Being Human

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Posted 4/28/10 at 2:31 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

Untouchable Worth

You've probably had plenty of things in your life that have made you feel more like a post card than a masterpiece. Maybe you've been rejected, ignored, hurt, or used. Maybe you've been criticized and put down by people who didn't know who you really are. You have this lie playing in your brain that you're not worth much, you can't do much, and you're not good enough. That's just it - it's a lie.

Ephesians 2:10 from the Word of God says, "We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." You are God's workmanship. You're unique and a one-of-a-kind original masterpiece. You may not feel like you're a masterpiece. You may not have been treated like you're a masterpiece, but the One who designed you says that's exactly what you are. From the time that egg and sperm came together, God was creating an original and building into you the qualities, experiences, and capabilities to make a unique difference. All this was "to do good works which God prepared in advance" for you to do. You're a one-of-a-kind original! You're priceless!

Remember, it's not your friends who determine what you're worth, or your critics, or your family, or your culture, or your boss. It is your Designer, God, who gave you your worth the moment you were conceived. Your worth has intrinsic value, not because of how much money you make, what title you have, or whether anyone asks you out or not. You are God's workmanship. No one on earth can give you your worth, and no one on earth can take it away. Your worth from God is untouchable! FULL POST

Posted 4/20/10 at 9:26 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Super Glue

Did you realize that sex is emotional and spiritual super glue? It deeply bonds people to each other whether they are aware of it or not.

You will bond even if you never meant to. It is painful to separate when you have done something that permanently bonds.

1 Corinthians 6:16 says, "Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body. For it is said that two will become one flesh. But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with Him in Spirit. Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body." These are words from the inventor of sex. They reveal something that many people just don't realize about sex until it is too late. FULL POST

Posted 4/13/10 at 12:15 PM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Myth of Secret Sin

There is a dark side of all of us that the idea of "getting away with it" appeals to. There is this instinct in us that seems to say, "What you do when you're alone, when you're away from home, when you're 'off-duty,' or when no one knows you, you can do it and no one will ever know. It doesn't count." What a lie!

Hebrews 4:13 from the Word of God assures us that "nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." It couldn't be more blunt. God has seen it all. If God knows, and He does, you're caught. The consequences and the judgment may not come instantaneously, but be sure they will come. In the words of Numbers 32:23, "Be sure that your sin will find you out." There's no such thing as anonymous sin or sin you get away with.

God, the great Creator of the universe and the Creator of you, is "Him to whom we must give account." You will stand before God one day, and no one knows when their appointment with God is. There will be no excuses, no rationalizations, no cover-ups, and no plea bargains - only reckoning. What you think is a secret is not a secret with the only One who really matters. Romans 2:16 says, "God will judge men's secrets through Jesus Christ." Maybe you've fooled everyone else, but you can't fool Him. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/10 at 10:23 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

When Your Life is Drifting

"Drifting" may be a word that describes a little of how you feel about your life right now. You can be successful, but not satisfied. You can be winning, but still wondering what your life is all about. This drifting feeling affects all kinds of people: young, old, single, married, those who have it all, and those who have very little. It's a sense that life doesn't have any direction and it causes a feeling of emptiness.

There's a reason we feel that way: we're pointed in the wrong direction. The Bible says in Isaiah 53:6, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way." We're created to have our life pointing in the direction of our Creator, but we haven't lived like that. As the Bible says, we've "turned to our own way," often doing what we want with no consideration for what God wants. Consequently, we're adrift in the universe with this deep cosmic loneliness. A USA Today survey asking Americans what one question they would ask a supreme being revealed that the largest percent of people would ask, "What is the purpose of my life?"

Centuries ago, one of the most successful men in history found himself adrift and searching. King Solomon was the richest and most sought after man of his time. After tasting every accomplishment and pleasure you could think of, he said: "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless" (Ecclesiastes 1:2). Maybe you know that feeling. Later he says, God "has also set eternity in the hearts of men" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). He realized that only something eternal can fill the hole in your heart. After years of searching, he says, "Here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments...For God will bring every deed into judgment...whether it is good or evil" (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Ultimately, it's all about having a personal relationship with the God that we are away from. FULL POST

Posted 3/30/10 at 11:51 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Riding in the Car that's Looking Backward

At an amusement park, you might find a roller coaster that has two lines. Over one line is a sign that says, "Forward," and over the other line a sign that says, "Backward." It's your choice to ride looking forward or looking backward. There are also two lines in life, and two cars you can ride in. One says, "Forward" and the other says, "Backward." You choose. You probably don't want to ride looking back at where you've already been. Instead, you probably want to ride looking ahead to see where you're going.

That's what God wants for you too. Here's what He says in Isaiah 43:18-19 - "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." God wants today to be the first day of the rest of your life, not just another day of what your life has been up until now. This can be page one of a whole new volume or just another page of the same old story.

Maybe you've been riding too long looking backward. You keep rehearsing and reliving the hurt of your past and your failures, the painful losses you've experienced, and the regrets over what you've done or what you should have done. That's the past, and none of it can be changed, but if you don't move beyond the pain, anger, bitterness, self-pity, grief, and self-condemnation, you'll miss the part of your life that can be changed - the future. FULL POST

Posted 3/23/10 at 9:51 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

The Life-or-Death Verb

How much do you trust what you believe? When it comes to where you spend the next hundred billion years and if it will be with God, the deciding action word is believe. It is the life-or-death verb.

Don't just believe intellectually, but with everything you have. Believe with a life-long commitment.

In Acts 16:30-31 from God's Word, a man asks the great missionary Paul the timeless question, "What must I do to be saved?" The answer is clear and unmistakable, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved." Obviously, saved is a life-or-death word. Just ask the people who were saved from the Federal building in Oklahoma City or someone who was saved by an emergency medical team. If the rescuer saves you, you live. If he doesn't, you die. FULL POST

Posted 3/16/10 at 10:08 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Years ago, a major art gallery sponsored a competition for painters and they were offering prizes for the best painting on the subject of "Peace." The painting that won was a real surprise. The scene was the ocean in a violent storm. The sky was ominous, the lightning was cutting across the sky, and the waves were crashing into the rock walls of the cliffs by the shore. Where was the peace? You had to look twice to understand what was going on. There, about halfway up the cliff, was a birds' nest tucked into a tiny hollow in the rock. A mother bird was sitting on that nest with her little babies tucked underneath her, sleeping soundly. That was peace!

Peace is not just the absence of a storm, but rest in the middle of the storm. Many of us could use that kind of peace right now, and it is the kind of peace that you can have right now if you're resting where you ought to be.

As our headlines have become dominated with new dangers and so many hearts have been struggling with new anxieties and fears, we're ready for the incredible peace offered in Psalm 46. It is good news for troubled times and should be our word for every day! "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." The more troubled things are, the more present God makes Himself. The psalmist then says, "Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." Everything's collapsing, even things that have always been there for us. Have no fear because "God is our refuge and strength." FULL POST

Posted 3/12/10 at 10:05 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Feeling Down at the Top

It is said that if you are at the top of Cadillac Mountain in Maine at daybreak, you will be one of the first Americans to see the sunrise that day. That would be something amazing to see, but you wouldn't want to make the valiant effort to get to the top of the mountain only to find the view there a big disappointment. Maybe you have experienced that feeling. You arrived somewhere you really wanted to go or you received something you really wanted, but it turned out to be disappointing.

The ancient Jewish King, Solomon, knew that feeling. He was the wealthiest man of his generation. He records in the Biblical book Ecclesiastes how he tried every pleasure, every relationship, and every conquest he wanted. Here's how he describes the view from the top of his mountain in Ecclesiastes 2:17 - "So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is meaningless, a chasing after the wind."

There are plenty of modern Solomons. There are many very successful people who own what they want and are respected in their community. Many of them would say, "What's the reason for living anyway?" They got what they dreamed of - the relationships, the possessions, and the pleasures - only to find the view was a disappointment. They discover what Solomon discovered. He said in Ecclesiastes 3:11, God has "set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Earth has nothing big enough to fill the eternal hole in our heart. That's why Jesus summed it up in Matthew 16:26 by asking, "What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?" FULL POST

Posted 3/3/10 at 10:15 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Everything But Jesus

Are you missing something in your life? God will ask some of us as He looks at our lives, "Where's Jesus?" Spiritually, maybe you have everything except Jesus.

The danger of that deadly deficit is what God addresses in 2 Corinthians 13:5 of the Bible. Now, the sobering truth is that these words were, and are, written to church folks - the folks involved in a lot of Christian things - maybe like you. Here's God's challenge: "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test?"

Apparently, you can be into Jesus, but not have Jesus in you! God says here that the deciding factor as to whether or not you belong to Him is whether or not "Christ Jesus is in you." He's in you only if there's been a time when you personally have flung open the door of your heart and welcomed Him in as your personal Savior from your personal sin. If you don't know if you have done that, you probably haven't. It's like getting married. If you've made that commitment, you know you're married. FULL POST

Posted 2/23/10 at 9:53 AM | Ron Hutchcraft

Tougher Than the Tornado

There are moments for all of us when we get hit head-on with the emotional equivalent of an F-5 tornado. Few words strike more fear into hearts in Middle America than the word "tornado," and rightly so.

Twisters can hit so suddenly and do such awful damage. That was proven when some deadly tornadoes tore through Oklahoma in 1999. One of them was so strong that it was almost classified an F-6, which would have created a whole new category of tornado. After hearing one of those tornado warnings in Oklahoma, a mother and her adult daughter went into a room in their house for safety. It's called a safe room or a strong room, and it's built with concrete that's reinforced with metal and built to withstand even a hit by a tornado. Sure enough, the tornado hit that house and there was virtually nothing left except for one room - the safe room. When it was all clear, the mother and daughter walked out unscathed in a neighborhood where virtually everything else had been blown away.

There are some of life's hits that threaten to blow away everything we've depended on as well. A divorce, a disease, a disaster, or a disappointment can do that. A death can sure send everything spinning. We know that most of what matters to us is something we can lose, and if and when we do, there is sometimes not much left but the pieces. FULL POST

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