"...and I will dwell in the House of the LORD forever!"

Monday, July 16, 2012

Refurbished

An abnormal amount of garage sales cover the streets of Kerrville; at least more than any other place I’ve lived. It’s become a weekend hobby for the Hawks to hit the streets looking for that “sweet deal” with the rest of the garage sale gang. Every now and again, we will find that “diamond in the rough”, or how some have phrased it, “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure”.

Last weekend, we bought an old wooden chest built in the 1800’s. The wood is cracked. The finish is peeling. Without a doubt, it has seen better days. Natalie, who has recently turned into a HGTV fanatic, plans to refurbish the piece into a beautiful toy chest for Hayden’s toys. Better her than me!

As God’s personal creation and beloved children, that’s exactly what God does for us. He takes our deficiencies, scars, and bruises from life, and through His grace and mercy, refurbishes our well being. It was the Apostle Paul who wrote, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)

When you feel like that old, worn piece of furniture wasting away in that hot, dusty garage, take heart. Almighty God is ready to refurbish your life—if you let Him.



Monday, July 9, 2012

A "Volvo" Faith?

Have you heard about Irvin Gordon? He’s the proud owner of a 1966 Volvo P1800s. This coupe of antiquity has not one, not two, but nearly three MILLION miles clocked on the odometer. The warranty expired 43 years and 2,950,000 miles ago.


Gordon bought the car brand new in 1966 for $4,150. With hesitancy, he decided to splurge and purchase the $10 upgrade for AM/FM Radio. I’d say Gordon got his money’s worth out of Volvo. Companies like Toyota, Nissan, and Honda brag about their cars lasting 250,000 miles, but 3,000,000 miles? Come on! I guess “they just don’t make them like they used to”, do they?

Do you have a “Volvo” type of Faith? Paul describes this same, spiritual longevity when he writes, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14)

It doesn’t matter if your journey last 3,000,000 miles or 3,000,000 minutes, the prize is waiting. Press On.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Refreshment for the Soul

This past week, my travels took me to Red River Family Encampment in Red River, New Mexico. It was my first time to attend the encampment and it was such a blessing. The scenery was beautiful. The cool temperatures were delightful. But, nothing compared to the refreshment of my soul.

The singing last week was some of the best I’ve ever heard (when thousands of people sing at the top of their lungs, you can’t help but be covered in goose bumps). I heard fantastic speakers open the Word and impart God’s will. I made new friends, and re-united with old ones. For one week, Christians took over the small town of Red River.

Red River Family Encampment, Lectureships, and Seminars are great. They give us that extra “push” for Kingdom work and our journey of faith. But, we need that same strength every week, and God has afforded us the opportunity. We can assemble, hear the word proclaimed, sing praises, partake of the Lord’s Supper, enjoy fellowship, and many more blessings that come with the Lord’s church. Are you benefiting from the opportunity? If you aren’t, you may not realize it, but your soul is starving.

If you’ve made church into a “hobby” or a monthly “get away”, I beg you to reconsider. You need the church. The church needs you. And together, our souls will be refreshed.

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the House of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1)