“Hold the line!” It’s a statement that calls for immediate strength and action. It even carries the idea of a command, a strong command. One might think of a football team being exhorted by its coach or captain to “Hold the line!” on a given play. If the opposing team breaks through the line, it could mean the ballgame.
Many passages of scripture speak of God’s love for mankind. Jesus stated, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (Jn. 3:16). Paul wrote, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). John also wrote, “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn. 4:10). What God did, in sacrificing “His only begotten Son,” was certainly a supreme act of love.
The debate as to whether gay marriage ought to be legalized has been raging across our land for a number of years. It is my understanding that the president of our great nation has recently made a public statement of support for legalizing gay marriage- marriage between two men or two women. Never before has a president of this country issued such a statement. As citizens of this nation what should be our position and attitude regarding this prospect?
The book of Hebrews gives a great deal of attention to emphasizing the superiority of Christ, the gospel, Christianity and the church over Moses, the old law and Judaism. In doing so, the writer provides a lot of information about Christ, giving Him much glory in the process. Note briefly several points made in just the first three verses of the first chapter…
Jesus admonished Peter, James and John, at Gethsemane, “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). What a profound warning from our Lord! We would do well to consider the seriousness of His words here and their potential implications.
Mother’s day! We love our mothers, and rightfully so. Much has been written about the special, nurturing love of a mother. It’s not that a mother’s love is better or more important than that of a father. It’s just different, unique. I believe we can see God’s handiwork when we observe how He designed the family. A child needs both the special love of a mother and the different but equally special love of a father. Both are needed for the full nurturing, molding and development of a child in the home.
I once read an article telling about two friends who were walking through the desert, talking. They got into an argument, and one friend slapped the other in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything he wrote in the sand, “Today my best friend slapped me in the face.”
Attitude! We all have one. It’s often difficult for us to see our own, but it’s obvious to everyone else. We often deny ours while pointing out everyone else’s. It can be either positive or negative. It can be the source of encouragement or discouragement. It can produce joy or anger. It can lead to our own fulfillment or despair. It can be as elusive as the wind and as powerful as dynamite.
“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That’s an old saying that really hits the proverbial nail right on the head! How many people go through life day after day, constantly intending to do something they’ve been neglecting to do, or to stop doing something they know they should not be doing? Such intentions cover a wide range of behavior.
I was reading an article that depicted a father talking to his young son. He asked his son if he had given any thought to his future. He might have been a bit surprised to hear the boy say that he had it all figured out. The father asked his son to tell him about his plans. The son proceeded to tell him that after he graduated from high school he would go on to college. “Fine, son; then what?” His son stated that after he graduated from college he’d get a well paying job and buy a big house and a nice car. “Great, son; then what?” The boy said he’d then get married and raise a family, just like his dad. “Wonderful, son; then what?” Well, the son figured that he’d probably work until he was old enough to retire. “Excellent, son; then what?” Perhaps somewhat perplexed by this time by his father’s continued inquiries, the son figured he’d live out his golden years traveling and enjoying his grandchildren. “Splendid, son; then what?” Realizing the inevitable, the young man said he’d die, of course! And then his father looked straight into his son’s eyes and asked one last time, “Okay, son; then what??”
Gary L. Hutchens