I Am Concerned

Today’s Journey Through the Bible Readings
Leviticus 1-3; Matthew 24:1-28

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32 “Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 In the same way, when you see all these things, you know that the Human One is near, at the door. 34 I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away (Matthew 24:32-35, Common English Bible).

I am concerned. I have memories as a kid with the Boy Scouts going along Highway 90 in Southwest Houston picking up litter. I am concerned. When in the Navy I remember seeing a film from petroleum products across miles of ocean. I am concerned. When it is clear the polar ice caps are melting and endangered polar bears are drowning because they can’t climb out of the water onto the ice. I am concerned. I am concerned about the cloud of air pollution that regularly sits over the City of Houston.

Yes, I am concerned. I am concerned about all these things and more. I fail to understand how, when we see all these things happening, we can say there are no problems in our environment. I am concerned that we seem to become the proverbial ostrich with our heads in the sand. Still, these are not my greatest concern.

Verse 35 of our lesson from Matthew there are two things that are clear. We have them in Jesus’ words. First, this world will pass away. Will it be those things I mentioned concern me that bring the end to this world? God didn’t put me in charge of that department. Jesus clearly says no one knows when but I think the circumstances could be included with that. And, I think we have a responsibility to be stewards of the planet, including the environment. Could God hold us responsible for our lack of leadership? I don’t think I want to find out. We might want to rethink our poor stewardship of God’s creation.

But, these environmental issues are not what concerns me most. Actually, it is in the last half of verse 35. Jesus says, “But my words certainly will not pass away.” You might ask, “Keith, why does this concern you? It sounds like a good thing, God’s word will not pass away.” Well, that God’s word will not pass away also would mean it isn’t going away. Friends, we don’t do so well in sharing that word in the world around us. We, who are charged with making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, don’t act like we have responsibility at all.

But, we are all still here. That means heaven and earth have not yet passed away. We believers still have time to share Jesus’ words with the world. That my friends is a really good thing.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “I Am Concerned

  1. How timely for me. Yesterday my daughter in law and I were conversing about sharing God’s word. She stated how amazed she is with her 8 yr old son Wade. He doesn’t hesitate to ask his friends and new kids he meets, if they have asked Jesus into their hearts. Such a babe to think of others salvation.

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