Archive for September, 2007

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Somewhere Between the Earth and Home

September 27, 2007

Matthew 6:21  “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

Hebrews 13:14  “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

Way back when I first began blogging, (a whole 14 months ago, lol) the title of my first site, initially, was “Everlasting Fellowship.”  It was intended to relay the truth that we will be forever with the Lord Jesus and each other.  That this world is ever so temporary and our participation in this theater of atoms continues on a “day-by-day” basis.  Yet it seems that so many of us burden ourselves with divers weights and affections for this temporal life.  Things that may seem harmless on the outside, however they lure us away until we inadvertantly leave our first love and ultimately pierce ourselves through with many sorrows. 

Two weeks ago, our pastor mentioned a statistic (He must have a manual on statistics because he utilizes them often) concerning those who have won a substantial amount of money in the various lotteries.  In the vast majority of cases, five years after the accululation of the so-called “stuff that dreams are made of” they are in worse shape than beforetime and their lives in complete disarray.  Too often families are dissolved, therapy sessions become a weekly encounter, and substance abuse becomes commonplace. The flesh is never satisfied, the eyes are never full, and lust for the things of this world will lead one to ruin.  The following verse says it perfectly:

Proverbs 30:7-9  “Two things have I required of thee; deny them not before I die:  Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”

A perfect perspective from Agur who understands the pitfalls associated with heaping to ourselves wood, hay, and stubble.  One whose affections are on the Holy One of Israel and who realizes that our time here is ever so brief. 

From the hour that we first believe, we begin a most fascinating journey.  An epic journey of daily becoming less like us and more like Christ.  The valleys can be deep, the growing pains intense, and sometimes we cannot see two feet in front of us.  The pitfalls are everywhere and we may often find ourselves at our wits end.  (When we reach our wits end, it’s then that the Lord can really use us)  Yet as we draw ever closer to the Lord and learn to just trust and obey, his perfect peace and joy far exceeds all of treasures of this life.  Increasingly, the “bells and whistles” of this world lose their appeal as we long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord.   Our desire becomes primarily to reach the city made without hands and take as many folks with us as we can. 

I Peter 1:9  “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.” 

Today is September 27, 2007 and I’m at the house blogging when I should probably be tending to a host of other things.  Yet my heart is in heavenly places with Christ Jesus; longing for the day when this corruption puts on incorruption and this mortal puts on immortality.  Longing for those all around who are still in the valley of decision to come to Jesus while there is still time.  Earnestly desiring that all who are in Christ would grow into the fulness thereof and be a city set on a hill for those who are searching. 

This thought has been with me also.  We desire, ever increasingly, to finish the race.  To reach our expected end and be forever with the Lord.  Yet when our time here is complete, our resume will be complete also.  We’ll have no more opportunities to reach out to those who are undone, no more opportunities to give a glass of water or visit one who is in prison.  No more time to be about our Fathers business.  I have squandered more time in the past than I care to think about and lost opportunities rarely present themselves a second time.  I pray that we all would be diligent in utilizing the time remaining to be about those things which really matter.

Last Saturday, we (Kimberly, Morgan, and myself) were coming home at a very late hour.  Travelling down North River road we rounded a corner and there stood a middle aged lady hitchhiking. (this is in the middle of nowhere) As I pondered stopping, Kimberly and Morgan freaked out.  “Don’t even think it!  She might be armed!”  They were panicked at the thought of possible danger and self-preservation kicked into high gear.  (People NEVER hitchhike on North River road.)  Reluctantly, I continued on very troubled that we hadn’t stopped.  It was almost numbing and in my spirit, I was nearly certain that if I turned the van back around, there would be nobody standing there. It happened so fast and all I could do after that was pray.  (Prayers always seem hollow in such situations.)

In truth, if we truly have our affections on things above as we should, we’ll be all the more diligent here.  The two go hand in hand.  Love the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly and love our neighbors as ourselves.  Giving all the more diligence to those things which have everlasting ramifications as every soul is eternal and Jesus shed his blood for all. 

Well the goats are feeling the effects of the new computer because they haven’t been fed yet and its after 9:30.  I can see that it’s going to be a daily battle to keep from spending an excessive amount of time here, but I’ll strive to blog responsibly.  So until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.

Revelation 14:13  “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:  Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

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Closer Than a Brother

September 19, 2007

John 14:15-18  “If ye love me, keep my commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth in you, and shall be in you.  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”

There are so many lessons in this passage but the main thing that is needful at the moment is the understanding that the Lord is with us 24/7.  The book of Matthew concludes with Jesus telling his disciples “and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”  All of us struggle to one degree or another, to get this truth into our heart of hearts.  We fully understand the mechanics, yet really grasping what it means can be another matter.  He is with us when we are awake and when we are asleep.  He’s with us when we are about our Fathers business and when we are engaged in runaway horseplay.  He’s with us when all is smooth sailing and he’s with us on the darkest night when the waves of tribulation tower over head.  He is a very present help in trouble and will never leave us nor forsake us. 

I’m convinced that if we would grasp this “continuous fellowship” with the Lord Jesus, it would be so much easier to be about the things that have eternal implications such as reaching the lost and being obediant in every area of life.  Likewise, the peace of God that passes all understanding will be ever present as we have our conversation, affections and treasure in heaven.  I know that this sounds really basic and it may appear that I’m just trying to keep the blog current while awaiting the new computer at home.  (I’ll be a cyber-refugee for a few more days)  Yet this is imperative.  The more spiritually minded we are, the easier it is to let go of the wood hay and stubble that tends to occupy way too much of our time. 

An example that came to mind one day was that of driving down the road.  If my best friend was in the truck, I would be talking up a storm.  (Richard, Susan, and Phil can testify to my problem of talking nonstop)  Yet when we’re driving alone we tend to crank up the radio and bee-bop to “whatever.”  The Lord Jesus is right there, just as our friend was in the previous example, but we tend to not think of it.  This thought transformed my driving habits as it has become a favorite prayer time.  In addition, I get less frustrated at people who “text while driving”  (although I do it also)  This is not to say that distractions never come up.  It’s ever so easy to be in prayer and suddenly the mind drifts off into the next county.  (Mundane County.  It lies just south of Grace County lol) 

In a nutshell, we need to keep our hearts on the Lord Jesus.  To know that he is always with us, that the Spirit of truth abides in us, and to maintain a state of continuous fellowship with him.   This world is in the final phase before the return of Jesus and we can expect unparalleled upheaval coupled with unimaginable deception.  We “must” abide close to the Lord Jesus and by reason of use, have our senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  (Hebrews 5:14)

Well, I’ll be going for now.  Lord willing, I’ll try to do some commenting tonight during our lunch break.  One thing that I must be careful of when internet service is restored at home is to not allow blogging to be consuming as it was in times past.  I want to stay current and in touch with everyone here, however, three to four hours per day was a little excessive.  Until the next time, I wish to all a most blessed day in Jesus.

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Checking In Sept 13, 2007 (1520)

September 13, 2007

Greetings.  I apolagize for the extended absence, however, things have been hectic.  In a nutshell, here’s some of the goings on as of late.

( 1 )  Kimberly has been attending church with me for a month now.  I’m striving to be ever so careful as to not get ahead of what the Lord is doing, but the change has been phenomenal.  I’m convinced more than ever that all in my household will come to Jesus and matthew will be whole.  Kimberly really likes the church and the folks who fellowship there.  As mentioned previously, they are very sincere and doctrinally sound.  Please keep this matter in prayer.

( 2 )  I’m posting from work as the computer at home has “exploded.”  Ok, that’s an exaggeration, however, it has ceased functioning and as a result a new system must be purchased in the near future.  (Probably within the next two weeks)  At that time, I will try to blog more, although the “three hours per day season” is history.  Time is ever so short and must be utilized wisely. 

( 3 )  Morgan is back home for the most part and in need of fervent prayer.  She seems more relaxed as of late and I’m confident that she’s going to be in the household of faith. 

Well I have to be in my department in 5 minutes so I’ll be going for now.  Until next time, I wish all a blessed day in Jesus.