It sounded too outlandish to be possible: a man was going to jump from an airplane at 25,000 feet without a parachute, trying to land on a net less than half the size of a football field. But that’s what Luke Aikins did last Saturday.He became the first person to skydive with neither a parachute nor a wingsuit. Aikins jumped from an altitude just 4,000 feet short of the summit of Mount Everest, landing on his back in a net suspended 200 feet above the California desert. Then he climbed out into the arms of his wife. Why did he do it? To show that “if you train right you can make anything happen.”
Here’s my question: Why do we care?
We’re fascinated by the thrill of near-death experiences. We’ll hold our breath watching an acrobat cross a canyon on a high wire. We’ll buy a ticket to see trapeze artists and lion tamers. We’ll flock to movies like Jason Bourne that feature high-speed chase scenes and death-defying stunts.
We want to escape the normalcy of our routine to feel the excitement of the extreme. Somehow we know that the world we experience is not all there is. As C. S. Lewis notes, the most spectacular sunset evokes in us a sense that there is still “something more.” When you hear a brilliant musician or hike through a scenic forest, don’t you feel it? Our world at its most beautiful is not enough.
This “something more” is a symptom of the “God-shaped emptiness” Pascal found in every human heart. As St. Augustine noted, our hearts are restless until they rest in our Lord. Until we are home, we can expect to feel homesick. This world, no matter how much we invest in it, will never feed the deepest hunger of our soul.
So here’s the balance to maintain in our fallen world. On one hand, we should hope for the best in people and circumstances. We should love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39), offering others the grace God offers us (Ephesians 2:8–9).
On the other hand, we should not be surprised when fallen people act like fallen people. Our broken world affects every dimension of our lives (Romans 8:22). Sinners sin, and we’re all sinners (Romans 3:23). If we put our hope and trust in flawed people (including ourselves), we’ll eventually and inevitably be disappointed.
So serve those you meet today, not so they’ll serve you but because you are a servant of God and those he loves. The less you need those you know, the more unconditionally you can love them. To quote Lewis again, “Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’; aim at earth and you will get neither.”
Jesus says, if you’re looking for acceptance, I know where that is.
Jesus says, if you’re looking for meaning in life, I know where that is.
Jesus says, if you’re looking for healing, I know where that is.
Jesus says, if you’re looking for significance, I know where that is.
Jesus says, if you’re looking for security, I know where that is.
Jesus says, if you’re looking for satisfaction, I know where that is.
If these are all things you are searching for, maybe you should stop searching and start surrendering.
Jesus replied, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me . . . I tell you the solemn truth, the person who believes in me will perform the miraculous deeds that I am doing, and will perform greater deeds than these because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
“If you love me, you will obey my commandments. Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever — the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept because it does not see him or know him. But you know him because he resides with you and will be in you. “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. In a little while, the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. You will know at that time that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him” (John 14:6, 12-21)
On August 11, 1927, Smith Wigglesworth stood in Angelus Temple to preach on “Preparing for the Second Coming of Christ.” He told the audience that liquid fire was consuming him.
Then Smith made this Opening statement: “But there will be things that will happen prior to his coming that we shall know. You can tell. I am like one this morning that is moving with a liquid, holy, indispensable, real fire in my bosom, and I know it is burning and the body is not consumed. It is real fire from heaven that is making my utterances come to you to know that He is coming. He is on the way God is going to help me tell you why you will know. You that have the breath of the Spirit, there is something now moving as I speak As I speak, this breath of mighty, quickening, moving, changing, desirable power is making you know and it is this alone that is making you know that you will be ready. Read the rest of this entry »
Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you get older, their conversational
skills will be as important as any other.
Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have or sleep all you want.
When you say, ‘I love you,’ mean it.
When you say, ‘I’m sorry,’ look the person in the eye..
Be engaged at least six months before you get married.
Believe in love at first sight.
Never laugh at anyone’s dreams.
People who don’t have dreams don’t have much.
Love deeply and passionately.
You might get hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely
In disagreements, fight fairly. No name calling.
Don’t judge people by their relatives.
Talk slowly but think quickly.
When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer,
smile and ask, ‘Why do you want to know?’
Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Say ‘bless you’ when you hear someone sneeze.
When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your actions.
Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
Smile when picking up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice
Spend some time alone.
A true friend is someone who reaches for your hand and touches your heart.
Today, upon a bus, I saw a very beautiful woman
and wished I were as beautiful.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch.
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two legs; the world is mine. Read the rest of this entry »
If you’re offended, there is only one answer: get over it.
Offense is a stumbling block that Satan uses to keep many Christians from experiencing life to the fullest. You probably will not progress in your relationship with God if, every time someone hurts your feelings, you get offended. The word for offense that is used in the New Testament means “the part of the trap on which the bait lies to lure in its victim,” and offense is part of Satan’s trap to keep us from going forward in our walk with God.
The apostle Paul was offended by other brothers in Christ, but in each instance he decided to leave the person with God. For example, there was a man named Alexander, who did Paul a great deal of harm. What’s Paul’s response? The Lord will pay him back (2 Timothy 4:14). In that same passage, Paul writes about how various people have left him: At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. However, he asks God, May it not be held against them (2 Timothy 4:16).
Paul may not have had power in his ministry had he been bitter towards others. Decide to forgive others through the power of God’s grace. If you’re offended about something others did to you, ask God, May it not be held against them. Forgiveness is the solution.
I’ve been “sitting on this all day.” Can’t hold it back any longer.
God is not done with America yet. The steering of Joaquin away from our shores was a sign of His ability to preserve us, and keep us from harm, if we will continue to repent and pray. It has been because of devout Christians that have fasted and prayed for this nation that God is withholding His hand of judgement. It’s not to be taken lightly, God’s patience is meant to bring about repentance, and revival ONE LAST TIME to this nation. WE WILL NOT HAVE ANOTHER CHANCE.
“HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS!”
Brothers and sisters, you are holy partners in a heavenly calling. So look carefully at Yeshua, the apostle and chief priest about whom we make our declaration of faith. Yeshua is faithful to God, who appointed him, in the same way that Moses was faithful when he served in God’s house. Yeshua deserves more praise than Moses in the same way that the builder of a house is praised more than the house. After all, every house has a builder, but the builder of everything is God.
Moses was a faithful servant in God’s household. He told the people what God would say in the future. But Christ is a faithful son in charge of God’s household. We are his household if we continue to have courage and to be proud of the confidence we have.
As the Holy Spirit says,
“If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn.
Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled
and tested me in the desert.
That is where your ancestors tested me,
although they had seen what I had done for 40 years.
That is why I was angry with those people. So I said,
‘Their hearts continue to stray,
and they have not learned my ways.’
So I angrily took a solemn oath
that they would never enter my place of rest.”
Be careful, brothers and sisters, that none of you ever develop a wicked, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. Encourage each other every day while you have the opportunity. If you do this, none of you will be deceived by sin and become stubborn. After all, we will remain Christ’s partners only if we continue to hold on to our original confidence until the end.
“If you hear God speak today, don’t be stubborn.
Don’t be stubborn like those who rebelled.”
Who heard God and rebelled? All those whom Moses led out of Egypt rebelled. With whom was God angry for 40 years? He was angry with those who sinned and died in the desert. Who did God swear would never enter his place of rest? He was talking about those who didn’t obey him. So we see that they couldn’t enter his place of rest because they didn’t believe (Hebrews 3:1-19)
“GOD DOES CHANGE HIS MIND DEPENDING ON OUR RESPONSE, AND ACCORDING TO HIS MERCY.”
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was about to die. The prophet Isaiah, son of Amoz, came to him and said, “This is what Yahweh says: Give final instructions to your household, because you’re about to die. You won’t get well.”
Hezekiah turned to the wall and prayed to Yahweh, “Please, Yahweh, remember how I’ve lived faithfully and sincerely in your presence. I’ve done what you consider right.” And he cried bitterly.
Isaiah hadn’t gone as far as the middle courtyard when Yahweh spoke his word to him: “Go back and say to Hezekiah, leader of my people, ‘This is what Yahweh Elohim of your ancestor David says: I’ve heard your prayer. I’ve seen your tears. Now I’m going to heal you. The day after tomorrow you will go to Yahweh’s temple. I’ll give you 15 more years to live. I’ll rescue you and defend this city from the control of the king of Assyria for my sake and for the sake of my servant David’” (II Kings 20:1-6)