Words We Can Build On

Shopping, shopping and shopping. Most have already started doing some shopping and if you have not started yet you will be among the many more that plan on doing it quite a bit over the next few weeks. Electronics, clothes, toys, toys and toys are the targets of most.

“Toys” have come a long way since I was kid and even further for those of you that are only a few years older than me. Toys used to require some imagination from kids but now they come ready to talk, move, act, react, light up, fly off and even learn from its interactions. But in all the technological advances that toys have made one toy that is rather “low-tech” but “big-thinking” has managed to hang in there. It’s Legos. These building blocks have caused kids to think while having fun for over fifty years now and it’s from these little toys that I want us to learn an important spiritual lesson from.

The most amazing thing about the Lego brand building blocks to me is that the blocks that were created back in the 1950’s still fit the blocks that roll off the line today! It’s because they use the same pattern to create the blocks today as they did over five decades ago. Isn’t that a novel idea – use the same pattern and you get the same result every time and it just naturally fits no matter how old it becomes. Is this some kind of new principle? Not in the least. It’s a principle used by God for millenniums. He has given us the spiritual pattern and the spiritual words to build our spiritual lives on and it will fit if we follow it. (more…)

Who Started the “Common Era”?

Parts of the western culture have become so desperate to rid the world of the name of Jesus Christ that many of the “intellectuals” now substitute the abbreviation B.C. (Before Christ) with B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and A.D. (Anno Domini which means “In the year of our Lord”) with C.E. (Common Era) when referring to time lined events of history.

Nice try people, but it really does nothing other than pacify for a moment.

Why’s that? Because what answer will you have to give the person who asks, “Why is there a split in the timeline to begin with?” Who will you have to talk about to explain that?

You cannot get around or away from Him. So why not come to Him? (Matthew 11:28-30)

We live in a great time because it is His time and there is no timeline where Jesus the Christ is not the beginning, the middle and the end.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

Giving the Right of Way

In discussing the Christian’s freedom from sin through faith in Jesus, Paul deals with the Christian’s proper mindset toward sin after being raised to newness of life through the watery grave of baptism. He says in Romans 6:11-13, “Like wise reckon [consider] ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members [body] as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.”

I really appreciate the King James’ translation when it uses the word “yield” in verse 13. The idea being brought out is the mindset that rejects the rule of sin (hence the old right of way we gave to sin in our body) in comparison to the mindset that now willingly submits to the rule of righteousness (hence the new right of way we give to God with our body). This idea can easily be understood when we think about the rules of the road. When a person drives up to an intersection that contains the important, yet often ignored, upside-down triangle-shaped YIELD road sign the proper mindset knows what to do. A failure to give the right of way can result in an at fault wreck. Paul is reminding us that with the new way of life comes a new right of way and the time for yielding to sin is over (Romans 6:22-23).

So the next time you come to a yield sign ask yourself who gets more of the right of way in our life – that oncoming vehicle or the oncoming God? (Romans 14:11-12)