Monday, April 3, 2017

Is Jesus supposed to take the wheel?

I love that song by Carrie Underwood, Jesus, take the wheel.
The young mother has a life that is a bit out of control.  She is driving home and her car slips on ice.  And she sings, Jesus, take the wheel.

As a Christian, I have always loved that idea.  Jesus needs to lead my life.

But I was at a Men's conference at church this weekend.  The speaker, T.C. Stallings, asked the men if they thought that Jesus should take the wheel in our lives.  I raised my hand, yes.

He put 3 chairs on the stage.  The first two chairs were next to each other.  He said, so if you believe Jesus should take the wheel, you think Jesus is driving and you are in the passenger seat.  If that were the case, that would assume that Jesus is the one driving when you decide to sin.  He is the one taking you to the road to sin.
Should we allow Jesus to take the wheel?
Then T.C. showed us the other chair.  This chair represents the other car.  He said, Jesus is driving this car.  And you are following in the other car.  Jesus has equiped YOUR car with a GPS, the Holy Spirit.  He has also placed the old school map in the car, the Bible.

Our job is to follow Jesus.  He is leading.  But Jesus gave us free will.  We can follow... or decide to NOT follow.

So we start following Jesus.  We keep Him in front of us.  He turns right.  We turn right.  And the GPS (The Holy Spirit) says turn right.  Jesus turns left.  We turn left as the GPS tells us to turn left.  But then we come to a fork in the road.  Jesus goes left.  But we look right and it seems better.  So we go right.

The Holy Spirit says, go right.  Go right.  And then... recalculating...  The Holy Spirit is always trying to bring us back the Jesus.  All that we need to do is be willing to repent and turn back to Jesus.

So this is a great analogy.  Jesus has given us free will to do whatever we want.  We please him when we follow him with our free will.  Let's keep Jesus close!  Allow Jesus to lead.  Depend upon Him know the direction!

Thanks T.C. for helping me follow Jesus better!


Monday, March 27, 2017

If I could just explain!

I am reading the story found in Luke 24 of the followers of Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  During this walk, Jesus joins them after he had been crucified in his resurrected glorified body.  They didn't recognize him.  Jesus asked what they were talking about.  And they said they were discussing about the things that had happened to Jesus these past few days.  They asked him, how could anyone not have heard about these things?  They explained that this man Jesus, who they thought was the predicted messiah, had been killed.  And also, some of his followers found his body was gone from the tomb!

Jesus then explained to them all that had been written about himself in the scriptures (Old Testament) to us.

What an amazing lesson in the Bible... from Jesus himself!

I have listened to messages from pastors about what Jesus likely said.  Fascinating!  Exciting!  And definitely convincing that Jesus is our Messiah!

And as I read that passage, it makes me want to sit down with people who do not know Jesus and tell them... not in quick phrases, but in extensive investigations into the Old Testament.  I am just so convinced that if someone really had those passages and concepts explained, they too would want to follow this Jesus!

Any takers?


Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Christians--- Even when things are bad... consider these 5 blessings

When I have a bad day, I often count my blessings to get my mood right.  Some of those blessings are my health, my wife, my kids, and my friends.  But I always go one step deeper... what happens if I didn't have any of those, like Job?

How could Job still have joy in light of his circumstances?

  1. God called me before time began!  In Ephesians 1:11, Paul states that believers are predestined!  That is, God chose us before time began to spend eternity with Him!  Wow!
  2. God sent Jesus to save me!  John 3:16 tells us that God sent Jesus to die for us so we would live with Him for eternity.  That is sacrifice!
  3. God opened my eyes to His truth.  In Matt:13:15-6 tells us that God opens our eyes to His truth.  We cannot accept Jesus unless God allows us to have our eyes opened to the truth.
  4. God's word is written down for us to know what He has to say to us.  Jesus lived 2,000 years ago.  God could have seen fit that the record of His life was not written down.  But God has given us the Bible to know all that He has to say about His own plan.
  5. And finally, God did not require us to do it alone.  Rather, He gave us a great cloud of witnesses.  God gave us church to gather with other believers.  He has put people in our lives to encourage and exhort us.

When things are not great, I meditate on this truth!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Why you should look forward to Jury Duty!

For most Americans, they HATE getting Jury Summons from the local courts.  They do everything in their power to avoid having to serve.  And more pathetic is those who actually get chosen to serve on a jury and to hear them answer questions to the lawyers and the Judge to obviously try to get off of serving.

I was one of those.  As a business owner, I could get off in the past because I was self-employed and therefore it could be an economic hardship.  What a crock.  I had good people working with me.  I didn't have to use that excuse.  I was just lazy.  I wanted to do what I wanted to do. 

Embarrassing.

But this is what happened... I served... on a murder trial.  Well I was an alternate (this is actually the worst, as you have to sit and listen to the whole case then you get dismissed without knowing the verdict or getting to deliberate.)  It was a 3 week trial.  It was fascinating.  I don't watch much TV, but it is like watching a Crime Drama show.  Slowly but surely the lawyers would make their case by interviewing witnesses.  As each witness answers the questions, the story builds.  And really only after listening to the whole trial can you really piece together what actually happened.  And you have to use your own discernment to determine who is telling the truth or what you think is most accurate.  As you are going through the trial, you can take notes.  But you cannot talk to anyone about the trial.  Then in deliberations, you get to discuss each point that was made.  You get to listen to how others heard different witnesses.  You realize you didn't hear and remember every point after hearing others review the trial.  You realize everyone has a prejudice about some aspect of the facts of the case.  But in the end, you all are trying to do the same thing.  That is, you are trying to properly judge your peer, your fellow citizen based upon the facts reflected in the trial.

Fascinating really!  This is how our Founding Fathers determined was best to settle disputes with each other.  And it works!

But it really only works if EVERYONE participates.  It cannot just be the elderly that have the time.  It cannot just be those who have to do it because of their job.  It needs to be all of us so that each jury is truly a representation of our society.  It needs to be all of us so that we all understand how our system works.

I love our Country.  She only asks two things of me.  Vote.  Jury Duty.  (Besides paying taxes of course.)  That is a pretty low bar.  Many country require every citizen to serve in the military for 2 years.  

Next time you get the summons, do everything you can to say YES!  You will then be even more proud to be an American

And, finally,

here is a selfish reason.  Someday, you might be wrongfully accused.  Who do you want judging YOU?