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July 15, 2021 Daily Devotion – Buddy’s Post
What is your advice, if you are chased by a bear?
A great experience was hiking on the Appalachian Trail. One morning we had breakfast at the lodge on top of Mount LaConte, near Gatlinburg. When I was walking back from breakfast toward the campsite A friend and I had an experience with a bear. The guys who had returned earlier from breakfast, were yelling, “Go back!” “Go Back!!” Really, we could not understand what was going on, so we continued to move back toward the camp site. Well, we discovered later that the first group to go back to the campsite had disturbed a bear rummaging in the trash pit for food. They had scrambled onto the roof of the wooden lean-to provided for campers and could see us coming. We could not see the bear. We just heard their yells. Coming around the corner where there was a cluster of trees, we found ourselves in front of an angry bear. It may have been 50 yards, but my adrenaline made me think it was 5 feet. The bear stood on his hind legs, made a noise and began to move in our direction. Ok, here is where I ask you a question: What is your advice, if you are chased by a bear?
I looked on a web site called Trip Savvy. They had an article titled, “What to do if you encounter a bear in the wilderness”. Here is a portion of what they said: “Stay Calm! It should be stressed that bears rarely attack humans, so if you do come across one while in the wild it is important to remain calm and not panic”. Well, here is the rest of the story. My friend took off running back toward the lodge. In a flash the thought came to me that all I had to do was out run him and I would be ok. I took off, past my friend, went into the lodge and ordered another stack of pancakes. All were safe.
How do you handle panic situations? We all have them. It may not be a bear in the mountains, but we all panic. The sickness of a child, the death of a loved one, an illness which has come on unexpected, and on the list could go which creates the opportunity to panic.
I want to share two stories from the Bible today. One from the Old Testament and one from the New. In Exodus 14:13-14 we find the Egyptian army closing in on God’s people. There is panic within the masses. They turn to Moses, and this is what he said, “Moses answered the people, Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." Be still! The Hebrew word is ‘haresh’, which means peace, still, keep silent. In other words, Stay Calm. Do not panic. Trust God. In the New Testament we find Jesus with his disciples on a boat and the storm comes. It is found in Mark 4:39. Jesus says to the storm and I think to the disciples also, “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Quiet! Be still! Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” The Greek word is ‘phimoo’. It means “Muzzle, peace, silence, and still”. Jesus demonstrated he had the power to calm the storm, and at the same time to calm our panic. Stay calm. Do not panic. Trust Jesus.
What causes your panic in life? What causes you to lose your focus on God’s power and the power Jesus demonstrated? If God can defeat the Egyptians, and Jesus can still the storm, then don’t you think he can calm the stormy panic we feel when we are pursued by the enemy who is about to overtake us. Stay calm. Do not panic. Trust God.
My advice if you encounter a bear, you are on your own. Just do not do as I did. When you feel a panic coming on because of something in this world, Stay calm. Do not panic. Trust God.
Holy God, help us to trust you more. Help us to be calm. Help us to TRUST you in all matters of life. Amen
July 15, 2021 Daily Devotion – Buddy’s Post
Learning from the past
When we visited my grandmother in Clinton, Mississippi we heard many stories regarding my grandfather who had been the president of Mississippi College. I really only have two personal memories of him. One was him shaving. There was a stairway to the second floor with a landing half way up. Above the landing was a stained-glass window which led to his bathroom. When he stood at the mirror to shave, he would open the window to un-fog the mirror. I would sit on the stairway and watch with fascination with each stroke of the razor. The other memory was seeing him in bed suffering with a brain tumor which eventually took his life. Frankly, I am learning more about him even today. I was unaware that after graduating from Mississippi college in 1906, he first received a law degree before he went on to receive a Doctorate in Physics. I wish I could go back in time and talk to him and learn more. What lessons could be learned which would enlighten me to the proud history of our family. Oh! By the way. I have three pictures in my home. One is my grandfather. One is my father. One is of me. We have them going up the stairs. My grandfather’s picture is located above the landing almost exactually where that stained glass window was in the Nelson Clinton home. Coincident, or intentional? I will allow you to speculate.
Learning from the past. Great lessons can be gleaned, if we look at God’s Word and make specific applications to today’s world. This is why it is given to us, but all too often we read scripture like a history book, rather than inspired lessons to help us in ever generation. Today’s focus is on passages from Numbers 13:26-33. It is the story of the Israeli spies returning from scouting the land, then reporting back to Moses and the people. As all were anxiously waiting to hear the report, they were saddened and became fearful from the majority report. Here is what is recorded in Numbers 13:27-29, “They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large”. God promised us a land of milk and honey, and here is the proof. God brought us out of slavery to this place for a time such as this, now here we are. God has been with us each step of the way, but the challenges are too much for us, we cannot do. Not a good faith filled report. Right? With a unified corporate deflating exhale, as if being hit in the gut with a fist of bad and sad news, the people’s spirit, hope and faith were dashed upon the rocky shore of anticipation. Then in verse 30 they are allowed to hear the minority report. Here is what happened. "Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, "We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it." We can do it! Remember the story of the Little Engine that Could. “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”
Ok, God’s people. We are faced with great challenges before us with chaos in politics, chaos in our economic future, chaos in Christian church stability. Will we follow the majority report, or will we turn our focus on the minority report? Do we say, the problems of today are too gigantic and we cannot do it, so we will just talk about how bad things are? Or on the other hand, will we choose to listen to the still small voice of God and the minority report and begin planning to do something about it! Each one of us will need to search our hearts. We need to put a stethoscope on our spiritual hearts and determine what we want to accomplish for our Holy God who leads us to this time and this place in history to be a force for positive change and see His vision fulfilled through us. We could spend another generation in the wilderness waiting, complaining, and doing nothing. Or we could Choose to move forward knowing with God’s help we can accomplish great things for him who created us for this moment in history!
Dearest loving, forgiving, challenging Father, give your church, your people our marching orders to move into this world you have given to us. May we do what it takes to trust you and go forward with the Faith, hope and love this world needs. Amen.
July 14, 2021 Daily Devotional – Buddy’s Post
My way or the highway
When I have time, I do like to ponder what life was like as a child. There are some great memories of close friends, having fun, feeling no responsibility unless we got caught, and feeling bonded together with those who shared those memories. It is truly ashamed we have allowed time to pass and we have not stayed in touch as we should have. The river of life cannot be stopped. The water which is passing by today will most likely not be seen again. We live with memories, good and bad. Speaking of bad memories, do you remember those days when we would gather to play a pick-up game of baseball? I guess that is why I like to watch the “Sandlot” movies every time they come up on a station. Memories. However, things did not always go well. There were those moments filled with hurt feelings, anger, even fights when something happens and there is a disagreement as to who was safe at base, or whether or not it was a foul ball. Arguments ensued and emotions flew, before the sometimes fists which would fly. Then the moment came, “I hate you all!” and the walk off. Not a walk off home run, but the walk off I am going home. The sun rises on the following day. The phone call comes. The game is on at 3. All from the day before is forgotten. There is no mention of it. It was a new day. What ever happened to those days?
Adults seem to stay angry with no morning phone calls. Today, if we have a different opinion from someone else, we become the enemy. It is never forgotten. We choose not to speak to that person ever again, but we will speak about that person to others all of the time. I guess it is like President Bush said after 911, if you are not on our side, you are our enemy, or something similar to that. Have we allowed the attitude of politics to affect how we as Christians feel and act toward each other? I think so.
Look at a passage in Philippians which is interesting. This church at Philippi seemed to be Paul’s favorite church family. He said in 1:3, “I thank my God every time I remember you.” But what I want you to see today is what he says in 2:2-5. “Then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.”
Arguments, disagreements, differences of opinion were just as common in the early church as they are today. Does not make it right. However, it gives to us the opportunity to see how others looked at pulling disagreeable people together. “Be like-minded!” This does not mean we are to walk in lock step and give up our truths. Yet, it does mean we are to listen to each other and find a way to have a variety of opinions without violating the validity of another person.
What a world this would be if we could all did every thing we could to “have the attitude of Christ”. (Verse 5). In politics, in relationships, in our work situations, in talking about issues, and in our Christian faith, why do we act like children playing a pick-up game of baseball? What will it take for us to grow up and learn that if we can find ways to get along with other Christians, we might even find a way to communicate the love of Christ to those who do not know him. Is this what Paul meant when he said, “make my joy complete”? It seems his real joy came not with just people saying they believe in Jesus; it came when they acted like it.
God of us all, create in us a spirit of unity, maturity, and joy as we live each day. Amen.
July 13, 2021 Daily Devotion – Buddy’s Post
Discovering diamonds hidden in scripture
Take a journey with me today through scripture to discover something which is humbling, heartbreaking, and at the same time inspirational. It is like taking a trip into a barren desert, and discovering valuable diamonds laying around just for you to discover to use for your spiritual growth. Notice where it begins, and wait until you see where it concludes. Let’s begin at Exodus 3:11 and 3:14. There is a huge contrast often overlooked for all of the activity which is transpiring. In verse 11 we find these words, “But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" God was giving Moses a task to perform which was needed, an answer to centuries of prayers, and expected by God himself. Go talk to Pharaoh and tell him to free my people. “Who am I?” is what Moses said. Nelson’s translation, “Why me Lord. What have I ever done…”? Then in Exodus 3:14 God responds to Moses’ question, “God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you." Interesting! Moses does not know who he is. God simply says I know who I am. David has a similar response in 2 Samuel 7:18. David has a similar response in 1 Chronicles 29:14. Soloman has a similar response in 2 Chronicles 2:6. God askes and we humans respond with Who am I that I should do this?”
In the New Testament, the tide is turned around, putting the spot light on us with a piercing question. A question which will change our outlook and change our lives. It will take us from the point of questioning God to enable us to say, with clarity, I know who I am. What am I talking about? In Mark 8:29 and Matthew 16:15, Jesus says, “Who do you say I am?” When Paul recovered from the blindness of being in the presence of the resurrected Christ, the boldness he had from his radical religious desire to persecute Christians, was transformed into a boldness to proclaim the Good News of Jesus into all of the known world.
God clearly stated who he was, “I am!” Jesus clearly knew who he was. He said in John’s Gospel, “I am the Bread of Life, I am the light of the world, I am the door, I am the good shepherd, I am the resurrection, I am the way, truth and life, and I am the vine.” Paul knew who he was because he encountered Christ, changed and used his boldness of life to do God’s work. Then, this again brings us back to “But who do you say that I am?” Do you know my Jesus? Do you do what God is calling you to do? Are you satisfied with where you are in you service to God, your stewardship of life and possessions, your sacrificial way of putting others first, and in the way you treat people who are not like you? The “I am” is crying out to each of us today to become what we say we believe. Will you? Or is this where you say, “Who am I, that I should go?” Let me explain once again how God works. He says, “I AM!” “I SEND YOU OUT!” “Because I believe in you, I will give to you the strength to accomplish what I am sending you to do!” Get it! Who are we to question God? Who are we to think someone else should do it? Who are we to think we are not worthy to serve the one who makes us worthy? Trust God and trust yourself and rely on the Holy Spirit. Moses led his people. David built the temple. David praised God for God’s people’s gifts to the temple. Solomon re-built the temple. Paul became the bold proclaimer. Now today in this very moment God is asking you “Who do you say I am?” What say you?
Yahweh, the Great I AM, even in the midst of our feelings of unworthiness, you come to challenge us. May we be bold in our eager response to say, “Here I am, send me!” Amen
July 12, 2021 Daily Devotion – Buddy’s Post
Thoughts about the Eternal
When someone attends the funeral of a friend or loved one, all kinds of thoughts run through their mind. This is true for ministers also, maybe even more so. There are memories to hold on to, there are regrets which flash before your eyes, there are longings to want to be with the person again, and there are thoughts which clash together causing confusion. One might ask, what thoughts clash together. This is where I am this morning. I shared the responsibility of speaking a few words of attempted comfort at the funeral of my very good friend Sunday. Robert Gordon was so very special. A joy to be with and inspirational to simply observe in the living of life. Then Sunday, before going to the service, I was in Sunday school listening to an excellent lesson being taught from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 3, Verses 7-13 where we discover the message to the church at Philadelphia. The discussion went in several directions, one which was regarding the returning of Jesus to bring the believers to heaven.
This is where life actually affects the way one interprets scriptures. I was thinking about the funeral service, focused on the faith and life of Robert. The class seemed focused on end times, as many speak about it. My thoughts were of an individual friend gone to heaven. The class seemed more focused on the end of the world. Neither is wrong, but one must confess how your starting point affects your outcome as far as you process the truths of scripture. I then focused on the scripture I was using as a spring board to discuss my friend’s faith and life, 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. Forgive me for printing only 11-12 due to space. I want you to read the whole chapter to see if you can visualize what I see. Here are the two verses, “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
Now, here is what I ask you to consider. Verses 1-12 speak directly about living the life God wants us to live. A life which will be ‘pleasing to God’. (Verse 1). Then in verses 13- 5:11 the writer gives the assurances of the return of Christ to claim those who are His. Here is the “Clash” of thoughts. LIVE verses LONG. Live each moment of each day pleasing God verses longing for the Second coming of Christ. Personally, I see in this portion of Holy Scripture two verses which are specific clues to the intent of the writer. Verse 18 of Chapter 4 and verse 11 of Chapter 5. The key word in each is encourage. Why the choice of such a word? The KJV says comfort. The Greek word is ‘parakaleho’ which is the combination of two thoughts. One who comes along side and brings comfort or encouragement. It is actually the definition of the work of the Holy Spirit. However, in this instance, it is seen as the responsible action of believers toward other believers.
Here is where I am wanting you to focus today. In my opinion, maybe mine alone, we should focus on living a life which is pleasing to God, not becoming obsessed with the when, where, how of Christ’s return. The eternal thoughts are for our comfort, assurance, encouragement, confidence, so we can focus on living the life of a believer in such a way that God will be pleased and say to us on that day, “Well done!” When I die, or when I see Jesus coming back to claim me as one of His, I have the assurance that if I have done my best to live a life that has pleased God, I’m good either way. Our total focus should be, in my thoughts, the living of life on earth. Eternity is taken care of by the one we have trusted and put our faith in. Let’s allow Him to take care of that which so many want to speculate. Today, is our concern. Are we doing our best to live in a way that pleases God?
Eternal Father, may we live each day making it our ambition to live each moment for you, your way. Amen.
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