Where are you going this summer? Got your vacation plans set? It may be that you are intending to go on a mission trip, or a vacation to the mountains or near the water. Perhaps, you have no real plans to go out of town, but you may be thinking of an outing here or there close-by. For certain, there is enough to do right here at home that you would never get around to doing it all. One thing is for sure; whether you have plans to go out of town or just stay around home you are planning to do something!
I will not get to see my dad on Father’s Day. Yes, he is still very much alive, and reasonably close in proximity. No guarantees, but the chances are great that we will not get to see each other today. You see, my dad does what I do on Sundays—we preach.
Have you ever thought about the amount of people you know whose sons have followed their dads in their choice of careers? Firemen often have sons who follow them into firefighting. Policemen, doctors, butchers, lumberjacks, and dogcatchers often see their sons and their daughters follow in their footsteps. Why do you suppose kids decide to follow their parents into their chosen fields of expertise? Perhaps there are several different reasons, but one thing they would all have in common is the power of influence.
“That fellow cannot see the forest for the trees!” Have you ever heard those or similar sentiments? The meaning? Well, for some reason people at times can get so focused on the things they see, that they fail to realize how the things they see are intended to fit into a bigger picture. It is as if they get lost in the particulars of a certain thing, and miss its place within the greater purpose.
American society sure can be fickle! Media’s love for sensationalism seems to cross every line. One minute they are spouting forth freedom to do anything you want to do, be whoever you want to be, and say whatever you want to say. But, when someone says something that is not politically correct, they are all over it like you know what. To them, the USA espouses nearly 320 million versions of truth, as many different versions as there are people. However, if a network’s “trusty” investigation team discovers inconsistencies that are news worthy, watch out!!
Here is a trivia question. Who was the first person in the Bible to ask for forgiveness? If Adam and Eve come to mind, think again. It is true that they committed the first sin, but if you go back and read Genesis 3, when they ate of the forbidden fruit, God confronted them about it, and they admitted their actions. However, there is nothing in the record that the first couple said they were sorry for what they had done, or even asked God to forgive them.
How long have you been “counting the days?” No, not the days to the election so much as the days when the “blood letting” will be finally over! Have you heard yourself say, “If I get one more of those phone calls, or see one more of those campaign advertisements, I will ______________. (The blank may need to be lengthened, but keep is sweet!)
I hope you will get out and perform your right as a citizen of the greatest nation on the earth at every given opportunity; there seems to be more of them lately. While I have my personal opinion about whom I think should be elected, the bigger thing to consider at this juncture is the exercise of the right. It is one of the things people should take seriously if they want to continue living under the banner of freedom.
I have been doing a good bit of night driving of late. While my prescription glasses give me 20-20 vision, there are some things about driving at night that are very different from day travel. The biggest difference is distance and clarity. At night you can see lights in the distance, but as the radiance of the light fades, so goes the clarity of its surroundings. That is so different from the day when all around you, and as far as the eye can see, the clarity is extremely improved.
One night last week, I began thinking about eternity, and how when I think about eternity it is a lot like driving at nighttime. There are things we know about eternity because we have heard about it much of our lives, and at different intervals we read about it in the word of God. But when you are thinking about what eternity is going to be like, it is so hard to imagine how long it truly is, along with other particulars. For instance, how will I feel in eternity? 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says we will be given a new body, spiritual in nature. Will that spiritual body feel? If so, how? This is similar to driving at night and not being able to make out all the details in the short distance from you. The truth is eternity is closer than you think. It is as close as the darkness at night, and maybe closer.
Well, our Forty and Forward day came and went with last week’s celebration! What a great and auspicious occasion it was, celebrating the success of so many years of work for the Lord in Buford, Georgia. 715 attended the Sunday morning worship assembly. A greater portion of that group stayed and enjoyed a delicious barbeque meal afterward. It was truly another “red-letter” day at Buford church of Christ.
A visiting preacher recently asked me how long I had been preaching for the Buford church of Christ. Telling him that Jenny and I were in our ninth year here, he quickly responded, “Do you realize you have been here nearly a quarter of the years this church has been in existence?” Of course, I had not considered that, but he was right. Forty years! For forty years the Lord’s “city set on a hill” in Buford, Georgia has not been hidden. During these years she has been a beacon of the hope of the gospel to the people of this community, our state, and to many of the nations of the world.
I am so glad God inspired men to write the Bible. In it are so many things that are true. In fact, it can be said that all truths of the world find their foundation in the Scriptures. The Scriptures came about through plenary verbal inspiration. That means that absolutely every word of the original documents came about by the mouth of God, 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Just think of how important it is that every truth of the Bible is true. What if someone discovered just one thing that the Bible claimed as being true was, in fact, untrue? For me, if I were to discover that somehow someone had proven that something the Bible claimed was true was actually untrue, I think I would probably give up the Bible as being true all together.