We have some friends who live near Disneyland and for several years they have purchased season passes to the magic kingdom. Their 2-year-old daughter has lived her whole life being able to go to Disney on a regular basis.
This little girl’s life has been changed drastically with Disney being closed because of the coronavirus. Her parents have talked with her about the situation, and she seems to have a pretty good understanding of what is happening. However, she—like the rest of us—is anxious to get back to her normal lifestyle. She is constantly asking her Daddy, “Can we go to Disneyland when the germs go away?”
Sin is like germs that keep us from entering God’s kingdom. Thankfully, Jesus provided the cure when he died on the cross. All we have to do is accept the cure by responding to the grace God has offered us through Jesus.
“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.”—Hebrews 9:27-28.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Cal Ripken Jr. is the Iron Man of baseball. On September 6, 1995, he broke the major league record held by Lou Gehrig of 2,130 consecutive games played. Of course there were times when the streak was in danger. In June of 1993, Ripken twisted his knee, and when he woke up the next morning, he couldn’t put any weight on it. He told his wife, Kelly, that he might not be able to play that night. She suggested that he could just play one inning and then come out. He replied, “No! Either I play the whole game or I don’t play at all.”
He did play the full nine innings that night. Cal Ripken Jr. had committed himself to walk in a way that was worthy of the title Iron Man.
“…I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”—Ephesians 4:1.
Someone looking for legal advice called a lawyer and asked, “How much do you charge for your services?”
The lawyer answered, “I charge one thousand dollars to answer three questions.”
“Wow!” exclaimed the prospective client. “That’s a bit expensive, isn’t it?”
“Yes, it is,” replied the lawyer. “Now what is your third question?”
“The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper.”—Proverbs 28:25.
Bradley Beal is having a really good year for the Washington Wizards. The star guard is averaging 30.1 points and 6.0 assists per game. Beal recently scored over 50 points on consecutive nights, the first time any NBA player has done that since Kobe Bryant accomplished the feat in 2007. What was his reward for his achievement? The NBA tested Beal for performance enhancing drugs!
I have been preaching for over 25 years, and in all that time, no one who has heard me preach has suggested that I be tested for performance enhancing drugs. Perhaps it is because I have never preached two excellent sermons in a row!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart…”—Col.3:23.
Last Saturday the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals met in West Palm Beach, Florida for a spring training game. It was the Astros’ first appearance on the field since their sign-stealing scandal that rocked the baseball world.
Several fans were quite outspoken in their disapproval of the Astros. They booed and heckled the players. They held up signs that expressed their disgust with what the Astros had done. At least they held up the signs for a little while. Security personnel soon came and took the signs away.
Ironic, isn’t it, that their signs were stolen!
“You shall not steal.”—Exodus 20:15.
Christian Herter was running for reelection as governor of Massachusetts, and one day he arrived late at a political function that included a barbecue. He had not eaten that day, and he was famished. As he moved down the serving line, he held out his plate and received one piece of chicken. The governor said to the serving lady, “Excuse me, do you mind if I get another piece of chicken? I’m very hungry.” The woman replied, “Sorry, I’m supposed to give one piece to each person.” He repeated, “But I’m starved,” and again she said, “Only one to a customer.” Herter was normally a modest man, but he decided this was the time to use the weight of his office. He stated, “Madam, do you know who I am? I am the governor of this state.” She answered, “Do you know who I am? I’m the lady in charge of the chicken. Move along, mister.”
Pride goes before a fall!
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”—1 Peter 5:6.
My wife and I bought a new car a few months ago. Well, it was new to us—a 2017 model. We knew that the car had been wrecked, but we liked the way that it looked and drove, so we took a chance and bought it.
For the most part, the gamble has paid off. We have only had one problem with the car. It was terribly out of line. That was evidently one thing that was not repaired. The car was so much out of line that the front tires quickly began to wear. I also noticed that the car tended to hydroplane when driving in the rain, no doubt a result of the badly worn tires.
Once I realized the problem, I took it in for an alignment and had two new tires put on the front. The car has been fine ever since.
Sometimes we get out of alignment with God. Sin wrecks our lives and causes damage that may go undetected for a while, but eventually shows itself in one way or another. Being out of alignment with God wears on a person and eventually has a negative effect on one’s relationship with God and with other people. Being out of alignment with God also causes our lives to skid out of control.
The only fix for this problem is to get re-aligned with God. It’s called repentance. Repentance is turning from sin and following the path that God has laid out for you. It’s the only way to escape the damage of sin and the destruction that inevitably follows for those who do not turn their lives around.
Is your life aligned with God?
“…But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”—Luke 13:5.