Monthly Archives: April 2018

Today Is The Day: No extensions, No loopholes, No Kidding…this time!

So? Did you get your taxes done weeks ago? Or did you procrastinate? Did you get a refund? Or were you waiting until the last second because you owed?

April 15this known as Tax Day. Well, sort of. This year, Tax Day was April 17th…or 18th, or just ask for an extension! Has the IRS gone soft? Well, not really.

You see, the IRS expected 17 million taxpayers to file their taxes yesterday, along with 14 million who were filing for an extension. But due to an online payment issue, millions of taxpayers were unable to pay. So the IRS gave 1 extra day to file.

Of course, as nice as it was of the IRS to give an extra day, they still mean business. And eventually, we have to pay. And if you wait too long, there could be serious consequences.

The idea of “giving an extra day, but still meaning business” reminded me of something Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3: “mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming?” Peter responded that God didn’t forget, but He has been saving a day for judgment.

He continues: “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”

Did you catch that? Patient. God has given, and continues to give, “1 more day” extensions to humanity. But a day is coming when the “heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.”

A spiritual tax bill is coming because of our sins. And as Romans 6:23 states, there is a steep penalty if we are outside of grace on that day. We can’t earn  forgiveness. Thanks be to Jesus,though, the payment has been made!

Enter into His grace, remain in Him, and receive a tax forgiveness better than the IRS could ever give!

Are You Ready? Put Me In Coach!

Are you ready? Right now. This moment. Not in an hour, not in a minute, but at this exact second. Are you ready?

Scott Foster was ready. About two weeks ago, the 36 year-old accountant had to answer a very simple question: “Are you ready?” He said, “yes,” and the rest is history.

Foster, an emergency back-up goalie, never anticipated actually playing in an NHL game. As an emergency back-up, he enjoys a meal, watches the game from the sky box, and goes to games for free. But that night was different!

Foster, a former college goalie, was told to suit up. And when Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia to injuries, he sprang into action. The accountant went from his 10-key that afternoon to stopping all seven shot attempts during the final 14 minutes of the Blackhawks’ 6-2 victory.

The crowd chanted his name. The team jumped on him. No one can ever take that moment away from Foster and his family. Why? He was ready.

The United States Coast Guard’s motto is “Semper Paratus.” It means, “Ever Ready.” The Scouts say, “Be Prepared.” It means they are ready, in mind and body, to do their duty. But did you know that long before hockey, the Coast Guard, or the Scouts, the Bible taught how important it is to “be ready?”

Proverbs 20:4 teaches us not to procrastinate. In 1 Peter 3:15, Peter tells the disciples that they must always be ready to explain to people why they have hope in Christ. Jesus often spoke about living a life that proves we are ready for His return (Matthew 24:44).

What about you? Are you prepared to share your faith? What if Jesus returned right now? Have you confessed Him as the Son of God? Have you been baptized? Do you walk in faith, ready for His return?

By the way, Foster boasts a perfect average in the NHL. Pretty cool. We aren’t perfect, but I’ll rejoice far more for a “well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23).