One Frenchman

I’d like to share a correspondence I shared with my friend Al who is battling some serious stuff.

“Al, you have to hang around. You are one of the people who encourages me the most. I need those epistles you send. One Frenchman taking his time in leaving for heaven is okay with me.”

Philippians 1:23-24

I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far;  but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. 

Give this some thought and consider whether you are a blessing to others as he is to me.

Gary

Not Me, Babe

I went to see a specialist about a medical procedure I needed done. The nurse confided in me that I would hate the doctor for two weeks following the operation, and after that I would be fine. Because my mother didn’t bring a stupid boy into the world, my next move was to get a second opinion from a different doctor. Does the Bible address this? You bet.

Proverbs 19:20 

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.

The key is to listen carefully to God’s Word where the best course of action is always given first.

Give it some thought.

Gary

Nailed

Born the youngest of eight children, I was spoiled beyond measure. If you don’t believe me, just ask my wife. That character trait is a drag on me from time to time. The Christ-like life should demonstrate selflessness, not selfishness. Case in point is found in Matthew’s Gospel.

Matthew 16:24

 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 

You have to nail that old self of yours to a tree and live for Him.

Give it some thought.

Gary

New Creation

When you took your first breath after leaving the security of your mother’s womb, you surfaced as a unique individual. God made you like He made no one else. Unfortunately, that first birth was not enough to satisfy the just demands of God. You needed a new birth. How can that be accomplished? Glad you asked.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 

Between birth and death, there is of necessity a need for a new birth.

Give it some serious thought.

Gary

Meeting

When I was young, men in the community would gather and tell stories at the neighborhood store. I think some of them were even true.  People would gather at the local waterhole to drink booze. Residents would gather at the school gymnasium for town meeting once a year. Every gathering had a reason to bring individuals together.

God has designed the church in such a way that His special presence is felt when more than two come together to honor Him. We should never forsake the assembling of ourselves. We have something in common that surpasses any other meeting on earth.

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Hebrews 10:25

not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

Give it some thought and take every opportunity to meet with believers and the Savior.

Gary

Inspiration

It’s 1966 and this thirteen-year-old crawled under the blankets on a cold winter night and tuned in to Cousin Brucie from WABC in New York. This was the station at the time for us teens. The song on the radio was “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” by the Righteous Brothers. It was about a boy who had placed all he had on a girl, and it looked like there would be no return on his investment. He became a member of the Dear John Club.

There is only One who can qualify to be our soul and inspiration and that is God. He desires that our life be entwined with His.

Psalm 18:30 

This God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.

Revelation 4:11 

“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”

No human being can give you what only God can. Give it some consideration.

Gary

Grateful Dead

I was listening to MPBN and the man being interviewed had worked 25 years for the Grateful Dead singing group. The statement he made to the interviewer was, “I spent 25 years working for the dead.” Now you know where I’m going with that. There was a man who told Jesus he was working for the dead. Jesus enlightened him to the fact he needed another goal.

Matthew 8:22

But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

If you are working for the dead, let me suggest that a change of direction would be necessary for now and eternity.

Give it some thought.

Gary