The Power of Unity

Given October 31, 2015 Cereal box

Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”  (Matthew 18:19).

Two of you.  What if there were five of us, fifty, or a congregation of 200+?  Could we see changes in our town, county or region with that many agreeing together?  What if every Christian in Wise County agreed together for a need?  What if we would forget about our minor doctrinal differences, join hands and lift up a powerful, faith-filled prayer to God?  Would it make a difference?  What if…every Christian in Southwest Virginia did the same?  What about all of Virginia, the Eastern United States or THE WHOLE COUNTRY!  Could that make a difference?

I heard a preacher say one time that if enough Christians would stand together, voice their demands and not waver that we could have scriptures on cereal boxes in a few months.  Seventy percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians.  So where are these Christians?    They’re sitting in the pews on Sunday, not reading their Bibles or praying regularly.  They’re talking the talk on Sundays but not walking the walk the rest of the week.  We are a gigantic potentially powerful group of “believers” who are being hearers of the Word but not doers, (see James 1:22).  And the forces of evil are running rampant, without resistance, over our country.  Are we going to wake up before it’s too late?

In Genesis 11 we read that because the people had, “one language and a common speech“, they were building a tower to Heaven, “so that we may make a name for OURSELVES“.  They were united in purpose for the wrong reasons and God noticed and said, “The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.”, (v. 6).  So wouldn’t the same principle work if the people were united for the right reasons?  I think God would notice and bless their efforts.

As we are now in the “political” season, an opportunity is there to make a difference.  Polls show that only about half of Christians are registered to vote and just half of those actually go vote.   American Christians are a potentially powerful block of people who could make a difference if we would all join together, pray and get up and do something.  Ask God today what He wants you to do.

Does It Show?

Given October 16, 2015Does It Show

As we go about our daily lives, people “see” us.  They observe our actions, our speech and our demeanor and sometimes form opinions based on what they have seen.  So, what do you want people to see?

Your relationship with Jesus, does it show?  Can people tell by watching you that you’ve been with Jesus that morning?  Do you spend quiet time with Him?  Does it show?  Your Christianity, your love for others, your knowledge of the Bible, your servant attitude; does it show?   Think of your day, what shows?  When you’re tempted, when something goes wrong…what shows?  When you think no one is looking, when you see someone in need, when you see something that needs to be done…what shows?  When you’re criticized, someone does you wrong, when something’s not fair…what shows?  At work, school, while driving, at the store, at home, AT THE BALLGAME…what do you show?

While you’re at church or around “church people”, do you show a different you?  Think about it.  “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)  People are watching, and even when you think you‘re alone…God is watching!

The Final Countdown

Given October 9, 2015  Countdown

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only….Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:36, 44)

I saw a commercial recently where the 80s rock band Europe was singing the song, “The Final Countdown”.  It made me think of our day and time. Many Bible scholars are saying we are in the last days and the signs of the times seem to back up that assessment.  So, I envisioned this scene in my mind:

God has set the final countdown, the clock is ticking, and Satan and his cohorts see it and Satan says, “Oh no!”  “It’s about to be over and we’re doomed!”  “Go out and drag as many as you can down with us before our time runs out.”  “Look for those who are weak, lukewarm, and afraid.”  “Remind them of their past and convince them there’s no hope.”  “Don’t bother with those sinners though, they’re already with us.”   “But now be careful, don’t waste your time with those who have on this Armour of God stuff, they’re strong and are aware of their power and we can’t mess with them.”  “Ok, guys, go out and get ‘em!”


The final countdown.  It may be ticking away for you, we don’t really know.  But we do know how to be ready when it hits zero.  If you’re a sinner or one of those weak, lukewarm people, you can decide to put on the Armour today.  The devil is out to get you and take you down to Hell with him.  Don’t let him!  Stand up, come forward and get your armour.

One Day


One day soon, people will be going about their business as usual; work, school, sports, home, shopping, gardening, whatever is on their schedule at the time.  Then suddenly, no matter where anyone is, they will hear a loud shout from above and while they are looking up to the sky, they will hear a loud trumpet sound.  And as they cast their gaze skyward, they will all see the appearance of a figure in the clouds.  It will be Jesus.

Then a strange thing begins to happen.  People, Christians, who had previously died, suddenly begin coming up out of the cemeteries and float up toward Jesus.  As the last of those who had died in Christ rises to meet Jesus in the air, those Christians who were standing there watching this scene began to rise up as well!  They all rise up to join this victorious gathering in the clouds.  There are smiles on all their faces.  (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17).

Back on the ground among those who remained, there materializes a strange, cold numbness which sweeps over them.  Those atheists, skeptics, know-it-alls, those who had been deceived by Satan begin to realize what had just happened and are saying, “Oh no, it was true!”  And in their minds they will hear, “Yes, you had your chance and you rejected it.”  They are left behind!  They look up and see their Christian friends, family and others there with Jesus and an overwhelming fear captivates them as they realize it’s too late!  And…what about their little children?

If you’re not sure where you will be on that day, don’t listen to Satan, don’t blow it.  Say YES to Jesus today!

Picture This – Let’s Go!

Given September 22, 2015

I want you to imagine this scene in your mind.Draw Near

A person is in a big room.  They are burdened down with lots of “stuff”, they are worried, and they are depressed with their situation.  Now, look over to the other side of the room.  You see Jesus standing there with a host of angels who have “resources”.  Jesus and His entourage are watching the person.  An angel says, “Let’s go help them.”  Jesus replies, “Wait, they’re thinking of how they can handle their own problems by themselves.”

Then Jesus speaks in a small, still whisper toward the person, “Draw near to Me and I’ll draw near to you.” (James 4:8).  The person hears it and looks up then turns their head to see Jesus and His angels.  It’s decision time; do they continue trying to do things on their own or do they allow Jesus to take over?

Jesus tells His group, “Watch and let’s see what they decide.”  The person looks at Jesus, and with a smile of relief coming across their face, they turn and take a step toward Jesus.  Jesus says, “That’s it guys, let’s go!”  And Jesus, His angels and all their resources move toward the person, surround them and begin meeting their needs.

Could you be that person this morning?  Listen to that small, still voice urging you to “draw near”.  Stop trying to handle it yourself.  Jesus has the answers and He is very willing to help you.  He loves you!  Take that first step today.