A Step Above

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Neil Armstrong                   Apollo 11 (1969)

Ewin “Buzz” Aldrin              Apollo 11 (1969)

Charles “Pete” Conrad      Apollo 12 (1969)

Allen Bean                          Apollo 12 (1969)

Alan Shepard                     Apollo 14 (1971)

Edgar Mitchel                    Apollo 14 (1971)

David Scott                        Apollo 15 (1971)

James Irwin                       Apollo 15 (1971)

John Young                        Apollo 16 (1972)

Charles Duke                     Apollo 16 (1972)

Harrison “Jack” Schmitt      Apollo 17 (1972)

Eugene Cernan                  Apollo 17 (1972)

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These men trod on the moon!  What exciting times they were!  Using a Saturn V rocket, 36 stories tall, a Command Service Module, and a Lunar Lander, these men went to the moon and “safely” returned home!!!  Not one of these men did it alone; they stood on the shoulders of men and women who had hope, vision, and intellectual talent.  These brave men risked their lives and the future of their families.  They loved their country and were men of substance.  They loved their fellow man and put their lives in the hands of people who had the same beliefs and aspirations as they did.  These men were lifted up by machines, comrades, friends and family. Tonight before you say your prayers; remember those who lifted you up.  Remember your Christian friends and brothers and sisters.

There was another who was lifted up.  No rockets, engineers or space suits were needed.  When your time comes you won’t need these things either.  However, you will need your faith and belief in Christ.  Always appreciate THE GRAVITY OF YOUR SITUATION.

Jesus said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”  John 12:32

What Else Can You Be?

What Else Can You Be

The gannet is a large bird of the family Sulidae, of northern coastal regions, having white plumage with black wing tips.  They are frequently seen foraging for food around Scotland’s Shetland Islands.  You won’t find them lounging by the pool in Barbados.  They won’t be hitchhiking down the Appalachian Trail winding through the Smokey Mountains.  Despite rumors, you won’t find them doubting down in the casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.

BirdThey instinctively know their place, and that’s where you’ll find them living.  They will be looking for food, raising their young, avoiding predators and living life as best they know how.  Pretty much the same as most humans.

The Bible records a story about two people who were rather ordinary, but pretended to be something different.  When they were asked a rather simple question, their stultifying answers brought the wrath of God upon them immediately.  Before they could change their answer, judgment fell suddenly!  The story transpires so fast with the direst of consequences that everyone gasps at the outcome.  Be forewarned; this story is not for the squeamish.

A man named Ananias and his wife Sapphira owned a piece of property.  They decided to sell the property and give the money to the church.  Once the property sold, the husband and wife decided to keep part of the money.  Peter confronted Ananias about his decision and before Ananias could offer an apology, he fell down dead!  Several men came, wrapped up his body and buried him.  Several hours later his wife Sapphira came back.  Peter told her the men who carried her dead husband out were there to carry her out as well.  Whoa!  At that very moment, she fell down dead!  The same men came and buried her beside her husband.  The whole church was greatly afraid.  Gives a whole new meaning to “dead on” and “drop dead” don’t you think?  God’s judgment on Ananias and Sapphira produced shock and terror among the believers, making them realize just how seriously God regards sin in the church.  What really happened?

The sin of Ananias and Sapphira was not in selling all their property, or in keeping part of the proceeds of the sale, but in lying about how much money they had received.  Lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God.  God often times takes drastic actions.  Their act was judged harshly and ‘deadly’ because dishonesty, greed, and covetousness are destructive in a church, preventing the Holy Spirit from working effectively.  All lying is bad, but when we lie to try and deceive God and his people about our relationship with him, we destroy our testimony about Christ.  Read it all in Acts 4.

Ananias and Sapphira thought like hedonists which have an attitude “Who cares?”  “So what?”  “What I do is my own business?”  They are more concerned about satisfying their own passions than in pleasing and obeying the Father.  According to Romans 1:21-22  “Their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, but they became fools.”  With this attitude and frame-of-mind, we lose more than the cross and stained-glass church windows; we lose our standard, our purpose and our worship.  We are who we are.  If we see only ourselves, our headstones will have the epitaph that Paul uses to describe enemies of Christ:  “Their god is in their appetite, and their glory in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven”.  Philippians 3:19-20  This world is the limit of their horizon.

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Clear Sailing By Faith

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Nobody goes sailing or fishing if storm clouds threaten.   Who in their right mind goes boating with a category 99 hurricane on the horizon?   Storms can be tracked by satellite and their path predicted, but a sudden squall is quite another thing.

The Sea of Galilee is about twelve miles long and seven miles wide, and rests on the east side of a mountain range.   The warm winds coming off the Mediterranean Sea rush up those mountains, and then cool off rapidly while rushing down the eastern side causing sudden storms on the Sea of Galilee.

Sailing

The disciples were sailing across the lake one day.  Jesus curled up to nap and a violent squall arose.   The boat and those aboard were in grave danger.   The disciples woke up and screamed to him they were going to drown.

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?”  He asked his disciples.”  Luke 8:24

After it was all over, in fear and amazement the disciples asked each other “Who is this” He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”  Luke 8:25

When caught in the storms of life, it is easy to think that God has lost control and that we’re at the mercy of the winds and of fate.  In reality, God is sovereign.   He controls the history of the world as well as our personal destines.  Just as Jesus calmed the wind and waves, he can calm whatever storms you may face.  Christ controls the forces of nature and troubled hearts.

Are you sailing through life waiting for a storm to find your faith?