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On Grace and Proper Priorities

I love reading Oswald Chambers. His devotional works have been a source of blessing and challenge to me through the years. Some of his theology can be problematic but his application more often than not is dead on! In one of his entry’s he makes the point that often times we trust man in disregard to God. His premise is that this is why many times we are frustrated and disappointed by man and his/her behavior to the point of utter despair.

“If I put my trust in human beings first, the end result will be my despair and hopelessness toward everyone. I will become bitter because I have insisted that people be what no person can ever be, absolutely perfect and right. Never trust anything in yourself or in anyone else, except the grace of God.”

We all need the work of grace in our lives in order to be fit for the Masters use! I am surprised somewhat knowing Chambers view on sanctification that he admits this! Could it be the reason we see the petty quarrels and the back biting in our church’s (and dare I say convention?) is due to the fact that we have placed man above God in priority?

“Our Lord never put His trust in any person. Yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, and never lost hope for anyone, because He put His trust in God first. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for others.”

I know I need to hear this ‘blast from the past’ How bout you?

Swindoll said it this way, “Never be caught unaware by the tendancy of people to dance the dance of the foolish”

Or maybe one of our old children’s choruses fits even better:

“He’s still working on me…”

aren’t ya glad He is?

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God is good…even when we don’t understand

An amazing testimony of Gods goodness in light of terminal illness –

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The elephant in the room

The term “The elephant in the room” refers to that which is obvious but which we often just ignore. For the American church there are so many that one would be hard pressed to even begin to name them. Collectively it is our obsession with self and our ignorance of a lost and dying world and dare I say, culture which is preoccupied with personal pleasure and gain and often times oblivious to the call of the Great Commission. We are all participants in this strange game of lip service christianity and Madison Avenue living. (The computer I am typing this blog on could feed a family in Eastern Africa for a year!) One of the opportunities that is right in front of us is the blessing that comes from Christian families doing foster care and adopting orphans. During last years SBC there was a resolution encouraging the same. This year during the pastors conference we heard a wonderful message  (I would link it but they do not have it up yet) from Russell Moore on the importance of Christian families answering the call to foster and adopt. Dr. Moore has also challenfed us through his excellent book “Adopted for Life” where he shares his adoption story as an adoptive parent and then points us to the biblical challnege of at the very least considering adoption as a viable responsibility as Christians.

Dorothy and I began foster ministry 7 years ago when we were in Texas. We did not start it with the purpose of adopting, however, we have adopted one child and are in the process of adopting another. (A boy we fostered in Texas) It is not always easy, often times frustrating, always time consuming and in the end worth every second! I do not know if the Lord will allow us to foster in the future now that we are in Northwest Arkansas. I cannot help but believe that we will, especially as more room is made available in our home. I cannot imagine our life without our 2 new sons and the opportunity to have made a difference in the lives of those we were able to care for.

My simple challenge on this Fathers Day weekend is that we might echo the words of the Psalmist in celebrating a God who is the Father to fatherless and simply pray about the command of scripture we find in James 1:27

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

There are thousands of children that need not only the care of a loving parent, but also the love of a forgiving Savior. Maybe God has not called you to foster or adopt, but then again, how will you know unless you ask Him?

there is an elephant in the room – let us not ignore him any longer.

To Blog or not…

There is a lot to be said about change. Some of it good, some of it not so good.

I have vowed to make a change in my life. It is not loosing weight, it is not saving money, it is not anything really that significant at all. However, it is important to me. It involves discipline. I have on two occasions started blogging only to find myself giving it up after a short period. Why? Simply put, I was not disciplined enough to stay the course. Now a blog is really nothing of great significance. Those of us who feel that our little rants are news to the world are really exercising our most narcissistic tendencies. Yet still I think blogging can be a good thing. It really is nothing more than purposeful journaling with a much wider audience. Many have used blogging in what I believe to be a very negative purpose, especially in Southern Baptist life. Many have used it for great good. There are some who have done both. I also readily admit that this is simply my opinion and that some would see it very different. Either way, blogging is a tool in many ways to exercise the demons in us and to be a part of this wonderful information age in which we live. My topics will range from everything from the Christian life to theology and church and kids and movies and sports and the price of tea in China! I would imagine there will be a healthy dose of Southern Baptist life and issues also. I am interested in what you would like to read about. Let me know!
Tomorrows post will be on voyeurism and Southern Baptist Blogs. The 21st century cyber train wreck!

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