by J. Randal Matheny © 2011

The gospel arrow travels true and straight,
It bends for none, will tarry for none nor wait;

Altars, works, and goodness don’t impress
The God who owns it all, who came to bless.

The truth shines no truer in a crowd,
Nor is God better praised when praise is loud,

A bloodied frenzy does not gain his ear,
As if, without it, he’d refuse to hear.

Our Lord dismissed the throngs, held scribes at bay,
They could not see nor would they follow the Way.

He called them one by one and trained a few,
From them the message went, the gospel grew;

But fervor and love grow cold, and passion burns:
Will Christ find faith on earth when he returns?

A homeowner in Sikeston [Mo.] has decorated his yard with a black man hanging from a noose and a Ku Klux Klan figure. The decorations can be seen from Interstate 55. via KAIT-8.

Racism isn’t dead yet. It never will be. As long as men resist the gospel, they will also harbor hate in their hearts toward their fellow humans, all created by the Almighty.

No law can eradicate racism. Only the gospel can open our eyes that God loves everyone equally. His mission includes every single human being on earth. His love knows no color, class, or kin.

Let the man keep his display. And let everyone who passes by say, “There lives a pagan.”

We were visiting in another state on a Sunday morning years ago. We went into a Bible class being taught by a well-educated young man. He would soon be on the staff of one of our Christian colleges. As we left the class our son asked, “Do you think the gospel is safe in his hands?” via The Fellowship Room.

Read more at the link above, where Fellow Glenda Williams asks her own question.

Ron arrived Tuesday morning, the 29th, from Florida for meetings about the next model of jet that his employer Embraer plans to release. He returns Thursday night to his home. And even though his three days here have been filled with meetings all day, he made it a point to come be with us and, at my invitation, speak to our home Bible reading group.

Ron has met with the church on two previous trips and preached both in Taubate and SJCampos. Most of our group had never met him, however. Of 12 adults present, two are not Christians, one is a new disciple, and another is unfaithful to Christ.

Ron spoke on the gospel as God’s power to save. Then what is necessary to enter Christ. And how important it is to be faithful.

His earnestness shone through and deeply impressed many of those present. He especially seemed to touch one of the non-Christians, the new convert, and the erring brother.

After the study everyone stayed for pizza and enjoyed the conversation; the last guests left around 11 p.m.

As I drove Ron back to his hotel, I told him how his presence had moved people closer to the Lord and closer to decisions, as well as confirming them in their faith.

Who knows but what the Lord brought him to us here for just such a time as this.

Father in Heaven, thank you for giving us family in Christ, for distributing your gifts richly among us, and for touching lives with your grace evident in your servant Ron. Bless his return home, his family, and his congregation, as we ask your blessing upon us, to your glory. In Christ, Amen.

• Satan attempts to keep people from coming to the Lord. He will use even well-intentioned souls to throw up obstacles. Just as the well-meaning Peter became a barrier to Jesus, who told the apostle to get out of his way. An intense competition for the souls of men rages in the streets; we dare not draw back because we think we are above the fray, superior to those who are scrapping to win others. We do not use their under-handed tactics, nor do we make outlandish promises, but our feet must be swift and sure so that the true voice of God is heard by the masses.

•  Those hopes of mine not based on God’s specific promises are prayers for blessing on friend and foe. Hope in its biblical sense has a foundation, the truth of God, the promises he makes for our future. Then there are those human hopes that we desire for others: health for the sick, mates for the lonely, peace for the perturbed. Those hopes we turn into prayers, since to grant these things to others is beyond our powers. Continue reading