Make a Spiritual Donation

I saw a video today posted by some friends on Face Book about a girl named Taylor.  You can watch the video here Taylor’s Gift. She donated her heart so that someone else may live.  The science of Physical organ and tissue donation has made it possible for millions of people to live longer and healthier lives. Heart, lung, eyes, kidneys, and even skin can be donated.  In all of these cases it requires the sacrifice of one individual for the sake of another.

While we may or may not be signed up as organ donors, we still have the opportunity to give the gift of life, spiritually speaking  The example of self sacrifice by Christ is the greatest example of spiritual organ donation, as he gave His life on our behalf. (Philippians 2:3-8).  But, how can we become a spiritual donor?

First, we need to recognize the we have an influence on those around us (1 Thessalonians 1:6-7).  We can read in 1 Peter 3:1 about the influence a Christian wife can have on her unbelieving husband.  In 1 Peter 2:12 we can see that our behavior, the way we conduct ourselves can influence for good.  Jesus describes us as Salt and Light in Matthew 5:13-16.  These are all instances showing that we have influence and more important is the the fact that we are to have a good influence, a spiritual influence on those around us.  We ought to be pointing people to Jesus.

Second, we are spiritual donors by the service we give.  Jesus in John 13:1-17 gave a wonderful example of service by washing the disciples feet.  Think about the ways in which you can serve others.  When we give of ourselves we are able to point people to Jesus.

Third, we can be spiritual donors when we encourage others. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, 14; Hebrews 3: 13; 10:23-24; Romans 12:15, are all wonderful passages to encourage us to encourage others.  Where would we be if we had no one to encourage us? Living the Christian life is not always easy and in many respects is very difficult.  We need others to encourage and lift us up, and by doing so we are making a spiritual donation.

Fourth, We can be spiritual donors when we take the time to teach others.  Matthew 28:18-20 is considered our primary mission as Christians.  We need to be teaching and making disciples.  When someone becomes a disciples of Jesus they receive everlasting life.

We need to be willing to spiritually donate by our influence, service, encouragement, and teaching.  If we do these things, we will be pointing people to Jesus who is the way the truth and the life John 14:6.


I have been loohappy-movember-magnetking forward to Movember for a while so that I had an excuse to grow a mustache.  However, my attention was swayed as I went to their website and read a little more about the purpose.  Men are supposed to grow mustaches during the month of November and talk to everyone they come in contact with about donating to the Movember cause.  Their purpose is to bring awareness to some of the physical health issues that men will deal with in their lifetime and help find cures for any and all of those.  This is certainly a noble cause.  Last year they raised over 147 million dollars world wide for their cause.

My attention was swayed to think, “What are we doing for the health of our souls?” We are willing in so many other ways than just Movember to spend and donate all kinds of money to help our physical bodies here on earth (Once again, a noble cause).  How much are we willing to give and do to save our souls and the souls of the world? Are we constantly talking about what Christ has done for us? Do we do our best everyday to point people to the only One who can save their soul? How much money am I giving the Christ’s church to aid in carrying out His work here on earth?

I am planning on growing a mustache this November, but it won’t be a reminder to talk to people about men’s health issues.  Instead it will be a reminder for me to talk to others about the Savior of the world, Jesus the Christ!  Don’t forget about the salvation you have in Jesus, and don’t forget to share salvation with others.

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life”

(John 3:16)


Do You Want to Go to Church?

Church Attendance PhotoI came across this photo this morning on Facebook.  I know that I have heard this statement before but today it really struck me.  I have been to numerous funerals and they always seem to focus on the fact that this person we are remembering is now in Heaven.  That is not always a bad thing,  we know that when a faithful saint passes from this life that they will be in heaven.   What about those who were never added to the church by their obedience (Acts 2:37-47; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10)?  We must understand that if we are not a part of the church then we have no part in Heaven.

There is an attitude or false understanding today that we can have it all without being a part of it all.  False teachers have done an amazingly wicked thing.  They have taught so many people that they can have everything here on earth, every pleasure their heart so desires, and still gain the blessings that God has for the faithful. That is not the case, if we gain all the world offers then we are forfeiting what God offers us.  If you want to be in the kingdom of Heaven, you have to be in the church.  The church is God’s kingdom her on earth.

If you don’t want to be with the church, then why would you ever expect to go to Heaven?  The faithful individuals that attend services and live the christian life are the ones who will be in Heaven.  If you never go to worship God with the saints, and you never want to be with the saints, why would you want to go to Heaven where all of the saints will be? If you want to go to Heaven then you need to be in the church and an active participant.  God offers all the opportunity for salvation, don’t throw it away because you don’t want to go to church.  The church is the family of God, your brothers and sisters in Christ.  It should be a wonderful thing to be with the saints, not a burden.  If you want to go to Heaven then you need to want to go to be with the saints.

Are We Committed?

“Commitment“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” This is the concluding sentence in one of the parables of Jesus (Luke 18:1-8).
He pictured the church as a defenseless widow who called for vindication to a heartless judge. Her one weapon, in the presence of frustration, was her persistence, and it finally brought her vindication. Perhaps Jesus was suggesting that God at times seems silent and foreign to us— even as heartless as an unprincipled judge. But God is faithful to His people who believe. The essential question of the parable confronts believers in every age: Will they persist in believing in times of frustration and hopelessness? The question certainly is appropriate for today’s church.

For the author of Hebrews, the answer to the question was not obvious. His exhortations remind the readers that their survival is not assured. He punctuates his message with “if” clauses (Hebrews 3:6, 14) which remind them of their obligations to keep the faith. The same counsel could easily have been directed at contemporary Christians. When the author says, “”You have need of endurance” (Hebrews 10:36), his words remind us that our struggles are not new.

Christians today need to stand firm in their commitment to God.  There are so many distractions in this world that can cause us to lose focus.  No one said this road was going to be the easiest, but it is certainly the most rewarding! “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” Luke 18:8.

“”For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end”” (Hebrews 3:14).

The Origin of Evil

boston MarathonWayne Burger published this article in his Meditating on the Word (Volume VIII, Number 24).  With the recent events in Boston I thought it would be a good read for all of us.  So much has been said on Facebook posts, Twitter, and the news about how evil this world is, or that there is too much evil in this world.  I hope you find this article interesting.

Travis Robertson

The Origin of Evil

By all admission, evil exists. Edward P. Myers tells us, “Basically, there are two types of evil, natural and moral.” He defines natural evil as “hurricanes, tornadoes, wind storms, hail storms, disease, and birth defects. Any event that happens within nature itself and causes destruction on man” Moral evil, he says, “includes those frustrations of human value which are perpetrated, not by the natural elements of the universe, but by the free agency of man himself” (The Problem of Evil and Suffering, pp. 13, 15).

It may be postulated that natural evil may be a byproduct of moral evil. Wayne Jackson writes, “Frequently there is much misery associated with meteorological phenomena such as hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. But again, it appears very probable that violent weather conditions are the results of the changed features of the earth due to the universal flood.” And, “Had it not been for man’s evil, the flood would never have come; the features of the earth would not have been so altered; and man would not be suffering the consequences thereof today” (Fortify Your Faith, p.7).

If this is the case it is possible to say that all evil that exists today is the result of the free choice of man to sin against God. This is not to say our personal sins are the immediate cause of our suffering (though at times it may be). Rather, it is to say that mankind exercising his right of choice to sin, from Adam to the present, is ultimately the cause of evil.

But there is one more step backward to take in tracing the origin of sin. At some point Satan, also a created being with the power of moral choice rebelled against God (II Peter 2:4; Jude 6; I Timothy 3:6; Matthew 25:41) and then turned his attention toward seducing man to sin (Genesis 3:1-6). On the bases of these premises the ultimate cause of sin and its resultant suffering (evil) is Satan. He has never been our friend. Let us make sure we never lose sight of this salient fact.

James F. Wyers

I would like to add to this article the hope that we can all have in Christ Jesus.  Even though evil is here, and many sinful things are done throughout the course of a day because of free will, it is also through our God given free will that we can change.  We can choose not to sin.  We can choose to follow the One who brings salvation, Jesus Christ.

I Was Born This Way!

New Born BabySome of you may have heard Lady Gaga’s song, “Born This Way.” The first time I heard this song was when a young girl was performing it on the Ellen show. At first I was amazed with this girl’s talent and how beautiful her voice was at such a young age. But then I started to listen to the words and what the song was actually saying. The song’s basic message is no matter what you are or have decided to be, you are perfect that way because God makes no mistakes. You can google the lyrics if you want more of the details.

This floored me! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. In essence, this song blames God for whatever path I decide to go down in life, and not only that, it says we are justified in those decisions because God made me that way and he made me perfectly, hence the title.

The major aspect of this song that bothers me the most is the little bit of truth thrown into the lyrics that allows people to follow wholeheartedly to the conclusion. She mentions that God makes no mistakes. That is a true statement. When He created us, He made us perfectly. No sin, no mistakes, beautiful creations of God made in His image (Gen. 1:26).

However, just because God doesn’t make mistakes, that does not mean we are incapable of making them. From the very beginning man has made mistakes (Genesis 3). We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). We are the ones who make mistakes. And we cannot justify those mistakes by saying, “I was born this way.”

The only way we can be perfect and justified is in the sight of God through the blood Christ,which cleanses us and washes us white as snow. So that we may be redeemed from our sins and be adopted as sons of God to receive the inheritance He has set for us in heaven. (Ephesians 1:3ff).

12 Year Old Disproving the Big Bang Theory

Big-bang-widescreen-wallpapers-the-big-bang-theory-8272568-1280-800I read a blog a while back about a 12 year old genius disproving the big bang theory. His name is Jacob Barnett. Here is the link if you would like to read about his idea and about him: His story is certainly amazing and his theory about the big bang and carbon even more mind boggling.

It is nice to know that the big bang theory can be disproved by using the information within the theory. However, one doesn’t have to bother with the carbon aspect that Jacob referred to. He talks about the stars giving off the carbon that would be needed to create earth, but the first question shouldn’t be, “Where did the carbon come from?” It should be, “Where did the stars come from?” If it has to start with stars exploding. You see, the biggest problem with the big bang theory is that it always starts with something, but where did that something come from? You are always left with more questions.
Great job kid, but God created the stars, carbon, earth, and everything else (Genesis 1).


A Child’s Logic on Heaven

Two Years ago we had a memorial service for one of our faithful members. On the way to the church building my three year old daughter had a conversation with her mom about Heaven.

Paityn: Where are we going mom?Thinking_Activities

Mom: To the church building to tell Grace’s family we loved her and miss her.

P: Why?

M: Because she went to Heaven.

P: Oh, with God and your other baby? And Jesus too?

M: Yes, you are so smart.

P: Can we go to Heaven too?

M: We can if we do what God tells us to do, and obey Him. But once we go there we can’t come back. We stay with God forever.

P: Okay, let’s go there. Can we walk?

While we may not be able to walk to Heaven, we are to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord so that we may go to Heaven. Listen to the words of Paul as he writes to the church in Colosse,

“For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:9-14).

Even though we meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17), we still need to walk in our earthly life according to God’s will if we are to meet Him in the air.

Prepared for the Bridegroom

As a child one of my favorite things was to go with my brothers’ on their Boy Scout camping trips. Well, I guess I really didn’t have a choice in the matter with my dad being the scout master and my mom doing all of the cooking. The part of these trips that always fascinated me was the immense preparation it took before we could leave. Of course, all of the preparmd-be-preparedation went along with the Scout motto “Be Prepared.”

My question for us today is, “Are we prepared for the Bridegroom?” If you think about it, we prepare for almost everything we do: our jobs, school, exercising, making dinner, etc… But when it comes to our relationship with Jesus, “how much do we prepare?” This reminds me of the parable Jesus gave in Matthew 25:1-13:

“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour” (ESV).

Have you prepared for the Bridegroom? If you have not prepared for the coming of Jesus I urge you to be like a good Boy Scout and “Be Prepared!” You can prepare when through faith (Acts 16:30-31) and repentance (Acts 17:30-31) you are baptized into Christ washing away your sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16) and continue to follow Him faithfully (1 John 1:7).

Is Marriage Relevent?

Newly Married CoupleIf you take a glance at the world around us, you may come to the conclusion that marriage is not relevant.  It seems like ungodliness is around every corner.  There is a culture war against Christianity and morality of any kind.  Many things that were unthinkable 60 years ago are now the norm.  Many people today forgo marriage because they simply do not believe in the institution.  Instead they just live together and when something doesn’t work out, go their separate ways.  Girls and women today are having children out of wedlock more and more. There is a great push to make homosexual marriage legal not only in America but around the world. When you start to look at things in this light you might say, “Marriage isn’t relevant.”

However, marriage the way God intended it to be, will always be relevant!  In Genesis 2:18-25 we see God institute marriage.  It was not good for the man to be alone, so God made Adam a helper, a wife.  I don’t know who said this but it is a good saying to keep in mind about the marriage between a man and woman, “God did not take woman from man’s head that she might rule over him, nor from his feet that he might trample her, but rather from his side that she might be a companion and help mate all the days of their life.” Marriage is God ordained and defined by Him, no one else.  Marriage is the union of a man and a woman.  They constitute the beginning of a family.  Marriage is to last for the entire life of your spouse or yourself.  It is to be terminated only by death (Romans 7:1-3).  Not by finances, silly squabbles, or irreconcilable differences.

Marriage is a beautiful union between a man and a woman. God knew what He was doing, and we as the created shouldn’t think we know better.

“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female,and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate” (Matthew 19:4-6)