Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

When Fathers are among the constellation of heroes in our lives, God’s best plans are working. God intended for fathers to be heroes for their children. Fathers do this best by living & modeling God’s ways as the way for their children to live.  

 

Consequently, the pathway of heroes in general – and the high calling of Fathers in particular – is highlighted in the Scriptures.  God inspired the biblical stories to be written in light of people’s strengths & weaknesses, which means we are entrusted to learn from their successes & failures.

 

Nowhere is this more evident than in the lives of King Saul & his son, Jonathan, and King David & his son, Solomon.

 

Saul was a double-minded man because his heart was divided.  He trusted God, but didn’t trust God. He was glad to be King, but resented God for anointing him as King.  He loved Jonathan, but didn’t trust Jonathan’s love for David.  Saul cared for David, but feared David’s popularity with the people. Saul passed on his best characteristics to Jonathan, but felt inferior when Jonathan’s best surpassed his own best.  Lessons learned by Jonathan became lessons applied, which is why he became a great hero.

 

David was a shepherd boy who became Israel’s greatest King.  However, his self-inflicted character flaws put his children at risk.  His sons & daughters would need to learn equally from what their father did right and what he did wrong.  However, when David’s life was headed in the wrong direction, he would listen to his heart love for God, and then correct his behavior. Read More »

Posted on 26 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Parenting, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

Promising to trust God’s promises changes us.

 

Because God’s promises then mark the pathway we travel, which is what led David to confront Goliath. He entered the Valley of Elah as an errand boy for his father.  He delivered food to his three oldest brothers who were serving in King Saul’s army against the Philistines.  David trusted God’s promise to “honor his father and mother.”

 

Once there he realized that Saul and his men were terrorized by the taunts of a giant named Goliath. David did not understand why his fellow countrymen were unwilling to confront the giant.  Was Goliath bigger than God?  No!  Then the giant needed to be viewed through God’s eyes, not men’s eyes.  David had such eyesight and could see Goliath for what he was and was not.  David trusted the same promise that had led to his being anointed as Israel’s future king:

 

“… the Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) Read More »

Posted on 10 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Motivation, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, edited by Dee DeWitt

While riding down the highway years ago, Ruth Graham noticed a sign beside the road: “End of construction – Thank you for your patience.”  With a smile, she said that those were the words she wanted on her gravestone.  After she passed away, her request was honored.

 

Today when you visit her gravesite on the grounds of the Billy Graham library, you will see that her epitaph is also connected to the Chinese character for righteousness. 

 

With the end in sight, we can work today to realize God’s great hopes for our lives…

 

As King David learned and Ruth Graham understood, our success in the holy endeavor of living is only possible through God’s gracious empowerment. There is a wise saying, “If you want to make God laugh then tell Him your plans.”  But we also recall the biblical proverb “where there is no vision the people perish.”  Consequently our only way forward is with an attitude of bold humility.

 

We sense the direction of God’s leadership but humbly relinquish any sense of controlling the outcome.  But only by boldly pursuing the possibilities can we discover by experience what is actually possible.  And only by trying, can we advance to a vantage point where we can see more clearly what God’s best hopes actually are for us.

 

We know that course corrections will be required along the way.  However we prefer to endeavor a successful future by intentionally thinking about the future rather than to guarantee failure by not trusting God enough to see what is possible. Read More »

Posted on 5 July, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor,Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

God inspired the Bible to be written so we could live inspired lives by reading the Bible. And from this we can know how to share the good news of God’s love with others.

 

The Bible’s Trustworthiness.  The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years, by more than 40 authors living on three continents, in several languages, around God’s central theme of salvation.

 

The Bible has been under more scrutiny than any other book, for the longest period of time, and proven itself time and again to be God’s trustworthy promise for our lives.  The authority of Scripture means the word of God reveals the ways of God so the people of God can know how to live.  Covering more subjects than any other book, except a dictionary or encyclopedia, the Bible is God’s message for our daily living.

 

The Bible is organized into 66 individual books, containing 1,189 chapters.  The Old Testament has 39 books with a total of 929 chapters and the New Testament has 27 books with 260 chapters.  The Bible is divided into 31,101 verses, with the Old Testament having 23,144; verses and the New Testament having 7,957 verses.  Psalm 117 is the Bible’s shortest chapter and Psalm 119 is the Bible’s longest chapter.  John 11:35, “Jesus wept” is the Bible’s shortest verse and with 68 words, Revelation 20:4 is the New Testament’s longest verse.  All of which is interesting without being life-changing.

 

The power for transformation comes by our being in a personal relationship with God, who then inspires us to ask, understand and apply the meaning of each verse. Read More »

Posted on 5 June, 2010 in Motivation, Spirituality
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Because God loves you, God cares for you … and through His care, you are equipped to care for others.  This “Jesus style” of caring is called compassion.  And by Christ’s compassion you can help to create a more just world.

 

Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

One of the most dramatic sea stories ever written is told in Acts 27.  Though Luke’s detailed accuracy was the best from his day, what astounds us is how one of the passengers in the story trusted God enough to care enough to turn a shipwreck into a triumph.

 

The passenger’s name was Paul.  He was being transported as a prisoner from Caesarea of Israel to stand trial before Caesar in Rome. Luke, as a fellow believer, friend and attending physician – cared enough for Paul & the gospel that he voluntarily chose to make the journey. 

 

From this story, we see how caring connects us to other people.  And as we feel Christ’s compassion, we can make a Christ like difference by how we enact our caring.  And by enough Christians caring, we release God’s mercy so the world around us can be more loving, trusting, and just.

 

How can we apply this in our lives? Read More »

Posted on 11 May, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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