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Use it or Lose it

I had minor surgery about a month ago to remove the roots of a squamous cell from my leg.  The surgery was performed with local anesthesia and only lasted about 10-15 minutes. I was told to limit my activity and keep my leg elevated for about two weeks until the sutures had dissolved and the wound had begun to heal.  However, at the end of two weeks the wound was still oozing and there was a good bit of swelling.  Long story short, I limited my activity for almost a month as the wound gradually healed.
Today I went for a walk for the first time in a month.  My walk only consisted of about 1750 steps.  I noticed a tightening of the muscles in my lower back and fatigue beginning to set in. That short time of relative inactivity resulted in a weakening of my muscles and a depletion of my energy beyond anything I could imagine.  It occurs to me that many people have let their "prayer muscles" atrophy through the lack of use.  Some only pray when there is a dire situation or emer…

You've Gotta Tell Somebody

The lie that has held back evangelism in America is that no one wants to hear the gospel.  The reality is that everyone relishes "good news" which is what the gospel is.  The problem is that we think that the gospel in confrontational and accusatory.  For some reason we think that sharing the gospel is done by first and foremost convincing people that they are bad to the bone and then explaining a way to change that.  Here are some pointers that will help those who truly want to share the good news.

1.  No one can come to Christ without God the Father drawing them.  That means that our first step is always to pray for God to do what only He can do in the lives of those with whom we want to share the good news.  Also ask God to lead you to those whom He is drawing to Jesus.(John 6:44)2.  You are not the Holy Spirit.  It is His job to convict people of sin and convince them of judgment.  (John 16:8)3.  Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will naturally praise and glorify …

We Are in this Together

Dr. E.V. Hill, long time pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in So. Central Los Angeles was also involved in local politics.  He mentioned once that if he were running for office, he would only need one block captain in each square block in order to carry the election.  Then he said that in So. Central L. A. which took in about 20 square blocks there were over 200 churches and yet they were not reaching the people for Christ.  Gangs and drugs were rampant.  I've thought of his words often as I pass church after church in our small town.  Every Sunday as I'm on my way to church I pass people out walking or riding their bike or hooking up their boat to head for the lake,  It occurs to me that if every church in Lake Placid were filled to capacity on Sunday there would still be 100's of un-churched people in our area. 
Part of the problem is that each church operates as if they are on an island all alone in trying to reach people for Christ.  Most of the membersh…

Thoughts on Revival

Our church has just completed 5 services designed to set an atmosphere for revival.  That may sound a little strange, but hear me out.  In the first place Revival is different from an series of Evangelistic services.  Revival is by definition dealing with those who are already believers.  Their Christian Walk has become hum-drum and there is little or no vitality, excitement or joy.  Revival is the process by which God energizes and revitalizes their life.
In order to seek to produce an atmosphere for revival, our meetings involved music and testimony.  Results of the series of meetings hopefully will be increasingly evident in the days ahead.  True revival will result in a quality of life among believers that will attract the attention of non-believers and create in them the desire to know what makes the difference.
There should be a greater hunger for God's Word and a greater desire to communicate with God through prayer.  There should also be a greater sense of being "on mi…

It All Begins at Home

In the aftermath of the horrendous shooting at a high school in Florida I’m seeing all sorts of knee-jerk reactions on the internet.  Some are calling for more stringent gun control laws while others are laying the blame on no prayer or Bible reading in the schools.  I’d like to raise another issue.  If we had fathers in the homes where children are raised, and if these fathers saw that the Bible was read and prayers were said in the home I believe that we would see much less violence in schools and in the work place.  Having been a Youth Pastor for 38 of my 59 years in ministry, I can tell you that when families are led by a father who is the spiritual leader the kids are more secure and less apt to act out.  Now admittedly there are some who break the mold, but largely the children of Godly parents follow the lead of their parents.  When a man treats his wife with honor and respect in front of his sons, they are far less likely to wind up on the bad end of the “me too” movement.  …

Happy New Year

I know that this is the time of year that many will be making "resolutions" that they will break by the first of February.  Not being cruel, just being honest.  Rather than making resolutions this year, I am making plans.  First on my "plan" list is to read through the book of Leviticus during my morning devotions.  That may sound like a strange book to use for devotions, but I'm reminded that Paul said in 2 Tim. 3:16-17 "All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  Let me hasten to say, that is not all I'm reading, but it is an addition to my on-going devotions.  Also I'm going back to a plan I have used before by dividing my devotions into two parts using the Hebrew idea that a day begins in the evening. (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13. etc.)  That way my day is "bookended" by time spent with God…