Yesterday was a day of catching up on emails (79) while I was out and, simultaneously, listening to the upgraded reports of the tragic campus shootings in Virginia. One of the emails requested I quit using Jeff Walling, Rick Atchley, and Max Lucado on the workshop due to their unscriptural stances; especially in the realm of instrumental music. My response to the inquiring preacher was succinct in expressing gratitude for these three men who fearlessly refrain from tickling the ears of the traditionalists....and my full intent to capitalize upon their powerful, effective, and "hopeful in Christ" preaching.
Surely we all know Jeff, Rick, Max, the inquiry preacher, and I have enough personal glitches about us that God calls them sin and Jesus was beaten as a dog because of each of us. Surely we know there is need in every man to be transformed again today as if we had never met God before.
What this does is reminds us to spend our meager time on this earth giving off light and life to a world which comes tumbling down. Does anyone think the families of the 30+ dead really care about who I put on the workshop program? Do you really believe the question at the morgue is, Was she a cappella?
As was initially true in the early Garden remains true today: distraction is a satanic scheme. Keep your eyes focused on Kingdom Life issues and refuse to become distracted by nagging and whining issues which matter little in the overall scheme of men and women dying without having heard the name of Jesus.
Blessings as you keep building Life in others. This matters!