A public call for prayer that encountered no protests

No public call for prayer in school, at graduation ceremonies, or at the commencement of governmental meetings for fear of protests.

But in a violently shaking plane? No protests there!

But the Lord sent out a great wind on the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship was about to be broken up. Then the mariners were afraid; and every man cried out to his god, and threw the cargo that was in the ship into the sea, to lighten the load. But Jonah had gone down into the lowest parts of the ship, had lain down, and was fast asleep. So the captain came to him, and said to him, “What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.”” (Jonah 1:4-6 NKJV)

#danger, #news, #prayer

Faith Must be in the Right Things

Sometimes things happen that are perfect illustrations of what you have just preached. Tonight was one of those times.

Today, I preached twice on faith and how we must trust God in prayer and walk in faith like Abraham. As we were leaving the parking lot, we were startled by a sudden appearance.

Our Church building is on a highway, which is lined on both sides by sidewalks. The road is straight for many miles and people walk and ride bicycles down the sidewalks.

However,  when we were leaving, it was dark. As we were almost at the entrance and about to pull out into the highway, we saw a blur and a man zipped by on a bicycle. It scared all of us in the car!

Be clear on the situation here: We have a black man wearing dark gray clothes on a black bicycle riding fast down a sidewalk at night. He saw my white car and didn’t slow down because he had faith that I would see him. Instead, he should have asked HOW I was supposed to see him!

We must have faith in God (Hebrews 11:6) because God is all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17) and all-knowing (1 John 3:20). He is loving, gentle and compassionate and has created heaven for us to stay for all eternity (John 14:1-6), if we are His children (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4).

Faith in fallible human beings is nothing like God. We can love and trust certain people in our lives, knowing they can let us down despite their best intentions (Romans 3:23). We must give them the latitude to be human without allowing their inherent weaknesses to destroy our faith in them.

Faith in people who don’t know or care anything about us is foolish.

The man on the bicycle had a misguided faith that could have ended his life. Accordingly, it was a faith that was in vain. As he zoomed past driveways and businesses, was his faith such that he refused to stop, no matter what? That would be absurdly reckless!

Be aware that God is always worthy of our faith. However, faith in man is often a dangerous proposition. This is why we do not allow children to make these kinds of decisions because they do not understand the evils and dangers that exist in the world. When we are adults and we still don’t understand, we are a danger to ourselves and others.

 

#danger, #darkness, #faith, #night

Getting Too Close to Sin

The persistence of humans to put themselves in danger knows no bounds. Reports are that a man in California was so intent on taking photographs of the Tsunami waves, that he was swept into the ocean and hasn’t been heard  from since.

In Oregon, four people were also on a beach and were swept away. Thankfully,  all four either exited the water on their own or were rescued.

Solomon warns us in Proverbs 4:14-19, that we can easily get ourselves into trouble when we allow temptation to gain too great a  hold on our lives. He says, “Do not enter the paths of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil” (Proverbs 4:14).

What may appear to be solid ground may, in fact, be dangerous and can lead to injury or death. Spiritually, if we allow Satan to lead us too close to the ledge, he will send us off (1 Peter 5:8).

Walk in paths of righteousness and we will always be safe (Ephesians 4:1). We must be wise and cautious because dangers abound. However, if we remain in  Christ, we will never be lost (Romans 8:1). Please, get into Christ (Ephesians 1:3) today by the waters of baptism (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4; Acts 2:38) and remain with him all of your days (Revelation 2:10).

“If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

#danger, #lost, #salvation

Another Possible Government Takeover

Christian Post columnist, Dr. Tony Beam, reports that “the Federal Government sees business in America as a target rich environment ripe for takeover.”

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101006/the-govt-goes-after-private-higher-education/

If it succeeds, the State could stop the preaching of the gospel and force private church-run schools to abandon Christian principles in hiring, plus change the way these schools hold students accountable to Scriptural principles.

Brethren, if this happens, our freedom of religion, i.e., to worship as the New Testament directs, will be in grave danger.

#accountable, #business, #columnist, #danger, #environment, #freedom, #gospel, #government, #grave, #hiring, #preaching, #principle, #report, #ripe, #target

In general, men are ungrateful and fickl…

In general, men are ungrateful and fickle, dissemblers, avoiders of danger and greedy of gain.

Niccolo Machiavelli, Florentine dramatist, political analyst and adviser (1469-1527)

#avoid, #danger, #dissemblers, #fickle, #gain, #general, #greed, #men, #ungrateful

Miep Gies, Who Helped Hide Anne Frank, Dies At 100

Brethren, since I love human interest stories, I just had to share this article about a selfless lady (Miep Gies – now deceased at 100 years of age) who assisted in hiding Anne Frank from the Nazis: http://www.kfoxtv.com/news/22211455/detail.html

Anne Frank’s cousin wrote of this lady:

“Every day for over two years she put herself in danger by hiding Jews from the Nazis,” said Anne Frank’s cousin, Bernd “Buddy” Elias, who last saw Gies on her 100th birthday. “If they had caught her, she would have been put in a concentration camp herself.”

Ms. Gies said of herself in helping Anne:

“Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.”

“The Diary of Anne Frank” (published in 1947) was the first popular book about the Holocaust and has been read by millions of children and adults around the world in 70 languages.

A very selfless and brave lady in helping others under very trying and difficult circumstances.

#brave, #danger, #holocaust, #selfless