Friday, September 8, 2017

Are You Ready?

"Death toll rising from one of biggest earthquakes ever to hit Mexico." (Tsunami warning issued) AP

"Worst Storm of Any Century; Unprecedented" Newsmax

Mt 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

Luke 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Are you ready? Jesus' prophecies are being broadcast daily on the news. He is the ark of safety. Enter in before the door is shut.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Remember September

The High Holy Days of Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur
Leaves Turning and Days Shortening
Sapphire - State Fair - Bow Season
Cooler Temps - Grandparent’s Day
Football - Back to School
Switching out Wardrobes
Garden Harvest - Labor Day - Hot Drinks
Forget-Me-Nots, Morning Glories, Asters
Birth Month
(More born on an average day in Sept than any other month)
Rapture Month?

Make this the best September ever:
Win a soul to Christ,
Be faithful to every church service,
Read your Bible every day,
Deepen your prayer life,

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Sometimes I speed. I've also been known to text while I drive. I know, I know. It's wrong, it's illegal, it's dangerous, it's a horrible example and it's hypocritical. I'm not proud of it. I am addicted to both like Whitney  was to crack and Honey Boo Boo is to chocolate. I'm joining TA (Texters Anonymous) soon.

And I hate lectures. People get on their high horse and preach at you like a fundamentalist on the eve of the Apocalypse. And that's why I've kept my mouth shut about what I'm about to disclose now. I'm just letting you know and I don't need to hear "I told you so!" But you're gonna hear it eventually, so I might as well tell the world now.

I biffed it bad on my bike in Colorado last week. I hit a hairpin turn way too fast and had to bail. I should be dead, or crippled. My bike should be on a trash heap. But, God is still in the miracle working business and His guardian angels are still working overtime.

First, the bike. One leather saddlebag took the biggest share of the beating. The engine guard and slip on exhaust got scraped up a bit. Easy replacements. I just couldn't believe me and the good Lord got it upright and running with no problem.

Then there's me. Thank God for adrenaline! Oh, and good helmets and jackets. Without which, I'd have been life-flighted to some west slope hospital for TBI and skin grafts. How I don't have cracked ribs, a broken neck and severed appendages, I don't understand.

However, I've just got some bruised ribs, a few scrapes and a bunged up knee. So, other than not being able to breathe or walk, I'm fine.

Did I mention adrenaline? It's amazing how things go in slow motion and a million thoughts go through your head during an accident. Like, as I heard my helmet being sanded down by the pavement, thinking, "just stay on my head, I need you for a few more seconds." Or, "glad I didn't wear the Fossil watch they got me for Father's day, I lost the last one on the Sturgis trip." And, "Glad I gave the safe combo to my wife before this excursion."

So, after sliding along the pavement for a while, I took a few tumbles and then just lay there on the road under the beautifully blue Colorado sky. All was so serene as I lay here a dying. I turned over on my back and spread eagle to take inventory of my body. "I can't breathe, but I don't see a lot of blood, wish I'd had some gloves on. Arms and legs all work. Neck turns. Oh, there's the helmet sun visor laying on the center line, how bout I roll over there and get it? Okay, that worked. Still can't breathe though. Better roll off the road in case someone comes along."

So I lay there reassembling my helmet, wondering what internal injuries we're going to change my life. And why and how I'm still alive?

When I could get enough breath in my lungs to make the attempt, I got up to see if I was ambulatory and go check on the bike.

After assessing the situation, I grabbed the handlebars and hefted the 1200 ccs along with the stuffed saddlebags and 50lb suitcase upright. You're not supposed to lift the bike like that. Bikers would show you the proper method. But did I mention adrenaline?

So, it started right up, I got on and left the scene of the accident without reporting it. It would have taken law enforcement an hour and a half to reach me anyhow.

I couldn't believe it! How can this be? I should be waiting on a ride to the hospital or should have gone over the rim of the canyon I'd been riding for the past half hour. But I'm alive and riding! This, I told myself, has to be God, there's no other explanation.

My riding companions were at the next Canyon overlook. As I approached, Dan's jaw dropped and asked what happened. I explained the best I could then excused myself to go to the little boy's room. Halfway across the road, the adrenaline wore off. I about dropped to the pavement. My knee didn't work, my ribs felt like Mike Tyson just worked me over. All the scapes began screaming at me.

We remounted our bikes and rode another 6 miserable hours over passes made for mules in the mining days, through pouring rain (cold, cold rain) and drizzle and hail and maybe even a tornado, hurricane and tsunami for added measure.

By nightfall, I felt my body was going into shock. But, the others were convulsing as bad as I was, we we're all that cold. For me, the cold was just insult added to my injuries. Ouch, that cliche' hurts.

The next day, I had to ride another 3 hours, load the bike into a pick up, just me and the angels, and drive from Ft. Morgan to Lincoln. Easy-peasy.

Well, there you have it. I've delivered my soul. Now everybody knows. Now the church will know why I was walking like a 115 year old man this morning. Some will wonder how and why I carried the big ladder into the sanctuary and changed that lightbulb. I guess a guy's just gotta do what a guy's gotta do.

God is good...all the time...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Why I go to Church

Top 13 reasons in random order:
1. I love Jesus. He said, if you love me, keep my commandments. Since He says not to forsake the assembly, I strive to obey. God tells me to not miss church.
2. If I am not there, I can't contribute to the offering
3. Jesus promised to show up. And when He shows up, I don't want to miss what He is doing
4. There are people there who need what I have to contribute
5. There are people there I need to draw from
6. A meal has been prepared for me. It would be rude not to be in my place at the table
7. What better things could possibly be happening elsewhere?
8. When I joined, I made a commitment to be there to support the church
9. Nowhere else do I pray or preach or sing like I do there
10. Because the family gathers there and I am part of the family
11. Because I have a ministry job there and if I am missing, someone else has to fill in
12. God has given me a spiritual gift to bless the church. My absence robs the church of that gift
13. When I am not there, others, especially the pastor, get discouraged.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Your Idols are Losers

Isa 46:1  Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast. 2  They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.

Bel is bowed down
Nebo is stooped over

Idolatry is rampant even in our day. Entertainment, sports, money, stuff, ego - these and many other popular idols are completely inept.

They cannot be moved 6-7
They cannot answer your cries 7
They cannot save you from your troubles 7

The Lord, on the other hand, is moved with the feeling of our infirmities (Heb 4:15), He hears and answers our desperate prayers (Ps 49:1), and His hand is not shortened that He cannot save out of all troubles. (Isa 59:1)

If you are looking for One Who will bear you, carry you and deliver you (see Isa 46:3-4), seek the Lord.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Sometimes the most spiritual thing one can do is...

*Be filled with the Holy Spirit (do this and the rest are pretty much inconsequential)
*Keep one's tongue
*Buy someone a cup of coffee
*Take a nap
*Search the Scriptures
*Take a nap
*Eat ice cream
*Ask forgiveness
*Grant forgiveness
*Do something kind for somebody 
*Take a nap
*Spend some time at a lake, in the woods, by the sea, or in the mountains, combining any three of these would be preferable
*Visit the City Mission, or the NICU, or the VA. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BOLO - Mr & Mrs Remmus Pmuls

(REQUIRED reading by ALL members)

     We have had some very unwelcome visitors sneak into our church for the past several weeks, and I understand they plan to be around for the next couple of months. Now mind you, I cannot stand this couple! I know, we should welcome all visitors with open arms, but these fuddy-duddies really get under my skin. When they show up, I get so discouraged. They really NEED the Lord!

     All gospel preaching churches hate to see them visit. They kill the spirit of the services and thwart the efforts of the church to be effective. They generally start doing their damage around Memorial Day, and usually don’t go away until after Labor Day.

     If you see this couple around, don’t give them the time of day! Shoo them away as soon as they start working on you and inviting you to their outings. They will KILL your church! In fact, they already have your pastor with one foot in the Loony Bin and the other in a counsellor’s office.

   Here’s how to spot the Pmuls. You have seen the picture, but they disguise themselves in so many ways. They will be ones inviting you to several other excursions just about every Lord’s Day. Sometimes they will encourage you to skip that one measly hour out of the week which is set aside for God, and just hang out with family, or at the Lake, or even stay in bed or in the easy chair. And once you give in to Remmus, you’re toast. Next thing you know, you’ll take entire vacations away from church and your Bible reading and prayers.

     Oh dear friend and church member, please watch out for these sinister servants of the evil one and forcefully turn down their invitations to join them in their “fun.”

BOLO means Be on the Lookout

Mr. & Mrs. Remmus Pmuls – just read in reverse!