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Unexpected Touch

Sometimes we become so desperate that we will do anything just to touch the hem of the Master’s robe:

Wherever He went—in villages, cities, or the countryside—they brought the sick out to the marketplaces. They begged Him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of His robe, and all who touched Him were healed. (Mark 6:56 NLT)

Other times, it is the Master who reaches out and does the touching according to the circumstances:

Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” He said. “Be healed!” Instantly the leprosy disappeared, and the man was healed. (Mark 1:41‭-‬42 NLT)

But what about when the Master unexpectedly touches you when you least expect it and it comes as a sudden surprise? Instead of an answer to prayer or a response to an act of desperation, it is simply a touch of comfort:

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26 KJV)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7 KJV)

The other day I was caught up with the busy demands of life. Out of nowhere, I was overwhelmed by the Master’s touch. I felt the LORD’s love and comfort all over me. Oh, to be loved by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!

No, I did not reach out to touch the hem of His garment. And no, I did not request for Him to touch me. It was simply the Master knowing me and my needs better than I know myself and He determined I needed a hug!

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?” (Matthew 6:25‭-‬26 NLT)

I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (Hebrews 13:5b KJV)

We serve a good, good God. So the next time you feel the Master’s unexpected touch, stop what you are doing and bask in His goodness! This in turn should prompt us to bestow unwarranted acts of love upon our fellow human beings:

“Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35 NLT)

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Black or White?

No, I am not referring to racial matters. And no, I am not referring to paint colors. Of course, sin is sin—–>I am not referring to this matter either. I am referring to what is perceived as either a right way or a wrong way.

When I was a young Christian, I lived too much in a black and white world. Let’s call it a cookie cutter world. There was no flexibility. Gray was a non-existent color.

But as I got older, I realized to appreciate and understand what Paul was really saying:

Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. (1 Corinthians 9:19‭-‬23 NLT)

I just wonder how many people I turned off from the Gospel, when I was a young Christian, simply because I failed to seek out a common ground?

The best example I can find in the New Testament of how Paul conducted himself in this area is with the matter of circumcision. Paul made it absolutely clear that circumcision was not necessary for one’s salvation:

While Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch of Syria, some men from Judea arrived and began to teach the believers: “Unless you are circumcised as required by the law of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Paul and Barnabas disagreed with them, arguing vehemently. Finally, the church decided to send Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem, accompanied by some local believers, to talk to the apostles and elders about this question. But then some of the believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and insisted, “The Gentile converts must be circumcised and required to follow the law of Moses.” So the apostles and elders met together to resolve this issue. When they had finished, James stood and said, “Brothers, listen to me. “And so my judgment is that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead, we should write and tell them to abstain from eating food offered to idols, from sexual immorality, from eating the meat of strangled animals, and from consuming blood.” This is the letter they (Paul included) took with them: “This letter is from the apostles and elders, your brothers in Jerusalem. It is written to the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia. Greetings! “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality. If you do this, you will do well. Farewell.” And there was great joy throughout the church that day as they read this encouraging message. (Acts 15:1‭-‬2‭, ‬5‭-‬6‭, ‬13‭, ‬19‭-‬20‭, ‬23‭, ‬28‭-‬29‭, ‬31 NLT)

But now for the big “BUT”! Paul made sure he did not become hardened. He recognized that ‘hardness’ was not ‘holiness’. Instead he used circumcision as tool to win the Jews:

Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference (respectful submission to the opinion of others) to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day. (Acts 16:1‭-‬5 NLT)

Even Jesus was careful not to unnecessarily offend anyone:

On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.” (Matthew 17:24-‬27 NLT)

The lesson we can all learn from this is that, yes, there is a right way and a wrong way. But, many times there is a better, higher way!

Each person and situation is unique and needs prayer and discernment:

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. (Jude 1:22‭-‬23 NLT)

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Whose Tape Measure Do You Use?

One of the most profound lessons in life that I learned involved a fishing kreel and the story is as follows.

I loved fishing for native Brook Trout in Northwestern Pennsylvania when I was growing up as a kid. The legal length of the fish had to be at least 6 inches. I used the tape measure on the side of the creel to make sure it was a keeper. As the years went by, the material the creel was made of shrunk. One day I took notice of the side of the creel and realized the tape measure had also shrunk. The 6 inch mark was now only a hair over 5 inches. I shuddered realizing that if a Fish Warden had come upon me while I was fishing, that I was in deep trouble. The Fish Warden would do the measuring according to his tape measure, not mine. I could make all the excuses I wanted, but none would matter. I WAS GUILTY.

Another story is when I was on the mission field building a house in Balti, Moldova. I manned the cutoff saws down on the ground. My workmates would shout down exact measurements of the boards they needed. If my measuring tape did not match theirs exactly, could you imagine what the outcome would be?

Both of these examples reflect what has happened to our world because we have abandoned God’s tape measure, the Bible, to rule our lives. Gay and abortion issues, along with political and religious views have gone haywire. Man has turned to the devil’s tape measure instead.

One simple verse sums it all up of the only way we can get back on track:

But Jesus answered the devil, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” (Matthew 4:4 ESV)

When we die, the only tape measure that will be used is God’s!

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Believer or Follower?

When I was in school, I always hovered towards math because there was only one correct answer to a mathematical problem. I liked that. No confusion. You either got the correct answer or you didn’t. Closeness did not count. Whereas in writing, there were numerous ways to express yourself and if the teacher did not like the way you expressed yourself, you did not get a good grade. Too wishy-washy to me.

When I look at the Bible, there is a concept of math involved with it. We are told to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but the Bible does not stop there. Jesus makes it very plain that we must then be obedient, just like 1+1=2. Jesus must be our Savior and Lord. Observe the following verses:

You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless? (James 2:19‭-‬20 NLT)

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” (John 6:66‭-‬67 ESV)

And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ESV)

“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15 ESV)

“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.” (John 15:10 ESV)

“And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:32 ESV)

Notice that only true disciples continue following Jesus even when others forsake Him:

Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68‭-‬69 ESV)

I meet numerous believers in Jesus Christ in my everyday walk in life. But when I ask them where they fellowship, they tell me, almost quite boldly, that they do not attend anywhere. I try to remind them of the following command, but to no avail:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24‭-‬25 ESV)

This article is not here to argue with anyone’s theology. It is here to express the simplicity of the Gospel that even a child can understand, just like a child can understand 1+1=2 :

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV)

The consequences are too great to fool with this simplicity:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ (Matthew 7:21‭-‬23 ESV)

There are three kinds of people in the world: Non-Believers in Jesus, Believers in Jesus, and Followers of Jesus. Which are you?

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A Nehemiah Concern For Today

This is my 3rd article in 3 days. I feel the stench of our sins as a society rising more and more and I can’t help but wonder when our patient and merciful God intervenes:

So the Lord told Abraham, “I have heard a great outcry from Sodom and Gomorrah, because their sin is so flagrant. I am going down to see if their actions are as wicked as I have heard. If not, I want to know.” (Genesis 18:20-21 NLT)

Just how close are we to the Second Coming? When will the fullness of our sins be reached? Will we have one more great revival and awakening before the end?

In my first article I speak of Stephen who was grieved by the sins of his society and forefathers at the beginning of the Church Age. In my Second article I speak of Daniel who was grieved by the sins of his people that led to their 70 year captivity. In this third article I speak of Nehemiah who was grieved by the broken down state of his homeland.

In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem. They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.” When I heard this, I sat down and wept. In fact, for days I mourned, fasted, and prayed to the God of heaven. Then I said, “O Lord, God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps his covenant of unfailing love with those who love him and obey his commands, listen to my prayer! Look down and see me praying night and day for your people Israel. I confess that we have sinned against you. Yes, even my own family and I have sinned! We have sinned terribly by not obeying the commands, decrees, and regulations that you gave us through your servant Moses. Please remember what you told your servant Moses: ‘If you are unfaithful to me, I will scatter you among the nations. But if you return to me and obey my commands and live by them, then even if you are exiled to the ends of the earth, I will bring you back to the place I have chosen for my name to be honored.’” (Nehemiah 1:1‭-‬9 NLT)

As we read on in the Book of Nehemiah, we learn that God answered Nehemiah’s prayer and he found favor with the King of Persia and was sent to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and encourage his kinsmen.

Now let’s move on to our present day here in the United States. The walls of our Christian heritage have been torn down and the gates of our moral integrity have been destroyed by fire. As each day goes by, we as a people fall deeper and deeper into sin.

This is where the rubber meets the road—–>Do we grieve in our day like Nehemiah did in his day? Do we pray for our Governmental leaders and are we burdened for lost souls?

“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1‭-‬4 NLT)

We may not be able to change the course that our nation and world is destined for. But we sure can impact those that we come into contact with in our everyday life!

And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. (Jude 1:22‭-‬23 NLT)

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Being a Daniel in our Day

This coming Saturday, the town I worship in will host the first ever LGBT pride parade. It will take place only 100 yards from where Johnathan Edwards, who preached the famous sermon ‘Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God’, is buried. In the news, I just learned that New York City, only an hour’s train ride for me, is slated to use city taxpayer monies for an enticement fund so that those who are in more restrictive areas can come and terminate children in the womb, as if already being the abortion capital of the world is not enough.

These two issues seem to always be at the forefront of the degradation of our society and the news media eats it up. It brings me to try and imagine how Daniel must have felt in his day:

Then I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for several days. Afterward I got up and performed my duties for the king, but I was greatly troubled by the vision and could not understand it. (Daniel 8:27 NLT)

Daniel did not go out and attack the godless world he lived in. Instead, he turned the mirror on himself and his people:

It was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede, the son of Ahasuerus, who became king of the Babylonians. During the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, learned from reading the word of the Lord, as revealed to Jeremiah the prophet, that Jerusalem must lie desolate for seventy years. So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and fasting. I also wore rough burlap and sprinkled myself with ashes. I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your covenant and keep your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and obey your commands. But we have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against you and scorned your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen to your servants the prophets, who spoke on your authority to our kings and princes and ancestors and to all the people of the land. “Lord, you are in the right; but as you see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us, including the people of Judah and Jerusalem and all Israel, scattered near and far, wherever you have driven us because of our disloyalty to you. O Lord, we and our kings, princes, and ancestors are covered with shame because we have sinned against you. But the Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him. We have not obeyed the Lord our God, for we have not followed the instructions he gave us through his servants the prophets. All Israel has disobeyed your instruction and turned away, refusing to listen to your voice. “So now the solemn curses and judgments written in the Law of Moses, the servant of God, have been poured down on us because of our sin. You have kept your word and done to us and our rulers exactly as you warned. Never has there been such a disaster as happened in Jerusalem. Every curse written against us in the Law of Moses has come true. Yet we have refused to seek mercy from the Lord our God by turning from our sins and recognizing his truth. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us the disaster he prepared. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey him. “O Lord our God, you brought lasting honor to your name by rescuing your people from Egypt in a great display of power. But we have sinned and are full of wickedness. In view of all your faithful mercies, Lord, please turn your furious anger away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain. All the neighboring nations mock Jerusalem and your people because of our sins and the sins of our ancestors. “O our God, hear your servant’s prayer! Listen as I plead. For your own sake, Lord, smile again on your desolate sanctuary. “O my God, lean down and listen to me. Open your eyes and see our despair. See how your city—the city that bears your name—lies in ruins. We make this plea, not because we deserve help, but because of your mercy. “O Lord, hear. O Lord, forgive. O Lord, listen and act! For your own sake, do not delay, O my God, for your people and your city bear your name.” I went on praying and confessing my sin and the sin of my people, pleading with the Lord my God for Jerusalem, his holy mountain. As I was praying, Gabriel, whom I had seen in the earlier vision, came swiftly to me at the time of the evening sacrifice. He explained to me, “Daniel, I have come here to give you insight and understanding. The moment you began praying, a command was given. And now I am here to tell you what it was, for you are very precious to God. (Daniel 9:1‭-‬23 NLT)

Daniel knew he was precious to God and that he lived as holy of a life as he could. This did not prevent him from humbling himself in repentance and prayer.

Dear Christian friends, now is the time for us to humble ourselves and pray like never before. Too many prophecies have centered on the New York City area coming under horrific devastation that makes all previous catastrophes pale in comparison.

Never forget that lost souls are hanging by a thread over the eternal Lake of Fire that Jonathan Edward’s warned of back in his famous sermon from 1741. Do not sell yourself short or forget that you are able to make a difference for eternity. But time for this world is running out and the end is near!

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