If we start our day worried and fearful about the myriad of things life might throw at us in the coming day, we allow fear to rob us of God’s peace and joy. On the other hand, if we dive into our day knowing no matter what comes our way, God will be there to assist us, we will be filled with faith and gladness, and God’s peace and joy will be ours. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for June, 2016
Guilt is an awful thing, and I believe it is synonymous with fear. When we feel guilty about something we’ve said or done, it’s usually because we fear the consequences.
A man once told me his wife made him feel guilty. I spoke off the cuff (imagine that) and told him, “Your wife can’t make you feel guilty, you have to choose to feel guilty.” Read the rest of this entry »
Many times, we worry and wonder if what we’re doing is the right thing. We start thinking our jobs or even our very lives are meaningless. It sometimes seems we’re just spinning our wheels in a world gone mad. Read the rest of this entry »
Years ago, I remember folks talking about subliminal messages on television. I think they were actually happening, but I don’t know that for certain. The premise was that an advertiser would flash a message or image on the screen for a split second—one we didn’t even realize we’d seen—and we would react by wanting to purchase the product that had entered our subconscious mind.
Today, they’ve moved well beyond subliminal tactics and now blatantly advertise, and display in programs, every possible deviance and product. The trend continues to escalate, and it seems nothing is taboo. Sex, violence, and decadence of every kind is being shown on almost every channel. The worst part of this is we are becoming numb to it. What’s the solution? Don’t watch.
We are in charge of what we watch. A little mindless entertainment is one thing, but a constant diet of it is quite another matter. The old saying, “you are what you eat”, can also apply to our minds. As regards “entertainment”, we are what we watch. What we allow into our minds can shape who we are.
Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh; but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5
We lived in a little community on Lake Travis for ten years, from 2000 to 2010. I had a lot of fun there, but looking back, I don’t know how me and the boys stayed out of jail. And so, I was not surprised when one afternoon I walked into the local convenience store and found the sign below tacked to the bulletin board.
Last Round of the Season
I used to run with some good ol’ boys; wasn’t that long ago
You’d find us mostly on the golf course, not at the rodeo
Made up our rules as we went along; lied and cheated a bit
Golf balls sailed all over the place, but seldom was anyone hit
We were never accused of workin’ too much
We just golfed , fished, & grilled, threw horseshoes and such
We’d jump in the lake when it got too hot
Then finish the round in our water socks
Yep, I used to run with a mighty strange crew
Jaybird & Dano just to mention a few
Then life took a turn and I had to be leavin’
I said saddle up boys, it’s the last round of the season
Copyright © 2016 C Mashburn
Like the closing arguments of an attorney at the end of a trial, Paul powerfully pounds home his point in the last two verses of chapter eight of his letter to the church at Rome. I can envision him standing before the jury, straining forward with a look of determination, as he emotionally delivers these words.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
I have tested the presence and patience of God; I have ignored it, denied it, and tried to pretend He wasn’t there, yet even in times of deepest darkness, I could always feel His presence. There have been many times in my life when, though I did not deserve it, He has shown Himself to me in wondrous ways. In spite of me, in spite of my failure to love Him, in spite of my walking arm-in-arm with demons of all type, He stayed with me, His love never wavering, His arms ever reaching to hold me. He would allow nothing to separate me from Him.
I rest my case.
These days, it’s hard to focus on the good stuff, but it can be done, and the results are awesome!
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. Psalm 90:15
Our lives are a constant evolving of bad to good, good to bad, and everything in between. I’ve never considered the concept that God would even out the two basic ones. I don’t think He does, but it’s interesting that the Psalmist asks Him to. Do you keep score?
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