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Friday, March 16, 2018

Let God's love shine through you

1 Corinthians 13:4 (ESV)
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.

When someone does you wrong, how do you respond? When someone gets the part in the school play that you wanted, how do you react? Most people when faced with being treated wrongly, or being jealous of someone else tend to blow up. They might get angry, be mean and want to get back at the other person.

However, in this verse, we’re encouraged in this verse to be patient, to be kind. When someone does better than us, we’re encouraged to not get envious of that person. These are all hard things to do in our own strength and ability.

No matter how hard it might seem to love someone when you’ve been wronged there is good news. The Bible tells us God’s love is already in our hearts. So what we need to do is let that love dominate the way we act and treat others. The love is already there, it’s just up to us to bring it out!

Dear Lord, help us to let Your love shine through us in whatever circumstance we are in. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In ALL things

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

To be honest, sometimes it's the "all" in that verse that gets me. Most of us can be thankful, for lots of things, at lots of times, but in "all" circumstances? That can be tough.

What about when you find yourself suffering illness, or defeat, or you're walking through huge loss...what about when a loved one leaves this world too soon and you still can't see past your tears...or when you've been praying for your prodigal loved one to come home and it seems like the prayers are unanswered...what about when you're discouraged, disillusioned, and struggling with disbelief...or when you're overwhelmed, overextended, and just fighting being over-stressed...what about when the needs mount high and the way doesn't look clear...or when people are cruel, life seems unfair, and the enemy's breathing down your back...what about when the storms come, and the car breaks down, or the air conditioner stops working?

Yes, these are the "all" things that can be hard to find gratitude in, whether it's huge losses or just life irritations. But God's word never changes to fit our circumstances. His Truth rises above our circumstance, so that we can too. He doesn't say give thanks "for it", but "in it all," for He knows He's building more deeply into our lives and character than He could ever build without the hard times.

We're gaining strength. We're gaining perseverance. We're being reminded that true joy is never based on how we feel or our outside situations. We understand that God's ways are bigger, His thoughts are higher, and we can be assured that He holds us in His hands.

No matter what you might be facing, the good news is this, you woke up. He's given us today. And if we're still here, living and breathing, may our every breath bring honor to Him.

Dear Lord, we thank You that we never fight the battles in life alone. Help us to stay strong, choose joy and be grateful in  "all." In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Worrying about the what ifs

Matthew 6:25-27 (ESV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

Today we took our car into the shop to get the air-conditioning repaired. As we waited to pick up the car I remembered a story I read about a little boy.

The following is the story. When I was a boy, we had pre-air-conditioning features on our car called “wings.” Little vertical windows that directed outside air into the car. Open the wing and air would hit the glass and fly into the car.

The downside was that the wing also directed anything that was flying in the air into the car.

One Sunday a bee hit the wing, was jettisoned into the car and got caught in my sweater. I began screaming, “A bee! Agh! Mom! It’s a bee! I’m gonna die!”

“Pipe down!” my sympathetic mom shouted.” If you don’t bother the bee, it won’t bother you.”

I didn’t know what bothered a bee.
What if the bee didn’t want to go to church?
Certainly any bee that just hit a piece of glass at 60 mph would be bothered already.
The “what ifs” of life often paralyze us.

What if the stock market crashes?
What if I lose my job?
Here’s what the Bible says about that kind of worry.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

God gives the best antidote to worry:

“Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Dear Lord, help us to seek You first above all things in live that try to get us off track. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


James 1:5 (ESV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

Educators, researchers, writers, and others are often united by a common love of history. As a part of this group, many like to play a game called, “Alternative History.” Entire books have been written exploring such questions such as, “What if the British had won the Revolutionary War?” or “What if the Japanese had been repelled at Pearl Harbor?” One of my favorites: “What if the security guard had not noticed the tape left on a door by the Watergate burglars?” When playing this game, we can easily see how one seemingly small event can domino into hundreds of subsequent events, eventually changing the course of human history dramatically.

Think of the consequences of some of the Biblical events. What would have been the consequences if Abraham had trusted God, not fathered Ishmael through his maid, and Isaac had been his true first-born? Would the Islamic faith have ever existed? What would be the current political situation in the Middle East? Would 9/11 have occurred?

Perhaps we can look to Harry Truman for the answer to some of these questions. When he was asked, “What if the South had won the Civil War?” He curtly replied, “They didn’t!” Still, it is interesting to ponder the long-term consequences of man’s poor use of his free will. It makes you pause and reflect on the long-term effects of your own day-to-day decisions, doesn’t it? We need to make sure we make wise decisions each and evry day.

Dear Lord, we pray that we would make wise decision. Help us to take each circumstance and think through what our choices will do for our future. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Dancing in the rain

Isaiah 35:10 (ESV)
And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
    and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
    they shall obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

There was once a small group that decided to take a weekend retreat down to the east coast. They were pretty excited. In the days leading up to the weekend they couldn’t help but imagine hanging out at the beach, playing some football and grilling large amounts of meat for evening meals. When Friday finally rolled around, they loaded up their cars and made the two hour trip down to the coast where they had rented a cabin.

Well, it rained. All weekend.

It wasn’t the fun kind of rain either, the kind where if you get a few people brave enough you can run around outside like maniacs until you’re soaked. No, it was the cold, unrelenting, kind of rain that makes you want to crawl back in bed and hibernate for a week.

The group was a little surprised when Stephanie, one of the girls in the group, announced that she wanted to get baptized. She had planned on doing so at the beginning of the trip, and decided that she was going to follow through despite the weather.

She couldn’t have picked a more miserable day. The sky was gray, the sea was white and foamy, and as they stepped onto the beach, they knew it would only be minutes until they were all close to freezing. One in the group remembers watching Stephanie and her friend wading into the sea and thinking to them self when I get baptized it will be somewhere tropical and sunny. But when Stephanie broke the surface, the joy on her face seemed uncontainable. They couldn’t help smiling with her as she climbed out of the water.

Suddenly the sky didn’t seem so gray, the rain wasn’t so bad, even the wind, which was just as cold as ever, didn’t bother them so much. It was one of those moments where you knew God was there. Life is full of bad moments and rainy days, and it’s tempting to think God doesn’t care when cloudy skies remain the same. But here’s the thing about God, you never know Him better than after he’s taught you to laugh in the rain.

Dear Lord, help us to look for the positive in the bad moments. Help us to see You in the rain. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Is God real?

Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Have you ever questioned God’s existence? If you have you are not alone. Many people wonder the same thing. So how can we know if God really exists?

Let’s start by looking at an everyday example. Most people with  teenagers probably have a gaming system in your house. The XBox or Playstation at your home is complex and has lots of small complicated parts that make it work. It has controllers, a hard drive, and tons of wiring. All those complicated pieces have to function together to make the game work properly. All the parts that go into making the game are too complex to just have “happened” one day. Your XBOX didn’t just show up in your living room. It had to be put together…it had to be created. The complexity of the game system shows that it had to have a creator.

In the same way our world is complex. The trees, the oceans, animals and people that make it up are way too complex to just have “happened”.

We can see that there was evidence of a creator in the world around us, but it is up to us to choose to believe that creator was God. There is nothing that 100 percent proves God’s existence. There is no scientific study that proves that God is real. If there was every person would believe God exists.

We have to take what we see in creation and read about God in the Bible and we have to choose to believe it. That’s really the definition of faith.

We see evidence of God’s existence all around us every day. The trees, the sun, the birds, all speak of a great creator. When you wonder if God is there or if He really does care about you, stop for a minute and examine the creation around you. God took the time to create each animal and plant and most of all He took time to create you. Take some time today to thank God for everything He has made.

Dear Lord, we thank You for the things all around us that remind us of you and how You love us. Help us to take the time to slow down and see all there is to see. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Using Robots to teach about God

Ecclesiastes 2:24 (ESV)
There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.

Today as I worked in my shop finishing some projects up I kept an eye on the 2018 FIRST Robotics Power competition. Cheering the whole day for team number 201 The “Thunder Chickens” a favorite of the hens at Camp Clucks-a-Lot.  It got me to thinking about robots and what we can learn about Jesus form them.

David Urquhart’s job used to involve smashing televisions. He worked for 4 and a half years at Mitsubishi Electric using his mechanical engineering degree.

Now he is using that degree for a different purpose – to help inner city high school students  learn biblical truths from engineering and robotics.

David volunteers at 2 of the 18 Los Angeles S.A.Y. Yes! Centers partnered with Cru. They offer kids and their families educational support such as help with homework and mentoring, as well as food, all while helping them find hope and forgiveness in Jesus.

He teaches students at Monterey Park to program robots to write their names, launch a ball, and move to the volume of music. But more importantly David is weaving spiritual lessons and lessons for life.

He met some high school boys at the “Man Camp” event at his church and learned about their interest in engineering. Later he met a man from Mississippi that uses robots to teach spiritual lessons. Those two things gave David the idea for the robotics classes.

Every Wednesday and Friday, he meets with 3 to 5 students, and starts each class with a question to ponder and a spiritual truth from Scripture. In a recent class, he began with this question: “Why do you think it is important to check in and see how we are doing and find out what is on our mind at the beginning of each class?”

“So we can be focused and not distracted,” one student said.

“Because you want to know how we are doing,” said another student.

David gave positive feedback for their answers and tied it to a spiritual truth from the Bible: “So I decided that there was nothing better for a man to do than to enjoy his food and drink and his job. Then I realized that even this pleasure is from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24).

“We talk through what is on our mind so we can be fully present and enjoy our work, which is actually a gift from God,” he said.

One student is motivated to learn engineering so he can get a steady job unlike what he has seen for his parents.

Another student is so passionate about engineering that he using what he is learning in the class to teach elementary students and getting high school credit.

David is teaching youth about engineering, but also about God—the Creator and designer of everything and how to follow Him in everything they do including robotics and life.

It all started when David asked, “how can I use some of my background to develop young men in an area that they are interested in?”

What skill or talent of yours can you use to help develop young men or young women?

Dear Lord, help us to open our eyes so we can see how You can use our gifts and talents to reach those around us. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.