WHY NOT?

 

Matthew 28: 18-19 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost”

We were in a medical facility in Nashville not long ago. A habit I have in such a place is to find a Gideon Bible to occupy my time and increase my spiritual awareness and accumulated knowledge.

Usually, Gideon Bibles are everywhere. I looked on every table and under shelves and tables, but no Gideon Bible. Like a typical male, as last resort, I asked in an office where they might be. I was told, “Those are not allowed in here.” To say I was in shock is an understatement. Here we were in the home of country music and smack-dab in the center of the Bible belt; I was overcome with bewilderment.

Today, we are in a public building in another Bible belt city. The first thing I noticed when I walked into the waiting room, was, you guessed it, a Gideon bible.

Gideon’s is an International Evangelistic Christian Association founded in 1899 in Wisconsin. Their purpose is to distribute Bibles. This endeavor is now active in 201 countries. New Testaments are printed in 107 languages. Gideon’s distribute Bibles in hotels, hospitals, colleges, jails and prisons. There are 270,000 Gideons and auxiliary members.

The first Gideon Bibles were placed in in the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana in 1908. They distribute over eighty million scriptures annually. In April 2015, Gideon’s placed their two billionth Bible.

Luke 24: 47 “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”  I have tremendous respect for any person or group that honors Jesus’ final mandate to His disciples. If you are a believer-follower of Lord Jesus, you will take this commandment seriously.

I met a Gideon on a flight from Auckland, N.Z. to LAX in 1996. He gave me a New Testament. I was totally impressed by his boldness in sharing the gospel of Christ Jesus. We talked for a couple of thousand miles over the Pacific.  His enthusiasm for Christ and the Gideon organization was perpetual.

I still have that New Testament. It is well worn and partly falling apart. Time to get out the hot glue gun. The few blank pages are not blank anymore. It is now on the dash of my truck for quick reference. I’ve even preached “spur of the moment” sermons from it.

In April 2000, I was in Kathmandu, Nepal. We had been told, not to mention we were Christian in that part of the world. In that Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim area, being a Christian was not considered safe. That sure shot the props out from under my “Great Commission mind set.”

I thought I’d just play it by ear and see what happened. I had my Gideon New Testament with me. We stayed in the Malla Hotel a couple of nights before our flight to Lukla to start our trek to Mt. Everest. In the Malla, I opened a drawer in a night stand and low and behold, there it was, A Gideon Bible! All those warnings of dangers were false. However , there are several countries where being a Christian is dangerous. Nepal is not one of those countries.

Also, I turned on the TV in the room. On Kathmandu cable was an evangelistic preacher named Kenneth Copeland. Amazing! God sure seems to have His ways and one of those ways is through the Gideons.

I sincerely believe Israel is God’s chosen country. But I also believe the United States has been chosen to evangelize the world. Beginning in the 20th century and now into the 21st, we have the technology to tell the world about the saving power of Christ Jesus.

We have the technology. By utilizing existing communication systems we have the ability to reach the world. With transportation systems as they are, missionaries can be on the other side of the planet by tomorrow.

Matthew 24: 14 “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” There is some controversy as to what “all nations” actually means. My thinking is, at some point in time before Jesus returns, every person on Earth will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel. God Jesus did not come to Earth that only a select few would have the opportunity to have eternal life. Those believing that only a selected few will be in Heaven must not have seen the “Whosoever” in John 3: 16.

Of all the Christian organizations I’m aware of, the Gideon’s are focused on the fulfilment of Matthew 24: 14 as much as any, and more than most. The purpose of many Christian organizations and denominations has become so fragmented, the Great Commission Jesus stated just before the ascension has taken a back seat.

Keep up the good work Gideon’s. If we don’t do it, no one will.

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I KNOW HOW GIDEON FELT

Judges 6: 29 They asked each other, “Who did this?”When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.”

Way back in the 70’s, that would be 1970’s, I went to the coffee shop for morning coffee with all the “good old boys,” carpenters and farmers. There was a well driller that came in occasionally named Al.

Al and I were always jabbing back and forth about whatever the current topic happened to be. We laughed a lot, I asked him if his name was spelled A-L or O-W-L.

One day Al asked me, “when are you and your wife going to have children?” I replied, “she wants three and I don’t want any, so I suppose we’ll have 1 ½, but I don’t know exactly when.”  Then he said, “you’ve got to have at least one.”

I asked why, his answer really hurt, “Because, you don’t pay for your own raisin until you raise one of your own, and you’ve got a lot of paying to do.” Every time I read Judges 6, and what the men of the town said about Gideon being the guilty one, I think about Al.

When I was a kid growing up in a little western Kentucky town, I was like the town dog. My mother had friends all over town and I always knew which days they baked pies or cookies. I bought my first bicycle for a dollar and it was so high, I could only get on it off a stump. I put many miles on that old bicycle. Many of the times when pranks happened in my home town, I got the blame for it.

I think often about those days back in the 50’s and 60’s. We town dogs went where ever we wanted to. There was never any worry about abduction or molestation. It was a different world back then. I also think about how thankful I am for those days. Growing up in such a culture and society was good. We didn’t have much; no one did. My dad worked constantly to put food on the table. He built our “little green house on the corner,” in 1956. I was nine years old and was around on the job constantly, mostly in the way but my dad was constantly teaching me, so there was no way he would have told me to get out of the way.

My dad died October 31, 1984. I’m feeling tears right now just thinking about him. I was in the room with him when he died. I had dozed off to sleep. The moment he died, I awoke, wide awake. I’ve often wondered if he was telling me goodbye. He was my best friend.

I remember him reading his Bible. He read the story of the crucifixion often. Tears would come in his eyes when he read about Jesus’ bleeding and suffering. I remember thinking that was silly; now I understand.

Proverbs 22: 6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I’ve got to give my mom and dad credit, they tried really hard to do exactly that. One thing I’m reading into that verse, even if he does “depart from it,” he will return. I guess many of us do depart from it but then we always come back. I’ve seen it happen many times.

I was taken to church in the womb. It wasn’t a matter of “are we going to church?” It was, “Get ready for church.” There was no debate. There had better not be; I knew better. It’s sad the way so many parents negotiate with their children in today’s world. Sometimes children simply have to be told what to do, no ifs, ands or buts, this is the way it’s going to be. I preached in a church last Sunday morning in which I was the youngest one there. I’m seventy one.

When Gideon finally figured out, God was using him to accomplish a purpose, he got the job done. God sometimes calls us to do some things we’re not entirely comfortable with. If you don’t believe that ask Jonah.

When I was a teacher, (1969-1996) I had literally thousands of students. The ones raised in church stood out. I had many wonderful students, young people that turned out to be strong Christians, good citizens and contributing members of society. As much as I’d like to take the credit for that, I cannot. It takes parents, teachers, and every other adult in the life of a child. I wish I had some way to tell those former students I am very proud of them. Many of them I imagine are rearing their children in church.

I pray, any parent reading this, if you are not bringing up your children in church, just look at the results. Children raised in church become more integrated and happy adults. The benefits are so overwhelming I cannot begin to list them. I’m sure there are many I am not even aware of.

Of course, the greatest advantage is learning eternal life through Christ Jesus. Romans 6: 23b “the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus.”

Joash and my dad raised their sons to believe in the one true God. Thanks, guys.

HOW MANY DOES IT TAKE (GIDEON PART 3)

Judges 7: 2 “The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’

In Judges 6, we read the story of Gideon being called by God to deliver the Israelites from the hands of the Midianites and Amalekites. God had punished the Israelites for worshiping other gods (Judges 6: 28).

Gideon’s calling reminds us of God calling Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. Moses started making excuses. Exodus 4: 10 “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” One absolute fact many of us have learned, God does not take “no” for an answer. Exodus 4: 11 “And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord?”

Once Gideon accepted the call, he sent out messengers to Manasseh, Asher, Zebulon and Naphtali (4 of the 12 tribes of Israel), to recruit an army. It is interesting to note, at this point, other tribes were later upset because Gideon did not summon them.

Thirty two thousand Jewish men showed up to fight the oppressors. God told Gideon, “That is too many, I want Israel to know I, the Lord did this. They will not be delivered by their own hand.” The people would have believed they delivered themselves. God wanted the glory. The Israelites must realize Who the Power came from!

Gideon then told the thirty-two thousand, “If you are fearful or afraid, go home.” Twenty-two thousand men went home leaving ten-thousand. God said, “that is still too many, I want the credit.” God then told Gideon, “Take the ten-thousand to the water to have them drink, those that get down on hand and knees and lap like a dog, send them home.” Only three hundred drank from their hands; they were Gideon’s army.

The three-hundred then went and camped by The Well of Harod. At night, Gideon and his servant Phurah went down to the Midianite camp. They heard two men talking. One said, “I had a dream and in the dream I saw a huge barley cake roll down the hill and crush our camp.” The other said, “This is indeed a sign we have been given into the hand of Gideon and the Israelites and their God.”

Gideon and Phurah, hearing this, were given strength and encouragement.

Gideon at night gave each man of the army an earthen vessel (vase), a torch and a trumpet. Vases and torches probably were not hard to find but where in the world did all those trumpets come from? I still have more questions than answers. They then surrounded the camp in the middle of the night. All the Midianites and Amalekites were asleep. At Gideon’s signal, they broke the vases off the torches and blew the trumpets. Then, they yelled, ‘FOR THE LORD AND FOR GIDEON!”

God caused the enemy to become confused, and they turned on each other. They slaughtered each other and the two kings escaped. Oreb and Zeeb were later caught and beheaded. Their heads were brought to Gideon.

I find myself wondering how the other 31,700 volunteers felt when they heard of the victory. In so many cases, people have had a strong motivation to help and be a part of the work of a church to be told they were not needed. Go home! It is so much easier to exclude someone than it is to simply look around and find something for them to do, and yet, God had a plan.

When I was leading a Christian carpentry group, if someone wanted to help, I found something for the volunteer to do. If you are a church leader, NEVER tell someone, “We don’t need you.” I know of people that have been told that and did not offer again to help. It is easy to exclude someone from the work, but difficult to get them back.

In the case of Gideon’s 32,000 men, God had a reason for not using all of them. In some cases, such as a church kitchen, too many people start bumping into each other. In most cases, if someone wants to participate, find something for them to do. In one case, I was washing utensils at a disaster relief mission. A woman came and ask, “What can I do.” I had absolutely nothing so I told her to stand there and talk to me. She asked, “Why?” I said, “Because I need someone to talk too.” So she did. Thirty minutes later we needed her to serve on a food line for tornado victims.  All is well that ends well. The Bible teaches us to be encouragers, not discouragers.

“If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.” John C. Maxwell

It only took one Moses to deliver the Israelites from bondage in Egypt. It only took one John the Baptist to baptize Jesus, and it only took one Jesus to shed His blood for the sins of mankind. Since none of us are Moses, John the Baptist or Jesus, be sure to include everyone.

THROW DOWN A FLEECE (GIDEON PART 2)

Judges 6: 37 “Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.”

I find the Old Testament stories interesting in that people that lived 2500 to 4000 years ago were much the same as people now. They were guilty of the same sins, transgressions and doubts as we are today. Also, they suffered from some of the same types of problems; anxiety, anger, fear and others.

People are people no matter when or where. There are people in every country that will help you any way they can and a few that will kill you for a quarter or a political or religious disagreement.

Gideon, the main character in Judges 6 and 7, was such an individual, typical, with feelings and emotions like everyone else. He was threshing grain in a wine press. An angel of the Lord appeared and said, “I am sending you to deliver my people from the oppression of the Midianites and Amalekites.

Gideon doubted and questioned God. He started making excuses. He needed to kill time and think. He said to the angel, “Wait here while I go prepare a kid (young goat), bread and a broth. The angel must not have had a very busy schedule, so he waited. I’m guessing preparing a kid, bread and broth is not like running down to the local Publix and grabbing a sub. To digress, do not make the mistake of using the term “kid,” without the explanation, a “kid” is a young goat, especially if young children are present.

When Gideon returned with the offering, the angel told him to place the meat and bread on a rock and pour the broth over it. He did, then the angel touched it with his angel staff; it flamed up and was consumed, then the angel disappeared.

I can imagine Gideon thinking, “Was that a dream?” Finally, he determined he was not dreaming. He then built an altar to the Lord. It’s a good thing he wasn’t in Florida; it would still be tied up pulling permits.

That night God said to Gideon, “Take your father’s number two bull calf of seven years old and go into the city. Tear down the altar to Baal, cut the grove of trees beside that alar. Use the trees to offer the bull calf as a burnt offering to God.”  Gideon followed this instruction. He took with him ten men servants and went at night.

The fact that the people had an altar to Baal is an obvious indication of why the Israelites were being punished.

The next morning, when the men of the town went toward the altar, they saw what had happened. They asked, “Who did this?” Someone answered, “Gideon, the son of Joash.” “Bring him out, he must die.” they said. Joash came to the defense of his son by saying, “If Baal really is a God, let him plead his own case.” After that Gideon was called Jerubbaal, meaning let Baal take care of his own problems.

Meanwhile, the Midianites and Amalekites pitched their tents in the Valley of Jezreel.  At the same time Gideon sent messengers to Manasseh, Asher, Zebulon and Naphtali (four of the twelve tribes of Israel). This was to gather an army to rid Israel of the invaders.

Gideon was still doubtful of his assignment. He tested God and God responded. “Lord,” he said, “As a sign, I will throw down a fleece tonight at the foot of my bed. If you really want me to do this, make the fleece wet in the morning and the ground dry, and I will know it is by my hand that Israel will be delivered.” The next morning, Gideon wrung a bowl of water out of the fleece.

Gideon then said, “Lord, don’t be angry with me, but I have to be sure. If this is really you, tomorrow make the fleece dry and the ground wet.” And so it was! Gideon then knew it would be by God’s power and his hand that Israel would be delivered.

How many times have we thrown a fleece down before God? “OK, God, prove it!” Usually that action results in severe regret. I’ll be the first to admit, trying to interpret an assignment by God is difficult. If you have such an experience, don’t throw down that fleece too many times. Being called by God is a blessing and a privilege.

THE RELUCTANT WARRIOR (GIDEON PART 1)

 

Judges 6: 15 “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least of my brethren.”

Judges 6: 1 states, “once again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.” This seems to be one of the stages in a cycle of stages experienced by the Israelite people. There were four stages in which the Hebrews placed themselves.

First, the Hebrew people lived for a time within the will of God. Next, they would become disobedient to God. This was usually accompanied with marrying into pagan tribes and then to begin worshiping their gods. Before we start condemning them for that, we must address the state of America today in our worshiping other gods such as material things, power, money and prestige.

The third stage of the cycle the Israelites experienced was punishment. Such a case was when God allowed Nebuchadnezzar to destroy Jerusalem in 587 BC and take the Jews captive to Babylon for seventy years. The fourth stage was reconciliation. It may be interesting to note, the four stage cycle, in some cases, lasted hundreds of years.

In Judges Chapter six, we are introduced to our reluctant warrior. His name was Gideon, the son of a farmer named Joash.  They were of the Abiezrite clan of the tribe of Manasseh. 

Gideon was threshing grain in a wine press. The Midianites and the Amalikites had invaded Israel. They destroyed or stole everything the Israelites had for sustenance, both crops and animals.

The Jews were hiding in the mountains, in caves, to avoid the invaders. They finally realized what a grave mistake they had made and prayed for deliverance. Second Chronicles 7: 14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

A wine press is a round container, probably twelve feet, or more in diameter, and made of stone. It was probably about four feet deep. The people would place their grapes in the press, get in and walk on the grapes to mash out the juice. This was one step in wine production.

The threshing of grain usually is done on a hill on a windy day. The wheat, rye or other grain was placed on the ground and beaten with sticks to separate the husks from the grain. Then the mixture was thrown into the air and the wind would blow away the chaff. The heavier grain falls back to the ground to be gathered up to make bread.

Gideon’s work in the wine press was completely uncharacteristic of the purpose of the wine press or of threshing grain. He was there to avoid being seen by the oppressors. 

Suddenly, as Gideon worked, he heard a voice. An angel of the Lord was speaking to Gideon. The angel said, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor” (Judges 6: 12). Would Gideon have looked around to see who the angel was addressing? I would have!

Finally, Gideon regained his senses enough from the shock of the voice to respond, “If the Lord is with us, why then has all this befallen us?”  (Judges 6: 13).

In verse fourteen, the angel is referred to as “the Lord.” At that point He told Gideon, “I am sending you to deliver the people from the hands of the Midianites and Amalekites.” At this point Gideon began offering excuses. “My family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least of my brethren.”

As many have discovered, it is totally useless to make excuses to God. Once He has decided to use us to accomplish His purpose, we may as well give it up and do the job. As we will later see, Gideon, after testing God, finally gave up and did the job assigned to him.

Romans 8: 28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Gideon definitely received a very clear calling.

The philosophy, “God equips those He calls and calls those He equips,” does maintain a certain amount of credibility.  The acceptance of a call can be difficult. Personally, I have found myself asking, “Is this God calling or just another one of my crazy ideas?”  I’m sure I’ll be asking that until Jesus returns.

I’ve finally adopted the philosophy, “If God presents the opportunity to serve Him, I must respond.”  How will you respond?

LETS TALK

1 Samuel 3:9-10 Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.” And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

A young policeman walked in and asked, “Do you have any coffee?” I said, ”I’ve got a coffee pot upstairs, come on.” We went up to the third floor and put on a pot.

It was a few, very long days after the 911 terrorist attack on America. We were in a warehouse under the Brooklyn Bridge.

I remember the morning of September 11th, sitting in front of the TV thinking, “I sure am glad I’m here in my woods in western Kentucky, and not there.” A little after that, the phone rang. It was our disaster relief team leader calling from Ashland, Kentucky. “We are leaving for New York with the DR cooking unit tonight, we need you and Margie as soon as you can get there.”

We saddled up and hit the road about 3 pm. We passed them in West Virginia, in the middle of the night, not knowing they were in a rest stop, and pulled in to Raritan Valley, New Jersey the morning of September 12, 2001.  So much for safe at home!

The policeman and I went up on an freight elevator. I do not think he had the strength left to climb stairs. The pot of coffee finally kicked off and by then, our conversation was well under way. I could see he was clearly traumatized even though I have no training to state that opinion.

He shared with me, not only what he had witnessed but what he had felt. His life was changed forever. He had witnessed a state of chaos and confusion as never before. He even compared that dreadful day to December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor.

At times I saw a tear come from his eye. He was physically exhausted but also emotionally devastated. He would never be the same and there was nothing I could do but sit there. He had been very near ground zero. His uniform was covered in a thin coat of dust. I knew his heart was also covered in that permanent dust of hurt that could never be removed.

When the 12 cup coffee pot had been emptied, he stood and said, “I should get back to work.” As he walked away, he turned to me and said, “You’re a good conversationalist.” I had not said three words in the last two hours.

It’s really humorous how we want to expound upon our knowledge and experiences. Of course, we all know we learn more by listening than by talking. I really wish I could remember that before most conversations rather than after.

In 1st Samuel, Eli told Samuel to listen; it was the Lord speaking to him. In verse 10, “Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.”

Listening apparently has become a lost are. Perhaps, we have forgotten the importance of it.  Philippians 2: 3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem the other better than himself.” We express the importance or esteem of others by listening. The rudeness of interrupting has become acceptable thanks to the TV news panel discussions. How easily misled we are.

Wife Margie and I will soon have been married fifty years. The best time of my day is the time we spend on the lanai in conversation with our morning coffee. We have learned there is nothing on the news as important as each other and what we have to say to each other. An hour later we probably don’t remember what we talked about or what was said, we just remember the time spent together.

God wants us to spend time talking to Him. He created us to have fellowship with him. He desires that time you have together. Don’t forget to pray, or listen.

I’ll never forget that New York City police officer even though I do not know his name. He just needed someone to listen. Anyone could have been his listener but I feel blessed to have been there to be the one. God is our listener. When no one else has the time, He will. Can you be a listener for someone, it is  important.

LOOK HIGHER

Isaiah 52: 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion,“your God reigns!”

I’ve always been fascinated with mountains. I remember telling my fourth grade teacher I wanted to climb Mt. Everest. That was before I learned there was an $11,000 fee by government of Nepal to climb to the highest point on Earth, and another $30,000 to $50,000 for supplies and equipment. I also learned, when climbing above 15,000 feet in Nepal, that I am severely addicted to oxygen.

We were in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya. The driver of the Nissan van was a Kenyan; I was riding shotgun. He and I had been having a good conversation. We were watching for wildlife and several times one of the Americans would say something like “elephants at 2 o’clock.” Finally, the driver asked, “what does that mean?” I explained to him that if we are in the center of a clock face, straight ahead was 12 o’clock. Two o’clock would be at an angle to the right where the number two would be on a clock.

We had such a great exchange of ideas and concepts that day. The Kenyans possessed unimaginable common sense. I learned so much from them.

I knew that somewhere to the south of us was Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kili is the highest mountain in Africa at 19,340 feet. I told the driver I had seen it out of an airplane window flying from Nairobi to Mombasa. It was a magnificent sight rising above the clouds.  I would really like to see it from the ground. He said, “there it is.”  I did not see it!

“Where?” I asked. “Right there, 60 kilometers (40 miles) right in front of us.” he said. I still could not see the mountain. “This guy is kidding me or I’ve gone blind,” I thought.

The day was hazy, very hazy. I was looking just above the horizon. Finally, he said, “you are looking too far away, look higher.” So, I looked up about 45 degrees and suddenly I could see a line through the haze, high in the sky that was indeed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The mountain was right there in front of me, the largest mountain on Earth, and I could not see it. Kilimanjaro rises from the African plain from an elevation of about 3000 feet. Everest is the highest point on earth at 29,035 feet but rises from the Kumbu valley .
Base camp is 17,000 feet.

I can still hear the sound of his voice when he said, “Look higher.” How often do we look for earthly solutions for a God sized problem?

How many times in our lives, is there something right in front of us and we cannot see it? How many people in America (or the world) drive right by a church on Sunday mornings and never give it a second thought, or a first thought for that matter? It is so difficult to see what is right in front of us.

Have you ever looked at your church and realized how precious it is to you; your husband, wife, parents or children? We, sometimes are so preoccupied with the trivial things, we fail to see those things that really matter.

I am so thankful that God Jesus did not overlook us. He realized man needed redemption. In order to see the mountain before us, we must first see ourselves.  A teacher in a graphic design course; said to us several times, “Always be your own severest critic.” Perhaps my mountain is me.

Isaiah 52: 7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news.” Every Christian has the knowledge to lead another to salvation. Always be alert for opportunities to share Jesus. I find those opportunities in abundance. It seems like every day I encounter someone to tell the “good news.” Be prepared and continue to look through the haze, toward the Cross. It’s all about Jesus, remember, if we don’t do it, no one will. To share the love of our precious savior is not an obligation but a privilege.

Psalm 61:2  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Stephen Hill sings with the Gaithers the song “Lead me to That Rock.” Why don’t you lead me to that Rock that is higher than I, Oh lead me, yes Lord lead me, Why don’t you lead me to that Rock that is higher than I, Thou hast been a shelter for me

Look higher, the Rock has been there all the time.