“O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you.” (Psalms‬ ‭69:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

On April 19, 1995, a truck packed with a powerful fertilizer bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 18 children. Ironically, the bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was arrested about 90 minutes later for driving without a license and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. No one knew his real crime!

Days later, as McVeigh was about to have his hearing and make bail, something unforeseen saved the day. The judge’s son missed his school bus, causing the judge to delay the hearing in order to take the child to school. In that short window, the FBI found out McVeigh was still at the courthouse and asked the police to detain him! How close is that?!

While knowledge of our sins may be withheld from others, God still sees. Don’t cover it up anymore! Take it to God for forgiveness and deliverance! Otherwise, it will come out! You are loved today!

  

“Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy. I am overwhelmed with indignation, for my enemies have disregarded your words.” ‭‭(Psalms‬ ‭119:138-139‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

This past week saw Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis thrown in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Disturbing as that whole scenario is (being jailed for your Christian beliefs), even more appalling was the statement issued by U.S. District Judge David Bunning, noted in the Friday edition of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazzette: “The idea of natural law (God’s law) superseding this court’s authority would be a dangerous precedent indeed.”

Sadly, this is what we are reduced to. Ignoring the fact that ALL of America’s legal foundations and rules of law were based upon God’s own laws as expressed through the Bible, we now see the heart of America’s dilemma, which is that Man and his varied opinions are now viewed as above the Creator’s. Fascinating…

The indignation of King David should be the indignation within our own hearts too. Sadly, I’m afraid it won’t be. Remember, that as Christians, we are held to a higher standard of accountability to a God that is watching. Then, come November, remember who stands against God’s laws as you enter the polling stations. May God have mercy on us today.

  

“And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord.” ‭‭(Romans‬ ‭14:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

James Bosworth was a war hero, surviving a suicide mission at the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 that needlessly claimed hundreds of British Cavalry and was immortalized in Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade”. Years later, while operating as a station manager, he was killed in a freak accident by a locomotive. The irony of his death was found on his tombstone epitaph: 
“Though shot and shell flew around fast, On Balaclava’s plain, Unscathed he passed, to fall at last, Run over by a train.”

Death is not something many folks want to talk about, yet it is as much a part of life as any other aspect. We all live, we will all die. And yet, what will our death say about us? How will we be remembered? As the hermit with no friends to mourn him? As the scared spinster that was too afraid to find the zest of life? As one who was religious but not very holy?

You are living your epitaph now. So live as you would like to be remembered! Be the one who loves people, who seized the moments, and had a passionate relationship with the Savior! Pass from this life to the next as an inspiration to follow! Your are loved! 

  

“At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: ‘O Father, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.'” (Matthew‬ ‭11:25‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

In November of 2013, 10-year-old Nathan Grey made a discovery, according to livescience.com. With the help of his father, Dave Lane, owner and operator of Abbey Ridge Conservatory in Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia, little Nathan became the youngest person to ever discover a supernova, which is an exploding star. Not bad for an elementary student!

Just as a simple child can make a scientific discovery, so also does God help our simple minds to grasp His fantastic truths. If anything, the smarter we become in ourselves, the less likely we will be willing to accept God’s ways, preferring concrete evidence over faith and trust. God becomes too simple.

The truly wise are not just those with higher education degrees. What a shame to miss the most profound discovery of all, God’s love and grace, because we wanted something more rational and complex! Keep it simple! You are loved!

  

“Blessed are those…”‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

In July of 2014, missionary doctors Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were diagnosed with Ebola while working with villagers in Liberia, West Africa. After rounds of emergency treatments with an experimental drug, both doctors were declared cured in August by physicians at Emory University Hospital. Why did they live while others did not?

According to The Blaze, Brantly identifies how he believes his life was spared: “He thanked the many people around the world who were praying for his recovery and said that he serves a ‘faithful God who answers prayers.’ It was through medical professionals, the experimental drug and faith that Brantly believes he was healed.”

Does God really intervene on behalf of people? Yes He does! He even uses doctors and medicines. We are blessed when we seek Him, when our reliance is upon Him. We work and do our part, but our faith is that God will have the final say and control. Blessed are those…who live a blessable life! You are loved today! 

  

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”(Genesis‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

In 1909, paleontologist Charles Doolittle Walcott made an amazing find of fossils in Canada. He shipped over 60,000 pieces to the Smithsonian Museum where he kept his find a secret until his death. Once discovered, Walcott’s work was revived and several publications began ballyhooing “Biology’s Big Bang”.

One fascinating report was the Dec. 4, 1995, edition of TIME Magazine, which stated thus:

“In a burst of creativity like nothing before or since, nature appears to have sketched out the blueprints for virtually the whole of the animal kingdom. This explosion of biological diversity is described by scientists as biology’s Big Bang…There is no fossil record of life above the single cell and the brief appearance of the Ediacaran Fauna before the Cambrian explosion. There is no record of new phyla emerging later on, not even in the wake of mass extinction that occurred 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period.”

Without transitionary fossils, science is left wondering at the sudden appearance of life. But for the Christian, we know it as Creation, described in Genesis! God has a design for all life, including yours, and it’s still being unveiled today! Study deeper on God’s intelligent designs! You are loved! (9/1/15)

  

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew‬ ‭5:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

On Aug. 8, a Starkville, MS, couple was arrested for conspiring and attempting to give material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – ISIL (now being called the Islamic State). Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 20 and Muhammad Oda Dakhlalla, 22, were charged with the crimes. When residents of Vicksburg, MS, found out, people were shocked. How could Young, a hometown girl, become a terrorist sympathizer? She was one of us!

All around us are people looking for something to live for. Even in the Bible Belt, some have grown weary of weak religion and are looking in other places. At the same time, Jesus is continuously reaching out to bring them home. But He needs real hands, real hearts, real Christ Life relationships, and real churches to bring them to. Are you that kind of person? Is your church that kind of place?

Be that person that creates life personally and in your house of worship! People are dying for something to live for. Lift Christ up honorably so He can draw them in Himself! You are loved today! (8/31/15)