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Keep Doing Right Even When The Wicked Prosper

April 1, 2015

Do you ever wonder why people who are dishonest or cheaters seem to do well and you don’t? I mean, maybe there is a particular business that is doing very well, but you know they are lying. Maybe there is a coAch who is doing good… He’s winning and doing well but again, you know that he’s cheating.
When we see this kind of thing it can really work on us. We may go to the Lord and pour out hearts that life isn’t fair. The wicked prosper while the Godly struggle.
The Psalmist had the same problem. All around him, the wicked prospered but the Psalmist struggled.
Most of us have been there. So what do you do? The Psalmist went into the sanctuary of God. There he saw the demise of the wicked. Seeing this, the Psalmist knew it was right to continue doing right.
Today, maybe you are so frustrated you have considered cheating. Don’t do it! You may struggle some now but in the long run you will come out ahead.
The Psalmist said “Until I came into the sanctuary of God, Then I perceived their end” (Psalm 73:17).
There is an old story about a guy who was a Christian farmer. There is another farmer who was an atheist. The atheist challenged the Christian farmer. He told him that he was going to plant his crops on Sunday, work them on Sunday & harvest on Sunday. He did & he had a bumper crop.
He went to the Christian farmer & told how well his crops had done & said “What do you have to say about that?” The Christian farmer said, “God doesn’t settle all his accounts on Earth.” Indeed He doesn’t! Keep doing right, Christian! It pays off in the end.

Preventing A Warped Mind

March 31, 2015

      “You ain’t right.”

      Have you ever told someone that? Or, have you heard someone tell someone that?  Hopefully, you’ve never been told that.

      When someone says “you ain’t right,” it’s normally because a person has said something that is really bad and a person says “man, you ain’t right.”

      When someone says something THAT bad that they get that kind of response… where did those words originate?  They originate in the heart and are rooted in the mind.

      The book of Proverbs refers to a “warped mind.”  I’ve heard of  some people with warped minds.  Criminals have warped minds.  Dictators have warped minds.  But how did their minds get like that?  There were things that happened in their lives that influenced their thought pattern.  

      Which is why we need to be careful what we watch, listen to and read.  Everything begins with a simple thought.  Many of those are good but some are bad.  We need to be careful when bad thoughts enter our minds that we do as Paul suggested and “take them captive to the obedience of Christ.” Otherwise, they could influence our minds negatively.  

      We need the mind of Christ.  Paul said “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2;5)

      The mind is so important.  Be sure you are feeding your mind with good books, music, etc… Parents, be careful how much time your kids watch tv or play games.  

      As the old commercial used to say; “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” 

Let’s create beautiful minds as opposed to warped minds.  

The mind is critical.  Do you remember the old tag line from the commercial; “The mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

It is

Instead Showing Jesus SOME Love – We Need To Show Jesus ALL Love

March 30, 2015

Have you ever had someone say to you, “Show me some love?”
It’s an expression that you hear fairly often today.  When a person says it, they can feel like they have been neglected or that, the attention has been focused on someone else and THEY need some love.
Well, in Deuteronomy 11:22, Moses tells the people of Israel, “Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.”  So, Moses is telling us that our Heavenly Father  wants us to show Him some love by living for Him.   Think about that… we think of showing love to someone else.. We think of showing someone some love to make sure they know how much you appreciate them but, we probably don’t think about the need to show God some love.
In fact, I would add something to this… “instead of showing SOME love to God; we need to show ALL love to God.  Our Heavenly Father is more important than anything in our lives.  God shouldn’t get SOME love from us… God should get ALL love for us.
So, as we begin “Holy Week,” a t ime when we remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us, are we showing ALL love to Jesus? Are we showing SOME love to Jesus? Or, have we drifted and we are showing VERY LITTLE for Jesus.
Jesus deserves ALL our love.  He gave His life for our sins.  Today and throughout our lives, show ALL love to Jesus.

It Never Pays To Cheat Or Be Dishonest. 

March 29, 2015

Have you ever known someone who has a tendency to lie or cheat or stretch the truth some? Most of us know someone like this. What’s worse is these people can seem to do better financially than us. You know they are dishonest. You know they cheat but you can’t do anything about it. It can be very frustrating. 

Several years ago there was a movie called “Blue Chips.” It was about a college basketball program that had once been powerful but, it had lost its prestige because the coach wouldn’t cheat in recruiting. The good players were going elsewhere. The boosters were tired of  losing and put pressure on the coach to cheat & get better players. So the coach did and he signed three great recruits because he cheated. But I’m the end the NCAA investigated & discovered the school was cheating & they were punished. 

Proverbs 12:3 says Have you ever known someone who has a tendency to lie or cheat or stretch the truth some? Most of us know someone like this. What’s worse is these people can seem to do better financially than us. You know they are dishonest. You know they cheat but you can’t do anything about it. It can be very frustrating. 

Several years ago there was a movie called “Blue Chips.” It was about a college basketball program that had once been powerful but, it had lost its prestige because the coach wouldn’t cheat in recruiting. The good players were going elsewhere. The boosters were tired of  losing and put pressure on the coach to cheat & get better players. So the coach did and he signed three great recruits because he cheated. But I’m the end the NCAA investigated & discovered the school was cheating & they were punished. 

Have you ever known someone who has a tendency to lie or cheat or stretch the truth some? Most of us know someone like this. What’s worse is these people can seem to do better financially than us. You know they are dishonest. You know they cheat but you can’t do anything about it. It can be very frustrating. 

Several years ago there was a movie called “Blue Chips.” It was about a college basketball program that had once been powerful but, it had lost its prestige because the coach wouldn’t cheat in recruiting. The good players were going elsewhere. The boosters were tired of  losing and put pressure on the coach to cheat & get better players. So the coach did and he signed three great recruits because he cheated. But In the end, the NCAA investigated & discovered the school was cheating & they were 

 Proverbs 12:3 says “Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.” It never pays to cheat or be dishonest. It will catch up to you. Be honest with people. If you don’t get the contract, you still have peace of mind. If you lose your job, you are still @ peace with yourself.




3Proverbs says “Wickedness never brings stability, but the godly have deep roots.”  The verse is saying it never pays to cheat or be dishonest. We should be straight with people & never fudge. Cheating will catch up to 

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It Never Pays To Cheat

March 28, 2015

Have you ever known someone who has a tendency to lie or cheat or stretch the truth some? Most of us know someone like this. What’s worse is these people can seem to do better financially than us. You know they are dishonest. You know they cheat but you can’t do anything about it. It can be very frustrating.
Several years ago there was a movie called “Blue Chips.” It was about a college basketball program that had once been powerful but, it had lost its prestige because the coach wouldn’t cheat in recruiting. The good players were going elsewhere. The boosters were tired of losing and put pressure on the coach to cheat & get better players. So the coach did and he signed three great recruits because he cheated. But in the end the NCAA investigated and discovered the school was cheating and they were punished.
Proverbs 12:3 says “A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.”
It never pays to be dishonest. If you don’t get the contract, so be it. If you don’t get the job, you can still live with yourself. Be straight with people don’t lie or fudge the truth.

The Danger Of Being “Fat & Fine”

March 27, 2015

My mother-in-law, Emma Zell Knighton of Centreville, MS, has a saying… when you ask her how she is doing, at times she will say, “I’m fat and fine.”  Now, Muh is not fat… she’s a short little lady… so it would be tough to imagine her as fat.  But, thank about that expression.  “Fat & fine.” It can be dangerous to be “fat and fine.”  Let me explain.

When people are hurting… when people are struggling… they have a tendency to look to God more. But, human nature as it is… when a person is doing good or well, they can forget God.  Israel faced this danger.  Moses told the people of Israel, “Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.”

The Lord knew that if Israel was doing well, there would be the possibility of them forgetting God.  And that’s exactly what happened.  And we can do the same.  If someone is struggling… they turn to God.  But when they get back on their feet… unfortunatelly… they can turn away from God.

Maybe you have experienced this.  Maybe there was a time when you were struggling that you pleaded with God for help.  God helped you… then you forgot God.  All of us need to do some reflection here.  Churches can forget God.  Yeah, I know; that sounds ridiculous but, if a church is struggling, it can plead with God for help.  But when things start going well, the urgency leaves and the church doesn’t pray like it once did.

If you are “fat and fine”, that’s ok… just don’t become so “fat and fine” that you forget God.

One Religion Isn’t Just As Good As Another 

March 26, 2015

  

Have you ever seen one of these? I’ve seen them several times.  In our pluralistic society these bumper stickers reflect how many people feel and that is that we have lots of religions and everyone needs to get along.  “One religion is just as good as another,” many would say, so everyone needs to get along. 

But, one religion isn’t just as good as another. That’s what God is telling Israel in this text. “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today” (Deut 6:4-5).

 These verses are known as the Shema to the Israelite people because the first words of the verse is the Hebrew word “Shema.” Israel was about to go into a land where there were many pagan gods. God knew Israel would be tempted by these false gods so God reminds them that, they are a mono-theistic people. They believe in one God – Jehovah God – not many gods.

We believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven. That bothers lots of people. Some would say we are narrow-minded.  If so, then, I’m guilty and many of you are as well.

One religion isn’t just as good as another. Jesus Christ IS king of kings & Lord of Lords. Live for Christ today. 

“All hail the power of Jesus name, let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem & crown Him Lord of all. bring forth the royal. Diadem & crown Him Lord of all. 

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