Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Note to self.

My friend, you left Him a long time ago.
You picked up your scorecard,
you carry your woe.

To others you seem so strong and intact,
but sarcasm reigns.
You’re bitter. That’s fact.

We bleed when we’re cut: What’s inside comes out.
I see you drip loudly, as if it’s a shout.

“I’m bitter and hateful and vengeful-so what?”
There’s a smile on your face, your ears tightly shut.

Unbelief is a sin that leads down to Death
which many regret with one long, final breath.

Think further of this and examine yourself,
it can’t be done for you by power or wealth.

Get onto the narrow path that leads you to Him,
and follow that clear light, now growing so dim.

Don’t sit with the scoffer or spend any time,
Playing ‘what if’ games, so deep in your mind.

Satan cares not what got you; hate, fear or dread,
He’s a liar and murderer, and he wants you dead.

If he can’t kill you, he’ll take your joy.
His purpose is now: steal, kill and destroy!

Don’t let this murderer reign in your head,
Fill it with scripture and stand firm, instead.

The Adversary will use whatever he can
To hurt you and wound you, even a man.

People with skin on are just tools to him,
He likes to use them-but he can’t win!

Whatever he’s driving, however she’s dressed
Just know that our battle is not with the flesh.

Please be aware as he watches you fall,
He hopes you’ll stay down-not answer God’s call.

Although those around you may give you good grounds,
Don’t take the bait, it only leads down.

Let Him Who is Faithful, Righteous and True
Be the One Who Judges, instead of you.

If you should think it revenge that you need,
Bless your enemies instead, in thought word and deed.

Let God alone Judge, He is Faithful and True
And He never forgets, what has happened to you.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

For the long-haul.

Walking to the doorway I noticed a man sitting in a wheelchair. From where I stood I could only see his bandage-covered legs. They looked so painful. As one of the nurses walked in to take care of him, she closed the door. When she did, I began to pray for this man. I didn't know what was wrong but I knew it was bad. I asked the Lord to give him conviction that would lead him to repentance.

After many minutes the door opened wide and the nurse wheeled her cart out into the hall. I asked her if I could talk to him for a few minutes. She told me it was a great idea.

When I first began visiting in this particular nursing home, the staff was wary of me. Being protective of the residents, they wanted to make sure I would not disappoint them. Many people come to visit the residents...once or twice. But most don't come back. I admit it is sometimes very sad, but when I think of these people not hearing the gospel, I am compelled to go.

I was told the situation was grave; he had cancer and would not be here for long. I introduced myself and confirmed his name as I had seen it on the door.

"Do you have a couple minutes to talk to me?" I asked him.

"Two minutes...two days, two weeks." he said.

"Oh, great! I would love to get to know you a bit. Where are you originally from?"

He tried to answer but was unclear. He tried again but I could not understand what he was saying.

The CNA who was now in the room told me he was from 'up north'. I asked him what he used to do for work. I finally heard him when he told me that he had been a long-haul truck driver for 48 years.

"I know that you understand me and I want to ask you some questions. Are you up to it?"

He nodded and said, "Yes."

I told him that I was going to use the 10 Commandments to see what God would say. He was very honest and listened carefully to each question. He admitted to being a liar, blasphemer and adulterer.

"Since the scripture tells us that man is appointed to die once and then the Judgment, we know we will all be judged by God when we die. If you stood before God tonite do you think He would say you are innocent or guilty of breaking His Law?"

"Guilty as sin."

"Would He send you to Heaven....or to Hell?"

"To Hell."

I paused to let this fact sink in a moment. R. let me know that it bothered him to think of spending eternity in that awful place. He told me that he had heard of Jesus and also that He had died 'for our sins'. But after talking about the difference between head knowledge and complete trust, he realized the difference. He also realized that saying, 'I'm sorry about that' to God was not the same as repentance.

"God says we have to leave it behind us. When you drop the load, then you move on. You don't reload it, right?"

"Right." he mumbled.

"Is this making sense? Have you ever heard this before?"

"Never." (That answer always takes my breath away.)

"Do you think it's important enough to take care of?" I paused.


"It can only be taken care of by you talking to God, and since only God knows the number of our days it's quite a gamble to let it go. Do you want to talk to God and get this straightened out?" I gently asked him.

"Yes, I do."

"You can pray if you would like to and then let me know when you're done and I will pray, ok?"

R. said 'OK' as he looked up at the ceiling. After a few moments he looked at me.

"Are you finished praying?"


"Jesus made a payment for us we could never make, Isn't that awesome?"

"Absolutely, I believe that!" The smile on his face was priceless.

Psalms 91

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Starting the New Year off with a million dollars...

Went to the beach today in sunny warm central Florida - 50 Degrees today (usually about 75 degrees). I know, no sympathy from the northerners but it brings people to beach becasue it is sunny. Dan was there with his family who just recently moved from Pennsylvania. They thought it mid-summer. I gave him a million dollars, he read the back and he said he would see me in heaven.
Now I had to ask him - do you share your faith? No matter what the answer, I ask them what they tell people about Jesus. Usually I get "You just need to Love Jesus."
Today I heard from Dan: Repentance and Faith! Not much more clear than that.

A few minutes later I spoke to Pete. Another from snow country - Ohio. Got the same answer "Repentance and Faith". WOW!!

I did not really get much response from several others, including "I don't want that" when offering a million dollar bill and another one was from a guy walking his German Shepard who said "It'll make my dog sick".

However, I was pleasantly surprised at hearing 2 believers who are solid in the knowledge of the True Gospel.

The Bible clearly tells us, "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Jesus plainly said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the life. . . " (John 14:6).
Jesus died on the Cross to make the payment we could not make. Why are so many people who call themselves Christians, afraid to say this?
Jesus says clearly that if you deny me before man, I will deny you before the Father.

And to borrow from someone I read this weekend: I see churches getting away from the proclamation of the gospel and instead focusing on issues like global warming. I'll tell you about global warming; it's when people spend eternity separated from Jesus Christ in hell! Jesus said, "Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

Pearls before swine?

But he seemed so interested in the tract...

Friday, January 1, 2010

That's my King!!

Let's start the New Year off by getting this straight!

Are you for Him or against Him?

Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.