Give the Gift of Life

A blood donor saved my life!  For years I have been a blood donor giving as often as I can.  The American Red Cross has this slogan to save a life with the gift of blood.  I know there are many people who are unable to physically give blood but take hope you can still give the gift of life. 

A blood donor saved my life!  I was in a wreck, caught and trapped unable to escape.  I was turned upside down, darkness was closing in, fear filled every breathe I took, anxiety was paralyzing,  and hope, well there was none.  No one knew of my helplessness and how death was closing in on me.  I could see the fire and smell the smoke.

Then I cried out

I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1

Today when you give blood the Red Cross has an app that allows to trace the processing of the blood and where your blood ended up to be given to a someone in need. 

A blood donor saved my life that day and I know His name, it was Jesus. 

  • My wreck was a life filled with sin, sin that would separate me forever from God.
  • I was trapped in this life, in bondage, oblivious to the condition of my life, until the truth set me free.
  • Everything was upside and contrary to God, it was confusing seeking what my heart wanted in the ways of man.
  • Darkness ruled my life and made it impossible to find any purpose or meaning except my sin and my pursuit of sinful desires.
  • Fear began to fill every breathe when I came to consider the what if of this life. What if I am not right before God.
  • Anxiety over making a mistake paralyzed me, draining all strength and energy. 
  • Despair and death were constant companions.
  • Fire and smoke were the reality of eternal life without God, the never ending pain of separation from God who I thought I was pleasing with my life.

I called upon the Lord

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

Romans 10:13

A blood donor saved my life and His was the original red cross.  Jesus’ blood redeemed my life from sin.  He saved me from the wreck of my life.  I now have a new heart, a new life, hope, and joy.  I have been redeemed. 

Give the gift of life to someone you love.  Lead them to Jesus and see the miracle of redemption in their life.  Yes I was in a wreck and my Blood Donor Jesus saved me when I was 12 years old.

Happy Dependence Day

First I want to thank every generation of people who have served to maintain freedom in this country from the founding fathers that risked everything to sign the Declaration of Independence and for every service person who has fought to keep us free through all generations. This year exercising their freedom, people march in the streets declaring f*** the 4th of July because of recent court decisions to restrict their rights to kill unborn babies and many who call themselves Christians side with them using various arguments based human reasoning with no sense of accountability to God.

What does it mean to be independent? Is it a complete autonomy from all authority? Scripture is clear that God ordains governments for the purpose for restraining evil in the hearts of people and we are to submit to the authorities. Laws are not intended to make people righteous and good but restrain evil. Adam and Eve tried to have complete independence from God with the serpents temptation.

Genesis 3:5
For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

You will be like God and have complete independence from Him and all authority. So we live in a cursed world inheriting the sin of Adam, the sin of striving for self autonomy from God. Yet the responsibility falls back to us that we must submit to the authority of God, even our leaders until those leaders lead us away from God as they are today. Two days ago reading Psalm 2, I reflected on how this seems to be the way of our leaders today.

Psalm 2:1–12

1 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

As you see in this Psalm the condition of the leaders today they plot in vain, they led people astray with ideas that are not of God, they are all of the flesh, they counsel together, and they seek INDEPENDENCE (bursting the bonds) from God. They do so with ideas of autonomy, privacy, and all human reason to justify murdering babies, irresponsible living, dependence on the government, and all forms of sexual immorality. They strive to make themselves gods. All leaders throughout history as recorded in scripture have come to know God as He asserts his power and authority over them, the Egyptians, the Philistines, the Assyrians, the Babylonians, the Persians, the Romans, and today it is our current political leaders in this country that seeks to break their bondage from God. Kings and rulers of the past were not successful usurping God’s authority and neither will our current leaders be in breaking God’s right to rule and reign His creation.

Let’s pray as believers in God, not for a country of Independents but a country of Dependents declaring our dependence on God and in doing so we will be set free from the bondage of the world and sin. Let us in obedience to God love those that reject Him because Christ loved us in our disobedience to lead us to the Cross and salvation. So we should pray for them. Let us pray for the one righteous King who will return one day to establish a holy and perfect government for all of eternity. Our own King Jesus.

Happy Dependence Day, celebrate your freedom in Christ today as you declare your dependence on him.

Lunch Bite March 4, 2021

Nehemiah 8:10b

10 ….  And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

There are many reasons to be grieved in life.  There are personal reasons and there is always the concerns of the world and daily life.  All of these deprive us of strength by depleting our joy.  It is not the huge major catastrophic events of life that sweep away our strength.  It is the continual small leaks that left unattended rob us of the source of our strength.  The source of our strength is joy.  Not simply happiness but beyond happiness and our joy in Jesus.  Jesus said, “11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11). 

These small leaks must be attended to before we are depleted of all strength, we must shore up our life to be seeking and living in the joy of the Lord.  It is like an oil leak in an engine there are just a few drops, and then a few more, and unattended soon the engine has no oil and will seize losing all power. 

Keep an eye on your dipstick, keep your life filled with the joy of the Lord no matter what may grieve you, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).  He is the source of lasting joy in this life and the eternal joy when we transition to our new life.  May the joy of the Lord be your strength for today. 

Stay hungry!

Lunch Bite March 2, 2021

Matthew 5:6

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

We all want a world where everything is good and right, where there is no evil and no sadness.  There are few that love the darkness of unrighteousness.  However, we spend a lot of time standing at the edge of that darkness looking upon.  The world has many trappings that decorate the darkness and make it look like the light and so many will develop an appetite for the darkness, an acceptance of some of the darkness in their life.

When we seek to satisfy our appetite for righteousness in our life and feed our soul on the food from the darkness, we starve our soul.  The food of the darkness has no nutritional value for the spirit of mankind.  The spirit will wither and become weak. 

The only food that will satisfy the soul, which will quench the thirst, and appease the appetite is the food of God.  Seeking God’s righteousness, His truth, His promises, and principles for life are the food that satisfies.  God will always leave us with a little hunger and thirst to motivate us to seek Him and draw nearer to Him.  Let God feed you a lunch bite today and be satisfied as He opens His hand to feed you today.

Lunch Bite February 24, 2021

Matthew 22:36–38

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment.

We are what we do.  God has given us this commandment to devote our time and our life to because if we practice loving God with our whole being then not only will our life change but the world around us will change.  The world needs to see God’s people living out there first love and devotion because we become what we do.  We become compassionate, patient, steadfast, and strong in the face of all the opposition of the evil in the world.  They will see the perfection of God in our life.  They will see us standing amid tragedy filled with hope and a soul that is at peace. 

God did not say to love him simply because he can and simply because he is sovereign.  God said devote your life to loving me and you will see a change in your life.  We become what we do.  Are there times when we do not understand all the ways of God?  Absolutely!  We are not God but that should not hinder our pursuit or practice of loving God.  God has given us far more reasons to pursue loving Him than there are for doubting Him.  Commit to loving God with your feelings, with your spirit, and with your thinking and you will find a better person emerging.  Like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon.   

Lunch Bite February 23,2021

2 Peter 1:19

19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,

Have you ever stood in a sunrise?  It really is amazing to wait in the darkness facing east, the skies begin to lighten, if there are a few clouds in the east the sunrise will be announced by an explosion of oranges and reds.  This is usually the coldest part of the night as if the night is waging one last battle to rule the day.  This cold stirs in our heart the need we have for the morning star our Sun to cast away the darkness, to be victorious over the night,  and thaw our frozen heart.  Then as the Sun begins to rise first just a sliver and then suddenly as if by magic the glorious light floods the earth, and we are warmed standing in the Sunrise.

There is another Son rise.  One that is far more important than the physical sunrise,  this one touches the human soul.  This Son rise causes the darkness of our soul, our troubles, and our tragedies to flee.  This Son rise can change stone cold hearts into warm and loving hearts filled by the Son with love to share with all.  The day is dawning, and the Son is ready to rise in your life either for the first time as one turns from the darkness of sin to begin a new day and a new life or as one faithfully following the Son seeking to stand in the true Son rise. 

Will the Star of your day be the one true “Morning Star,” Christ Jesus or will sin entangle you today?  Will the darkness of your sin win and freeze your heart from the love of God?  If it is your first Son rise or your thousandth Son rise, we must turn from the darkness into the glorious light, turning away from our sin, and become the lamp the Son will use to destroy the darkness in other’s lives. Let Jesus be the Star as you start your day.

Lunch Bite February 22, 2021

Revelation 2:1–4

1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

2 “ ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.

The beginning of Revelation contains an amazing section of passages containing letters written to the people of God who meet in different places.  Jesus is making a statement to the churches but more importantly to the people who make up the body.  There are seven letters to seven churches and we are part of the body and these letters are meant for us even today. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to get a personalized letter from our Lord in the mail today?  It would if there was nothing but positive in the letter. This happened for only two of the churches –Smyrna and Philadelphia.  If Jesus said to you today, I know your works,  what would he commend?  If he had a rebuke for the wrongs in your life what would those be?  Which list is longer?  Because of what Jesus has done for us in giving us a new life our work is to make the good list longer than the bad list.  We do this by the work of the Holy Spirit as he guides, counsels, and enables us to do more.  OK, so you may be like me and the bad list seems way too long but if you start today living the new life in a way to hear Jesus say, “Well done,” it won’t be long before the commendations of Jesus are greater than the rebukes. 

So as our Lord commands take up you cross and follow him.  Then at the end of your day be proud to come before the Lord as a faithful follower of Christ.

Lunch Bite February 18, 2021

Lunch Bite February 18, 2021

Sometimes in the rush to read the Word and get something quick that we can take away we miss a large part of the story.  For lunch today God invites us to eat the food of angels to feast upon his Word.  We do so by putting ourselves in the story of Israel and letting this reflect our own life with God where are we rebelling and disgruntled with God and how has God shown us patience in restraining Himself when we have.  Are we telling our children about God both our physical children and our spiritual children?

Enjoy the bread of angels, the Words of God!

I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us.” (Psalm 78:2–3, ESV)

He established a testimony in Jacob and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers to teach to their children, that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and arise and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.” (Psalm 78:5–8, ESV)

He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock and caused waters to flow down like rivers. Yet they sinned still more against him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness? He struck the rock so that water gushed out and streams overflowed. Can he also give bread or provide meat for his people?”” (Psalm 78:15–20, ESV)

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of wrath; a fire was kindled against Jacob; his anger rose against Israel, because they did not believe in God and did not trust his saving power. Yet he commanded the skies above and opened the doors of heaven, and he rained down on them manna to eat and gave them the grain of heaven. Man ate of the bread of the angels; he sent them food in abundance.” (Psalm 78:21–25, ESV)

Their heart was not steadfast toward him; they were not faithful to his covenant. Yet he, being compassionate, atoned for their iniquity and did not destroy them; he restrained his anger often and did not stir up all his wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a wind that passes and comes not again. How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert!” (Psalm 78:37–40, ESV)

They tested God again and again and provoked the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember his power or the day when he redeemed them from the foe, when he performed his signs in Egypt and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.” (Psalm 78:41–43, ESV)

Lunch Bite February 17, 2021

Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.” (Psalm 32:10, ESV)

There is wickedness in the world and there is wickedness in our own lives.  Sins that are besetting –lingering— sins are burdens  that we have not completely overcome, and they will trouble us, and we will have sorrows as a result.  The path to experiencing intimacy with God and the steadfast love that is God comes from trusting God and not the world.

We must trust that the promises of Christ as believers means our sins will never condemn us to eternal separation from God on the last days.

We must trust that if we follow Holy Spirit’s counsel, we can overcome even the most stubborn of temptations. That means waiting on the Lord, being still, and seeking out God in every temptation, trial, and trouble of life.

We must trust the Father that he wants good for us and that the final good comes not in this life but the life to come. 

Can you say today, “In God I Trust?”

Lunch Bite February 16, 2021

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.” (Proverbs 16:32, ESV)

A simple Proverb for a big problem.  The problem an unruly and angry spirit.  Our world seems dominated by anger today.  There is a public anger against those who believers know are caught up in sin.  Yes, they may very well may be but this should not affect us and we should not fall into sin because others sin.  This we do when we allow our spirit to be unruled by God’s word and His commandment to love everyone.  Scripture gives us a way to respond to those that we can, who are caught up in transgressions. But guard yourself.

Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1, ESV)

Public anger is one aspect of an unruly and angry spirit.  The other aspect is a far greater danger and involves private (personal) anger concerning our situations, frustrations, and circumstances.  When things do not go our way in life, we begin to lose control over our flesh, we justify feelings and thoughts.  Then those thoughts and feelings become out of control actions.  Those actions will result in consequences that may affect your life for many years.  This passage says that one who controls themselves wields more power than the mightiest warriors or leaders.  It takes far less power to rule the spirit internally than when the internal desires become external sins in our life.  Like a snowball released at the top of the mountain is far easier to stop and control than the avalanche it will become at the bottom of the mountain.  Our spirit is best controlled and ruled internally.  The wisdom of God given through Solemn in this Proverb is to fight the battle, while it takes great might, internally where it can be won and keep control over your life with lots of small victories every day.  Many wars against sin have been lost because we do not control and rule our spirit internally.