working.

ARGHHHHH! I was cold, tired, and broke. I eventually ended up hitch-hiking all of the way back down to Louisiana, enduring tremendous discomfort every step of the way, details of which I will not bore you; suffice it to say that it was not a very enjoyable trip. I eventually got a job working offshore on the oil rigs.

This taught me a valuable lesson about listening to rumors and acting upon them without investigating them thoroughly.

Don’t do it!

We all hear rumors occasionally, often about other individuals that we know. It has been my experience that most rumors are not true. Usually by the time it gets to the second or third person, the facts are so distorted that it doesn’t even resemble the original story. Some people “get-off” on gossiping and spreading lies and seem to enjoy destroying other folk’s reputations. Do not be an innocent partner in this by being gullible enough to believe everything anyone tells you, and in a hurry to go out and tell everyone that you know.
__________________________

Proverbs 16: 28
A perverse man sows strife,
And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

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Listening to hell

July 17 2017 – Click here to listen

I’ve attended several churches where the pastor was quoting Scripture directly from the “The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language.” I’ve read most all translations and decided to obtain this one too and read it. My sons got word I wanted it and gave me a copy as a gift for my birthday or some similar occasion and I started reading it.

It was written by Eugene H. Peterson, a retired Presbyterian minister. I partially read some of it and immediately didn’t like it at all, because I felt it outright distorted the meaning of so many of my favorite passages. I abandoned the project and put it on my bookshelf and haven’t given it another thought until its author, Pastor Peterson, recently expressed his support of same-sex marriage.

He proclaimed in an interview with Religion News Service, “I wouldn’t have said this 20 years ago, but now I know a lot of people who are gay and lesbian, and they seem to have as good a spiritual life as I do.” When asked if he would ever perform a same-sex wedding ceremony had he been working today, he responded, “Yes.” And then went on to say, “I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over.”

Interestingly after a firestorm of protest from conservative Christians and bookstores threatening to take his books off the shelves, he changed his mind and now has proclaimed he wouldn’t perform a same sex wedding and hopes he will never be asked.

Huh?

So, is he basing his belief system in gay marriage not being sinful entirely upon his good relationship with some “gay” Christian acquaintances who love the Lord, or what is written in the Bible? Is his belief system based on selling books? Is his belief system subject to changing like the wind based in no small part upon criticism by his peers? Is he confused about what he believes?

No nation during the recorded 5000 years of the history of mankind has ever allowed homosexual marriages until Barrack Obama did so during his presidency. As is often the case, many nations have now followed the United States and have passed similar laws. Since then our society has shifted from 25% opposed to accepting this sin as a norm, to 72% now in support of it.

Peterson’s statement, “I think that kind of debate about lesbians and gays might be over” is nothing unique to our country endorsing this sin. Even a cursory look at the Bible reveals societies throughout time abandoning the Word of God to accommodate their sinful desires; read the book of judges to understand this more clearly. The most egregious offense in this regard in modern times was the Lutheran Church in Germany as Hitler began his persecution of the Jews prior to WWII. The church cut the entire Old Testament from the Bible.

Those who know and love the Holy Bible and believe it to be the inerrant, unchanging, Holy Word of God there is no debate and can be no debate upon what it states no matter what society demands.

Why?

We are commanded by God in the Bible to take it as it is written and cannot change it to suit our fleshly opinions of God’s laws to accommodate the everchanging whims of society. In fact, there are dire warnings in Revelation 22:18-19 to anyone who tampers with the biblical text: Jesus warns against distorting His word in any way, whether through additions, subtractions, falsifications, alterations, or intentional misinterpretations. The warning is explicit and dire and the plagues of Revelation will be visited upon anyone guilty of tampering in any way with the revelations in the book, and those who dare to do so will have no part in eternal life in heaven.

Although the warning in Revelation 22:18-19 is specific to the Book of Revelation, the principle applies to anyone who seeks to intentionally distort God’s Word. Moses gave a similar warning in Deuteronomy 4:1-2, where he cautioned the Israelites that they must listen to and obey the commandments of the Lord, neither adding to nor taking away from His revealed Word. Proverbs 30:5-6 contains a similar admonition to anyone who would add to God’s words: he will be rebuked and proven to be a liar. This principle must be applied to the entire revealed Word of God. We must be VERY careful to handle the Bible with care and reverence to not distort its message.

A man can love another man, multiple men and/or women, a woman can love another woman, multiple women/men, one can love their dog, or parakeet, but it doesn’t mean he should marry them. Unfortunately, it seems our permissive society is heading down that road and where it might stop is anyone’s guess.

Society is rejecting God’s laws and turning that way because of our sinful nature. The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin, but that does not mean we should hate those who commit this particular sin, because everyone sins. We are to love the sinner and hate the sin the same as Christ does.

Christians are not homophobic or mean-spirited, or bigots because they believe the Bible. The Bible will endure forever. To be sure there are people who will attempt to cut out the parts of the Bible that condemn whatever sin they love and paste in what they want to hear. As we have seen cutting and pasting God’s Holy Word is a dangerous thing.

I urge everyone to read the Bible for themselves. I attribute all of the success I have enjoyed in my life to my study of the Bible and my love for Christ and my attempt at obedience to Him. The closer I’ve come to adhering to the laws of God the happier and more blessed I’ve been in my life. It is when I stray from the Bible, (sin), that I have experienced problems.

I prayed for Pastor Peterson this morning and urge you to do likewise. From what I understand he is a kindly and well-meaning person who perhaps fell into the liberal minded thinking of Seattle Washington where he resides and now is facing a firestorm of controversy. He has been listening to hell and that is where firestorms originate.

2 Timothy 3:16

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”

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Human yellow jackets

July 14 2017 – Click here to listen

I used to belong to a 4-wheel drive club and once a month a couple of dozen of us would drive our 4-wheel drive vehicles through the narrow jeep trails of the rugged Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina on an overnight 4-wheel drive adventure. We would camp half way through and the following morning we would drive the rest of the way. It was great fun and we saw some beautiful streams, wildlife, and waterfalls as we traversed the gorgeous landscape.

One day I was driving along in my Toyota Landcruiser and a jeep was behind me. I had my windows up and he had a completely open top with nothing but his roll bar above him.

As we drove along, the driver of the jeep suddenly began honking his horn at me and desperately trying to pass me. I thought he had possibly lost his mind as he was frantically waving his arms in the air and acting like a Looney Tunes comic character as he frantically tried to get past me on the narrow jeep trail.

Then I saw the reason for his angst. Apparently as I drove ahead of him the wheel of my Land Cruiser had overturned a large rock that some angry yellow jackets had decided to build their nest underneath. When my buddy, who was following me, drove over the now exposed nest, the yellow jackets were swarming out of the ground in waves and attacked him and the guy riding with him with a vengeance.

My buddies were madly swatting away at them and desperately trying to escape as the angry yellow jackets swarmed all over them, stinging them all over their heads and torsos. I pulled over and let them by and their jeep took off like a scalded dog.

I drove perhaps another mile before I saw them stopped by a stream. They had swollen knots all over their heads and bodies where they had been stung numerous times. One pulled his tee shirt off and a couple of them flew out. I was concerned that they might have a reaction but thank the Lord they survived with nothing more than some very painful stings.

As I perused several web-based news sites this morning, I was reminded of this incident. President Donald J. Trump is being attacked at every turn by an angry swarm of left wing media, Obama era bureaucrats, deep state operatives, various establishment RINO’s, and winos. Human yellow jackets are what they remind me of, and I’m so sick of them I could literally vomit.

They can’t find enough legitimate reasons to slam Trump even with his occasional crudeness, however that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them, they just make stuff up. They swarm over any bit of news like angry yellow jackets. They refuse to give him credit for anything positive that he has done and indeed twist it to make it seem illegitimate somehow. They come off their nests at the slightest miscue and swarm after him over any and every little thing under the sun.

I was appalled lately when I saw a photo of Trump having hands laid on him and being prayed over in the oval office by numerous spiritual leaders. I watched the video of a CNN commentator who said in a disgusted manner that it was a strange sight watching them “pray” and several people were even “touching him” with their hands. She asked as though repulsed by it, “What was that all about?” as though he was involved in some strange occult ritual.

It’s difficult not to get mad when someone ridicules your faith. I have a friend who is a well-known evangelist, and I was lamenting to him about some of the wickedness that was going in Washington D.C. I railed about the immorality and corruption that was festering in that place and how the real deplorables were the ones who constantly lied, changed our laws to allow wickedness to run rampant in the United States, and were stealing the American people blind at every turn to line their own greedy pockets.

He looked at me as I completed my rant and simply said, “What would you expect them to do Bob, they’re pagans. They aren’t being guided by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God is nonsense and rubbish to them. In their world, anything goes. They are lost – We should pray for them.”

And that is what we did.

I was thinking of my friends who had been stung by the yellow jackets with swollen faces and arms and thought about how difficult that it would have been for them to have sympathy for those angry yellow jackets and pray for them. Now if I had said let’s go back tonight and pour gasoline down their lair and destroy them, they would have probably been up for that.

The yellow jackets were merely defending their home in the way that came natural to them. Attack and sting – defend our home. And so too, the human yellow jackets in the Washington D.C. swamp are attacking and defending their home in the only way they know how – lying, cheating, spinning, and trying to destroy any form of decency. Christians and true believers will pray for them and not pour gasoline on them. That is what Christ did for us.

Romans 5:8

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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The struggle is real

July 13 2017 – Click here to listen

I received the following letter from a friend yesterday after he read my post on forgiveness:

“Bob – Great timing on this one. My wife and I struggle (her way more than me) with forgiveness of others. She REALLY struggles with the forgetting part of the equation.

She and I were literally talking about this last night and how I think once you forgive and forget, you move on and try to make amends with whomever hurt you. She’s of the thought that even though she forgives/forgets, she still wants nothing do to with the person that wronged her. Especially if that person denies any wrongdoing.

My question is, do you have any references (bible or personal) that speak to this? She is of the mindset that even though she’s forgiven someone, she wants to mitigate any potential future issues so she just avoids these people. The bad news is most of these people are in her family, and mine. For the sake of our kids and future generational vacancies in family relationships, I think it’s important to mend the fences. It starts with us. Needless to say, we were at odds and decided to “agree to disagree”.

The struggle is real! Have a great day and I’m looking forward to what you have to say.”

One of the most difficult things I ever did was forgive my father some years back. I confess that I only did it because I was under conviction from the Lord and could not get the verse in Matthew 6:15 out of my mind – But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins . . .

I was very bitter towards my father for the abuse that I endured from him during my childhood, and I wanted nothing to do with him. But the Lord convinced me that I needed to forgive him and move on. When I told him that I forgave him, to put it mildly he told me that he did not desire forgiveness, and further stated that he had done nothing wrong and had done the best he could in raising me. Nonetheless, after forgiving him I felt greatly relieved and a heavy burden was lifted from me that day. I could not forget what had happened in my youth, but decided to let it go anyway.

When I make up my mind to do something – I do it – and after that apology no matter where I might be in the world I dutifully called him every Sunday afternoon for nearly 15 years until his death. I did not enjoy talking to him on most of the calls, especially in the beginning, but felt I needed to be sincere in my forgiveness. After a while we both warmed up to it and it got to the point if I did not call by a certain time he would complain.

I also flew him down to my home in Florida for weeks at a time, and visited him at his home in Mississippi. It was very meaningful to him, especially after my stepmother died and he was alone. Before he passed away we had bonded to a degree, and when he turned 92 years old from his hospital bed for the first time in his life he told me that he loved me and was proud of me.

Not long after that his health began to fail and I took care of him and put him in assisted living, (he refused to move to Florida.) And then he went home to be with the Lord.

I’m exceedingly glad that I forgave him and formed a relationship with him and it was well worth the effort it required.

I had a step mother-in-law who was the biggest trouble maker anyone could ever find. She even got kicked out of her church for stirring up trouble. She loved strife and especially enjoyed starting squabbles in the family. We never got any peace, because she was constantly making up lies and starting trouble at every turn. Finally, after several years of putting up with ruined family events and holidays she pulled one shenanigan too many and I exploded. I told her to get the heck out of my house and never set foot in it again. And from that moment on I would never allow her to do so. My life vastly improved. She moved on to making other people miserable right up until the day she passed away. From what I understand not many showed up at her funeral.

I know that had I continued to be around her I would have endured nothing but strife. Avoiding her like the plague left me in peace and I did not feel as though I was under conviction from the Holy Spirit to reconcile. In fact, I felt more at peace than I had in years as did other members of the family.

So, was I justified in what I did?

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus was quite specific about dealing with difficult people in love and humility: “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you” (Luke 6:27–31). “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).

There is a caveat to this dilemma. Because of our Christian teaching on humility, self-sacrifice and kindness, we sometimes get the impression that to set boundaries of any kind with these people is wrong, and that we must take whatever they dish out. I do not believe this is so.

When we give abusive and vicious people permission to repeatedly sin against us without consequence, we enable them to sin. There are times when the best thing we can do for that openly sinning person is to part company with them. When we do this, we deny the person the further opportunity to sin against us. This helps us to forgive them and cut off further chances for the enemy to take advantage of the situation. Simply said it might be best to avoid the situation altogether by choosing carefully whom we associate with: “Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered” (Proverbs 22:24).

So, in answer to my friend and his wife’s debate and his letter asking me to referee, I say in answer to him – Yes! And in answer to her I say – Yes! I’m glad I forgave my father and worked hard to form a relationship and I’m glad I cutoff that witch from brewing her hatred around my family.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot, if it is someone in your church causing the problem, God gave us some direction there too. Might try that as a good method to resolve it outside of the church too . . .

Matt. 18:15

If your brother sins against you, go and confront him privately. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, regard him as you would a pagan or a tax collector . . .

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Windshield of new opportunities

July 12 2017 – Click here to listen

My beloved brother Jim tragically took his own life several years ago, but it seems like only yesterday to me and it still grieves me and leaves me with a broken heart even today. I was going through his Bible this morning and reading his hand-written notes and saw one that read: “When on the edge, what would Jesus do?” Below it he had written: “Forgive – Don’t talk about others – Jesus wouldn’t.”

One of the most difficult things we face in life is forgiving those who have wronged us. In my case I have often spoken the words, “I forgive you,” but I find it most difficult to forget. What does Jesus do when we make a profession of faith? He states that our sins are forgiven, forgotten, and He will remember them no more.

So, if we follow His lead we will do the same. I don’t know about you but I can forgive most people who have wronged me rather easily in comparison to forgiving myself. Intellectually I know that my sins are forgiven by God and He created a new creature in me, but in my heart, I agonize over the grievous sins that I’ve committed especially during my dark days.

Of all the Bible heroes, (aside from Jesus), that I most admire, the Apostle Paul stands out in my mind. As best I can determine he was forgiven of the worst sins of any of the apostles. He oversaw the murder of Christians as well as having them beaten and jailed. After an encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, he became a fearless follower of Christ. The torture he endured on behalf of our Lord is mind-boggling. He was scourged three times, caned four times, ship wrecked, stoned, jailed, hated by his former friends, bitten by a poisonous snake and so on, and yet he shared the Gospel with everyone who would listen.

Paul knew what it felt like to be forgiven; he appreciated Jesus for His loving grace and forgiveness, and his life after Damascus was a living testimony to it.

Did he forgive himself? He wrote in Philippians 3:13 – No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead . . . 

Paul said in his own words that he focused on this one thing – forgetting his past. I have often theorized that the thorn in Paul’s flesh, for which he asked God to remove on three occasions, was that late at night he would lay in bed and recount the looks on the eyes of Christians he’d martyred. I can just imagine him reliving seeing Stephen being stoned at his behest.

Noted Bible scholar and teacher Kay Arthur and I discussed this and she pointed to this verse to negate that thought and simply said she thought the thorn was his failing eyesight.

I told her that maybe I was injecting my own demons on Paul as a defensive measure, and she looked at me, smiled, and slowly nodded affirmatively. She said, “Bob forgive yourself – Jesus has done so and so should you.

Easier said than done my dear friend Kay – Easier said than done.

And so we should all forgive ourselves and forget. I have witnessed to many thousands of people and I cannot tell you how many people struggle with forgiving themselves and others.

It is hard to forgive and forget if we are focused on the wrong things eh?

Focus on forgetting the past and look forward. I envision life as being akin to large a front car windshield. As we drive down the road new things unfold before us with every turn of the wheels. The rearview mirror is tiny in comparison and if we focus on it instead of what is unfolding before us we will crash the car. Better to look ahead; (besides when I look in the rearview mirror I don’t like what I see.)

I wish my brother could have read this. He struggled and was tortured with things of the past such as his young son Bob, (yes named after me), who tragically died of a brain tumor at just 5 years old. If only Jim would have looked forward instead of behind . . .

Keep fighting the good fight my friends and be excited about what will unfold in your life today!

Luke 9:62

Then Jesus declared, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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Grin Belle

July 11 2017 – Click here to listen

The Carpenters, a band from days gone by, belted out the lyrics to a song they made popular back when I was a youngster:

Talkin’ to myself and feelin’ old
Sometimes I’d like to quit
Nothin’ ever seems to fit
Hangin’ around
Nothin’ to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down

This song seemed to describe my day yesterday.

  • My Internet and television connection went down (and is still down) due to a storm.
  • I got up early to finish some work in order to make my morning doctor’s appointment only to find that it had to be rescheduled due to the person I was supposed to meet with having problems with her son.
  • Next, I learned that the beloved wife of my good friend Bill Glass went to be with the Lord and I know that Bill will miss his soulmate more than words can describe. His grief grieves me to no end.
  • Later I learned that a young man who got addicted to heroin that I’ve been trying to help died from an overdose despite my best efforts to counsel and pray for him to turn him around. His super nice family is devastated and so am I.
  • I then went to a periodontist and had painful work done on my gums for two hours.
  • Next a friend took something personally that I had said that was intended to be a joke, and became enraged.
  • To add to the mood throughout the day we had rainstorms with heavy lightening and torrential downpours that made our pool run over.

I remembered that it was a rainy day and a Monday. Ugh!

I was pretty down and then my phone rang and I saw the name of one of the most spiritual people I know appear on my caller ID. I whispered: “Thank you Jesus I need a breath of fresh air.”

My euphoria didn’t last. He was calling to inform me that he had not returned my call last week because his disabled sister had been hospitalized and he had just brought her home. He said the cause of her condition, a very painful and badly swollen foot, could not be diagnosed even after a week in the hospital.

Ron is a prophet and a powerful prayer warrior, but he sounded very disheartened and worried. I didn’t mention my woes for the day and simply asked if I could pray for him. He said yes, and told me that when I was finished he wanted to pray for me as well.

And PRAY we did. We lifted up Jesus for perhaps an hour. Close your ears Baptists – We prayed in prayer language, (tongues), and we prayed in normal language. We even sang, which in my case could only be appreciated by God for the effort and not the musical content. We thanked God – We praised God – We petitioned God using every ounce of our strength. I prayed for Ron and his sister – He prayed for me – We both prayed for the world.

When finished I asked Ron if he felt better and I could hear him smiling through the phone as he beamed YES! I responded that I felt much better too.

During my prayer, I mentioned to God that His Holy Word guarantees when two or more are gathered in His name that He will be right there with us and He was. I could feel His presence and warm loving compassion. It also states that when we agree on something God the Father will answer and it will be done for us. Though He did not need a reminder, we reminded God of this promise and iterated our faith that He would answer our prayers.

Bad things will continue to happen in this world until the return of Jesus Christ to rule the world, but praise God that we have a loving Intercessor who has overcome the world. Eternity is FOREVER, our trials on planet earth are but a mere vapor that will disappear before we even know it, and then we spend eternity in paradise with our Lord.

Keep your eyes on that goal.

My grandfather had a bird dog named Belle. He taught her to grin on command. He would say, “Grin Belle Grin”, and old Belle would wrinkle up her nose and appear to be grinning. She had a hilariously funny appearance and seemed to enjoy making us laugh. She probably didn’t feel like grinning all the time, especially on rainy days and Mondays, but did so anyway.

Hey maybe we can learn from old Belle. Com’on now grin my friends – grin . . .

Matt. 18:19

Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”

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Listen to the silence

July 10 2017 – Click here to listen

So, we went on a mini-vacation to the mountains of North Carolina with my son over the fourth. The weather was great, nice and crisp and cool, but there was no phone, text, e-mail, nothing in the guest house. Furthermore, I didn’t have a car due to riding up there with my son. I felt like one of those pioneers who settled those Blue Ridge Mountains.

Recently I received a copy of this interview with the Managing Director of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz).

  • He said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon ‘et al’
  • Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years
  • Uber is just a software tool, they don’t own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world
  • Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don’t own any properties
  • Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected
  • In the US, young lawyers already don’t get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for, more or less, basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain
  • Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses.
  • Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans.
  • In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans
  • Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don’t want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver’s license and will never own a car
  • It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that
  • We can transform former parking spaces into parks
  • 2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles. That will save a million lives each year
  • Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels
  • Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla
  • Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear
  • Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood
  • Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity.
  • Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact
  • Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can’t last. Technology will take care of that strategy
  • With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don’t have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.
  • Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the “Tricorder” from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breathe into it. It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.
  • 3D printing: The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes. Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past. At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home
  • In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-story office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that’s being produced will be 3D printed
  • Business opportunities: If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: “in the future, do you think we will have that?” and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner? If it doesn’t work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century
  • Work: 70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time
  • Agriculture: There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields
  • Aeroponics will need much less water. The first Petri dish produced veal, is now available and will be cheaper than cow produced veal in 2018. Right now, 30% of all agricultural surfaces is used for cows. Imagine if we don’t need that space anymore.
  • There are several startups who will bring insect protein to the market shortly. It contains more protein than meat. It will be labelled as “alternative protein source” (because most people still reject the idea of eating insects)
  • There is an app called “moodies” which can already tell in which mood you’re in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it’s being displayed when they’re telling the truth and when they’re not
  • Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency . . . Of the world!
  • Longevity: Right now, the average life span increases by 3 months per year. Four years ago, the life span used to be 79 years, now it’s 80 years. The increase itself is increasing and by 2036, there will be more than one year increase per year. So, we all might live for a long, long, time, probably way more than 100
  • Education: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education
  • Every child can use Khan academy for everything a child needs to learn at school in First World countries. There have already been releases of software in Indonesia and soon there will be releases in Arabic, Suaheli and Chinese this summer. I can see enormous potential if we give the English app for free, so that children in Africa and everywhere else can become fluent in English and that could happen within half a year.

Wow this all sounds kind of weird. Some of it may come true. My son has a Tesla and it has an option to drive itself which he demonstrated. He told me he reads the news and his e-mail on the way to work. UGH! I guess I’m old fashioned, but I don’t trust it.

I also question the timing of when exactly all these amazing things will happen. I own a cell phone and couldn’t use it or my laptop in the mountains of North Carolina or at my Honey Lake Plantation in Greenville Florida when I returned there. Maybe Verizon didn’t get this memo. It appears we have a long way to go to me.

However, I would be quick to point out that I have lived through all kinds of “progress” in my life including the invention and widespread use of fax machines, computers, Internet, cell phones, moon landings, satellite television, and so on. Much of it improved our lives and it also damaged our lives. The Internet for example has become a necessity of life and helps billions of people all over the world. It is also very destructive as in the widespread use of pornography, and hacking into systems to steal money or steal government secrets.

While in the mountains I was kind of frantic the first couple of days without an effective way to communicate, but got used to it faster than I thought I would. I long for a simpler life without daily facing hundreds and hundreds of e-mails, texts, and phone calls. It’s kind of nice to listen to the silence.

I think those people in biblical times who could live simply and look at God’s creation and at night stare at the heavens and stars without the lights, noise, hustle and bustle created by people in our modern civilization had an easier time enjoying time with God.

Take some time today and look around at what God has created versus man-made chaos. In North Carolina I was fly fishing a little stream and came up on a waterfall and just sat on a rock in the middle of the stream and listened. The air was crisp and the water was crystal clear. When I went to Honey Lake I saw a hen turkey with a bunch of pint sized babies crossing the road. She all but ignored me as she managed to get her brood into the cover. I glanced in the side mirror and I was grinning like a mule eating briars.

The wife of the person whom I admire the most in life, Bill Glass, passed away over the weekend. Mavis is in heaven and I have no doubt she is enjoying those sights and more with Jesus right at this moment. No threats of nuclear war from anyone, no child rape for profit, no terrorism, no tears, sickness, pain; instead joy, peace, and resting in our Savior. Her fight is finished and she fought the good fight.

God is the future my friends, don’t be deceived.

Jer. 2:13

 . . . for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

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Foolish pride

July 7 2017 – Click here to listen

I am dealing with a difficult situation in which the person I am dealing has had their pride’ damaged. I am about convinced that no amount of consoling is going to turn this person around and their pride is so important to them that they will not bend. As the Bible teaches, “Pride goes before destruction”. Unless this person reconsiders, foolish pride will soon destroy a relationship. If they are not willing to bend a little in the interest of obtaining peace then they will break and never find it. We see this in the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, the Shiites and the Sunnis, and African nations and others around the world galore. No one wants to either compromise, forgive, or just agree to disagree and then move on.

I have seen this numerous times throughout my life on a personal basis whereby two friends or relatives get into a squabble. One or both get their pride damaged over something and before you know it, the relationship is over and the bridge is burned down. A funny example of damaged pride was a friend of mine who upon leaving a college football game refused to ask anyone for directions home. Instead we drove around all over town, (approximately two hours), trying to find it on our own. Finally we convinced him to stop and ask directions. His reason for not doing it in the first place? “I got my pride”. Huh??? Arghhhhh!

If someone tries to reconcile a long standing problem and your precious pride has been damaged, why not just reconcile and move on? The Bible instructs us “not to let the sun go down” while we are still angry at someone. I believe part of the reason this urgency in resolving the problem immediately is in the Bible is that the longer the dispute goes on, the harder it is to ultimately peacefully resolve the conflict. Sometimes after a significant length of time has elapsed, both parties have hardened to an extent that there is no room for reconcilement, (even though they may have forgotten why they are mad at each other in the first place, but don’t worry about details like that they hate each other – just the same –  this is a ‘family feud’). Other times hurtful things that have been said are carried around like a precious belonging for a lifetime causing daily pain and consternation as they relive that hurtful comment, (or whatever), over and over and over. In either case pride needlessly destroys the relationship.

Guess who enjoys every minute of this? Satan of course since he is the father of it. Pride was the original sin and Eve went as a lamb to slaughter’ as satan whispered in her ear and told her that she could become a God herself by eating from the Tree of Life. Foolish pride brought down the entire human race and pride is one of satan’s favorite tools. Sadly it will not be going away until Christ returns and sets up His new kingdom that is free from sin; therefore we must learn to defeat it in our daily lives on this old earth. Be gracious and humble. Ask yourself this question, in the final analysis what difference does it make anyhow? Forgive others their trespasses against you and rise above it. Defeat satan in one of his favorite games. Jesus was the perfect example on the cross as He pleaded with His Father to “forgive them for they know not what they do” . . . He is our example of what to do about pride.

Proverbs 13:10
By pride comes nothing but strife . . .

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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You CAN have an Impact!

July 6 2017 – Click here to listen

Don’t ever underestimate your influence on others. The following story (author unknown) illustrates why.

“One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.” I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.

As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends He said yes. We hung all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak. Graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him. Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach . . . but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.” I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.” I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse. God puts us all in each other’s lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.”

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John 15:17
These things I command you,
that you love one another.

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We cannot make choices for others…unfortunately.

July 5 2017 – Click here to listen

I was thinking back many years ago when i heard the news that a young friend of mine had been arrested for felony possession of cocaine and paraphernalia. This 22 year old young man was the mate on my boat and I fished with him quite often until I had to fire him because he became very unreliable and I suspected him of trying to sell me stolen fishing equipment.

When you fish with someone you spend quite a bit of time getting to know them. This youngster is intelligent, a good conversationalist, and a heck of a good fisherman. I knew he had an alcohol problem because we discussed it. I tried to tell him how much better my life became when I stopped drinking to no avail. Although he vehemently denied drug use, I strongly suspected that he was using and some other folks around town had alerted me to it. I actually witnessed to him several times and tried to get him to go to church with me. I lectured him on the dangers of drug use and excessive alcohol use and where it would lead. I recounted to him how my life was nearly ruined and nearly ended at a very young age on more than one occasion from participating in just such behavior and how I had overcome all of that by turning to God.

Alas it was all for not. I’ve been sitting here looking at his mug shot which I downloaded from the Sheriff’s department website  questioning what more I could have done and where I failed this young man. Unfortunately we can watch over people, mentor them, pray for them and try our best to be a positive influence on their lives, but it is unfortunate that in the end we cannot make choices for them.

Free will is one of the most frustrating things I encounter. It must be doubly so for our Father in heaven. Imagine sending your own Son to take the punishment for someone’s sins and then watch them spurn that supreme sacrifice and in effect  spit in your face. The Lord has to be sadly shaking His head over that dilemma. It is hard enough for me to understand how someone can reject my advice based upon my experience of having similar problems, much less understand why so many reject God’s grace. Had this young man listened to advice and joined me in going to church and pursuing things like catching sailfish and Wahoo instead of smoking crack cocaine, he would not be sitting in jail right now wondering how much time he will serve and what a felony conviction will mean to him throughout his life. He would know peace and joy and fellowship with a loving Father and would be enjoying the blessings of God.

How many people enter the darkness and torment of Hell every single day because they stubbornly refuse to use their free will to make a choice for Jesus? Unfortunately we already know the answer to that is MANY! The Bible tells us that wide is the gate and broad is the road to destruction and there are “many” that take its easy path. It goes on to say that narrow is the path and difficult the way which leads to life and there are few who find it. Yet the Bible clearly tells us that “everyone” who asks, receives, and he who seeks, finds, and to him who knocks, it will be opened, which clearly tells us it boils down to making a simple choice of submission. Ironic that so few make it, isn’t it?

James 4:7
Therefore submit to God.
Resist
the devil and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you

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Compassion – Is it inherited?

July 4 2017 – Click here to listen

I recently held a conversation with someone I have known all of my life. The subject of compassion came up and he expressed to me that he wished that he could have had compassion for others in his life. His lifetime is nearly gone, and now as an old man, he laments the fact that he is completely devoid of compassion for others and has been so all his life.

Throughout his life, he actually cared about no one other than himself and the situation has been compounded by the fact that he “looks down on” and dislikes practically everyone that is not like him. This includes all races other than Caucasian. He is totally unconcerned with the plight of the poor. He detests anyone who is tortured by alcoholism, drug addiction, or any other infirmity that could have been avoided, according to him: “if the person had been a “strong” and ‘Good Christian”. Anyone who has made a serious mistake like unwed pregnancy, or possibly a brush with the law is on his “list”. He doesn’t want anyone to live in “our” country unless they are “Americans”. (Arguing that we were all once immigrants, and that this country offers these people their only real chance of having a better life, and that most of these people perform work that is needed and no one else wants to do, is immediately cut off.).

As I listened to him, he made it sound as if having compassion for others was an inherited trait. In fact he alluded to the fact that my Mother, who he knew very well, was compassionate for others and that I had probably inherited this trait from her. I thought to myself, “Wait a minute here, is compassion an inherited trait like freckles or red hair?” I don’t think so. I think it is a choice. Maybe I’m wrong, but I do not believe that deciding to give people the benefit of the doubt and to cast aside judgment of people who have made mistakes, (leaving judgment to the Lord), and being willing to offer a helping hand is inherited. Feeling sorry for the poor and unfortunate and trying to help them somehow is not a trait that is contained in our DNA.

I realize that I have no right to “look down” on anyone. I have led such an error filled life that I could hardly point the finger at anyone for making mistakes. Also I have been very poor and homeless and realize that it is not always the fault of the homeless person that they are in that condition, and even if it is, we should be interested in helping them to help themselves out of such a predicament. We are commanded by Jesus Christ to treat everyone as we would like to be treated and I believe that the Spirit who lives within us helps us to follow that command, provided we ask for His help.

I am so glad that Jesus Christ has compassion. I have made so many stupid and often rebellious mistakes that if Jesus was not compassionate, I would bust Hell wide open and deservedly so. This man may not realize it, but so would he. We all would. A man whom I really respect, once told me that his goal in life was to be more like Jesus.

The first step in that process would be to have compassion. The one trait of Jesus that stands out beyond all others is His compassion. He took the punishment that I deserve and that you deserve. He had such compassion for us that he lowered Himself from His exalted position, let people spit on Him, and treat Him shamefully, and then willingly let them crucify Him. He did it for all races, all types of people. All had made mistakes, and yet there is no mistake too great for Him to forgive to those who believe in Him and ask for His forgiveness. We have a CHOICE of whether or not we follow His lead. It has nothing to do with inherited traits. It is about first realizing that we are not perfect, and then following God’s only Son’s commands.

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John 15:12
“This is My commandment,
that you love one another as I have loved you.”

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Prayer

July 3 2017 – Click here to listen

“Here’s one that ought to make us hang our heads in shame for what we have become as a nation, yet cause us to lift our hearts in prayer to the God who forgives and desires to restore us.”

Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate. It seems prayer still upsets some people. When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate, everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good”, but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We confess that:

We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.

We have abused power and called it politics.

We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition.

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

Search us, oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of Your will and to openly ask these things in the name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen!”

The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. However, in 6 short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea.

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, “The Rest of the Story”, and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called “one nation under God”.

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything.”

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John 14:13
And whatever you ask in My name,
that I will do, that the Father
may be glorified in the Son.

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Evangelicals support gay lifestyle?

June 30 2017 – Click here to listen

Recently Charisma magazine quoted some disturbing statistics. It states in part: “A new survey just released by the Pew Research Center has found that support for gay marriage in the United States is at an all-time record high. According to the survey, 62 percent of all Americans are now in favor of allowing gays and lesbians to get married, and only 32 percent are opposed. These numbers have almost flipped completely upside down from where they were a decade ago. In 2007, 54 percent of all Americans were against gay marriage and only 37 percent were in favor of it.

Support for same-sex marriage has risen across all religious groups in recent years, including among white evangelicals and black Protestants. Support for same sex-marriage among white Evangelicals has more than doubled compared with a decade ago (14 percent then, 35 percent now), while the share of black Protestants who favor same-sex marriage has increased from 24 percent in 2007 to 44 percent today.

In particular the shift in favor of gay marriage among evangelicals has been most noticeable among young people. Today, a staggering 47 percent of all white evangelicals born after 1964 favor gay marriage . . . Overall, white evangelical Protestants continue to stand out for their opposition to same-sex-marriage: 35 percent of white evangelical Protestants favor same-sex marriage, compared with a 59 percent majority who are opposed. But younger white evangelicals have grown more supportive: 47 percent of white evangelical Millennials and Gen Xers – age cohorts born after 1964 – favor same-sex marriage, up from 29 percent in March 2016. Views among older white evangelicals (Boomers and Silents) have shown virtually no change over the past year (26 percent now, 25 percent then).”

So, what does this trend say about the Bible being the inerrant word of God? Well, the Bible emphatically states that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Draw your own conclusions.

In 2 Tim. 4:3 the Bible states, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.”

This passage makes it clear that people will turn away from the truth of the Gospel, and take pleasure in hearing affirmations of “their own lusts” from virtually any source including from the pulpit. The Bible predicted that there would be those who would be unwilling to live the life which Paul and Timothy insisted upon as being necessary to be lived by those who would share in Christ’s glory and hope, and instead, would seek out for themselves more indulgent teachers, who would gratify their audience with watered down doctrine.

Most disturbing is the trend of young people to buy into satanic lies. It is they who will rule the world in the decade to come, and it is they who have been most impacted by societal propaganda lies. It is a disturbing shame that so many pastors refuse to preach the truth of the Bible. Famed researcher Barna conducted an exhaustive study of pastors and he asked them what were the five most important factors in their ministries.

The results were as follows:

  1. Attendance
  2. Giving
  3. Number of staff
  4. Number of square footage
  5. Number of programs

He asked about some hot button issues and their stance. Regarding gay marriage, he asked if they felt Holy Scripture clearly stated that marriage should be between a man and a woman, and he was astounded at the overwhelming 93% agreement among them that they believed the Bible clearly states that same sex marriage violates God’s law.

He went on to ask how many times they had preached this subject in the past year. 1% preached 1 sermon in the entire year.

Egad! Why don’t they preach their convictions?

The answer is easy. Go to the survey and re-read it. If the number one and number two objectives are attendance and giving, why would they preach about something that would not be popular with more than half the congregation and could reduce attendance and giving?

The world is ruled by money and not conviction. Oh how god must long for more pastors with the courage and character to boldly preach God’s word.

Children learn from teachers; if teachers are morally corrupt one can’t expect anything different from the students. The Bible has been around throughout the history of civilization and will endure forever. Its message should not be cut and pasted to accommodate those who want to become gods themselves and write their own rules of morality and determine what is right and wrong.

Someone else tried that. His name was Lucifer and his future is not so bright. Itching ears don’t want to hear it, but in the end “every knee shall bow” to Almighty God and an accounting will be required from all of us. What is wrong is not right and what is right is not wrong. Society’s ever-changing values cannot change God’s laws as recorded in the Holy Bible. Don’t let peer pressure change your convictions. Take the Bible as it is written and believe. While pastors might choose to ignore and distort its meaning in order to accommodate the desires of their congregations, it is plainly written in order that all might understand. Omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God will never allow His word to change. Read it for yourself and govern yourself accordingly.

Matt. 19:4

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Have a great weekend and go to church this Sunday!

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Kids seek mental help

June 29 2017 – Click here to listen

I read an article this morning concerning the dramatic increase in teenagers seeking mental health counseling. It stated that rates of twenty-somethings who visited a university counselor doubled last year, with students reporting they are anxious, depressed and suicidal, according to researchers at Penn State University. Nearly 50 percent said they felt depressed, 45 percent were stressed, 26 percent confessed they had intentionally hurt themselves and 33 percent had considered suicide.

It went on to say that these feelings may be sparked by leaving home for the first time, increased academic pressure and having access to alcohol and drugs. Judith Green, director of counseling for Ramapo College in New Jersey, said millennials are more vulnerable to these stressors.

Hmmm . . . More vulnerable? It seems to me that kids have been leaving home to attend college since its inception, academic pressure has always been existent, and alcohol and drugs didn’t just arrive on the scene for these “20 – somethings.”

Could it be that these kids have been raised in an instant gratification self-indulgent environment by busy parents who spend little time with them? Have they been raised up to believe that they should love God first and second to love each other?

My friend Jack – Murf the Surf – Murphy just returned from the Ukraine where he traveled something like 3000 miles by van through that war-torn country to spread the word of God to prison inmates incarcerated there. He had been there 20 years earlier on a similar evangelistic mission and gave away a million copies of his translated book to inmates throughout the Soviet Union prison system. As far as anyone knows it is the only piece of literature that they ever received.

Twenty years later over 1000 former inmates who’d read his book are now pastors and asked him to come again. Many still had their books with them that they had read while in prison and asked him to sign them.

Imagine how this trip made this 80-year old former inmate feel to see the fruit of his labor matured and producing seeds of its own. He spent 25 years behind bars, found Christ through prison ministry, was miraculously released from prison by a parole board, and has been serving God every day since. Not only does he participate in prison ministry, but he collects food from grocery stores, warehouses and wherever he can find it and delivers it to feed the homeless in his community. He mows the yards of widows, participates in several prayer groups to pray for those in need of deliverance, preaches somewhere every week, develops training programs for inmates and those who minister to them, and so on. I could literally go on for an hour.

Could it be that these rich kids who struggle with depression, academic pressure, stress, and so on could take a few lessons from this ex-con about the meaning of life and what God really intended for us to do with our short time on this planet? I can assure you if this ex-criminal can arise to overcome his significant obstacles to do his part to help improve the world and make life easier for others, anyone can.

Jack may not be wealthy monetarily, but he is rich in love and folks the Word of God states that God is love. I would much rather be rich in love than have the fortune of Bill Gates and be devoid of it. Jack Murphy is Spirit filled and rich beyond imagination. BTW – He has raised his kids and grandkids to be successful, well adjusted, and loving. The self-righteous condemn and judge him for his criminal days, but the grace of God changed this man to love God and his neighbors. Thank Jesus for grace, mercy, and compassion and thank Jack for being obedient once he found Jesus.

I pray to God that our future generation and people of all ages will find the following verse and live by it. It truly is what these struggling millennials and the entire world needs. If you truly believe this verse you will do something for someone else with no thought of compensation for yourself. To do so is to say goodbye to stress, anxiety, depression, and hello to joy, peace, and the love of God.

Matt. 22:38

Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ . . .

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