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A Tale of Two Men

The following was written after a conversation with a friend late one night….

There was a man…He believed in Jesus, was raised in the church. He was actively involved in the life of the church. But he, little by little, allowed sin to take hold in his life; soon he was living in open sin. His life was immoral. He still claimed to believe in Jesus…but he was really dead in his trespasses and sins. The fruit on his tree of faith was beginning to rot. “The wages of sin is death!” Rom 3:23

There was a man…He believed in Jesus, was raised in the church. He was actively involved in the church. His whole life centered around the church; he served the church. He was doing all the right things! But, little by little, he began to go through the motions of the faith. He still claimed to believe in Jesus…but inwardly, his life of faith was dying. The fruit on his tree of faith was beginning to rot. “The wages of sin is death!”

Two men: one openly living a sinful lifestyle – dying from the outside in; one going through the outward motions – dying from the inside out. Both experienced the reality of death; both needed to have Life restored. By dying to self, confessing their sin inward and outward, by turning back again to the life-giving, life-transforming Spirit, they tasted again the GRACE of God! They were dead; He had made them alive again in Christ. “but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Rom 6:2

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Lord, Have Murphy!

Have you ever had “one of those days”?

On those days, when you are almost afraid to ask “what else can go wrong?”, you have a choice to make. You can listen to Murphy or you can listen to God.

Murphy in his first law states: “If anything can go wrong, invariably it will!” There is nothing you can do about it, so you might as well have a good laugh.

God in His Word makes this promise: “All things work together for good, for those who love God and who are called according to His purposes.” The God who made everything out of nothing, promises that He can take those things that invariably go wrong in this fallen world in which we live (sorrow, pain, sickness, suffering, misfortune) and use them to bring about His good purposes.

Join me in saying: “Lord, have Murphy!” In other words, “Lord, You take care of Murphy; I’ll trust You and Your promises!”