Skip the Beer

While watching a talk show one morning, I saw country music artist Thomas Rhett singing his song “Beer with Jesus”. As I listened to the words I couldn’t help think as he sang the chorus “You don’t have to wait for the answers to the questions you are asking, because Jesus answered them already.”  Allow me to parody how this conversation might go in a question answer format.

 Q: How’d you turn the other cheek, To save a sorry soul like me?  

A: Because I love you, Listen to my  word. John 3:16 “For this is the way 36  God loved the world: He gave his one and only 37  Son, so that everyonewho believes in him will not perish 38  but have eternal life. 39  3:17 For God did not send his Soninto the world to condemn the world, 40  but that the world should be saved through him.” My love for you drove me to turn the other cheek and lay down my life and pay the penalty you deserve.

 Q: Do you hear the prayers I send?

A: Yes, I do hear them especially the ones you whisper when you don’t think any one can hear. I hear your prayers, see your tears, and long to save your soul if you would only believe in me.

 Q: What happens when life ends?

A: That’s an easy one. When you die if you have believed in me as the Lord of your life repented of your sin (Repentance is turning from your sin and walking in my ways) then you join me in heaven. If not then you are judged for your sin an sent to hell. Again hear my word: John 3:18 “The one who believes in him is not condemned. 41  The one who does not believe has been condemned42  already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only 43  Son of God”.

 Q: And when you think you’re comin’ back again?
A: I’m not telling you this. I am coming back so get your life right and be ready. Because after my return for the Church, and the 7 years of tribulation there will be no repentance and you will be eternally condemned. Mankind will be judged and punished for sin. My grace is here and now so repent and believe.

 Q: How’d you change a sinner’s heart?

A: I shed my blood and apply it to their hearts when they repent of their sin and believe in me. At that moment they become new! All of what they have done and what had been done to them is washed away and they are new creations! HAHA! Listen to my the words I spoke through Paul:  “So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away 32  – look, what is new33  has come!” 2nd Corinthians 5:17 I love doing this! It’s so much fun!

 Q: And is heaven really just beyond the stars?

A: Don’t worry about where heaven is just worry about getting there.

 Q: What’s on the other side?
A: Heaven or Hell.


 Q: Is mom and daddy alright?

A: They are fine, they want you to be with them here.


 Q: And if it ain’t no trouble tell them I said hi.
A: No trouble at all.

The end.

I’m of course making up the end, however I believe Mr Rhett would be better off to skip the beer and pick up his Bible, and so would we.

Again this is a parody of what might take place during this supposed conversation. I take a strong stance, and believe Christians should not drink because of the appearance of evil it gives.


Swallowing Camels

I wonder sometimes if we aren’t swallowing camels and straining out nats.


Jesus accused the religious leaders of his day of doing just that by referring to the practice of straining wine, and other drinks through linen, or another filtration median in order to strain out small insects that might make them unclean by swallowing on accident. They would tithe the smallest amount but neglect the most important, and just like them we sometimes neglect the more important things like justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Oh sure we’ll tithe, attend, and sing with gusto, but then forget to show kindness to the store employee, waitress, or gas station attendant afterwards.

My full time job requires me to work half of the Sundays in a month, and I have discovered something about my brothers and sisters in Christ. They are extremely rude and condescending to people who work on Sundays. For example One Sunday afternoon a fellow coworker received a cussing from a person whom he knew was a deacon in a local church, then was given a gospel tract by that same man a few days later.  (Gulp, Gulp, Gag! I wonder how many calories were in the camel that the dude  had just swallowed!)

Here is what I’m driving at. You can tithe, sing, and pray all you want while in church, but if you don’t truly care about the more important things like justice, mercy, and faithfulness, your slamming the door of heaven in the face of the unsaved.

Your swallowing camels.

So quit choking them down, because camels don’t taste good, and aren’t heart healthy. I know this because just like you, I’ve choked down a few myself. So may God in His grace help us to realize that we’ve got a camel in our glass.


Matt 23:13 “But woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven!

Matt 23:23 “Woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You give a tenth of mint, dill, and cumin, yet you neglect what is more important in the law—justice, mercy, and faithfulness! You should have done these things without neglecting the others. 24 Blind guides! You strain out a gnat yet swallow a camel!



Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Mt 23:13). Biblical Studies Press.


Biblical Studies Press. (2006). The NET Bible First Edition; Bible. English. NET Bible.; The NET Bible (Mt 23:23–24). Biblical Studies Press.


Thinking differently, and acting differently.

God loves you ans has a wonderful plan for your…have you ever heard some one say a phrase like that while trying to evangelize some one else? I’ve heard it, used it, and am quite tired of it. Most people who are not Christians have heard it too.  We live in a day and age where people are skeptical of these types of catch phrases.

The other day I was in a store, and saw a gospel tract lying on a shelf. It was designed to look like a thousand dollar bill. I thought interesting, I wonder how many times that the person who left this, has left it for a tip for a waitress on a busy Sunday morning. (I know a little cynical) My point is this. We need to stop using canned, overused, and weird tricks to reach those who are not Christians.

Rather what  we need is to think and act differently when it comes to reaching those who are not yet Christians. I know some are thinking, that the old methods are the best. Well maybe they once were, but they aren’t now. As a NASCAR fan I don’t want to see my favorite driver in a car from the 1980’s running Daytona with the cars of today. It would be silly to think he would be competitive. Why do we insist on running the race for souls in such a way?

Listen, people today don’t care how much you know unless they see how much you care. So instead of sharing the gospel first, and your life second, share your life first, and weave into it how your decision to follow Christ has changed it. Ditch the presentations, and get real with them about Jesus and His saving, and changing power in your life.

Here’s an idea.

How about the next time you go to a real nice dinner you ask the server if they have a need in their life that you can pray over before your meal. Then instead of the 15-20% you should be tipping,  give 30%. That way you show you care about them physically, and spiritually.


Pools, Water Heaters, and Blown up Toilets!

You ever wonder “what were they thinking?” I do, I can’t help it. Working in retail for the last 13+ years, I’m amazed at what people will do.

Like the time a woman asked me to show her to the floor drains. She began explaining to me that she was tired of using a pump to drain her above ground pool to winter levels. So she decided that she would dig under it, cut the liner, put the drain in and seal the hole up with silicone. I began explaining to her that since it was July, and her pool was filled with water ,this is probably not the best idea, because the minute she cut her liner it would be ruined, and even if she was fast enough, and didn’t ruin her liner, we didn’t have any drains for that purpose. Did that stop her? Noooooooo! She simply didn’t believe me, and paid for the drain she was sure would work, and left.(The next day I found the drain covered in mud lying in the return area. Yep, she just had to do it her way!)

Or the guy that came to see me because he and a friend dropped some sort of large firecracker in the toilet and flushed it to see what would happen. Yep, you got it! He needed a new toilet.

My favorite, is the guy who called me asking about heating elements for his water heater and when I asked him for the wattage I heard him scream as he got shocked because he didn’t turn the breaker off. And after his cussing fit while looking for the phone he dropped, I managed to get the information I needed to help him.

I think there is a Proverb that fits here: “There is a way that appears to be right,
    but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12

We can laugh at the stories I mentioned, because they are funny. However we shouldn’t laugh at the fact that we often see a way that seems right to us but in the end leads to death. So let’s seek direction and guidance before we drown, electrocute, or have no place to dispose of our… I think you get my point.






Punishment from God?

I was reminded recently of something God showed me years ago when one of my children broke his arm. We were in the ER, and I was quietly praying over him, crying out to God, telling Him how I wished I could take away my child’s pain. When a thought entered my mind, about God and mankind.

See I was helpless, and powerless to take away the pain and brokenness of my child. No matter how badly I wanted to I couldn’t heal him. I knew that the Doctor was coming, but the best he could do is set the arm and medicate the pain.I was grateful for that, but the feeling of helplessness was still there.

I realized right then something that has directed my prayer life for my unsaved friends and family members ever since. In some small way I was feeling what God must feel looking at the brokenness of humanity, and not being allowed to help.

See I was powerless to fix my broken child, and take away his pain. But that is not true with God! He isn’t powerless to fix our brokenness or take away our pain! In fact He has provided the Physician to do just that; Jesus Christ is that Doctor that came to set our brokenness right and heal our pain! Here is the  promise for wounded and broken humanity:

Isaiah 53:4-5
4 Yet it was our weaknesses he carried;
it was our sorrows* that weighed him down.
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God,
a punishment for his own sins!
5 But he was pierced for our rebellion,
crushed for our sins.
He was beaten so we could be whole.
He was whipped so we could be healed.

So how about it? Will you allow the Great Physician to heal you and take your pain today?
Tyndale House Publishers. (2007). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3rd ed.) (Is 53:4–5). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.


What are you eating?

As a kid I used to love peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches, they were some of my favorite things to eat. However nutritionally speaking there is just not much there.

If all I ever ate was peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwiches, I’d be malnourished and sick. I’m afraid that for most of us our spiritual diet contains more marshmallow fluff than real meat, and so the body of Christ is malnourished and in some places down right diseased.

What we need is real spiritual nutrition. An this passage in John show’s us where we can get it.

John 6:7

” I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me.”

The source of life for Jesus was found in the Father. If Jesus needed a source of life here on earth then I think that it’s safe to say we need one too. Jesus tells us our source of life, it’s found in what we eat. If Jesus is our daily bread then we have all we need. If He isn’t then we will become what we eat.

To be better nourished spiritually we need a real living relationship with Jesus Christ, and we have got to get in His presence through prayer, and a daily habit of reading His Word. That is the only place we can find nourishment and healing.

The times we live in are bad and getting worse! And only those with a daily time with Jesus will be strong enough to stand.

“The Bread of God when eaten daily, produces a quality of life that Jesus Christ Himself enjoyed.”

David Wilkerson

Hungry For More Of Jesus





Tyndale House Publishers.(2007). Holy Bible: New Living Translation (3rd ed.) (Jn 6:57). Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.


God will reveal himself only to PHD’s

I don’t know about any one else, but I’m convinced that what we need more of in the Church is people that are PHD’s. Because it’s people with PHD’s that God longs to reveal himself to. You read that right. God longs for people with PHD in the church to show himself to.

People who are Poor, Hungry, and Desperate for Him!

What? not the PHD you were thinking of? Well, sorry I fooled you, but what I said is true. Consider these verses:

Matthew 5: “Blessed are the poor in spirit,

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Isaiah 66:2 “These are the ones I look on with favor:

    those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.

God is seeking to reveal himself in these last days, but he wants PHD’s.  He loves to meet with the poor, hungry, and the desperate.

I’m all three. What about you?