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A Clark Kent Moment

June 25, 2010

About a year ago, my youth leader from Chippewa Evangelical Free Church was talking about prayer.  “Worrying instead of praying”, he said, “is like trying to push your car out of the mud when you have Clark Kent in your back seat.”

Our lack of prayer sounds really stupid when you think of it that way.

Later, “I mean, why would anyone try to push their car on their own when they have Superman ready and waiting to help?” he asked.

“Oh wait, you mean Clark Kent and Superman are the same?”  One girl had just now figured out the analogy from 15 minutes ago.

A few weeks later a newcomer said something that she thought was dumb and called it a blonde moment.

“Around here, we call those Clark Kent moments”, I told her.  That got me a prompt kick in the shin.

Don’t have a Clark Kent moment about God.  Remember who He is and that He’s there to help you.

Pray.

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God’s Wrath

June 24, 2010

In 1789, First Mate Fletcher Christian led a mutiny against Captain William Bligh on the HMS Bounty.  Bligh and 18 of his loyal crewman who refused to take part in the mutiny were ordered into a tiny boat and pushed out to sea.  Fletcher, 8 mutineers, and several Tahitians set out for the uninhabited island of Pitcairn to enjoy their plunder.

There they made whiskey from some plants, and the result was drunken orgies and violent fighting.  The island paradise had become a prison, and all but one of the mutineers was killed in fights or murdered in his sleep.  Alexander Smith was the lone survivor, along with the women and fatherless children.

As the only adult male, Smith felt responsible to care for the rest, but he knew he lacked the wisdom.  Finding a Bible in a chest, he read it from cover to cover over the course of a few weeks, surrendered his life to God, and began to teach the women and children to read from the Bible.

Eighteen years after the mutiny on the HMS Bounty, the Topaz, an American ship, stumbled upon the island of Pitcairn.  There they found a small, organized, Christian community.  No violence.  No crime.  No alcoholism.  No illiteracy.  Just peace.

The story of the mutineers demonstrates the reality of God’s wrath.  As Romans 1 tells us, after people willingly choose to be ignorant of God, claim to wise, and openly encourage an immoral lifestyle, God gives them over to their desires (Romans 1:24).  God’s wrath, in effect, is the removal of His presence and peace.  “Fine, have it your way”, says God, and the ravaging effects of our sin break forth in full force.

For those of us who know God as our Lord, let us be grateful that He does not give us every desire of our naturally sinful hearts, and that restoration can always be found by those who turn back to Him!

Nick B

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Charlie’s List

June 23, 2010

I have recently been encouraged to commit some Bible verses to memory after coming across the story of Charles Hayward.  Inspired by Colossians 3:16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…, Hayward started memorizing his favorite Bible verses.  He began his “Whole Bible Memorization Plan”, as he called it, at the age of 73, and committed 239 verses (at least 1 from each Old Testament book, the Gospels, and Acts, and at least 1 from each chapter of the rest of the New Testament) to memory before his death 14 years later.

239 verses!  I’m not sure if my mind has the capacity for that kind of memorization, but I desperately long for the “word of Christ to dwell in [me] richly.”  I often recall that when Christ Himself was tempted by Satan, He responded to the Prince of Lies with the Truth of the Word of God (Matthew 4:1-11).

Charlie’s List, as his kids called it, has been made available to everyone with this encouraging note: “It was his wish that others would be as blessed as he was by committing this list (or one like it, using your favorites) to memory.”

Taking a few verses from Charlie’s List and adding my personal favorites, I have begun to compile a list of my own that I hope to store in my memory bank.  I hope you will join my efforts with a list of your own!  There is no doubt that many lives were in fact blessed by Charlie’s Scripture memorization, and his inspiration can continue to impact lives through the likes of you and me.

Feel free to share a few of your personal favorites with me!  Some of mine that are not so well known are:

2 Kings 7:9 – We are not doing right.  This day of good news, and we remain silent.

Psalm 103:12 – As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Jonah 4:4 – Then the Lord said, “Is it right for you to be angry?”

Nahum 1:9 – What do you conspire against the Lord?  He will make an utter end of it.  Affliction will not rise up a second time.

Good luck!

Nick B

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