“Had Your Shots?”

Absorbing God Word

“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27

Applying God’s Word

A couple months ago the question of the day was, “Are you signed up to get your shots yet?”.  A month ago the question of the day was, “Did you get your first shot yet?”. Now the question of the day is, “Have you had both shots yet?”.  My answer is always the same, “I haven’t had the shots and I doubt I’m going to get them”.

The reactions of those asking me, are varied. Some back away from me like I have the plague while others want to engage in a debate over the subject matter.

I’ve done a lot of reading on Covid19, as well as the so-called vaccines. I believe there are risks either way. Each of us should weigh those risks based on our individual beliefs and make an informed choice.

Am I concerned about dying from Covid19? I’m as concerned about it as I am about dying from anything. Am I worried? I am not. I know that worrying won’t add a single hour to my life.

Accounting of God’s Word

When weighing/determining personal risks, is the motivating force in my decision making process fear or faith?

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“Privacy Please”

Absorbing God Word

“Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from the plots of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows.” Psalm 64:2-3

Applying God’s Word

Like so many others, I went from being an innocent and open young boy to a very isolated and private young man. I was tired of being crushed by non-caring individuals. I surrounded myself with thick emotional walls, being very careful not to share anything that allowed others to hurt me.

Jesus has called me to be more open and transparent about the many different aspects of my life and I have been obedient to that call. However, I was naïve in thinking that I could do so in a world that still offered some semblance of privacy. Not!

I am no longer on Twitter, Facebook, Linked-In, etc. and have moved away from platforms that track my every move. Other than God, I don’t want someone listening to me or watching me without my knowledge. Even Jesus went off by himself for privacy. I must say, rediscovering privacy has been an incredible blessing.

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I broken away from today’s “No Privacy” platforms? What am I waiting for?

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“Apostasy”

Absorbing God Word

“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.” Matthew 24:10-11

Applying God’s Word

Apostasy is An act of refusing to continue to follow, obey, or recognize a religious faith; the abandonment of a previous loyalty: DEFECTION!

Some say the “Great Apostasy” is happening around the world right now. It’s not about the folks who don’t believe in Jesus. It’s about those who used to, but have moved away from believing in Him and His truth. There’s a hefty price to pay for doing that, though. It’s called “Hell”.

If I want to know the truth about anything, I am very careful to fact-check the source, that is the people claiming to speak or teach truth. Most of my sources can be found right in the bible. The best source that I’ve come across in the last 35 years is Jesus. His truth has never changed.

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I drifted away from God’s truth? Do I only rely on what my itching ears want to hear? Do I believe the Book of Matthew Chapter 24?

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“The Old Cherokee”?

Absorbing God Word

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” 1 John 1:5-6

Applying God’s Word

Once upon a time an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said the battle is between 2 wolves. One is Evil and one is Good. The grandson asked his grandfather, “Which wolf wins?” The grandfather simply replied, “The one you feed.”

I know what it’s like to lie or to not live out the truth. Before God got a hold of me, I lived a lie. No one likes admitting that they lie, but look at our world. If I lie to myself, I probably won’t have any trouble telling others a lie. My personal lie impacts everything I do.

The truth starts with me and then weaves its way into the fabric of everything I do or don’t do and say or don’t say. If I want the good wolf to win, I have to feed him the truth.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I walking in the dark or in the light? Am I feeding the evil wolf or the good wolf?

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“Hypocrites”

Absorbing God Word

“Jesus asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “So give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Matthew 22: 20-21

Applying God’s Word

This scripture seems to be appropriate for anyone who speaks the truth these days. Jesus words of truth angered the Herodians and the Pharisees. The Herodians saw Jesus teachings opposed to their interests. The Pharisees didn’t believe that Christ was the Messiah. Both wanted to destroy Him. “But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, ‘Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Matthew 22:18.

If we tell the truth today, we could come under attack by more than one or two groups. It could cost us a career or everything we’ve worked for. I think my actions should speak louder than my words. Except for my own blog, I’m no longer connected to any of the social media platforms. I’m spending more of my time in prayer and scripture. It’s the one place the truth can still be found and then lived out. It’s also the best way for me to avoid being a hypocrite. 

Accounting of God’s Word

What areas of my life are hypocritical?

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“The Soldier’s Return”?

Absorbing God Word

Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:1-2

Applying God’s Word

Last Sunday, I requested your prayer support for a friend of mine stranded at a military hospital in Germany. After numerous exams, MRI’s, ex-rays, etc. the doctors were stumped. Paul was finally diagnosed with severe migraines and extreme vertigo. These conditions left Paul paralyzed and kept him from getting airlifted back to the USA.

On Monday, the military was able to arrange a flight home with chaperoned assistance, for Paul. He flew to Dallas Tuesday morning and on to Fort Hood in Killeen Texas on Tuesday night. He made it through medical checks Wednesday and Thursday and was reunited with his wife Novi at Nashville Tennessee Airport on Friday morning. His migraines are less frequent, and the vertigo has decreased substantially. Glory to God and thank you all for praying him home!

Some have asked, “Is this the same Paul that rode his ten-speed bicycle from San Diego, Ca. to Miami, Florida representing Christians in Commerce, twenty-five years ago?” Yes! He is one in the same.

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I thanked You Lord, for all the times You’ve rescued me; the times I recall and the times I’m not even aware of?

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“Under Attack”?

Absorbing God Word

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.”  1 Peter 4:12

Applying God’s Word

No one gets out of this life without trials. We may come under attacked spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally or financially. It’s easy to believe in God when we are not under attack. It’s a lot tougher when fear and anxiety tear apart our defenses.

Numerous circumstances have brought me to my knees weeping and crying out to God. There have also been attacks on others I love that make me wonder if God is hearing my prayers for mercy.

A good friend of mine, a great Christian soldier currently deployed abroad, has become very ill. The military is trying to help, but they are not comfortable with airlifting him back home.

Paul and I have been talking and praying daily by phone for two weeks without a break-through. I beg your prayers for his healthy return to his wife Novi in Tennessee. Thank you in advance.

Accounting of God’s Word

Have I ever been surprised by a sudden attack or an ordeal that God has rescued me from?

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“Christ At Work”

Absorbing God Word

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Applying God’s Word

When I first heard some men talking about living out their Christian faith at work, I rolled my eyeballs. If I tried that, I’d lose customers. That was my thinking thirty-four years ago. I thought the world would have to change for that to happen, but I was wrong. The only thing that had to change was me.

God has been reshaping and molding me ever since through other men and women who live out their faith at work; folks that are all part of an ecumenical international workplace ministry called Christians in Commerce/WorkLight. 

I’m inviting you to join us. Our vision is to be Christ in the workplace. Our mission is to encourage and equip Christians to be God’s presence by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercising faith, integrity and excellence in our work.  https://www.christiansincommerce.org/

Accounting of God’s Word

Do people recognize Christ in my work? Who are the people that God is using to sharpen me?

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“Love, Rule & Increase”

Absorbing God Word

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Applying God’s Word

Out of love, Jesus made a choice to die for me. Out of love, I make a choice to die for Him. I die to sin and to living my plan instead of His. God’s plan is built around three words – Love, Rule and Increase.

As I’ve fallen in “Love” with God, I have felt empowered to handle different tasks (Rule) on His behalf, which in turn, yields an increase for Him. God does this through me/us in our personal lives, our work, and in our community.

Last week, I heard that one of my neighbors had lost his mother. God asked me to write him a note and to include a prayer for both him and his mother. A few days later he showed up at our front door in tears. When he was finally able to speak, he said, “I will keep your beautiful note and prayer forever.” He had a chance to experience God’s love and I was obedient to the task. The increase will follow, even though I probably won’t see it.

Accounting of God’s Word

Are the tasks God is giving me done out of my love for Him? Are those tasks producing an increase in all the areas of my life?

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“Choices”

Absorbing God Word

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Applying God’s Word

Months of meeting with God went by before I recognized that God’s plan for me was much different than the plan I was living. In living out God’s plan, I would have to surrender to God’s authority in my relationships, time, work, money, possessions, reputation, liberty and will.

God was asking me to live out His will in all the areas of my life. That meant transformation, which scared me. It meant being held accountable by others, becoming transparent and saying goodbye to flying solo.

I’m still learning how to surrender to God’s will. He teaches me to do that moment to moment, one encounter to the next. All my choices are made on the battlefield of two kingdoms, good and evil. God’s given me the free will to choose.

Accounting of God’s Word

Am I willing to be transformed to do God’s will? Is God involved in all my choices? Who is holding me accountable?

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