Monday, 2/17/20 – Pressing on…

Worms!

20200216_185826Dirofilaria immitis are parasitic roundworms. They are very tiny, like threads and get into their hosts through mosquito bites. Once in, they squirm their way about and work themselves into the heart and lungs causing dirofilariasis. Usually they infect dogs, but can also work themselves into cats, wolves, coyotes, jackals, foxes, ferrets, bears, seals, sea lions and sometimes humans. Dirofilaria immitis is commonly called “heartworm” as adult heartworms may migrate to the heart and pulmonary artery. Untreated it will lead to death, due to congestive heart failure.

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Just the thought of insidious little worms subtly creeping about inside is most assuredly unsettling. Imagine how you might feel coming home with such a diagnosis! I’m sure it would keep you up at night imagining or perhaps actually feeling these things squirming about through their tissues! Ugh!

But this is exactly the sort of disgusting thing that happens to a soul spiritually if one allows the toxic saliva of self-love to enter them and the lifeblood of God’s Love (Agapé) to be sucked from them. Self-love worms its way deeper end deeper into the tissue of the heart. It paralyzes the flow of Agapé and the heart begins to harden… to grow cold… to die!

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But there is a cure! There is a Great Physician equipped to handle this emergency. But I warn you it will require surgery. You will need to surrender yourself completely to His knife. In dogs, Dirofilaria immitis brings cough, fatigue, decreased appetite, weight loss, and finally death. In humans the best strategy is to guard against the disease. Spiritually, we must be diligent to guard our hearts against infection by an increasingly self-loving society. The warning is at once ancient, and current, and prophetic…

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov. 4:20-23)

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor John’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 16 message.

Monday, 2/10/20 – Pressing on…

The ‘Magic’ Word

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“What’s the ‘Magic’ word?” the hopeful mom asked her kindergarten-age daughter. The question required no deliberation at all. “Grandma!” the gleeful tot shouted!

There’s at least as much truth as there is humor in that happy retort! I watch it unfold regularly when our young granddaughter visits. Mommy says ‘no ‘ but grandma time is ‘special.’ In grandma time rules can bend… or sometimes, with a wink, even be ‘forgotten.’ Yessiree, our granddaughter knows that at grandma’s place she’s special. At grandma’s place she can bring requests with boldness!

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Mind you, Grammy’s no pushover. She has definite limits, and sometimes the answer is a stern “No!” Grammies sometimes have reasons even much loved granddaughters struggle to understand. But none of this deters her from further happy requests. Grammies remember what it is to be a little girl… they were once one themselves. It’s a secret Grandpas will never know.

This past Sunday Pastor Andrew further reminded us of the supremacy of our Saviour–better than angels, better than Moses… and better than all prior priestly intermediaries. Because He knows what it is to be one of us, because He has beaten sin and made for us a way to holiness, He is not ashamed to have us come to Him– in fact, this Word made flesh eagerly invites us, and this Word made words urgently entreats us,

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Heb. 4:16).

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This Word eternal is the One Who came to us… as a babe… to experience it all. The shepherds saw the angels, they saw the child, the Magi saw His star. Jesus is that Name we call to in time of need… not a ‘Magic’ Word, but perhaps the ‘Magi’s’ Word, the Word become flesh to be our Saviour!

Come boldly to Him now.

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 9 message.