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May 24, 2009

Trust …

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 7:02 pm

It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust man. It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes. | Psalm 118:8-9

Our nation is facing many difficult and troubling times. We are financially in hoc over our eyebrows, we are becoming morally inept in our practices, and we are found to be dividing between ourselves as to who is right or wrong in accordance to our correct and uncompromising PC worldview. As the old movie, Music Man proclaimed – “We’ve got troubles – I tell you, troubles – right here in [the good ole’ USA]!”

I think most, if not all, of us agree that we definitely as a country are now experiencing some rough times. Thus, as we go through these rough times the most natural thing for us to do is to seek a way out of them or at least a way to stop or slow down this runaway mess and return to some sense of normal. Being anxious, as a nation we seem now to be screaming: “Do something, even if it is wrong!”

May I suggest that as Christians we should stop for a moment, take a deep breath, and look to our Lord first before we join this national chorus of asking our national leaders and government to fix everything? God’s word here tells us not to put our trust in man or our princes (leaders). Why (?) – because even the very best of men and our leaders’ good ideas, all too often, usually end up making problematic matters much worse than when they started. If God is smart enough to create the universe, sovereign enough to make sure it works, and providential enough to bring about all things for the good of his own, then why would you, a Christian, even want to trust in any man or princes (leaders) to solve our problems?  “The just shall live by faith” | Romans 1:16-17.

So my question to you dear reader – Is it better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust man or in princes?

I am curious how you would answer, especially my Christian friends.

ba

May 14, 2009

Truth – Does Not Need to be Dressed Up …

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 8:28 pm

Irenaeus of Lyons

Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself.

ba

May 9, 2009

Worldliness 2 – God, My Heart, and Stuff

Filed under: Some Famous | Some Not So Famous — pilgrimskeyboard @ 1:54 pm

 Trapped by Something We Don’t Even See

 The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, “What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?” And he said, “I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21)

 

[This is] a simple tale with two brief parts, two characters. Enter the rich man. He’s thinking, “Business is good, and it’s time to consider storage upgrades.” Needing strategic advice to form a business plan, he calls upon the most trusted consultant he knows – himself. Building bigger barns is the reasonable plan he devises for stewarding his increased resources. Inspired by his own genius, he comforts his soul, satisfied that he’s invested wisely and earned a little time off.

Enter the Divine Auditor – and a shocking discovery. The rich man’s number has come up, and it’s time for the great accounting of his investment in heaven. In the only audit that truly matters, the rich man’s portfolio is bare! The stuff he’s acquired in life will go to another. Facing eternity, he stands bankrupt with nothing to show but debts he cannot pay. All he has now is a new name: Fool.

What’s the moral of the story? I believe it’s simply this: covetousness chains the heart to things that are passing away.

Take a look around you. Every object you see is confined to this world. And in the end, every treasured possession remains behind.  … When we seek happiness in stuff, we find that no amount of it makes us happy. Life becomes earthbound and chained to things that are passing away. But when we resist the seducing whisper of worldliness, we discover eternal joy.  |  [Dave Harvey, “God, My Heart, and Stuff,” Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World, C. J. Mahaney ed., (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008), 98-99, 101.]  

 

Matthew 6:19-21

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

ba

May 6, 2009

Have We Gone Past the Point of No Return?

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:20 pm

Gen. 15:16 | … the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.

 Cindy (my fiery-sidekick) and I were talking the other day about all that seems to be going on with our country. As our conversation progressed both of us wondered aloud if we as a nation have reached a point of no return. We looked at this nation’s great financial problems, our political lack of morals concerning right and wrong, perversions which are so prevalent in our society now, and how our government – both local & national seemingly goes out of their way to show public disdain concerning God. We agreed that our beloved United States is becoming more and more in appearance as a nation which is falling apart.

 Folks in the know, the poll takers, often will state that anywhere from approximately 70% to 85% of this nation claims to be Christians. I truly hope that is true, however, it seems that often many of them cannot be found – (Perhaps it is because they only consider themselves as “closet-Christians”). Many Christians and probably some non-Christians feel that this country desperately needs another Great Awakening or at least something similar to those to bring the people of this nation back to their senses. We agree with that somewhat, but, to be honest (as opposed to what, I wonder?), Christianity really needs a revival first before we can ever expect an awakening of others (2 Chron. 7:14). Thursday is the official appointed and set aside day for “National Prayer.” May I suggest that we Christians pray that God will move among us to live our lives before others so that they may see Christ, our savior, in all of our actions?

 Has the United States gone past the point of no return? I hope not! But if the depiction of those who have turned from God as described in the book of Romans 1:18-32 is any indication of a nation that has – then we too as a people may find that God has given us up because our iniquity as a nation is just about complete.

 ba

May 2, 2009

Brief Analysis of Judas and Modern Chritians

Filed under: Cindy — pilgrimskeyboard @ 4:50 pm

By: Cindy Lynne Allen – 4/29/09

 “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him (Matthew 26:15-16 ESV).

Jesus knew from the start that Judas was not a true believer, yet he had a purpose for him.  Judas received all the blessings and the commissions that the other disciples received. No one else had a clue that he was false. Jesus never treated him differently or let on to anyone that he was anything but a part of the group, one of the twelve disciples. Even those closest to Jesus had no idea even up to the moment of betrayal.

Those false Christians in the church today are the same way. Even those closest to Jesus such as pastors, deacons, and other church leaders and prayer warriors frequently can’t tell them apart. God has a purpose for them even if it’s simply to show his kindness and justice on the Day of Judgment. This is a profound thought to ponder.

Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so” (Matthew 26:25).

Judas calls Jesus “Rabbi” or “Teacher.” The other disciples, at this point, call him Lord. There is no record of Judas’ ever calling Him Lord. The difference in attitude of those in the church who think of Jesus as a “good buddy” or even a “savior” can be quite different from those who bow before Him as Lord. As scripture warns us, it is essential for each of us to examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.

Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5 ESV).

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