Friday, June 26, 2015

The World Is Not Going to Hell


The world is not going to end just because 5 out of 9 chief justices voted for same-sex marriage in America.  Your world may end because of this, but my God is still around. 

The world will not end because Russia is selling Iran and Syria some nuclear components.  Your world may end because of this, but my God is healthy and as concerned as ever. 

You see, I’ve read all the way to the end of
Revelations.  Our side wins in the end.  If you don’t believe me, check it out for yourself. 

We may not like a certain position, ruling or slant taken on any of a hundred decisions in our government, and this applies to my readers in Japan, Russia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, and points beyond and in between, but God is still on duty.  He still has His eyes on the world, not just America. 

How dare we throw in the towel over any ruling mankind dares to make that is counter to our own philosophies or contrary to what we perceive to be God’s ways of managing the affairs of this world? 

Where is your trust placed?  In whom are you abiding?  What doctrine are you reading, or which philosophy are you following?

My favorite verse in the Bible takes on a whole new meaning in light of today's world events. 

“For surely, without a doubt, I know the plans I have for you, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”
~Jeremiah 29:11

If God indeed has a plan for ALL of us, then we continue to trust His plan.  We continue to believe God has not abandoned us; He hasn’t even left the building, or taken a nap.

Will life get more difficult?  Perhaps.  Will persecution increase?  Perhaps. 

And the big question is this:  Will God be with us in the middle of all this madness?



Note this.  God has a message for all of us.

I (God) have told you these things so that you may find peace in me.  You will have troubles in this world.  Be encouraged, take heart, and hold on.  I have overcome the world.”
~John 26:33 (PMB paraphrase)


Triple Wow!

Did you get that? 

Get it.
              Understand it.
                                            Believe it!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, June 18, 2015

God Sucks

Jimmy turned toward me.  His beefy face, stale cigarette breath and thick-lensed-glasses were just a mere 5 inches from my face when he said these words.  I was a college kid, working afternoons in a Kroger grocery store in Donelson, TN. 

I was a good little Christian, attending a Christian college nearby.  Jimmy and I had had a few conversations about God in the past, and I knew he had some rather severe points of view about God that didn’t exactly jell with my own thoughts, and I had prayed for him a time or two in days gone by.

On this particular Thursday night, I guess I pushed a wrong button in Jimmy and that is what caused this outburst.

“GOD SUCKS” he said, and he stretched the words out, and emphasized the last word a bit more strongly.

I don’t know what happened to Jimmy.  A short time later I left that store, and never saw him again.  Down through the years I’ve pondered his words.

My point is this …

God has survived Jimmy’s words about His character.  My idea of God has survived Jimmy’s and other’s assault on God as I know Him. 

Can you handle that?

God is not diminished by any one person’s rants, ravings, chants, Bible burnings, even church burnings and the martyrdom of believers around the world.

God’s nature is still intact. 

God has survived the rights and wrongs of your life and mine.  He has survived the ugly scars that might decorate your body, and He certainly has survived all the thoughts, good and bad, that have traveled through your mind and mine.

And God is surviving all that is happening in our world today.  The news paints a dismal picture, but God is still rising above it all.  He is not diminished in any way.  His power of redemption is not stopped at any border, or by any gun or sword that is raised in protest.

This post is really about our view of God rather than the things that are despairingly said of Him.  He survives it all, and in His time of choosing, He has acted and will continue to act as serves His greater purpose and timeline.

Allow your God concept accept that.

Can you and I allow God to be God and trust that He is working all things for the good?

Even though we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, God is with us.  That is a hard and fast promise I trust.

A confession:
I used that title simply to suck you into this post.  And if it brings you enlightenment, that is good.  The story is true.  Jimmy is his real name and he was a real person. 

The rest of the story is still being written.  I think God wants to stretch our confidence factor in Him.  The world can distort, confuse, blame, condemn and cast out God in whatever forms or rules it chooses to use, yet God is not diminished.  His hand is not shortened.  His power is not limited in any way.

That is the message I leave with you for now.

In Revelation 1:8 we find …
I (God) am Alpha (the beginning) and Omega (the end).  I am the one who is, who was, and who is to come – the Almighty One!

Do we trust?

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Rock and the Hard Place

I’ll just tell you right up front – this is a message of hope, if you have the guts to endure.  So lace up your shoes and hang on.

There is an amazing little verse in the Bible that says this.

“The Lord will fight for you;
you need only to be still.”
~Exodus 14:14

Can you believe that one?  In a society where we are encouraged to fight, to defend our ground, to claim our rights and our place in line, this verse tells us to do exactly the opposite. 

Here is the rest of the story. 
The people of God, the Israelites, are being pursued by the Egyptians all the way to the Red Sea.  They have reached the water’s edge and there is nowhere to go.  They are on the verge of panic and a rebellion.  They only have a small margin of a lead on their pursuers and now this.  It appears a watery grave will be their end.

But wait … there’s more.

Moses, the leader of the pack, stands up and says, “Stop your jabbering.  You just wait and see what happens next.  These pursuers – the Egyptians – will never be heard from again.  The Lord, God himself, will fight for you.  Keep your mouths shut.”

What I really wanted to write was “SHUT UP!”  That is the strong version of what Moses said.  Be quiet.  Calm down.  Be still.  Wait and see.

They had come up against the proverbial rock and a hard place and they didn’t like it one bit. 

Who could blame them?  I wouldn’t like it, and neither would you.

And now comes the part about “The Lord will fight for you.”

He put a dark cloud in front of the Egyptians, and He caused a strong wind to separate the waters of the Red Sea and make a path for His band, the Israelites, to walk through on dry ground. 

You got that?  In other words, God performed one of the most amazing miracles of deliverance the world has ever seen. 

He made a way where there was no way.  He created something out of nothing. 

And they got through.  The Israelites got through to safety.  Look up this passage for yourself and see what happened to the pursuers if you like.  Tonight we are focusing on the miracle of deliverance in the middle of the hard place. 

Got your hard place?  Don’t know where to turn?  Are you befuddled, confused, out of sorts, disturbed, troubled? 

Maybe God is saying to you and me the same thing.

“I your Lord will fight for you;
you need only to be still.”
~Exodus 14:14

The hard part is for us to be quiet. 

It is called TRUST!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Doing life in the Right Key

I have spent much of my life as a musician.  I enjoy great music in a variety of genres. 
As a musician, I fully appreciate playing and singing a song in the right key. 

Carolyn is a very accomplished pianist, and she can play just about any song in any key desired.  She is a fabulous accompanist.

Let me tell you a story. 

During my college days I directed the music program for my Dad’s church in Lewisburg, Tennessee.  Every Sunday, for two years, I made the fifty-three mile trip down to Lewisburg to direct music for the church.  Often I would take a college friend or two down with me, usually to sing or play in the service. 

Every seventh Sunday we were asked to broadcast our church services over WJJM, the local radio station.  On these Sundays Dad wanted the music to be extra special.

On one particular broadcast Sunday I took my two best friends down with me -- Harold Ivan Smith and Michael B. Ross.  We formed a trio and practiced the song “I’m a Child of the King” as our special for this particular Sunday.  Harold accompanied us. 

We rehearsed a few times, decided on the perfect key and made the fifty-three mile trip down to Lewisburg, my home town. 

When it came time for us to sing, we took our places around the piano, my father placed the microphone on the piano and Harold began his introduction.  We soon realized that Harold had forgotten the exact key we had practiced in and had us off into some strange, lower key.  We sang, actually it was more like a growl, because of the lower key, yet we somehow managed to make it to the end of the song. 

That was a funny moment, and it has given Harold, Mike and I a lot of laughs.  Harold dubbed us “The Three Bears Trio”, since that is what we sounded like as we growled out the song in a too-low key.

Even as I sit keying in this story, I’m laughing out loud remembering this incident.  What a great story for a lifetime. 

Here’s the application.

Boys and girls, life needs to be played in the right key.  Here is what is on my mind.

Carolyn and I will have our 9th wedding anniversary in September.  We both want to play in the right key to help keep our marriage strong and alive.  We don’t want to go off on a solo binge or try and ad lib in some other strange key. 

I work in a bank.  There are rules, guidelines and regulations that must be followed or I’m in big trouble.  You will find a lot of people in bank work who play in the right key.

I drive the freeways of Seattle.  I have to play in the right key as the other traffic or I could cause a big and serious traffic jam, or accident.

Our health needs to be played in the right key.  For a few years now, Carolyn and I make it to the gym early in the morning.  My body needs this in so many healthful ways.  If I stopped, I would get off key real fast and the cacophony would hurt my ears, metaphorically speaking, and my life would be in a train wreck.

Now, you are a bright reader, and you’ve understood the intent of this post.

My encouragement to you – Go play in the right key, Always!

P Michael Biggs
Offering Hope
Encouragement Inspiration
One Word at a Time