Friday, March 27, 2015

Bridge Out Ahead!

Mark 16:16 English Standard Version (ESV)
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Isaiah 55:6-7 New International Version (NIV)
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Hebrews 10:24-27 English Standard Version (ESV)
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.

Acts 22:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’

Ephesians 6:19 English Standard Version (ESV)
19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,

I witness a little like this sign does, pointing out the inconsequential, while nearly hiding the consequential.  I should be shouting, "THE BRIDGE IS OUT AHEAD!  STOP!  CHANGE YOUR DIRECTION AND YOU WILL BE SAVED!" I need a holy boldness, the willingness to share the Gospel even if others think me strange.  It feels safer to be an in-house Christian, sharing with others who are like minded, singing in their choir, teaching their children, perhaps going so far as to invite a neighbor to Easter Service or a Christmas program, and feeling a little, somewhat shamefully, relieved if they don't accept. Some call it life style evangelism, the hope that our Christian lifestyle will somehow rub off on our neighbors.  I learned this week that a nephew is actively seeking out and bringing homeless people into his home for a night's sleep.   Now that's bold and I love him for it; even if it's something I'd be afraid to do.  He's worker on the bridge Jesus build between God and man.  I could learn from him.

I like this bold song by Buddy Miller and the Blind Boys of Alabama are always good.

Fall On The Rock - Buddy Miller 

Jesus Built a Bridge to Heaven - The Blind Boys of Alabama

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