Throughout history gold has been a highly-valued commodity. During the Gold Rush, many people left everything...homes. families, some devoting their entire lives to the pursuit of it. God is a treasure far more precious than all the wealth on Earth, but unlike gold, He is not hard to find. He truly is a God who shows Himself. His truths are richly woven into the fabric of all creation. Our greatest insight into the very heart and mind are the Scriptures, but to find the real treasure, we must dig deep into the remote recesses of the Rock himself. One thing you will most certainly discover is the deeper you dig, the deeper He gets. In all eternity we will never be able to plumb the depths of God. It is my hope that perhaps through my own search for that 'Treasure above all Treasures' you will find something which will have some meaning for you. R.Whelan

Sunday, October 20, 2013

THE CHRIST KILLERS (It Takes One to Know One)

Christ Killers - Many people, at least since the days of Hitler, have used this term for the Jewish people. They have used it as a rationale for their hatred and persecution of the Jews for generations, and in a way, I suppose, they are right. The Jewish leaders of that day, with the approval of many of their people, did indeed kill Christ, but then, so did we all.

Scriptures tell the story of the woman who was pulled into the city streets and how many of the people who had gathered around the scene wanted to stone her, to kill her, because of her sin. Yet Jesus quietly, brilliantly, came to her aid. Though He did not look at them, He looked into the very heart of every one of them. He saw their sin in all its ugliness. The sin, hopefully, no one else knew about. The sin they tried to conveniently forget. Jesus looked straight into their souls and said. ‘Let anyone of you who is without sin cast the first stone.’ One by one they dropped the stones, shamed, with no defense before God, or man, they turned and walked away.

And so it is today, Christ looks into our souls and says the same thing. 'Let those of you who are without sin, those of you whose life is so perfect that you feel you have no need of a sacrifice to cover your sin, come forth.' Go ahead, cast the first stone at the Jewish people. Any takers? Not if you are honest. It's always easier to blame others, isn't it. Not to take our share of the responsibility for something gone wrong.
 
Never let yourself forget, that we have all sinned. We all have that ugly side of ourselves. The side that demands us to seek God's forgiveness. The ugly side that is in desperate need of a sacrifice to cover it.
 
Everyone of us is responsible for the death of Jesus Christ. Everyone of us created the situation that brought Christ into this world to be the sacrifice for sin. The sin of all mankind, not just some of us. Because of our sin, we are all, every son and daughter of Adam, Christ Killers.
 
 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

CALLING ON GOD

Many people, on all sides of the political spectrum, are criticizing Texas Gov. Rick Perry for the prayer rally he pulled together this past weekend. They all have their opinions, so I figure I might as well throw mine.

I believe there is no wrong time to call on the Lord in prayer, I don't care who you are. I also have a sneaking suspicion that the same people who are constantly calling for separation of church and state, who are thereby attempting to compartmentalize peoples' lives, are the same ones who would hold to the theory that it's okay to cheat on your spouse, because in their minds they can justify their acts by telling themselves that 'one thing has nothing to do with the other'. What you believe is who you are and, of course, it necessarily affects everything you think and do.

This country was founded by men who understood that principle. Men who understood that God reigns supreme in the affairs of men and called upon Him for His mercy, wisdom and providence in their decisions. Men who understood that you cannot govern a people who could not, would not, admit that there was an authority higher than themselves and those who would rule over them and who would not willingly submit to that authority. When men turn their backs on God and become a law unto themselves you do not have government, you have anarchy. Every man doing what is right in his own eyes.

Well, I say kudos to Gov. Perry. Whatever you think of him, he at least seems to know where to look for the answers to the problems that beset this country and the world. He is willing to admit he is not the smartest person in the room and call on the God who both can and will do something to turn our situation around if we will only humble ourselves and pray and seek His face.

The Scriptures say that wherever there is life there is hope, and the way I see it, if twelve men from Galilee can turn the world upside down just think of the effects that thirty-thousand plus people on their knees can have.



GIFTS AND TALENTS

The gifts and talents that God bestows upon us are not given to make us rich, though they may, they are given to open doors so that we may share the Gospel with a world full of people who are lost and in need of a Saviour.

RELATIONSHIPS


Our relationship with God and our relationships with one another are the only things we can take into eternity. Sadly, I learned yet again this week, how fragile such things are. How we take them for granted too easily. We hold grudges, quibble over the most insignificant things. We don't try hard enough to make those relationships work. To make them last. Learn to hold your loved ones close. Keep each moment precious. They pass too quickly and you can never get them back.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

HE NUMBERS THE HAIRS ON YOUR HEAD

There seems to be much ado about a young man named Tim Tebow lately and the open display of his faith. I won't go into the controversy surrounding this young man, mostly because I cannot claim to have kept up on any of it in great detail. However, I do have a comment in regards to a statement I've heard made all to often. Yet I cannot recall anyone publicly refuting it. Everyone seems to just let it stand as though it were fact.

This week a commentator made the statement that "God is far too busy with more important things than whether someone wins, or loses, a football game, or a bingo game or any other such trivial thing." I beg to differ.

Luke 12:7 says that, "even the very hairs of your head are all numbered".

I dare say that a God who loves you so much that at any given moment, He can tell you how many hairs you have on your head is very concerned about everything in your life, even things as seemingly trivial as a ballgame.

God tells us He is our Father. Now I have seen parents count a child's fingers and toes when they were born. I even know parents who love their children enough to be willing to lay down their life for them, but I have yet to see an earthly parent who can tell you the numbers of hairs on their child's head at any given moment.

The point is this, our heavenly Father considers us of great worth. He proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt at Calvary. God knows and cares about every detail of our lives. Everything, everything that happens to us is of the greatest importance to Him, because all those things play a part in shaping who we are and who we will become.

He loves us so much that He will do whatever it takes to get us go to where He wants us to be. He will put people and events in our path, He will do whatever it takes to hopefully guide us into becoming the people He wants us to be.

It is my firm belief that there are no accidents. Everything happens for a reason and that reason is this, the Lord says, "before you were in the womb I knew you". He also says, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future".

We, of course still have freewill to choose many of the outcomes in our life, but He has made it clear, at least to me, that He will do His best to accomplish His best for us.

There are a lot of things to be learned in seeming little things like winning, or losing, a ballgame. Oh yes, I believe very strongly everything that happens to us, even those seemingly trivial things, matter a great deal to our heavenly Father, because He loves us.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

PLAYING TO AN AUDIENCE OF ONE

“All the world's a stage and all the men and women merely players,” so says Shakespeare, and in a way he could not be more right. We are all playing out our lives before one another. According to the Scriptures, our lives are played out before a 'great cloud of witnesses'. But I believe it is best, if in our mind's eye, we narrow the size of our audience to only one.

Our lives should be played out before God, seeking to please Him and Him alone. In doing so we will please some, we will offend others, but, since He is the only critic who really matters, why worry about the others so much. He is the one who will write the review at the end of our performance. He alone looks past the act into the motives behind what we do. Only He truly knows how well we played the part that was written by Him just for us. Rwhelan Aug 7, 2011

Saturday, April 30, 2011

NEVER MORE THAN YOU CAN BEAR

Just this week a friend of mine was telling me about a health problem that will require a somewhat risky medical procedure. She has already survived a battle with cancer, several heart attacks and a stroke. She has raised her children on her own, endured financial woes and more. Anyway, she said to me, 'I don't know how much more I can take. I know they say God will not put more on you than you can bear, but . . .' To which, I mumbled something about praying for her. So much for always being prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in us.

At any rate, I couldn’t let it go, the thought nagged me all afternoon – where does that thought come from? Where in the Scriptures does it say that God will never put more on us than we can bear?

I know there is the Scripture, 1 Corinthians 10:13, that promises God will not allow us to be 'tempted' more than we can bear, but that He will provide a way out, but that’s about temptation, isn't it? It doesn't seem to cover her situation. I don’t think she is exactly being 'tempted' to be ill.

Next, I thought of the apostle Paul when he described all that he had suffered - thieves, shipwreck, hunger, exhaustion, being cold and naked. Then there were the beatings, imprisonments, being stoned and, in his words, ‘exposed to death again and again. Added to all that were what he called 'the daily pressures' of his responsibilities to the church. The situations he endured might come a little closer to what she is feeling she has been through and yet Paul called them ‘light afflictions’. Light, really?

As I pondered the point, I feel God gave me an answer. Do you remember Jesus saying, ‘come unto me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light’?

Jesus wasn’t saying there wouldn’t be any burdens. He wasn’t saying life would be easy. What He was saying was that He wants us to allow Him to get up under that burden with us. That He will shoulder most of it and lighten our load, if we let Him.

I heard a story once about a little boy who was trying to open a jar, his dad walked up and asked him if he had used everything at his disposal to open it and the little boy said yes. He had tried everything he could think of. His dad then reminded him that he had not used his greatest source of strength, because he had not yet asked his father to help.

It’s when we try to carry our burdens on our own, fight our battles on our own, or when we try to live in our own strength that we are overwhelmed. That’s why Jesus came, that’s why He gave us the Holy Spirit, because He knew we could not do anything in our own strength. As He said, ‘apart from Me you can do nothing’.

So will God allow us to have more problems than we can bear? Yes - if that is what it takes to bring us to the realization that we need Him. A loving parent will often do things that on the surface may seem harsh in order to do what is best for the child. 2011 RWhelan