Bread Bags

She put the empty bread bags in a drawer in the kitchen.

It rarely snowed in Arkansas, so when it did, we took full advantage of the rare treat to play in the snow with all the gusto we could muster!

So, out came the bread bags! Mom slipped them over our flimsy gloves on our hands and secured them on our arms with rubber bands she had saved from the newspapers that landed in the driveway.

We did not have waterproof gloves back then and the melting snow quickly soaked in causing fingers to get cold and numb. So we gladly wore the bread bags so the snowball fights could last a little longer.

Most people today don’t think about saving bread bags and rubber bands. We live with a disposable mindset. If it breaks, throw it away, it’s cheaper and easier to just get a new one!

So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT

The writer to the followers of Jesus in the book of Hebrews had endured great suffering, lose, and persecution for their faith in Jesus. With great courage they believed in eternal life and did not deny their salvation.

The Bible reminds us not to throw away that confident trust in the Lord.

In a disposable-everything world, we are tempted to throw away our faith at the first sign of trouble or difficulty. When persecution comes, many will deny the faith and turn away.

Is your faith “disposable?”  A great reward awaits those who with “patient endurance” continue “to do God’s will.”

Our Father, the short life of trouble in this world is nothing compared to the eternity of glory we will spend with You. Remind us constantly that whatever it costs to follow Christ, it will be more than worth it!

Is Jesus the Only Way?

 This quote from G. K. Chesterson haunts me.
“A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.” G. K. Chesterson

Satan is the father of lies and seeks to kill, steal, and destroy. He and his demons are ruthless. They will lie, cheat, and steal to turn you away from Jesus Christ, the Lord who is the one source of salvation.

I asked someone recently, “The hallmark of my faith is this: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. Have you come to the point of accepting Jesus into your life?”

His response is like many today, “I believe God is everywhere and does not limit Himself to one person to show himself.”

G. K. Chesterson was right. So many are sure of their opinion and yet reject the truth of the Bible that’s proven true for centuries.

Yes, God is everywhere, but He has revealed Himself in a very PERSONAL way, in His perfect Son Jesus Christ. To say you believe in God and yet reject His most beloved, one-of-a-kind Son is unpardonable. How could God accept you into His heaven if you’ve rejected His sacrifice of Jesus on the cross who now sits at God’s right hand forever?

If you are drowning in the ocean, someone throws you the only lifeline available, and you refuse to take it because you believe in the general concept of lifelines everywhere, then you will drown.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV

A. Acknowledge you are a sinner and your sin separates you from a relationship with God.

B. Believe in Jesus Christ as your only source of forgiveness, who died for you, and rose from the dead.

C. Confess Him as Lord publicly through baptism, follow Him publicly, and start the growth process in a local congregation of fellow believers.

Pray this prayer: Oh, God, thank you for loving me so much you sacrificed Your Son for me. I am a sinner and rebel against You. I believe in Jesus and His resurrection and ask your complete forgiveness through Him. Please save me. I will show this through baptism and my life of following Jesus Christ as Lord.

Sit Down & Be Quiet

We are getting video clips on our smart phones of her first steps and first words. What a thrill as a grandparent to see and hear these beginnings of walking and talking! Our ten-month-old granddaughter, Ruby, lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

As much as we value their first steps and first words, even though we don’t say it, we also value their ability to “sit down and be quiet.” You have heard the old line haven’t you,

We spend the first year teaching them to walk and talk, then the rest of their growing up years telling them to sit down and be quiet?

As parents and grandparents we do value the discipline of a child being able to sit down and be quiet, especially at a quiet restaurant or in a worship service!

Why is it so hard for a preschooler to sit down and be quiet?

Reason One: Preschoolers have a lot to do! There’s races to run, toys to play with, forts to build, tea parties to have, bugs to catch, etc.

Reason Two: Boredom is a distinct possibility and must be avoided at all costs! There’s much too great a risk if they have to listen, pay attention, reflect, think, or calculate that it could lead to a minute or two of not being entertained.

Reason Three: They like the world revolving around them. They want to be the center of attention. To sit down and be quiet means someone else is the center of attention.

We are a lot like preschoolers aren’t we? Our loving Father and Creator values times we are quiet.

Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46:10 ESV

Here’s a prediction: God will be exalted, everyone will acknowledge it, and He will be the center of attention forever!

So it is a wise thing to “sit down and be quiet” and think on Who He is. You will confess His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior here and now, or you will confess Him as your Judge later.

For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

Romans 14:11 ESV

Our Father, You are God. Your Son Jesus is Lord.