Monday, December 31 2007
1Thesselonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
It is important to give God thanks each day, but at the end of each year it is important to reflect on and give thanks for what God has done for you. Cornerstone Chapel has so much to be thankful for as a church and as individuals. We have been a witness to significant growth as well as miraculous healings. God has blessed us without measure.
There are many scriptures that reveal to us our need to be thankful. We need to be thankful for all the material things that God has provided, but even more important we need to take heed of what the writer of 1 Chronicles was thankful for:
1Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
God is good. Simply, wherever you go and whatever situation you are in, God is always good and always merciful and that is something to be thankful for.
Please be sure to spend some time in prayer today giving thanks.
Saturday, December 29 2007
Friday, December 28 2007
Prayer is the foundation of any Christian walk. Simply, without prayer there is no communication with God and therefore no relationship with God. It is important to find time each day and pray. This may seem like I am preaching to the choir, but sometimes even I have to remind myself to be an altar builder. I have already stated the obvious reasons that we should pray, but in preparing to post this blog, I came across another very important reason for prayer and that is to sustain our future generations...
Joshua 22:26 Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
Joshua 22:27 But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.
I have been raised in the church and have seen many children not live for God after leaving home. I do not believe that their parents are to blame, but I do not want my children to not have a relationship with Jesus because I failed to build altars in my home. It is important that your children hear you pray and also that you pray for them including laying hands on them. I often will hug my son as I pray for him. He will only become the man that I train him to be and the touch of his dad is important and hearing my prayers is paramount. I do not want my grandchildren nor my great grandchildren saying they have no part in God.
Thursday, December 27 2007
I consider myself a student of history. My lovely wife often thinks I have a memory filled with the most trivial facts and she is probably correct, but in my reading I have come to realize something that is consistent throughout history. The armies and navies that have dominated the world were offensive in nature. They had leaders that were visionaries that saw beyond the next mountain or city. These men looked beyond the obstacles of time and space and saw the future and their place in it.
General George S. Patton Jr stated it is only by doing things others have not that one can advance.
Leaders within the church must be visionaries for the ministry that they are responsible. Vision is a necessity of the church and therefore the church needs visionaries. Leaders that have vision will push their followers to excel beyond their own talents and abilities. I use the term push loosely, but I believe there are examples in the scriptures and they are set by Jesus Christ.
The disciples were not extraordinary men in terms of education and abilities. They were not great orators or men of taste and style. The Bible states very plainly of what the people thought of Peter and John...
Acts 4:13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.
Peter was a man of impulse and often spoke and acted quickly. He defended Jesus by cutting off a man's ear and then denied Jesus a short time later. Where would Peter fit into our perception of a church leader? Would Peter be allowed to preach in our church or sing in the choir or would we delegate him to a position that is not so obvious? I am not sure how we would treat Peter and his apparent lack of finesse that is expected of many church leaders, but Jesus gave Peter something that not even the greatest of modern Apostolic preachers possess and we find it in:
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Jesus pushed Peter to greatness. Jesus' example of leadership and mentoring should show us that the vision that God has given to us to reach the lost can be done by men and women that show the courage to stretch themselves and allow their leadership to push them to higher levels. These men and women do not live across the country or sit in another church, but are the ones that greet you each week with a handshake or hug and perhaps sit in the same pew. Lead them to greatness and watch God grow the church.
Wednesday, December 26 2007
I hope that you had a very Merry Christmas and that you remembered the reason for the season. I realize that that statement seems very cliche', but it speaks volumes of truth. The reason we celebrate is because 2000 years ago...
1Timothy 3:16 ...God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
It is exciting to think that God became man and for a purpose that effects us directly.
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
We have hope because a Savior came and was born of a virgin and died on a cross and everyone needs hope...Christmas hope.
Tuesday, December 25 2007
Monday, December 24 2007
Sometimes the strongest message comes in the simplest way...Have a very Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 22 2007
Friday, December 21 2007
The headline reads...
European leaders hail 'historic' expansion of border free zone (Breitbart.com)
The article speaks of the ability of Europeans to travel without showing a passport. It states:
The huge expansion means that about 400 million Europeans can now travel from the Arctic Circle in Norway to Portugal without showing a passport.
When teaching or preaching, I tend to preach be ready. I have no knowledge of when the second coming will happen and either does anyone else for the Word clearly states:
Matthew 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
As a self proclaimed news junkie, I am aware of current events and my interest is peaked when something could move us closer to the many prophetic statements in the scripture. I am not declaring that our current events are matching the prophecies of the Word, but it does show us that the end time could very well be near and how quickly God could return for His people. Like many, I have heard for my lifetime that God was returning soon. I remember thinking I would not graduate high school or get married. My memory is vivid of many speaking of President Ronald Reagan being the possible antichrist. It all seems rather amusing now, but the scripture is clear that one will have rule over all the world
Revelations 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
The reference to the article is just a simple reference to a borderless society. It seems so innocent and perhaps it is, but how easy could it be to have one leader emerge and rule those nations and the world.
Stay in the church and study the Word so that you are not deceived. God may not return for one hundred years, but He could return tomorrow. Are you ready?
Thursday, December 20 2007
Wednesday, December 19 2007
I found a video on the NBC News website that spoke of the rapid spread of Pentecostalism around the world. It reported on the the impact of the movement and even showed people speaking in tongues. Their website does not have the ability to embed video into blogs (supposedly they will have the ability in the future) so I am unable to do so, but I encourage you to search their site to view the video.
It is no surprise to me that the Pentecostal movement is sweeping the world like a fire for the Word states:
Act 2:16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh...
When I see these videos or read the news accounts of the impact that the Pentecostals are having on this world, I become inspired to continue to preach the truth found in the Bible. I become more determined to tell others of God's Word knowing that it is what people are looking for and need. The Word becomes like the prophet so beautifully illustrates for us:
Jeremiah 20:9 ...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones...
Pentecostalism is not a religion. It is an experience. Religion does not change people, but an experience with God is life altering. People are healed of cancer and delivered from drugs and alcohol. Lives are forever changed by the power of the Holy Ghost. That is the key to the growth of the Pentecostal church. It is not a mystery and in the book of Acts when the disciples where asked by convicted men what they must do, his reply was simple:
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Tuesday, December 18 2007
We are but a week away from Christmas and if you have not gone shopping yet it is officially time to panic. I love to give (and receive) gifts, but the best part of Christmas is the hope that Jesus brought to the world. The Bible states:
Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
In this seasons of blessing there are many that are hopeless, but await anxiously for an introduction to Jesus Christ. They may not fully understand their need for this relationship, but He is the remedy to their situation. It is our responsibility to minister the gospel and I think I have used this scripture in this blog before, but it reminds me of my desire to reach my community.
1Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
I do not want to sound like a broken record in this blog, but it is the responsibility of the church to reach the lost and I have a passion to reach my community. We need a burden in this last days because I believe that we are racing the clock for Jesus is coming soon. I do not when, but I do know that we are one day closer and each day people die without having met Jesus.
We need to be desperate to see lives changed through the preached Word of God. Paul wrote to Timothy with instructions to rekindle the fire that he once had:
2Timothy1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
It is time that we stir up the passion that we once felt for the lost. It is time to think outside the box (not compromising) in reaching souls. Do what is uncomfortable and REACH while preaching the truth.
Monday, December 17 2007
The psalmist wrote:
Psalms 42:1 As the hart (male deer) panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
Psalms 42:2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
What if people had a desire for God more than anything else in the world? I am currently looking for a Nintendo Wii (at this point, a little half hearted) and have heard stories of people waiting all night in the cold to have the possibility to purchase one of three that a store receives when it opens. It would be awesome if next Sunday morning, we arrive at church and there were people lined up at the church doors awaiting to go into the presence of God. They had a thirst in their soul for the living God.
Our desire to be in the presence of the most high God should drive us to our prayer closets. It should be a driving force within our lives that sets our priorities. If you want to change your life, your family and your world it will be through an old fashioned altar. We can find in the scripture a promise to someone that prays:
James 5:16 ...The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
We need to seek the face of God with a determination to reach our community and our world. I pray that I can see what God sees, hear what God hears and feel what God feels in our community. I want to see the lost, hear their cries and feel the love so that Cornerstone Chapel can see the lost, hear their cries and feel the love for our community. I want more of God everyday and it is time that we seek after God with a passion that more than rivals the worlds desires for pleasure.
Saturday, December 15 2007
Today is Saturday (just in case you did not know) and that means that we are within 24 hours of attending church so I ask a simple question. Why do we go to church? Do we go because we get the warm and fuzzies? Does it make us fulfill an obligation to our ourselves and to our family while somehow acknowledging God? Do we go because it is truly life altering?
It is hard for some to imagine that any particular church service can be life changing, but the Word states:
Ezezekial 46:9 But when the people of the land shall come before the LORD in the solemn feasts, he that entereth in by the way of the north gate to worship shall go out by the way of the south gate; and he that entereth by the way of the south gate shall go forth by the way of the north gate: he shall not return by the way of the gate whereby he came in, but shall go forth over against it.
I have preached using this scripture and talk of it often at Cornerstone Chapel because it speaks of the people leaving through a different gate then they came. Simply, they left differently then they arrived. We can leave each church service changed by the presence and word of God. I am not speaking of a the preacher had a great sermon today change, but a change that is truly life altering. We can walk into a presence and anointing so that people are delivered, healed and filled with the Holy Ghost. In your service tomorrow, do you believe that God can deliver someone from drugs or heal another of cancer. God is where his people are no matter the size of the church for the Bible states:
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
I believe in church growth and the concepts of church growth, but the number one outreach tool is not a nursery or a program that caters to the desires of people. The most important outreach tool is the anointing of the Holy Ghost. It heals families, uplifts people and changes minds.
I challenge each of you to spend some time praying specifically for the church service you will attend tomorrow. Pray for your pastor that they preach the word with an authority and pray that you have receive what is preached. Prayer is the key to walking into the presence of God and it open the doors of heaven so that the anointing is poured out.
Have a wonderful service tomorrow.
Friday, December 14 2007
The past couple of days, I have brought you some lighter content to the blog. The Bible states:
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
It is good to laugh and as Christians we should be the most joyful of all. The following video is part two of my December 13 blog...enjoy!
Thursday, December 13 2007
On a lighter note...
For those of you that know me well, I have to confess. I lost my cellphone again. It was recovered without any harm coming to it after paying a hefty ransom (just kidding...about the ransom). When I lost my phone for the millionth time, I realized how much I depend on it. The thought came to me that my wife had no other means of contacting me and that I have my schedule for the next millennium neatly tucked away within its memory. How can I pastor without my cellphone?
It is amusing to me that just a few years ago, we did not have cellphones. I was 23 when I purchased my first hand held phone that really resembled a brick (or even a cinder block). I am currently 36. That is not really that many years ago, but it was thousands and perhaps tens of thousands of dollars ago.
The truth is that I really like having the technology to call from anywhere and anytime. Pay phones are really gross. Despite the risk of brain tumors (that science is subject to change at a moments notice), I think we are healthier because we do not have to share phones with the neighborhood spreading the diseases that comes from spit and earwax.
There was truly a technique to talking on a pay phone. First, it was important to keep the conversation short. Next, there could be no contact between your ear, face or mouth and the phone. The proper distance that a phone should be kept from the your face was one to two inches and you had to speak loud enough so that you cold be heard. I am not sure that you actually had to hear the other person because pay phones should have only been used to pass information and not receive it. Simply, they were in case of emergency only.
Perhaps, this blog will go into cyberspace and like a time capsule, it will educate future generations on the hardships of living without instant communication. They will discover that we actually had to pull over and find a phone if we wanted to call someone or use a phone that a billion other people used. The good ole days had their hardships.
Have a great day!
Wednesday, December 12 2007
I spoke briefly about loyalty yesterday and I thought I would write of it again. First, I would like to say that we need to be loyal to leaders that are taking us to the places that we need to go. As Christians, we need to follow leaders that will watch for our soul by preaching the truth and help us make heaven. We can be sure of their leadership and direction through the fruits they bear, prayer and studying of the Word.
As a leader, I will be loyal to those that follow me. I cannot abandon them because of a mistake nor can I allow that mistake to diminish the love that I feel for them. Jesus has defined loyalty. If we take a look at Peter and his relationship with Jesus, we can glean some very important principles concerning loyalty.
First, Jesus gives Peter the keys...
Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven...
Then Peter denied Him...
Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
Then Jesus loved Peter...
John 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Jesus knew the heart of Peter. Jesus does not look on the outside, but at the heart. As a leader, I need to build other leaders by looking at their heart. Jesus did not cast Peter aside because of a mistake or how he appeared, but encouraged him and loved him. Peter preached the first apostolic sermon and saw great revival because Jesus remained loyal to the man he gave the keys. As leaders, do we lead with the same love and loyalty?
We need to lead in love. In whatever leadership capacity that we fulfill within the church, we must understand that what we do is from love for God is love. God will speak to those that need to adjust their walk with Him not because they are dealt with harshly, but because they were loved.
Tuesday, December 11 2007
I have not written much on leadership within this blog. I have spoken of it as a general idea, but have not addressed it directly,but I have chosen to change that today.
I have always found it interesting to read leadership books and each one presents a different spin on the subject. We glean from them and are able to process the information into a vision so that we can blaze our own trails as leaders. Obviously, some people have a talent that allows them to be leaders as naturally as walking or talking, but I also believe that leaders can be mentored.
As leaders within the church, it is important to understand that prayer is the foundation for our vision. A leader that leads without prayer is leading, but fails to lead with focus or direction. If I was traveling to Los Angeles from Virginia and just decided to head west without mapping out a specific route, I will indeed eventually make it to the Pacific Ocean. Although, I would not make it to Los Angeles. Prayer keeps us focused while giving us the direction so that we arrive at our intended destination.
Leaders must know where they headed. As a leader you must be willing to make adjustments, but never change your vision. A leader without vision or one that changes visions will never reach their full potential and their followers will remain immature. It is important for a leader to not confuse quoting John Maxwell and true leadership. Leadership is a dirty business. It may require you to get down in the mud to influence those that nobody else wants or remain stalwart as the naysayers attack your vision, but a true leader will maintain thief direction and may even be invigorated by the testing of their vision.
Leaders must be willing to stand alone to make a difference. It is not always easy, but leaders do what is right and do it with love. They are loyal to those that follow them and should expect loyalty from their followers. Loyalty is a character trait that sadly is fading away as each generation passes, but should be held as something that is desirable in all leaders. Loyalty breeds unity and unity breeds souls. Souls is the vision...
Monday, December 10 2007
The love of God is so wonderful and beautiful. I am sure that many preachers have stood in pulpits around the world today and preached about the love of God. The Bible states:
1John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
God has always loved us. He has always known us.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee...
It is important to understand that He does love us more than anyone else. With that love, comes the correction that we so often need. Like a earthly father, our heavenly Father will correct and discipline us. Often times, it is through the preached or studied Word or through prayer. It is important to understand that we need to be convicted in church and not comfortable (hearing what pleases us). The Word convicts for the Bible states:
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
It is His love that delivers and heals. It is His love that brings change to our life for He is love. The scripture states:
1John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
It is important to love one another and to act through love. I need to pastor with love and you need to minister to each other through love. Why? Because the Word states:
1John 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
1John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
Please do what you do and say what you say with love because God is love and we want to make it to heaven.
Saturday, December 08 2007
The world we live in is wicked. I do not say that because I am a doomsday preacher, but because I read the newspaper. Generally, I consider myself to be a positive person and make every effort to look at things in a positive manner, but it does not take a person with extreme intelligence (or rocket scientist) to figure out that this world is wicked.
There is a good thing about living in a wicked world. Perhaps, you are scratching your head while trying to figure out how there can be anything good about living in such a sin filled world, but the Bible states:
Romans 5:20 ...But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.
Wherever there is sin, then there is more Jesus. This translates into a simple principle. We should be able to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ so effectively that we can impact our community with the Apostolic doctrine simply because of the sin of this very wicked world. There is nothing that stands between us and reaching our world. The vision of reaching our community is simple...preach the gospel.
2Timothy 4:2 Preach the word...
Let us commit to preaching, teaching, studying and ministering the uncompromising word of God. Never lose sight of what God would have us do to see the lost saved. Our purpose is to reach the lost world.
Friday, December 07 2007
I spent today in Newport News, Virginia at a meeting. This trip involved a few hours of driving which was OK except there are a few places between Newport News and King George that do not have radio reception. The best part of returning from any trip is to be able to see my lovely and beautiful wife and my very awesome children. When I think back to the days when I was single, I remember it being lonely returning to a house that nobody else lived in. Although, I do enjoy a little quiet time now, there is nothing like watching my daughter empty the cabinets of all its spices or my wife chasing my giggling son through the house. The noise brings a certain peace and joy to the house.
We spend so much time going from here to there that sometimes we forget to appreciate the things that God has given us. I do not want to watch my children go off to college with the regrets of an absent parent or look at my wife when we are in our 90's and think that I should have been a better husband. The Bible states:
James 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
My pastor would always say life is a dressing room. You should be sure to cherish the blessings of God that are your family. Each of them are a gift from God and I believe that He expects us to love and care for them and even more importantly teach them the truth of God's word.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Thursday, December 06 2007
In my posting yesterday, I wrote about the importance of not compromising. Perhaps, the thought behind changing or compromising the message is we will appeal to a broader base of people, but at the sacrifice of the truth. Although, I want people to be comfortable in the church setting, it is more important that we be convicted by the Word. When the Word is preached it needs to be convicting. The Word can not be changed to fit our needs, but we need to conform to the Word.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
I came across a video that speaks of the religious world today. It brings to life the following scripture:
2Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
Wednesday, December 05 2007
I recently bought an ipod. I bought it as my Christmas gift from my family, but did not have the patience to wait. My purpose in buying it was to be able to listen to music, but more importantly I wanted to listen to preaching. Although, I am careful that I listen to the truth and preachers that I know and respect. The Bible states that we should only listen to the truth and ban all others.
Galations 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As I started to load my ipod with sermons, I found myself wanting to listen to some old school preaching. I felt that it was important to glean something from those that have traveled the path before me. In doing so, I have found one common theme and that is to not compromise the doctrine.
Our methods of having church have changed. The music has changed and perhaps the way we deliver the message has been technologically enhanced, but it is important to understand that the message cannot change. There is no room for compromise in the church today and our vision must be to reach the lost souls that need a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Tuesday, December 04 2007
Baby Jesus stolen from nativity scene.
This is the story ripped from the headlines from somewhere in Florida. I found it eye catching enough that I actually clicked on it. The story was about a nativity scene that had been stolen by a grinch. I found the whole thing amusing because of all the stories that could be in print today concerning Jesus Christ, the only story found is one on a statue replica of what someone thinks happened at Christmas two thousand years ago. What if the news really followed and documented what Jesus Christ has done today around the world, perhaps the headlines would read...
Jesus delivers a man from drugs and alcohol
Jesus fills a woman with his Spirit
Jesus opens the door for a Christian to have a new job
Jesus heals a person from a terminal disease
The list could continue because God works miracles through His people everyday. We are the ambassadors (II Corinthians 5:20) of Christ and He said that we would do great things through Him.
John 5:20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
Jesus continues to do great things through His people. Our headlines, if you will, are called testimonies and they are perhaps the most powerful witnessing tool in our outreach toolbox. Surely, God has done something for you. Please tell someone.
Monday, December 03 2007
A few weeks ago, I was listening to Christian radio and a gentleman was commenting on the need for rest. His comments continued with his telling of his arrangement with his wife to set aside Sundays as a day of rest (after church, of course). It was family time for him and his wife.
My wife and I have discussed this and have decided to try and do the same thing (It does not always happen). Therefore, I will not post a blog on Sunday. Obviously, my calling as a pastor has me working on Sunday. For those that are not familiar with our church, we are a home missions church that is required to set up prior to service and tear down after service. I actually enjoy the whole experience, but this arrangement also requires us to rent and load a UHaul every weekend. We move everything from folding walls to flower arrangements. When you throw in preaching and teaching Sunday school (I teach the youth class), I feel like I have run a marathon. As a Pentecostal preacher, I can get a little excited. I know the feeling when the prophet stated:
Jeremiah 20:9 ...But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones...
The time you spend with your family is an investment. It is an investment in your marriage, your children and their future as well as an eternal investment in your family as a whole. I encourage you to find some restful time with your family this week. The best way I can put it is that it will help you.
Saturday, December 01 2007
For those of you that read my post concerning my search for a Nintendo Wii, I thought I would update you on what has happened.
Nothing... Zilch...Nada... Zero.
I have heard that the Nintendo Wii exists somewhere in the universe. The Walmart in La Plata, MD received a total of three last week. Wow, three for a store that serves thousands of patrons every day. In most cases, I receive little smiles and a look that says good luck.
My son knows that he is getting a Wii for Christmas and because his dad is not willing to brave the cold and stand in line at 2:30 AM, I have told him that he will have to receive after Christmas. Perhaps, some miracle will occur that will allow me to intersect with the elusive game system.
The search continues because I want to be able to get my son what he wants. It is a good gift. I am his father and it is my wish to give him the desires of his heart. This principle is not new to us, but throughout history fathers have provided for their children and it was this concept that Jesus used to show His desire to provide for His children.
Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
Jesus knows you. He knows your thoughts and loves you so much that he died for you. He wants to provide for you and give good things to those that are obedient to His Word.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.