Wednesday, 10/20/21 – Pressing on… “Come here,” — or stay there?

“Come here,” — or stay there?

193 years ago this day (year 1818) the “Convention respecting fisheries, boundary, and the restoration of slaves” was signed between Britain and the United States. This Treaty established fishing rights along Newfoundland and Labrador, and joint control of the territory of Oregon. Land struggles continued until on June 15,1846 the Oregon Treaty finally confirmed the 49th parallel as the boundary between the United States and British North America to the Pacific Ocean.

What’s mine, what’s yours… Come here, stay there… Now especially, during this global pandemic, regulations and requirements regarding social movement are complex and varied indeed. But not so with Jesus. Jesus continually says, “Come to Me…” (See Matt. 11:28-30). Yet, even in coming to Him there may be some things that are disallowed or some things we must first make right. Oswald Chambers comments…

“When you hear those words, you will know that something must happen in you before you can come. The Holy Spirit will show you what you have to do, and it will involve anything that will uproot whatever is preventing you from getting through to Jesus. And you will never get any further until you are willing to do that very thing. The Holy Spirit will search out that one immovable stronghold within you, but He cannot budge it unless you are willing to let Him do so.” – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Oct. 8 entry

“Just think of the invincible, unconquerable, and untiring patience of Jesus, who lovingly says, ‘Come to Me….’” Chalmers adds. Well, OK… let’s…

Invincible = “too powerful to defeat, overcome, or prevent from doing what is intended.”

Unconquerable = “not able to be defeated, controlled, or placed in another’s possession or control.”

Untiring = “continuing at the same rate without loss of vigor.”

Jesus patience is too powerful to defeat, overcome, or prevent from doing what He has intended. No one can control it, and it will continue to the end of the age at the same rate without loss of vigor. “He is patient with you,” writes Peter, “not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9b).

Isn’t it time for you to obey what the Holy Spirit is telling you to do? Isn’t it time for you come to Him today?

Press on…

To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

Monday, 2/24/20 – Pressing on…

The Best “All-in-One” of 2020

According to one computer reviewer the top six “All-in-One” computers of 2020 are

● Asus Zen AiO Pro Z240IE – Best overall
● Acer Aspire Z24 – Best in value
● Apple iMac with 5K Retina Display – Best for photo and video editing
● Microsoft Surface Studio 2 – Best for artists
● Apple iMac Pro – Best for pros
● Dell XPS 27 7760 – Best 4K with great sound

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What’s an “All-in-One” you say? Well though it sounds desirable I must admit I wasn’t quite sure myself. Turns out that when it comes to computers an “All-in-One” is a desktops computer that integrates all its component parts into the monitor itself. In other words, there is no CPU, no big box of brains standing beside the monitor. All that stuff is in the incredibly compact design of the monitor.

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But computers aside we do like the idea of simplification, of reducing multiples into “handy” or “all purpose” singularities. There’s the ‘3-in-1’ this, the ‘5-in-1’ that, and of course virtually everyone’s bond to their cell-phone — the king of all “all-in-ones.” Essentialism or Minimalism are fast becoming lifestyle trends that focus on paring back to the things deemed most important.

This past Sunday Don Longworth challenged us to take a good hard look at that “All-in-One” which forms the summation of our heart and soul’s desire. He cited two examples for us from scripture, one Old Testament and one New Testament.

David: “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” (Ps. 27:4)

Paul: “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord …I want to know Christ… one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:8, 10, 13-14).

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As another author more recently put it, “God’s answer to any problem is His Presence.”*

Jesus is the best “All-in-One” package you can get of anything — in 2020 or at any time. Have you found Him to be so in your life? Have you looked to Him so that you might find Him?

Paul writes, “…the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” (1 Cor. 3:22-23).

Got Christ? You’ve got everything! — Or better yet: Christ got you?

More tomorrow…

To hear Don Longworth’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Feb. 23 message.

* Jan Kempe, Faithful Hearts, p. 41