Candle in the Wind

Elton John sang “Candle in the Wind”. He used the life of Marilyn Monroe as a metaphor for the fragility of fame and life in the spotlight. The candle, in this context, is a symbol of something delicate and easily extinguished by the winds of change, struggle, or tragedy.

Norma Jean wasn’t the first and won’t be the last to have such a life experience. She was only used and discarded.

Proverbs 6:17 

Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

Proverbs 17:20 

A man of crooked heart does not discover good, and one with a dishonest tongue falls into calamity.

Those pitfalls or perils can easily trap the unsuspecting.  Don’t let life use you and then discard you as trash. Turn to the One who makes life worth living.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Confidence

Do you have confidence in your choice for president? Do you have confidence in your exercise program, diet, occupation or doctor? Does the Bible address the subject? Glad you asked.

Psalm 118:8

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

Proverbs 3:26

For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.

At some point the politicians, physicians and exercise programs will be a disappointment. However, the confidence we have in Him will last an eternity.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Bad Moon

“Bad Moon Rising” is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  It was written in a time when many believed some serious trouble was just ahead. It didn’t happen during the time of the song’s success, but many play it today because they still believe the prediction of doom and gloom. However, for those who don’t know Christ there is some serious trouble ahead.

I see the bad moon a-risin’
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

John 14:1 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.”

Psalm 34:6 

This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him out of all his troubles.

Don’t let it take your life. Escape to Christ. Give it some careful consideration.

Gary

Time’s Up

It’s found in Luke 16:26 and it’s a shocking statement. One that should make us assess our spiritual condition and that of others that we rub shoulders with. The verse is about finding oneself in a place of no return.

Luke 16:26

And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

How sad it will be if you find one day that the game is over and you lost. Regrettably, opportunities were missed. It’s the end of the road and there’s no turning back. I urge you not to be found saying, “If I only had it to do over again.”

Ponder this in that gray matter of yours.

Gary

The Marine

My brother’s military flag and his Marine graduation picture are on display in my study. He was a combat Marine who lay bleeding near the DMZ in ‘68. We were separated by four years and he didn’t appreciate my coming into the world. I don’t blame him. Looking back now, I didn’t make life any easier for him when I occasionally picked fights.  Since I was treated as the baby until I was fourteen, that didn’t make it any easier for his journey through childhood. However, we were brothers and he came across for me on many occasions. He died last year without my debt being repaid.

Family, in spite of its struggles, is a blessing from God and prepares us for the life after we leave the nest. God uses the term family to describe the church.

Ephesians 3:14-15

For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 

There’s nothing like family. Give it some thought.

Gary

The Great Exchange

Lesson from the “Hotel California”: You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave.

Luke chapter 16 tells of a man who died and found himself in a world much worse than the one he’d left.

Luke 16:26

… between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.

Luke 16:23

In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.

Don’t get yourself in this kind of fix. Embrace the great exchange Christ offered us when He took the penalty for all our sin.

2 Corinthians 5:21

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

Give it some thought.

Gary

The Book

How many books have we spent time in? I’ll name a few: history books, science books, math books, spelling books, reading books, English books, algebra 1 books, algebra 2 books, geometry books, physics books, chemistry books, botany books, French1 books, world history books, American history books. Phew, glad that’s all behind me.

But the Book that never gets old is called the Word of God. We should always be researching and meditating on it.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Hebrews 4:12 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

The knowledge that lasts for eternity will be found between the covers of the Bible.

Give it some thought.

Gary