Looking For Loopholes In The Bible?

Looking for Loopholes

Just before his death in 1946, famous actor, comedian and alley cat, W. C. Fields was visited by a friend as he read the bible. Surprised to find Fields with a bible, he asked what he was doing. Fields replied, “Looking for loopholes.”

We don’t know if he accepted Christ before his death, but we do know he was a staunch atheist through his life. But in that quick conversation, he showed an acknowledgement of heaven and thus the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and a desire to be with them in heaven.

We don’t need a loophole to know Christ, or be assured of eternal life, and salvation in heaven with God. There is only one way, and it’s a free love offering.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

~ John 14:6

Let’s not waste our lives living in spite of Christ, or trying to disprove the indisputable. There will come a day of reckoning, and instead of skimming a book for alternative entry, why not be escorted to the Father by His Son, who loves us dearly.

Much Love/Respect,

Scott

 

 

Sowing Seeds Of Words That Matter

The Caller

You Matter:

Over 33 years ago while I was a lost soul attending the University of Southern Mississippi, an evangelist would visit the campus.

Reverend Jim was what the rambunctious students called him as they taunted and challenged him on every thing he said.

I knew nothing about God’s word then, but I always stayed toward the back of the crowd.

Sure, I kinda laughed, but I listened.

His courage and conviction to stand on an old wooden crate with nothing more than a megaphone and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ enraptured my attention.

I didn’t know it then, but he was planting seeds in my spirit that would bud before blooming a few years later. Of course, he has no idea who I was back then, but he mattered. His words and actions mattered, just like ours do today.

People are watching us. Mostly it’s our kids who will learn their first impressions of God by watching their dads.

What seeds are we planting in the souls of those watching us?

Let them be positive, life affirming seeds!

Much Love/Respect,
Scott

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Again Jesus began teaching by the lake. A great crowd gathered around him, so he sat down in a boat near the shore. All the people stayed on the shore close to the water. Jesus taught them many things, using stories. He said, “Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground where there wasn’t much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. But when the sun rose, the plants dried up because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. So those plants did not produce a crop. Some other seed fell on good ground and began to grow. It got taller and produced a crop. Some plants made thirty times more, some made sixty times more, and some made a hundred times more.” Then Jesus said, “Let those with ears use them and listen!”

Mark 4:1-9

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It’s Good To Be A Good Man

It’s good to be a good man. I don’t mean in the sense of trying to be better than another man, but trying to be a better self. I’d bet we’re all better men than when we began.

Sure, we make mistakes, sin and fall short, but that doesn’t have to subtract points from the good man column thanks to forgiveness, repentance and restoration through Christ.

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

~ 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

What makes us a good man, or a better man than who we were, is our pursuit of the example of the best man. Our Father is the ultimate alpha male. He gives us unlimited examples through His word and life’s history to know Him.

He also gave us His son, Jesus Christ, so that good men could walk, talk and work alongside God’s best example of what a good man should be.

So maybe the better way to express it, is that it’s good to know the best Man so that we may become better men than who we were before we knew Him.

Much Love/Respect,

Scott

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Be Careful What You Pray For. You Might Receive It.

This picture reminds me of the old saying, “Be careful what you ask for. You might just get it.”

When we enter the spiritual realm to pray, we must be prepared to receive God’s blessing. We must also be willing to become the vessel capable of accepting that blessing. That might mean we must be changed. This is where many of us drop the ball.

We don’t like change – whether good or bad, we rather things the way they are. Even if it means we miss God’s movement in our life.

Life upside down? God is working you over to set you straight!

Much Love / Much Respect,
Scott

Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.

Matthew 9:17

De Nile is a River in Egypt: Are You A Captive?

De Nile is a River in Egypt

Sometimes we find ourselves so mired down in the muck of denial, that even the most shining truth is missed. Then we dig down deep to dredge up some tired old excuse that we’ve used as a crutch time and time again.

When I was a kid, we’d call each other, fool head fool. Yeah, it sounds simple and kinda ridiculous now, but back then, those were fighting words. I think everything was fighting words.

Of course, the rebuttal was even more vicious, “Who you calling a fool head fool, fool?”

I can imagine Jesus wanting to say this to the Jews who just totally gave Him the craziest line ever as He spoke to them about complete freedom through truth. They were so pumped up with their own version of the truth that they missed the blessing of Jesus’s message.

“Slave? Who you calling a slave? We ain’t never been no slaves.” Is how I imagine them responding to Jesus instead of accepting His word as the truth, and the way to freedom.

Of course they’d been slaves for hundreds of years in Egypt, and were at the moment under Roman rule. They may not have worn physical shackles, but they were captives enslaved beneath Roman rule. So to say that to Jesus was an exercise in extreme denial.

How often do we do that when Jesus offers us a way out of our captivity to alcohol, drugs, abuse, porn, adultery, poverty, violence, unbelief or the many other untruths that we’d rather hang our hats upon instead of relying on faith in Christ?

Patiently, and with mercy and grace, Jesus didn’t respond with “Who you calling a fool head fool, fool?” He lovingly continued to explain that freedom comes from knowing the Son who indeed sets them free.

Much Love/Respect,
Scott

 

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

John 8:31-38

I’m Sorry, Does My Worship Bother You?

Incredible night of worship at Gateway’s Men’s Summit 2018

Slow Your Roll

Visiting a church while out of town many years ago, I was told to “Slow your roll,” during worship. It seemed they didn’t “like” when people raised their hands in praise.

Only the Holy Spirit fled from that place quicker than I did.

I’m in 2 Samuel this week and was reminded of that event while studying the 6th chapter. It details the newly crowned king of Israel, David’s response to criticism of his “roll.”

David may not have been perfect, but his heart for God sure was. Don’t allow others to define your worship, or your relationship with God. He created us to know us in a very unique and special way.

Roll on King David –

“…So I danced Before God, and will dishonor myself even more than this, and will be low in my own eyes.”

2 Samuel 6:21-22

 

Much Love/Much Respect,
Scott

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The Warrior’s Marriage: Our 4 Deepest Needs

The Warrior’s Marriage: Our 4 Deepest Needs

1. Acceptance

“I am loved and accepted for who I am.” (Romans 8:35-39)
• Most people love us based on what they don’t know. God is the only one who
knows your every thought and will always love you no matter what.

2. Identity –

“I am special, unique and significant.” (Psalm 13)
• God planned every day of your life before you were born. He is the only one who
knows why you were created.

3. Security –

“I am safe and secure from harm.” (Psalm 9)
• When you understand God’s security it doesn’t matter what is going on around
you, because God’s security is in you.

4. Purpose –

“I have a significant purpose and there is a reason for my
life.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
• God’s purpose for your life will fulfill the desires of your heart. He won’t lead
you to do something that He hasn’t prepared you to do.

Join me each Monday night at Brick Breakers Men’s Ministry for The Warrior’s Marriage – 7:00pm (CST).

Much Love/Much Respect,

Scott  

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