Monthly Archives: March 2014

LOST AMERICA: WHAT CARING AMERICANS NEED TO KNOW

front coverMajor changes have taken place in America in the last quarter of a century. We have lost many of the qualities which once made us great and admired. America is on the road to disaster. Unfortunately, many Americans do not see what has been lost or have the vaguest idea of how to fix it. This book clearly shows what has been lost, how it was lost, and what can be done to repair it. It is a must read for all caring Americans.

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WHERE IS YOUR SECURITY?

                                                                  Joshua 1:5

“Where is your security?” asked the Sunday morning discussion leader. There was a brief silence, and then some of the people began to share their beliefs. Their answers were as different as they were. “My family and I were very poor when I was a child,” one woman said. “My security is in getting a check regularly and having a little money in the bank.” “Having enough food and shelter to keep me out of a homeless shelter,” said one. “For me, it’s in having friends and a community,” said an older woman. “For me, it’s being strong and in good health,” said a middle-aged man.

We all need to be sure that what we trust for security will not fail us. There is no security in money. It can be lost. It can be taken from us, and we certainly can’t take it with us when we die.

While loving relatives, friends, and communities are wonderful while they exist, they are constantly changing. People change, communities change, and dear relatives and friends die, leaving us alone.

If we have good health and strength, we need to use them and enjoy them. Good health and strength can be lost in a day. If we live long enough, we will lose both and die. That is the way with us human beings.

However, there is one source of real security for all of us. That source is a person, not a thing. Jesus has promised to be with us in the good times and bad, in poverty and wealth, in sickness or health, even in death and dying. Once we put our faith and trust in him, he promises he will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:5).

The hymn writer (Edward Monte, 1797-1871) expressed it well when he wrote:
                                             “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
                                             All other ground is sinking sand,
                                             All other ground is sinking sand.”

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com

 

 

DOING WHAT WE CAN

Mark 14:1-9

Jesus was at the home of Simon the leper. During supper, a woman came in with a beautiful flask of expensive perfume. Then she broke the seal and poured it over his head.

“That’s wasteful,” some of them said. “She shouldn’t have done that,” others joined in. “Why that expensive perfume could have been sold for a fortune and the money given to the poor,” they snarled. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why criticize her for doing a good thing? You always have the poor among you, and they badly need your help, and you can help them whenever you want to; but I won’t be here much longer. She has done what she could, and has anointed my body ahead of time for burial.”

The woman in this story is an example for all of us. Jesus paid her a great compliment when he said, “She has done what she could.” We need to ask ourselves if we are doing what we can?

Unfortunately, some of us have inferiority complexes that make us think to ourselves, “I can’t do anything. I can’t teach, preach, witness, or sing.” As a young boy in a church, I sat behind an older man who couldn’t carry a tune, but he didn’t let that stop him. He sang unto the Lord. He made a joyful noise. His singing was a blessing to me and to all who heard him. Can’t sing? Then make a joyful noise.
Some of us don’t give as we should. We think we’re not rich, my little bit won’t make a difference. The woman that Jesus praised wasn’t rich either. The perfume she poured over Jesus’s head was the most valuable thing she owned. True love is like that. It doesn’t count the cost—it is extravagant. She gave what she could. She gave it willingly, and gave it when needed most. What she did was one of the last acts of kindness done for Jesus before his crucifixion, and it was a great blessing to him.
The message here is let’s not think about what we can’t do—let’s do what we can.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, writer, and founder of People for the Christian Way, an organization whose mission is to encourage all people to practice Christian principles in business, politics, and every area of life. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net, http://www.peopleforthechristianway.com