She Believed She Could, So She Did!

“She believed she could, so she did!”

This saying adorns a coffee cup which one of our daughters gave to my wife. These inspiring words fit Sarah Waddell to a tee.

On June 6, 1981, a sweet 16 yr old girl said, “I do.”, to an ornery old farm boy who thought he had life figured out.  In his eyes, the young girl was to be a farmer’s housewife who loved staying at home, keeping house, gardening, canning, tending tobacco, milking, and any other chore that loyal farmers’ wives were expected to carry out on a regular basis.

As a prerequisite for agreeing to allow that beautiful young girl to marry me, her mother made me promise that she would complete high school.  She graduated as an expectant home-bound 18 years-old student, a few short months before giving birth to our first child, a daughter. She helped me milk and drove the tractor for the first load of tobacco the day our daughter was born. Being a mother seemed to come naturally to Sarah, as she trained both me and our newborn during those first years.

In 1984, I decided to go to college in a small town in western Tennessee to earn a degree in Bible.  Sarah packed our belongings, we loaded them into a cattle trailer, and off we went on a new adventure.

Her Aunt Shirley made me promise to encourage Sarah to take as many classes as we could afford during our time at Freed-Hardeman.  She earned a few college hours, but much of her time was spent working so that I could carry a full load to graduate as quickly as possible.  Her jobs ranged from fast food service, to the college cafeteria, to cleaning toilets in a girls’ dorm, to being an assistant minister’s wife.

In 1987, I graduated and secured a position as a youth minister for a congregation in Alabama. Once again Sarah packed our belongings and we headed down the road on a new adventure.

In Alabama, we worked as a youth ministering couple. I was the one hired, but she was the backbone of success. Sarah exercised her organizational and social skills to assure any events I planned proved successful.  During our time there, she gave birth to our 2nd child, a bouncing baby boy.

In 1989, I decided to move back to Kentucky to take on a full-time pulpit preaching position, so Sarah packed our belongings and we headed down the road on a new adventure.

The church with which we worked in Kentucky was a small, mission type congregation.  The members accepted us as family and we stayed with them for 12 years. During those years Sarah gave birth to our third child, a daughter.  She continued to care for and nurture all of us as a stay-at-home mom, and to faithfully uphold her “duties” as a preacher’s wife.

Yet deep down she wanted more from life.  Several of her female friends who had for years depended upon their husbands as providers suddenly found themselves to be single moms.  Although talented in many ways, these women found themselves on the job market not possessing the training or skills needed to secure a well-paying position. They were forced to try to make a living for their families by working minimum wage jobs.  Reba was singing, “Is there life out there?”  The TV ads all seemed to target young professionals, and even the christian women’s magazines were geared toward working moms.

One day, after having heard one of Beethoven’s symphonies barked for the hundredth time by dog puppets on Sesame Street, Sarah decided it was time to further her education. This would help her feel more secure should unforeseeable calamity strike, and it would help her feel as if she were contributing more to meeting the family’s needs.

In 1994, Sarah packed her backpack with school supplies and headed out the door on a new adventure.

The next few years proved to be exciting and many times nerve racking as we all juggled schedules, tried to meet deadlines, organized activities at church, and scurried to make ball practices.  I had taken on a second job to try to meet expenses so this added to the chaos.  Through it all, I can honestly say that Sarah never once neglected any of her responsibilities as a wife and mother.  In the Fall of 1998, she graduated from Campbellsville University earning a BS degree in middle school education.

This time, she packed her teacher’s bag and headed down the road on a new adventure.

Sarah soon found that in a lot of ways, earning a degree is much easier than landing a job, but persistence and prayer paid off.  Her new position and her accreditation were not an exact fit, so emergency certification through a “5th year degree” proved necessary.  Sarah also knew that eventually she would need to earn her Rank 1, so once she settled into her new role as a teacher, she began working toward a Masters degree in library science.

During these years, we learned by experience that any system controlled by government thrives on bureaucracy and politics. We also learned the financial bottom line and government funding often determine hiring practices, and that the education system is not exempt from such pressures.

In 2010, after 11 years of teaching in several different districts, Sarah found it best to pack away her teacher’s certificates and to head down the road for a new adventure.

The seed for the new adventure was planted when Sarah landed a job as a unit clerk at the community hospital.  She always enjoyed learning the names and uses of various medicines, and has always been very good at providing care for her family when anyone has been ill.  So, in 2011, she began filling in the basic course gaps of her college resume, and applied to the nursing program of Western Kentucky University.  In 2012, she was accepted into the program and took on a full-time course load of studies to fulfill the requirements for an associate’s degree in nursing. All the while, she continued working the night shift as a full-time unit clerk. She excelled enough in her studies to be inducted into the Alpha Delta Nu Nursing Honor Society.

On May 17, 2014, Sarah Waddell, a mother of 5 (2 sons-in-law), and a grandmother of 2, packed her bag once more, this time a nursing bag, and began yet another new adventure.

Since that time, our family has continued to grow, adding a daughter-in-law and two more grandchildren. Sarah works full time as a registered nurse at a regional hospital. She hasn’t slowed down, nor has she ever neglected any of her familial responsibilities.

Indeed, “She believed she could, so she did!”

“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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When Trying To Disprove Noah’s Ark, At Least Be True To The Text Of The Bible.

A few nights ago, I watched a documentary discussing the factual nature of Noah’s ark. The film included video clips of a couple of proposed sites for the resting place of the ark in the Mountains of Ararat. Both skeptic and believing scientists were interviewed.  The believers were presented as basing their faith on nothing but an ancient mythical account.  The skeptics were presented as having both science and history as a foundation for their doubt.  The producers of the film tried to appear neutral in the debate, but by the end of the documentary, it was plain that their goal was to totally discredit the historicity of Noah’s ark.

I am a firm believer in the factual nature of the global flood as presented in the book of Genesis.  Do I believe that either of the proposed sites are the actual resting place of the ark?  It’s possible, but probably not. I don’t fault anyone for trying to prove or disprove the authenticity of these sites.

I do resent efforts to discredit the Genesis account through misrepresentations of the biblical narrative. I also dislike modern scientific experiments purposely designed to create a failed model, and simplistic dismissals of the biblical account based upon our inability to understand the ancients’ skill in accomplishing enormous tasks.

In the documentary, one man expressed doubts that Noah and his sons could have milled enough lumber to have built the ark within 100 years.  He stated Noah and his sons only had soft metal tools at their disposal.  He cut a log, and then split it using wooden wedges and wooden mauls. He used soft metal tools to shape the boards. It took him 10 hours to mill 2 boards which he bound together with ropes made of tree bark. He stated that the ropes were the only type of connectors available at the time. Based upon this demonstration, the conclusion was drawn that it was impossible for Noah and his sons to have constructed the ark.

This demonstration and conclusion misrepresent the biblical narrative in so many ways.  The Bible never says that Noah and his sons milled all of the lumber with their own hands.  It never says that Noah and his sons personally joined every board together with their own hands. The biblical narrative allows for Noah to have contracted some of the milling and construction. Employing others to work with him may very well have been one of the ways in which Noah preached righteousness to the people. (2 Peter 2:5)

The documentary misrepresents the biblical narrative by stating that iron tools and fasteners were not available to Noah. This conclusion is based upon modern man’s timeline concerning the stone age, the bronze age, and the iron age. Within the film, the statement is made that Noah lived in the bronze age and therefore iron would not yet have been discovered or available to him. Yet the Bible plainly states that Tubal-cain, a descendant of Cain, was the forger of all instruments made of bronze and iron. (Genesis 4:22). Tubal-cain either lived before Noah, or they were contemporaries. Either way, Noah would have had access to iron tools and fasteners.

Another “proof” involved an experiment of a scaled model of the ark being hit by waves in a controlled wave-pool.  The plastic model tilted but remained afloat in the initial experiment.  However, an assumption was made that it was impossible for Noah to have totally waterproofed the ark.  This assumption was stated several times in the documentary. In the initial experiment, the model was totally sealed. It could not take on water. So, the experimenters removed the entire top from the model, leaving the full length of the ark exposed to incoming water.  Within seconds, the model had sunk.  This was offered as “proof” that Noah’s ark could not have floated.

Proofs based upon assumptions and lack of knowledge or understanding prove nothing.

Just because we, today, do not know how the ancients accomplished a seemingly impossible feat does not mean they could not do so.  The Giant Pyramids are proof of that fact.

Another factor that needs to be considered is God’s involvement with the construction and the preservation of the ark during the yearlong flood.  Anytime God has required man to build something, he has always provided detailed blueprints and the necessary abilities to accomplish the task.  Consider the tabernacle (Exodus 31:1-11), and Aaron’s priestly garments (Exodus 28:2-3; Exodus 28:4-43). In both cases, God provided the skills needed to follow his blueprints to the letter.

God commissioned a man named Noah to build an ark which God, himself, designed.  It stands to reason that he empowered Noah with the skills to accomplish the task.

As to the preservation of the ark, God shut Noah and his family in the ark (Genesis 7:16) and God remembered Noah and his numerous passengers. (Genesis 8:1) The ark floated and rescued its inhabitants through the power of God, not by the ingenuity of man.

Critical thinking is a must when we are called upon to evaluate evidence.  Both skeptics and believers may be guilty of misrepresenting the evidence or the claims of the opposition. May we never let anyone persuade us to give up our faith through overly simplistic dismissal or misrepresentation of facts.

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Mama, Will You Tell Me A Bedtime Story?

One late night about three years ago, at the Lima (Peru) airport, a young boy was becoming increasingly cranky as the wait for his family’s flight wore on. During one of his displays of irritation, his Spanish speaking mother picked him up, cradled him in her arms, and began to tell him a bedtime story. The young boy’s crying immediately ceased as he became mesmerized by his mother’s comforting tone and dramatic gestures.

I have no idea what the story was about. From her voice inflections and facial expressions, a huge giant or ogre played a key role in it. I imagine it to have been a fairy tale which was native to their culture.

As I watched the mother cuddle her child within her loving embrace, I noticed that his eyes were becoming increasingly heavy, yet they never left her face. Without a doubt, this child had previously experienced the warm embrace of his mother’s arms and the comfort of her expressive voice. It was also quite apparent that as long as she had the power to control the situation, he would experience it again and again throughout his childhood.

These memories will forever form a part of the child’s psyche. When the boy grows up, he may not be able to recall that night’s dramatic presentation, but at some point, a sight, a smell, or a sound will spread a sense of warmth and security over his being. And for a brief moment, he will believe that everything will be alright, just like they were each time he snuggled within his mother’s embrace.

Indeed, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

“The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him . . .an excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels . . .” (Proverbs 31:1-31)

“I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure dwells in you as well.” (2 Timothy 1:5)

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What Do You Do When A Tee Shirt Is Too Good to Throw Away, But You Don’t Like It’s Message?

Several years ago, a man came  by the farm asking if I had any heifers to sell. We talked for a few minutes, and as he began to ease back to the truck, I hesitantly told him that he might want to rearrange his tee shirt because he had it on inside out. He said he knew that he did; that he had purposely put it on that way.

His wife had given him the tee shirt as a joke.  He thought the shirt was too good to throw away, but he didn’t want anyone to see the imprint on the front. It read “Duke Blue Devils”. As a UK Wildcats fan, he could not even bear to think about promoting that rival team.

I understood the man’s intentions.  I appreciated the fact that he could not bear to trash a perfectly good shirt.  I empathized with the fact that he did not want to support or promote the cause of the “enemy.” I understood the dilemma that these two conflicting attitudes had produced within him.

However, by choosing to suffer the embarrassment of wearing the shirt with the wrong side out, he actually had brought even more attention to the message on the shirt.  Each time someone mentioned the fact that he needed to reverse his shirt, he would have to explain the reason behind his choice.

The best way for him to have avoided promoting the “enemy” was trashing the shirt.

Spiritually, we often find ourselves facing this same type of dilemma after we become a christian.  In taking spiritual inventory, we find that we have certain possessions which represent our old beliefs and lifestyles.  We have paid good money for these possessions.  Yet they advertise and promote activities or philosophies in which we no longer engage or agree.

We find ourselves asking, “What do we do with these valuable possessions?”

The temptations are to remove them from sight by placing them in a closet, basement, or vault for safe keeping.  Sometimes we are tempted to sell them, reasoning that what others do with the items is none of our business, and that we can use the money in service to God.

Acts 19:18-20 gives us a prime example of what we need to do with any “valuable” possession which promotes sin.

“18 Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. 19 And a number of those who had practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”

It’s tough to get rid of the past, especially when we spent good money for it, and others will pay good money for the memorabilia. But being rid of the past is far better than continually listening to its skeleton rattle in the closet, or dealing with the dull thump of a telltale heart.

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Satan Conditions His Followers Much The Same As A Horse Trainer Conditions a Horse.

I passed by a horse tied to a fence post at an Amish’s house. The fence was located fairly close to the road. The horse was tied outside the fence. I thought it may have been a visitor’s horse which had been secured so that it could graze.

I was the last vehicle of a short caravan which passed by in swift succession. The horse reacted by nervously prancing and squirming in an effort to break free and run.

On my return trip,  the animal demonstrated the same nervous efforts to free itself. I realized that the rope securing the horse was not long enough to allow for grazing. The owner had purposely placed the horse near the road so that it could experience some close encounters with motorized vehicle traffic.  He was hoping that the controlled encounters would condition the horse to the sights and sounds of cars and trucks, so that when called upon to pull a family buggy down the highway, the animal would not bolt or nervously veer off the pavement each time an automobile passed by. 

The instincts of the horse correctly produced a fear of the dangerous vehicles. But the trainer wanted the horse to overcome those fears through repetitious exposure in a relatively safe and controlled environment.  The more the horse experienced cars and trucks passing by him without hurting him, the more likely he would come to accept the automobiles as just another animal and the encounters as harmless, natural occurrences of life.

Spiritually, there are many things in this world to which both natural instincts and taught morals correctly produce concern and fear. These activities are dangerous and run a high risk of causing major emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual damage to our lives.  Satan realizes that he cannot immediately throw us into close encounters with these hazards or we will follow our instincts and run.

What does he do?

He lures us through the gate and secures us just outside the fence, so that we can repetitiously experience several moderate close encounters with the threats in a controlled environment.  He does not want these initial encounters to adversely affect us. He knows that over time, we will begin to accept his insistence that these things aren’t really dangers, but just a natural part of life. He knows that through repetitious exposure, we will believe him when he says that true freedom means running along side those involved in the dangerous activities.

Some times we survive numerous close encounters without being affected. But many times, those original fears prove to be true, and that which we so nervously initially tried to flee destroys us in a head-on collision.

“1 My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; 2 keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; 3 bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” and call insight your intimate friend, 5 to keep you from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words. 6 For at the window of my house I have looked out through my lattice, 7 and I have seen among the simple, I have perceived among the youths, a young man lacking sense, 8 passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house 9 in the twilight, in the evening, at the time of night and darkness. 10 And behold, the woman meets him, dressed as a prostitute, wily of heart. 11 She is loud and wayward; her feet do not stay at home; 12 now in the street, now in the market, and at every corner she lies in wait. 13 She seizes him and kisses him, and with bold face she says to him, 14 “I had to offer sacrifices, and today I have paid my vows; 15 so now I have come out to meet you, to seek you eagerly, and I have found you. 16 I have spread my couch with coverings, colored linens from Egyptian linen; 17 I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. 18 Come, let us take our fill of love till morning; let us delight ourselves with love. 19 For my husband is not at home; he has gone on a long journey; 20 he took a bag of money with him; at full moon he will come home.” 21 With much seductive speech she persuades him; with her smooth talk she compels him. 22 All at once he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as a stag is caught fast 23 till an arrow pierces its liver; as a bird rushes into a snare; he does not know that it will cost him his life. 24 And now, O sons, listen to me, and be attentive to the words of my mouth. 25 Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths, 26 for many a victim has she laid low, and all her slain are a mighty throng. 27 Her house is the way to Sheol, going down to the chambers of death. ” (Proverbs 7:1-27)

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Faith: The Gift We Express And Exercise Every Day Even If We Do Not Believe In God

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

It takes faith to book a flight to a place which you have never visited or seen.  You book the flight because you have heard from others that the place exists.

It takes faith to board a plane being flown and operated by a host of strangers.  By faith, you trust that all the agents involved in the safe operation of the flight have been sufficiently trained, that they can aptly perform their duties, and that they are passionate about assuring your safety.  By faith, you sit for hours in a manmade box as it is propelled through the air at an alarming rate of speed.  During that time, you never know for certain your current location or your plotted path of travel.  By faith, you confidently and joyfully exit the plane when a voice from a PA system announces, “You have reached your intended destination.”

Faith is meeting and greeting a young couple whom you have never met before as if they are family because you know that you share a common bond; the blood of Christ.  Faith is entrusting your wellbeing and safety in their hands as you barrel down the “wrong” side of a long stretch of dark highway which penetrates deeply into the unfamiliar landscape.  Faith is unwaveringly believing that they know where they are going, that they can safely take you there, and that they have only your best interest at heart.

Faith on their part is welcoming you into their home.  Faith is believing that you have come to their home with the pure intentions of sharing God’s word with the people they have grown to love in this new land.  It is believing that you are genuine in your confession of love for the Lord.  It is believing that you have truly incorporated the love of Christ into your heart so that you will exhibit nothing but kindness, gentleness, love, and compassion, both to them and their loved ones.

As you interact with the people of this unfamiliar land, faith places total confidence in the ability and the sincerity of your assigned language translator. Even though you have just met him, you believe that the translator will faithfully convey the true meaning and feeling of your words to your intended party. You believe that he will help you avoid inadvertently angering one of the natives of the land.  You are confident that the translator will faithfully help you to understand the response of the third party involved in the conversation.  Faith walks away from a conversation believing that the mediator intentionally and successfully accomplished his duties.

We practice faith every day.  Faith does more than just believe. Faith acts. Faith entrusts. Faith demonstrates. Faith hopes.

The above illustrations demonstrate that this is what faith does when it deals with people.

Faith responds the same way when it comes to a relationship with God.  Faith does more than believe.

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Faith acts in obedience to God. By faith Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice. (Hebrews 11:4). By faith Noah prepared an ark to the saving of his household. (Hebrews 11:7). By faith Abraham left his homeland and went to a place which he had never been. (Hebrews 11:8) By faith, we obey the gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 5:8-9; Romans 16:25-27)

Faith entrusts itself to the will of God. It submits to the will of God, even though it may not understand God’s plan. (Psalm 25:1-3; Psalm 119:33-40)

Faith demonstrates to the world the joy of believing in the Almighty God and his Savior. (Matthew 5:13-16)

Faith hopes for the fulfillment of all of God’s promises. (Romans 5:1-11)

Faith is an absolute necessity of life. We express and exercise it every day that we live, even if we do not believe in God. Life would be unbearable without faith.

But our faith must extend past a belief in mankind if we are to fully enjoy this life and anticipate our eternal existence.

“Without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and must believe that he rewards those who seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6).

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Now Why Did I Take That Picture? Oh Yeah! Now I Remember.

Take a moment to look at the above featured picture attached to this post.

Now take a moment to look at each of the other pictures attached to this post.

Do you see it?

Do you see the one element that is common to all the photos? 

That shared object is the intended focal point of each shot.

I’m sure some of you immediately saw it.  Others of you probably scanned the photos for a moment or two before connecting the common element.

It’s the mountain.  That beautiful, majestic peak looming in the background of each snapshot.  Once you’ve seen it, you can’t miss it.

Yet, if you are like me, immediately focusing on the mountain while quickly scanning each photo may have proven difficult.


One reason may have been all the clutter at the forefront of each presentation; a tree, a fence post, a well-manicured lawn stretching toward beautiful trees and rows of coffee bushes.

Another reason may have been our tendency to automatically focus on elements which represent a personal interest or which brings forth a fond memory.  For me, the long furrows in the 40 acres plowed field draw my attention away from the mountain.  A man pulling a 3-bottom, mounted plow with a 60 HP Massey Ferguson tractor completed the turning of the soil shortly after we arrived in Arusha.  At least 6 men spent the remainder of our visit breaking apart the clods with heavy duty garden hoes; in essence, they were disking the 40 acres by hand.

In at least two of the photos, the heavy cloud cover which hides the peak may have been the reason some of us initially missed the mountain.

This exercise illustrates the difficulty we sometimes experience in identifying the message intended by a work of art or a work of literature.

It also helps us to appreciate the difficulty we sometimes have in conceptualizing and understanding the message God has revealed through His Word.

God has one theme which runs throughout the Bible –  His intention of bringing each member of mankind back into a relationship with him through the loving sacrifice of his son.

As we read the story of God’s redemptive plan, we sometimes have difficulty understanding it because our lives are filled with interests and memories which pull our focus away from the Almighty. We may look for the meaning of the story, but our love of work, entertainment, the ocean, or the mountains keep pulling our eyes away from Jesus.

For others of us, our cares and concerns in this world sometimes hide the Bible’s primary focal point from our view, much like the clouds in the photos hide the mountain from view.

That’s why we need Sundays.  That’s why we need the church.  That’s why we need worship and fellowship. That’s why we need Bible study. That’s why we need to purposely focus upon the word picture God painted.

Did you see the mountain?  In each of the snapshots, it majestically rises above the landscape, yet it is almost camouflaged.

Can you see the Savior?  He majestically rises in each verse of his revealed story. Yet sometimes our love for this world hides Him from our view.

The key is to keep looking.  Once you see Him, it will be difficult to ever miss him again.

“1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

“25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” (Luke 24:25-26)

“18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” (1 Peter 1:18-21)

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Was That A Different Moon Shining In Africa Than The Moon I Have Seen All My Life Shining Over Kentucky?

“Look at that moon!”

Over the past ten days, I and several more men from America have been blessed with the opportunity to preach the gospel in Arusha, Tanzania, in eastern Africa.

During our stay, we explained Paul’s teachings in 1 Corinthians at a leadership conference to 200 or more people from at least 6 nations.  We also preached at several different congregations of the Lord’s church during their worship services. A couple of days during our stay, we traveled to some of the more remote areas of the country to teach the gospel to the people in their homes or at their places of business.

One evening, as we exited the conference, a man pointed eastward and exclaimed, “Look at that moon!”

A full moon rose above the horizon.  It appeared larger than normal and shone brightly upon the landscape.  The moon’s beauty was enchanting, but the circumstances surrounding the view made it even more captivating. We were standing several thousands of miles from home, in a country to which we had never traveled. The flora and fauna were strange to us. We were surrounded by people of a different culture who spoke a different language.

Yet in all of this, we were surrounded by the evidence of God’s existence and God’s love.

The flora and fauna demonstrated the power of God.  It’s complexity and design reminded us daily that we are beautifully and wonderfully made.

We were enjoying fellowship with men and women who love the God of heaven and who want to know his will so that they might obey it and teach it to others. They desire to base their faith and hope upon the one truth of the Bible. These people want to be family.  They want to be unified into one body in Christ, not only with their fellow Christians in Africa, but also with their fellow brethren in America and throughout the world.

As we observed that beautiful full moon shining on the African landscape, it provided a vivid reminder of God’s existence and love for all mankind.  That moon is the same moon which shines at night on every part of the world. That night, people all over the world witnessed at least a portion of that same beautiful and powerful manifestation of God’s love and provision for us. People in the United States, Russia, China, Australia, and Guam looked up to the sky and saw that same moon on that same night.

Just as God has created one light to rule over the night for every person on this earth (Genesis 1:14-19; Deuteronomy 4:19), so he has provided one Lord and savior for every person on this earth.  God gave his Son to be the sacrifice for all mankind. (1 John 2:1-6).  He is the savior of a dairyman herding his cattle to the milk barn in southcentral Kentucky as well as the tribal herdsmen guiding their goats and cattle across the dry African plains.  He is the savior of the successful business woman flagging down a cab on the streets of New York as well as the sweat covered woman carrying a sack of grain on her head down a dirt trail in the middle nowhere.

God gave us one moon to light our way at night. It matters not where we live on this planet, when we look to the sky and observe that bright full circle of light, we are all marveling at the same moon.

In the same way, God gave us all one Savior.  It matters not where we live on this planet, nor in which culture we are reared, if we want to have fellowship with God and his people, then we must all be saved by the blood of the Son.

“1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” (1 John 2:1-6)

“11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:11-12)

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