Only one adequate plan has ever appeared in the world, and that is the Christian dispensation.
John Jay - First US Supreme Court Chief Justice
Wednesday's Word

Wednesday's Word

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Now What?

Recognize this image? It’s from the 1994 movie Shawshank Redemption. If memory serves me correctly, this scene is just about the end of the movie where Tim Robbins character, Andy Dufrene escapes from prison after a long, well crafted plan that would secure his freedom and also expose the corrupt prison warden to the point of suicide...but more on that later.

After a little research, I’ve found that the source of this next campaign is credited to New York Giants quarterback, Phil Simms: It goes like this; “Phil, you’ve just won the Super bowl, what are you going to do now?” Simms replies, “I’m going to Disneyland!” (Wonderful marketing campaign, by the way.)

Search the world over, and I doubt that you’d find any people not easily given to the idea of celebrating. It’s not enough to simply win, we want to celebrate winning! There just seems to be a common expectation that conquest ushers in a time of exuberant rejoicing. This is where I think that one of our biggest desires is also the source one of our biggest misunderstandings.
Sorry to burst the bubble, but hear me out.

When we’re brought into salvation, there’s a flood of sad reflection on the lives we lived before knowing Christ. Lives full of selfish pleasure seeking, and we become hyper-sensitive and fully aware of not only how much we were blinded and fooled by the enemy, but also how much we were under the righteous wrath of All Mighty God. So we then receive His grace. We’re cleaned and delivered from the power of sin and the guilt that kept us constrained….and then we’re hit with the question…Now what?
We see our salvation as our victory and our mind inadvertently does this thing: Now What? Disneyland right?.
We want a life of wondrous rejoicing, and we believe that because of our position as a "new creation", God should cater the party. No problems, no worries, and no temptations to return to the filth we were delivered from.
...Then reality hits, and it’s not Disneyland.

But then, that was never the promise. And when you look at it truthfully, our salvation is not our victory in the first place – It’s Christ’s.

Look at the picture again. Do you imagine that it’s you rejoicing in the rain? Do you see yourself as having struggled to get to God and fought your way tooth and nail to avoid the snares of the enemy? Well, you didn’t. But be comforted, neither did any of the rest of us.
It’s Christ who came down and subjected Himself to harsh treatment by men. Men pleased to protect their lives of wanton sin. Men of whom the Bible says - "there is none that doeth good, no, not one" Romans 3:12. Securing us, He alone was also subjected to the very wrath of God. He is the victor and it is He who made a mockery of the power of sin and death (just like Andy did to the corrupt Warden).

Here’s The Word:

Colossians 2:13-15 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

It’s Christ who will rejoice in winning and even He Himself is still waiting until all things are perfected to do so.

So now what? Here’s what Christ’s Now what? Looks like –
     • He’s preparing a place for us now.
     • He’s an active advocate before The Father on our behalf, now.
     • He’s waiting at the right hand of The Father until all things are placed under His feet, now.

Well, then what about us? What should our ‘Now what’ look like? – I’m glad you asked. These (and a whole bunch more) are pulled right from the Scriptures. Spend time with God through His Word. Let the Holy Spirit illuminate the path of righteousness.
     • Live in hope, Now.
     • Endure hardness like a good soldier, now.
     • Pray without ceasing, now.
     • Rejoice always with joy unspeakable starting, now.
     • In everything give thanks for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus, now. (1 Thess 5:16 - 18)
     • Build up your faith, now.
     • Guard your heart with all diligence, now.
     • Grow in grace, now.
     • Abide in him, now.
     • Show gratitude for the mercy God has shown you, now.
     • Live by faith, now.
     • Learn to be content in the myriad of ups and downs, keeping His peace, now.

There's an old hymn that goes - "When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be."
"When we all see Jesus, We'll sing and shout the victory!"

Something in us longs to celebrate and enjoy the fruits of 'winning'. But until that day, we live lives with ups and downs. Struggles and disappointments. However, the days aren't all bad and absolutely none are bad enough to snatch us from the hand of Him who has redeemed us. He's with us each day, patiently pursuing the perfection of our faith so that in the end, we'll all rejoice together.
...SO now what?

In Him,

Tuesday, July 10, 2018


Every once in a while, I still like to sit and go through old photo albums.
Each page of pictures brings a rush of memories and emotions that ‘make a heart merry and doeth good like a medicine’ Proverbs 17:22
Then I had a thought – These images and emotions speak to our temporal existence but God is timeless, and even though He’s working out the perfecting of the saints in our time, His photo album has pictures of things yet to come that affect Him in the same way that our past pictures affect us. Jesus shared a glimpse of this idea with certain Jews in His day.

Here’s The Word-

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

Abraham, who is from the past, is now in the future....rejoicing. This confounded the Jews and provoked them to try to stone Christ right then and there. However, this and other biblical instances of the shear grandeur of heavenly things to come presented in Scripture and the feelings accompanied with them are a whole different kind of awesome! Rather than imagery, I call it HIMAGERY.

Hope Imagery - - Here’s The Word:

Psalm 31:24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1 John 3:3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Heaven imagery - - Here’s The Word:

Revelation 14:6-7 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Revelation 21:1-5 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

His Imagery - - Here’s The Word:

Revelation 1:13 - 16 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Revelation 4:2-5 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Life presents us with so many experiences and not a single one of them can be considered as “simply an image”. No, these memories come stock with an enveloping recall of emotions and other sensory accompaniment. The idea of hope is that spark of the unspeakable joy to come that motivates us in the idea that we can only perceive it in small, yet heart-stopping glimpses. But one day, we’ll see with new eyes; witnessing things and rejoicing like Father Abraham did in John 8.

I like the expressions that come out when we feel happily overwhelmed – “I thought I was gonna die”, “It felt like my heart was about to explode”, “I couldn’t imagine it”, “I couldn’t stop crying!”
Then, I think of how small these BIG expressions will be compared to the Eternal presence of being with God and having Him right there with His people. I love seeing artist’s concepts of Heaven and Him Who sits on the throne and every time I see them, I think – Not even close. Not as something condescending, just that our most impressive attempts can’t fully capture the emotions of Himagery.

In Him,

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


I believe that the Gospel of Christ is simple. It’s straight forward, easily understood and doesn’t present much in the way in deep logical hurdles that would prevent most people from a perfunctory understanding their role in accepting Christ as Savior.
I also believe that the Word of God as a whole, as well as the simplistic Gospel provides the most esoteric philosophical enticements for those who like to dive deep into the mind of God. You may have heard loquacious pastors deliver a riveting sermon with alliterating points and think to yourself – Do I need to understand the power, proficiency and prevenient Grace of God in order to make sense of propitiation?
Clever points with insightful delivery for sure, but absolutely necessary? Probably not. However, no matter how many messages you’ve heard preached, it is The Holy Spirit that reveals truth and it’s good to keep a watchful eye on the messages you hear to validate that you are taking in TRUTH as presented by the word of God. There are counterfeits.

I say that to say this.

The Bible talks about 2 types of wisdom; earthly wisdom and wisdom from above. One is genuine, the other is counterfiet.

Here’s The Word;

James 3: 13 – 18 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Here’s a thought I had the other day –

1 John 2:15 - 17 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

When I read past that common phraseology – lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life, I thought. These 3 things are the counterfeits. If these things really are counterfeits, what are they seeking to replace?

I believe that God’s Word repeatedly offers these three genuine “righteous” provisions

Instead of fleshly lusts, God offers life.
Insatiable, selfish desires don’t produce or help at all with growing godliness. Money and sex are the biggies in this category but there are more subliminal expressions that are just as problematic. They spread weakness but are disguised as blessings; strength and prosperity.

Instead of wanton eyes, God offers health.
In our worldly sinfulness, we go after what we see and more often than not, we compromise or hurt ourselves and produce so much regret, pain and sorrow. The sufficiency in God’s provision may not give you everything you want, but contentment with godliness is great gain (1 Tim 6:6).

Instead of the pride, God offers peace.
It’s not just that ‘All have sinned’. It’s that all seek to sin. Just as Adam and Eve sought to ADD to themselves in direct defiance to God’s instruction, it’s this very fight we all deal with. We want to be more and we want it when we decide. When we reflect back on being delivered from certain besetting sins; we may be greatful, but we’re never far from the memory that it took God’s power to allow us to resist. The power to truly resist sin doesn’t come from within us. Christianity doesn’t make us strong, it makes us submit so it’s God’s power that gets all of the glory.

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

The Gospel of Christ is simple - its the power of salvation to all who will believe. The Word of God can be insightful, informative and intriguing. It also needs to be handled with strict care when creatively expounding on Biblical messages. Beware of counterfeits and more than just clever talking points, let the word of God deliver you from sin into life, health and peace.

In Him,

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


Sometimes I wonder if we know what this is all about, or if we even want to know. We tend toward comfort, peace and easy understanding. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we resist having our comfort, peace and thinking challenged. And we really raise eyebrows when the talk starts sounding strange.
And this indeed is the source of my bewilderment, because our story starts off smack dab in the middle of strange.

Here’s The Word:

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We were dead, like many who still are. We walked in allegiance with a spirit that influences to disobedience, evidenced by the self-fulfilling actions and thoughts we happily embrace. Without any other thing happening, this reality sealed our fate, rightfully reserving us a place in the full wrath of an Almighty God. Yet something DID happen; That Almighty God mercifully considered our helpless estate and by something way more involved than the snap of a finger, He brought us to Himself. At the greatest cost to Himself, He brought us to life.
Have you ever thought long and hard about that? To say the least, it’s strange.

The letters of the Apostle Paul to Timothy are something awesome! Even though they’re written from an old pastor, to a new one: In them, we see an idea presented that should affect us all. The Charge.
The charge is different from the law. Different from statutes, judgements and commandments. Why is this interesting? I’ve heard more than a few people pontificate on how we’re free from the Law…and as is Biblically presented, I wholeheartedly agree. I’ve heard more than a few people committed to avoiding “judgements” at all cost. Lastly, I’ve heard the arguments on how the commandments are not valid for those of us “in Christ” because He gave us a new commandment, simply rooted and expressed in love…So then what is the charge?

Deuteronomy 11:1 Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

The word charge mainly means what we think it means – but I’ll paraphrase it to avoid the words; law, commandment and judgement. And in trying to state it plainly in today’s vernacular, it conveys – "Here are some things concerning the promotion, protection and profession of your new life that need to be much more than just real to you, but they need to STAY real to you."
Charges are authoritative pronouncements that don’t save you, they prove your salvation and appropriate the power of The Spirit in your “new life”.

Here’s The Word:

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

As the word says, and bears reiteration – put no confidence in the flesh. (Phil 3:3), it’s the last evidence of an old system that is dying away. It doesn’t save. It can’t. It can however, remember desires, push for comfort and rationalize things that have zero benefit to new life. This is why we (purpose to) die daily (1 Cor 15:31), and keep our flesh under subjection(1 Cor 9:27). There's so much Biblical truth that focuses on our conduct. Our fruit. We’re absolutely correct to be mindful in regards to why we do what we do. We don’t do in order to BE saved; once we’re in Christ, there are things we're charged to do that can only be done rightly, if we ARE saved.

Think about it. Christ defeated death (huh?) and gives us power and insight into this life and the life to come. It’s strange but true: You live in a weird world. There’s principalities and powers, spirits and circumstances that go far beyond this temporal plane of existence. It’s important see this reality, accept it for what it is and embrace what it has to offer. Don’t get lulled back to sleep by desires for comfort, peace and easy understanding. Keep these charges, prove your allegiance and give evidence to Whom you belong.

In Him,

Tuesday, May 29, 2018


Kids. You gotta love’em. I’ve been thinking long and hard about what to say and how to speak to the lessons that God teach us using children. First, when the Bible talks about children, it usually does so from one of three different perspectives: One is the idea of offspring. This is where we eventually find ourselves adopted in, becoming legal partakers of the inheritance rightfully reserved for TRUE offspring. Another point is the childlike "faith". The sincere trust that children place in those who care for them - humble submission. The last view is “childlishness”, this is the one I want to focus on.

Here’s The Word:

1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

I remember when I first heard this verse, I was much younger than I am now and my mind went right to the idea of toys and the games we played as children. This understanding stayed with me for years until I really started maturing…like, past 30 years old. Funny thing is that this new revelation had been there right in front of me the entire time. The verse says basically that a child speaks, understands and thinks a certain way - a man should speak, understand and think as a man, not a child. Only a man knows how to stop being childish. Only maturity recognizes childishness and maturity. Childishness recognizes neither. My misunderstanding was the very thing that proved what I was.

That’s what makes children such an awesome example of teaching certain things about the truth of God, because although we may not be in a position to have children or even closely interact with them, we ALL used to be them.

Even though we try to talk in more refined and understanding ways, the Bible is dead on when it talks about the “foolishness” of children. It doesn’t mean that they are fools, it means that they are not mature and shouldn’t be expected to fill the roles of a responsible, learned adult. The logic follows: Connections that God’s Word makes with foolishness and folly readily apply to kids even when a direct connection to children isn’t being made.

Proverbs 14:29 He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.

During our devotional time, me and my Mrs. were confronted with this idea from Proverbs. I thought about how selfish and “hasty” children are. Ever had to have long negotiations with a child on why it's a bad idea to eat desert before dinner, or why a set bedtime (and naptime) are important? The struggle is real, but why?

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.

It makes little difference if your child (or a child you know) is more quiet than most, lest tantrum-prone than others or whatever plusses or minuses affect your particular situation: In children, we get the purest form of what it means to be a sinful human being – evidenced in our selfishness. We want what we want and it takes time and effort to eventually attain to wisdom. Even when we think we’ve got all we need, add a few more years and we’ll find ourselves looking back shaking our heads at our impetuousness and how much more we undoubtedly have to learn.

Children are wonderful and nothing brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart than remembering the wonderful times I had with my children or even further back at some of the experiences I had when I was a child myself. However, I also stand in total agreement with the word of God that says –

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than these things, that I should hear of my children walking in the truth

This verse rings true in regards to my children AND just as true when I consider the grace of God in teaching me His truths. I pray that you receive this as an encouragement. That you would consider the things you know and the things you learned growing up. There's an old saying "What you don't know can't hurt you." Now that I'm older, I'm pretty sure that a child was behind that. Take a fresh look at yourself and let the light of God’s Word both strengthen your wisdom and expose the folly that may still be lingering from your childhood days. It's a regrettable thing to assume that disregarding truth (or exposing and expelling foolishness) is of little consequence. It can affect innumerable things in unimaginable ways. Folly has a way of hiding and masking itself to the point that it avoids being “matured” and it causes many people, young and old to become (or remain) victims of very real dangers.

Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

In Him,

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Sometimes I steal away to forget this ol’ world.
Pushing my problems and all else aside.
I turn down the noise of cares and concern.
I look up with my mouth open wide.

I long for that day where the shining shines on.
Dark nights will be utterly erased.
The light of God, united with His people splendor,
Testifying of His Amazing Grace.

Soul soothing songs, my heart sings along.
Without fail as tears begin to flow.
Here’s a few of my favs, praising the Ancient of Days;
I sing ‘cause I want Him to know.

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,
And how Jesus paid it all.
Be thou my vision, my Blessed assurance,
Straight to my knees I fall.

Here I am to worship. Worthy is the lamb.
What a friend we have in Jesus.
In Christ Alone, the cornerstone,
He breaks every chain and frees us.

Lord prepare me to be a sanctuary.
Excellent is Thy Name.
Holy, Holy Holy! God, you are Good.
Jesus Messiah, mighty to save!

How great is our God, how great thou art.
How deep the Father’s Love.
How much was poured out, at the Cross.
Grace and Mercy from above.

As the deer panteth for the water, I am in Awe of you!
Better is one day in your courts.
Here’s my heart, Lord speak what is true.

I could sing of your love forever and ever.
With all of Heaven on key and in tune.
And this, in eternity, preserved for me.
I’ll fly away, soon and very soon.

Here's The Word:

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Psalm 7:17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

In Him,

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Here it is! The Grand Finale. The end all, be all of this short series culminating into one final score. Over the last 2 weeks, we looked at how easily it is for us to confuse Scripture concerning “All” things through Christ. Then we looked at our propensity to make small things big and devalue things that should be incomparably BIG. Today we take the focus off of us and try to embrace what God means when He says “all”. Progressively, the focus has gone from our blindness, to our (mis)perception and hopefully on to fruitful clarity.

Here’s The Word:

Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God

If you notice, this passage doesn’t refer to an “all” at all  but if you continue reading the rest of Colossians, you’ll see such a concentrated presentation of all, it will make your head spin.
If you wanted a little mental “trick” to remind you of what Colossians is about, you could refer to it as C'ALLossians- emphasis on ALL because that’s exactly where it goes. It’s a small book, only 4 chapters: It’s an intro, a little over 2 chapters of all, then a close. Don’t believe me, see for yourself.

This verse which opens chapter 3 is not to be taken lightly. It’s the lynch-pin to some pretty important things in the first two chapters concerning Christ. However, before you can attain to all that comes in Chapter 3 and following, this BIG “if” needs to be reconciled before proceeding.

In the first two Chapters, we see Christ as all –

     • by him were all things
     • he is before all things
     • by Him all things consist
     • in him all fulness dwells
     • He reconciled all things unto himself
     • In him is all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

This is where chapter 3 constructs its hurdle. If we can receive and give ourselves to all of the things previously mentioned about Who and What Christ is, we can begin to properly orchestrate our lives into the posture of appropriate response. Point being, IF you’re His, here comes ALL that really matters

     • Put off all - (list of ‘former’ things)
     • Put on all – (list of things that attain to righteousness)
     • Above all put on charity
     • Let the word of Christ dwell richly in you in all wisdom
     • Obey your parents in all AND obey in all things your masters –       This is talking about natural and physically legal relationships but if we consider God to be Our Father, and ourselves to be His servants – doesn’t it ALL apply?

When I read this, It’s hard NOT to see what God means by all. If you're like me, I also see how much stuff happens in my days and weeks and years that are not part of all that God has for me, nor are they conducive to all that God expects from me. I may not know all that I should do, but I'm not confused about the things that I know I shouldn't be doing.
Don't get me wrong. I make mistakes as we all do, and I don’t walk condemned, I just make sure that it remains a fight. I stay careful and conscious that old dead things don't find safe haven or protection. That I would truly believe that when God says "Love the LORD with all - mind, soul and strength, that I lean fully into the power of His Spirit and don't hold back.
I know that I have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet 1:3) So I use it as encouragement, as I hope you do as well. If you're His, you've been given the Spirit of God which was instrumental in creating all things – the same Spirit Who raised Christ from the dead. This same Spirit seals us in salvation and is available to do both sides of C'ALL-ossians: to recognize Christ and to do all He asks realizing that He’s not the stern 3rd grade teacher who liked watching me struggle and fail. No, He has done way more than anyone could fathom and eternity holds more than anyone could ever imagine. All I have to do is keep Him as the focus of my life no matter what “all-else” comes along.
Nothing else can pay what He paid, and nothing else can offer ALL He offers.

In Him,