Tag Archives: judgment

Life – we can ruin our life for God’s work

Samuel Chamberlain photographed many images for his book The New England Image.  He found many willing to have themselves or their property memoralized.  He also had some who objected.  While he obliged their wishes not to photograph from their property, he protected his right to do so from public highways.  The result from the unwilling ran from a photo of a man shaking a fist to lady who flapped her arms at the camera.  That lady ruined his picture. pp. 11-12

She offers a spiritual lesson.  God wants to love us, to correct us, to criticize us, to warn us—all in an effort to save us from our sins and make us worthy of him and eternal life.  Then, in grace we can never understand, but appreciate, he gives us the right to ruin his every desire FOR US.  We can’t alter his predictive will, or torpedo his sovereignty over history.  We CAN, and often DO, spoil his purpose for us.  And in so doing ruin our chance to be servants, not obstacles, to others.

The lady proved only that the photographer didn’t get the picture he wanted.  It didn’t prevent his success in shooting many others.  When Jesus judges the world, and each person stands before him, and many are found guilty, not saved; lost, not found; cast out, not gathered in, they will have only themselves to blame.  For every person who doesn’t want God in their lives now, many yield themselves to him, his will, his perspectives.  They know his expertise fills them with spiritual grace for living while preparing them for the ecstasy of eternal life in his Son.

Check out my E-books and website at:  www.smashwords.com/profile/view/virgh; www.uglydogpro.com 

 Books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

 Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

 Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley & Virg Hurley)

 New book:  The Parables of Jesus at www.createspace.com/7164741

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potential – not seeing it

In the 1830’s, when Chicago had no more residents than New Salem, village officials needed financial help to develop their infrastructure.  Since at the time Shawneetown had deep financial pockets in Illinois, men from the infant Lake Michigan town traveled the length of the state to apply for a $10,000 loan.  Shawneetown bank leaders retired to consider the application.  Tradition says they turned down the request based on the distance between the northern village and the southeastern powerhouse.  Legends & Lore of Southern Illinois, p. 154

Obviously, Shawneetown leaders thought too little of Chicago by thinking too much of themselves.  Shawneetown is now a tourist destination while Chicago remains a world-class business, culture and tourist destination.  The city and its far-flung suburbs also have the attention of Ignite, a Church planting organization of the Christian churches.  Each year sees the beginning of new churches designed to reach unsaved people in Chicagoland.

Much evangelism needs to be done, since Chicago remains the murder capital of the country.  In 2016, 762 people died by homicide in the city itself.  Chicago, the poster child of everything that’s wrong with the welfare system, needs Christ’s grace. Ignite deserves more financial support than ever to keep Chicago from fulfilling the low expectations of Shawneetown bankers.  Not to develop infrastructure, understand, but to keep Chicago from going farther and farther from the Love of God through Jesus Christ into deeper depravity that will bring God’s judgment if not reversed.

 

Check out my E-books and website at:  www.smashwords.com/profile/view/virgh; www.uglydogpro.com

New books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley)

Judgment – when Jesus decides

A young Al Jolson climbed the stairs without permission and entered his parents’ bedroom.  He found his mother:  sitting in bed, giving birth; dying in the effort; screaming at the top of her voice; looking directly at him; not seeing him through her pain.  He never forgot the shock.

When we appear before Jesus Christ:  at judgment; as everyone shall, none exempt; the unsaved weighed by his justice; the redeemed by his Grace; everyone drawn to his blazing eyes, by force or willingly; PRAY he will look AT US, not THROUGH US as if we’re not there.  PRAY he sees us as the PRESERVED, not as the REJECTED.  PRAY he says “welcome home”— and not “go away!”  The time to decide our eternal fate is now, while we can decide to accept Jesus.  For when Judgment arrives, we have no choice.  Jesus then decides whether we’re kept or discarded.

Check out my E-books and website at:  www.smashwords.com/profile/view/virgh; www.uglydogpro.com

New books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1

Books also at www.amazon.com  (Virgil Hurley)

Occupation – wildly inaccurate view of

In 1826 Jedidiah Smith and his trappers survived the “Starvation country” of southern Utah and the Mojave Desert of Southern California.  On November 27, they presented themselves at the San Gabriel Mission.  In surprised unbelief, the Mexicans welcomed them, fearful at what the North Americanos had achieved.  The mission personnel had no idea of fur trapping.  When making a report to his superiors in Monterey, the alcalde called Smith a “fisherman.”  Little could they know that the “fish” they trawled the streams to catch would bring unwanted thousands to live in the fertile valley of endless summer, while snow mantled high mountains.  Spanish West, Time-Life, 176

When Jesus preached in Israel for 3 ½ years, he appeared everywhere as Smith’s trappers in California.  No one knew what to make of him, given his superiority in teaching and non-pariel miraculous powers.  No one knew his exact identity for the same reasons.  Their definitions of him were as inappropriate as the Mexicans calling Smith a fisherman. “John the Baptist, Elijah, and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets,” Matthew 16:14, offered the highest marks uninformed people could ascribe.  But none adequate and all infinitely short of his reality.  Which is why Jesus followed that question to the disciples with the deeper, probing question, “But what about you?…Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15.  Simon and the others amazingly got it right.  They declared him “…the Christ, the Son of the living God” Matthew 16:16.

Make no mistake, and never stop short of that, Christians, when we talk with the unsaved.  Whatever they may say about Jesus—count on it being incorrect, hopelessly false, or at least inadequate—gently insist he’s nothing less than Israel’s Messiah and God’s One and Only Son.  Only by affirming that truth can we be Christ’s disciples

Check out my E-books and website at:  www.smashwords.com/profile/view/virgh; www.uglydogpro.com 

New books at:  www.createspace.com.  (Go to search, dropdown to store, Virg Hurley.) 

New Apologetics book:  Their Own Best Defense, Volume 2, Part 1 

Books also at www.amazon.com