Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Whole Armor

This car, parked at a North Idaho restaurant, certainly gave me pause. Maybe Jeeps look OK without their doors, but a compact looks, well, incomplete. I would feel less than protected, driving a 4-door that only had two doors.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God (Eph. 6:10-17).

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Where Are You Planted?

Our family has a yearly tradition of driving up to the top of Mt. Spokane, where my son and I like to climb on the huge boulders. Our usual path takes us past this tiny little sapling, which has taken root within the crack of a boulder. We've seen it for several years now, and it never seems to get any bigger, yet it keeps on keeping on, through winter snows and summer heat. It reminds me of the parable of the sower, found in all three synoptic gospels.

And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold (Matt. 13:3-8).

Which are you?

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sign of Global Cooling

I pass this sign every day on my way to work. If you believe what it says, then it was downright nippy this morning! But the fact is that, despite the scientific claims of global warming, there is a much more serious and alarming global cooling... a cooling and hardening of people's hearts, as our society moves farther and farther away from God. Only the love of Jesus Christ abiding in our hearts can "melt the heart of stone" and "wash our sins white as snow."

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved (Matthew 24: 12-13).

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Purity vs. Immodesty

Our world is in the middle of a "culture war" that apparently does not spare even the healthy juice aisle at the grocery store.  In the left corner, at 16.0 fluid ounces each, is "purity"!  In the right corner, at 15.2 fl. oz. each, is... umm... a juice that should be wearing more clothes. ;)  While the name of this particular product was, no doubt, tongue-in-cheek, it does reflect a continuing deterioration of what our culture perceives as acceptable.  I grow increasingly disgusted at how the world (the entertainment industry, in particular) pushes lewd appearance and behavior as attractive.

[Let not your adorning] be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price (1 Peter 3:3-4).

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Is. 5:20)

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Crushed and Melted

I took this picture outside a Chili's restaurant in our area.  I love it when businesses use (clean) humor to add a little fun to their atmosphere!  But along with a chuckle, a Biblically-minded Christian (is there any other kind?) may also get a reminder of what Jesus said will happen to those who refuse His precious gift of salvation.

And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder (Luke 20:17-18).

And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Rev. 20-15).