Not one of us will escape it. We will all experience it at one time or another. It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor you are still going to feel it. Regardless of whether you are black, brown, yellow, red, or white you will know it the moment it hits. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the moment when the phone rings and you are caught completely off guard by the news. I’m talking about the moment when the doctor says, “I’m sorry. The test confirms what we feared.” I’m talking about the moment the principal calls from your child’s school and says that it is important that she talk to you as soon as possible. I’m talking about the moment when your doorbell rings and, when you open the door, the officer asks, “Are you Mr. Hays?” You know what happens in those moments. Your heart races like an Indy car. It’s 0 to 160 in no time! Your hands get sweaty. You feel light headed. Something comes over you and you didn’t initiate any of it. You didn’t tell your heart to race—it just did. It’s like an involuntary reflex.
The initial response to stunning, earth shattering, shocking, mind twisting news is something that we all have in common. A racing heart, sweaty palms, feeling like it’s the end of the world, etc. All of these are symptoms of a problem just discovered. We all share those reactions in common. It is what follows the initial response that is so important. Some people receive bad news and they make emotional decisions that prove to be worse than the news they received. For those of us who have ever been in that situation and made some bad, emotionally charged decisions, and for all of us who will find ourselves confronted with startling news in the future, I want to share a powerful story from God’s Word with us this morning. Continue reading “What’s Your Next Move?
2 Chronicles 20:1-12”
There’s talk on the streets. Talks of war. Talks of peace. Talks of protests. Talks of support. There’s lots of talk going on in the cafes, country clubs, break rooms, boardrooms, and bedrooms of America and around the world.
People are gathering and everywhere they gather they are talking. Talking about Saddam Hussein. Talking about George Bush. Talking about bombs and bullets, oil and genocide, terrorism and truth. If you take the time to listen to the people talking then you can end up really confused about who is right. Let me give you a sampling of what I am talking about.
Continue reading “Before You Go To War
2 Chronicles 20:1-19”
Chuck Colson, the Founder of Prison Fellowship, one of the most wonderful and needed ministries in the world, is a brilliant and passionate man who exudes humility like few people who have achieved such widespread notoriety. Twenty-five years ago you would not have seen such humility even though Chuck started out in humble surroundings when he was a child. He grew up watching people wait in bread lines as they tried to manage the daily pressures of poverty. As a young man he told himself, “The most important thing is for me to go to college.”
Continue reading “The Day of Distress
2 Chronicles 33”
On this Sunday before our nation celebrates “Independence Day” we come before Almighty God to thank Him for His divine protection, guidance, and grace that He has showered upon us in the United States of America. When you stop to consider our track record as a nation we must come to the conclusion that indeed the lyrics to the song are right, “God shed His grace on thee.” In spite of our sin God has allowed America to remain the most prosperous nation on the face of the planet. In spite of our turning our faces away from honoring and revering the Lord, He has continued to shower this nation with His divine grace. In spite of our turning away from His holy commands, He has continued to bear with this nation and to continually call us to repentance.
Continue reading “It’s Time To Rebuild
2 Chronicles 7:11-22”
Father’s Day is a very special day for us here at Britton Christian Church. I believe that it is vitally important for us to develop a three-fold ministry to the men of our church and this community. First, we must call the men to surrender their lives to Jesus Christ. Second, those men who have taken a stand for Jesus must be encouraged to enlist in a strong discipleship program so that they can go out and fulfill the Great Commission by making disciples. Third, we must teach our men how to pray – how to commit their time to drawing near to the holy presence of God on a regular basis. A consistent and dedicated prayer life is the power supply for any Christian man. If we, as the men of Britton Christian Church, will make this commitment then we will see God use us as change agents in our homes, church, and community.
Continue reading “Breaking The Ties That Bind
For four days this past week I was at the St. Meinrad’s Monastery in St. Meinrad’s, Indiana. First of all, I want to thank each of you for your prayers. I had asked you last Sunday to please remember me on Tuesday as I was going to spend a day of silence in prayer before the throne of Almighty God. I felt your prayers so strong throughout the day!
Continue reading “The Glory of The Lord Filled The House!
2 Chronicles 5”