Mission Control

Tonight I got to visit NASA and got to see how the space shuttle program and the space program in general “got off the ground”.  There was a ton of neat things to see, and to enjoy.  When you look at all the great ideas that people can come up with when they work together toward a common goal it is truly amazing.  Is it possible for us to be inspired by something more amazing than a trip to the moon?  Is it possible that humans could be so inspired by their creator that a trip to rejoin him in heaven would drive us to deliver His gospel to all people.  This is our Mission, this is our Goal.  We are being sent out into the great unknown with this mission.  We will get our strength through our God, we get our inspiration, and example from His Son Jesus Christ, we are lead by the Holy Spirit, and our Mission Control is His Word the Bible. Christians lets focus on the Mission.  Let’s let the Spirit use us.  Let’s be available for God to use us.  Let’s worship our Lord, lets give him the credit in our lives.  Remember folks going to the moon was pretty neat.  Going to Heaven, after raising from the dead to worship the creator of the universe….Well that’s all together something else.  That is a miracle that is given to each of us through grace from the love of our God.  Now that is a Mission worth working for.  How do we know this is our Mission?  Check out Acts Chapter 1 and see what Jesus asked His disciples to do.

 

 

Don’t Run out of Laps! Daytona 500!

Back in 2002 my dad and I made a last minute decision to drive down to Daytona for the season opening race.  The year before Dale Sr. had died, and Monday after the race was a work holiday, so it just seemed like the right time for a father son road trip.  When we got there on Saturday we had time to purchase Busch series tickets and watch Dale Jr. win the race in the Oreo #3 car.  It was super neat.  We were able to get autographs the next day from a couple of young drivers Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson.  We were able to get autographs from a couple of other drivers Shauna Robinson, and in his last race Dave Marcis.

The Sunday race was pretty unique.  Our driver Jeff Gordon was leading with 10 laps to go and then he blocked Harvick from passing under the yellow line (which was not allowed by the rules).  This wreck took out both drivers and left a red flag condition on the track.  Sterling Marlin the new race leader climbed out of his car to pull the front fender off the tire.  This lead to him being penalized and sent to the back of the field.  The strange events eventually led to a little known driver Ward Burton winning the biggest race of his life.

Today’s race reminded me of the 2002 race & the fun times I had with my dad.  But it also made me think of a Biblical truth.

Kurt only lead one lap, the final one and that was good enough for the win.

This reminds me that it doesn’t matter when you become a Christian as long as you do before you run out of laps. over 15 years of Daytona failures and near wins could have kept Kurt Busch from pursuing the biggest race of his life.  For many folks the years click off, time and time again without a serious thought about Jesus.  Kurt Busch hung in there and finally got his victory at Daytona  Just barely as he only lead one lap.  Kurt’s advantage was he knew how many laps the race was going to have.  How many years will your life have?

Never give up on God’s pursuit of you!  If he is pricking your heart, or mind, even if it is the final lap surrender to Him.  Your ultimate Victory is His Victory that He won at Calvary.  Matthew 20: 1-16 shows us what God thinks of folks that come to Him at the very end.  Praise God that He is a merciful and loving God.  Jesus wants you to cross the finish line in His care.

Matthew 20:1-16 New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius[a] for the day and sent them into his vineyard.

“About nine in the morning he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. He told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.

“He went out again about noon and about three in the afternoon and did the same thing. About five in the afternoon he went out and found still others standing around. He asked them, ‘Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?’

“‘Because no one has hired us,’ they answered.

“He said to them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’

“When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. 10 So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. 11 When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. 12 ‘These who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’

13 “But he answered one of them, ‘I am not being unfair to you, friend.Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? 14 Take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as I gave you. 15 Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’

16 “So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Oh The Father’s Love for Us

“O Lord you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of your hands.” (Isaiah 64:8)

God the bible tells us that when we fear the Lord that this pleases you that you are happy when we see you with a right perspective.  And Lord you work in our hearts to create someone born of the spirit not the flesh.  And once we have started this transformation you are pleased to give us to your Son Jesus to Sheppard us.  Lord as you work on us we are the work of your hands.  Please help us all to see that what we are is a creation of God, who like the potter continues to shape the pot.  Lord help us to be like our creator not only Holy, but an abundance of love that over flows.  Like a father for their child please help us to learn early that it is better to give than to receive.  That it is more pleasing to show others love that to hoard belongings, and our time.  Lord help us to love the Lord our God, by loving our neighbors.  Help us to give mercy to the ones that need mercy.  Help us to correct those that need correction.  Help us to point those who don’t know you, to the cross.  God your Love is so great!  My life is a living testimony of a person who’s life has been transformed by your love.  Thank You God!  You are kind and gentle with me when I’m broken.  Your grace in my life is new everyday.

Share the Gospel

Folks,

I want everyone out there to know that life is fleeting.  That we never know when our last day may be.  God has put you here for a purpose and that purpose is to know God and make Him be known.  Share the Gospel with someone today.  Push through your thoughts of not being good enough.  The truth is you were never good enough.  You needed the light of God placed in your heart just like all those that walk our streets lost today.  If you love God look for ways to share the truth of the Gospel.

Christ Died

For our Sins

He Rose from The Dead

He Conquered Death, Satan, and Sin!

We may have Everlasting Life if We Believe.

Share the love of Christ with someone soon.

Super Bowl The Big Game

Tonight is the Super Bowl, the big game.  Tonight we also got back in town after going to my wife’s best friends funeral.  I would like to point out that there is a bunch of pressure in football and in the Super Bowl as well.  But in the game of life there is never more pressure than how we love those whom we love.  You see life is the Big Game.  Many of us start off slow perhaps not ready for it.  Some of us think we are ready get cocky and have early turnovers, that we wish we could do over.   And some of us get close to the end zone only to fall short.

The women whose funeral we went to didn’t have any of those type of games.  Her game ended with her coach Jesus Christ saying “Well Done, good and Faithful servant.”  In the Big Game, the Game of Life she loved others, she loved her family, and she loved her Lord.

Now her big game is over and she is in the end zone and she is rejoicing with the Lord Jesus Christ.  But what about us our game is not over yet.  I’m hurt that much is true, my wife is devastated, and that hurts me even more.  The husband and the 4 children left behind are also in shock and are struggling to figure out day to day plans. So much pain the loss of this single lady has caused.

Like everyone else in life we have to take each day as they come.  We are not promised tomorrow.  We are hurting but we are still living.  We are down but we will get back up.  Not because we are strong enough, as we are learning daily we are not.  But by abiding in God he will heal our hearts and we will continue in His Name.

While we rejoice in Lexi’s home coming with her creator, we still mourn the loss of our friend.  We pray for those that are struggling, we support & help others as we take each day at a time.  We have had meals provided for us, dog sitting while out of town, house cleaned and groceries put in our fridge.  Why do we get these blessings from our friends.  Because they are Christians and when one of us is weak the rest of the flock being led by the father helps nudge the wounded back into the fold.

I don’t know who will win or lose the game tonight in Super Bowl 51, but I do know this, no Follower of Christ will ever lose the Big Game of Life because he has promised us ultimate  victory over sin, satan, and death.  He has provided us with his Holy Spirit, and the fellowship of our fellow believers.  This team will not quit, we will share the burden’s of others, and like 1 Corinthians says “Love Never Fails”.  And that is what we do, we Love.  And that is why my wife’s friend was so special she never failed to Love.   Our lives will forever be for the better because of that God given love.

God, in death and life you get the Glory!

Broken Heart

Today my 40’s began and it is with a broken heart that I write this.  A wonderful Godly woman went to be with the Lord today.  To many she was a friend, a mom, a sister, a daughter, but to my wife she was the closest thing I think two people can be.  To say they were best friends in an understatement, to say they were sisters is not strong enough.  They would joke about talking to each other without the use of phones or email.  They were dear Christian sisters that loved their children, made their husband’s better men, and made the lives around them a more joyful life when in their whereabouts.

My wife is heartbroken as she thinks of her friend, and her 4 small children (the oldest is 10).  I’m heartbroken thinking of her husband whom I love with all that I am.  My prayers are with you dear brother.  Through this pain there must be something, a purpose, a plan.  And while I don’t know what any of that is as I write this, I’m very familiar with the author.  And He does know the purpose and the plan, and I pray that we all pay attention to what He writes next.

There is nothing I can do to bring back my wife’s best friend.  There is no words to share with her to comfort her right now.   But God is good, He is in control, and we must trust His timing.  Yesterday I listed all the things that I was Blessed or grateful for that happened in my 30’s.  Today being the first day of my 40’s I can say God I’m thankful for Lexi, she was a sweet, sweet soul, a deep deep friend to my wife.  She made her smile when I could not, she could be a listening ear when I would only offer solutions.  In many ways my marriage is better and stronger because of her ability to listen to my wife and give her Godly advice when I was void of either.

Lord I’m thankful for the friend you gave my wife, I’m thankful for the friends that came to her side today to share this burden with us.  I am thankful for the friendships she will make on the other side of this event.  I’m thankful that Lexi is with you at this very moment.  Lord watch over my wife and keep her next to you and comfort her.  You are her best friend, her savior, and you are who I can trust to take care of her even more so than myself. God I pray that you give Lexi’s husband grace and wisdom as he continues his walk with you on this side of death.  Lord I pray for their children that they would see their mother’s love when they read their Bibles. God today was a tough tough day, but it was a day you made and so it was a good day.  We will just have to wait to see how You use it for that good.

 

Follower of Christ – Born Again in 2002