7-23-14 No Immunity

 I heard a preacher say one time that he was in the "bubble-popping" ministry.  When someone would say something to him like, "We have eight kids and they are all on the mission field, not living in sin like some people's kids." He would say something along this line, "Well, its never too late, they might forsake God at any time. In fact, you or I might do so."

It is easy for any of us to think that we have a handle on things, but the truth is that we are not immune from the very same thing.  We could walk away from God today.  Oh,we would not be planning it. We would not be expecting it. But, the potential is there.  No one is immune, and it might not take much to push me over the edge. It might be a stinging remark from another Christian, it might be an insult, it might be discouragement, it might be failing to understand God, but then again it might be a premeditated planned abandonment of God.

The odd thing is that the times I think I am the strongest are the times I am most vulnerable to falling. Therefore, I need to be watchful that I stay near my Lord. Maybe that is one of the reasons for my Parkinson's disease - it’s a constant reminder of my frailty.

"Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-22-14 Lost or Not?

I'm not lost for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost ~ A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh.

"Hey, there's some footprints, we can just follow them out of here." I suggested to my hunting companion.

We had gone hunting in the woods.  We had never gone hunting in the woods before and didn't realize how much woods look like other woods.  We had grown up on the plains where there wasn't the problem of being able to see distances. The more woods we walked through the more woods there were that looked just like the woods we had walked through. 

The discovery of footprints excited me. Somebody else was here! Certainly, they knew how to get out of the woods.  We followed them until more footprints joined them. This was getting exciting, especially when more footprints joined the existing footprints - until we realized that the footprints that joined the existing footprints looked exactly like all the other footprints.  Then we realized that the size and tread design looked identical to all the others.  We were following ourselves in a circle through the woods. We never felt lost until that moment.  We were lost.  The good news is that we eventually found our way out and to our car.

I remember going through life thinking I was not lost.  I knew where I was and what I was doing, until one day I realized that I really was lost.  I couldn't find my way out of this one. I needed help.  God found me.  I accepted His help and was saved!

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost." Matthew 18:11.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-21-14 No Foolin'

"Gramps, I need help!" said the voice on the phone.

"Who is this?"

"You know, this is your grandson?"

"Joey? Is that you? What's wrong?"

"I'm in Mexico. I was going from the airport in a taxi with my friends and the cops stopped us and arrested us.  I need $998 right away or I will have to go to jail. Just go to the customer service counter at Walmart and wire the money through Western Union."

Thankfully, the grandpa in this story did not send any money.  It was a scam. 

"But it sounded like Joey, and he knew where I lived and where I could go to wire money to him. He even called me gramps, like Joey does."

I am not quite as na├»ve as I used to be.  At least, I like to think I am not. However, I can't see someone's heart.  I can't always recognize a con. I can't discern their motives.  Sometimes, I wish I could. On the flipside, God knows I wouldn't be able to handle it if I saw the ugly side of people.  Only He can still love them despite their sinful hearts.

God knows all about me.  He knows whether I am genuine or a fake.  He knew from the day He chose Judas Iscariot to be one of the Twelve that Judas was a devil.  He also knew Judas had a function to perform later on.  He knew Judas would betray Him.  He knew Judas' heart. None of the disciples could tell this about him.

The concept of God knowing our hearts can be disconcerting or comforting depending on the condition of our hearts - and we can't scam God!

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil? He spake of Judas Iscariot the son of Simon: for he it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve. John 6:70-71.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff

7-20-14 I Ain't Goin' Ta Heaven Negged

"When the rapture happens, all the Christians will be gone in the twinkling of an eye, all that will be left is our stuff.  Wherever a Christian was, there will only be a pile of clothes, "I excitedly told a coworker.

"Well, I ain't goin' ta heaven negged," came the reply.

"Uh…uh…uh." Ever get that unexpected answer to something? I tried to explain, "The junk from this world can't go with us. Besides, we will get new clothes. We will be clothed in righteousness."

"I don't care. If I gotta go negged, I ain't goin," my coworker said as he walked off.

This event could happen any day, and I am looking forward to it.  What a day it will be to meet Jesus face to face! What a day to leave this sorrow-filled, sinful world behind! I am waiting to hear that trumpet sound! What a day to be clothed in righteousness and not have do deal with my sinful flesh anymore! 

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first" 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

© copyright Kevin T Boekhoff