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Don’t be the cause of, or take part in disorder or disharmony. You are not helping the cause of Christ when you do so. In fact, you are probably doing a good bit of damage.

 

Pastor Bill

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HANG ON!

We careened down the street and headed out of town, the wind in my face bringing tears to my eyes. We hit the edge of town, and the end of the paved roadway, as we raced along at increasing speeds on the gravel surface. I shot a quick glance over my shoulder behind us and saw that the cloud of dust we were raising was something to behold! The roar of the engine sent shivers up and down my spine. I glanced beneath me at the blur of the roadway and reminded myself to remember there was no floor in this thing. I needed to keep my feet right where they were—braced against the back of the firewall in front of me!

I looked over at my friend, who was leaning forward toward the top of the steering wheel. He had a grin on his face that would have made a circus clown jealous. He looked at me and yelled over all the noise, “Whadda ya think?”

“This is a blast!” I hollered back.

I had to wonder just how fast we were going. It seemed like we were just flat-out screaming along the gravel highway, but the speedometer didn’t work so all I could do was guess. I was hoping this thing we were riding in would continue to hang together. I had to admit there was some doubt in my mind.

We were approaching a corner I knew was sharp enough that it raised a question in my mind regarding whether or not we would be able to stay on the road at this speed. I chanced a quick look at the driver and he seemed to be leaning even further over the steering wheel and with a determined look on his face. “Hang on!” he yelled without looking at me.

Oh, boy! This was going to be close. I didn’t know whether to get ready to jump, or just hang on more tightly. I chose to hang on and take my chances. I could feel the old heap beginning to slide in the gravel as we entered the turn. Oh, man! If we didn’t make it, someone was probably going to have to pry my hands away from the metal I was gripping so tightly. I was literally hanging on for dear life, as they say!

Proverbs 3:22-23 includes an interesting statement: “My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment. Hang on to them….”

I was hanging on, that morning while I enjoyed that wild ride, but I’m not so certain common sense and discernment was a part of the overall picture that day! I was young and invincible, you understand.

for they will refresh your soul. Hopefully, as I have grown older, common sense and discernment have become more integrated into my character. That is something I really do wish to hang on to!

Prayer: Lord, even as I grow older I would ask that You help me to never lose sight of common sense and discernment. I desire those two character traits. I need them! In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

 

New Living Translation (NLT) 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 rese

 

 

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It is a little bit difficult to be complaining about someone and then start praising God immediately after.

 

Pastor Bill

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We are not told in the Bible that we are to gripe, complain and run into the ground every chance we get, those who are in authority! We are told to pray for people in positions of authority! Yes, pray for them!

 

Pastor Bill

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Our first priority as a Christian is to pray!

 

Pastor Bill

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When God takes charge of a situation, it is obedience to Him that gets the job done. If we do our part, as God directs, He will do the rest.

 

Pastor Bill

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SOMETHING

I had turned 14 years of age a few weeks earlier and had my first driver’s license. It was a daylight only license, but I could drive wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and take people with me, as long as it was during the day. I felt like I was on cloud nine, whatever that means. I was one cool dude, let me tell you!

Several days earlier I had seen a young fellow who lived out of town to the south driving down our little community’s main street in something. That’s right, something. I thought I might know what it was he was driving, but I wasn’t sure. In fact, I really was unsure if it had a make and model name. His contraption was a vehicle frame with four tires, a portion of a car body that had no roof, windows or doors. It did have a windshield. It had an engine and a radiator, but no hood to cover either of them. It was also obvious there was no such thing as a muffler on this vehicle. It was noisy!

The first time this kid saw me, as he went barreling by the post office where I was standing on the porch, he waved and yelled that he would “Be right back!”

I watched him roar down the street and he suddenly swerved to the right and then cranked the wheel hard to the left, spinning the contraption around in a half circle. He headed back to where I stood and slid to a stop in front of me.

“Hey! Wanna’ go for a ride?” he yelled over the noise of the engine.

He didn’t have to ask twice. I ran around to the passenger side to hop in. It was then I noticed some things were missing that are normally a part of most vehicles. It had no floor! You had to place your feet on the metal frame back of the firewall, or dangle them inches over the road surface. And there were no seats! Some smooth boards were fulfilling that duty.

As I gingerly placed my feet forward on the piece of metal back of the firewall, and made sure I was as secure as possible on the “seat”, my pal yelled over the engine noise, “Hang on!”

I gripped the side of the windshield frame in front of me with one hand, and a piece of the car body that seemed pretty sturdy back of the driver, and we were off. We headed out of town, the wind in my face bringing tears to my eyes, and the noise almost giving me the shivers. This was something! And I mean the “car” too. I still didn’t know what I was riding in, but it was something!

The word “something” is used many times throughout the Bible. I never could find any reference using it where someone was riding in “something” like I was on that summer afternoon. Maybe there was a chariot or two that could have fallen into such a category but I never did read about it. But a portion of scripture in First Peter, 1:9-11, where the word “something” is used, caught my attention: The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls. This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.

Did you catch that? “This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about….”

Salvation, God’s gift to us through his grace and mercy, was “something” that people, even in New Testament times, wanted to know more about. It is the same “something” that is available to us today! I am so thankful that God’s mercy and grace was available for me!

Prayer: Lord, thank you that we don’t have to be guessing about “something” with little explanation or understanding. You have made salvation available to all of us, through your grace and mercy! Thank you for forgiving us of our sins and allowing us to have a close and intimate relationship with You. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Bill

 

Ps. By the way, hang on! The ride isn’t over, just yet!

 

 

New Living Translation (NLT) 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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