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The Rock

I’m standing on a firm foundation

He is a solid rock

The only key to eternal life

The stone that the builders would cast off

 

I’m drinking from an endless fountain

From where living waters flow

He is the only source of salvation

For those who would be scorched below

 

I’m living in the light of knowledge

This light shines in the darkest night

He is the life in all creation

In whose image we all were made

 

Grace and Truth flows ever abundant

His glory shines as the one and only Son

The Word was sent to be the proof

Of God’s love for me and you

 

His dwelling made in a fleshly shell

So he could see just how we fell

Tempted too and even more

Than you and I could have ever bore

 

With His blood we all are saved

A ransom paid, our death belayed

And Heaven made with plates displayed

A banquet waiting to this day

 

The trumpet soon will sound

A day foretold and closer now

Are you ready to give way

To my Lord whose prepared today

 

Drink from the well that’s ever quenching

Freely the water is given

And freely it should be taken

On this resolve do not be shaken

 

On that firm foundation you should stay

And never waver come what may

Live in the light of His resurrection

Though the world has its detestation

 

Jesus is the only way

But you should know what Hell will say

All those people who believe

They are haters that deceive

 

Yet let us live and do believe

On Jesus’ name I live and breathe

When false prophets try to mock

Stand upon this solid rock

Today we are Soccer fans!

The USA is not really known as a country that cares much for soccer. To be honest, many people here resent the fact that other countries call it Futbol. Football! We know football and that isn’t football. But, today, in the USA, we are soccer fans. It’s the world cup and we have advanced to the playoffs. I guess they call it the round of 16 over at FIFA.  Anyway, if there is one thing that we can agree on here in the USA, when our team is playing on the world stage, we are fans. It doesn’t matter if it is Curling at the Winter Olympics or Gymnastics in the Summer, we are fans. Today, we are soccer fans. Look out Belgium, here we come!

The flesh is weak

Why am I writing this blog post today? I don’t know, it just came to me. Maybe this is for you, maybe it is for me. Let’s just see where it goes.

When you think about the vices that weigh most people down, you really have to place the blame on our inability to tame our flesh and rise above the primal desires that were designed into these mortal bodies we live in. Financial issues, non-medical obesity, adultery, laziness, theft, the need for the next electronic gadget; all of these things relate to an issue with controlling our fleshly desires for things, physical pleasure and comfort.

This is not just a modern day issue. Even the apostles had to deal with these issues. Look at what Jesus said to them. It was the night that Jesus would be betrayed by Judas Iscariot (sold him for some silver coinage). Jesus had took his closest disciples with him up on the hill to pray, but they fell asleep instead. Mark 14:37-38 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,”he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Bible.com) After all the miracles of healing, casting out demons, feeding the multitudes and walking on water, how could these guys fall asleep when Jesus asked them to pray? 

At some point in your life you are going to have to decide that you are not going to give into the desires for things that bring no lasting benefit to you physically, spiritually, or emotionally. Sometimes you also have to decide if something that will benefit you physically is really beneficial to you in the complete sense of your personal wellness when  the spiritual and emotional benefits must also be included in the calculation. The most obvious answer to which of these three things is most important relies heavily on the fact that our spiritual well-being has eternal consequences. Doing anything for momentary pleasure or short term benefit, without first thinking of the long term consequence, can have long lasting impact on ones life. Especially if those short lived pleasures are partaken of frequently.

In the book “Smart Money Smart Kids”, Rachel Ramsey states that winning with money means “learning patience, delayed gratification, and contentment” (p. 201). I would contend that these principles are important for winning in many areas of ones of life. Yet, these principles of living are not necessarily strengthened by the fact that we are advertised to almost constantly by all these electronic devices all around us. Then these advertisements put small subconscious messages in our minds that tell us that these things we see are acceptable and normal to have or do. I’m not saying these things are all bad, they are probably not. But the problem comes when you start to think that you must have these things to be content with life.

This is why we must continually be mindful of why we are doing the things we do each day. What is the real reason why you are going to buy that new iPhone? What is the real reason why you are eating that third plate full of spaghetti? What is the real reason why are are dashing on a little extra cologne today? We must make sure that our actions are being governed by something other than our own flesh. Sometimes you can’t follow your own heart or your mind alone, but you should have your heart, mind and the Spirit working together to make the bigger decisions in life.

The apostle Paul in the book of Romans says it this way; “Romans 8:7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” (Bible.com)  Knowing this, that the flesh is not able to submit to the law, our Lord the creator sent His son Jesus in the flesh to be a sin offering. Because Jesus, in the form of sinful flesh, was sacrificed as an offering for our sins, if we believe in Jesus he will be faithful to send His Spirit to us to help us make the right decisions in life. Our job then is to make sure the we are listening when the Spirit is guiding us.

Father’s Day

A father’s work is never done, especially with an energetic son

“Hey dad”, he says, “let’s go out and play”, but son it’s father’s day

a day where I should relax and rest, and be told that I am the best

“But dad”, he says, “how about this”, a project that just can’t be missed

Son you know I love you so, don’t you think we should let that go

It’s father day and I’m the best, shouldn’t I just take a rest

Then there is this thought within, a little reminder of if not now then when

No, tomorrow I must mow, and Tuesday I’m not sure who is to know

If this dad is the best, then this lesson I must address

Life is too short to take a rest, when with an energetic son you have been blessed

© Johnathan Sexton and OneChristianMan.com, 2014.

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New backyard friends

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We had a couple of visitors in the backyard yesterday evening. The hens were a little curious but not too worried. I sat and watched these young rabbits eat a few minutes. They were eating whole clovers, grass, and a few weeds growing within my patio area. Which brought on an idea. I wonder how many rabbits I would need to keep my lawn mowed.