When an Immovable Heart Meets an Irresistible God

How do you react when things don’t always go your way? What if you don’t get something you want or maybe think you deserve? Or on a more serious note, how do you react when you maybe lose a job or a loved one gets sick?

Let’s face it, life is hard and many times it’s unfair. As with everything that we encounter in it, we must handle it in a biblical manner and with lots of prayer.  If we don’t handle it the right way, it can leave us in a battle with our pride. This can cause us to become closed off or lash out at others. The worst thing we can do is become angry with an almighty God. Let me give you an example from my own life to help you understand what I’m talking about.

This last year, as most of the ones I’ve lived, had its share of ups and downs. On the up side, I had a great family life, saw improvements in my health, and even had some opportunities to grow in some creative hobbies that I have. Don’t get me wrong with where I’m about to take this, I had a good 2014. I just want to share some testimony of some things that kept it from being all that it could be.

Over the course of the year, I had a few things that didn’t go my way. A couple of things in ministry and one thing in my professional life just didn’t pan out how I’d hoped. It left me feeling frustrated. I began to question the direction of my life. This led me to a battle within myself and with God. I grew cold, angry, and started to withdraw from normal life. If there’s one thing I’ve always excelled at, it’s throwing a pity party for myself. I’m an expert at it. It’s a situation where I let the pride monster out of the cage. It’s a fact that I’m ashamed to admit. I even let this carry over into the new year.

There was no doubt where I stood with God for eternity, but I was battling with Him in the here and now. I’d even feel God speaking and trying to move in my life throughout this time but I chose to close my ears. I thought I’d save myself from further disappointment. To sum it all up, I had become a fool. Luckily for me, the Lord doesn’t give up as quickly as I did. Because He endlessly pursues us, He had one more plan up his sleeve.
This past Sunday morning things came together in a way that God led us to visit a local church that was close to home. Fortunately for me, I was about to hear a testimony that was about to pull me out of my pity party. As the Pastor was giving the message, he shared an experience he had that sounded very familiar. Years ago he had went through something similar to what I was dealing with. At a certain point, he reached rock bottom. He cried out to God to rescue him and of course He did.

During the invitation the Holy Spirit reminded me of my situation and how I’d been acting toward God. I was ashamed and sorry, but even better, I was broken. I took that time, and some time after the service, to cry out to the Lord. I needed healing. I needed forgiveness and resoration. God had every right to close his ears like I had done. He had every right to shut me out, but he didn’t, that’s the great thing about Him. He’s always waiting for us to come back home, even a selfish, prideful mess like me. It was a great day of healing and restoration. When I let Him tear down the walls I had put up, He made me whole again. It was just up to me to let go of the past. I had to realize that His plans and mine are not always going to line up. It was up to me to realize that the created is never greater than the Creator.

Maybe you can’t relate to my issue because you don’t struggle with pride like I do. Maybe you’ve reached the point in your walk with Christ where you’ve completely let go and let Him lead. If so awesome, but chances are there’s something else you struggle with. But that’s ok, as believers we are all in this together. We are commanded to love and learn from one another. As Christians, we are all individual parts of the body. We are never as strong apart as we are together. As for me, it’s great to be a forgiven and restored part of the body once again. I’ve decided to let go and let God. I’m excited to see where that leads me in the new year.


The Forgotten Gift

Last week in Sunday School, we had a very thought provoking lesson on pride. In our in-depth discussion, we looked at some scriptures in Genesis 3 that dealt with Adam, Eve, the serpent, and the fall of creation. What caught my attention in particular was how Satan convinced Eve that after all God had blessed her with in the garden,  she still lacked something. After the Lord had provided for her every need, she was still missing that one thing. You see one thing that led to the introduction of sin into the world was that Adam and Eve were not content. They were fooled into belie

ving there was still that certain something they were missing. Now before we all jump on the Adam and Eve hate bandwagon, let’s take a step back and ask ourselves this question. Are we content?

We are in the midst of another busy Christmas shopping season. It’s a time that seems like a never ending marathon for those who participate. We sometimes run ourselves ragged trying to make sure we buy for everyone on our list. In doing so the real meaning of Christmas and sometimes even the joy it brings is lost on us. The blessings and fun of the holiday drown in the depths of American consumerism.

I believe this is just another trick from that old serpent in the garden. Satan is an expert at taking times that are meant to glorify God and making them about something else. He does it at Christmas, but he also does it at Easter. We all know the Easter Bunny right? That rascally rabbit that goes around leaving baskets full of sweets for our children on Easter morning. Well I’ll tell you something my wife already knows, I can’t stand him. I detest the fact that on the most glorious day in the history of the world, our Savior’s miraculous resurrection, this rabbit comes in and floods it with more needless gifts. Well played Satan….well played.

There is however a solution to this problem, it’s called contentment. Have you ever been around someone who is truly content? Someone who no matter how much or how little they have thanks God and lets that joy permeate every area of life? It’s a truly incredible sight where someone bucks all of the trends of modern life and just….happily exists.

The Bible does an excellent job of addressing this in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 13:5 says “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” I love that verse. What God is telling us is don’t want for what you don’t have, not letting it consume you. I may not meet your every want, but I’ll meet your every need. The Lord desires us to live a life of satisfaction with what He alone provides. It’s how we stay in perfect worship with Him as our sole provider.

We often get so busy with everyday life that we forget how blessed we are. Did you know that 80% of the world’s population lives on less than $1 a day? I came across that fact the other day and found it to be so eye opening. We are so blessed in this country, but we are also so spoiled in this country. We have so much yet we think like Eve in the garden, we think if we can just have that one last prize everything will be great. Then when we get that prize, it’s on to the next one. It’s a never ending struggle that usually results in a life full of stress and misery.

So this year I encourage you to first and foremost explore the true meaning of Christmas. Then move on to being content and see what floods of peace overwhelm your heart. Contentment is truly the most forgotten gift each Christmas season. This year I’ve taken up an excellent Advent Bible study that is taking me deeper into the holiday. To see that God loves me so much that he’d send his only Son to be born in a lowly manger. A Son that was born to die for the sins of the entire world. All because of the separation that was ushered into the world when two people in a garden were not content with their lives.

Jesus Loves Everyone (Including Gay People)

Let me say it again, Jesus loves everyone. Jesus loves that person who cut you off in traffic. Jesus loves that person who broke line in front of you at the checkout. Jesus loves the co-worker you can’t stand to be around. Jesus even loves the guy down the street who just left his wife and kids for another woman. Yes, Jesus loves everyone, that’s who he is. That’s kind of his thing, 1 John 4:8 says “God is love” after all. But, you ask, what about those sinful homosexuals, does Jesus even..? Yep, he does, he loves them too. He loves everyone.

So let’s address something, can we stop the self righteousness and prideful finger pointing when it comes to handling the gay issue? I know it’s something that’s being shoved in our faces at every turn, but spouting Bible verses and browbeating is not doing anyone any good. Why is this an issue that we’ve chosen to be so passionate about while we let other sins go unaddressed? Why do we think that God holds some kind of list that lays out sin in an order from bad to worse? What if we started putting the social media beat down on everyone that’s ever had a divorce? I mean that’s a sin too, right? I’m not encouraging or saying we should do that. What I am saying is that to God sin is sin. To Him there’s not one that hurts more than the other, every sin we have and will commit nailed His Son to the cross. So why have we taken it upon ourselves to decide what has become acceptable and unacceptable?

Jesus addressed the topic of sexual sin in Matthew. Matthew 5:27-28 says, “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’  But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Jesus is taking things a step further here. He’s doing this for a few reasons, one of which is to address people who are caught up in their pride because they don’t see themselves in sexual sin. He’s saying adultery doesn’t start when it’s public, it starts in the mind. This would convict a lot of people who were listening that day who thought they were in the clear. His statement carries a great deal of conviction even today.

The same principle can be applied to us today in regards to homosexuality. We love to point out the fact of this sin and quote the verses, but haven’t most of us struggled with sexual sin at one point or another? Gay people are just easier to target because their sin is more of a public one, it’s out there for all to see. Many of us struggle with this but you’d never know it because we hide it well. Even at our places of worship, we all apprear as shiny, happy people. But what about the church deacon who is currently enslaved by pornography?  Did you know nearly two-thirds of Christian men view porn on a monthly basis? That’s almost as much as secular men. Yes, pornography is a huge problem among Christian men. It’s the biggest epidemic among them in the church today. That’s just one example, I could go on and on about sexual sins among both men and women. The point I’m trying to make is its a much bigger issue than just homosexuality. Sexual sin is rampant among Christians and lost people affecting men and women both young and old.

Let’s go back to the main topic we are discussing which is how the church deals with homosexuality. So how do we handle this issue exactly?  I don’t know, I wish I had the answer. I really don’t know if there’s a clear one out there. What I do know is that as Christians, Jesus wants us to love. He wants us to love everyone above and beyond their expectations. To do that we have to be authentic, we have to be real in showing others that love. One thing I’m certain of is the angry debating and finger pointing has to stop. Our words carry enough weight to affect someone for all of eternity. Because that’s what happens if what we say turns them away from Jesus and they end up never entering into a relationship with Him.

So before you speak out again on this topic remember that someone is always watching and listening. What you say today may change their life, for better or for worse. It’s time for us as the church to be the hands and feet of Christ. To willingly go and love those who many Christians may think are a lost cause. That’s what Jesus did in his earthly ministry, he sought out those who everyone else had given up on. Because He knew that the Holy Spirit had the power to break even the hardest of hearts. It’s a mindset we must have when dealing with those we see who are stuck in the pit of sexual sin.

The Elf on the Shelf: A Parent’s Story

For you veterans out there a lot of this will sound very familiar to you. For those of you new to the Elf family, welcome; here is a peek at what you can expect in your Christmas futures.

Year 1

Mom: Hey honey, I heard about this new thing called Elf on the Shelf. I just saw it on Facebook. It’s this really great thing where we move a little plush Elf around the house each day leading up to Christmas. I thought about getting it for Sara. What do you think?

Dad: Oh yeah that sounds great honey, we could do all sorts of creative things with that. It’d be great to make some Christmas memories.

Mom: Well just a couple things, he moves when the kids aren’t home. Also, if anyone touches him when they are watching, he loses his magic.

Dad: Oh wow, that’s going to be great! Sara will love it!

Mom: Ok, well I’ll go by the store and get one today. This is going to be so great! I can’t wait to post all of our crazy elf stories on Facebook!

Year 2

Mom: Hey honey, what do you think about putting Buddy out this year before Thanksgiving?

Dad: Well, that seems a little early. I remember last year we ran out of ideas for it like a week before Christmas even got here.

Mom: Oh no, this year I’ve been on Pinterest and got all of these new ideas. You can put him playing with Barbie dolls, stuffed animals, dumping out a sock drawer and all these other things. Sara will love it!

Dad: Well ok, yeah, if you’ve already got ideas that sounds great.

Mom: Honey, have you left for work yet? I forgot to move Buddy and Sara will be so upset if he doesn’t move while they’ve been at my parents overnight.

Dad: Well, I’m like ten minutes from home already and I’m already running late.

Mom: Please honey, just go back, your boss will understand. I’m sure they have kids too.

Dad: Ugghh, ok sure, I’ll take care of it.

Mom: Thanks honey, you’ll be glad one day that you made these Christmas memories!

Year 3

Mom: Hey sweetie, thanks for getting all of the Christmas stuff down out of the attic. You’re such a big help to me getting our house ready for the holidays.

Dad: No problem sweetheart, you know I’ll do whatever I can to help you when you need it.

Mom: Umm honey?

Dad: Yes dear?

Mom: Where’s Buddy?

Dad: I don’t know hun, I couldn’t find him anywhere.

Mom: What? Did you lose him? Sara is going to completely freak out!

Dad: Oh no sweetie, I’m sure he’ll turn up. I just have to remember where I put him when I stored all of the Christmas stuff last year.

A few hours later……

Mom: Honey?

Dad: Yes dear?

Mom: I came home from work today and looked for Sara. He was in the back of your work clothes drawer in your closet. How in the world did he end up there?

Dad: I have no idea.

Mom: Are you lying to me? I can always tell when you’re lying. So you better just come clean now. I promise I won’t be mad.

Dad: No honey, I really had no idea Buddy was in my old clothes drawer. I’m sorry.

Mom: Well, I’ll put the elf stuff up after Christmas this year. Don’t you touch it.

Dad: Yes dear, and again, I’m sorry about losing Buddy.

Year 4

Mom: Honey, guess what?

Dad: What?

Mom: Now they’ve come out with a girl elf! So we can have two elves and Buddy won’t be alone anymore. I’ve already been on Pinterest and Facebook and got all kinds of ideas for them this year.

Dad: Sounds great dear…

Mom: Oh you don’t care, you were hardly any help last year. I had to do all of the planning and moving myself.

Dad: Well there was like those 3 or 4 times that I did when you cou……..

Mom: Oh I remember, and Sara remembers too. You put it in the same spot twice! So I had to be the one to explain to our child why the elf was using the same spot.

Dad: Well as I remember Sara thought the toilet and the Hershey’s kiss setup was pretty hilarious.

Mom: Well, to be honest, it was pretty funny.

Year 5

Mom: Hey honey before we go out of town this week for Thanksgiving, should we put Buddy and Rose out for Sara?

Dad: Whatever you think honey.

Mom: Oh what am I talking about, you don’t care. And to be honest with you, I’m starting to get tired of it myself.

Dad: Oh really?

Mom: Yeah and don’t tell me because I already know you are. Remember last year when you said we should tell Sara that both elves were injured in a toy making accident at the North Pole?

Dad: Oh yeah I do, and as I recall after we both stopped laughing, you were seriously considering it for a while.

Mom: Well I was, but you know Sara is getting older and soon she’ll find out the truth about all of this stuff. So what about doing this elf thing one more year?

Dad: You got it honey, one more year…..

Mom: Thanks sweetie, I love you.

Dad: I love you too dear.

Honor in Marriage

This past Thanksgiving week, we were fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days in the Smoky Mountain area. As we were driving home, I noticed something sitting a little ways off the interstate. It was a very racy billboard for a local sports bar. It had a giant picture of a college age girl wearing cutoff blue jean shorts and a skimpy top. As I looked at it, I made some comment to my wife sarcastically pointing out how classy the ad was. She kind of laughed it off, and we both moved onto something else. In the time after that I started to wonder what my wife thought when she saw me looking at that sign.

As a man I am a visual creature, that’s how God created me. Whoever put that billboard up there knows that those type of ads work. Something like that may catch my eye, but what I do with it after that is up to me. It’s a good example of the never ending struggle between the flesh and the Spirit that Paul talks about in Romans 7. To be the husband that Christ wants me to be this is a conflict I must win.

Because I love my wife with all of my heart, something I strive to do is honor her. If you’re married, one thing you may remember are your wedding vows. There’s a good chance that one of the things you pledged to do at that time was to honor each other. Honor may be something that you associate with a service position or the military, but it’s so important in a healthy marriage.

For men, what does honor look like in a marriage? Does it mean holding hands in public with your wife? Does it mean putting your arm around her in church? Those are great things, but I think it goes a little deeper than that. When you’re alone at home browsing the internet, and that over sexualized ad pops up on your screen, how do you react? When you get that Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in the mail, even though you have the subscription just for the Alabama articles, what do you do? What dawned on me when I saw that billboard I mentioned earlier is that honoring my wife extends into every minute of every day. It only takes a split second within a bad decision to sin against the holy matrimony that God has brought into my life.

There’s even some men out there who will say their wives don’t mind them browsing through that Victoria’s Secret catalog after they get done with it. I hate to break it to you but she does care, she really cares. Your wife wants to be the only object of affection in your heart. Don’t make her battle some airbrushed, photoshopped, computer generated model for your attention. Your wife is the one who sees you on your worst days. She puts up with your terrible, annoying habits. She cooks for you and does your laundry. She does all of these things because she loves you. She’s committed to you. Men I implore you to honor your wife during every minute of every day.

For women, what does honor look like? If I asked you what was the most important things to a male in a relationship, what would you say? Many respondents would probably say that the priority would be the physical relationship which is far from the truth. In a recent survey, the thing men said were the most important thing to have from their wives was their respect…..

What does a wife’s respect look like? Let me make it easier, I’ll tell what it doesn’t look like. It doesn’t look like a 50 Shades of Grey book club or a Magic Mike viewing party. Ladies those two things have been so greatly detrimental to the marriages of those who choose to participate in them. I’ve heard devoted church going women talk about their anticipation for the upcoming 50 Shades movie. I’ve also seen pictures of women’s Sunday School classes filling up multiple rows of theater seats for Magic Mike when it was in theaters. I’ve heard them talking about how their husbands didn’t care if they partook in this type of entertainment.

Let me be completely honest with you for a second. If your husband doesn’t care for you doing those things something is wrong, something is very wrong. A man who loves his wife the way he should doesn’t want her corrupting herself with those kind of things. He doesn’t want to risk her lusting after another man in a book or movie. I’ll even take it a step further. If your husband is ok with these things he either doesn’t love you or he’s let something else take your place in his heart. That may sound ridiculous to you, but it’s the truth. Trust me, I’m a guy, I know how our mind works.

True honor in a marriage is a beautiful, Christ centered picture on both sides. Think about that older couple you know, possibly your parents or grandparents. How beautiful is that? A man who only has love and respect for his wife. A woman who has given her life to honor and respect her husband. It’s one of the most wonderful sights you’ll ever see in this world. I’m not talking about that fictitious Nicholas Sparks stuff, I’m talking about real life examples. That’s what all of us in marriage relationships now should strive to achieve; but it can only be done if we take close care to honor each other in every situation.

Lessons Learned From The Loss of a Friend

The saying you never know what tomorrow brings is true. Yesterday morning, my wife and I received some tragic news about the passing of a close family friend. It’s one of those moments where you can feel your heart sink in your chest because of the overwhelming amount of grief that washes over you. Immediately, your mind becomes focused on the family and the enormous challenges they’ll face in the days and weeks ahead. Death is such a strange messenger because it elicits a wide range of emotions. It has a way of stripping life down to its very core revealing what we should value as most important.

In the moments following the news I began to pray. First and foremost, I asked God to comfort those who were most closely affected by this loss. I also began to wonder why these things happen to such good people. I had known this sweet lady and her family for about nine years. She had such an impact on me because of the life she had lived out in front of others. She was incredibly kind and good hearted, the type of person who tried their hardest to find the best in everyone she came in contact with. Her wonderful family is a testimony to the kind of person she was. She invested so much time and love into their lives that the evidence of her efforts is obvious to all who have the pleasure of knowing them. I continued to wonder these things until the Lord laid two passages of scripture on my heart.

The first passage happens to be the shortest verse in the Bible which simply states “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). When that came to my mind, I asked God how that could apply to this particular situation. Then I opened up the Scriptures to read the story about the resurrection of Lazarus. I was then reminded that Jesus, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, was also 100% man. He endured each trial and emotion that we face in this life. When we cry out to Him in prayer, He knows. When we call out to Him because we are hurting, He knows. When we wonder why bad things happen, He knows. That fact should be so comforting for us. Jesus is not detached from this world because he didn’t experience it, He did. He endured the worst this life has to offer. Yet he relied on his Heavenly Father who gave Him the strength to endure.

The second verse is in Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” It’s our nature as humans to constantly seek out the answers to life’s questions. We have an urge to understand it all simply because we are afraid of the unknown. We think life would be more comfortable if we had all of the answers. A great quote comes to my mind which states “if we could completely comprehend God then He wouldn’t be God.” What an interesting thought that is! As man we have a mind with finite understanding. We can’t even begin to grasp the greatness and glory of our Lord. We are the created, but because of our pride we think we deserve the mind of the Creator.

One of my favorite parts of the Bible is found in Job 38:1-3. After all that Job has went through, after all of the questions he’s asked, he finally gets an answer. Unfortunately, it may have not been the one he was expecting. “1 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind: 2 Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? 3 Brace yourself like a man,because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.”  What follows in this chapter and in Job 39 is nothing short of amazing. Simply put, God puts Job in his place. He tells Job of all the incredible things He has done. He brings him to an understanding that I am God and you are not. So often we demand answers which we can’t understand simply because we are unable to see the whole picture. Proverbs 3:5 makes it clear that we need to just trust God and He’ll take care of the rest.

As we continue to mourn for those who have lost a wife, mother, friend, and inspiration, let us remember that Jesus hurts along with us. Let’s also remember that even though we don’t understand it all, we know the one who does. Faith can be shaken in the tough times, but may it never be broken. I will always, ALWAYS, believe in the faithfulness and love of God. I’ve seen it way too much in my own life to even begin to question its authenticity.

We never know when the last time we see someone on this earth will be. If I could talk to my friend today I’d let her know how much she has impacted my life. I don’t even think I realized how much until it was too late. She was such a testimony of the love of Christ put into action, and it was such a blessing to know her. Mourning a death is not only a time to grieve and reminisce, but also a time to learn. To learn the lesson that we all take people and our relationships with them for granted. Going forward I’m going to make a conscious effort to avoid that mistake.

The Impact of Foreign Missions

As a Christian, there are few times that I’m more convicted than when I go and hear someone share testimony about a recent mission trip. And it’s not for the reasons you may think. When I hear about these believers in other countries and their commitment to Christ I’m always brought to tears. They haven’t been spoiled by the riches that we enjoy in this nation. They live a much simpler life that allows them to be more focused on Jesus. They don’t have the nicest houses, the best food, or a luxury car and they seem to manage just fine. And they don’t even shut down social media when one of their TV stations is taken down temporarily. They don’t even have the Internet! Imagine a world with no Facebook and how much more productive Christian lives we could all enjoy; a world where we don’t brag about how great our lives are, gossip and spy on others, boast about our good deeds, or take endless photos of ourselves and post them for all to see.

Christianity in this country is so easy that a lot of us can’t even be bothered to attend evening service at our church or sing praises to our Lord during Sunday morning worship service. Meanwhile in the Middle East, Christian men, women, and children are being tortured, imprisoned, crucified, and even beheaded for just believing in Christ. A lot of folks wonder why the country we live in is in such a terrible state. Instead of pointing fingers at our fellow Americans, politicians, media, etc., we should point them at us the church. We live in a dark and evil world and that’s the way it always has been. The only difference is that now the darkness is getting stronger because our light is getting weaker. A lot of us have sold out to the world and what it has to offer. If you don’t believe me, look at your schedule. Where does God rank on your list of priorities?

Sitting there last night listening to the stories about those people in Nicaragua just humbled me to nothing; dirt floor houses, small drafty education buildings, and church sanctuaries that most of us would consider second class. And yet these people have more joy in their hearts than most of us will ever know. Why is that? We live in a nation where depression, anxiety, and other mental disorder diagnoses are skyrocketing. It’s because they have it figured out. True joy comes from Jesus, not anything that this world has to offer. A lot of us have been sold on the idea that if we can just have this or that, or if we can just make this much money then we’ll be satisfied, we’ve bought into a lie.

My Grandpa told me when I was young that anything worth having is worth working hard for. That statement still echoes in my mind today. Maybe it’s just the fact that Christianity is too easy is the reason we just don’t value it that much. We value our homes or pur fancy cars because they demanded sacrifice. It requires a payment to be made every month or it’s taken from us. Not only do we take Christianity for granted, but we take its source for granted. The Cross is something we look at with such apathy these days.

I’ve read a lot of articles on this topic and they kind of dance around the fact of the matter, the truth is we really just don’t care. We don’t really care if the world fades away and our kids don’t grow up in the same great country as we did. We don’t care if we are among a generation of Christians who are still stuck in the shallow end of the pool. We don’t care that we’ve sold out to the world even after Jesus told us we can’t serve two masters. We don’t even care that people that we come in contact with every day are dying and going to Hell. We cover our eyes and ears to those undeniable facts each day. We say give us the world, give us our smartphones, give us our entertainment, give us our hobbies,  give us our sports teams. The same sports teams we’ll make a fool out of ourselves over on the weekend. But then we worry what others may think of us if we sing that song to our Heavenly Father during church service. The saddest part of it all is that a lot of us who have fallen into the trap don’t even realize it. We’ve become so deaf to the voice of God that we don’t even realize when he’s trying to speak to us.

We think we have it so good in our lives here but do we really? Has the wool been pulled over our eyes? The great Adrian Rogers said if “Satan can’t have you he’ll make you busy.” What a statement of truth that is for us today. It’s funny how a small community in a small country in Central America can make such a big statement about biblical Christianity. Jesus said lay down everything and follow me. He won’t be satisfied with just having a small room in the home of your heart. He wants to fill the entire house.