March 21

The other night I attended the Mississippi State ladies basketball game against Oklahoma State. The winner of that contest would advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The coliseum was sold out and the estimated crowd was over 10,000. Now what you need to take in account about that night is there was a tornado watch in effect until 11 pm. The tip-off was scheduled for 8 pm. And yet, the place was packed. There were senior adults and children present. I saw people in wheelchairs and crutches. Nothing was going to stop those folks from showing up come hail or high water.

Before the game started a thought ran through my mind. These people really wanted to be in that arena that night. I know I did. After all, a lot was at stake that night. But as I sat there, another thought passed through my simple mind. “I wonder how many of these people would show up for church under the same conditions?” If there was the threat of bad weather, would these same people brave the elements and get to their houses of worship. Without being judgmental, I would say, probably not.

For many of us worship and church attendance has become a matter of convenience. We’ll show up if there’s nothing else better to do. Then we look at the shape of our world and wonder how we’ve gotten ourselves in such a mess. It’s simple, we’ve forsaken our first love and knelt at the alters of false gods. Don’t blame God for He was warned us time and time again. I wonder if we’ll ever take him seriously? If not, don’t be surprised at what will take place in our society. It’s really scary. Godspeed.


March 20

We’re just a few days away from Holy Week. So often we’re quick to run to the empty tomb and we forget or ignore the events leading up to the resurrection. It’s easy to gloss over the betrayal of a friend. It’s easy to forget the crowd changing from, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord”, to the cries of: “Crucify Him!” We want to skip the denial of one who was among the inner circle of our Lord and Savior. For many of us, we want to look past the beating, the insults, and the cross bearing to Calvary. He certainly find it easier to close our eyes as as they nail him to the cross and later gamble for his clothes. It’s difficult at best to hear him cry out: “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken me?” And it’s certainly hard to think about Him yielding his spirit to the Father and dying.

It’s so much easier to think about his glorious victory over death through his resurrection. However, we must remember the suffering and his death. We have to remember that he endured all those horrific events because of his love for you and me. “Greater love has no man known than he who will lay his life down for his friends.” Don’t rush the process, but rather think about his love. Such sacrifice demands a response from you and me. Hopefully you have called upon His name and accepted him as Savior and Lord. If not, now is the time. Godspeed my friends.


March 19

Last night I was preaching on the story of Ruth out of the Old Testament. It’s a beautiful story of love, devotion, and loyalty. There are moments in my own life when I read the words Ruth spoke to her mother-in-law, Naomi and my emotions get the best of me. “Wherever you go, I will go. Wherever you lodge, I will lodge. You’re people will be my people and your God will be my god. Where you die, I will die and where you are buried, I will be buried.” Can you imagine the love, commitment, and loyalty Ruth demonstrated to one who wasn’t actually a part of her immediate family? It reminds us all that we don’t have to be blood kin in order to be family.

In my life I’ve had the honor of establishing friendships with individuals who have become more than friends. They have become family. They have become fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons, and daughters to me. Along the way, some have even become grandchildren in my eyes. The family of God is like that. It brings certain people in our lives at the right time and they change the course of our lives. There’s no one who has been blessed more than me through these relationships. They have helped me in my darkest hours and they have rejoiced with me in my highest moments.

When individuals tell me that the church is no longer relevant and it’s out of date. I simply remind them of the blessings we all receive when we invest in one another’s lives. There’s no telling where I’d be today without the love and acceptance I’ve known over the years at a place called “church”. There are no people, like God’s people. Godspeed my friends.


March 18

Have you ever known a crisis Christian? You know what I’m talking about, don’t you. These are the individuals who turn to the church when everything in their lives are falling apart. It could be when a couple is experiencing marital problems. It may be when an individual is facing a medical uncertainty. Or it just might be when an individual or family is going through a financial disaster. When we find ourselves at the end of our rope, we turn to God and the church to solve our problems.

I can’t tell you how many people we’ve helped over the years when they have no other place to go. The church pays a light bill, buys groceries, fills up a car with gas or helps with counseling. We pray with these people and try to minister to them and like a cloud of smoke their gone when the problem is solved. Usually without as much as a thank you.

However, our churches are full with individuals who only get serious with their relationship with God when facing a storm in life. What we need to remember is, Christianity isn’t an insurance policy to protect us from the calamities of life. To the contrary, it is a way of life which prepares us for the uncertainties that come our way. You don’t learn how to fly a plane while you’re in the air for the first time. You don’t learn to swim in the middle of the ocean. And you don’t wait to call on the name of the Lord when you’re in trouble.

God wants to be a part of every phase in your life. Start now by spending time with him everyday. You’ll be surprised at how He’ll navigate your life in the sunshine and the rain. It’s a whole lot easier that way. Of that I am sure. Godspeed my friends.


March 17

his past week I received an interesting question through Facebook Messenger from a a former church member and dear friend. The question dealt with prayer and how often we should pray about a particular situation. Their spouse was facing a medical situation and their question was: “Should I keep praying about this problem or just pray once and trust God? In my opinion, this is a very interesting and valid question.

First, we have to understand what prayer is before we answer the question. Prayer is an intimate conversation between a believer and God. In other words it is a dialogue and not a monologue. We don’t just talk, but we listen as well. Too often we rush into God’s presence with a list we want Him to tend to on our behalf. But do we ever listen. Are we still and understanding that He is God. Do you realize there are things He wants to tell us?

Second, prayer is not just asking for things. A good was to remember how to pray is using the arostic, ACTS. Our prayers should consist of adoration, confession, thanks, and then supplication. In other words, we need to acknowledge who God is, confess our sins, seek forgiveness of our sins, then bring our petitions to Him. Remember, unconfessed sins block us from God.

Third, as I read scripture, I see two individuals who prayed over and over

 about a particular situation in their lives. Jesus prayed time and time again that the cup of suffering would pass from him. The Apostle Paul prayed over and over that a thorn in his side would be removed. In each situation, both said, not my will, but your will be done because your grace is sufficient.

Jesus told a story about a widow who continued to go before a crooked judge to get justice in her life. He went on to demonstrate that if a man who had no fear of God and respected no one could be moved to compassion, how much more will your Heavenly Father hear your prayers.

Finally, remember that prayer does more for us than God. It changes our position and heart. But it doesn’t mean that God says yes to every petition. Every prayer is answered either yes, no or not now. But we have to leave His alter and say: “Your grace is sufficient and I trust you by faith.” It’s not always easy, but it wasn’t meant to be. Godspeed my friends. I hope this helps.


March 16

I just kept thinking yesterday if I’d known it was the last time I’d ever see you, would I’ve said something different as we parted? We had gathered together as a family during the Christmas holidays as we’d done so many years before. I remember where you were seated when we arrived and I recall the pleasantries we exchanged before we parted. But if I’d known that was the last time we’d ever be together on this earth, would I have said something different? Would the atmosphere have been more serious? The problem so many of us have is we take this moment for granted and never think that tomorrow may not happen.

What about you? Are you living each day as if it’s the last one you’ll ever see? When you read scripture very carefully you’ll notice that this day is the only one we’re promised. So if that’s the case, you better say the things you need to say and do the things you need to do right now. Don’t take for granted that the people you love know it. Don’t think that the individuals who have invested in your life know you’re grateful. Don’t put off till tomorrow those things you need to do today. Who knows what tomorrow might bring?

Over the years I’ve come to understand that passage of scripture from the book of James which states: “Life is like a vapor.” It’s here one minute and gone the next. Today might be the last chance you have to simply tell someone you love and appreciate them. Don’t put off till tomorrow those things you should do today. You may not get another chance. Godspeed my friends. By the way, I love and appreciate all of you.


March 15

Today I’d ask that you keep Tommi Jo’s family in your thoughts and prayers. This past weekend her cousin’s husband has tragically killed in an accidental gun shooting. This event has broken the hearts of a wonderful family who has always tried to follow God in their lives. How do you explain the unexplainable? All I know is now a wife will not have the guidance, love and support of a loving husband. A 14 year old son will be be left to navigate the waters of life with no father. Prayers for the Gilbert and Rigby family will be needed and appreciated.

It’s hard for me to imagine how people cope with such events without a Christian faith. Our faith however doesn’t always explain why such things happen. However, it does provide us with the strength and a presence to walk through such trials and heartbreaks. Too often we look for answers and explanations to things which have none. That’s why we learn to walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you in advance for your prayers, thoughts and love. Godspeed my friends.


March 14

This past Sunday we set our clocks forward an hour because of Daylight Savings Time. It’s wonderful late in the day as we experience more daylight in the afternoons. However it presents a little bit of trouble for me in the mornings when I go for my daily run. Now days I’m running in the dark which brings with it a whole number of challenges. But before I get a lecture on safety, let me remind you I’ve been doing this for nearly 20 years.

Each day when I begin my route, there are certain things which are a part of my attire. First, I make sure I have my reflective vest on over my shirt. Second, I have a small flashlight on the bill of my cap. As one of my church members told me after seeing me one dark morning: “You look like Thomas the Train coming down the road.” That’s a good thing because you want to be seen. Finally, I’m very familiar with my route. As a matter of fact, I could run it in my sleep. I know every bump and turn on the road and I’m familiar with everyone’s routine in the mornings. In other words, I’ve done about all I can to prepare myself for that run in the dark.

I have a question for you. Have you prepared yourself for your journey in the dark? You see, each and every day you rise and face a world covered in darkness. It may not be a physical darkness, but rest assured it is a spiritual darkness. If your going to survive the evil one’s attacks, you better be prepared. You will need some type of light to guide your path. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world.” Why would you struggle in the darkness when there’s one who knows how to turn on the light. Second, you’re going to need a weapon. Nope, I’m not talking about a firearm, but rather the sword of the word. You might want to read God’s word to prepare you for you journey.

You see, I’m prepared each morning for my run. However, I’ve also learned to expect the unexpected. The same in true in life. However, with Jesus at your side, you’re never unprepared. Godspeed my friends.


March 13

There are things in life which I don’t understand. Each and every day events and tragedies happen to good people. A question which pops into my mind at times is the same question asked over and over throughout scriptures. “Why do bad things happen to good people?” As a matter of fact, probably more than any question asked of me as a minister, deals with the complex subject. I’ve had people who are devout followers of Christ ask: “Why did this happen to me? What did I do to deserve this pain?”

First, we need to realize that pain and suffering is a part of every life. Christianity isn’t a insurance plan which protects us from all the unpleasantries of life. However, it is a promise and an assurance that we don’t face these tragic moments alone. God hasn’t promised us a life free from heartache and pain. But he has said that he’ll walk through the pain with us.

Second, life isn’t a byproduct of what you deserve. And we better be thankful that it’s not. As individuals we are sinners by nature and by choice and because of that we deserve punishment. “But God demonstrated his love for us in that while we were sinners, Christ died for us.” Be thankful that we don’t get what we deserve.

Third, when God created the world he said: “It was good”, not perfect. In a good world there is always the possibility for bad things to happen. These tragedies sometimes come through the freedom of choice and also through the law abiding realm of the universe. When we live in harmony with the laws of the universe things rock along pretty well. When we violate them, tragic events happen.

Finally, remember that the only perfect person was crucified for a crime he never committed. So he if he wasn’t exempt, what keeps us from experiencing sorrow and pain? There’s never an easy answer to this question. However, I believe God wants what’s best for us and some of the greatest lessons we learn about our faith comes through dark moments. Anyone can believe and follow when all is right with the world. It takes a special person to say: “ I don’t understand, but I’m following you by faith.” Hopefully you will. Godspeed my friends.


March 12

Are the times in your life when you find yourself in the dumps? The circumstances of life have driven you to a place where you experience the dark night of the soul. It may be due to the loss of a loved one, an illness in your life or someone you love, or a time of depression due to an inner struggle in your life. You search for relief but it never comes. You pray, but there seems to be no answers. God seems so distant and silent in the time you need him the most. You want to lash out, but you’re not sure who should should receive your anger. You can be sure the evil one will use this time to convince you that no one else has suffered or hurt like you. He’ll ask you: “Where is your God now?”

Over the years I come to realize that answers to such questions are so easily given. However, remember this important lesson. God will help you get out of the dumps, but you have to do your part as well. This includes taking care of yourself mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. All three of these are intertwined. One effects the other. Physical exercise can be great therapy when dealing with moments of emotional distress. You’d be surprised how a long walk will provide relief to a troubled heart. Also, it helps to talk to someone you trust about the situation. Keeping it bottled up can only hinder your healing.

Finally, understand that in those moments of darkness, God will take care of you. You may not realize it at the time, but he will meet you in the chaos and ultimately bring you out of the fog. It may not happen in a week, month, or even a year, but he will give you the strength to stand. And remember, when the strength to stand comes, you will not stand alone. That is a fact. Godspeed my friends. Hang in there, help is on its way.


March 11

Today is the day, if you choose it to be. It’s has the opportunity to be a life changing experience. A game changer if you will. You have a opportunity to experience an encounter with the Living God, but the choice is yours. The burdens you’ve been carrying, the grief you’ve been holding on to, the life you’ve been living can all be changed with a prayer in a time of worship. God has been waiting for you and the only thing holding you back is you. Aren’t you tired of walking the same path and just expecting things will be different? Well friend, it can be if you harden not your heart. Don’t miss it because these moments are few and far between.

Stop debating and arguing the point. Stop taking pleasure in your misfortune. Change the status quo and by faith except the transformation that can come when you surrender your will and heart to God. Remember, he’s making all things new. The question is, are you ready for the change? It can happen if you’ll let go and allow him to take control. Your way hasn’t been working. Now is the time and today is the day. Amen and Godspeed.


March 10

A link to someone can be devastating when it’s broken. At the moment it’s broken, you might not realize the pain it will cause until it finally hits you. Let me explain my weird concept because I’m sure you’ve dealt with it at some time in your own life.

A few years ago we had to put our dog down after 14 years of companionship. The overwhelming sense of grief was something I hadn’t anticipated. For a while it was hard for me to understand until I realized that dog was a link to my oldest daughter. We had purchased that schnauzer because she had wanted a dog. When she died, it felt like a link between my daughter and me had been broken. Silly, I know, but it was something we had share together.

Two weeks ago, when Dr. Billy Graham went home to be with the Lord, again I felt a similar sensation. Of course there was the sadness that we all felt at the death of this spiritual giant. However, for me it was a link to my Mother and Dad. I can’t tell you how many times we’d watch one of his crusades on television together. As a family, we even heard him in person at the Orange Bowl. He was one of those links that we shared as a family.

Life is a series of broken links that can cause a heart to break and fell a pain we thought we’d dealt with years ago. However, there’s a link that can’t be broken no matter of the circumstances surrounding it. It’s the bond that Christ Jesus brings to our relationship with others. Though there is hurt in a moment, there’s a feeling of assurance as well. Though the link is battered and worn, it’s never broken. At least that’s how my simple mind copes with grief and pain. He makes the difference in this life and the life that shall be. For that I’m grateful. Godspeed my friends


March 9

Sometimes a change in the way we look at certain things in life can make all the difference in our outlook. Too often we use words in our everyday language that can put a negative spin on the activities we are preforming. Let me give you a couple of examples. How many times have we said something similar to the following: “I have to mow the grass today.” Or, “I have to go to work in the morning.” That word “have” puts a negative spin on the entire sentence. The reason I say this is quite simple. There are a lot of people who would like to have an opportunity to do some yard work and others who would like to have your job. However, due to physical conditions, these individuals can’t do the simple task you perform each day without even thinking about them. If we could sometimes change the word “have” and replace it with “get”, the whole dynamic changes. “I get to mow the yard and enjoy the outdoors.” I get to go to work and provide for my family.” Just one word changes everything.

The same is true with our relationship with a God. How many times have we said: “I have to go to church on Sunday.” No, you “get”to go to church and have an encounter with the living God with fellow believers. You don’t “have” to read your Bible and pray. But rather you “get”to read God’s word and “get” an opportunity to have an intimate conversation with the creator of the universe. It sounds rather silly I know, but your attitude can change everything in your life. The amazing point is you get to choose. Do you “have to” or do you “get to”? I get the opportunity to make the most of this day. What about you? Godspeed.


March 8

Have you ever had a “flashback”? Some event, trauma, situation, or grief in your present life sends you back to another place and time from your past. Believe me, they’re real. Former and present military personnel experience these phenomenons from time to time. They can be brought on by sight and smells from the here and now and all of a sudden they’re back on the battlefield due to a flashback.

I’ve had these experiences from time to time in my own life. They usually happen to be during the hurricane season. My mind is taken back to August, 2005 when we experienced Hurricane Katrina. Our church served as a Red Cross shelter for as many as 300 people. Whenever we have the threat of a hurricane, my mind can immediately pull up the faces of the people we helped. It’s a strange situation.

Yesterday I had such an event take place in my life. Upon hearing the news of an unfortunate event which took place in the life of a friend of mine, boom!!!! In an instant, my brain and heart went right back to a similar situation in my life. A flood of emotions began to sweep across my mind at a neck braking pace. Before I knew it, I was right back in that traumatic situation. My heart began to race and I’m sure my blood pressure began to rise at a record pace. So what does one do when such an experience happens? Is there a way out?

When you find yourself reliving an unpleasant experience due to a flashback, switch channels in your mind to another time and place. This is a different location and environment. It’s a place where you experienced the love, warmth, and grace of God’s sustaining presence. You need to focus on that moment when He made a difference in your life. Then flash forward to the here and now and be reminded of the fact that God is making all things new. We are a byproduct of our past, but we don’t have to live there and it certainly doesn’t have to define us. Let it be a gentle reminder of the goodness of a Heavenly Father who wants the best for us. That can be just enough to overcome the negative from the past. Godspeed.


March 7

How do you view your relationship with God? Do you feel as though God works for you or do you work for him? Does he exist to serve your needs and desires or do you serve him? Is he viewed as the “cleaner” in your life who comes to straighten out the mess you’ve created? Do you view him as a divine bellhop you call upon to carry your baggage in life when they’re too heavy to tote on your own power?

In order to serve God properly in our lives we must have a correct view of our relationship with him. You were created for one reason and one reason only. We were created to have a relationship with our Creator and serve him properly. Everything you have or will have belongs to God. Everything you are or ever will be is a result of him. In other words, he doesn’t exist for us but rather we exist for him. We all need to realize that he expects total allegiance from his children. We are to love him with every fiber of our being and use the gifts he has given us to bring glory to him. It’s that simple.

What’s sad to me is so many of us expect God to bless our lives without putting anything into our relationship with him. We want him to do all the work and we should receive all the blessings. Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way. Give him the best of you and the rest of you and then you’ll find out what a blessed life is all about. Serve him and watch the blessings flow right back to you. It’s always worked that way ever since the beginning of time. There is no other course for an abundant life. Godspeed my friends.


March 6

What a difference a day makes. Sometimes all it takes is just a little time. Yesterday morning I woke up not feeling well at all. As a matter of fact, I stayed home all day and was physically unable to attend a funeral in Birmingham. The folks that I work with will tell you I don’t miss many days. But there was no way I could get off the mat and rise to the challenges of the day. The only thing possible was to let nature take its course. Around 8 pm things started turning for the good. I was actually able to take in a little nourishment before retiring to bed. Today’s a new day and all systems are go. Sometimes all it takes is time.

The same is true with a life. There are moments when we feel downcast and alone. There are decisions which need to be made and situations we didn’t expect. There’s a desire to do something but the energy to do so isn’t there. So what can we do? Rest and pray are at the top of the list. Wait for the Lord. Be still and wait for his presence to allow you to move forward. Some decisions in life are better made when we give them the proper time. Things sometimes look different the next day.

Don’t be in a hurry because there are certain things in life you can’t rush. The problem is, we’re fixers by nature and some things can’t be repaired in an hour or two. God is aware of your situation and in time, relief will come. Maybe not like you planned, but it will come. Today is a new day. Wait for God to show you how to make the most of it. Godspeed.


March 5

There’s no way in this world that I could adequately express how God is blessing our church at PHBC. Just at the moment when I think it can’t get any better, God does something else to take my amazement to another level. Yesterday was no exception.

During the hymn of invitation, three siblings walked the isle and made their public professions of faith. The oldest, the brother, is in the 9th grade. His sister is in the 7th grade and their little brother is 9 years old. Their grandmother has been a member of our church for about 5 years. However, these three have been a part of our van ministry for 5 or 6 years. Right before our hymn started, the sister went and picked up the youngest brother from children’s church. They had no parent with them, only their grandmother. All three walked down together. Oh, I forgot to mention they are African Americans. Imagine how much bravery it took for those three kids to walk down during a hymn of invitation at a predominantly white church.

How did our folks respond? Just like they do 99.9% of the time. With love and acceptance. You see, those kids already knew they were loved by our people. They’ve been loved on Wednesday night, in Vacation Bible School, at GA camp, in Bible study, children’s worship, and at church. It was a natural progression for them. God continues to bless our church family. I’m just trying to get out of the way so I don’t mess it up. Godspeed my friends.


March 4

Many of you are in the process of getting ready for church. But after you’ve showered, combed your hair and dressed, you might be ready, but are you prepared? Have you prepared your heart for an encounter with the living God? Will your Bible study and worship be acceptable and pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, or will you miss it altogether? God’s ready to receive your worship, but the evil one is also prepared to distract you and keep you from experiencing the presence of God.

Where will your mind be as your service opens today? Will your thoughts be on the great love Jesus demonstrated on the cross or will it be on the worries of this world? As one preacher said in his prayer: “Lord, you couldn’t be here more truly, but we could.” Don’t let that happen to you.

Do you realize that worship is a verb and not a noun? It is a word which requires an action on your part. As a matter of fact, worship is the one thing we can do for God. So here’s a good script to follow: Open your mouth and sing praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Even if you just make a joyful noise. Open your mind and heart to the preaching of God’s word. Open your wallet and give generously because the Lord loves a cheerful giver. Remind yourself that this time isn’t about you, but rather about God. Leave his sanctuary ready to serve. Now you’re ready to be of use for the Kingdom.

So, I’ll ask you again: Are you prepared? I sure hope so because this is the day the Lord has made. We should rejoice and be glad in it! Godspeed my friends.


March 3

Joe Hogan was a member of my church in Natchez, Ms years ago. Now as preachers, we’re not suppose to have favorites, but Joe was one of my favorite individuals. I loved his swag! He was a Georgia Bulldog fan and when they won on Saturday, he’d wear his Georgia tie and red sport coat. I had the high honor of preaching his wife’s memorial service and later I did his funeral. I’m still extremely close to his family and a few years ago, I performed his granddaughter’s wedding in Augusta, Ga. (One of my favorite places on earth.)

While Joe was living, each year on his birthday, he would run his age. If he was 75, he’d run 7.5 miles on that day. After he passed away, each year to honor his memory, on my birthday I participate in the “Joe Hogan Run”. This year, due to weather and injuries, I had to delay my run until today. I’m happy to announce that the “Joe Hogan Run” of 5.7 miles was finally completed this morning. The reality of this run is it gets a bit more difficult the older I get.

Joe’s actions should be an inspiration to us all. No matter how old you are, you can still be active and set goals for your life. In other words, get out and do something. Set some goals for your life regardless of your age or ability. As a matter of fact, while your at it, set some spiritual goals for your life.

Why not read the Bible through in a year? Now that’s a goal worth setting. Or maybe ramp up your church attendance or giving. Find a way to be useful for the Kingdom regardless of your age. Too many of us are just drifting through life with no plan or purpose. That my friend isn’t the Christian way. Our goal should be to grow closer to God each and every day we draw a breath. So get busy. There’s no time like the present to start adding purpose and meaning to your life.

Thanks Joe for inspiring me to do something that at times pushes me to the limits of my ability. However, I’m not looking forward to my 75th birthday. Godspeed.


March 2

As one who had the honor of preaching my Father’s memorial service, let me tell you, Franklin knocked it out of the park today. I’ve heard several people say: “Franklin isn’t his father.” Well I can tell you, he was never called to be his Dad. I’m not half the man my father was in any area of my life. But I can tell you this, I’ll stand with Franklin any time and any place.

Also, it seems to me that the memorial services for Princess Diana and Michael Jackson’s were broadcasted on all major networks. You had to search hard for Dr. Graham’s service. I guess there was too much Jesus for some folks. How sad, because that’s just what we need to hear.



March 1

My oldest daughter, Laura Jo and her husband Grant, gave us a free week of the Blue Apron food service. If you’re not familiar with Blue Apron, they send you all the ingredients for 2 or 3 meals. You select from their menu and pick out the meals that you want to try and a box arrives at your house with everything you need. No shopping. No grocery lines. The meals are actually very good and look like the picture on the menu. They give you a step by step process as to how to prepare the food. Everything necessary right there in a box. All you have to do is cook.

In a similar way, God has done everything necessary for you to spend eternity with Him. You see, you and I are sinners by nature and by choice, and sin separates us from our Heavenly Father. Because of our sin we deserve punishment, judgment, and Hell. However, God sent his son, Jesus Christ to die on a cross for you and me. When he exclaimed with a loud voice: “It is finished!”, it literally meant everything necessary for salvation has been accomplished. He did the work. He prepared the menu. He shopped for the groceries. He left one step for you and me. Do we accept or reject his act of love.

After our free trial week of Blue Apron, we’ll have to decide if the service is worth keeping. In a similar way, you’ll have to decide what you’ll do with this man named Jesus. Godspeed my friends.

© 2018 Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
Connected Sound - Websites for the Barbershop Community