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Persecution either sees a person leave their faith, or sees them grow stronger in their walk with God.

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If your faith is growing, it will be demonstrated by an increasing love for others.

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Remember, whatever God calls you to do, He will equip you to do!

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In a matter of minutes my brother Andy, our friend Eddy and I were headed out of town on our bikes. We were following a narrow dirt road that was used by the numerous farmers and ranchers that lived to the north of our community. We scooted along at a good clip for the first half mile, when we came to a sharp right turn and the road became narrower and had a few curves to it. That slowed us down some. At one point we had to pull over and let a farm truck go by that was loaded with cows. They were no doubt headed for the sales yard. The farmer gave us a wave as he passed. As soon as the dust settled down that his truck had stirred up, we were on our way, once more. We were on a mission!

We barely had our bikes up to speed when we saw another rig coming towards us. We pulled to the side of the road again, and let it pass. Hey! It was the old pickup we had seen going through town that had been loaded with junk in the back. And now it was empty! Oh, boy! Oh, boy! Oh, boy!

Seeing that pickup, with the back having been emptied of its cargo, gave the three of us an extra burst of energy. All of us were peddling our bikes as hard as we could. Each of us wanted to arrive at our destination first! The junk pile! This was serious business!

We peddled up a slight hill and the road began a curve to the left. Suddenly, there it was—the Junk pile! The three of us coasted to a stop and got off our bikes, our eyes sweeping the heaps of litter that lay off to the side of the road. What a treasure chest lay opened before us! We could hardly take it all in!

Apparently the word “treasure” holds different meanings for all of us. To three young boys, looking over a huge pile of junk and garbage, a piece of treasure could mean nearly anything they felt might have some future use for them.

In Proverbs 2:3-5, we see treasure spoken of, but in a much different light than three boys about ready to begin stirring through a pile of junk and garbage. The writer of these verses states: “Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God.”

Insight and understanding. I am not sure everyone would agree that they should be considered treasure for those who have those aspects of their character. Yet, I wonder if the Lord would not be pleased if we regularly prayed for insight and understanding as we approach the various challenges we each must face in life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for loving us. Thank you for your great grace and mercy. Would you grant us real insight, and deep understanding, as we travel along this journey in life? Give us your wisdom Lord, and lead us in every decision we must make. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Christian, to believe in something not yet proved, and underwrite it with your life, is the only way to keep your future open!

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Be careful you don’t lose your faith, even though we live in a world that “has to see it to believe it.”

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While we yet live is the time for a decision regarding whether or not we will live for Christ. After death, decision-making is over!

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Many folks have so many layers of rationalization surrounding their souls, that it takes God a long time to cut through them all so the person realizes their need of Him.

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THE JUNK PILE

As we three boys sat in the warm sunshine of that fall morning, we all seemed lost in our own thoughts for several minutes. Finally, Eddy spoke up and said, “We should do somthin’; we need to do somethin’.”

Andy replied with a quick, “What?”

Neither Eddy nor I had an answer for him.

Our eyes were drawn to the noise of an old pickup driving by on the street/highway in front of our house. It was quickly obvious that someone must have been cleaning up, somewhere, as the back of the pickup was piled high with junk. We watched as it passed by, headed to the east, and then began to slow down.

“I wonder where he’s goin’ with that stuff?” I asked.

Suddenly, it was like a light had been switched on in all of our brains at the same time. “Hey! Hey!” Andy hollered.

The three of us jumped to our feet, nearly in unison, but Andy was in the lead as he took off around the corner of our house and headed for the back yard with Eddy and I close on his heels. Within moments the three of us were standing on the benches of a picnic table in our yard, staring off to the north towards a mountain named Gold Hill.

In a matter of less than a minute we spotted it. The pickup with all the junk piled in the back was headed out of town, a cloud of dust being kicked up behind on the dirt road it was traveling on. And we knew one of the spots that dirt road led to!

“I’ll bet he’s goin’ to the junk pile!” Eddy yelled. “Let’s go see!”

I suppose I could say that Andy and I, as the careful thinkers in the trio, suggested we pause for a time of careful thought and discussion about the matter first. No! Andy and I were headed for our bicycles and Eddy was racing across the street to get his. We were on a mission! It was as if we had been given a charge by someone in authority over us and we were going to follow through!

In the New Testament, in First Timothy 6:12-14, we read the following: Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. 13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

The Apostle Paul was writing to the young man, Timothy, when he penned these words, but they are relevant for the Christian today. It is a charge each of us should accept and hold on to.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the instructions for life You have given us in your Word. Help us to wholeheartedly, and unreservedly, accept the charge to follow You and live for You! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

 

Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Sadly, there are too many people in our churches today who are only committed to maintenance. They want to just get by. They are no longer committed to keeping a “cutting edge on their axe,” as it were.

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