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October 8

"When religion (the Bible) and science conflict, at the end of the day, if you are an honest person, science must win." - Andy Stanley

It is such a sad thing to hear someone with a huge platform turn people away from trusting the authority and inerrancy of God's word. I really hate to say it, but Andy Stanley is a false teacher. This garbage is heresy and actually falls right in line with Satan's denial of the authority of God's word in the garden. 10 years ago I was a supporter and even attended North Point. Then again, 10 years ago I didn't know the Bible, nor did I know much about science.

The worst part about it, is that he is speaking on a subject he is clearly ignorant about. Absolutely nowhere does the Bible contradict good, solid science. Truthfully, the scientific community is slowly catching up with the Bible. For example, although Aristotle proved the earth to be round a few centuries before Christ, the book of Job (which was written 1,700 years earlier) also indicates a spherical earth. Isaiah 40:22 (written 2,700 years ago) says, "God sits above the circle of the earth...." Here, the prophet Isaiah was more than 4 centuries ahead of Aristotle. The scientific community didn't discover the hydrologic cycle until the 1,700's, but Job 36:27-28 says, "For He draws up the drops of water, they distill His mist in rain, which the skies pour down and drop on mankind abundantly." Here, the Bible was 3,700 years ahead of science. The book of Hebrews, written roughly 2,000 years ago reads, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." Here, a 2,000 year old "book" speaks concerning the molecular level. The scientific community didn't discover that our universe is expanding until the 1920's, but Isaiah 40:22 says, "God stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” There are man more examples.

Bottom line is this: The Bible is the most scrutinized "book" in existence and it has proven itself to be completely inerrant, year after year, century after century, it is time tested and proven perfect. Yes, it teaches a roughly 6,000 year old universe. Guess what? Good science supports that. The Bible teaches that the universe was created in 6 literal days. Guess what? Good science supports that. Good science supports the Bible. For more information on that I suggest you youtube one of the leading scientific experts and Biblical apologists, Dr. Jason Lisle.

Why does it matter? Why do I take this subject so seriously? Although Stanley says a lot of very good, Biblical things (and is a great communicator), why would I call him a false teacher by rejecting the authority and inerrancy of the Bible? Let me say that there are many reasons. Truth matters is at the top of my list. The fact that God places His word above His name (Psalm 138:2), which is above all names, is definitely worth mentioning. Also, something you may not have considered. Believing in a literal, 6 day creation account is essential in the understanding the gospel and foundational to it. What do I mean?

Well, the only reason to believe anything other than a literal, 6 day creation account (which the Bible clearly teaches), is in an effort to work in some type of evolution / dinosaurs (which are accounted for in Job 40 and 41) before the existence of man. Well, Jesus and I have a big problem with that. You see, if any animal died before the fall in the garden (if any blood was shed), then the wages of sin isn't death and Jesus didn't really have to die on the cross after all. But, the fact is, no animal died before the fall. After the fall, however, God killed an animal and made clothing for Adam and Eve to cover their sin, instituting animal sacrifice for that very purpose....to cover sin and showing clearly that the wages of sin is death. 4,000 years after Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, however, the Lamb of God, Jesus, died a sinners death and willingly gave up His life for mankind, that all who believe in Him would have ever lasting life....overcoming sin and death! The work of the cross doesn't cover sin, it washes it away!

My encouragement: Trust the Bible and turn away from believing myths and fables, even if mega church pastors like Andy Stanley are telling them. God is always right. Plus, believing Him makes you a genius!

September 30

Had an eventful morning at the Knoxville abortion clinic. Had the opportunity to talk with lots of people about what they believe and why. Without exception, every pro choice advocate and every atheist left with, at the very least, some serious doubts and concerns about their beliefs. I had two very simple questions to ask in regards to this subject matter.

First, to the pro choice advocate:

Nearly everyone I talked with agreed that a baby (or fetus if you prefer) was indeed life (alive) after conception. In the few cases that this was not conceded, the baby was considered "potential life" if no one intervened and ended the pregnancy. With that said I asked them to please finish the statement. It's ok to put an end to innocent life when __________.

I only got two answers.

1. the baby will not be healthy

2. rape

Addressing argument number 1, I carried the logic a bit farther. If unhealthy babies shouldn't be born, then unhealthy children shouldn't have to live either. Less than a mile away is a children't hospital where there are many handicapped and unhealthy children, so I suggested (using their own logic) that we should go to the hospital and kill them all. In each case they understood that was not the right thing to do (handicapped children deserve to live), so they agreed abortion was not the right option in this type of situation.

Addressing argument number 2, I asked the simple question. "Should an innocent baby be murdered because the father is evil and rapes their mother? How does rape justify murder?" None thought it did.

I ended our dialogue by asking the question again. "It's ok to put an end to innocent life when ___________. Every person said never.

Lastly, to the atheist:

In each case I asked, "Is Darwinian evolution a belief?" Each responded by saying DE is fact. So, I asked a very simple question. "Since DE is fact, give me one piece of evidence that I don't have to receive by faith." This should be easy to do. In every case I was told about Darwin's finches as evidence for DE. Apparently this is a favorite at UT. Lol.

"So, Darwin's finches are factual evidence for Macroevolution?" Yes. "What did the finches become?" Finches with different beaks. "They didn't become turtles or humans or giraffes? They just got different beaks?" Yes.

Obviously this isn't evidence for DE. This is adaptation or microevolution. This doesn't give any evidence for "molecules to man". Each conceded that they didn't have any proof and that DE required faith.

Additionally, I reminded them that mutations have never increased the information in the DNA of anything....ever. And, that it would require massive increases in genetic information to change bacteria into a worm, much less a human. To this they all agreed and looked quite helpless. Think "deer in headlights".

Well, this was a great opportunity to share the gospel....so I did. "You're not a product of meaningless evolution. You're not rearranged pond scum. You're a human, created in the image of God, (why?) because He wants a relationship with you. That relationship has been severed by your sin (because God is perfect) and God knew you'd never be able to do enough to erase it (works). So, He became a man (Jesus), lived a sinless life, took your place on a cross and died your death. And, if you'll just put your faith in Him and repent of your sin, you will be adopted into His family and welcomed into Heaven. It's. That. Simple.

Ideas and ideologies were shaken this morning by a nobody willing to open my mouth and share truth with people. I pray that others will water the seeds planted and that God will add a great increase into His kingdom. Don't let the fear of man stop you from making a difference. Be a witness. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Be the light of the world. Be the salt of the earth. Be a voice for the voiceless.

August 30

How do we love others?

Seriously. It's not always easy to determine what Christ like love looks like. This is because we often derive our definition of love from a worldly perspective. This is our tendency. Consequently, we have a weak, unoffensive, spineless and feeble view of love. Because of this, we often fail to say what needs to be said, waste time, energy and resources, brush truth "under the rug", let people continue in sin without regard to their eternal security and even allow ourselves to endure unnecessary abuse and mistreatment. Ultimately, a wrong view of love and its practical application will make us very ineffective and inefficient followers of Christ.

To accurately define love, however, we must look to God Himself, for He is love. Jesus gives us the perfect representation of love and we must look to Him to define it and love others in a Christlike fashion.

So, what does that look like? You may be surprised.

Sometimes Jesus refused to commit Himself to people because He knew their heart. Sometimes Jesus referred to people with words like hypocrite, sons of hell and white washed tombs. Sometimes Jesus commands us to discontinue relationship with others. Sometimes Jesus was very direct with people and pointed out the sin in their lives. Sometimes He even made a whip and started a fight. That doesn't sound very loving, does it?

So, how do we know how to love others? Paul writes on the subject in Philippians 1:9-11.

"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God."

We need our love to abound more and more in knowledge and discernment, or else, we will unknowingly walk in a false love. True love comes through the knowledge of God's word and the gift of discernment through the Holy Spirit. Without both we will be limited to a love that we define, which is far less than the love of Christ and falls short of His desire for us. We must look to God's word and be led by the Holy Spirit to really love others. And love, after all, is the most important thing.

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing." - 1 Corinthians 13

August 17

Sometimes pastors can get discouraged. Sometimes we can get depressed and down. I know I can. After all, I'm human. But what's so amazing, is that just at the right time God will pat you on the back, give you a hug and say, "Be of good cheer. I'm here. I love ya." Well, I just got a big hug from God.

This is the condensed version....

So, I'm leaving a Knoxville coffee shop and decided to walk into a cabinet shop and quickly get some info. After all, I'm about to remodel my kitchen. After taking to a gentleman for a few minutes, he directed me to go to their showroom around the corner. I walked over to the showroom, saw a few salesmen at their desks and made a lap, checking out the cabinets. After a couple minutes a man walked over to me and ask if he could help me out. So, I asked a few questions about their cabinets. Within a couple minutes he asked me where my house is located. To our amazement, he lives a couple hundred yards from me and passes my house every day on his way to work! Mind you, my house is a solid 30 minutes from the cabinet shop! What are the odds?

Next, he informs me that he will design my kitchen free of charge! Why? Because, "You're my neighbor!" Wow! Awesome. What are the odds?

Then, he asked me what I do. I told him about my past boxing career and that I am the college pastor of a UT campus ministry. Well, he's got a daughter that's a junior at UT.....and she's a science / physics major (my favorite subjects btw, along with math). Also, due to the atheistic, speculatory, propaganda being taught at UT, she has lots of questions concerning her faith and the Bible. I then gave him a ton of information (as he took notes) and directed him to http://www.calvaryknoxville.org/teachings/ where he could listen to a message I taught last Wednesday night called "The Bible: God's Word or Man's Word?". I also encouraged him to youtube Jason Lisle, who destroys every atheist's "scientific" argument I've heard. Honestly, he's brilliant.

As our conversation drew to a close I asked him if he attended a church anywhere. He grew up Catholic, moved here from Los Angeles years ago and hasn't attended church since his daughter went to college....but I could see that he believed in God and was hungry for truth. Well, we traded information and parted ways excited, encouraged and optimistic. Why? Because the creator of the universe prompted me to go out of my way to check out a cabinet shop that led me around the corner to a showroom, where a salesman was prompted to ask me if I need help, so I could share the truth and love of God with him. Honestly, I have no idea what else God will do from my cabinet shop encounter, but I can't wait to see!

Conclusion:

The infinitely powerful, creator of the universe let me be a part of His work in my new friend's life....and that's awesome. There is nothing that compares to being a part of God's work.

June 23

So, after the 02 Experience last night Amy, Mattie, Emma Moore and I went to Waffle House. When we pulled into the parking lot there were only a few cars parked, one of which a teenage girl was sitting on the trunk with her boyfriend standing between her legs. They were making out and continued to do so for no less than 10 minutes. As we sat at our table this process continued and I began to think about my daughters and the life I hope for them. Who's daughter was she?, I wondered. Who's son was he? Did they have any spiritual guidance or direction in their lives? Maybe not.

I am not one to sit on my hands when I see something wrong, so I got up and started out the Waffle House door. I walked across the parking lot and right up to the couple. I kindly asked their names and introduced myself and began to share God's good plan for their life. Then, I asked if they believed in God? Almost ashamedly, they both told me they were Christians. Well, that opened the door for some very fruitful conversation, during which another girl got out of the car to see what we were talking about. Admittedly, she was not a Christian and I had the opportunity to share with her as well.

There's no way I can fully know the impact our parking lot encounter will have on the three of them. I'll have to wait till heaven for that kind of information, but this I can say with complete certainty. I am thankful to be a part of God's work in their lives. I am thankful not to just go to church, but I get to be the church! We're on a rescue mission and time is running out. Don't be afraid or timid, but be bold and empowered!....and you shall be witnesses of Jesus wherever you go, to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8).

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor." - 1 Corinthians 3:5-8

May 4

Racism?

Did you know that the Bible does not teach separate races of men and woman? The only divisions taught in the Bible are ethnical due to living in different locations and speaking different languages, but the concept of different races is not mentioned. Why? Because the Bible teaches that there is only one race....the human one.

On the other hand, evolutionary concepts teach racism. Although Charles Darwin was against slavery, he was convinced of white racial superiority and said, "The more civilized so-called Caucasian races have beaten the Turkish hollow in the struggle for existence. Looking to the world at no very distant date, what an endless number of the lower races will have been eliminated by the higher civilized races throughout the world."

I will go so far to say that evolutionary concepts are satanic. After all satan's desire is to kill us. How better to do this than divide us against one another? On the other hand, God's perfect will is that man be united in love, peace and harmony with each other. This is only possible when united in Him and will be the case in His eternal kingdom.

"And He has made from one blood every nation of men...." - Acts 17:26

Food for thought for atheist, racist and evolutionist.

May 4

Live and learn?

The ancient Greeks believed that knowledge was found through experience. They would certainly adopt the phrase "live and learn", as do many today. Many people today believe that we should live, experience and learn from our mistakes.

The ancient Jews, however, adopted a much different philosophy. They knew that since they had the word of God, they didn't need to experience life in order to learn about life. They knew that God's word was the best guide to their lives and that simply obeying it would produce the best results.

My hope is that we would be wise and follow the example of the ancient Jews by obeying God's word and saving ourselves from much pain and wasted time. Indeed, it is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. Who are we to trust our experiences as guides to life when the creator of the universe has already given us everything we need to know how to live uprightly and justly? Word.

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success." - Joshua 1:8

April 9

The Bible isn't so much an instruction manual as it is a finger pointing us to Jesus. It doesn't give us every step by step instruction for the specifics of life, but where it withholds a detail it points us to Christ.

April 8

As a Christ follower my identity isn't defined by what I've done. It's defined by what He's done. I'm God's kid, adopted into His family and thus, a new creation, blameless before God.

Wow.

March 8

In a relationship?....If that caught your attention, you need to read this.

In Genesis 1:26 God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness....". God made man distinct from the animal kingdom, created in the image and likeness of God to be in relationship with Him (see John 17:21). God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are in perfect harmony, intimacy and relationship and God desires that same intimacy with us.

Since we are created in His image and likeness, we also desire relationship and intimacy with one another and God has clearly laid out what relationships honor His design, produce life and bear fruit. He has given us His perfect, prescribed method to living life in harmony, intimacy and relationship with one another. True to fashion, however, Satan, the world and our flesh are doing everything possible to stumble us in obeying God and are seeking to send mankind down a path of destruction.

The most important relationship a human being can have is the relationship between husband and wife. Not only is marriage God's prescribed method of procreation and the foundation to human life, but it's a picture and foreshadowing of Jesus union and wedding with the church. Because of this, marriage is under attack on all fronts. This is a huge subject to tackle, so for your sake, I want to take a look at one aspect of marriage and intro this with a question. How does anyone find a spouse?

Answer. They don't....or shouldn't (which every you prefer). God created marriage, so obviously He created the method to getting married. It is laid out clearly in Genesis chapter 2:18-24....

And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

Let me point out 7 steps in the method to marriage.

1. God knew Adam needed a wife before he did.

2. God gave Adam a task to make him aware of his need.

3. Adam could not find a suitable "helper".

4. Adam had nothing to do with "finding" Eve. He was asleep.

5. God prepared Eve for Adam and brought her to him.

6. Adam was completely satisfied with the woman God brought.

7. They became one flesh, in perfect harmony and intimacy together.

I could write a book to explain each of these 7 methods to marriage. Maybe I will, but I want to look at #3-5 a little closer for now. In this God has clearly shown that we are not to, nor are we able to, "find" a suitable spouse. The best Adam could find was a gorilla (not a good choice). God provided Adam's dream girl while he was asleep and He is sure to do the same for us today.

In the 6,000 years or so since Adam met Eve, we have lost sight of this simple truth. Today everyone is looking, dating, contemplating and trying to figure out who is "suitable" for them. May I suggest, this method doesn't work. I think that's clear to all of us, yet everyone continues doing this. That is the definition of insanity. So, maybe you're "In a Relationship". Well, I beg you to consider that there are only 4 relationships concerning the marriage subject that God prescribes and are suitable for mankind. I have listed them below.

1. single - not married, remaining pure, growing to know Jesus better.

2. engaged - getting married soon after much prayer and seeking God.

3. married - committed to serving your spouse until you die

4. gifted with singleness - given more time to serve God and live a single, celibate life (Matthew 19:12)

My encouragement to those of you in a relationship not found here?....Quit wasting your time dating, looking for a spouse and giving your heart away in the process. Seek God. Let Him provide. Stay pure and grow in Him. Be patient.

"....He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him...." - Hebrews 11:6

March 7

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” - Luke 17:5

Although faith is an essential in living the Christian life, it is often misunderstood and ill applied. Faith is not something we fabricate within our minds and work up within our hearts. Faith is not something we can create or muster up. Faith is a gift, given by God and developed by Bible study, obedience and perseverance. The Bible says that each of us are given a measure of faith....different amounts to different people.

So, how much faith does God give a person?

God will give a person faith, only to the degree that they are willing to exercise faith. God will not give faith to be wasted, nor will he hinder someone by limiting their faith. So, if you want great faith, exercise great faith. Don't let your fears, your weaknesses or your inadequacies limit you today. Trust God! Take a step of faith and know that God will meet you in it, growing and developing your faith as you are willing. In time, massive leaps of faith will seem as mere baby steps and the world will be in awe of how big God is.

March 1

For weeks now I have spent much of my Sunday evenings sharing Jesus with students on the UT campus. Surprisingly, there has been little to no resistance from any students. In fact, much of my sharing was very encouraging and I only talked to a few who weren't very open to having cordial dialogue....until this past Sunday.

To make a long story short, I spent nearly an hour talking to two students who, in my humble opinion, were willfully rejecting logic and reason. (see Romans 1:18) Both of their majors would indicate a love for science, but when challenged with actual science (observable measurable, repeatable) they grew very illogical and unreasonable. Ultimately, I had to leave and found myself a bit discouraged. Honestly, I hurt for them.

I am reminded of something Dr. Jason Lisle once said. "A compelling argument doesn't always persuade." Yes, this is true. But, I won't give up, nor would Dr. Lisle want me to. I will continue sharing Jesus with students at UT and am thankful I am not alone. The creator of the universe is with me....and you too! Be loving. Be bold. Be a light of grace and truth.

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” - Jesus

February 28

How to vote if you're a Christian.

Voting can be quite a tedious process and picking the best candidate can often leave us confused and frustrated. After all, there are so many issues and so many opinions. How can any of us manage to navigate our way through this election and remain confident that we have chosen the best candidate? I'll keep this short and simple.

First, acknowledge the simple fact that our nation became the greatest nation in the world (though it may not be any longer) by the grace and blessing of God. The most important aspect of this election and our only priority should be putting ourselves back into a position of blessing by honoring God. I will list 3 areas of interest and great concern in this election that will work toward doing just that.

1. Support Israel at all costs.

Why? God will bless those who bless Israel.

2. Stop abortion.

Why? God will not bless the murder of innocent babies.

3. Support Biblical marriage.

Why? God created marriage, therefore only He can define it.

In the last few decades we have rebelled against God in each of these areas and shaken our fist in His face. As a result we have removed ourselves out from under the blessing of God. Any candidate that will uphold these three issues according to God's will for our nation is, in my humble opinion, suitable to be president. They may not know much about foreign affairs, tax reform or how to handle a wrecked economy, but it doesn't matter. If God is for us, who can be against us? Simple.

February 17

Do you want to be made well?

I share Jesus with lots of people....on the street, in my daily activities and online, wherever I am able. Occasionally I will see someone open their heart to Him and their life is immediately transformed and set in a new, purposeful, joyful direction. Most of the time, however, I see people stuck in a place of seemingly willful blindness and discontented, frustrated, "at the end of my rope" , dissatisfied contentment. I am typically shocked to see how many people reject the only answer to life, especially when they seem to have tried everything else. It's as if they really don't want to be set free. This had me thinking last night about John 5.

In John 5 Jesus encounters a man at the pool of Bethesda. This man has been suffering from some type of paralysis for 38 years of his life, lying hopelessly at this pool, and Jesus asks him a remarkable question. "Do you want to be made well?" The answer seems to be an obvious "yes", so why would Jesus ask this? Two reasons....comfort and responsibility.

1. This man lived as a handicapped beggar. In 38 years he had become quite familiar with his situation. It's really all he knew. He had, in some way, become comfortable to live like this, and had succumb to settling with living the moderately happy life of a beggar.

Too many times we become comfortable to live life as moderately happy beggars, not realizing the path to true victory stands right in front of us asking, "Do you want to be made well?" Some are so comfortable living in sin and spiritual paralysis, a life of power, peace and purpose seems almost undesirable. After all, it's the unknown....a place that lacks the familiarity and dissatisfying comfort of hopelessness, helplessness and spiritual paralysis.

2. Secondly, this man was used to having others take care of his needs. If he were healed his life would radically change and he would now be responsible to take care of himself. He would have to get his own job and pay his own bills. This newfound freedom would also be accompanied with a new found responsibility.

The same is true for us. When we are saved and set free, we immediately encounter a new found responsibility to the One who has saved us. We are immediately responsible to Jesus, belong to Him and are accountable for living a life that brings Him glory. Unfortunately, most people don't like responsibility because it requires effort, discipline and commitment.

To conclude, we are all born beggars, disconnected from God by a gulf of sin. Although we could never cross this gulf alone, Jesus has made a way. Don't let the familiarity and relative comfort of your situation stop you from saying, "Yes, I want to be well!" There is nothing that compares to a life walking with Jesus and in relationship with your creator. Also, in light of the responsibility that a new life will bring, embrace it. Living your life for Jesus will cost you everything, but He is worthy and He loves to reward those who serve Him faithfully. As you labor for Him in this life, you store up eternal treasure that rust and moth cannot destroy and thieves cannot steal. So, humble yourself, open your heart to Him....

"....'Rise, take up your bed and walk.'

And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked." - John 5:8-9

January 14

Last night made history. The largest powerball lottery in US history was won. In light of the 1.5 billion dollar lottery jackpot, I thought it would be nice to have some Biblical perspective.

Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. - 1 Corinthians 3:21-23

We, as fallen humans, tend to "boast in men". We love to namedrop and are thrilled to get a picture with the rich and famous. Said picture is quickly added to our digital virtual identity, Instagram. We often place our value, fulfillment and faith in the things of men....things of the natural, fallen, temporal world. Money is certainly at the top of that list, but here Paul says not to do that. Why you may ask? This verse points out that all things belong to the follower of Christ anyway. Why would we put so much stock in wealth, fame or status now when the entire universe, present and more importantly future, belongs to the child of God, he or she belongs to Jesus and Jesus to God. Everything is God's and as His kids, He gladly gives all to us. God is generous, far beyond anything we could ever conceive or imagine with our finite minds. Additionally, since God was willing to give His Son Jesus that we might be saved, would He withhold anything good from His kids? Certainly not!

So, if you didn't win the lotto last night, don't worry....put your faith in Jesus. Everything is yours anyway....everything. Why doesn't God give it to you now? Because He would much rather you grow to know Him better by depending upon Him more than for you to place your faith in a checking account containing hundreds of millions of dollars. Additionally, no soldier gets rewarded until He comes home from war. So, get to work and remember....It's just a rescue mission.

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