"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not Just TVLand

Every now and then I enjoy reading the blog of one of my former teachers. A great majority of her posts are entirely random, but she always has something interesting to say. Here is something she wrote today that I have been talking about on this blog for a good while now:
I realized this weekend how much I miss the old-fashioned TVLand station. Was home alone a good bit, and sometimes like to just have something on in the background - it used to be that if nothing else was on, you could always catch an old episode of Andy Griffith or Leave it to Beaver or Gunsmoke. Now, it's just become a station like any other. Kinda sad.
I'm afraid it's not just TVLand. Most of the shows that I grew up watching and find myself quoting and looking back on are gone for good...as far as television goes, at least. The shows that she mentioned and others like them were family shows. People used to sit down and watch television as a family. Children today don't know what that's like. The kids have their shows, the adults have their shows, and they all watch them in separate rooms on separate televisions. I've said it before and I'll say it again: the modern-day entertainment industry is tearing the family apart.

I think she used the word "old-fashioned" well. That word is used negatively nowadays. But oh how I miss the way things were even just twenty years ago. People wonder why the "good old days" are referred to as such, especially since there was no technology as we know it today. My answer would be this: The best things in life are not always convenient. Those days were good because there was family. Everything you needed in life came from your family. We need to get back to a family mindset in America.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don’t Pass Up the Opportunity

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men…
Galatians 6:10

I was reading in a devotional book this morning when I came across the above verse. While there are many things in the Bible that I believe many people overthink, I believe that Galatians 6:10 is a verse that many people don’t put enough thought into. I may be guilty of overthinking this verse, but I want you to know that I do not believe that this verse is simply talking about kindness. I believe that this verse is talking about something much greater. And I believe that, if you will get a bulldog grip on the truth of this verse, it will change your life and it will change this nation.

James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” That is what I believe Galatians 6:10 is referring to. Whenever you have the opportunity to share your faith, whenever you have the opportunity to help someone in any way, it is only because God has given you that opportunity. Therefore you should take that opportunity and use it for the glory of God. If you don’t, you are sinning against Almighty God.

If you have an opportunity to do good, know that God is the One who has given that opportunity to you. You should also be aware that, if God has given you an opportunity, He expects you to use it. If everyone would do the good that they know they ought to do, this nation would not be in the moral crisis that it is in today.