Monthly Archives: November 2015

MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCES

Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here” (Mark 9:2-5).

Have you ever had a mountaintop experience? If you have, you know they are wonderful. They were wonderful for the disciples. Jesus took Peter, James, and John to the top of a mountain for their experience.
While they were there, Jesus was transfigured before them, and they saw many strange and wonderful things. Their hearts were filled with joy and happiness at what they saw. At the end of the experience, they saw only Jesus, and he led them down from the mountaintop.

Mountaintop experiences are wonderful for us. They are uplifting and refreshing. Years ago, I had such an experience. A friend and I went to a revival in another county. When we walked in the door, we knew something was different. The power of the Spirit was everywhere. People were singing an invitational hymn, tears of joy were flowing freely, and people were walking the aisles for Jesus. The preacher spoke only once. He said he didn’t need to preach, and he was right. They must have sung twenty verses or more, and each time they did, people responded. My friend and I were deeply moved by the service. I tried to hide the tears of joy trickling down my face, but I couldn’t. We left the church blessed, refreshed, and thankful we had come.

You and I as Christians occasionally have mountaintop experiences. But we don’t live on top of the mountain. We weren’t meant to. Jesus came from the glories of heaven to a needy world in order to do the will of his Father. In the same way, you and I are called to go into the word and do God’s work. It is in the flat places and the valleys we live, and serve, and our lights shine brightest.

Dr. Robert Wilkerson is a minister, and Christian writer. drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net

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SIX THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

“I’m thankful for my glasses!” the little boy said when it came his time to share with the class. “Why?” the teacher asked. “Well, they keep the boys from hitting me, and the girls from kissing me!” he answered.

We may not have new glasses to be thankful for, but all of us have something. As Americans, we can be thankful:

1. We live in America. We are a land of freedom and opportunity. That’s why millions in other countries want to come here. As a nation, we have faults, but we are still the greatest nation on earth.

2. We have many freedoms. We can come and go as we please. We can live our lives as we please. We can become anything we dream, and are willing to work for. We are free to express our opinions. We are free to criticize our leaders. We can do and say things in America that in other countries could get us arrested, thrown in jail, shot, or beheaded.

3. We live in a democracy. Our Constitution and Bill of Rights state that “our government is to be of the people, by the people, and for the people” (all the people). When the people we elect who are supposed to represent us, and work for our best interests don’t, we can throw them out. All it takes is a large voter turn-out.

4. We have freedom of religion. We are free to be religious in any form we choose (Protestants, Catholics, Pentecostals, Jewish, Muslim, etc.). That also means we have the freedom not to be religious (atheist). It’s our choice.

5. We have homes. Most of us have a roof over our heads and food on our tables. We have people we love and who love us. We have moms and dads, husbands and wives, children and grandchildren, and friends. That’s a lot.

6. We have spiritual blessings. As Christians, we have a God who loves us, a Savior who died for us, and the Holy Spirit who guides and comforts us.
Think about these things. Don’t we have many reasons to be thankful?

Robert Wilkerson, D.Min is a Christian author who writes books, devotionals, and editorials. Contact him at drbobwilkerson@bellsouth.net.