About two weeks ago I was part of a carpool on a two-hour trip to meet with a group of pastors. When we arrived at the meeting I realized that I had left my phone back in my car. Now I couldn’t check my email, text messages, get phone calls, look at the weather forecast, use my mobile Logos program to look up Greek and Hebrew words, check the Drudge report, or any of the critical things I normally do throughout the day (I have an ipone). A strange feeling overcame me as though I had been dropped from an airplane into a barren wilderness. My heart rate increased. I broke into a cold sweat. I hard trouble breathing. Luckily the following article says that this disease can be treated. I wonder if I could qualify for disability.
OK, OK I’m totally exaggerating! I didn’t really have trouble breathing:). Check out this very short article though.
The article ends assuring us that there is treatment;
According to the website allaboutcounseling.com, nomophobes can be treated by exposure therapy. First a person can start imagining what it would be like to be without a phone. And then maybe spend small amounts of time away from the phone.
But if it’s really bad, you might consider medication.
OK, for today I’m going to start trying to imagine not having my phone for a few minutes.
The following video by Don Carson is an excellent statement about our post-modern world. I like it.
WordPress, who host this blog have put out a challenge to write a blog post every day or every week this year. I’m more the once a month type, but I’d like to post more often. Writing forces me to think, and learn to express myself better. I have a love / hate relationship with writing. I love being at the point where I have written something and it is done; it’s so gratifying. But I hate getting started. Frankly I don’t have that much time.
However, maybe that is just an excuse. Ultimately I’d like my writing to serve the goal of helping fulfill my lifelong purpose of honoring my Savior and leading people to Him. Perhaps one way of accomplishing this would be to blog about the things that are already a part of my ministry: sermons, books, lessons, life situations, etc.
Anyway, WordPress linked to this Nike video. While not particularly excited about the Nike brand or company, this commercial might be applicable to both you and me this year. Enjoy.
I almost never forward the many stories and jokes I receive in my email, but this one, while somewhat trite at first glance, has some weight.
The Bible VS the Cell Phone
Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go….hmm…where is my Bible?
Oh, and one more thing.
Unlike our cell phone, we don’t have to worry about our Bible being
Disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.
Makes you stop and think ‘where are my priorities? And no dropped calls!
“Take away the dross from the silver, and there shall come forth a vessel for the refiner.”
How much dross is in my life that makes me less valuable and unusable for the Master Silversmith? Sadly, an honest evaluation makes me think at times there is more dross than silver. The dross may be anything and everything in my life that isn’t rooted in my focus upon magnifying and serving my Savior.
I am a covetous man, a materialistic man; a man often obsessed with the things of this earth. My house, my car, my hobbies, my entertainment, my possessions, my passions, my pride, and all of the selfish obsessions of my life are dross – impurities which contaminate my life from the purity God desires and intends for me.
Oh, what would God do through this worthless vessel should it ever become free of the dross!
May the words of this song be true of my life.
All I ever want to be is what You want of me, Lord;
I give my life to You.
And all my hopes and dreams and plans I place within Your hands, Lord,
and give my life to You.
2 Corinthians 5:16 “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we henceforth know him no more.”
This verse has been permeating my mind recently. Last week a person who is not a follower of Jesus asked me to go with him to do something in the community. I’ve gone with him once or twice before to run an errand and I’ve made very small comments regarding the gospel. When he asked me again my heart was pierced and the Holy Spirit brought this verse to mind.
I might enjoy doing things with people, like hunting or fishing or shooting, but if my primary goal in the relationships is not to lead them to Christ, then I have acted selfishly and foolishly and not fulfilled my God given purpose.
Sunday I preached on relationships and was convicted by the message. What the Holy Spirit taught me through my study is that there are many kinds of relationships, some good and some bad, but as followers of Jesus Christ our relationships must be biblical relationships. A biblical relationship is defined as one that, in love, models and teaches Christ with the goal of a person knowing Christ (salvation) and then living a Christ-like life.
Paul truly grasped this truth in 2 Cor.5:16. He didn’t build relationships with people outside of his making every effort to lead them to Christ. He saw every person as a soul in need of a Savior and destined to eternity in the lake of fire if they didn’t come to that Savior, Jesus Christ.
Will I go spend time with this person this week? I don’t know, it is a very busy week, but if I do go I have already determined to not “know “ him “after the flesh, but work to make it a biblical relationship and introduce him to my Savior.
A job is your choice;
A ministry is at Christ’s call.
In a job you expect to receive
In a ministry you expect to give.
In a job you give something to get something;
In a ministry you return something
That has already been given to you.
A job depends on your abilities;
A ministry depends on your availability to God.
A job well done brings you praise;
A ministry done well brings honor to God.
by James N. Spurgeon