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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Missing It"

“How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.” Psalm 73:19

Reason for the Season



Dr. Jimmy Allen, the former pastor of First Baptist Church in San Antonio, said, "We missed him. Our chance to change things came and passed and we did not know it was there.  A dark-skinned little boy sat through Sunday school classes for three years at a great Baptist church (First Church, San Antonio), but someone missed him.  His name was Sirhan Sirhan, and at age 24 he shot and killed Senator Robert Kennedy.  In a welter of words and the shudder of grief throughout our nation, the persistent thought keeps recurring...someone missed him."

On the day of the assassination not one reporter mentioned where Sirhan Sirhan had attended church, nor did they mention who his Sunday school teacher had been. However, as he was being presented to the world as the murderer of Robert Kennedy, the pastor of that church knew they had missed the opportunity to steer his life in a different direction.  What a missed opportunity!

Several years from now, you may experience serious problems with your teenage children, or you'll have trouble in your marriage.  You may never put it together, but maybe you missed the opportunity to fix that at this year's Family Conference, but YOU DIDN'T ATTEND!  You were given the opportunity to steer your family in another direction, but you missed it.  You won't think about it at the time, I'm sure, and there will be much blame put on different circumstances or people; but, in reality, you missed it.

Life is not made up of decades.  Life is made up of moments!  What you do in a moment will determine what you will do for decades.  We must be reminded to manage the moments of life.  In other words, seize the moment.  Oftentimes, in a moment we lose the opportunity to shape a decade.  A careful look at your life will reflect how little moments have formed the whole picture.  We deceive ourselves in thinking that somehow life will work itself into the picture that we have formed in our minds.  However, it is the moment right in front of you that determines how your life will look in years to come.  Seize the moment!

I don't want to stand in a place of family tragedy one day and realize that "I missed it."  I don't want to deal with the regret that I squandered opportunities that would have steered my family down a better road.  That is why I offer our church Family Conferences and Bible preaching three times a week.  These are opportunities that you must seize in the moment!  Don't "miss it!"

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Previous devotions

"The Culture and Your Family" - April 9, 2014
"Love Constrains Us" - April 2, 2014
"Marching Orders" - March 26, 2014
"Sharing Jesus" - March 19, 2014
"The Importance of the Evening Service" - March 5, 2014
"Back to the Basics of Love" - February 12, 2014
"Preservation" - February 5, 2014
"The Basics of Tithing" - January 22, 2014
"A Sure Foundation" - January 15, 2014
"Renewing the Inner Man" - January 1, 2014
"The Reason for the Season" - December 11, 2013
"The Merry Side of Christmas" - December 4, 2013
"Thanks for Everything" - November 13, 2013
"Days of Thanks" - November 6, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 2" - October 30, 2013
"Burden Blessings - Part 1" - October 23, 2013
"A Winning Team" - October 16, 2013
"The Yoke of Responsibility" - October 9, 2013
"Blamestorming" - October 2, 2013
"Hope Bearers" - September 18, 2013
"A Vessel of Rescue" - September 11, 2013
"Now I See" - September 4, 2013
"Wrestling for Thee" - August 21, 2013

"Speaking with Grace" - August 14, 2013
"Here Is God" - August 7, 2013
"Great Value In Disaster" - July 31, 2013
"Are You Happy?" - July 17, 2013
"Is There Not a Cause?" - July 10, 2013
"Rest a While" - June 26, 2013
"Keeping the Torch Lit" - June 19, 2013
"Give Attendance to Reading" - June 5, 2013
"The Christian Poser" - May 22, 2013

"The Christian and His Music" - May 15, 2013
"The Value of a Mother" - May 8, 2013
"Treating the Symptoms of Sin" - May 1, 2013

"Surviving the Days of Noah" - April 24, 2013
"Fully Available" - April 17, 2013
"Church Training Kids" - April 10, 2013

"Alive unto God" - April 3, 2013
"Anticipating Easter" - March 27, 2013
"Saved to Obey" - March 20, 2013
"Sowing the Gospel" - March 13, 2013
"I Surrender All" - March 6, 2013
"Teach Us To Pray" - February 27, 2013
"A Bright Hope in Dead Darkness" - February 20, 2013
"Truths from a Tornado" - February 13, 2013
"Hopeful" - February 6, 2013

"If We Faint Not" - January 23, 2013

"Seventeen Years of Marriage and a Football Game" - January 16, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 2" - January 9, 2013
"How To Avoid a Wasted Year - Part 1" - January 2, 2013

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Words of Truth - April 9, 2014