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Wait Until The End. It is going to be amazing!

So maybe you saw the Tennessee-Georgia Tech game. Tennessee won in double overtime. How? No one really knows. Butch Jones called it a, “will to win,” season. I just call it another 4th quarter heart attack season!

But during the game, many Tennessee fans gave up. Many said…“unflattering” words on Facebook or Twitter. Many fans began planning Butch’s retirement party.

Then, with a solid effort, UT caught up, blocked a field goal, and stopped a goal line run for victory in double overtime. And, in football, “a W is a W,” no matter how messy it was getting there. It is in the books. Tennessee is 1-0.

That game was a little like the Christian life. Our lives are messy. We sin. We fail. And sometimes Satan backs us up like Georgia Tech running a triple option.

But, especially in hard times, we need to cling to one truth – we win! Victory is certain for those in Christ. Satan has been defeated. Sure, he will take down as many players as he can along the way. But, for those who remain faithful to the end, eternal salvation is secure.

You see, unlike some fans, the team never gave up. They stayed in the game until the end. And that is the Christian life. We aren’t fair-weather fans watching a game; we are players on the field.

There will be times of discouragement. There will be times of disappointment. You may not be able to see how God will use your life to bring about His glory. You may not see how these present struggles will end in a “W.”

But if we remember that victory is in Christ, the Christian will never give up. The final enemy, death, will be crushed when Christ returns. Just be faithful until the end…it’s going to be amazing!

“But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54).

There’s No Body, But He Isn’t A Missing Person

Swiss police identified two bodies on an Alpine glacier recently. Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, were 40 & 37 respectively, when they went missing. But this was no simple missing persons case – they had disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942, nearly 75 years ago!

Amazingly, the bodies were perfectly preserved, lying next to each other in the ice. Police believe they likely fell into a crevasse. The family reported that rescue teams had searched for 2 months back in 1942, but with no success.

Due to warming, the Swiss regional police say that, as glaciers retreat, several missing person cases are being resolved. The ice has preserved, stuck in time, those who have died. The Dumoulin family is relieved to finally have closure.

When people go missing, it is traumatic for the family. There are many questions that are left unanswered. That is why funerals are so special – a moment of closure for the family.

But there is one famous person whose body went missing and His family took great comfort from the lack of a body! His name was Jesus, and His empty tomb makes all the difference. It makes Christianity unique. There is no body!

In fact, it isn’t the followers of Christ who look for His body today; rather, it is His detractors. Non-believers hold a belief that His body will be found. But the body isn’t there, it never will be, and that’s good for Christianity.

The lack of a body causes consternation for critics, but the facts are irrefutable. The Roman soldiers knew it; the Jewish authorities knew it; and the disciples and eyewitnesses knew it. Jesus rose from the grave, showed Himself to many eyewitnesses, and went to heaven.

Jesus’ family, the church, takes great joy and comfort knowing that there was no body. It is the foundation of the faith. He overcame death, and those who are in Him will too. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).

Though funerals are good for earthly closure, I look forward to a better day…and I hope you do too.

An Unlikely Solution For Spies And Double Agents

ISIS prop ex picISIS has a problem. They are convinced that they have spies among them. And as the coalition’s air strikes become more accurate and more successful, ISIS leaders are growing wildly paranoid. In the last several weeks they have implemented a Stalinesque solution to ferret out the spies – torture and kill anyone suspicious. Now, while this policy might eventually find spies, in the mean time, the shooting, beheading, and dumping their own soldiers in vats of acid, has hurt morale a bit!

The threat of spies is not a new challenge. Several examples of spies and double agents are even in The Bible: Joseph’s brothers were accused of spying (Genesis 42:9); Moses and Joshua used spies (Numbers 13, 21; Joshua 2, 6, 22); David & Saul (1 Samuel 26; 2 Samuel 10); and Delilah was a double agent (Judges 16). And throughout history, when spies are caught, they have been treated harshly.

Even Jesus had to deal with spies. In Luke 20, we read that spies had infiltrated Jesus’ disciples, and Jesus knew it. But rather than ferreting them out or having them harmed, Jesus did, as He always does, something very unexpected. He taught them!

In Luke 20:20, the Scribes & Chief Priests sent spies “who pretended to be righteous, in order that they might catch Him in some statement, so that they could deliver Him to the rule and the authority of the governor.” The spies asked if they should pay taxes or not. If Jesus responded, “pay taxes” He would upset the people, and if He said, “don’t pay,” He would upset the government…a no win situation.

But Jesus told them to render to Caesar that which was Caesar’s and to God that which was God’s (25). And because of His answer, they were unable to catch Him in anything wrong. In fact, they “were amazed,” and they “became silent” (26).

Wow! Jesus didn’t kill anyone or order the torture of anyone. He simply chose to answer their questions. And they were amazed. No one ever treated spies with such open access! “Come and see for yourself” was Jesus’ motto.

Jesus didn’t even try to stop a double agent who sold him out for 30 pieces of silver. Even though He knew that, when He was betrayed, it would mean pain and death. He knew that the reward in the next world is far greater than just avoiding pain in this one.

Share the Word openly, because there is nothing to hide! Many who come to spy will be amazed and silenced in their criticism. Others may want to harm us, but ultimately, no one can stand against us. No spies, soldiers, governments, or enemies, foreign or domestic, will be victorious if we follow Jesus’ example.

Something Bugging You?

bugsYou’re surrounded. You had no idea. I mean, sure…the occasional bug…you’ve seen it. Maybe you smashed it. Maybe you sprayed it. Maybe you felt like you handled the problem. Think again!

According to a recent study by Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North Carolina State University, nearly 600 kinds of arthropods could be in your home right now. The average home studied had approximately 100, including: spiders, centipedes, mites, lice, beetles, roaches, flies, crickets, etc. Sleep well…and don’t let the bedbugs bite!

Of course, it turns out that this is pretty normal. No “bedbugs” were actually found in any of the homes studied; and only 3 homes had the harmful kind of roaches. For the most part, we co-exist daily, without incident, with hundreds, if not thousands, of bugs living in, under, and around our homes. And while that might send Entomophobes, Acaraphobes, Arachnophobes, and others into cold sweats, for the most part, there is no danger.

Yet, we spend billions of dollars each year on sprays, traps, lures, detection, ejection, and extermination of the little critters. We don’t want the presence of even one to be seen in our houses. We run to smash, spray, and force out of the house, even the smallest of them.

But what about sin, friend? Did you know it is far more harmful and far more prevalent in our houses and lives? Did you know it lurks around every corner and hides in every crevice? It is even “crouching at the door” and “desires to have you” (Genesis 4:4-7)!

What do we do when we see sins in our houses? Run to smash them? Or do we ignore them? Perhaps we casually stroll to handle them when we “get around to it?”

We are called to kill sins (Romans 8:13), not ignore them. The Bible tells us that sin leads to death (Romans 6:23). But if we will bring our sins into the open and confess them, God will forgive and purify them (1 John 1:7-9). Give it some thought…then go smash some sins!