Sunday, January 16, 2022

Why an Atheist Can't Find God

An atheist told a Christian, “You’ve got it all wrong about this God stuff. He doesn’t exist.”

“Why do you say that?” the Christian asked.

“Once I was ice fishing in the Artic, far from the nearest village, when a blizzard hit and I couldn’t see a thing. I got down on my knees and prayed, ‘God, I know I’ve always denied your existence, but if you really do exist, please help me get out of here!’”

“Well, didn’t He help you get out?”
“Heck no, God didn’t lift a finger. Some Eskimo appeared out of nowhere and showed me the way.”

What kind of proof can you provide to someone who is set against believing the evidence? The Pharisees watched Jesus perform miracles, and they not only refused to believe, but also killed Him for it. Their stubborn hearts prevented them from accepting the evidence they were seeing.

The reason some people don’t believe in God isn’t because He doesn’t exist, but because (like the Pharisees) they continue to resist. They don’t want to find God like a thief doesn’t want to find a policeman. “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart” (Eph. 4:18).

God loves atheists and invites them to find Him. He says, “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). “And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him (2 Chron. 15:2, 4). But it starts with an open heart that’s willing to be changed.


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Sunday, January 9, 2022

Ageing and Wanting to Look Younger

A young man was brought into court for making fraudulent claims. He had been arrested for selling “fountain of youth” pills, alleging they could keep anyone young forever. The judge asked the arresting officer, “Has he had prior arrests?” 

“Yes, your honor,” he replied. “He was arrested for the same offense in 1979, 1956, 1931, 1918, 1874, 1849....”

Many people would like to turn back the clock and look younger, so they’ll buy skin care products and have cosmetic surgeries. Someone told me that scientists have developed a formula to make people to look young again. They just have to iron out few wrinkles before it’s put on the market.

Time crawls when you’re young, but time goes faster as you grow older. Comedian Mark Lowry explains: “When you’re a child, you think of age in fractions. You are 5½ years old, going on 6. No one says, ‘I’m 36½ going on 37.’ Time speeds up after 21. You turn 40. You reach 50. You make it to 60. Now you’re going so fast that you hit 70.”

Do you wish you were younger? The best days of your life are right now, and God can still bless you at your current age. If you’re 15 years old, it’s God’s will for you to be 15, not 21. If you’re 65, it’s God’s will for you to be 65, not 25. 

David said, “I have been young and now I am old, yet I have not seen the righteous abandoned or his children begging for bread” (Psalm 37:25 HCSB). He reflected on his life and declared that no matter what your age, God is faithful to guide you and provide for you. David also said, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life” (Psalm 23:6). If goodness and mercy are following you for your whole life, it means everything will turn out fine

So then, live for God and enjoy life. Starting right now. 
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Sunday, January 2, 2022

Making Plans

When President Ronald Reagan was a boy, his aunt took him to a cobbler to have some shoes made. The shoemaker asked young Ronald, “Do you want a square toe or a round toe?” Reagan couldn’t decide, so the cobbler told him to come back later.

Two days later he told the shoemaker he still hadn’t made up his mind. “Very well,” the cobbler replied. 

When Reagan picked up his shoes, one shoe had a square toe and the other a round one. “Looking at those shoes every day taught me a lesson,” Reagan said years later. “If you don't make your own decisions, someone else will make them for you.”

 If you don’t make plans for your life, someone else will. Without plans you’ll bounce around like a ball in a pinball machine, reacting to every circumstance until you run out of energy. Suppose you’re on a cruise ship and ask the captain, “When do we plan to arrive?”

He answers, “Plans? I don’t make plans. I just trust God to control the waves and guide the boat to the right destination.” Some people drift through life that way. They float around like a rudderless ship, hoping they’ll drift to the right dock.

However, God’s guidance includes making plans. “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Prov. 16:9). Once you have prayerfully made your plans, commit them to the Lord. “Commit your works to the Lord and your plans will be established” (Prov. 16:3).  


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