Archive for August 22, 2009

Never Without Friends – Always Say Never pt. 5   1 comment

Romans 12:4-8.

We will soon get to the subject of spiritual gifts and how to discern yours and such other topics that this text can also address.  But sometimes you just read a passage and a certain phrase just jumps off the page at you, commanding your attention.  As I was reading this, I had one of those phrases hit me; “…each member belongs to all the others.” Read the rest of this entry »

Never the Same – Always Say Never pt. 4   Leave a comment

2 Corinthians 5:14-17.

Sometimes things are said or we experience events that make an incredible impression.  They have such an impact that they change our perspective or point of view.  I was told of a man who was pulled over for speeding even though he had just been passed by another motorist.  Complaining about how justice was not being served, the man quickly changed his tune when the officer asked him if he had ever gone fishing.  Thinking that conversing with a fellow good old boy would lead to the dismissal of a sure ticket, he acknowledged.  Everything changed when the officer asked the next question; “Ever catch ’em all?” Read the rest of this entry »

Never Ashamed – Always Say Never pt. 3   Leave a comment

2 Timothy 1:8-12.

A Christmas ministry in the association of my first pastorate was really a good idea.  We provided clothing and toys for the less fortunate in a setting where they “shopped” through our donated goods and were witnessed to and prayed with our local pastors while their gifts were being wrapped for Christmas.  This was the first intentional witnessing event of my life and I was quite nervous.  I think it was the 3rd person I spoke with that accepted Jesus into their hearts.  My life has not been the same since. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Afraid – Always Say Never Series pt. 2   Leave a comment

2 Timothy 1:3-7.

I was working the overnight shift in a factory as a security guard.  My assignment was quite simple; once an hour I was to make a ’round’ around the building stopping at various checkpoints to show that I had walked around the building hourly.  This factory had a heater that didn’t just kick on with a bump followed by a soothing purr, this thing slammed like a gunshot followed by a steady roar.  I was making my 3 or 4am round, mostly asleep, when I passed this heater just as it kicked on.  You’d be so very proud of me because I didn’t scream like a girl, run in fear, or even make a puddle.  What I did was go into a full body spasm, much like a jello square jiggles on your plate as you walk across the room. Read the rest of this entry »

Never Alone – Always Say Never Series, pt. 1   Leave a comment

Joshua 1:5b, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (NIV).

My final day of training at the radio station.  My trainer was in full “never do this” mode in his final teachings.  We had just painted the studio black and put in new dark blue carpeting – really cool looking.  The night was almost done and we were both getting pretty punchy.  He walked into the studio with a bottle of “white out” for his final joke, held it up high and said, “Never do this.”  Throwing it to the floor in order to make me think it would explode, it actually did explode!  We were cleaning for quite some time after our shift because white-out on new dark blue carpet and black paint seemed to stand out for some reason.

We are always told that “never” is always a bad word.  Never do this, never do that, never let this happen, etc.  I think that there are times that the word never can be a good thing.  For a Christian, it can be a very good word. Read the rest of this entry »