Living In The Light Of Eternity

All humanity is grass, and all its goodness is like the flower of the field….The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever. Isaiah 40:6, 8 CSB

We are decamping to A Certain Trumpet for the next 40 days. Fear not. We will return to posting here on October 1st.

In the meantime we pray you do two things:

  1. Read the devotional below.
  2. And then join us for a World altering journey at A Certain Trumpet (https://www.acertaintrumpet.com/)

Following is a paraphrased excerpt from A Quiet Place Devotional by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. In it she describes three lists her father made that focused and guided his life. You will want to read this:

“I close this ten-day look at my dad’s legacy by describing a piece of paper I have in my files. Written in my dad’s unmistakable scrawl are three short lists. Written in his early fifties, the first is titled “What are my lifetime goals?” It includes several goals related to his giving, family, personal life, and business – in that order. The second, titled “Next three years,” expresses his desire to get extricated from his business so he could spend more time in direct ministry. The third list, which includes three goals, has this header: “If I knew I were to die in six months …” Little did he know when he made these notes, that in less than three years he would be with the Lord.

As I review these goals, it’s obvious that what mattered most to him was living in light of eternity and in such a way as to advance the kingdom of God. That concern drove him to want to give more rather than accumulate more; it led him to care about the spiritual needs of his family; and it moved him to care deeply about the souls of those who were without Christ.

My dad knew the life-changing power of the gospel in his life, and that moved him to share Christ with anything that moved. In fact, when his longtime friend Dr. Bill Bright passed away (founder of Campus Crusade for Christ), I jested that I hoped the two men wouldn’t be bored in heaven, with nobody to witness to! Lost souls mattered greatly to my dad because he knew what their rejection of Christ was costing them. He saw purpose in every person God brought his way, always alert for opportunities to share the gospel. It’s because eternity mattered to him.

Does it matter to you?

Make it the supreme goal of your life to know Christ and to make Him known. There is no greater legacy. If you knew you were to die in three years – or six months – what would you do? Ask God to shape your goals and to direct your daily decisions, in light of eternity.”

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A Sense Of Humor

Interesting that God has a sense of humor and secular humanists do not. Think He is trying to tell us something?

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On Repentance

As a follower of Jesus, it is not enough for us to just feel sorry for something. Our sorry needs to lead us to repentance. In its fullest sense, repentance represents a complete change of orientation made up of a judgement upon the past and a redirection for the future. Repentance, then, is a change in both thinking and action.

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Saint or Sinner?

A saint is a sinner who keeps trying. The struggle is a sign of holiness. St Josemaria Escriva. [Paraphrased].

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On Humility And Inescapable Gratitude

Becoming a Christian is an inherently humbling process. Not incidentally humbling. Inherently humbling. And it should work itself out into every dimension of our lives.

On inherent humility: “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: ‘God, I thank You that I’m not like other people — greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’
“But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, turn Your wrath from me a sinner!
’” Jesus circa 31 AD, Luke 18:1-13 HCSB

On the resulting gratitude: “So you will recognize them by their fruit.” * Jesus, circa 31 AD, Matthew 7:20 HCSB

* Christian gratitude, born of humility and by its own nature, leads unfailingly to Godly fruit.

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On God And Government

The God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?   Thomas Jefferson  [Paraphrased]

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The Wise And The Foolish

America is not divided by race, color, gender, or sexual orientation.  America is divided into wise people and fools.  And fools divide themselves by race, color, gender, or sexual orientation. 

Uncertain attribution, but they likely have been cancelled.

From the #imjustsaying series

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C.S. Lewis On COVID-19

Here is what CS Lewis had to say in 1948 when everyone was focused on the threat of the atomic bomb (emphasis added):

“In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: ‘Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of AIDS, an age of motor accidents.’

In other words, let us not begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. We were already all sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented, and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, then, when it comes, let that bomb find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.” Paraphrased From Present Concerns , C. S. Lewis

This is as relevant today as it was in 1948. Go forth.

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Mysteries?

I do not believe God works in mysterious ways. He works in miraculous and manifest ways.

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Good Morning

I see that God is STILL on His throne this morning. And, lo, there at his right hand, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

To wit:

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 NRSV

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