26 February 2016

This 'n' That

When I am at a restaurant, I do everything possible to keep the silverware from touching the table. Think this through: the silverware has been run through a hot, disinfecting dishwasher. The table was wiped down with a germ-infested rag by the busboy who has also touched everyone's used, dirty dishes. The conclusion we must draw, then, is that the tables at a restaurant are riddled with microscopic ickiness that you do not want to deliberately welcome into your body.

Always rest your fork on your plate!
Keeping all of this in mind, then, picture this: as usual, I went out to lunch after church on Sunday. Just as our meals arrived, my fork slipped off of my plate and onto the table. Ew. So I asked for another fork. The waitress went in the back and brought back a clean fork; you could tell it had recently come out of the dishwasher. Fantastic. I reached for it, thanking her as she handed it to me, and then, for some inexplicable reason, instead of continuing to hand it to me, she attempted to set it down on my plate...and it slipped onto the table! Why? Why would you not just continue to hand it to me? What evilness possessed you to taint my new, clean fork? At that point, I felt that I couldn't ask for yet another fork, so I sighed, dug my hand sanitizer (peppermint scented) out of my purse, and washed my new fork.

Now, perhaps I am a bit overboard on the germ thing but, considering that I am down with the flu as I type this, I don't think so. Germs are everywhere and people are disgusting (don't even get me started on people who leave the restroom without washing their hands). All of that aside, however, let's create a lame sermon illustration out of this, shall we?

All it takes is one to infect you: one E. coli-tainted bowl of food to upset your tummy, one flu-driven sneeze or cough to render you feverish, achy, and miserable for 2 weeks, just one. Likewise, all it takes is one sin for us to be guilty of them all. Not only are we born with a sin nature, we also cannot keep the Law no matter how hard we try. And all it takes is committing one sin to make us guilty of them all.
For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. (James 2:10)
And this is why we need a Savior. Not only can we know that, one day, there will be no more sickness, we know that one day, there will be no more sin for those who have been saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. And we long for that day when we can see Him face to face, don't we? Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

With that, there is not much more to say. Stay healthy and take some time to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Dear Jennifer Garner, you won't find true Christianity at T.D. Jakes' church. 
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I do not understand this article posted by Matt Chandler's church.
  • A crash course on Scripture.
  • Such an important question. Thank you for this, Pastor Mike. 
  • You simply must  listen to this recent sermon by Phil Johnson: "A Plea to Judas."
  • Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life:

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