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The God in our Pockets: Are we Guilty of Phone Worship (21 March 2019)
Distracted by phones, these days, almost everyone has a smart phone. and they can do amazing things, much more than they could do even years ago. While phones were originally used for calling, texting, and perhaps to play basic games, smart phones can do almost anything you can imagine.
Want a device that will give you step by step directions to basically anywhere in the country? Use your phone! Did you forget to turn your lights off at home, activate the alarm system, set your air temp while away from there there is an App that will do that. Looking for something to track your calories and workouts to make sure you are sticking to your diet? Done
With all the things that cell phone do for us, it's really no wonder that we spend a good chuck of our day hypnotized by them. Smart phones are a tool, a means to the ends that is neither good nor bad in themselves. However, we often get so caught in them that we lose sight of the important things in our lives. We become less productive, or fail to nurture our relationship with those around us while our attention us focused on our screens. Our ancestors worshiped golden idols, but we are just as guilty of idolatry with a new object. Are we committing the 21st century of phone worship?
Negative impact. Almost everywhere you turn, you can see people glued to their their smart phone, at the stores, dates, and yes! even in Church, people just can't seem to pull themselves away form their phones. And now it is take it's toll. There are health conditions related directly overuse of the phones, and these health conditions are on the rise. Texting thumb is common form of tendinitis \that come from overusing the thumb to send text messages and brows the web from your phone. More people are getting headaches related to staring at the screen to long. Neck strain is another common occurrence from so many people looking down at their phones for long period of times. These may not be life threatening and more of an annoyance than anything, it is a sign that something is wrong in our society
Kids 6 years and up own smartphone, and most can not even add, spell or us common sense, because they are glue to their smart phone screen. Distracted driving has risen exponentially since the use of smart phones had become popular. Years ago, all distracted driving meant was that you looked away fro, the road for a brief second, or perhaps you were eating or driving with one hand.
Phone worship has become something far more serious. People using their phone while driving has led to many deaths of many. Too often are running red lights or stop signs, veering off the road because they though the text they were sending was just too important to wait. A sense of urgency seems to be felt by most of us now; that phone call to mom needs to happen now, or you need to order a pizza on the drive home, so it's ready when you get home, While it is convenient, it also is deadly.
Even when we are using our phones isn't directly posing a danger to us, is stealing away from friends, family, scenery, and events. Life passes you by and you are tacitly saying that you value your time on your phone over other thing. When we look back at our lives, it's highly unlikely that anyone will wish they had spent more time staring at their phone, yet that's how many of us act in the present.
what can you do about, especially if you are a Christian? If you find yourself among those who can't seem to go more than a few minutes form looking at your phone, there are a few things you can do to help. Consider putting you phone in another room so you don't find yourself absentmindedly checking your Facebook,snapshot. Turn your ringer to silent so you don't feel obligated to check your phone every time you receive a text or e-mail. Set your phone up to get fewer push notifications so that your phone doesn't go off every someone "likes" your photo of your cat that you posted last week. These things can help you to live you life in the now.
Get your Bible and read and pray as much time as you spend on your phones and let God intervene in your "phone worship" and puts "God worship" first." If your are a dedicated Christians, sneaking peeps at your phone during service, remember there is always some one looking, especially God, And believe me, He is not happy.
I myself along with other Christians forgoing cell phones last and put our "God worship" first, and we find life more enjoyable when we are not constantly tied down by our "phone worship" that requires their attention 24/7. If you find yourself stressed out because of your phone, you mat consider getting rid of it. While this isn't possible for everyone, going back to a simpler time may just what you need to get rid of your phone addiction. One more thing, When in Church shut phone off. Nothing is more important than worship God first.
Why Dos God Allow Satan to Live (13 March)
Good question, and I will attempt to explains why. But before I answer it, let's make sure that we agree that it is true that god could take Satan out anytime He wants to.. But I think there are some who thinks, He really can't because of some rights (or authority, independence free will, etc) that Satan has, But the reason I know why God can take Satan out anytime without me turning me into an auto man or breaking rules is because He is going to take him out and cast him into the lake of fire.
And the question is, "Why didn't he do it yesterday? If he had done it yesterday I wouldn't be tempted this way today, The bible says, "Lead me not into temptation." Well, the best way not to be lead into temptation is to take the Tempter away! Isn't it? Take him out! I've had troubles in my life plenty enough to make me struggle, I don't need Satan on top of all this making my life more miserable, so God take him out! You have the right and the power to take him out, You're doing nobody wrong when you take him out. Take him out! you might be saying, and He doesn't do it why?
The bible as far as I can find, doesn't answer why directly, so we have to go on references, But here is my shot. God has ordained that Satan have along leash- with God holding on to it, because he knows that when we walk in and out of temptations, we struggle both physically and moral issues that they bring, more of God's glory will shine in that battle than if he took Satan out yesterday
There will be evidence of God's patience with us and his mercy towards us as we struggle with sin. And there will be evidences of His sustaining grace as we go through horrific physical suffering that Satan was the cause of (as it says in the Bible: The woman...whom Satan bound for 18 years" (Luke 13:16). She had a bend over back, and Stan was doing it, and God was allowing that he allowed to do it. God allows all these things so that His glory-his mercy, justice,race, wisdom would shine more brightly
Now an we argue with that and say ,"I don't agree? I don't think God should run this world this way But if we ultimately disagree then we are rejected God and then we are rejected the biblical testimony and we will perish forever in in hell and the lake of fire. But for me, I choose to trust Him that his way of managing Satan and managing the evil that comes at me is wiser that the way I might choose to managing it
Perhaps the other thing I should say is the he send His Son right into the middle of this Satanic warfare. It was Satan that put into the heart of Judas to betray Him. So Jesus exposes Himself to the horrors of Satan's deceit and lies and murder. 'he was a murderer from the beginning (and a liar' (John8:44) and dies in order to make a public display of the principalities and powers in his defeat of them. (Colossians 2:15) There is more glory that will come to Jesus by His suffering to destroy Satan than powerfully shooting Satan in the head. And there is more glory that will come to Jesus by our sharing in the suffering of Christ , holding onto His Supreme value, that if we had been able to say, "Satan,Depart!" and never have another problem.
And I think the reason for that and this is my final answer, is that the glory of God and Christ shine s more brightly when we seen to be supremely in Christ in spite of Satan's torment, rather than if we had his torments removed and liked Jesus because of it.
It's when you love Jesus in spite of Satan's wiles and through them that His glory shines most brightly rather that when we have life made easier for us by Satan's removal and we love Jesus because
Angel On The Highway 4 March 2019
I want to share with you what I read not long ago as told by a friend
I just had one of the most amazing experience of my life, and wanted to share and here it is.
I was driving home from a meeting this evening about 5, stuck in traffic on Colorado Blvd, and my car started to choke and sputter and died. I barley managed to coast cruising into a gas station, glad that I was the only one not to be blocking traffic, and would have warm spot to wait for a tow truck. The car would not even turn over. before i could make the call, I saw a woman walking out of the "quickie mart", and looked like she slipped on some ice and fell into the gas pump! So I got out to see if she was okay. When I got there, it looked like more like she had been over come by sobs than that she had fallen. She was young woman who looked rally haggard with dark circle under her eyes. She dropped something as I help her up, and I picked and handed to her, it was a nickle.
At that moment, everything came into focus for me, the crying woman, the ancient Suburban crammed full of stuff with 3 kids in the back (1 in the front), and the gas pump reading $4,95, I ask her was she okay and did she need any help, and she kept saying, "I don't want my kids to see me crying," so we stood on the other side of the pump from her car. She said that she was driving to California and that things were pretty hard for her right now.
Si I asked, "And were you praying?" She backed away from me a little but I assured her I was not a crazy person and said, "He heard you and send me.
I took out my Credit Card and swiped it through the card reader on the pump so she could fill her car completely, and while it was filling, I walked over to MacDonald's and brought 2 big bags of food, some gift certificates for more, drinks and a big coffee. She gave the food to the kids in the car and they attacked it like wolves, and we stood by the car eating fries and talking a little.
She told me her name, and that she had lived in Kansas City. Her boyfriend left 2 months ago and she had not been able for ends to meet. She said she would not be able to make ends meet, and would not have the money to pay the rent Jan 1st, and finally called her parents whom she had not spoken to in 5 years. They lived in California and said she could come live with them and try to get on her feet there. She packed everything she own in the car She said she told the kids they were going California for Christmas instead of to live.
I gave her my gloves, a little hug, and said quick prayer with her for safety on the road. As I walking away over to my car, she said, "So are you like a angel or something?" This definitely made me cry. I said, "Sweetie, at this time of years angels are really busy, so sometime God uses regular people."
It was so incredible to be part of someone else's miracle.And of course, you guessed it, when I got in my car it rated right away and got me home with no problem. I''ll put my car in the shop tomorrow nor a check, but i suspect the mechanic won't find anything wrong.
Sometimes the angels fly close enough to you that you can hear flutter wings.
Love Letter to Jesus (Feb 7 2019)
I want Jesus to know that I was thinking of Him with warm fondness and the highest regards so I set aside my work and projects to say, "Jesus I love you!"
There are many ways for us to tell Jesus that we Love Him. Basically, that's what it means to worship the Lord, to refresh Him with our adoration and Devotion.
May this Love Letter to Jesus open your eyes to the intimacy with Jesus that is possible for you and may praying these words stir your heart to greater Devotion to Him
Dear Jesus, when you are present to me, all is good and nothing seems difficult; but when I forget you, all is hard and empty. Jesus, your voice to me is the most precious sound of existence. If I don't hear you speaking inside my heart, all other comfort is worth nothing, but if speak but one word to me I amd greatly comforted. I recall that Mary rose immediately form the place where she wept, when Martha said to her: "The Master is come, and He calls for you' (John 11:28) Yes! What a happy moments it is-no matter how difficult my situation is-when you call for me!
Oh, how foolish I am when I go into any situation without having you on my mind Jesus. What vanity for me to desire anything outside of you. The world without you profits me nothing. To be without you is grievous hell; and to be with you Jesus is sweet Paradise, When you are with me, no enemy can hurt me. To find you is to find the real treasure-the good above all good and to become the richest person on earth. But to lose you is to lose more than the whole world and to be left in abject poverty.
Oh, Jesus it is the greatest skill to know how to keep you in my consciousness at all times-this the greatest wisdom! Please dear, Lord, tune my heart to your presence with me at all times, if only I would be humble and peaceable then Jesus you';; remain with me. If only I would be devout and quiet then you'll stay within me.
But i fear that i may soon drive you away Jesus, That l'll turn to outward things and lose favor of your presence. If I turn and lose you Jesus, where will I go? Who else can I turn to as a friend? Without a friend I cannot lie well and Jesus you are above all a friend to me -my one soul friend- and without you beside me, I'd be sad and desolate. You are the One, Jesus, who I trust and rejoice in above all others! I'd rather have the whole world against me than for you be offended with me. Among all those who are dear to me, you stand out Jesus. You are the One that I especially love.
Jesus, I love all people for you, but I love you for who you are. You are the Christ, the unique Son of God, and you are singularly, My Beloved. You are good and faithful above all other friends. I don't desire to singularly commended or beloved, for the position belongs to you only-You are God and there is none like you! Neither do I desire that the heart of any person would be set on me, nor do i set my heart on the love of anyone. Jesus, my one consuming desire is that you would be in me and every person who calls on you.
Yes, Jesus, I long to be pure and free within, devoted entirely to you, and not entangled with any creature. Help me to carry my heart toward you so that I can be free form all worldliness and can see how good you are. Oh, to be drawn into you ny your Grace, to see glory , to attain to that heaven happiness, to be emptied all but you, to take leave of all ut your Kingdom, to be with you alone Jesus and to be made one with you.
Jesus> When your Grace come to me I am made strong and able to stand up to all things, but without your Grace, I am poor and weak and the best that I can hope for is for you discipline to reawaken me to seek your face. And when I do need disciplined by you please help me not to be discouraged, but to stand with my thoughts fixed on you, and to endure whatever hardship come upon me for your glory.
Jesus you know that I want to always be in the springtime of enjoying your love, but sometimes I need winter season. Sovereign Lord, you have ordained the seasons, including those that don't feel good, and I love you for that too! Help me to remember that afterw inter come spring, after night comes day, after storm comes a great calm. More than that,help me to trust that alls eason are good when Iive with you in my heart.
I love you Jesus.Yes! your my best friend!!
Why Does God Allow Satan To live. (Jan 16 2019
The question is sometime asks, Why does God allow Satan to live?, But before I answer that, let's make sue that we all agree that it is true God could take Satan out anytime he choices. There are some who believe God cannot take Satan out, because of some rights ( or authority, free will etc), that Satan has. But the reason I know God can rake out Satan out without turning me into an automaton or breaking any rules is because is going to take him out and be thrown into the lake of fire.
And the question is, "Why didn't he do it yesterday?" If He had done it yesterday, I wouldn't be tempted the way I am today. The bible says, "Lead me not into temptation." Well the best way not to be lead into temptation is to take the Tempter away! isn't it? Take him out! I've had troubles in my life plenty enough to make me struggle. I don't need Satan on top of my of this making my life more miserable, so God take him out. You have the right and the power to take him out. You are doing nobody wrong when you take him out. You might just be saying, and He doesn't do it why?
The Bible as far as I can find, doesn't answer why directly, so we go on inferences. But her is my own answer.
God has ordained that Satan have along leash, with God holding on to it, because He knows that when we walk in and out as those temptations, struggling both with physical and moral effects that they bring, more of God's glory will shine in that battle than if he took Satan out yesterday.
There will be evidences of God's patience with us as we struggle with sin. And there will be evidences of Hid sustaining grace as we go through horrific physical suffering that Satan was the immediate cause of (as it says in the Bible; This woman..whom Satan bound eighteen years" (Luke 13:26). She was bowed over in the back, and Satan was doing it, and God was letting it happen. God ordains all of these things so that his glory, his mercy, justice, grace and wisdom would shine brightly.Now we van argue with that and say. "I don't agree:. I don;t think God should run the world this way. And if we ultimately disagree then we are rejecting God and we are rejecting the Biblical testimony, and we will perish for ever in the lake of Fire> But I choose to trust Him that His way of managing Satan and managing evil that comes at me is wiser that the way I might choose to manage it.
Perhaps the other thin I should say is the He sent His Son right into the middle of this Satanic warfare. It was Satan that put into the heart of Judas to betray Him. So Jesus exposes Himself to the horrors of Satan's deceit lies and murder. "He was a murderer from the beginning.. (and) liar" (John 8:44) and dies, in order to make a public display of the principalities, and powers in his defeat. (Colossians 2:15)
There is more glory that will come to Jesus Christ by His suffering to destroy Satan than by powerfully shooting Satan in the head>And there is more glory that will come to Jesus by our sharing in the suffering of Christ, holding onto His supreme value, that if we had been able to say "Satan, Depart."and never has another problem.
And I think the reason for that, this is my ultimate final answer, is that the glory of God and Christ shines more brightly when we are seen to be supremely satisfied in Christ in spite of Satan's torments, rather tah if we had his torments removed and liked Jesus because of it. It's when you love Jesus in spite of Satan's torments and through them that His glory shines most brightly, rather that when we have life made easier for us by Satan's removal and we like Jesus because of it.
Boo-Hoo!! So You Are Going To Quit?( 9 Jan 2019)
So you've decide to quit? Let me guess:
"No one appreciates me-I was sick and nobody came to see me-I didn't get the position I wanted- I'm way more qualified than they are-The pastor ignored me-They hurt me-I'm tired." The list goes on and on. I've heard them all before. I get the picture-you feel hurt and you want people to know it. I've been there, done that. We all have. But no everybody quits. So why are you" "I just need encouraged", you say. No, it's more likely that you need a swift kick
"But I deserve better", you say. You really don't want to go there. If you got what you deserved it would be much worse than it is. What makes you think you deserve a problem free life? Were it not God mercies we would all be consumed.
Listen, it's time you stopped acting like a baby. You didn't get your way so you are getting bible and kids and go home. That's pathetic! Grow up. This is the real world. Stop and take a good look at your won life. The chances are good that you will discover that you're not so good, You are just as bad or worse that the people you criticize. You complain because they didn't show you ant special attention and you your self haven't visited a hospital, nursing home or even your neighbor, spreading the "Good News". Gimme a break, you quit a long time ago. You just want people to know that your are mad.
"But I don't have any friends you say." Who fault is that?/ You want like the answer, but you are the one to blame. A man that hath friends and must show himself friendly (Proverbs 18;24 parapharse). If you drag around with sour pickle look on your face, never ministering to others, don't expect the world to beat a path to your door!
Suppose everything you say is true-you have been horribly mistreated. The fact is that we live in a fallen world and some people are mean as a junkyard dog. Life isn't always fair, fun, and easy. People will mistreat you, there is not doubt about it, but what does that have to do with you quitting? Absolutely nothing. Our duty doesn't end just because conditions are unfavorable. By the way stop laying the blame ob god by saying."The Lord is leading me to do it." In most he had nothing to do with it
Have you ever though about who else might quit because you do? Your foolish actions could cause your spouse, your children or your grandchildren to do the same. You will have to answer for that. Your fit of anger,dereliction of duty, and childish behavior can do untold damage. And, that's not something God is going to wink at.
You got mad and quit-now you're probably mad at me. You are mad because I told you the truth, not because I mistreated you. So where will this end? If you quite church, what else will you quit when things don't go your way-Your marriage? Your job? Where does it end.
I'm not trying to minimize your problem, not to be cruel. My hope is to shock you into reality. Your choice to quit had nothing to do with others. It has everything to do with you. It's a refection of your character. You can determine the greatness of a person by what it take to stop him. If they had a Christ-like character nothing will stop him.
If you want to quit something.quit complaining, quit feeling sorry for yourself. quit blaming others, quit expecting people to treat you like royalty, quit thinking you deserve an easier life than that of Christ. No one has beaten you beyond recognition and nailed you to a cross. You will never suffer the horror of being banished form the presence of god. There are no nail prints in your hands, nor wound from a spear in your side. Until you's suffered like that, never speak of quitting.
Now I have a favor to ask. Please keep a copy of this and send to me, if I ever speak of deserting my post of Christian duty. There is no stopping place in this life. "Thou therefor endure hardness, as a good soldier in Christ>"
The Hungry Little Boy and John 3:16 (Dec 27 2018)
In the city of Chicago, one cold December night, a blizzard was coming in and a little boy was selling newspapers on the corner. The people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.
He walked up to a policeman and said,Sir, would you know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? I sleep in a box around the corner in the alley and it's awful cold in there tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay tonight.
The policeman looked down at the boy and said, "You go down the street to the big white house and knock on the door. When they come to the door you just say John;3;16, and they will let you in.
So he dis. He walked up to the door and knocked, and a lady came to the door. He looked up and said, John 3:16. The lady said "Come on in son." She took him in and sat him down is pillowed rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she left. The boy sat there and thought to himself: John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.
Later she cam back and said ,"Are you hungry?" He said just a little bit. I haven't ate in a couple of days. I guess i could eat a little. She took him into the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. he ate and ate until he couldn't eat anymore. The he thought to himself: John 3:16..Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water and he just sat there and soaked a while. As he soaked him thought to himself, John 3:16.. I sure don't understand it but it sure does make a dirty boy clean. You know he thought to himself, I have never had a real bath in my whole life. The only bath I remember is when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out
The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him in to a big old feathered bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the light. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window, at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself; John 3:16..I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rest
The next morning, the lady came and took him down again to the kitchen table full of food. After he was full she took him to the same rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible. She said do you understand John3:16, she ask gently?
He said, "no ma'am, I don't. The first time i ever heard it was when the policeman said it last night and told me to say it.. She opened the bible and explain to him about Jesus.
Right there in front of that fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. he sat there and thought: John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy safe.
You know I have to confess, I don't understand all of it either. how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing.
I don't understand the agony of the Father and very angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand, but it sure does make life worth living.
John 3;16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.