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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Some Will Hear - Some Won’t

August 18

(Luke 4:28-29 NIV) “All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. {29} They got up, drove (Jesus) out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him down the cliff.”

(1 Corinthians 1:18 NIV) “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

(1 Corinthians 9:22) “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Some will hear - some won’t. This was true in Christ’s day, and it’s still true today. We may like to think that if we just phrase the gospel right and love people enough, they will all hear and respond positively, but that’s simply not the case. Some will hear - some won’t. We still have a responsibility to tell the story well, and we should never be intentionally abrasive, but Jesus just rubs some people the wrong way. Only some will be saved. Whoever believes in him will not perish - but “whoever” is not everybody. Some will perish because they won’t hear the gospel. They just will not listen. They cover their ears, they turn up the music, they stir up the chaos, or they increase their dosage -- anything to protect their current way of living. No time for Jesus. No time for church. No time for Christians. No time for the narrow road. Some will hear - some won’t. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Monday, August 13, 2018

Chaos Reigns

August 13

(Psalm 23:2 NIV) “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters.”

(John 14:27 NIV) "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled..."

(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. {7} And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Our God is a God of order, but here on Earth, chaos seems to always be knocking at our door. Chaos is programmed into us at an early age and it’s hard to delete the program. Too often, we invite chaos in and it reigns in our lives. Like crack cocaine, we become addicted to it. We get so strung out on noise, activity, and stress that we actually go through withdrawal when tranquility comes. Order becomes like an intruder. And whenever peace threatens our chaos habit, we go out and find a dose of mayhem so we can feel “normal” again. As we shoot up, serenity is shot down. Stop feeding the chaos or it will eventually devour you. Turn off the constant noise that smothers the Spirit of God in your life. Cease and desist from the frantic running and the endless activity. It doesn't make you important -- it makes you impotent. Allow God’s peace to soothe your frantic heart. Settle into the arms of God like an easy chair. Let serenity reign in you. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Precious Death

August 7

(Psalm 116:1-18 NIV) “I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. {2} Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. {3} The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me; I was overcome by trouble and sorrow. {4} Then I called on the name of the Lord: "O Lord, save me!" {5} The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. {6} The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, he saved me. {7} Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. {8} For you, O Lord, have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, {9} that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. {10} I believed; therefore I said, "I am greatly afflicted." {11} And in my dismay I said, "All men are liars." {12} How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me? {13} I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. {14} I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people. {15} Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. {16} O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. {17} I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord. {18} I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people, {19} in the courts of the house of the Lord -- in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.”

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His SAINTS”. Don’t miss the word “saints”. There’s only one way to become a true “saint”: trust in Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. It’s a matter of faith, not deeds. It’s a choice. We say yes to Jesus or we say no to Jesus. Those are the only two choices. When the moment of death comes we will either stand before God as a “saint”, dressed in white, or a “sinner” condemned and unclean. We either stand clothed in Christ or we stand naked. We are saved or we are lost. It’s our choice. If you have never done so, believe God now. The death of lost people breaks God’s heart. If you have never done so, come to Jesus now. Repent of any and all sin, trust in Christ for salvation, and your death can be precious in God’s sight. He’s been calling you for some time now. You have heard His call. Respond to him. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day