Every Where You Go


Yesterday on the way home from a funeral of a wonderful Christian mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, servant, and friend, I passed by a marquee sign near a church of some variety. The message said, “As a Christians we are the influence of Christ in the world.” My first thought was, “Amen!” My next thought was how the sweet lady whose funeral I attended was in all appearances a wonderful influence to those around her. Then this thought crossed my mind, “What if I am not living as Christ would have me live?”

The truth is that how I live tells the world about Christ and His Church. The sad truth is that if I am sour, angry, harsh, or condemning in my attitude, then the world thinks that is what Christianity is about. If I am a poor employee my work ethic sheds a poor light – no cast a dark shadow over Christianity. Living as a Christian, I must always remember who I am.

  1. I am a child of God – 1 John 3:1-2
  2. I am a servant to the Lord of lords – Romans 6:17-18
  3. I am a light to a dark world – Matthew 5:14-16, Philippians 2:15
  4. I am an ambassador of God’s grace – 2 Corinthians 5:20
  5. I am a citizen of heaven – Philippians 3:20

I should live these truths.

  • Scott

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What Ever Happened . . .

  • Gun violence

  • Marital infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Pre-marital sexuality
  • Homosexual relationships
  • Gambling
  • Assaults on law officers
  • Police brutality
  • Government waste
  • Looting, rioting
  • Theft
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse
  • Elderly abuse
  • Alcohol and drug addiction

These are the stories and headlines I read, heard, or saw this week (and it is only Tuesday). This is enough to depress even the most optimistic of people.  Simply put, society is corrupt.  People, we are selfish.

Paul describes the culture of Roman society in the first century and in his description, I cannot help but see Western society today.

For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:21-32)

What ever happened to SELF-CONTROL.  Did Jesus not teach His followers to deny themselves? Did Paul not tell the Philippians, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:3-4). Do we not see an example in Jesus as he prays to the Father, “nevertheless, not my will but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42)?

Self-control starts with you and me. We practice it, we teach it to our children and grandchildren. Those upon whom we have influence see the peace, happiness, and blessings that self-control brings in our live and they learn to practice the same.

“Dear Father, help me to deny myself and live for your and to be a blessing in the lives of others. Help me to be a part of the solution and not a part of the problem. In Jesus’ name.”

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Forgetting God

And all that generation also were gathered to their fathers. And there arose another generation after them who did not 2014-07-10 09-00-52.216know the LORD or the work that he had done for Israel. (Judges 2:10)

From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ (Malachi 3:7)

This scene of God’s Old Covenant people forgetting Him repeats itself throughout scripture. God even warned them against forgetting Him, “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today,” (Deuteronomy 8:11). But forget Him they did.

Paul warns about Christ taking vengeance on those that do not know God (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9), I believe that includes those that forget God today.  You are thinking, “I won’t forget God. I know that He is.  I go to church and occasionally read my Bible.  I pray before meals.  I have not forgotten God.”  Take time to read the four short chapters of Malachi.  The people claimed to know God and even practiced sacrifice and tithing to Him, but God still accuses them of disrespecting His name, forsaking His covenant and laws, and robbing Him. They do not know they are doing these things. They do not know because they have forgotten God. We can forget God. We can forget what He has done and does for us in Christ.

How can I know if I have forgotten God, or that I am forgetting God? Here are six symptoms to look for in YOUR life:

  1. Selfishness. Selfishness is the root of all sin. Selfishness puts my desires above what God wants of me, for me, and from me. Do I think or say things like, “I know that the Bible says this is sin, but God wants me to me happy . . . “
  2. Pride. In Luke 18 a Pharisee was so full of pride in his own self-righteousness, that he could not see his own short-comings before God. He was even judgmental of another who was also praying to God.
  3. Worry. Worry comes from forgetting that God is in control and that He cares for us. Take time to read Matthew 6:25-34 or consider what Paul says in Philippians, ” . . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. . . And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,19)
  4. Envy. Envy looks at others blessings or perceived blessings and questions why God is not equally blessing you. When we are envious of others, we forget what God is doing in our lives.
  5. Ungratefulness. This is a sign of our times. In our society of entitlements, we expect to receive and are ungrateful for our blessings. Paul writes about this in Romans 1:21, “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Ingratitude forgets that all our blessings (even life itself) come from God.
  6. Unfaithfulness. God is always faithful to His promise even when we are unfaithful to Him – He will not deny His nature (2 Timothy 2:11-13). We must stay focused on God’s will and faithfully walk in His light. When we choose the way of the world, or our own will, over God then we are unfaithful to Him – we have forgotten God.

Maybe that is why the psalmist penned these words,

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalms 103:1-5)

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Five For Friday

Five for Friday

Here are five of articles I found very interesting and worth reading this week. I pray they educate and encourage you.

  1. After 31 Years a Murder Victim is Found – ALIVE! Neal Pollard uses the news to remind us simple truths.
  2. #Shoutoutyourabortionforgiveness – Adam Faughn reminds us of the power of God’s Grace.
  3. “Don’t Judge Me” is a Really Bad Excuse for Sin – Wes McAdams explains judging.
  4. It is a HOAX – John Dobbs reminds us why as Christians we should be careful what we share.
  5. What’s a Preacher Supposed to Look Like? – I have been told, “You don’t look like a preacher.  What does that mean.  Steve Higginbotham draws us a great picture of a preacher he knows.


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Parenting is a Ministry

Went through the archives and found this post.  Thought it was a good time to share it again.

The Ministry of Parenthood

There are a number of texts to speak about the role of parents: Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21, and Psalm 127:3 come to mind.11076261_10204996389362588_295757434754120591_n Then there are general verses about every Christian being a minister (servant): 1 Pet 4:10-11 Parenthood is such a ministry. We must give parents: Time to be good parents. Training to be good parents. And we must provide them motivation to be good ministers.  Below are some suggestions for the ministry of parenthood.

  1. Build Credibility  Your relationship with your children matters.  We should work alongside them (Neh 4:13-14) when working around the house or in the yard. We should make every effort to be at their events (sports).
  2. Think Long Term Parenting does not end when they no longer need diapers.  Parenting does not end when they starts school. Remember what Ruth said to Naomi and Christ to His followers, “I will not forsake you.” Children need the security of knowing their parents are there and will be. We should be available to your children as long as they need you, even if they forget they need you.
  3. Look at What They Can Become.  Thankfully God sees what we can be not what we are at any given moment. God is patient with you – pass it along: 2 Pet 3:9; 1 Ths 5:14.
  4. Teach them God’s Word  God designed families as an avenue to teach and grow faith – Deut  6:1-9.Point your children to Jesus – John 10:9 
  5. Pray – Continually! Paul says to “Pray without ceasing.” –1 Ths 5:17 Parenting cannot succeed without God. Pray for your child’s day, week, rest, and future.
  6. Challenge them to Grow Set educational goals. Set physical goals. Set spiritual goals. Do not forget that branches that do not grow (produce) are cut off the Vine – Jn 15:6.
  7. Model What you Teach Replace the old parental saying, “Do as I say, not as I do” with “Do as I do, as I teach.”  Consider Paul’s statement in 1 Cor 11:1. You children will be like you in many ways.
  8. Be Balanced Demonstrate love. Discipline fairly.  God is both severe and kind (Rom 11:22) so should we.
  9. Remember Your Responsibility to train them up in the way they should go – Prov 22:6.

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Aliens Among Us

yodaEvery once in a while a thought crosses my mind that helps me see the world in a more accurate way.  Let me back up . . . I like Sci-Fi from the original Star Trek series to the spin off series and movies, Star Wars (am looking forward to the new release), I like Dr. Who, and the list goes on.  I do not know if that makes me nerdy, curious, or just weird.

Not long ago, a thought crossed my mind as I watched a Sci-Fi program.  I wondered, what if there were aliens among us?  What if they were living in plain sight?  Then I realized a simple truth.  There are aliens among us and I am one of them.  Paul says that as a Christian, my “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil 3:20). I am not from here.  I am an alien!

Peter says,

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.” (1 Peter 2:9-17)

We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own special people (peculiar people KJV) . . . strangers and pilgrims.  We are sojourners, strangers, pilgrims, foreigners, exiles, we are ALIENS! What does that mean?

As Aliens We Have a Different Life. We are to “abstain from the passions of the flesh.” The lifestyle native inhabitants of this planet we live on is very intriguing, but we must not indulge (Gal 5:16-25).  We must “keep our conduct  . . . honorable.” We live to bring honor to our home and our Father. Live so that the natives cannot say evil things about our home world, our fellow aliens, or especially our King. To do so, we subject ourselves to the laws of the land we live in to “every human institution.”  We do not claim diplomatic immunity.  We live so as not to bring reproach to our people.

As Aliens We Long for Home. Many Sci-Fi shows like Star Trek have a people looking to go home.  Some movies like E.T. have an alien trying to get home. As aliens our home is elsewhere and we live here preparing for the day we can go home.

Be WARNED! The Native Inhabitants of Earth are Relentless. We will suffer for doing what is right (1 Pet 3:13-4:2). But God knows and understands our suffering.  “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.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Regretfully, sometimes an alien will forget they are not from earth.  An individual will begin to love the earth as home.  This begins innocently enough.  An alien tries to blend in, not wanting to attract too much attention to their difference.  After all, the natives do not understand aliens and will want to study them and put them through all kinds of tests.  To blend in an alien might dress , live, and begin to act like the natives and soon forget their true identity and purpose.

Our Purpose as Aliens is simple – World Conquest.  We must claim the world for the King of kings and Lord of lords.  So that the natives can know the compassion, mercy, and grace of God. So that can become citizens of heaven with us.

  • Scott

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Five for Friday

Five for Friday

As a new feature on The Morning Drive, I am going to share five articles I read from others this week, and every Friday, that I think you might be interested in.  Some or them are just food for thought, others carry some practical advice.  The topic are varied.  I hope you enjoy these reads.

  1. On Relational Evangelism – From Thom S. Rainer
  2. Spend Yourself – Joe Butler
  3. From 2006 but J. S. Smith writes an interesting article about what some Cheerleaders learned.
  4. The Blood Moon is all over the news and so are doomsday prophets.  Focus Press has a good response.
  5. What not to say and what to say at a Funeral – J. L. Gerhardt shares his experiences and advice.
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