Monday, July 31, 2017

The Devil rarely honors his deals.

OR maybe I should title this Why I didn't write that story?

When the Devil does honor his deal the reason is, of course, so it will benefit him.

I say this not because the devil came to my house with blue eyes and in jeans, but from what I see in scripture and see in the lives of people.

Many years ago, I had a nightmare it was very, very vivid. It came to me like a movie, in which, I was the main character, an author. The story unfolded with the Devil disguised as the caretaker gave promising rest for writers of suspense and horror and though he gave them this in body he was tormenting their souls making it possible for them to write more horror.

When I awoke from this dream I felt as if I had the seed of a novel but it terrified me. Writing it I knew would open my mind to some very dark places. Places from which I might never return. I decided that I wouldn’t write it.

Since then there has been a whisper in my mind, “This story is a best seller,” “You can have wealth and fame.” The promise seemed real but now almost two decades later, I have still never written the story, nor will I.

I have written a few small books and have written several stories. Over the few couple of years, I have self-published some of those works. I discovered though the difficulty in writing, editing, and publishing a book. I have learned that even a good story may never hit fame.

Last week it hit me, I was lied to. This horror story would never be all it was promised, yet I would have been changed. I would have opened my mind to a darkness which I believe would have haunted me for the rest of my life. It was all a lie there would have been no reward, but there would have been a price paid, I would have paid it.

Why share this?

You might even now be hearing a lie. It might not be the Devil, but it is making you a promise that if you compromise your integrity there will be a reward. The truth is whenever we compromise our values and integrity, we lose. Even if there is that on in a million chance you get what is promised, the cost isn’t worth the reward. So, don’t do it.

Don’t give in.


It isn’t worth it. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The obvious answer is wrong (sometimes)

If you ever have the opportunity to hear me preach you will find that I enjoy asking rhetorical questions. 

What my congregation quickly learns is a portion of these questions are trick questions. There seems to be a simple answer but, in reality, the obvious answer is wrong.

For example: We all know the Bible teaches we have to accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior? 

Now at this point you may be wondering why I would blog on this. It might be useful if you hear me preach or read my blog but what difference does it make. 

The reason I mention this is, there are times in our lives when we need to question what is the obvious answer and see if it is correct. 

Is it safe to walk off the top of a skyscraper?

Okay, maybe not that one.

Most of the time you will actually find the answers you assume are correct, (like the skyscraper one) but sometimes especially in areas you are only partially informed you may find a different answer or a deeper understanding. 

What is my point: Never get lazy in pursuit of the knowledge.

CSA


By the way, the short answer to the skyscraper question is; NO. 

Consider this spirtual question, "Is a relationship with God a personal matter?"


The Bible says we have a personal decision to accept Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10) 

But our relationship to him is more than personal (yes there is a personal side). 

We are made part of the family of God or as Paul calls us the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). 

We are commanded to have a  relationship with other Christians. 

The Bible does not teach you are suppose to have a relationship with God by yourself.    

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Right Time to Sow Wild Oats

The Right Time to Sow Wild Oats
Poetic Reasoning 


Someone once told me “Sow your wild oats while your young.”

But for me this did not seem sound, though fun it may be.

Because what ever you sow, you will one day reap,

And what you have planted will definitely grow.

So if I planted these weeds while yet I was young 

Then when I was grown, oh the work to be done.

Not only would I have to struggle and fight to do what is right

I would have to struggle with all the weeds in my life.

So sowing these foolish and childish acts would catch me at last.

In the prime of my life when I need it last.

So I considered Sowing those oats while in my life’s prime.

This I saw was even worse yet, 

what would my friends think of me then.

I would spend my strength in the prime of my time

spreading out something with no lasting gain

With its great harvest coming out when I’m weak 

Oh what a fool I would be to plant those weeds then.

So I considered at the end of my life sowing these weeds

Perhaps I would die, before the harvest was in?

But how would I do that after a life full of striving 

To throw it away for a little free running. 

At the end of my life what most would remain,

is what I had done at the end of my game.

I would lose then I know because the Maker would see 

these oats in my hands, my life all unclean. 

So what does it mean I think it is clear.

Sowing those oats is never a gain

The Price is too great whatever the year. 

So I gave back the oats to the fool who had said,

Spread them out now, think of now not then.

He was not happy I could see that for sure,

But I will be happy for one thing is sure

 this bad harvest will never be mine and that is for sure. 

Think about it....