June, 2014


“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lamp stands. I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lamp stand from its place. Revelation 2


Passion seemed to be the topic of my weekend. I watched a lot of baseball and softball. I watched with passion, teams playing passionately. Then on Sunday my pastor talked about passion. It has made me consider what it takes to have passion.

I’m a passionate Florida Gator fan. That’s pretty easy to explain. I graduated from Florida Law School. My undergraduate degree was obtained from Pepperdine without ever attending class on that campus. So Florida is my only “real” college. I am a passionate Cajun fan. I went to UL, USL actually. I follow all their sports closely. I listen to local sports radio daily. So that passion is understandable.

My wife used to  be a pretty passionate (okay maybe just mildly interested) UL basketball fan. She knew the family of one of the players years ago and that flamed her passion. My daughter and granddaughter were big time Ice Gator fans when hockey first hit Lafayette. At the time my daughter was a resident manager of the apartment complex where the team lived. They knew all the players. That explained their avid interest and passion.

I conclude that passion is personal. Consider the passion of romantic love. It is very personal. It’s a bit sad as life goes on and kids come and mortgages and careers, the personal relationship tends to take a back seat. Our fascination and total focus on the object of our affection wanes and passion falls.

I think that’s what the message to the church in Ephesus is all about. That church had the theology right. They worked hard. They stood against persecution. They forgot what it’s all about: Jesus. The first love of our Christian walk is Jesus. I once belonged to a great church. It was very unique. There was lots of love among the members. Everyone got to love the church so much that Jesus took a second place. Eventually their lamp stand was removed. That church no longer exists.

We are created for relationship with God. When we realize that such a relationship is possible it ignites our passion. As relationship deepens, as we learn more about Him, the passion is fired. The danger is that we get caught up in the mechanics of Christianity and church life. We start to worry more about theology than relationship.  Like married life, in church life we can get caught up in business, lose focus on relationship and passion wanes.

Joy in this life doesn’t come from being a Christian. It comes from following Jesus passionately. The more we know Him, the more we walk with Him, the more our passion is fueled. If you passion isn’t what it should be, stop what you’re doing. Get yourself alone with Him and rediscover how He’s all you need. Persecution and hardship, but also passion and joy will follow. It’s all worth it.

New World Order

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21: 2-4 NIV

“I believe we and mainly you have an incredible opportunity to lead in shaping a new world order for the twenty-first century in a way consistent with American interests and common interests,” Vice Pres. Biden said this week to the 995 members of the Air Force Academy class of 2014. Biden and many others seem to believe that a New World Order is something man can create.  “New World Order” is an interesting phrase. Conspiracy theorist have for decades claimed that a secret group of powerful men are working toward a one world government that will be a “New World Order.”  The phrase strikes a positive chord with a world that is tired of the way things are and is convinced that things could be better. 

The world is certainly out-of-order. Evil is called “good.” In the countries where Christianity once blossomed, churches are empty or turned into mosques. The church is most vibrant in places that just a generation ago were mission fields. In those places, it’s dangerous to be a Christian. It’s not the “in” thing. It means pain, crying, mourning and death.

When men get a little power they begin to believe they could fix everything, if only they could be in “complete” control. It’s not surprising since most of us believe that we can fix our own lives if only we had complete control. Control in the hands of God is the only solution. He has given us a period of free will for us to find this out on our own, but it won’t always be that way.

One day there will be a New World Order. It won’t be what Vice President Biden envisions. It won’t be brought about by powerful men, their money or their armies. It won’t happen because the “right” men seize complete control. It will happen because God seizes control and dwells with His people.

John was a favorite of Jesus. In his last days, he lived in a world like today’s. Evil was called “good.” Christians were slaughtered. Times were bad. Jesus comforted him with a vision and a promise. One day the world will be in order. Heaven will be on earth. God will dwell with His people. He will wipe  every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. The old order of things will have passed away and a New World Order will arrive. Even now, in the “old” order, peace and joy is possible if we acknowledge and surrender control. 

The New World Order can’t come soon enough. Mr. Biden, you won’t have a thing to do with it.

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