Monthly Archives: March 2009

Self Discipline

I was in Yuma this past weekend visiting my sister Martina.  She lives in Oregon.  Oregon City to be more exact.  She and her husband and her two kids drove 21 hours straight to visit my Dad in Yuma for Spring Break.  This is a very cool arrangement.  My brothers and sisters travel hundreds and hundreds of miles to see Dad and I drive 225 miles to visit them all.  Everybody wins, especially me!  Well, especially Dad, but me too :-)

My sister Tina has a GREAT sense of humor!  How do I know this?  Well, she gets me.  And I get her.  Every time we are together we laugh and it’s fun.  We were looking at some of my videos and she asked me to play the one you see below.  She thinks it’s the funniest thing!  That’s because she gets it.  I’m hoping you do too, but judging from what some of my other friends have said, it could go either way.



God’s Wrath?

(I have posted this here and at www.LoveForTheTruth.com)

A very respected pastor has made a dire prediction.  That many of the nations, and the worlds, cities will soon be infernos.  Pastor David Wilkerson is quoted in a World Net Daily exclusive:

David Wilkerson, author of “The Cross and the Switchblade,” a book about his ministry to troubled New York street kids that was later made into a movie starring Pat Boone, tells readers of his blog this weekend that he is “compelled by the Holy Spirit to send out an urgent message” about his prediction.

“An earth-shattering calamity is about to happen,” he writes. “It is going to be so frightening, we are all going to tremble – even the godliest among us.”

He goes on to say that it will be God pouring out His wrath in judgment on sinful nations.  This is where I feel compelled to interject.  While I don’t disagree that some horrible disaster might be on the horizon, I do NOT believe it will be God’s wrath!

We live in a fallen world and we have an enemy.  Satan and a third of the angels have been cast out of Heaven.  Revelation 12:12 says:

12“For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, knowing that he has only a short time.”

Yes, the devil is not happy.  He hates you.  You are made in God’s image and he wants to destroy God.  Since he can’t, he’s after you and your testimony.

Now don’t get me wrong.  God hates sin and He has, is, and will, deal with it.  Just not the way some people think.  First, God dealt with sin on the cross.  He poured out His wrath on Jesus so He wouldn’t have to pour it out on you!  If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and savior than the Bible says that you are redeemed from the curse of the law.  That’s good news!  That’s THE good news!

Abraham knew God and He knew God’s character.  The LORD and a couple of His angels were on their way to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  Abraham made a plea on Sodom’s behalf.  You can read the whole thing in Genesis 18, but here’s a revealing snippet:

25“Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”

26So the LORD said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare the whole place on their account.”

Abraham knew that God wouldn’t deal with the righteous unrighteously!  God only found one righteous man in Sodom and he got Lot and his family out first before He destroyed the place.  God’s character hasn’t changed.

After 911 many pastors said God was judging America for our sins.  Same after Hurricane Katrina.  Do you think there were 10 righteous believers in those planes that hit the twin towers?  In the Pentagon?  In New Orleans?

Prepare for hard times?  Sure.  It’s good to recognize the season and the times we are in.  Blame God for it?  No.  I’m gonna blame our enemy and use uncertain times to tell people about a loving God who died for them so they don’t have to. A God who wants to make their future solid in Him!

Work Pays Off

Funny.  I can’t seem to get motivated.  Will I have to jog 3 – 5 miles a day for the rest of my life so I can be fit and trim and avoid dying of a heart attack?  I think I’m starting to think I am more of a hiker bike rider than the runner I used to be.  It’s harder than I remember!

Then there is this.  My junior year in high school I returned from my Summer vacation in San Diego.  I had spent the Summer goofing off at the beach and sneaking joints when I could.  (I was pretty lost back then.  No focus.  No vision.)  I reported for two a days in bad shape.  I struggled through the first game and then quit so I could party.  It’s one of the biggest regrets of my life!  If I had to do it over again, I would have stayed home for the Summer, worked out with the team, and been the stud on the football field I should have been.

How does that relate to now?  True, I don’t have anything to prove on the field.  That’s for men younger than I.  However, there is a life lesson for me.  Press through.  Set a goal and trust God to help me achieve it.  I can’t let my laziness of the past few years keep me from good health now.  It will be hard.  I will want to quit.  But if I will persevere, there will be a reward.  The Bible says that work pays off:

  1. Proverbs 10:4
    Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, But the hand of the diligent makes rich.
  2. Proverbs 12:24
    The hand of the diligent will rule, But the slack hand will be put to forced labor.
  3. Proverbs 13:4
    The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, But the soul of the diligent is made fat.
  4. Proverbs 21:5
    The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, But everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty.

You get the idea :-)

So, this morning, I am going to jog.  I signed up for www.everyoneruns.net, a 5.5 mile run on April 14th.  Ambitious considering I am having trouble running 2 miles right now!  But, with persistence I can do this.

I wanted to climb to the top of Pusch Peak today, but I don’t have the 6 hours it will take.  Even better, I want to climb to Finger Rock.  The vertical climb is the same, but since the trail starts higher, it ends higher!  Awesome views from up there, I’m sure.  Plus I’ve yet to climb to Finger Rock.  Maybe on Monday…