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20
Dec
12

Rambling Thoughts

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This morning, there may be no rhyme or reason to what follows.  I am simply going to post what I am thinking.  There is a lot on my mind lately and I am certain there is a lot on yours as well.

1. Newtown, Connecticut:  So much runs through my mind as I think about the perpetrator, the victims, and the survivors.  Having a student in my house and an elementary school teacher, this event really struck a nerve.  Events like this make us question why there is evil in the world and observe that evil seems to be growing.  Yet a friend related this story to me: The school massacre with the most deaths, occurred in 1927 in Bath, Michigan. An angry school employee, used dynamite to blow up part of the  school building. 39 people at the school, mostly children, were killed.  Before he went to the school he murdered his wife, killed all his farm animals, and burned down his barn. Afterwards, he lured four more people to his truck, where he murdered them and then committed suicide.  That morning at the school, He told some of the children, “Today is your last day’. They did not understand. Evil has always been a part of the world.  Our only answer is to first be right with God ourselves and to do our best to bring others to God through Christ.

2. Cancer:  A friend of ours lost his father to cancer a few years ago.  Then a couple of years ago, his mother began battling cancer (she is also a friend).  After a hard fight, we all thought that she was going into remission, but just this week the doctors found more tumors in a different part of her body. She is starting radiation treatment this week.  My first thoughts were “why?”  Why does it seem that those who suffer continue to suffer and almost never seem to get a break?  Then I thought of Job – he faced heartache after heartache and suffering upon suffering.  Job stayed reliant upon God.  I will too.

3. The End of Suffering:  Paul says, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2Co 4:16-5:1 – ESV).

Thanks for listening to my ramblings.

- Scott

16
Sep
09

Do You Still Have Your Crown?

Tuesday night was the next to the last lesson in our series of Revival messages from Levi Sides. He challenged each of us present last night with the message, “Don’t Let Anybody Take Your Crown.”

He described our crown using Bible verses as:

  • Incorruptible – 1 Cor 9:24
  • Never Fading – 1 Pet 5:4
  • Indescribably beautiful – 1 Cor 2:9
  • A Prize of High Calling – Phil 3:14
  • A Rest – Heb 4:9-11
  • Eternal – 2 Cor 5:1

This Crown of Glory (1 Pet 5:4), of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:8), of Rejoicing (1 Thess 2:19), and of Life (Jas 1:12) is the symbol of a victorious king and belongs to the one who overcomes (Rev 2:10-11).

We must guard our crown against the one who would see us lose it. We must guard against the schemes of the devil. Certain Galatians (Gal 5:4) and Demas (2 Tim 4:10) are examples of some who forfeited their crown by returning to their old ways or by loving the things of this world more than the things of God. When we stand strong and endure to the end (Matt 10:22), we have the assurance of that Glorious Crown.

Scott




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