The Act of Worship We Must Commit to Impact Charlottesville and Beyond

When the news is full of rumors of war, protests in the streets, senseless deaths on bright summer days, and hatred spewing from every corner, hatemongers sometimes even invoking the name of our Lord to falsely justify their actions, it can be hard to hold on.

But, this is exactly the time not to hide. This is precisely the moment for which we were created and why we were assigned to these times, loved ones. He designed us and chose us to live here and now to represent Him, to inhale His truth and exhale His Words, to stand against the tsunami of deception rising up and threatening to swallow those who deny the existence of a holy and loving God who is coming again. Continue Reading →

Six Secrets to Share Amongst the Sheep

I speak less now than I ever have. This isn’t a bad thing.

We live in risky times. Sides are being drawn from the White House to the watercooler. Deception is rampant, as are tempers and indignations.

Rumors fly, half-truths circulate, and fingers click on headlines designed to spread viral fear and pestilent propaganda, with high rates of success. We’re still amazingly adept at erecting towers of babble.

People navigate their days with fists-raised, slogans ready, and litmus tests buried like IED’s in everyday conversations. It’s more than a little nerve-wracking for the meek still awaiting the day of our inheritance. Continue Reading →

A Mighty Lesson from the Lowly Flea

Bed bugs and fleas and mosquitoes, oh my! Bed bugs and fleas and mosquitoes, oh my! Nothing takes the shine off the yellow brick road faster than an infestation of vermin.

Americans can fly to the moon, produce Olympic athletes and dominate at world power summits but household pests bring us to our knees. Why?

Because vermin have a secret weapon against which we modern Americans have few defenses. They are persistent, they persevere, and they usually cannot be dealt a single death blow. Fighting these miniscule enemies requires diligence, patience and a greater show of meticulous regulation and perseverance than these insects can muster. And too often we just don’t have what it takes.

I am a late convert to perseverance. Historically, I have avoided Bible verses about perseverance because to read them meant to face the truth of my own shortcomings in this area. But, God is impervious to my attempt to live in denial. He perseveres.

And so I have come to see the light and the value of perseverance and even the suffering which is the soil in which it grows.

James 1: 2-4 says this: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

If the Lord is working to cultivate perseverance in our lives, we would be wise to yield to His work. Take a lesson from the bed bug, the flea, and the mosquito who consistently confound, outlive and outwit humans who are capable of creating the Internet, penicillin and HD TV. Learn to persevere.

Evil is persistent. Evil is as boring as a gnat or a flea and yet, it is persistent because evil’s sole purpose is to destroy. Humans are notoriously impatient and easily distracted. We rise to crisis and to singular occasions but we have a sad track record when faced with the slow steady drip of persistent assault.

Evil is aware of this weakness and exploits it.

God is aware of this weakness and seeks to overcome it in our lives.

Take a lesson from the vermin who seek to live off the very blood that courses through our veins: you may feel small and insignificant in a big world but through perseverance, you, too, can fell the giants around you, experiencing victory in the end.

James 5: 10-12 says this: “Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”

Persevere, loved ones. Persevere.

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