Even though America has come a long way in terms of race relations—far more than many other countries of the world—stereotypes do still exist. Perhaps there are some people you’d rather not have as neighbors. Certain nationalities draw your suspicions. They have customs and habits that feel—(to use a fitting word)—”foreign” to you.
But while home and family and patriotism are each good things, we must always be careful about letting natural mind-sets overrule biblical ones. Just because a bigoted attitude of yours is embraced and encouraged by your friends doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you to have. When you have an automatic, negative reflex that lights up whenever you see a person of another race or national origin, you’re assuming a superiority that isn’t really there.
And you’re forgetting that one reason why heaven is so heavenly is because it’s the biggest melting pot of all.
“After this I looked,” the apostle John said, “and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9). This preview of heaven’s population simply cannot be allowed to land on our ears and not logically affect the way we treat people whose heritage and skin color are different from ours. Jesus Christ can rule in anyone’s heart. Let’s make sure he’s ruling in ours.
Friday Night Dinner Ride 9-8-17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana at 6pm. At 6:30 we’ll take a nice ride to a great little joint! Come join the fun,food, and fellowship!
You’re precious in His sight!,
How would you like to be guaranteed true prosperity as a result of your investments? Well, that is exactly what God does for His people. To those who follow His plan for success, He guarantees ultimate prosperity.
God says that the person who lives according to His Word rather than according to the world’s wisdom, will be like “a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3).
Now, that’s a straight forward guarantee. In all that he does, he prospers. The word prosper in the Hebrew text literally means “to push forward; to pass through; to get on.” It carries the idea of thriving and succeeding in what you do.
Well, we need to understand what God means by this word. You see, you have to know His way of thinking to truly comprehend His promise of prosperity. For instance, God is obviously more interested in spiritual and eternal things than He is in physical and temporal things. It’s not that He is unconcerned about our physical and financial well-being. But that’s not where the guarantee is.
The blessed person of Psalm 1 is assured of a much higher level of prosperity – things that money cannot buy. Just imagine having unending joy and peace in the midst of an anxious and agonizing world. Or, cast your eyes on the incredible riches of heavenly glory as Moses did when he considered the treasures of Egypt to be less than nothing (Hebrews 11:26). Having less here, and everything there, is a far better deal than everything here and less there. Now don’t get me wrong. I never said we should be poor! In fact, His plan is just the opposite!
Just think about it. It’s a no-brainer. In our economically declining society we have the opportunity to refocus upon genuine value as we invest in a guaranteed prosperity.
So here’s the deal. If we set our hearts on the Lord and the truthfulness of His Word instead of walking in the counsel of ungodly people and standing in the way of sinners and sitting in the seat of scornful antagonists (Psalm 1:1-2) – we will be like a healthy tree amidst an otherwise desolate forest (v. 3). And here’s the clincher: Whatever we do will prosper with ultimate value – value that will never deflate.
Now, that’s an investment worth making!
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 9/1/17 Meet at 6pm at Kohl’s, 98th & Indiana. At 6:30 Road Captain Tommy Hayes will lead us to a great restaurant. Don’t miss out! Great God, great Friends, great weather, and great ride… Who could ask for anything more?
Live long and prosper!
He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD. Psalm 112:7
One of the blessings of living in daily fellowship with God is developing a settled heart. You realize your salvation is accomplished and complete. You recognize how many things are beyond your control. And you begin to understand that trusting Him is a lot more effective than fretting and losing sleep. He takes care of you either way. So why waste the nervous energy?
Inner peace is not a formula. It’s not treating God like a good-luck charm. It’s about spending time reading His Word, praying when you could be listening to sports radio, talking to Him instead of talking to yourself. It’s relationship, not ritual. Try it consistently for a month, and you’ll look back a few weeks from now amazed at the amount of perspective and security He’s given you. You’ll be more like a man who has “no fear of bad news,” whose “heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord”.
Friday Night Dinner Ride 8/25/17 Once again we are in a very unpredictable weather forecast for this evening. Let’s meet at Furr’s Family Dinning, 60th & Slide Rd. at 6:30. Hope to see you there!
AN AMAZING FACT: The world hosts about 1,400 species of scorpions, with about 40 kinds occurring in the United States. Scorpions, like spiders, have eight legs and belong to the arachnid family. They feed on insects they catch with their two lobster-like claws and kill with a venomous stinger at the end of their segmented, abdominal tail. In most species, the sting is merely painful to humans and not fatal, although the sting of one species found in the states has proved fatal to young children.
But scorpions have been known to kill and devour their own species, as well as demonstrate vengeful behavior. One experimenter placed a hundred of these arachnids in a large glass vessel, and after a few days only 14 remained. The rest had been killed and eaten by the others. He then put a pregnant female in a glass vessel and observed her as she devoured her young as fast as they were born. One managed to escape, taking refuge on the mother’s back, and found revenge by killing the mother scorpion in turn.
The scorpion’s behavior reminds us of the story of Gideon’s army surrounding the Midianites at night. God called Gideon to be a judge and leader of Israel. When gathering to attack the Midianites, the Lord told Gideon there were too many to face in combat. Eventually, Gideon ended up with only 300 men—who were not even given swords, but a trumpet and a torch! In the middle of the night they surrounded the camp, blew their trumpets, and uncovered their torches. The Bible then says, “And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp” (Judges 7:21, 22). Evidently, many Midianites died at the hands of their fellow soldiers.
Satan and his host are enemies to God’s people. We can stand against them with the sword of the Lord (our Bibles) and know that God will protect us. Someday these enemies will turn on themselves and be destroyed forever.
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 8/11/2017 We will meet at the Kohl’s parking lot at 98th & Indiana Ave. at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead us on a great ride for food, fun, and fellowship. Don’t miss out.
In Isaiah 61, we see the garment of praise contrasted with a “spirit of despair.” In the Old Testament, when people felt utter despair, they would rip the fabric of their garments to outwardly show their deep sorrow. Torn clothing was a sign of a broken spirit. When Jacob believed that his son Joseph was dead, “Jacob tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days” (Genesis 37:34). Likewise, when David heard a report that his sons had been killed, “The king stood up, tore his clothes and lay down on the ground; and all his attendants stood by with their clothes torn” (2 Samuel 13:31).
Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity.
Though this world still has trouble, we can throw away our torn and wretched garments of sorrow and replace them with God’s beautiful garment of praise. When we lift our eyes toward heaven and praise the name of Jesus, He can remove the cloud of discouragement. He can fill us with unspeakable joy. He can change our desires, attitudes, relationships, and perceptions. The garment of praise is the most important piece of clothing that we will ever wear. When we begin wearing our praise garments regularly, we find it easier to shrug off the garments of discouragement, temptation, and hopelessness.
Unlike our earthly garments, the garment of praise lasts for eternity. Our earthly garments show wear and stains; they are vulnerable to moths; they can be stolen by thieves. Our praise garments are permanent and eternal. Jesus warned us, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Friday Night Dinner Ride 8/4/17 We will meet at 6pm at the Kohl’s parking lot. At 6:30 we will go kickstands up as Road Captain Howard McCann leads us on a great ride. Don’t miss out on this time.
Put on your Praise garment!
“Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.”
The secret of our survival is fixing our eyes on Jesus and making Him alone our focus. Then our walk with God and our commitment to serve Him will no longer depend on whether or not people treat us right or circumstances are in our favor. We will no longer rely on our emotions to support us or on our successes to keep us going. Jesus alone will become our goal and motivation—our prize—and we will live for Him, run our race for Him and cross the finish line for Him.
My dear friend, unless you learn to fix your eyes on Jesus alone, you will have no stability in your walk with God or in your service to Him.
Jesus Himself said, “Follow Me.”
Therefore, meditate on Him, consider Him and think about Him so that you may not grow weary in your heart. The answer to enduring until the end is not self-effort or a rational attempt to figure out the answers, but to stop and look into His eyes.
If we do this, we will experience what this song says: “When I look into Your holiness / When I gaze into Your loveliness / When all things that surround become shadows in the light of You / . . . I worship You.” After all his struggles, Job found the answer he was searching for when he fell on his face and worshiped the Lord.
Today let us decide to fix our eyes on Jesus throughout the race set before us.
Friday Night Dinner Ride 7/28/17 We will meet at Kohl’s parking lot, 98th & Indiana at 6pm. At 6;30 we will ride to a great little diner for great food, fun, and fellowship! Don’t miss out on it!
Keep your goggles clean and your eyes on Jesus!