The Silence of Big Ben February 8, 2021

Since 1859 London’s Big Ben has been Britain’s most famous timekeeper. But the giant bell atop Parliament’s clock tower fell silent last month. It will be silent for four years for repair work. Hundreds gathered under the Victorian clock and nearby Parliament Square to mark the moment. However, while this famous timepiece will be quiet for a while, time marches on. We will still need to do things on time, still be reminded that time is passing whenever we observe a birthday. The Psalmist reminds us that our lives are controlled by God. Speaking for us all he wrote “My times are in Your hands.” And surely it is a wise use of our time to make our peace with God while we have opportunity, by recognizing our fallen nature and spiritual need and accepting His wonderful gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

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Historic Eclipse February 5, 2021

“Historic eclipse turns day into night…” was the headline describing the first full-blown solar eclipse in nearly a century. Julie Vigeland of Portland Oregon said, “I’ve seen other really magnificent things, but there is nothing like this.” But a greater eclipse, and a more significant historic event took place when our Saviour, Jesus Christ went to Calvary and died for our sins. By His sacrifice, He made it possible for the night of our spiritual darkness to be turned into the day of our spiritual Light. The book of Proverbs reminds us that “The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.” Jesus responded to our need. He said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus can turn night into day for all who sincerely ask.

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All that she had February 3, 2021

Several years ago, an Island hair dresser, in church with her young children, faced an interesting decision. The offering was being taken up. Should she give her last five dollars or not? She decided to give. That week she received a letter in the mail containing $100 cash. She has never found out who her anonymous giver was. When she related that story, I suggested that it was a reminder that God loves her, and He loves her family. Her experience reminds us of a story Jesus told in Mark’s gospel. It was about a woman, who, though she did not have much, gave it all. He commended her with the words, “…she put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” Her giving reflected her love for God. The greatest thing that you and I can give to God is our selves, as we admit that “all have sinned” and invite Christ into our lives.

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Victor Hugo’s Utopia February 1, 2021

Victor Hugo is famous for Les Misérables and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. He once prophesied, “In the 20th Century war will be dead; the scaffold will be dead…” Then came the Boer war, the first and second world wars, the Korean and Vietnamese wars. As sincere and well-meaning as Hugo was, he had an unreal view of mankind. Wars are still with us, hatred is alive and well because man is still a fallen sinful creature. But there is hope. Paul was inspired to write, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Later he explained, “If you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” This is a dark old world, but Jesus is the light of the world.

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Tearing Down The Wall January 29, 2021

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” Those were the words of US President Ronald Reagan on June 12, 1987. He spoke of the Berlin Wall, built by East Germany in 1961, to keep residents from escaping into Democratic West Berlin. On November 9, 1989, East Germany announced that all citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin This paved the way for German reunification, on October 1990. The Wall was demolished in 1992. This incident is a reminder of a much greater wall between our righteous God and unrighteous mankind, which came down when Christ died on the cross. Paul the Apostle wrote, “For He Himself is our peace…and has broken down the middle wall of separation… that He might reconcile … through the cross…for through Him we … have access to the Father.” .
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God’s Global Prescription January 27, 2021

“We received it…it came… the medicine has arrived.” Those were the words of an excited woman, upon learning that medicine to alleviate eye bacteria and pain had finally arrived. Her story is about Global Outreach Mission’s medical ministry in the Republic of Congo, at Pioneer Christian Hospital. While we may complain about the cost of the medicine we need, it is usually readily available. Medicine is crucial for physical needs. And “spiritual medicine” is crucial if spiritual needs are to be met, not only in Africa, but everywhere. God’s global prescription is “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” And it is available to all.
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Drones and Birds January 25, 2021

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles. They are used for all sorts of purposes. Incidentally, a bird is actually a living airplane. John H. Storer, writing of birds in The Scientific American says “…they are constantly adjusting automatically to air pressure and the changing requirement…” Now if a bird’s wing does something “automatically”, it had to be designed. Everything that adjusts automatically had to be designed. Drones were skillfully and laboriously designed by intelligent scientists and engineers. Nothing just happens. So who made the amazing versatile bird? Something called Chance? No. “God created … every winged bird according to its kind.” He created you and me too. And Christ, His Son “died for our sins” on the Cross.

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God’s Storm Cellar January 22, 2021

In Oklahoma, severe weather is common from early spring through the end of summer. To prepare for tornadoes, many residents have a storm cellar for refuge until the bad weather passes by. These tornadoes are like the storms that arise in our lives from time to time. These storms may be illnesses, loss of loved one, marital problems or serious financial setbacks. When they come, we too need a “storm cellar” till the storms pass by. For such times it is good to know the comforting truth that Nahum, the prophet revealed, writing, “The Lord is good. A stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who trust in Him.” When we become God’s children by placing our faith in His Son, Jesus, we can claim that promise, and “with Christ in the vessel, we can smile at the storm.”

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Guns that Look Like Cell Phones January 20, 2021

It looks like a regular cell phone. It’s the same size, same shape, same overall appearance. But beneath the digital face lies a .22 caliber pistol, a gun capable of firing bullets with a touch of the otherwise standard keypad. It introduce the possibility for surprise and deception, with potentially disastrous results. In like manner every day, many church-goers pretend to be something they are not, professing to be Christians, while living dishonestly or immorally. And non-church- going folks know who these hypocrites are. That’s why many of them don’t go to church. But Paul the Apostle warned, “Do not be deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” I am glad, though, that there are real Christians. Your Bible will show you how you can become one too!

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Love of Pleasure January 18, 2021

“What decides the purpose of life is simply the programme of the pleasure principle,” said Sigmund Freud. After 100 years of promoting the importance of the pleasure principle, indeed over-promoting it, today we have become devotees at its shrine. In this frightening complex world, many people try to calm their fears with earthly pleasure and self-indulgence. Solomon tried it hundreds of years ago, writing “whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure,” only to conclude, “There was no profit under the sun.” But the Psalmist was inspired to urge us to turn to God for true pleasure, writing, “You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of joy; At your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” And Jesus is the only way to God.

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