“THE TYRANNY OF THE URGENT!” How’s it going? Here we are at the end of the first month of 2019 and we should ask ourselves about how 2019 is going. Are those promises and commitments you made at the beginning of the year being kept or have they become lost in the busy activities of daily life? Have you taken action to get on the road to fulfillment of those goals you set for 2019? If not, why not? Life just has a way of making us take care of all the things that “pop-up” on a daily basis instead of letting us get done what is really important. It is called the “tyranny of the urgent” (not original with me) and we all experience it. In fact most people live by that principle. As I review 2018


HISTORIC EVENT! An historic event will happen in Haiti March 27-31, 2019 . The first National Conference of the Fraternite Charis d’ Haiti will take place on the campus of House of Hope Orphanage in Cap Haitian, Haiti. This new Fellowship of Churches is committed to sharing the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and working together to support and encourage each other in their desire and abilities to disciple a new generation of Christians in Haiti. This fellowship has been a dream of Caribbean Vision Ministries since we began work in Haiti in 2005 since it connects the churches in Haiti with the worldwide fellowship of Charis Alliance churches. Caribbean Vision Ministries and Breathe Partners


LOOKING FOR DIRECTION IN LIFE? Many people today just can’t seem to get a handle on what they should do in life on a daily basis. I have to admit there can be a lot of questions in life regarding very basic issues. It really does help to be a Christian when traveling through life because we have a life direction book sent directly from God to help us with life’s tough issues. It is called the Bible. If we read it and apply what we read life has a way of sorting itself out. Certainly the Apostles faced some tough issues in life after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The gospel of Matthew in chapter twenty-eight verses 16-20 (NIV) gives us a record of Jesus clarifying life for them


DOWN BUT NOT OUT! “And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit,” (Matthew 27:50 NIV). The day Jesus was crucified on the cross at Calvary it was thought by most people who witnessed the events of that day that the life, ministry and hopes of Jesus were dead, finished, and completed. End of story. It is interesting that Matthew, in his gospel, follows the words of verse 50 with these words, “At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus resurrection and went into the holy


TOMORROW! Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 NIV). Jesus said this in the context of reminding those around Him that God would take care of their earthly needs (Matthew 6:25-33 NIV) and they needed to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and these things will be given to you as well’ (Matthew 6:33). Yes, life is uncertain, but God is in control and in charge of tomorrow. Uncertainty should not cause us to be anxious or full of worry. But at the same time we should remind ourselves that our future rests in the hands of God and all our boasting about what we may or may not do i


TEMPTATION! We all face it every day in multiple ways and sometimes we give into it without thinking. Temptation may be as small as the urge to sleep in on a morning when we know we should be up and doing something important. Or it may be as big as taking something of value that doesn’t belong to us or to hurt someone’s reputation by telling a lie about them. Temptation may come in areas of our life where we are really morally weak or where our fears cause us to fail even when we know to give in to those fears are wrong. When we grow in our Christian faith and think that we can resist temptation every time in any area without failing then we may be set up for failure. Jesus knows that our si


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY WIFE MILLIE! The day Millie was born is one of the most important days in human history to me. On that day God brought forth into this world the woman who would affect my life more than any other person except for Jesus Christ. Millie was raised by Christian parents and through her relationship with Christ and the influence of her parents I eventually came to know Jesus as my Savior. Millie is almost totally different from me in personality, gifts and abilities, emotions, and thinking processes. She is certainly the completer in my life that God intended her to be. Millie is a person who meets people easily and attracts people to her by virtue of her smile, personality,


IMPORTANT WORDS! Our world is filled with words in our generation; newspapers, books, magazines, phones, radio, TV, CD’s, DVD’s, Ipods, Internet, and it seems every conceivable kind of electronic device you can imagine. It is hard to escape people and words. There is no doubt communication is vital and important. But how important are most of the words filling the air around us today. And how many of those words speak truth and how many are just blatant lies. Words can heal or hurt or help. Words can inform or deceive. Some words just temporarily pass by our ears and others stick in our memory forever. Some words are words of deception spoken by Satan or the deceivers of this world and othe


PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH! Jesus had some interesting discussions with and comments for the religious leaders of His day. The Gospel of Matthew chapter twenty-three is a running commentary that all Christians and religious leaders should reflect on. For instance Jesus said of the spiritual leaders in His day that “they do not practice what they preach,” (v.3 NIV) and “everything they do is done for people to see,” (v.5 NIV). Jesus also noted that those religious leaders “love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ (teacher, v.7 NIV). Jesus also said that many of the religious leaders of His day “shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” and th


HATE VS LOVE! I was raised as a child reading the daily newspaper. I loved to read the newspaper especially the comics and the sports pages. And I followed the major league baseball teams diligently; all eight in each league. That’s right, just eight in each league. No divisions, just a slugfest to the finish to see who would be in the World Series. I no longer watch or follow Professional sports. I believe the sports have become too much about greed, money, power, and political statements and leverage. Professional sports have become the god of too many people, even professing Christians. I don’t read the newspapers anymore. I get my local, national and world news from different sources an


WHO IS THIS? In chapter twenty-one of the Gospel of Matthew a very important question is raised about Jesus Christ. You know the events of that chapter. Today, it is called Palm Sunday, the day Jesus went riding into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey with adoring crowds surrounding Him. People’s cloaks were spread on the road along with branches from trees, and the crowds went ahead of him and behind him and they shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (vs.8-9 NIV). The people living in Jerusalem seemed a little confused about who Jesus was and why the crowds were so excited because they reacted in this manner, “


JOCKEYING FOR POSITION! If you have ever watched a horse race you know how important position is at certain times in the race. And like jockeys on horses in a race many people go through life jockeying for position and attempting to be first in life whatever they do regardless of how their attempts affect the lives of others. This is nothing new and Satan uses this selfish desire to keep people from actually achieving what God desires for each of us. The Apostles also encountered this problem in their own lives. One such occasion is found in Matthew 20:20-28 NIV. John and James accompanied by their mother approached Jesus and their mother asked Jesus to, “Grant that one of these two sons of


MARRIAGE! Some people think marriage is old fashioned and outdated. Others think it is unnecessary and doesn’t mean much. Some think it is OK to have multiple husbands or wives and some think sex orientation in marriage doesn’t matter and that somehow we now have multiple types of human beings beyond male and female. And the media, politicians, and entertainment personalities of our day attempt to influence all of society into one particular viewpoint of acceptance or else be ostracized and ridiculed. Jesus was not intimated by the influence makers of His day and He boldly proclaimed what God thinks of the bible, sexes, and the sanctity and longevity of marriage. Not only is marriage taken l


FORGIVENESS! Sometimes when a person has hurt you deeply it is very hard to forgive them. People can cause pain in a multitude of ways and very often. When some people hurt us they hardly seem to notice and for them it is an insignificant matter and in their opinion not something to get upset over. Everyone will experience this in their lifetime and many times over during life’s journey. The Bible has many passages on dealing with sinful actions toward one another and in dealing with our sinful actions toward God. As Christians we need to seek those passages out, study them and apply them. God can help us deal with our pain and He can help us deal in a righteous manner in our relationships w


LITTLE CHILDREN CAN TEACH US A LOT! All of us were children at one time learning, growing, being messy, crying, laughing, and being satisfied with the simple things of life. Sometimes an empty box held far more value for us than a fancy toy. And most of us I think tended to take things at face value instead of analyzing everything and everybody. Most children can find real satisfaction and contentment in food, clothing, and housing. For the most part they have few worries. They leave that stuff to the adults. Sometimes I think it would be nice to be a child again as I watch my great-grandchildren enjoy life. Adults appear to worry too much about things like position in life. It wasn’t much d


CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF GOD’S GLORY! In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 17 we find one of the most astonishing events in the life of Jesus and the Apostles. Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him up to a mountain to pray. As Matthew describes the event, “There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus,” (v.2, 3 NIV). Peter, in his usual haste wanted to build three “shelters” to honor the three but God interrupted the process; “While he (Peter) was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love;


TURNING POINT! There are turning points in every life. In fact there may be many times in life when things are said or done that cause turning points in someone’s life. Sometimes those events produce good results and at other times not so good. It is true when one comes to salvation in Christ and it is true when one decides to totally surrender all aspects of life to Christ as they grow in knowledge of Him. Such a time occurred with Jesus and the Apostles that is very revealing to us and is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. “From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teac


SEEKING FAME OR SEEKING GOD? That is a question for all of us who claim to be Christians and follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Are we seeking to serve God so that we can be recognized for the things we do in God’s name and thus promote ourselves or are we seeking to serve others that their needs may be met in God? After Jesus performed the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000, “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray,” (Matthew 15:22-23 NIV). Human nature is such that if God used us in some great way we would be tempted to pause an


MULTIPLICATION DONE JESUS’ WAY! When Jesus heard that John the Baptist had been murdered “He withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.” But as usual “the crowds followed Him on foot from the towns.” At this point in the life of Jesus, as recorded in the gospel of Matthew chapter 14 (NIV), there was very little escape from crowds of people following Him no matter where He went. So when Jesus stepped off the boat He found a large crowd of people waiting on Him and as He surveyed the masses, “He had compassion on them and healed their sick.” Jesus was seeking privacy but He found large crowds wherever He went but rather than bemoaning the situation His heart went out to these suffering pe


HOW TO RECOGNIZE FAMILY MEMBERS! Sometimes all people in a family bear the same resemblance and sometimes they don’t. But in God’s family there should be certain characteristics that stand out so that Christians can be recognized in their daily lives. One incident recorded in the gospel of Matthew tells us that one day Jesus was inside a house speaking and, “Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.’ ‘He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” ‘Pointing to his disciples, he said,’ “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother,” (Matthew 12:47-50 NI

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