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The “One Anothers” of Scripture

Love one another (John 13:14)

Accept one another (Romans 15:7)

Be gentle to one another (Ephesians 4:2)

Be patient to one another (Ephesians 4:2)

Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Be kind to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Be compassionate toward one another (Ephesians 4:32)

Submit to one another (Ephesians 5:21)

Weep with one another (Romans 12:15)

Rejoice with one another (Romans 12:15)

Be devoted to one another (Romans 12:10)

Live in harmony with one another (Romans 12:16)

Honor one another (Romans 12:10)

Prefer one another (Romans 12:10)

Do not judge one another (Romans 14:13)

Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)

Comfort one another (2 Corinthians 1:4)

Do not be arrogant against one another (1 Corinthians 4:6)

Carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

Serve one another (Galatians 6:2)

Make allowances for one another (Colossians 3:13)

Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)

Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Pray for one another (James 5:16)

Do not slander one another (James 4:11)

Do not grumble against one another (James 5:9)

Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

Be clothed in humility to one another (1 Peter 5:5)

Offer hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)

Minister gifts to one another (1 Peter 4:10)

Stimulate love in one another (Hebrews 10:24)

Fellowship with one another (l John 1:7)

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I turned 60 the other day.  It was painless but it certainly was not missed or forgotten.  Whether it be well-intentioned friends and family, or just the fact that I do not consider myself “old,” my 60th birthday did not go unnoticed.  I genuinely believe that the next 15 to 20 years will be my best.  I am a better husband and father than ever before.  I am slower to speak and more quick to listen.  I even notice glimpses of wisdom every so often.  I enjoy less not more, simple not complicated, easy not hard, and am more easily entertained than ever.  I have always valued people but now find family and friends more important and significant than I did even a few years ago.  I love entertaining movies, good spy novels, wine, sitting on my deck at night, driving my Jeep,  shooting all of my guns, and spending time with my kids.  My life is much better than I deserve.

At 60 I enjoy work in ways I never did before.  Maybe because my job is not work to me.  It brings me great joy and fulfillment.  It is obvious to me and a few others that being a corporate chaplain is what God “wired me up” to be.  I get to talk with people all day, direct them to what and Who can help them, and hopefully make a difference in their life.  And I actually get paid to do it!

Twenty years ago I was 40.  I rode my first “century” bike ride.  I was raising teenagers.  I had only been married 15 years! My dad was still living.  There was no gray in my hair.  In fact, all of my hair was still on my head!  And, it did not hurt to get out of bed every morning.

What about the next 20 years?  Well, I promise to be a better husband and a man Sherri can count on.  I promise to be the absolute best “Pops” whenever my kids decide to give me grandchildren.  I promise to chaplain and make a difference in the lives of people for as long as I stay healthy.  Retirement is not in the plan.  And I promise to love you, whoever you are, and lead you to the only One who can truly make a difference in your life!

I can remember when I realized for the first time that I could count on the Bible.  I was on into my adult years, raised in the church, had a minister for a dad, and frankly, had quite a bit of Bible knowledge.  But the realization that God’s Word was true and reliable was something new to me.  It changed my life forever!

In our world today many things compete for influence in our lives.  The culture we live in promotes a “me mentality” where all of life evolves around the individual.  We learn to trust anything that tickles our ears and tells us what we want to hear.  We end up counting on only those things that benefit us at the moment.  Yet what our lives need more than anything is the reliable Word of God.

The Bible is sufficient in our lives.  In contrast to the theories of men, God’s Word is absolutely comprehensive.  The Bible does not change.  Unlike the opinions and wisdom of man, God’s Word is the same today as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow.

Most importantly, the Bible is true.  It is true all of the time.  Proverbs 30:5-6 says, “Every word of God proves true.  He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection.  Do not add to His words or He may rebuke you and expose you as a liar.”  

My friend suddenly and unexpectedly passed away one week ago tonight.  He was only 49.  He went to the hospital for some tests and less than six hours later he was dead.  Lynn Lindsay left a beautiful family: His beloved wife Sandy and two pretty cool kids, Ashton and Austin.

Sandy gave me the honor and privilege of officiating Lynn’s memorial service.  Several of Lynn’s friends shared their thoughts and memories.  His son, Austin at the age of 18 showed incredible maturity in his comments about his dad.  Every dad would want a son to say the things about him that Austin said about Lynn.

A work associate of Lynn’s wrote, “What was so amazing about Lynn was not just that he led an exemplary life, not just that he was kind, compassionate and generous, but that he was this way not out of a sense of duty or obligation or to get recognition, but because it made him happy.  He took joy in bettering the lives of others.”  Living this way did make Lynn happy, but it made him happy because he knew it pleased God and pleasing God was what Lynn’s life was all about.

I wonder what others will speak of at my memorial service.  Will their comments about me point others to Jesus?  Will others speak of me as being a wholly devoted follower of Christ?  What about your life?  Are you living a life that is all about pleasing God?  Lynn did.  He was a great example for Austin and the rest of us.

In the eternal perspective of time, all the years between last Thursday night and the moment I get to see Lynn in heaven amounts to just a small speck of time.  Knowing that I will see Lynn again is what the Bible refers to as “the hope of our salvation.”

See you in a minute, Lynn.

Dad passed away a couple of months ago.  He was just 90 years old and had been married to my mom one month shy of 66 yearsThey were members of the same church for 61 years where mom has taught the same Bible study class for 26 years.  They have lived in the same house for 41 years. Rather the picture of stability wouldn’t you say?  Well, it’s not the stability that I want to note but rather dad’s total lack of religious fervor.  Even though he earned his living as a minister, religion was not what defined his life.  Relationship was what dad was all about and specifically a relationship with God.  Dad sought to know God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30-31). He loved people and sacrificially served them all of his life.

Dad spent the final two months of his life in a nursing home fighting the battle of dementia.  Two strokes in two months played a role in his passing and, for the most part, was unresponsive his final few days.  One day near the end I was with him, alone in his room having a one-sided conversation.  The night before I had sat beside his bed and written his obituary.  This particular day, knowing that he would very soon leave this world to spend the rest of eternity in heaven, I stood, looked dad in the eyes and said, “I’ll see you in a minute!”  If I live to be 90 I’ll be alive for another 33 years.  In the span of eternity those years will be but a minute in time.

Less than two days later he was gone; reunited with dozens of family and friends who had preceded him in death.  He is this very day enjoying the fruits of relationship with God.  Dad was not a religious man, but he did know God passionately.  Stability in his life was a good thing, but it was not THE thing.

It is so easy to come up with a reason not to go to church. 

What’s your excuse?

  • “Sunday is my only day off.”
  • “All the church wants is my money.”
  • ” Those people at church are all a bunch of hypocrites.”
  • “I went to church once and no one talked to me.”
  • “I can hear all that stuff on television.”

 

The list goes on.  But frankly, church attendance can be a very healthy habit in your life.  The investment of your time at a good church can be how God chooses to bring great change in your life.  Being a part of a church that effectively teaches the Bible can provide answers to life’s questions.  Regular church attendance can lead you to meaningful relationships that meet needs in your life and ultimately make a huge difference for you.

The church is full of people.  A lot of them are just like you!  And, yes, there are hypocrites in the church.  You may even be asked to give some of your hard-earned money to keep the work of the church going.  And you can hear a lot of that “stuff” on TV, but you will hear it all by yourself with no chance of building relationships along the way.

 Attend different churches until you find the one that is right for you.  How do you decide where to go?  Ask.  Ask your friends at work where they attend church.  Go with them until you figure it out for yourself.  Make a list of the things you want in a church and don’t settle for less. 

 Some things to consider are:

  • Is the Bible taught in a way you can understand and apply to your own life?
  • Is the music appealing to you?  When people stand and sing, does it seem that the experience is meaningful?
  • Are the people friendly?  Does that church seem to be a place where you can make friends easily?

 

Finally, consider this question.  How would you do for church if there were no church buildings or trained clergy?

William Shatner, better known to some of us as Captain Kirk, lived down the street from fellow actor, Marlon Brando.  He always wanted to talk to him but never did.  “He would have taken my call,” Shatner said.  “I could have taken him to lunch.  But because I thought he might not, I didn’t do it.  I wish I had.”  Seems like a small thing to most of us.  Gee, he missed lunch with the Godfather! 

 I asked my 22 year old son what he regretted most about his life.  He said, “I don’t regret anything about my life.  God has used everything in my life to make me the man I am!”  Perfect answer!!

 God does not waste a thing.  Every little detail about our lives is just one more detail he uses to define who we are and what we are capable of.  His redemptive nature assures us of always landing on our feet. The poor decisions, irresponsible behavior, sinful conduct and rebellion are all used in positive ways as God forms a useful life when we seek his forgiveness and mercy. 

 Redemption is the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil. It is the saving significance of the death of Jesus Christ.  Jesus has saved us from those poor decisions, sinful conduct and behavior, and rebellion.  There are consequences to bear but there is also freedom and victory in our salvation.

 Do not live your life filled with regret.  Understand that God’s son, Jesus Christ has paid the price for your sin with his death on the cross.  In doing so, he has redeemed you and everything about you.

 “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing what is right.”  (Titus 2:14 TLB)

I drive a Jeep Rubicon.  People always ask me why, since 99% of my driving is in town or on interstate hiphoto.jeep.3ghways.  I just tell them that it is so much fun that it’s worth the rough ride.  It’s a party everyday!

I got in my Jeep one day after noticing the name “Rubicon” on the hood and wondered what in the world that was.  Why would they name a Jeep something unfamiliar like “Rubicon?”  Actually, Rubicon is a river in northern Italy that flows into the Adriatic Sea.  “Crossing the Rubicon” is a popular saying that means “to pass a dangerous point of no return.”  This phrase refers to Julius Caesar’s crossing of the river in 49 BC which was considered an act of war.

The river was important in that Roman law prohibited the Rubicon from being crossed by any Roman army.  The river was considered the boundary between the Roman province of Gaul to the north and Italy to the south.  When Julius Caesar crossed with his army in 49 BC to make his way to Rome, he broke that law and made armed conflict inevitable.  The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has survived to refer to people committing themselves to a risky and revolutionary course of action, like our current phrase “passing the point of no return.”

One day not long ago I parked my Jeep in front of a sidewalk where three gang bangers stood.  I got out, walked up to them and introduced myself.  Surprised by my friendly approach, these dangerous guys ended up talking with me for a few minutes.  Finally, one of them asked about my red Jeep Rubicon.  “What does that Rubicon mean?” he said.  After I gave him my history lesson, explaining that Rubicon refers to a dangerous point of no return he smiled and said “&%$, you passed one of those the minute you got out of that Jeep!”

Have you ever passed a dangerous point of no return? Has there ever been a Rubicon in your life?  Maybe that “no return” point in your life was gathering the courage to jump out of a perfectly good airplane or get married.  Or maybe it was the decision to have children!  Was it the decision to start your own business or invest what little you had in the stock market?

Perhaps that dangerous point of no return is spiritual in nature.  Maybe it has something to do with life and death and what comes after.  All of us face that point of no return that we call death.  Our time will come.  Every one of us faces it at some point.  Without having established a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that point of no return means you face an eternity separated from the presence of God.  It means you miss out on the sheer joy that will be found in eternal life with God in heaven.  You say you don’t believe that stuff?  You don’t believe in God or the reality of afterlife in heaven?  Well then, that point of no return will be very dangerous, indeed.  Face your Rubicon.

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May, 2007.  As long as I can remember I have heard preachers, evangelists, and missionaries stand before congregations and challenge them to do their part in winning the world for Christ!  Actually it always sounded like something that could be accomplished if each of us would just do our part. 

 

For the last twelve years I have tried to gain what I have called a Kingdom mentality.  I have worked at viewing God’s Kingdom as something beyond the walls of a local church, any particular denomination or other organization.  For someone like me who has grown up on the inside of church life gaining such a view has been a challenge. 

 

I have not traveled extensively, but I have traveled more than most people.  God has used time in England, Viet Nam, Thailand, India, Mexico and the Philippines to initiate in my heart and mind the beginning of a global mindset.  Without international travel I am not sure it is possible for a person to accurately view the world globally. 

 

Recently, during a two week stay in India God showed me that actually seeing the world come to Christ is something only God can accomplish.  It is ridiculously far beyond the ability of Christian mankind.  Visiting a nation of a billion people where 82 percent of the population is Hindu, 14 percent is Muslim, and only four percent is Christian, drives home the fact that winning even India is God’s project.  However, his method is to use each of us to accomplish the task.

 

To think we can accomplish such a task in our own strength is absurd.  Even trying to consider the task through God’s strength is beyond my ability to grasp.  Yet God always seems to take me back to the value of relationships.  Everywhere I go I seem to meet people who understand that Jesus is best shared through relationships.

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Christiaan Bosman is a South African businessman living in New Delhi buying, selling, and exporting fabric.  He influences Hindu and Muslim relationships by quietly reflecting the character of God and putting off that sweet fragrance of Jesus (2 Cor 2:14-16) so those around him can feel at ease beside this gentle Christian businessman.  Christiaan does what all of us should do; he reaches out gently representing Jesus to those who do not know him.  He does not judge.  He does not rant and rave.  He loves others as Jesus loves them.  I think that is how God intends to win the world!