Posted 12/17/14 at 10:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
The Huey P. Long Bridge crosses the Mississippi River a few miles downriver from here. It was dedicated in 1935, a time when cars were small and narrow and governments needed to put men to work. That’s why they gave New Orleans its first bridge across the river and named it after this politician of dubious merit. (That’s a pet peeve of mine, but I’ll move right along.)
The problem with that bridge for all the decades since is that its two lanes were too narrow and curving for modern cars and trucks. Each lane was 9 feet wide, with no shoulders alongside. Signs forbade trucks from passing anyone, and motorists caught up on their prayers driving across it. It really could be frightening.
Then, in recent years, the government finally decided it was high time to upgrade that bridge, and shelled out something like a billion dollars to widen it and correct some of its flaws. These days, driving across that huge wide expanse is a pure joy. (The lanes are 11 feet wide, bordered by a 2 feet-wide shoulder to the inside and an 8-foot shoulder to the outside.) FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 11:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
The cyclical nature of human events still amazes me. The more things change, the more they remain the same. About 2000 years ago the Roman government gave the religious leaders in Jerusalem a choice between two men; Jesus or Barabbas. The Romans gave the Jews this choice because of a custom of releasing a prisoner every year around Passover to appease the Jews in an effort to keep the peace.
The choice between these two men came about because Jesus’ ministry was upsetting the status quo in this Roman province of Palestine. He was changing people’s hearts and therefore was changing the accepted order of things. No imperialistic power allows this for long. The religious leaders were afraid this intenerate minister was going to shake things up so much that it would cause them to lose their place of social status. Pilate, the Roman governor, was giving the people of God a choice that would determine the philosophical direction they and their nation would go.
Here in Sanford Florida, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy I have challenged both white and black leaders with this very question. “Are we going to follow the way of Barabbas or Jesus?” Will we do things in the strength of our flesh or by the Spirit of God? One way prolongs the division the other resolves it. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 11:19 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Today I want to share with you 7 thoughts that, if we really understood them, could change your marriage and transform the way you see your husband.
We like to think of God as our Father, our Daddy, our Abba. That’s all very true. God is our Father, and He does love us, and care for us, and listen to our prayers, and want the best for us. He is going to bat for us.
But do you realize that God is also our Father-in-law? Gary Thomas asked that question in his book Sacred Marriage, and it really does put a different spin on things, doesn’t it?
God is also your husband’s Father. And that means that He really cares about your husband, and He really loves your husband, and He listens to your husband’s heart cry as well. I imagine that one day, I’m going to stand before God, and He’s going to gently talk to me about Keith. He’ll say, “what did you do to care for my son? How did you love my son?” FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 10:55 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
It has always been difficult for me to spend great lengths of time in prayer, and sometimes it’s been a cause of discouragement. On the other hand, God has graciously taught me about prayer and dependence on Him throughout the day. I often get on my knees for brief periods in my office. I pray as I hear of needs. Nanci and I stop and pray together various times throughout the day. I ask God to help me see prayer as an adventure in which I come into His presence and behold Him, and become so absorbed with Him that I don’t want to do anything else. I’ve had tastes of that, but long for more.
I believe that the more conscious my dependence on Christ, the more I will pray without ceasing and obey Scripture’s command to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18). FULL POST
Posted 12/15/14 at 9:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses….” “For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:16,21).
I’ve been reading books again.
That explains a lot of things. It explains where my mind is these days, what’s been bugging me, and where I’ve been searching the Word.
I’ve been reading “The Story of Ain’t.” This is mostly the story of struggles to decide what goes into dictionaries, culminating in Webster’s Third Edition. Author David Skinner brings us into the inner offices of G. and C. Merriam Company and tells how decisions are made concerning the English language. If you like that, you’d love watching sausage being made. (It’s a difficult book to read and only the wordsmiths among us should “rush out and buy this book.”) FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 3:25 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
A controller can be a child, a parent, a grandparent, a spouse, a brother, a sister, a best friend, a church/ministry leader or anybody close to us. The controllers that affect us most are rarely strangers. We should remember that some of the people we are close to and respect right now might not continue to go on following the Lord at the same level we are. If you and I are not confident in the Lord, they might try to influence us to keep us in their comfort zone. They can also feel threatened by us growing in the Lord and may actually feel empowered by controlling or keeping us under their own influence.
Controllers are often obsessed with supervising the behavior of others. They are wrapped up in what others are doing in light of their own personal needs. Controllers can be very self-centered. Although outwardly they may appear confident, a person with a controlling spirit usually has low self-esteem, and many times is suffering from a spirit of rejection. This fear often causes them to try to control their environment and just about everyone in it. This is where Satan takes advantage of them by manipulating them to do his work through their own controlling behavior. In other words demonic spirits use their behavior to get to you in an attempt to trick you out of the will of God for your life. FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 2:14 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” That is the first verse I ever memorized in Greek (and about the only one I still remember.) What it’s saying in the Greek is what is self-evident in the English translation—that Jesus was with God the Father in the beginning, and that He himself was God. From before time, God the Father and God the Son co-existed along with God the Holy Spirit (not mentioned specifically here).
Some people say, “We could translate that verse as, ‘The Word was a God.’” There are other passages in which you could insert the word “a”, and it is sometimes done. But in this particular passage, it is very clear that it is saying, “In his essence, Jesus was God.”
We’re told in verse 14, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the eternally begotten Son of the Father, but He is not a created being. He was with the Father and the Spirit in the beginning. He is the infinite, eternal, never-brought-into-existence, ever-preexistent God. FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 2:01 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Matt Chandler once said, “We’ve got a lot of boys with beards these days”, and I believe these words speak powerful truth.
Our world is constantly throwing out ideas of what it means to really be a man. The reality is that everyone has their own opinion, but as a Christian the only blueprint men should mimic their life after is that of the Bible. To know what a true man is we need look no further than the life of Jesus Christ himself. Makes sense doesn’t it? As the Son of God, Jesus is the epitome of manhood, manliness, and what we should strive for in our attempt at being a reflection of true maturity in Christ.
Jesus was completely full of the Holy Spirit, not to mention he lived in complete dependence and obedience to the will of God. It’s a beautiful testimony. Easier said than done, but the strive for this lifestyle is one that will set men from the boys. Christ fully displayed the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and he did it with a righteous swagger. A true man of God will show evidence of these works. FULL POST
Posted 12/12/14 at 11:58 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“Work for the welfare of the city where I have sent you…and pray on its behalf. For as it prospers, you will prosper” (Jeremiah 29:7).
America is having a racial crisis. Again. Or, perhaps more accurately, the same crisis we have had for decades continues to the present day.
Here are some thoughts on the subject regarding the Lord’s people….
1) If you and I are of different races, we will see racial matters differently.
2) If your racial group is dominant and mine is in the minority, expecting us both to feel the same about racial matters is unrealistic.
3) When a racial incident breaks out–the Ferguson, Missouri thing comes to mind–mature Christian people should measure their words and actions very carefully. None of us living hundred miles away know all the facts. FULL POST
Posted 12/11/14 at 1:50 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
A teacher asked a classroom filled to capacity: “If you want to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior come forward right now.” Not a soul moved. She asked again and the room was silent. It seemed slow motion, hearts raced, palms sweated and eyes darted to see if anyone else would move. What seemed like eternity but really just a matter of moments (not minutes) someone stood up, walked forward and decided to follow Jesus. Immediately, three other children followed and were whisked into another room and bowed their heads and followed the teacher’s lead and on the spot repented of sin confessing Christ as Lord and Savior.
The year was 1979, and that young man was me at age seven exactly 31 years ago this week at a Vacation Bible School in Brandywine, MD whom was the first to step up and out. I recall as if it were yesterday the small chair I was sitting in had a triangle shaped hole in it and as I heard the Gospel story again I just knew I was a sinner in need of the Savior. After hearing what Jesus did for mankind and me in my head I recall thinking when that teacher asked if I wanted to come forward I knew that I couldn’t sit life out. Worse, sit down when Jesus stood up. Many thoughts race through a kid’s head and I thought the same things you may have pondered: “If I follow Jesus I will be perceived odd, what if I am the only one or worse – made fun of but I knew in my non-seminary, elementary school mind that if Jesus died for me than He was worth living for Him.” FULL POST