Do you preach because you have to say something or because you have something to say?
Archive for June, 2005
God just saved a young girl when she called on the Lord Jesus Christ. She was told that now Satan would come knocking on her door to cause her trouble. She was asked what she would do when Satan did knock. Her reply was “I’ll ask Jesus to answer the door.”
Isaiah 11:3-4 …and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 4 But with righteousness shall he judge…
If you want to judge righteous judgment, don’t judge based on the seeing of the eye or the hearing of the ear.
A few weeks ago, I was studying to find some words of encouragement for a couple in our church whose 11 year old daughter has been battling cancer. I recalled hearing a message at a camp meeting a few years ago in which the preacher spoke about a few good things about the dark. I began studying passages related to darkness and dark times. A few days into the study, another lady in our church called and talked to me about some tough times her son was having and I gave her a couple of the passages I found and they encouraged her. As I was studying, I was also trying to think about what I should speak to the Best Years Club. That’s when I came across Ecclesiastes 11:8 and knew the topic of dark times was a good topic – not only for the Best Years Club, but for everyone.
Remember the dark times
Ecclesiastes 11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
What strikes me most about this verse is that a man can rejoice in all his years even though the days of darkness shall be many. And to top it all off, God tells us to remember those days of darkness! Why in the world would God want us to remember the dark times?
One activist group is calling on people to help “protect kids from pentagon recruiters.” This is in reference to part of the No Child Left Behind program that lets military recruiters in to the schools. Now, I find this kind of silly. To allow a group in to our schools to encourage children to perform a very honorable duty in serving their country is a great danger but to allow groups in to our schools to encourage our children to engage in risky sexual behaviour (sodomy, promiscuous sex, etc.) is perfectly acceptable? Do we have our definition of danger mixed up?