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Might Cannot Make Right

Might cannot make right.

In light of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida, it seems that one central issue is being missed. The media – and people on both sides of the political spectrum – are making this a state issue when it is first a domestic issue. Of course, legal measures can be taken to combat such tragedies, and if laws are broken, then the state must get involved. However, President Trump is not the first line of defense on this issue – nor is the military or the police department. The front line in dealing with this issue – and those with the most power to change things – are PARENTS.

Parents, your children are not in charge. They do not know what is best – which is one reason they have parents. Recognize your responsibility to provide for, lead and protect your children from others as well as your responsibility to protect others from your children.

Take steps TODAY to try to prevent such disasters. Sit down today and read your children’s social media posts and messages. Look in their closets and under their beds. If you find something disturbing, deal with it NOW. If my mom had ANY idea I was going to do something like this (and trust me…she would have known because she loved me and got in my business) it would have only happened over her dead body. If you have young children, be involved like this early. If you already have teenagers, get involved now. Love your children…be nosy…sit down and talk to them…know what is going on in their life.

Ultimately, those with the most power and responsibility to stop this are parents and not government officials. I do not mean to say I have it all figured out, and parental responsibility is not the only answer. But it is an important and immediate response to the crisis we have in this country.

Mr. President, do not try to “help” by continuing to take rights from parents. The government does not know what is best for children, so it should stop trying to brainwash them and push its agenda on them.

At the end of the day, the root issue is sin. We are sinners in need of salvation. This world wasn’t meant to have school shootings. These things scream for answers. The ultimate answer is Jesus Christ. He has a new Kingdom that will not have school shootings. You might ask why doesn’t He stop them now? He will. Right now your response needs to be repentance and faith in Jesus.

The world turned their back on God and God loved the world by sending His Son into this world to save it. If you will believe He will save you NOW. Come to Jesus. He is your only hope.

Jesus will make it right!


Dear Small Church Pastor

I often listen to sermons by other pastors and benefit greatly from them. My soul is stirred and my mind challenged. I thank the Lord for the good gifts of these pastors to preach the word clearly and powerfully. 

However, sometimes the clarity causes me frustration. Some that I listen to are so good at word-smithing, their phrases are precise and memorable that it causes me to get down that I’m not as clear as I would like to be. 

Yet, many who I listen to are in a setting that allows them lots of time to prepare…and rightly so. They should be given to the word and prayer. With that said, not all situations are the same, hence the title. 

Furthermore, some of these pastors have researchers and assistants to aid them in their preparation. And it is this group that I probably listen to most. 

I have to remind myself that this is not my situation and that God can use the sermon prepared as he so chooses. But I have a suggestion to make for the pastor who feels frustrated like me. If you are married and have a family you do have researchers and aids. 

Every week I talk through the text with my wife and kids. Their questions and observations are so helpful. Just minutes ago my wife stopped where I was preparing to ask a question about the text. I’ve tried to create a culture of conversation about the Bible in our home for everyone’s benefit. 

Dear small church pastor, be content with your situation and use the means God has given you. Prepare in the strength that he provides and know that his grace is sufficient. Blessings my friend! Press on! He is worthy. To God alone be the glory! 

God Made His Light to Shine Upon Us

The LORD is God, and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords, up to the horns of the altar! – Psalm 118:27


For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6


But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. – 2 Corinthians 4:7


And David spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. – 2 Samuel 22:1

And as soon as it was morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council. And they bound Jesus and led him away and delivered him over to Pilate. – Mark 15:1

The only reason ANYONE is delivered from the hands of enemies as in the example of King David in the above text is because King Jesus was delivered into the hands of enemies.

Glory in the Details

Just a simple observation but one worth noting in Genesis 28 is how Jacob came to a certain place instead of any particular place. The focus of this passage is rightly on God passing on the Abrahamic Covenant to Jacob but this dream was to happen in a certain place. The text reads…

10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran.

11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. – Genesis 28:10-11

Jacob left Beersheba and stopped at the certain place ‘because the sun had set.’ There’s no need to try and figure out how he came to this certain place with time of departure and speed of travel. Rather with even more precise details than we know Jacob stopped at the very spot on the planet that God intended.

Glory in the details of God’s word. Be amazed that He directs our path. And be certain that He knows what He is doing. To God alone be glory forever and ever!

Discipleship Works

Did discipleship work? The short answer is yes. The following connection will clearly reveal that it did. Does it still work? I’m afraid it’s a simple plan that has fallen by the wayside. It obviously does not work if we don’t practice it. Let’s be encouraged by this picture of discipleship working and transferring on to others well after the death and resurrection of Christ.

Jesus teaching his disciples on the mountain:

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. – Matthew 5:11-12

Here we know Jesus was teaching his disciples about true blessedness. The teacher gives the information and the students listen. Will the teaching transfer into practice? The next text shows that it became the practice of Jesus’s disciples but also continued to be taught in discipleship. Look with me in Acts. 

8 And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people.

9 Then some of those who belonged to the synagogue of the Freedmen (as it was called), and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and Asia, rose up and disputed with Stephen.

10 But they could not withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.

11 Then they secretly instigated men who said, “We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and God.”

12 And they stirred up the people and the elders and the scribes, and they came upon him and seized him and brought him before the council,

13 and they set up false witnesses who said, “This man never ceases to speak words against this holy place and the law,

14 for we have heard him say that this Jesus of Nazareth will destroy this place and will change the customs that Moses delivered to us.”

15 And gazing at him, all who sat in the council saw that his face was like the face of an angel. – Acts 6:8-15

Obviously Stephen had all kinds of false accusations leveled at him. What would his response be? Was Stephen taught what true blessedness was? Well it seems clear that he was discipled and it became his practice because Acts 7 reveals his response. 

There the disciple of Christ does not debate whether the accusations are false but rather preaches the gospel. I would assume Stephen expected this and knew very well that they needed to hear. 

This type of response has continued because discipleship has continued. Jesus taught his disciples and his disciples taught more disciples. May we go and makes disciples of all nations! 

The Lure and Shame of Sin

I heard a quote from Russell Moore this week concerning abortion but the quote also aids us all in the temption to sin and its effects afterwards. 

Moore stated, “The woman walking into the abortion clinic hears the whisper ‘It’s just tissue’ but on her way out she hears ‘That was a real baby.'” 

This is a clear picture of how the enemy works temptation and shame. His whole purpose is to destroy. Just know that God’s mercy and grace are bigger than our failings. 

And remember before caving into sin that there are lies on both sides. Test every thought and whisper with the Word of God. The hissing serpent still lingers but his days are numbered. 

The Lord is Merciful Even When We Hesitate

No comment is really necessary. I just want to point out the awesome mercy of the Lord even when Lot and his family hesitate.

15 As morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be swept away in the punishment of the city.”

16 But he lingered. So the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the LORD being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. – Genesis 19:15-16

The Source of Boldness and Confidence

I don’t mean to encourage you to have confidence in just anything but rather the certainty that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners by dying on a cross at the hands of sinful men and being raised from the dead. As I read Acts 4 this morning, I noticed the simplest of sources for confidence in the gospel. 

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. – Acts 4:13

As you probably know, Peter and John were arrested for healing a man who had been lame for forty years! The authorities wanted to know by what power they performed this miracle. Peter answered their question but it was his demeanor that concerned the leaders. 

Peter’s desposition was bold and confident. In other words, it was clear that he believed what he proclaimed. That means it’s possible to lack confidence in the gospel truth we believe. How do we get that bold desposition? 

The simple answer is: they had been with Jesus. You might say, “Well, of course, they really were WITH him!” While that’s true we can be with him as well. We can be with Jesus by reading the Scriptures. But that’s not all. God has sent the Holy Spirit. Those two sources are sufficient to give you confidence in the gospel. 

One way that will aid you in being with Jesus is by using a bible reading plan. It’s only seven days into the new year. You can get started now! My favorite is by the Navigators. Let me encourage you that the purpose of reading is to be with Jesus which will produce a bold confidence in him. Make that your purpose instead of checking every box. Follow the link below, use your favorite or ask someone for a recommendation.

Enemies Will Increase

I remember Psalm 3 being a real source of encouragement to me in the beginning of this amazing journey with the Lord. The sense of his sheer sovereignty began to firm up under me. Though my situation was not filled with known enemies like David in Psalm 3, over the years that has changed. As you grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord your enemies will nonetheless increase. Be encouraged that the Lord is a shield about you and the lifter of your head. 

1 O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 

2 many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah 

3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 

4 I cried aloud to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 

5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. 

6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 

7 Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 

8 Salvation belongs to the LORD; your blessing be on your people! Selah – Psalms 3