Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'm Far Off The Paved Roads, I'm Forgotten!

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The Light Of The World

In Matthew 5:14-16 it is recorded that Jesus said to his followers: You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."

Huh? Me? Too often those of us who sincerely believe in Christ want to just be silent. We fear introducing Christ into a discussion because if we do ... we think we have to have all the answers.

Jesus says, "You are the light of the world." If you believe in Jesus as your Savior, you represent Christ here on earth ... until He comes OR at least until your days here are finished. You may be trying to avoid being a witness ... but that doesn't change the fact that you are His light.

The question is ... Are you trying to shine brightly or as dimly as possible? I really believe if you’re trying to be as dim as possible you may still need heart change.

Can you imagine that the mission of the body of Christ would rely on us? Is that a big enough task for you? It’s a monumental task.

Think! What if the people who saw the risen Savior ceased to talk about it rather than risk their own lives? If they did, how would we know about Jesus? Perhaps, you and I would never have learned about Christ. I am so thankful for those who came before me and told me about Jesus.

Basically the story is this ... someone saw Jesus alive! And that story has cost them their lives but that story continued to reach to you. Do you really believe?

But, ... Am I thankful enough to be that same kind of torch of light that is being passed to the next generation? May it be so! I pray that we would be a faithful people to let His light shine. I pray that you hear the words "Well done" from the Savior.

Some of us shine more brightly the older we get. The darker the world becomes … the brighter our lights ought to shine.

You are a light for the world to see. Jesus said these things knowing very well that we would not be perfect nor would we have all the answers for our faith. Jesus knew that the light within us would shine brighter as we yield to His control in our lives.

Dear Lord, I pray for all who read these words. I pray that you would reveal Yourself to them. I pray that You would use us to be that light in the world. I pray that You would provide peace, love, grace and mercy in all of our lives. Lord, I pray that I might be a better witness for You in everything that I do. Amen.

I hope you all have a great day.
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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Thanking God For Protecting Our Daughter

Monday morning, January 28, 2013, I received a call from our daughter, Tara, from the emergency room of a hospital at her military base. She had been in a car accident earlier that morning. After hearing what had happened it was clear that God had placed his arms around her and protected her and her unborn baby boy through this accident on the highway. Tara is very bruised up now but was able to escape this vehicle on her own through the rear driver side door.
God saw to it that Tara was being followed on the highway that morning by doctors and nurses who were the first to arrive at the vehicle. What a God! Tara has essentially, by God's grace, mercy and protection, walked away from this potentially devastating incident with minor injuries.
Tara is herself an Army combat field medic and was taken to the nearby military hospital. We are thanking God as a family! I altered the story from the Tennessean newspaper below. See if you can guess where I changed it a bit.

Clarksville woman injured in one-vehicle crash on I-24
OAK GROVE, KY. — The Kentucky State Police investigated a single-vehicle, injury collision that occurred on I-24, at approximately the 92 mile-marker, on Monday at 7:54 a.m.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Tara Baird, 26 of Clarksville was operating a 2007 Ford Focus westbound on I-24 when it appears that the vehicle hydroplaned. Baird lost control, (this is when God Himself took control, wrapping her in His mighty to save arms) and the vehicle exited the right shoulder of the roadway. It struck an embankment and overturned several times. The vehicle came to rest upright off the roadway.

Baird was transported via ambulance to the Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for treatment. She was wearing a seatbelt. There were no passengers.

Trooper Luis Palmer investigated the collision. The Oak Grove Police Department and Oak Grove EMS assisted at the scene.

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