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Dodge Cupid's Arrows! They Are Deadly.

The message of I Thessalonians 4 could be stated in one sentence:  Live holy for me, love the brethren, work honestly because I am coming for you.

“1  Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more” (Super Abound).  Paul was passionately desirous that they live to please God in order to super abound in life.  He even gave them clear commandments in obtaining that abounding life.

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Profitable Exercise

For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.   1Ti 4:8 

Today, was the first day back to the gym in some time.  It was great to see the familiar faces and make new acquaintances.   As our workout time drew to a close, I had the opportunity to share Christ with the four people in the room.  The discussion was animated, positive and just fun.  They ask several questions and in the end one of the ladies ask where our church was located.

I love sharing Christ!  This workout was profitable!

Let us come into step with Christ.

As a child, one of my favorite games, while walking with my father, was trying to get in step with him. It was great fun as he taught us some silly marching songs. He illustrated how to stutter step in order to come into step with the leader. As his legs were so much longer, we were always having to catch up and get back into step. Up until his illness whereby Jesus led my Father on the march home, he could still out-march all of his boys!  He was such a strong man that inspired me to get into step.

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In Step with Christ's Sacrifice

Through repentance we come into step with Christ.  It is the death to self that he taught, not just in Word, but in the agony of the garden.  His death on cross was the ultimate expression of that selflessness.

Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mr 8:35  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.

In this, He commands us to, “take up thy cross and follow me”.

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Freedom

There is a great difference between Religion and Faith in Christ.  “Religion” is ever striving to control, whereas faith in Christ is that which frees us from those very controls through a relationship with our Creator by Jesus the Savour. Live close to Him and live free.

Ro 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Who knows?

Today, as I was leaving the hospital, I noticed a man sitting alone in the lobby.  It was obvious that he was a patient, so I ask him how long.  With a  humorous smirk he ask, “since or still”.  I opened the door a little wider with “since?” and then “still?”.  "Still" brought a more serious tone with “not sure” being the answer. 

As the back and forth ensued, I sat next to him and shared my name and he, in kind, told me his.  So began a conversation with C.H. that opened memories of my father. You see C.H. has prostate and bladder cancer.

He told me of his operation and the uncertainty of the prognosis.  After he finished, I asked him if I could pray with him.  He flatly said, ”no” with the clarification that he did not prescribe to such a philosophy.  With a smile I retorted, ”but He believes in you.”  A smile returned to his face as we started to converse about life and death.  In the end, I told him I would be praying for wisdom for the doctors and healing for himself.  He thanked me and pleasantly closed the conversation with, “maybe there is a God and he does care about me.” 

Salvation is from faith to faith.  Share yours today.  Who knows  a C.H. may just start believing.

Texas A&M Students

Texas A&MHad a great time showing a group of Texas A&M students the sites here in Wittenberg.   They were an inspiring group of young believers.  I am encouraged to see how God will use their lives!  A lot of fun.  Thanks guys!

 

Batting and Catcher/Pitcher Drills

Here are some Baseball Drill pictures from one of the schools where we are coaching.Swing

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"Tinkerer in God's Hand"

Trash CanThe church’s color laser printer that has served us so well for the last 4 years went on the fritz. The repair man said that is wasn’t even worth the money it would cost to clean it before the repairs could be preformed. I asked what was wrong with it but his response was so unclear that I became inquisitive.

My father always said I had “tinkeritis”. My insatiable desire to disassemble everything always frustrated him.

So with a printer that was destined for the trash and it’s cheapest replacement being a great hit to our church’s finances, a nudge from Heaven was all it took for my childish nature to roar to life. Experience taught me that just because I could take something apart didn’t mean it would ever work again. So before I started, I asked God, if it is His will, please help me figure this out.

 

Trash can up closeI started to remove the parts that were designed to be replaced. The last piece was the toner trash can. It collects all the left over toner. Under it was a part that had fallen off of a formerly replaced transfer cartridge. It had apparently lodged itself between a drive wheel and the plastic sprocket of the toner collection cartridge (toner trash can) and broke off a tooth.

I removed the toner trash can, started the printer and the nasty clicking was gone. I reported this to our men and we agreed to risk buying a new trash can cartridge in hopes that it would fix our printer and save us the painful cost of replacement.

The part arrived today and again we prayed before I installed the new part. God answered. Oh, how sweet a working printer sounds when you realize the cost savings. Where the professionals gave up, God used the tinkering of childhood to fix it.

What hidden or unused talents do you posses that God is just waiting to use? Step out onto the water and see what God can do through you!

 

 

 

 

 

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