An unbelieving teacher told her class there were no real miracles in the Bible.
She said, “Take for instance the crossing of the Red Sea. We know this body of water was only about six inches deep.”
A boy toward the back of the room shouted, “Praise God for the miracle!”
The irritated teacher asked, “What miracle?”
“God drowned the whole Egyptian army in just six inches of water,” said the boy. “That had to be a miracle.”
I wanted to use this illustration to make a point. Often times someone who claims not believe in God, the Bible, or anything else having to do with Christianity thinks that they have a strong case...because nobody ever challenges them.
I guess we figure that if “science” says something, then it has to be right. And if somebody tells us that “science” says this did/didn’t happen, then it either did or didn’t happen. “Science” has to be right.
The boy above has a lot of courage. He questioned something that “science” said...and you know something, he proved “science” (and the teacher) to be incorrect at worst and inconsistent at best.
“Science” has also been shown to be incorrect in many other areas. There have even been times when “science” has challenged the accuracy and authenticity of the Bible. Every time, the Bible was shown to be accurate.
So the next time somebody tells you that “science” says something that contradicts a clear teaching of the Bible, simply respond with two words: “Prove it.”
They will probably talk about this or that study and what Famous Scientist 1 said and Famous Scientist 2 confirmed. Then ask if they have ever viewed these studies or met these people. So then they have to have faith that the studies they have not seen and the scientist they have not met are real and who they claim to be.
Sound at all familiar?
Does anyone recognize this? This is what is known as a hub nut. It can be found in the deepest, darkest parts of a washing machine.
This particular hub nut came out of our washing machine. You may or may not be able to tell, but it is pretty beat up.
The hub nut’s job is pretty dull...it assists in keeping the basket in the washing machine in balance. Unless you took a washing machine apart, you probably would never know it was there!
Yet if the hub nut starts to wear out, the washing machine begins to make all kind of noise during the spin cycle: it’s annoying, but it still does the job.
But it also has a negative effect on the other parts of the washing machine. While repairing the washer, the handy, dandy, repair man (Linn Rice), noticed the tub was not sitting right.
Come to find out, the hub nut failing to do it’s job had resulted in the tub bearing split ring splitting in a place it wasn’t supposed to split! So it had to be replaced as well.
This got me to thinking, though. In the church, we all have different jobs to do. Some jobs are the “big, important” jobs and some are “smaller, unimportant” jobs.
You may see yourself as filling one of those “smaller, unimportant” roles. You may think that nobody would even notice if you were gone or if you just stopped performing your role.
Nothing could be further from the truth! YOU are an intricate part of the church. The roles YOU perform are vital to the church operating like she should. YOU and YOUR talents and how you use those talents might seem “smaller,” but they are NOT “unimportant”!
What you do or don’t do has an effect on the whole congregation. You might think nobody knows, but they do. Things just are not right when you are not here.
Most importantly, God knows...so be sure to give Him your very best effort all the time.
We are in the process of redesigning our webpage. One thing that I, as the “webmaster,” did was include a panoramic picture of the building at the top of most pages. So I took the picture on my phone and emailed it to my personal email address (I found that editing pictures is easier with software I am more familiar with).
After editing the picture, I then emailed the picture to my church email address so I could put it on the new website. I waited, quite patiently, for it to travel the three to four feet from my laptop computer to the desktop computer in my office. After five minutes, I was getting a little perturbed.
So I re-opened my email program (no product plugs here) and it immediately started sending an email and two seconds later, the email with the picture arrived at my desktop computer. Put simply, I had closed down my email program before it had finished sending the picture.
There is a proper protocol that must be followed when you send an email. One of those steps is you have to wait until the email is sent before you shut down your email program. If you don’t, then the email will not send until you open your email program again, leading to perturbed and undesired results.
Salvation is like that, in a way. People feel that they can omit this step or that step and still achieve the desired result...but it doesn’t work that way.
The most omitted step is baptism (immersion), that is done for the forgiveness of sins. There are some who include baptism, but for the wrong reason while others omit it all together, denying it is part of the salvation process.
Acts 2:38 is clearly translated in most versions of the Bible. The word “for” does not mean “because of” it means “for the purpose of.” It is the same word (in Greek) that is used in Matthew 26:28. Was Jesus’ blood poured out because the forgiveness of sins was already obtained?
No! Jesus blood was poured out “for the purpose of” the forgiveness of sins. Thus forgiveness of sins cannot be obtained without coming into contact with the blood of Jesus.
Omitting this step will NOT achieve the desired results.
February 23 to March 6, 1836 saw one of the most heroic displays of selflessness in history. For 13 days 189 Texicans (yes, that’s spelled right) fought the mighty Mexican army at bay at a small Spanish mission called San Antonio de Valero, just outside of the town of San Antonio de Bexar.
As a native Texan (and from San Antonio at that!) the story of the battle of the Alamo is very special to me. Yes, some of what you may hear is simply legend...but the majority is fact.
The basics of the story is that well trained army of General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna was held at bay for 13 days (1836 was a leap year, FYI) by a comparatively small group of defenders who would rather die than surrender. Santa Anna demanded their complete and unconditional surrender: Colonel William Travis answered with a cannon shot.
So why am I bringing this to your attention? Two reasons. First, I am a native Texan, so this time of the year is special to me. Second, because there is a spiritual application to it.
Long about 33 AD or so, a group of about 120 were meeting in an upper room in Jerusalem. Soon, that number increased by 3,000. Next we find out they numbered 5,000 men.
They were faced with opposition that we can only imagine...they were threatened, beaten, imprisoned, and killed: all for their testimony about Christ.
To spare themselves this opposition, all they had to do is deny Christ...but they would not do it! They didn’t even have to mean it; they could have asked for Him to forgive them later...but they would not deny their Lord.
They were faced with overwhelming odds against them, yet they would rather die than surrender to the enemy.
Being a Christian is not a game. Being a Christian is a way of life that extends to EVERY area of your life: from the words you say to the close you wear to the friends you keep.
We are still involved in a very real conflict. We are still faced with overwhelming odds against us. We are still facing an enemy who is demanding our complete and unconditional surrender.
Will you answer with a cannon shot?