Archive for July, 2016

Looking Over the Edge of the Cliff Into Hell

William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, once told the young people studying to be officers in his ranks that he wished he could take them to the edge of hell and let them look in.

Do you believe in hell?

I do.

Even if you do, we may have differing opinions of how we get there.

Most people think it is by doing good works or not doing bad works.

That’s not what the Bible says.

The Bible teaches a gospel of grace. God is holy, we are not. We need a Mediator, a Redeemer, a Savior. That’s why Jesus came. To pay the penalty of our sin.

We all sin. Falling short. Running our own lives when we owe our lives to the Almighty. We ignore Him, or rebel against Him, or refuse to believe in Him.

One day, we will see that God is real and His judgment is real.

Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye wrote the New York Times Best sell series titled, “Left Behind.” It describes a time when Christians disappear and a wicked man takes over promising peace–eventually he destroys everything good and sets the world at war.


There is something worse.

God’s judgment.

Scripture says He will come as a thief in the night. All will be saying peace, peace, and then Christ will appear.

But there’s still time.

Here are two Scriptures I read this morning in my study written by Beth Moore:

The Lord is patient, “not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

Romans 2:4 states, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance.”

I was going to write a funny blog today, but thought I’d better share with you something that has eternal value.

Why? Because I love you and don’t want to look over that cliff and find you there.

There is time. God is patient. Don’t let your time run out.

How about something funny next week?

If we are still here.


Dependent and Glad


So I have to admit that our church uses an iPod for its accompaniment.

There, I said it.

So when my pastor stated he’d left his iPod plugged in and it played the song, “I Need Thee Every Hour” for several days, it made me think.

Recently, I realized the truth in that. I couldn’t make it through a day without getting on my knees–sometimes three and four times a day–and saying or singing those words.

And now I know I do need Him every hour, every minute.

But sometimes I forget.

Have you ever thought of how much you and I both need the Lord?

Take for instance, breathing.

Or walking.

Or standing.

The fact is whether we know it or not, we need Him.

It’s like the iPod playing in the background. It’s playing, but we might not realize it.

There’s something else we need Him for–salvation.

Jesus said unless you come through Him, you cannot be saved. It’s that simple.

In fact, the first word out of Christs’ mouth was, “Repent.”

Paul says in I Corinthians 15:3-6, “For I delivered to you of first importance what I also received; That Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.”

So none of us is dependent for our life, and no one can depend on himself for eternal life.

Only through Christ.

So, I’m dependent and proud of it.

How about you?



The Appliances in My Life

The relationship I’ve experienced over the years with my appliances has been tenuous, to say the least. (I just looked that word up.)

I’ve loved very few, been indifferent to most, and hated some.

For instance, I hated my old dishwasher. Really, a more apt name would have been, Frustrate Pauline to Death and Make Her Work More machine. But that is in the past. Hakuna Matata.

Now I hate my side-by-side refrigerator. Who thought of such a thing? Obviously someone who didn’t ever ever care about freezing anything since nothing fits except frozen pot pies. (Not that I eat them.) AND they never have eaten a frozen pizza in their entire lives. Obviously, the inventor must have eaten out all the time.

But I loved my old dryer. In fact, when it finally died after 20+ years, I hugged it and when Tom took it away to dryer heaven he discovered about $25 in coins and cash. Like the side-by-side refrigerator inventor, we went out to eat that day. (No socks by the way.)

In all the years of appliance owning, I’ve never been fearful of an appliance. Until now.

It’s my vacuum cleaner. Really, it’s a the iRobot Roomba. Since building an outside kitchen for cooking my products, I’ve been able to let my standard poodle, Sam back in. He’s no problem, because he doesn’t shed. It’s the mutt dog, Barnabas and my ferocious kitty, Bree that are the problem.

They shed. Big time.

So, as a gift to myself, I purchased Roger Roomba.

About every other day, I turn my kitchen chairs upside down on the table, load the counter stools on the couch, and push Roger’s navel twice. He sings a robotic war-like charge song and begins to scoot gingerly around my wood floors. I can’t watch although I’ve been mesmerized on several occasions at his antics. In fact, after he is throughly convinced he has every single strand of pet hair in his belly, he returns to his home on the black stand plugged into the wall.

However, the other day, he chased me. Wherever I went, he went. Finally, I locked myself in my office while I listened to his faraway war chant. Retrieving my coffee put me at risk, but you coffee drinkers know I had no choice.

He headed right at me, I zigged and zagged like a running back.

And then I fell.

And when you’re past 50, falling is a bad thing.

But Roger does his job.

Now I’m taking two cups of coffee in my office with me.

And when Roger goes home, I come out.

In all relationships there are compromises. And I’m okay with that.


Do What Pleases God

The four words hit me like a truck. Max Lucado said them in a devotional. In fact, he said them several times. But it was like I heard them for the first time.


Do what pleases God. He wrote a paragraph putting the reader into a difficult situation. How do they deal with it? Do what pleases God. He wrote another paragraph. Then another each ending with Do what pleases God.


He said it better, so here’s a link


His words juxtaposed in my mind with my study in 1 & 2 Thessalonians titled, Children of the Day.”


Beth Moore (My new bff) gave examples of walking with God. I looked up references beginning in the first chapter of the Bible, when God walked with Adam.


Imagine that.


Then she tore through the Old Testament like my puppy tears through slippers. We visited Enoch, Abraham, and a few kings. We ended up walking with two despondent followers on the road to Emaus. Jesus joined them even though they didn’t know it. Their despair turned to delight. And hope.


Jesus has a way of doing that.


I want to walk with Jesus that way.


Beth goes on to say that walking with God is living in His presence.


In other words, Do what pleases God.


I’ve thought about those words this last week. I’ve prayed them. Meditated on them. Asked forgiveness for not doing them.


Sometimes, I make my Christian life a list of do’s and don’ts.


But the Great Gospel of Grace pushes me beyond duty to delight.


Delight in His Word. Delight in prayer. Delight in walking with Him.


Funny, when I do what pleases God, I’m pleased. Joyful even.


What about you? Do me a favor. Think about those words this week and tell me about it. I’d love to hear it.


In fact, I’m smiling even as I think about it.


Do what pleases God.