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"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision." (Joel 2:14 NIV)
In the summer of 2001, our move to Cedar Key was much like what most preacher families go through around the country. All our belongings, which consists of way too many books, periodicals, old sermon outlines along with our household goods and personal belongings were loaded on a rental truck. Some last minute items were packed in the car that was on a trailer pulled behind the truck.
That older Pontiac Parisian was in pretty good shape except for needing constant mechanical attention.When you live in Cedar Key and want to visit folks in the hospital, hospice or rehabilitation center, it is necessary to make a little trip. We had confidence in that older car even though a few nice folks in town and the area had already come to our rescue on more than one occasion.
A while after we had been in town, one member of our congregation was concerned that we didn't have a very good automobile, so he made a donation and a few others pitched in and the next thing you know they were pushing us to buy a newer and more economical car. This was a very kind and generous thing for them to do. Especially since we never once suggested to anyone that we needed or wanted a new car.
We quickly discovered that we didn't have enough money to purchase a new automobile, so we began to look at late model used cars.We used the Internet until we were familiar with all the popular car shopping and information sites. We also learned that you can get information on inventory that local dealers have on their lots or at their disposal. We then turned to visiting a few area car dealers to learn how the pricing was working on used cars.
Galina and I both laughed at how difficult it must be for rich people to figure out what to do with all their money. Here we had money burning a hole in our pockets, and we were almost stymied in making a decision. There are so many choices of cars! Granddaddy Binkley was proud to wear his 50-year diamond pin for selling Ford cars, tractors and trucks.I could hear him saying to people as he tapped his big hand on the hood - "It's what's under the hood that counts!" We finally made a choice based on price, what was under the hood, good gas mileage, resale value, comfort and style.
Our country is going through another important time in its history. Each person of voting age is called upon to make a choice for the one person who will ultimately be held responsible for what is good and what is bad about our country over the next four years.After the period of primaries and conventions is finally over, voters must make their mind up on who should be the President of the United States of America.
A person must meet certain qualifications in order to vote. First of all, a person must be a Citizen of the United States. This does not include those who are here on a "Green Card" or Permanent Resident Alien status. There is the age requirement for the voter just as there is an age requirement for the one seeking the office of President.In Florida the voter must be 18 years old. You must also be a resident of Florida and registered to vote. Further, if you have ever been convicted of a felony, you must have your voting rights restored before registering to vote.When you meet all the requirements, it is time to make a decision.
As creatures of intelligence, we are able to consider various elements of evidence that is presented to us and make a rational choice that we are willing to say with confidence that we believe we figured out the truth. Of course, it is also possible for intelligent people to be careless in dealing with truth, or perhaps even indifferent to the importance of truth, and make a choice that is not based upon discoverable facts.
If we decide to take a walk one morning down our beautiful little pristine beach area at the city park, we may see some footprints in the sand. Upon examination, we see that the footprints were from a person, and moreover, one who was likely wearing some type of sandal. We may correctly conclude that someone was walking there before we arrived.
Whenever I glance at my precision made, wind-up Russian watch, my mind concludes that some person or persons worked diligently to come up with the design specifications for this instrument so that others could manufacture it and it would operate according to the designers plans. I do not need to see the designer of the watch or the person who made it to believe it was designed and manufactured. The evidence speaks for itself.
Consider the house you live in or the building where you work. Doesn't the fact that the building exists convince you that someone drew up the plans, and some person or persons worked to complete the construction project in accordance with the plans? The Bible phrases it this way, "For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything." (Hebrews 3:4 NIV)
God is the grand designer and builder of the entire universe and all life. Human beings are the product of God's genius. The fact that we live, move, feel and think should be proof enough to convince us that we are not merely the product of an accident. The same God, who created us, has not left us to grope around for to discover how to have eternal life. The Bible is the Word of God and contains answers to man's deepest questions - especially those about living forever.
The apostle Paul was in Athens, the ancient Greek city that was home to many philosophies of learning.. Paul concluded his great discourse to these people who were reverting to pagan worship. "Therefore, since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone - an image made by man's design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead." (Acts 17:29-31 NIV) The most important decision in your life is to consider all the evidence from God and repent of all sins and choose to follow Jesus home to paradise.
You are encouraged to attend the services of the Church of Christ at the corner of 3rd and E Streets. Write me with any questions or comments. David Binkley, Sr., P.O. Box 186, Cedar Key, FL 32625 or E-mail at email@example.com. You may also request to receive the daily WORD OF THE DAY by e-mail. Check out our web site at www.cedarkeychurchofchrist.com