2-5-16 Persistent Weeds

A bogus buddy of mine was complaining about some kind of thorny bush that insisted on returning no matter what he did to kill it. He cut it down, but it came back. He sprayed it with weed killer, but after a while it came back again. He tried burning it, but still new sprigs of life would spring anew. One day I saw him chopping and digging and chopping and digging until he had a large whole. Pieces of roots, dirt and rocks where strew everywhere. Sweat formed streaks through the dirt on his face. He lit a fire in the pit, then when that burned out he poured weed killer in the hole. However, in a couple of weeks new shoots of thorny bush pushed up through the soil.

“I don’t know what to do!” He said to me as he sprinkled some granular stuff over the area.

“What’s are you spreading there?”

“Some nasty poisonous stuff. It killed my petunias and marigolds so I thought it might kill this.”

After examining it, we concluded that in reality it was fertilizer. It was too strong for the flowers but fed the thorny bush just the right nutrients to thrive. As my fictional friend tried his hardest to rid his yard of the nasty shrubbery, he also fed it.

No matter how hard I try to remove sin in my life. If I feed it, it will always come back.

“Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” I Corinthians 13:6.

© copyright 2016 Kevin T Boekhoff

2-4-16 Not Enough

Who would ever thought that a cylindrical object weighing tons could fly through the air at hundreds of miles an hour would be possible? Even commonplace? Who would have thought that one could build a ship out of metal and it would float?  Who would have thought that someone could build a bridge over huge spans and drive a train over it?

Someone did and believed it possible. But these people did not just leave their dream in a dream. They believed in their ideas so much that they made them possible. Some believed their ideas possible, but only in word. The naysayers refused to believe.

Some people say they believe in Jesus, but that’s as far as it goes. The devil believes in Jesus. He knows there is one God. But He refuses to trust in Jesus. The demons also believe and obey Him. They interesting thing is that they know Jesus is real, yet some people refuse to believe. They are the naysayers.

This verse implies that believing in God is not enough. What is missing? What is different? Do you believe? Is that enough? Is believing that Jesus walked on the earth enough? Is believing the Bible is true enough? Do you know what is missing? Why not?

“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19.

© copyright 2016 Kevin T Boekhoff

1-30-16 The Salesman

“You have to have some larceny in your heart to do this job,” the sales manager told me. I just couldn’t bring myself to sell cars if I had to be dishonest to do so. I have always despised dishonest salesmen. The sale is the end game. I know I cannot trust a salesman completely.

I did have a fun time with one, though. I was looking at a 75 or so Ford Granada. I noticed something odd so I asked the salesman, “Has this car ever been wrecked?”

“Oh, no. I can personally vouch for this car because I know the owner.”

“Never been wrecked?”

“No sir.”

“Then how come it says ‘Granada’ on this side and ‘Monarch’ on the other side?” I asked as I pointed to the nameplates. He turned and walked back into his office without another word.

I could tell he was not as honest as he wanted me to believe because I caught him in a lie.

Every four years we have a new batch of presidential candidates. Most of which are lawyers that went into politics. This time we have a doctor and a business man running for office. The doctor doesn’t bother me much, but the business man is really a salesman. He has no qualms about saying so either.

I truly have trouble with a salesman as President. He has already shown that his words don’t match his actions. His end came is to sell himself, no matter what it takes.

Am I someone just trying to sell myself to everyone I meet? Or can they simply draw the conclusion that I am a Christian by my actions. My works are merely a display of my faith.

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.” James 2:17-18.

© copyright 2016 Kevin T Boekhoff

1-29-16 I’ll Pray Fer Ya

“Good morning, how are you?” I know the person doesn’t really want to know, so I use a response scale that another Christian told me he uses (Very well, thank you. Good. Ok. Not so good). This way I don’t have to lie. I can say how I am and the other person can respond with another platitude.

Sometimes a person will press me for more and I tell him/her honestly. The usual response is, “I’ll pray fer ya.” I don’t know anyone that does not appreciate someone praying for him/her, but too often it is said without sincerity. No prayers are ever offered.

I am sure glad that I never do that. If you believe that I have a swamp I want to sell you. Seriously, I know I say hollow stale things to others, too. So I cannot complain.

James is bringing up just this kind of thing. He is saying that if you see a need and can help out, do so. Don’t say something trite like, “I’ll be praying fer ya.”

The point today is to be sincere in words as well as actions.

“If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” James 2:15-16.

© copyright 2016 Kevin T Boekhoff