Now when Jesus saw a crowd around Him, He gave orders to depart to the other side of the sea.
Then a scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus *said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
Another of the disciples said to Him, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.” But Jesus *said to him, “Follow Me, and allow the dead to bury their own dead.” -Matthew 8:18-22
When the great evangelist D.L. Moody sought membership in his local church, he was put off for a year. Later he expressed gratitude to the church officials for putting him off. It was during that year that he sought a deeper relationship with Christ.
Friend, don’t be offended if you feel rejected. You are not rejected. You are being challenged. What will you do, rise or fall?
D.L. Moody became one of the most influential Christian leaders of all time, certainly in America. Millions of lives have been impacted by this man who was, at first, rejected from church membership.
I thought this was an amazing video. If these metronomes were on a solid surface, they would never get in sync with one another, and there would be no harmony.
But, when placed on a soft, movable, surface, they yield to one another and within a short time the chatter of them being “individuals” is replaced by the peaceful harmony of rhythm.
“…make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. -Phil 2:2-4 (NASB)
Be loving, be flexible.
Like many of you, I was glad to hear that Kermit Gosnell was convicted on three counts of first degree murder today. If ever there was a case for the death penalty, I think his deserves no less. The jury’s finding however, leaves a nagging question about life and the practice of abortion.
Does location really matter?
If a baby is outside the womb and it’s neck is snipped -that is murder.
But If the baby is dismembered within the womb it is not?
We are a nation of great hypocrisy on this issue.
Mr. Gosnell believed that he was simply providing a service for women with unwanted pregnancies. He saw nothing wrong with killing the babies inside the womb, or outside the womb. His logic, though tragically flawed, is actually more reasonable than that of those who believe that the location of the baby matters.
For a brief moment, the world remembers the risen Savior. Perhaps you went to church, but it had no impact on you. Perhaps at an Easter celebration, a family member said something. You may have had a thought, a recollection, of what the Easter message really is.
Did you believe?
I came across this plea from M. Lloyd-Jones this morning. The question cannot be asked any more directly than this:
What can you reasonably say against the person of the Lord Jesus Christ? What have you got against Him? Look at that young man working as a carpenter in Palestine. Look at Him at the age of 30, beginning to preach. Follow Him along, look into His eyes, come near Him as the people did -what is your objection to Him? What is lacking in Him? What is wrong with Him? Did He come into the world to blast it and destroy it? He spent all this time healing people, talking to the outcasts, sitting down and eating and drinking with the tax collectors and sinners. Look at Him; read the record. Tell me in the name of reason, what have you got against Him? Look at this unique personality who still dominates the whole world. Even the world that rejects Him cannot get rid of Him. Look at Him-what possible objection can there be to the Lord Jesus Christ? I would like to know on the grounds of reason what that objection is.
I hope that you are one of the millions of people that will remember what Jesus of Nazareth did 2000+ years ago. The exact day doesn’t really matter to me. The names by which we remember the events don’t really matter to me either. What matters, is the truth of what did happen.
The Apostle Paul said, “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”
1 Cor. 15:3-5 (NASB)
He spoke pretty plainly here, about the priority of the simple gospel message. It’s all about Jesus,… who He is, and what He did.
1. He was born, and lived a sinless life.
2. He died for our sins.
3. He fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah.
4. He died.
5. He rose on the third day.
6. He fulfilled more Old Testament prophecies.
7. He appeared to the disciples, and even 500 people at one time.
I’m thrilled to have another year to echo the words of Paul and attempt to articulate this timeless and urgent message -to whomever will listen!
I hope that you are believing in Jesus today, and celebrating the new life in Him. If you are not, you should consider Him afresh. “for He says, “AT THE ACCEPTABLE TIME I LISTENED TO YOU, AND ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” Behold, now is “THE ACCEPTABLE TIME,” behold, now is “THE DAY OF SALVATION” -2 Cor. 6:2 (NASB)