The Choices We Make

February 1 is National Signing Day and is big in the world of college football. Young men sign letters of intent to play for the teams of their choice. Decisions! Decisions! Men make choices and choices make men.

The salvation choice

The most important day of one’s life is the day of second birth. Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

First hour of the day choice
The choice of how you begin your day is vital. Choose to seek first the Lord with an open Bible and a bended knee.

First dollar choice
Giving a tithe to the Lord’s work is an important choice. Invest first in the ministry of your church.

Supreme Court choice
President Trump made the choice of nominating Judge Neil Gorsuch. This choice is monumental. Now the Senate must choose. I have been praying much about this. I like the choice.

Our lives are filled with choices. Some seem small and others appear huge. But every choice is important. You need wisdom. An eighteen year old is going to sign with a school today and become a national champion within the next four years. Others are going to be disappointed. Some are going to suffer injury. Players will transfer. Many young men will blossom and get a great education. After they choose a school, they must choose to work hard in the classroom, on the practice field and in the weight room.

Each of us face similar issues. After we choose a direction, we must do the daily work to be a winner. Persist! There is set before us life and death. Choose this day what you will do and whom you will serve!

Why Baptists Must Reset, Refocus, and Repent

Back in 1845 a group of Christ followers formed the Southern Baptist Convention. The reason they took the action was “for the purpose of eliciting, combining and directing the energies of the Baptist denomination of Christians for the propagation of the Gospel.”

Simply put, the reason the SBC was formed was for cooperation in getting the Gospel out! Evangelism and missions is what we are about.
Like local churches, we tend to drift away from evangelism toward many other good commitments and causes. However, our main cause is the Gospel.

I have concern for the denomination I love. We are not reaching , baptizing and making disciples as we should or at the rate we have in the past. We must reset, refocus and repent!

I call on every pastor, church leader and prayer warrior to work and cry out for a revival of the harvest in our denomination. I was told by one of my heroes years ago, “ Ted, you do not have to witness to everyone only to those the Holy Spirit tells you to. And if you do that he will keep you busy!”

Don’t get sidetracked on lesser things. Go and tell!

America at a Reset

 

I was asked numerous times this week how I feel about the election results. Each time I responded with one word.

Hopeful.

Then I would be asked if I voted for Donald Trump, and if so, why.

Yes, I voted for President-elect Trump for these reasons that give me hope from a political view:

1. Supreme Court nominations
2. Religious liberty
3. The abortion issue
4. The economy
5. Protection of Israel

The next seventy days are critical. An outsider who has never been an elected official must put together a leadership team and begin to function in a deeply divided national political environment. Americans who pray must intercede for the new president and those around him. Americans who voted Trump must reach out to the 50% who did not.

This is not a time to gloat or protest. Much is at stake.

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Take a look at the Pledge of Allegiance. We are ONE NATION UNDER GOD WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. Be reminded that this is the goal. We have never attained it but we work toward it.

America is at a reset. Fall on your knees and ask God to guide the new President. It is there I find my hopefulness.