His Words Are Life


John 6:64-68 KJV “… Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. {65} And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. {66} From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. {67} Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? {68} Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. “

“Will you also go away?” These are sad words the Savior asks, words that He asks you even today. “Will you also go away?” The Lord asks you, dear ones, if you will follow Him or if you will follow the world. Will you walk where He walked, carrying a message of hope to the sick, the dying, and the despised? Will you do as He did and unselfishly carry God’s love to those who need it most, to the downcast, the outcast, and the hurting? Will you look beyond yourself and your own petty desires and begin to love as Jesus loved? Will you tell others that Jesus Christ is the Only Way unto God (John 14:6), or will you taint the message of the Gospel with your own opinion? Jesus Christ alone has the words of eternal life. Will you stay with Him or will you go?

Oh politicians, do you walk where Jesus walks? Many will with the R rated spectacle of the Presidential debates tonight rooting for two candidates struggling with morality. Politician, do you know Him as your Lord and Savior, and do you honor Him with the life you live? Those elected by the people must live their lives in step with the Savior, or we as a people will continue to stagger under the weight of sin. You who serve the people must serve God first, knowing that “there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God” (Romans 13:1). The people may have voted, but it was the Lord who put you in that place of power. Honor Jesus and walk in love toward those you serve.

Oh pastors, do you walk where Jesus walks? Many will stand in the pulpit this Sunday having no regard for the Word of God. Do we weigh our words carefully, knowing that the Master will hold us accountable for how we treat His Church? If we serve well we will receive double honor (1 Timothy 5:17). If we walk away from Him we are warned in Scripture “we shall receive the greater condemnation” (James 3:1). Do you not know that Jesus died for His Church, and that He loves her dearly? We are called to equip the saints, enabling them to walk where Jesus walks (Ephesians 4:12). Christ alone has the words of eternal life. We must tell the people this while there is yet time.

Oh parents, do you walk where Jesus walks? Does your private life honor the Lord as much as your public life professes? You may not realize this, but you are being watched by both God and your children. God will not mimic your way of life, but your children will. You teach your children how to walk, how to read, how to ride a bicycle. You teach your children how to play sports, and may attend every game. Praise God for your love – for these are good things. But may I say that the best thing is to live your life walking where Jesus walks. Every step you take in your home teaches your children how to love or hate, to tell lies or speak the truth, to be sober or drunken, graciousness or hypocritical, racist or righteous, mean spirited or Spirit Filled. You may go to Church and praise Christ in a loud voice, but if you leave Church without Christ and live at home without Christ your child will grow up thinking religion is of no more value than a hat or a happy meal. Jesus Christ has blessed you with that child – raise that child to walk where Jesus walks, dear parent, while there is yet time.

Oh people, do you walk where Jesus walks? We may blame the politicians, the pastors, and the parents for the condition of our country, but we are just as much to blame. We vote for the politicians and for those who empower the judges. If the Ten Commandments and prayer have been removed from our public places aren’t we all to blame? Do you pray for your elected officials, rendering to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s (Mark 12:17)? Do you write or call your elected officials when they make a bad decision – or do you just gripe about it to your friends. Politicians cannot read minds. You need to let them know that you want them to walk where Jesus walks. Remember to pray for your pastor, and ask God to give him the strength to walk as Jesus walked. Remember that your pastor is only an imperfect man. Love him and encourage him when he walks where Jesus walks. Gently correct him when his steps do not follow the Savior’s footprints. Pray for the parents, encouraging them to walk where Jesus walks. We live in terrible times where violence and immorality are piped into the home through demons we call television, radio, and computer. Pray that parents will love their children enough to turn these things off and open a Bible every now and then. Read the words of life to the children. Remember the words of Peter, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.”

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Skewing The Young

I originally wrote this piece in 2005. Did it come true?


James 4:8 (KJV) “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”

I’m getting old. This realization came abruptly to me today as I discovered I no longer have a clue as to what people mean when they say things. For instance, though I no longer watch television (quite frankly, the stuff I’ve seen on it frightens me), I keep up with the news. When I came across a news report that CBS was canceling a nominally Christian show called “Joan of Arcadia” and replacing it with a disturbingly ocultic show called “The Ghost Whisperer” I wasn’t surprised. The electronic media, particularly the big television networks, have done little to promote the Kingdom of God on this earth. What puzzled me was the statement that the head of CBS (Leslie Moonves) made to explain their decision. He said :

“I think talking to ghosts will skew younger than talking to God.”

Think about that statement for a minute and grow old with me. I know what all the words in that sentence mean, but I, quite frankly, didn’t understand HOW those words fit together. “Skew younger”? I thought perhaps the man – certainly a well educated man – was misquoted. So I researched his words and found out that he said exactly what he was quoted as saying. What does it mean to “skew younger”? I looked up the definition to “skew” in every dictionary I could find, and found that it meant:

“to slightly adjust, to twist, to slant an object in one direction, to make crooked, to set at an angle or to turn from a path”

That’s what I thought it meant. Next I looked up the words “skewing show” on the Internet and found the phrases “male-skewing show”; “oldest-skewing show”; “female-skewing show”; and “adult-skewing show”. Hmmm. If “skew” means what the dictionaries say, and the television networks are using this word with various groups of viewers, then I can begin to understand what Moonves meant when he said “I think talking to ghosts will skew younger than talking to God”. A show about talking to ghosts will twist more young people off the path of life and cause them to be focused on this television network. CBS has targeted our young people with it’s show “Ghost Whisperer”, and believes that this show – a show about a woman who converses with the dead – will hook more viewers than the canceled show. And I’m sure it will – though I’m surprised that a CBS executive would come right out and say it.

For years people have, for the most part, fallen in love with television and out of love with prayer and the Bible. The average person spends about 4 hours a day watching television. Does this have an impact? Absolutely! The television networks are busily developing shows that “skew” selected audiences, twisting their minds, drawing them away from God and toward anything that will add to the bank accounts of these executives. What impact do these shows have on our America? Sunday used to be a day dedicated to God, and Sunday morning was a time when most people attended Church services to love one another and worship Him. Now that we’ve been “skewed” many people think that God will smile and look the other way when we pull our children from Church so they can participate in sports activities. “Skewed” young people are taught foul language, poor morality, and a “me first” attitude. “Skewed” people live together outside of Biblical marriage, proudly aborting the product of their unions as just so much tissue. In short, television has “skewed” the conscience of this nation, and it will only get worse – unless we return to God our Savior. We must draw near to “God, Who so loved the world that He gave His only Begotten Son” (John 3:16). If you draw near to God He will draw near to you. He will grow in your heart, teaching you to love your neighbor. He will show you the path of joy is not in things, but in surrendered living for Jesus Christ our Lord. He will show you peace in the midst of the storm, and eternal life – if you turn to Jesus Christ for salvation. The choice, dear friends, is yours. Choose wisely, for your actions at this time will not only determine your eternity, it will also determine your America tomorrow.

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Living For Jesus


The other day as I drove through town a large recreational vehicle (RV) passed by me, and on it’s bumper was a sign that read: “We’re spending our children’s inheritance”. I had to laugh at that statement. “We’re spending our children’s inheritance”. They probably WERE spending their inheritance. Those big rigs cost a great deal of money to buy, and even more to keep them rolling. The rising price of gasoline certainly don’t help matters either! So these parents might have been spending their children’s inheritance. But you know, an inheritance is best enjoyed by the living anyway. So it is with Christ.

So few who profess Christ as Savior realize that the Christian life is designed to be lived right now. The most popular notion among American Christians is that we come to Christ to be saved, then we can choose whether to live for Him or not after salvation. But Beloved, Jesus never, ever gave the impression that this type of behavior is normal or expected. The Jesus Who saved us holds US accountable for how we treat that holy relationship He purchased with His own dear Blood.

There is no life apart from the life of Christ. In the book “The Christian Secret To A Happy Life” Hanna Whitall Smith wrote:

“The secret of Christ’s life was the pouring out of Himself for others, and if we are like Him, this will be the secret of our lives also. He saved others, but Himself He could not save. He “pleased not Himself” and therefore we are “not to please ourselves”, but rather our neighbor, when it is for his good. …. “What Christians need is a little more of Christ’s Christianity and a little less of man’s.”

Christians should be living their lives being poured out for others, not constantly chasing the things of this world. Our inheritance from the Son was not just eternal life, but it IS life worth living. Happy life, abundant life, victorious life. This type of life cannot come while we wallow in selfishness.

You are saved by faith in Christ to serve Christ and to live in Christ now, not later. God emphasizes this when He states in Hebrews 12:9 “shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live”. This sentence has many layers of meaning. We could read it this way,

“You should be obedient unto our Father, living your life for Him.”, or it could also be read,

“You should be obedient unto our Father if you expect to continue living in this life.”, or it could even be read,

“You will never live a full, blessed life here and now until you subject your life to our Father.”

The Christian way of life is a way of life that is meant to be lived right now. Are you living for Jesus? Are you being poured out for others? Will He be pleased when He reviews your life when you meet Him in that great bye and bye? How you respond may well determine whether you spend eternity with Him or not. Think about it. John 10:10 (KJV) “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”


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Jesus Our Light


I stood at the window of a certain “fast food” restaurant this week, waiting in line to get some spicy chicken. As I stood in line I noticed the crowd seemed a little disgruntled. My turn finally came, and the lady smiled and gave me my order. As I turned to walk away I told the customer next to me “Have a blessed day”. She replied, “I will, if they ever serve me!”. I thought about that all the way home – “I will, if they ever serve me”. What this lady was saying was that her happiness or blessedness was based on what another human agency did. Now that is strange – to base our happiness on the performance of another human. 

Years ago coal was one of the major sources of energy in America. Coal was used for heating, for electric generation (if you had electricity), and it’s oil was what you put in your lamps so you could see at night. In order to supply America men had to go underground and work, mining that black gold from pitch black caves. It was dangerous, dirty, and often fatal work.

No miner going into a cave ever thought of going to work without his light. The miners usually wore these lights on their foreheads, strapped to steel mining helmets. That light, shining before their eyes, allowed them to see in the darkness. If a man lost his light he had to rely on the light of the man next to him. The problem with this was you had to rely on another man to get where you were going. Your happiness or ability to live for that day depended on whether the person next to you was shining the light where you wanted to be. A good miner kept his own light in his own life so that he was never trapped alone in that dark, dreadful place. His willingness to cling to the Light and follow the Light meant the difference between life and death, happiness or misery, success or defeat.

So it is with Christ! The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ came ” … To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79) Just as it was with the coal miner, so it is with us. Every day we wake and go about our business in this cave called “life”. Our lives are lived out under the looming shadow we call physical death. We need the Light that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give. We “put on” Christ, not just on Sunday morning, but at all times. We must remember that He is Lord, and He is Light, and He is Life itself, and unless you have opened the door of your life to Him, believing in Him, trusting Him – then you still wander in darkness. It is not what I do that saves me, but it IS Whom I trust as Lord and Savior that makes all the difference for all eternity. You can choose to be saved your own way, but that would be as useless as a miner strapping a chicken on his head. Jesus said “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Who’s guiding your life? Is it another human agency, what someone else does? Is it what you call luck, or fate? Do you have a chicken strapped to your head? Or are you, like the smart coal miner, walking in the Light? Have you turned your eyes upon Jesus, trusting Him with all your heart? That’s the only sacrifice that God will accept for sin – and the only relationship that will keep you walking surefooted through the rugged terrain of this cave we call “life”.

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Little Things


Song of Songs 2:15 (KJV) “Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.”

We tend to classify everything in our lives as “little things” or “big things” – and we often consider the big things to be more important than the little things. Yet it is usually the “little things”, the seemingly unimportant things, that often have the greatest impact on our lives.

A little fruit caused mankind to fall under the weight of sin, cast from the Garden of Eden.

A little mis-step in a field full of clover can cause a barefooted child to step on a bee.

When walking in the woods near marshy land, a little one inch fang from a poisonous snake could kill you.

A tiny bite from the little “Brown Recluse” spider will leave a wound that may last a lifetime.

In some countries the “sun fly” can infect a human with an ulcer that will eat a hole in your body.

A small, unseen germ can turn a delicious apple pie into a curse you will re-live for days.

Can any of you who have ever been sick with influenza say that little things, sometimes hidden things, do not matter? 

I was in my study a few years ago while outside a terrible storm raged. Suddenly I felt the air move within the house, and it felt as if a giant hand smacked the roof. I looked out the window and saw that a large scaly bark chestnut tree had snapped off at its base. As it fell it took with it the power lines – and now all was dark in the house. What caused the tree to fall? Was it the great wind blowing on the tree? Well, yes, the wind contributed to its fall. But what ultimately caused this giant of a tree to hit the ground was a small hole – only about as big around as a man’s hand – where disease had entered the tree. Little bugs, hungry for the wood of the tree, gnawed into its heart. Entering that beautiful old tree these tiny parasites caused the heart of that tree to weaken. When a great wind hit the tree it was just too much. Down it crashed leaving this life with a bang. Little foxes spoil the vines. Little parasites kill big trees.

Just as that tree was destroyed by little bugs, people can be destroyed by little sins. The quick intimate indiscretion between two strangers may take only a moment, but that quick sexual contact introduces hardening in the conscience and perhaps disease in the body. The person who, believing no one to be watching, shoplifts a small thing may spend several years regretting his decision behind the bars of prison. How many people have died premature deaths by poisoning their bodies with drugs and alcohol? How many innocents have died under the wheels of a drunk driver? How many children have died because a heart is too little to raise it? One extra mouthful of food may increase you weight, your blood pressure, and lead to heart disease and stroke. Little hatreds can escalate into big road rage, causing drivers to make bad decisions that may lead to jail or death. Little habits that you display before your children may lead them to develop cancer or alcoholism early in life. A little decision to reject Jesus Christ and His offer of abundant life will keep you from the happiness God has reserved for you – and will keep you out of His Heaven (John 14:6).

Satan discovered long ago that it is not the big things that destroy our lives, but the little things. A little fruit in a Garden long ago caused us all to fall away from God. The only way we could ever be brought back into union with the Creator was for Him to leave the splendor of Heaven and come to earth to die for you and for me. Three little nails purchased all who believe in Him eternal life – and a better life now – if we only trust Him. Don’t let a little thing keep you out of glory. Trust and obey, there’s no other way, to happy in Jesus – just trust and obey!

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Jesus and Momma


Titus 3:5-7 (KJV) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; {6} Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; {7} That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

I remember when I was a little boy, I’d come in from a long hard day of playing with my brother and my friends, my skin nearly crawling with what we called “grass itch”. If you’ve never had grass itch then you’ve never rolled and played in the fields of childhood. We’d come in and have grass stains on our clothes – even our skin would have green tinges and rub marks where we wrestled with one another in the vigor of youth. Oh how I love to remember those days long ago! My brother and I would come in the house and momma would fill the tub up with hot soapy water! She’d say “Get in the bathroom, get off those dirty clothes, and get in the tub.” In those days we didn’t have our own room, nor did we have our own bath. If you were shy you could bathe after the others bathed, but you’d better use the same water. We didn’t waste anything back in those days.

Oh how good that water felt to itching skin! I’d be crawling all over with the grass itch, but once I got in that water and got soaped up, the green would dissolve into the water. All our clothes came off before we got in the water, and once we got in the water that hot soapy liquid washed away the leftover irritations of the day. Praise God for momma and that hot bath!

Here’s a good illustration of the main message Christ’s Church must preach. Momma gave us a hot bath to wash away grass itch and the irritations of the day. Her bath made us clean enough to where daddy wouldn’t run us away from the dinner table, clean enough to where we could get between the crisp white sheets of our beds and rest. Jesus Christ gives us a bath too, but His bath washes us on the inside. The Bible says:

Revelation 1:5-6 (KJV) “… Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, {6} And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

The only word you could end this section with is amen! Jesus washes our insides, our inner person, clean of our sins. If you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation He comes into your life and cleans you up from the inside out. The Blood of Calvary makes the believer clean enough to approach Almighty God and call Him “Father” – not because we are worthy but because Christ has made us worthy (Revelation 3:20). All who have believed in Him for salvation will not perish, but have eternal life. Amen and Amen!

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The Savior Is Calling


1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: {7} Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

Why am I a Christian, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, someone who has accepted Him as not just as my Savior, but also as my Lord? I am a Christian because of the last four words in our text: He careth for you. I, like you, have had many “mountaintop” experiences in life, but I have also had many “valley” experiences. We all love the mountaintop experiences and hate the valleys, yet in truth if you are in Christ the valleys are much more precious. While on the mountaintop the air is clear, the view is beautiful, the day is bright – yet, dear ones, rarely does anything live beyond a certain point on the mountaintop. Beautiful snow covered peaks are many times devoid of green trees and living creatures. The air that is clearest on the mountaintop has the least oxygen. A slight exertion on the mountaintop brings with it panting lungs and a rapidly beating heart. Whether we like it or not life is fullest in the valley – especially when you realize that He careth for you. The Savior is willing to walk by your side no matter where you travel,

“a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1)

Some people use Christ like they use an ointment. While on the mountaintop they banish Christ to the medicine cabinet, but when aches and pains come they desperately seek His face. How foolish to use the “Dayspring from on High” in such a frivolous way (Luke 1:78)! The Savior careth for you. His love is greater and richer than any love found among mere mortals. He does not want to be quick relief when trials come – if you will let Him He will be a “a friend that sticketh closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24). Jesus wants to share His presence with you from your first waking moment till the end of day. He careth for you, waiting patiently for you to run toward His open arms. His embrace is not just for mere moments, but for all time and eternity. Jesus is tenderly calling you home, dear ones – will you not hear His call? Our text promises exaltation in due time, but you will never see exaltation if you do not draw near to Him in humility. The One Who created the heavens and earth can only bless you, making your life heaven on earth when you surrender to Him. Someone once wrote that those whom God would clothe He first must unclothe. If you expect to see the power of God revealed in your life you must first believe that He is, but second you must understand that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). A half hearted faith is only about halfway useful when your life moves into the valleys. I would rather drive a nail with a loaf of bread, than live my life apart from a daily growing walk by faith in Christ. Come fully to Christ and be blessed, dear ones. The Savior is calling. Will you answer?

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Building On A Sure Foundation


(Isaiah 9:6) “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

This season we call “Christmas” should be a time for laughter and happiness, yet during this same season many people will suffer deep depression and anxiety. A few poor souls will even contemplate taking their own lives, leaving behind a terrible hole in the hearts of those who loved them. Though psychologists and psychiatrists will give a number of reasons for this horrible reality, in many cases the reason for destructive behavior is the poor foundation a person has built their life on. If you have based your happiness and sense of self worth on the foundation of money or fame these ever shifting foundations will take you on an emotional roller coaster. The things of this life are fleeting, what the Bible calls “vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (James 4:14). If you don’t get what you want for Christmas you’re disappointed, depressed. If you didn’t achieve the goals you set out to achieve this year, you are sad. If you couldn’t afford to buy your friends and family a certain gift, you feel ashamed. If you’re living apart from your family in a long term care facility or a hospital during this holiday season you’re lonely and homesick. All these things are very human, and very understandable – I’ll not tell you that these same emotions don’t come to us all. But the foundation of your life must be more than this. The foundation you build your life on must be that Child in the manger the children’s Christmas program talked about. The only sure foundation for this life is God Who walked among us – Jesus Christ.

When the Prophet Isaiah wrote this often quoted passage he saw a Child coming forth from God to bless each and every one of us who believe. Isaiah used a number of titles for this Child to show that He is more than an ordinary Baby. The Child is “Wonderful”. Our Wonder-Working God Himself became a Wonder when He came to earth to give His life for us (John 12:24-33). Jesus came for another reason as well, seen through the other names given Him in our passage. The name “Wonderful” emphasizes His miraculous birth, and the miraculous New Birth (see John 3:3, 7; 1 Peter 1:23) that He freely gives to those who believe in Him. The name “Counselor” shows us that we are never alone – He ever abides with us. He Who was betrayed by every friend at Calvary is a friend to you when all others turn away. Our “Counselor” represents the believer before God the Father (Isaiah 53:10-12). Our “Mighty God” can lift us up from that sick bed when all the doctors can do is shake their heads in confusion (John 14:9-11). As “Prince of Peace”(John 14:27) Jesus is the Perfect Foundation for life. He does not merely bring peace, Jesus IS our Peace (Ephesians 2:14). Unlike the shifting foundation that foolish people trust their lives to, Jesus Christ is The Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4).

In Joshua 5:13-15 Joshua was getting ready to fight the Battle of Jericho. As he waited, somewhat nervously, for the new day to begin, an unnamed Man walked up. Joshua asked Him Who He was, and the Visitor replied that He was the Captain of the LORD’s Host. Just two verses later we see that this Person was an Old Testament manifestation of Jesus Christ (Joshua 6:2). Joshua’s heart burned within him: What do we have to do to beat this superior, entrenched force? The Lord gave Joshua the same answer He gives us today. Trust Him, be obedient to Him, and He will fight your battles. You know the end of the story: the walls of Jericho, built on the foundation of human power and majesty, fell down. The city was beaten because its foundation was man power and not God power. What is your foundation dear friends? Is your life based on Jericho or on Jesus? The Rock you choose does make a difference!

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How Will You Be Remembered?


1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV) “And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.”

The car had one of those “remembrance” or “in memory of” messages on its back window. We’ve all seen these messages. Every time I see these displays I have mixed emotions. I’m sad that a life – usually a young life – has ended, yet I’m also pleased that someone remembers the recently departed. Obviously such a person made a deep impact on life itself, else why would he or she be memorialized in such a way?

We remember our loved ones in a number of ways. We visit their graves, and periodically put flowers on or near the headstone. We make dedications to our local Church, or to some Godly organization like the Gideons. We remember our loved ones fondly, especially during that time we call Homecoming. We look at their pictures and remember back to the time they were among us, enriching our lives.

Just before Jesus Christ went to the Cross of Calvary He instituted a “remembrance” that His Church follows to this day.

Jesus took bread and beverage from the table. He broke the break and asked that we continue to do this “in memory” of His sacrifice – a symbol of His suffering for us. The beverage shared from a common cup emphasized that each believer who took of that Table was sustained – not by their own works – but because of what Jesus did for us all. Practically anyone can eat or drink, so the symbolism of that Table emphasizes that we who believe have neither earned nor deserved what Jesus did for us. Jesus drank from the bitter cup of sin so we could be forgiven before God our Father. He took part in our Hell so we could take part in His Heaven. Can’t you hear the anguish in His voice as He prayed ” … O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39) Jesus’ sacrifice was not accidental, but it was the deliberate and undeserved act of a Friend for those He wanted to save. Because His action was selfless and undeserved, the memorial of the Table is much more special than a message on a car window. The Lord’s Table reminds us that all who believe in Him, though they are no longer with us, are nonetheless in the arms of our Risen Savior just beyond the veil of life. The remembrance of the Table promises us that we do not need to hopelessly grieve over the loss of a loved one. We are reminded that “He is not here, He is risen just as He said” (Matthew 28:6) – and that our loved ones are also with Him in that great by and by. When I see a memorial on the back window of a car, I hope that the one to whom it is dedicated was a believer who had accepted Jesus as Savior. I also hope that the driver of the car, and all who see that moving memorial, would turn to Him believing while there is yet time. In a few years that car with the message in its rear window will be sent to some junkyard, but the soul that submits itself to God in Christ shall never die (John 11:26). You have His Table – and His Word – to remind you of that immortal truth.

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What Can One Do?


Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Does it matter what one person does? Does it matter what “I” do? In America we often find ourselves complaining about many things. We complain about taxes, about the economy, about immorality, about the media, about the homeless, and complain about the schools. We feel that many of the things that we used to hold dear are no longer valued, and we often feel that sense of helplessness that leads to paralyzing inactivity and apathy. “I’m only one person – what can I possibly do? One person can’t possibly make a difference.” Or can I?

In Jeremiah’s day the Prophet was one of the few people left in the nation willing to speak out for the Creator. There were many good people in that land who believed in God, but few were willing rock the boat. It’s always uncomfortable to speak out. You just know that others will dislike you when you speak up. Better to stay quiet and let someone else do it. But Jeremiah spoke out. Even when the local townspeople imprisoned him, Jeremiah continued to speak. In his mind it was better to speak out for the Lord and be imprisoned, than to stay quiet and offend the Savior he loved so much.

What can one person do? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact.

Through one man sin entered into creation, and death came on all (Romans 5:12).

One man, Noah, built a boat, and saved humanity from certain destruction in the flood.

One Moses led Israel from slavery and suffering to the Jordan river.

One shepherd boy, David, stood up for God and defeated Goliath, saving Israel.

One prophet called Elijah stood against the worshipers of Baal, a false religion that practiced child sacrifice.

One woman, Deborah, united Israel and led them to victory when all others predicted defeat.

One prophet, John, cried out “Here is the Lamb of God, One who has come to take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).

One fisherman called Peter preached to a crowd on a Jewish holiday, and led three thousand to faith in Jesus Christ.

One Paul preached the Gospel of salvation to non-Jewish peoples.

One young lady, Lottie Moon, carried Christ to China, and led thousands to new life in Him.

The Bible says that One perfect Person, Jesus Christ, died on the Cross for you and I.

Whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but shall have everlasting life (John 3:16). 

One pebble tossed by one small boy causes ripples that spread across a much larger lake. Can you make a difference? If a small child can make a difference in a big lake, you can make a difference in your world. What can you do? You can begin by asking God to make you into a better, more caring person. Ask Him to enter your life, to lead you – by love – in all that you say and do. Ask God to show you how to love others even if no one will love you back. Love is never love until it is put into action – let others see your love. Stand up in love for your country. Speak out when you see immorality and cruelty. Write your local newspaper, and keep writing. You see, in America your voice and YOUR VOTE matters. Speaking of voting, you can register to vote, and on election day you can stand up for God and VOTE. It saddens me that so few get out and vote! Do you know how many people died to bring us the privilege of voting? Vote!

Band together with other like minded believers and pray for our nation and its leaders. Contribute a small amount of your time and your talent to something and Someone greater than yourself. God never expects one person to accomplish the impossible, but He does ask that you do what YOU can do. When you unite your will with God, then and only then can you see great and mighty things happen in your world. When you are on His side you are never alone. Dwight L. Moody, the great evangelist of yesteryear, said “Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.” Call unto God, then do what you can – it will make a difference!

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