Thursday, August 11, 2022

Let Us Be One

 

One of the biggest barriers to non-believers becoming believers is when they look at Christians and see them in conflict with each other...often over things that really don't matter.

Our mutual acceptance by Yahweh because of Jesus, as evidenced by the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our lives, ought to draw us toward each other instead of being separated by our opinions on church structure or worship styles.

And yes, Love Song had a song about that.


Lord, don't let me strive against my brother
I'm so tired of it, don't want to do it no more
Lord, don't let us fight against each other
Let us be one in you

Lord, give us love for one another
In what we say, yes, in what we do
Lord, teach us to build up one another
Let us be one in you

For your sake let us learn to wait on the Spirit's move
We know that the hour is so late and you'll be coming soon

Let us be one in you
Let us be one

Lord, let us rest up in your Spirit
Knowing full well that we're in your hands
Oh, God, open up our hearts so we can hear it
Let us be one in you
Let us be one
(Tommy Coomes)


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Truth is...Jesus had a prayer about it, found in the 17th chapter of John: "My prayer is not for [these current disciples] alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me."


Thursday, August 4, 2022

Front Seat, Back Seat

 

Most people are pretty big fans of making their own decisions and running their own lives. We like to think we're in control and are capable of driving our own destinies.

But if we're following the roadmaps of our own selfishness, chances are high we are bound for some serious mishaps.

Look Ma! I'm adulting!

Chuck Girard and Tommy Coomes, of the band Love Song, had experienced plenty of navigational errors that were remedied when they committed their lives to the leadership of Jesus...something they sang about in the country tune, "Front Seat, Back Seat."

I was a-runnin' from my Master
And I tried out every new thing I could find
But my life turned into one disaster
Without the Lord, I almost blew my mind

I was sittin' in the front seat
Tryin' really hard to be the driver
Thinkin' I was makin' real good time
But always windin' up the late arriver

But now I been tryin' out the back seat
And I find it is a very great relief
Now I'm ridin' in the back seat
And I'm leavin' all the drivin' to the Chief

I went barrelin' out full speed ahead
I went a 'runnin' every stop sign that I'd see
Thinkin' I'd give the Lord a shortcut
But I found out He don't need no help from me

I was sittin' in the front seat
Tryin' really hard to be the driver
(But it sure didn't work)
Thinkin' I was makin' real good time
But always windin' up the late arriver

But now I been tryin' out the back seat
And I find it is a very great relief
Now I'm ridin' in the back seat
And I'm leavin' all the drivin' to the Chief
(Tommy Coomes - Chuck Girard)

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Truth is...Becoming a believer doesn't automatically solve all our problems. There's definitely a learning curve. But when we straighten out who's really the most qualified to be in charge, we start heading in the right direction.