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My Speed

stopwatchI’m glad I can still do a “four-minute mile.” (I’d try to do it faster, but my Toyota might not make it.) Ambulance services and fire and police departments often state their RT (“response time” in reference to how quickly they are on the scene to help once called).

No one can beat the Lord’s response time. We may get frustrated when we don’t see any visible evidence of His answering when we call. He is faster than the speed of sound, faster than the speed of light. He is even faster than the speed of thought.

What’s your response time to the Holy Spirit? How much time lapses before you answer His call?

Isaiah 65:24 (NASB)
“It will also come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.”

The Biggest Button

“My button is bigger than your button!” No. I’m not referring to the texting battle between President Trump and Kim Jong-Un. My snooze button is larger than your snooze button. Even if it is not, that button can sure do a lot of damage to an otherwise productive day. Yes, you snooze, you lose – and so does everyone else.


The problem with Peter, James and John was not only that they took naps while on guard duty instead of praying for themselves and for Jesus (see Matthew 26:36-46). They also missed the opportunity to do something personal for Jesus who did everything for them. An opportunity they would never get again.

How big is your snooze button?

Proverbs 24:33-34 (NIV)
“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest– and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

Horsepower and Wordpower

horsepowerWe often measure an automobile’s strength in horsepower. One horsepower equals the amount of work a horse can do in one second (James Watt) or 746 watts or 33,000 foot-pounds per minute. A horse is capable of a maximum of 15 horsepower and an athletic man might reach a maximum of 5 horsepower. However you measure it, a car with 0 horsepower is virtually ineffective.

Similarly, a believer’s strength can be measured in WORDpower. The Holy Spirit works in our lives and through us in this world through the Word of God. Just as God used His own words to form this universe, the Holy Spirit uses God’s Word today. It is the Word that is the power of God unto salvation. Raise your strength by immersing yourself in the Word of God.

Similar to the car, a believer without the Word is virtually ineffective.

1 Corinthians 1:18 (NASB)
“For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it ts the power of God.”

Resolved to Please God

Calvin ResolutionHow many resolutions (New Years and others) have you made that you are still keeping today?

John Norcross said in the Journal of Clinical Psychology that only 50% of the populations make resolutions each New Year. Dan Diamond writing in Forbes said that only 8% of these keep their resolutions. Not good odds, huh? Only four people in 100 do what they commit themselves to do.


Long ago I made one resolution. I joined the Apostle Paul in saying, “So we make it our goal to please Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9). Also like Paul, I’m not perfect; but I do find it much easier trying to please only one person all the time. Try asking yourself at each decision, “Will this please God?”  Don’t give up; just give in to the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 3:13-14 (NASB)
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”


Fer It or Agin’ It

SIN“The visiting pastor had an eloquent message about sin this morning. He even told a few humorous stories,” the long-time church member observed. “The trouble is: I couldn’t tell if he was fer it or agin’ it (for sin or against sin.)”

When Jesus spoke about sin, you could always tell that He was against it. In these times of “political correctness” we must always be clear where God stands. Since we are His ambassadors, we must always be sure that others know where we stand by what we say and how we stand.

Hebrews 12:4 (NIV)
“In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.”

On the Bottle

bbottleA woman was talking about the joys and pitfalls of being a mother when she mentioned her child of five who was still drinking milk from a baby bottle. With a frustrating sigh she ended saying, “Well, at least he fixes his own bottles.”

Apparently, many Christians haven’t reach this level of maturity. Not only are they still on a diet of milk only, but they can’t even fix their own bottles. They insist their pastors and teachers do this for them.

Either we need to get into the meat of the Word of God or, at least, learn to make our own bottles.

Hebrews 5:12 (NIV)
“In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!”

The Greatest Gift of All

Cross ball“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”2 Corinthians 9:15 (NASB)

Today, we celebrate God’s giving to us the greatest gift ever given – His Son Jesus Christ. Accept this gift now by trusting in Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

John 3:16 (NASB)
“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.”

Understanding the Signs

watchThe police officer had pulled over a car holding up traffic.

“Lady is there a reason why you were driving only 10 miles per hour?”

“That’s what the traffic sign said.”

“No, ma’am,” the officer correcting her said. “That’s the road sign: this is Highway 10. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.”

Her visibly shaken husband sitting next to her said, “That’s what I was telling her when we were on Highway 110.”

It’s not enough to be able to read the signs; you need to understand what the signs mean.

Like people at the time Jesus was born, many people can read the signs of the times that God is posting; however, only a few know what they meant. Jesus IS coming again…and soon. You can tell people that, but they just don’t seem to listen or understand. That can be very dangerous!

Luke 21:28 (NASB)
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up yours heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Keep the Dream Alive

Now life has killed the dream I dreamed.These depressing and hopeless words are found in the novel, play and music of “Les Miserables.” The first time they stung my heart was when Susan Boyle sang them in 2009 (see link).

The Apostle Paul might have had these thoughts when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem and God sent an angel to encourage him (Acts 23:11). Paul had dreamed of preaching in Rome; however, he was locked in a prison in Jerusalem. Letting life, or anything, kill your dream can be depressing, devastating and detrimental.

Don’t let life, or anything, kill your dream. Instead, fix your hope in the Lord who is faithful to fulfil what He has promised and He will bring to pass the dreams He puts in your hearts. Keep your hope in the Lord, not in the dream itself.

Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”


The Look


Some people don’t have to say anything; they can just give you THE LOOK. Many people have been stopped dead in their tracks by THE LOOK. It can really communicate.

After the Apostle Peter had denied Jesus the third time, Jesus looked at Peter. THE LOOK conveyed to Peter:

  • Conviction, saying “You have sinned, so repent.
  • Confidence, saying “I know the future, so have hope.“
  • Caution, saying “I am watching, so pray.”
  • Compassion, saying “I love you even when you stray, so be faithful.
  • Comfort, saying “I am trustworthy even when you are not, so rely on me.”

Keep your eyes on Jesus and notice when He gives you THE LOOK.

Luke 22:61 (NASB)
“The Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had told him, ‘Before a rooster crows today, you will deny Me three times.’”