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A word about PERSPECTIVE:

This is a photo of some of the medicine it takes to keep me functioning at a level of semi-normalcy. It allows me to blend in without people noticing that I move and feel like an 80 year old man, thanks to Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Additionally, there is a shot I take once a month that suppresses my immune system, making me more susceptible to illness and there is also a monthly trip to the hematologist for a therapeutic phlebotomy.

Now, about that perspective…

When I look at this medication regimen through worldly eyes, I am frustrated that I have to take so much medication to function at age 44….
But when I see it through a Biblical perspective, I thank God for the miracles of modern medicine which allow me to keep going.

When I consider the cost of the medication from a worldly perspective, I am overwhelmed by thoughts like “How am I going to pay for this?”…
But when I see it through a Biblical perspective, I thank God for always meeting my needs and providing for me and my family, even when we don’t always think to ask Him to. We have never needed anything more than God provided, but God has always provided more than we need.

When I dwell on and am frustrated by the seemingly hundreds of doctor’s appointments I have each year, I can easily slip into a moment of self-pity, or a bout of major depression…
But when I acknowledge that “all good things come from the Lord”, I am eternally grateful for the wisdom God has given those doctors that help manage my health and I’m able to joke about how it takes a whole team of doctors, nurses, and “-ists” to keep me going.

When I look around me at the world we live in through a worldly perspective, I see a mess of turmoil, angry people, hurt people, misguided people, hatred, pain, suffering, death… all consequences of our actions – consequences of sin…
But when I see it through a the perspective of one who follows Jesus, I am overwhelmed by the profound grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and salvation that comes through knowing Jesus Christ, the Lord of my life. I am amazed at the love that transcends all the bad in this world. I see a God who is bigger than anything we face in this life.

Do you know that God loves you? Do you know you have forgiveness and freedom offered through Jesus Christ? Do you know that God offers this eternal salvation through Christ to everyone?

If you don’t know this peace that surpasses understanding; if you don’t know the love of God in a personal way, please let me share with you the reason for the hope I have in me. I’ll gladly lead you to the throne of God and eternal salvation. I know The Way.
— Royce

“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” -Galations 5:1

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Whispering Prayers and Shouting Condemnation

I believe with all my heart that the world can’t hear us shouting praises to the Lord, because our silent, whispering prayers are being drowned out by our shouts of judgmental condemnation.

Wake up people of the Lord! Our praises should drown out the hatred in the world, rather than our hatred drowning out our very own weak and feeble praise to the King of Kings.

There’s too much work to be done to sit around pointing fingers at people and pronouncing them dead. Jesus came to heal the sick and give life to the dead! He died for that very reason and yet we, who are not fit to touch the hem of his garments, somehow believe we have the right to judge the wicked? Instead of judging people, how about grabbing one in each hand and leading them to the throne of God?

I believe, as the scripture says, that one day He alone has the right to say either “Well done, thy good and faithful servant!” or “Depart from me… I knew you not.”

God forgive our self-righteousness. Please, God, give us the strength to teach the world to love according to the model Jesus gave us. God grant us wisdom and courage to stand for what is right by simply obeying you.

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I don’t care what people think…

 …about me, that is.

In my 43 years of life, I have often “worried” about what people thought about me. I’ve always wanted to be seen as a “nice guy” who “cared about other people”. But here’s the deal: I don’t care what people think anymore. I don’t care if they think I’m weird. I don’t care if they don’t like how I live. I don’t care if they like the choices I make. I don’t care if they like the people I hang out with. I don’t care if they like my tattoos, or my bald head, or the style of facial hair I choose to wear on a particular day of the week.

I don’t care if they like the way I dress or the fact that I am a geek. I don’t care if they like my shoes or my house or the style of glasses sitting on the bridge of my nose.

BUT…. I do care how people see me as a follower of Jesus Christ. I’m glad that people think I’m weird because I don’t like a lot of the things in this world.

  1. I’m not crazy about material possessions; I have better things to do with my money than to “own stuff”. I have nothing against you owning stuff, and I’ve owned my share of stuff, but I don’t need it just for the sake of having it. If it doesn’t have a purpose in causing happiness or helping others come to know Christ or if I can’t share it with others, then I don’t need it.
  2. I don’t like sin, but I don’t judge others for their sin. That is not my job, it is God’s. And if I choose to have friends who “look like sinners”, it’s because I care about them and want them to know Christ through knowing me. The apostle Paul said: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” I don’t like the fact that, as the church, we have somehow gotten the idea that being a Christian means being offended by everything. We are so busy criticizing everyone around us that we forget to love them. When Jesus told us to “Go…” He didn’t mean to “Go be offended by everything!” His Great Commission was to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” His greatest commandment was to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” He said the second greatest commandment was to “love thy neighbor as thyself.”   I know God hates sin and we should hate sin, too… but I have never read any teaching of Christ that says we should hate the sinner! On the contrary, we are supposed to love people and teach them about the love of God and the good news of Jesus Christ.
  3. A lot of the Christians I know think I’m nuts. But I have to say: There is a mile-wide gap between “knowing Jesus Christ is your savior” and “knowing Him as Lord”. Dr. Randy Davis was able to articulate this in a way I had never quite heard before when he said QUOTE: “The ‘lordship’ of Jesus Christ is different than knowing Him as your Savior. When you know Christ as ‘Lord’ then things in your life are different and you live your life for Him.” END QUOTE  I know that the act of doing good things does not get you into heaven, but I believe that there should be evidence of your salvation through the way you live your life. If we are living the same way the rest of the world lives, then we are missing the boat. I think that’s what Christ meant when he said “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” 
  4. “Holier than thou” isn’t a bad thing… it just depends on how it is presented to the world. If it is a mean-spirited and judgmental attitude towards others then it is wrong. But If it is offering our lives through obedience to the will of God, then it is absolutely right! Being righteous by its true definition is a good thing; being SELF-righteous is a bad thing. Being holy is a good thing when it means setting yourself apart as a holy, living sacrifice to God. Turning that into  judgmental self-righteousness is wrong. If I may be so bold, this is what keeps millions of people from coming to know Christ… the self-righteous attitude of many Christians sitting in church pews who have somehow gotten it wrong. Condemning people to hell is not the same thing as loving them to Christ.
  5. Worship doesn’t sanctify your life; your life sanctifies your worship. Sanctify (v) – To make holy; purify. A buddy of mine, Rob Harris, preached a sermon on this topic years ago and I have never forgotten it. One of the best sermons I’ve ever heard. The fact that you attend church on Sunday doesn’t make you any better than anyone else. If you go to church on Sunday with the idea that it sanctifies the rest of your week then you’ve got it backwards. Instead, the way you live your life all week long makes your worship on Sundays pleasing to God… not the other way around. If you live a sinful life all week, then you go to church on Sunday hoping to make it right, I think God knows better. It’s called hypocrisy and is another thing that keeps people from coming to church.

Well, that is the longest rant I’ve had a quite some time. I just had to get some things off my chest that have really been bothering me lately. I know a lot of people, myself included, who have gotten mixed up over the years. But if we boil it all down, Christ said to “GO” and to “LOVE”. He wants us to care about people, not to hate them. Hate the sin, love the sinner. And understand that “we are all sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God.” I wish my church had a big, fat banner outside that said “SINNERS WELCOME”. Maybe I’ll suggest that at the next board meeting to see how it goes. 😀

Excellence at Work

Three men working on a building site were asked what they were doing. One said “I’m earning a living.” The second said “I’m filling this truck with dirt and dropping it over there.” The third said “I’m building a cathedral for the glory of God.” All three answered accurately, but their perceptions of their work varied widely.

Paul, talking about the Good News, said, “I, Paul, have been appointed by God to proclaim it” Colossians 1:23. He could have said, “I’m doing it because somebody’s got to do it.” But his insistence that he had been “appointed by God” showed his sense of calling. This was something that God had given him to do, so he was going to do it to “honor and please the Lord” Colossians 1:10 Paul’s focus was on doing his work in such a way that the Lord would be honored and pleased. Paul worked very hard at this as “Christ’s mighty power” worked in him. Colossians 1:29.

One might argue, “Well, that’s alright for an apostle. Of course he was ‘called’, but what about the rest of us? We just go to work to get the job done and earn a living!” Hardly, according to scripture. Paul, addressing slaves, said, “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people” Colossians 3:23. Even a slave’s work is significant because it can be done for God.

This understanding stimulates a man to look at his work through new eyes. He is doing something for the Lord – not just for himself, his family, his foreman, or his stockholders! Hopefully he derives some satisfaction from doing a good job, presumably his family is pleased they have food to eat, and his superiors smile approvingly when he helps the bottom line grow. But God also derives satisfaction from seeing a man work. This elevates his workday into a new realm – a man is presenting something as a sacrifice to the Lord. As he utilizes his time, energy, and abilities, he is glorifying God who made him.

To work at this higher level of purpose, a man must look for new resources. Human doggedness can keep a man at a mundane job, and the thought of Friday can get a man through a weary week. But what can motivate a man to see the simplest task as an act of worship? Only the power of God at work in his heart!