Monday, March 1, 2010

I wanted to post this, my favorite sermon, on my blog. To my knowledge, though it is oft-quoted, you cannot find the sermon in its' entirety anywhere on the internet. So enjoy. This is a sermon I would read over and over until I absorbed it. A great one to hand out to people going thru tragedy or difficult circumstances. Read it and you will see why. Welcome your comments.

When Life Tumbles In, What Then? 1

Arthur John Gossip

"If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out,
Then how can you compete with horses?
If you fall down in a land of peace,
How will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”

--Jeremiah 12:5


Here is a man who, musing upon the bewilderments of life, has burst into God’s presence, hot, angry, stunned by His ordering of things, with a loud babble of clamorous protest. It is unfair, he cries, unfair! And frowningly he looks into the face of the Almighty. It is unfair! And then suddenly he checks himself, and putting this blunt question to it, feels his heart grow very still and very cold. For after all, he asks himself, what is it you have to complain about so far? Nothing that everybody does not share. Only the usual little rubs and frets and ills of life that fall to every one, no more. And if these have broken through your guard, pushed aside your religion, made you so sour and peevish and cross towards God--God help you, what will happen when, sudden as a shell screaming out of the night, some one of the great crashing dispensations bursts in your life, and leaves an emptiness where there had been a home, a tumbled ruin of your ordered ways, a heart so sore you wonder how it holds together? If you have caught your breath, poor fool, when splashing through the shallow waters of some summer brook, how will you fare when the Jordan River bursts its banks, and rushes, far as the eye can see, one huge, wild swirl of angry waters, and, your feet caught away, half choked, you are tossed nearer and nearer to the roaring of the falls, and over it? Suppose that, to you as to Job, suddenly, out of the blue, there leap dreadful tidings of disaster, would you have the grit to pull yourself together and to face it as he did? “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: blessed be the name of the Lord.” Suppose that to you as to Ezekiel, that valiant soul, there comes a day when, with no second’s warning, you are given the bleak message: “Son of man, behold I take away the desire of thine eyes at a stroke; yet neither shalt thou weep, nor let the tears run down. So I preached unto the people in the morning: and in the evening my wife died.” Suppose that to you, as to Christ, it became evident that life was not to give what you expected from it, that your dreams were not to be granted, that yours was to be a steep and lonely road, that some tremendous sacrifice was to be asked of you, could you make shift to face it with a shadow of the Master’s courage and the Master’s calm? For there is no supposing in the matter. To a certainty to you too, in your turn, some day, these things must come.

Yes, unbelievably they come. For years and years you and I go our sunny way and live our happy lives, and the rumors of these terrors are blown to us very faintly as from a world so distant that it seems to have nothing to do with us; and then, to us too, it happens. And when it does nobody has the right to snivel or whimper as if something unique and inexplicable had befallen him. “Never morning wore to evening but some heart did break”--hearts just as sensitive as yours and mine. But when yours breaks, what then?


1. This is the sermon Gossip preached the week his wife died unexpectedly.

It is a bit late in the day to be talking about insurance when one’s house is ablaze from end to end: and somewhat tardy to be searching for something to bring one through when the test is upon one. And how are you and I, so querulous and easily fretted by the minor worries, to make shift at all in the swelling of the Jordan, with the cold of it catching away our breath, and the rush of it plucking at our footing?

Goethe, of course, tells us that all the religions were designed to meet us and to give us help just there; to enable us to bear the unbearable, to face the impossible, to see through with some kind of decency and honor what obviously can’t be done at all.

But then so many people’s religion is a fair-weather affair. A little rain, and it runs and crumbles; a touch of strain, and it snaps. How often out at the front one lay and watched an aeroplane high up in the blue and sunlight, a shimmering, glistening, beautiful thing: and then there came one shot out of a cloud, and it crashed down to earth, a broken mass of twisted metal. And many a man’s religion is like that. So long as God’s will runs parallel to ours, we follow blithely. But the moment that they cross, or clash, that life grows difficult, that we don’t understand, how apt faith is to fail us just when we have most need of it!

You remember our Lord’s story of the two men who lived in the same village, and went to the same synagogue, and sat in the same pew, listening to the same services: and how one day some kind of gale blew into their lives, a fearsome storm. And in the one case, everything collapsed, and for a moment there were some poor spars tossing upon wild waters, and then nothing at all. For that unhappy soul had built on sand, and in his day of need, everything was undermined, and vanished. But the other, though he too had to face the emptiness, the loneliness, the pain, came through it all braver and stronger and mellower and nearer to God. For he had built upon the rock. Well, what of you and me? We have found it a business to march with the infantry, how will we keep up with the horsemen: if the small ills of life have frayed our faith and temper, what will we do in the roar and the black swirl of the Jordan?

That has always been my chief difficulty about preaching. Carlyle, you recall, used to say that the chirpy optimism of Emerson maddened him. Emerson, across whose sheltered life no cloud or shadow was allowed to blow. He seemed to me, panted the other, like a man standing himself well back out of the least touch of the spray, who throws chatty observations on the beauty of the weather to a poor soul battling for his life in huge billows that are buffeting the breath and the life out of him, wrestling with mighty currents that keep sweeping him away. It did not help. And I, too, have had a happy life: and always when I have spoken of the Gospel, and the love of God, and Christ’s brave reading of this puzzling life of ours, it has seemed to me that a very easy answer lay ready to anybody’s hand who found these hard to credit. Yes, yes, they might well say irritably, if I stood in the sunshine where your are, no doubt I, too, could talk like that! But if your path ran over the cold moors, where the winds cut and whistle and pierce to the very bone, if you were set down where I am, I wonder if you would be so absolutely sure? As Shakespeare says, it is not difficult to bear other people’s toothache; but when one’s own jaw is throbbing, that is another matter. We will listen to Jesus Christ: for He spoke from the darkness round the Cross. We mayn’t understand Him, or agree with Him, or obey Him: but nobody can challenge His right to speak. But you! Wait till you stand int the rushing of Jordan, till to you there has come some fulfillment of that eerie promise, “Behold, your house is left unto you desolate,” and what will you say then?

I’ll tell you now. I know that we are warned in Job that the most drastic test of faith is not even these tremendous sorrows, but a long purgatory of physical and mental agony. Still, I don’t think that anyone will challenge my right to speak today…..

(one historically abstruse paragraph omitted)

I have never claimed to understand many things in this perplexing life of ours, have always held that my dear master Browning went by much too far when he said confidently that for a Christian man there are no problems in the world or out of it. Surely the acknowledgement of God’s love raises new problems. If love then why, and why, and why, and why? To me the essence of the faith has always seemed a certain intrepidity of loyalty that can believe undauntedly in the dark, and that still trusts God unshaken even when the evidence looks fairly damning. Do you think Christ always understood or found it easy? There was a day when He took God’s will for Him into His hand, and turned it round, and looked at it. And, ‘Is this what you ask of Me?’ He said; and for a moment His eyes looked almost incredulous. Aye, and another day when, puzzled and uncertain, He cried out, “But is this really what you mean that I should give You, this here, this now?” Yes, and another still, when the cold rushing waters roared in a raging torrent through His soul: yet He would not turn back, fought His way to the farther bank, died still believing in the God who seemed to have deserted Him. And that is why He is given a name that is above every name.

I do not understand this life of ours. But still less can I comprehend how people in trouble and loss and bereavement can fling away peevishly from the Christian faith. In God’s name fling to what? Have we not lost enough without losing that too? If Christ is right--if, as He says, there are somehow, hidden away from our eyes as yet, still there, wisdom and planning and kindness and love in these dark dispensations--then we can see them through. But if Christ was wrong, and all that is not so; if God set His foot on my home crudely, heedlessly, blunderingly, blindly, as I unawares might tread upon some insect in my path, have I not the right to be angry and sore? If Christ was right, and immortality and the dear hopes of which He speaks do really lie a little way ahead, we can manage to make our way to them. But if it is not so, if it is all over, if there is nothing more, how dark the darkness grows! You people in the sunshine may believe the faith, but we in the shadow must believe it. We have nothing else.

Further, there is a grave saying in Scripture, “Receive not the grace of God in vain.” That Christ should die on our behalf, that God should lavish His kindness on us, and that nothing should come of it, how terrible! And were it not pitiful if we receive the discipline of life in vain: have all the suffering of it, pay down the price in full, yet miss what it was sent to teach! I know that at first great sorrow is just stunned, that the sore heart is too numbed to feel anything, even God’s hand. When his wife died, Rossetti tells us, he passed through all that tremendous time with a mind absolutely blank, learned nothing, saw nothing, felt nothing; so that, looking back, all he could say was that, sitting in a wood with his head in his hands, somehow it was photographed permanently on his passive mind that a certain wild flower has three petals. That was all. But by and by the gale dies down, and the moon rises, and throws a lane of gold to us across the blackness and the heaving of the tumbling waters. After all it is not in the day, but in the night, that star rises after star, and constellation follows constellation, and the immensity of this bewildering universe looms up before our staggered minds. And it is in the dark that the faith becomes biggest and bravest, that its wonder grows yet more and more. “Grace,” said Samuel Rutherford, “grows best in the winter.” And already some things have become very clear to me.

This to begin, that the faith works, fulfills itself, is real; and that its most audacious promises are true. Always we must try to remember that the glorious assertions of the Scriptures are not mere suppositions and guesses. There is no perhaps about them. These splendid truths are flowers that in human hands like ours plucked in the gardens of their actual experience. Why is the prophet so sure that as one whom his mother comforts so will God comfort all hurt things? How did the Psalmist know that those who are broken in their hearts and grieved in their minds God heals? Because, of course, it had happened to them, because they had themselves in their dark days felt His unfailing helpfulness and tenderness and the touch of wonderfully gentle hands. And it is true. When we are cast into some burning fiery furnace seven times heated, we are not alone, never alone; but there is One beside us, like unto the Son of God. When our feet slip upon the slimy stones in the swelling of Jordan, a hand leaps out and catches us and steadies us. “I will not leave you comfortless,” said Christ. Nor does He. There is a Presence with us, a Comforter, a Fortifier who does strengthen, does uphold, does bring us through somehow from hour to hour and day to day. Pusey once wrote that when his wife died, he felt “as if the rushing waters were up to my chin; but underneath the chin there is a hand, supporting it.” And that hand is there. And as the days go by, what grows upon one more and more is the amazing tenderness of God. Like as a father pitieth his children, mused a psalmist long ago. I have been wondering these days whether he too, poor soul, had suddenly, without one second’s warning, to tell his children that their mother was dead, and that remembrance of that agony made him sure all his days it is not willingly that God afflicts and grieves us children of men. Anyhow that is true.

There is a marvelous picture in the National Gallery. Christ hangs upon the cross in a dense darkness; and at first that is all one sees. But, as one peers into the background, gradually there stands out another form, God’s form; and other hands supporting Christ, God’s hands; and another face, God’s face, more full of agony even than our Savior’s own. The presence, the sufficiency, the sympathy of God, these things grow very real and very sure and very wonderful.

Further, one becomes certain about immortality. You think that you believe in that. But wait til you have lowered your dearest into an open grave, and you will know what believing it means. I have always gazed up at Paul in staggered admiration when he burst out at the grave’s mouth into his scornful challenge, his exultant ridicule of it, “O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” But now it does not seem to me such a tremendous feat: for I have felt that very same. True, I can tell him where death’s sting lies. Ah? It is the constant missing of what used to be always here; the bitter grudging every second of the dear body to the senseless earth, the terrible insecurity, for one is never safe--anything, nothing, and the old overwhelming pain comes rushing back. Yet when the other day I took up a magazine, it was with amazement I discovered they are still chattering about whether we people are immortal or not. I am past that. I know. “I believe in the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.”

But there is one thing I should like to say which I have never dared to say before, not feeling that I had the right. We Christian people in the mass are entirely unchristian in our thoughts of death. We have our eyes wrongly focused. We are selfish, and self-centered, and self-absorbed. We keep thinking aggrievedly of what it means to us. And that is wrong, all wrong. In the New Testament you hear very little of the families with that aching gap, huddled together in their desolate little home in some back street; but a great deal about the saints in glory, and the sunshine, and the singing, and the splendor yonder. And, surely, that is where our thoughts should dwell. I for one want no melancholious tunes, no grey and sobbing words, but brave hymns telling of their victory. Dante had a sour mind. Yet, as he went up the hill that cleanses him that climbs, suddenly it shook and reeled beneath him. What’s that? He cried out in alarm. And his guide smiled. Some happy soul, he said, has burst through into victory, and every other on the mount is so praising God for that, that the whole hill rocks and staggers. And is not that the mood that best becomes us? Think out your brooding. What exactly does it mean? Would you pluck the diadem from their brows again? Would you snatch the palms of victory out of their hands? Dare you compare the clumsy nothings our poor blundering love can give them here with what they must have yonder where Christ Himself has met them, and has heaped on them who can think out what happiness and glory. I love to picture it. How shyly, amazed, half protesting, she who never thought of self was led into the splendor of her glory. As the old poet put it centuries ago,

Our sweet is mixed with bitter gall,

Our pleasure is but pain,

Our joys scarce last the looking on,

Our sorrows still remain.

But there they have such rare delights,

Such pleasures and such play,

That unto them a thousand years

Doth seem but yesterday.

To us it will be long and lonesome: but they won’t even have looked round them before we burst in. In any case, are we to let our dearest be wrenched out of our hands by force? Or, seeing that it has to be, will we not give them willingly and proudly, looking God in the eyes, and telling Him that we prefer our loneliness rather than that they should miss one tittle of their rights. When the blow fell, that was the one and only thought that kept beating like a hammer in my brain. I felt I had lost her forever, must have lost her, that to all eternity she must shine far ahead of me; and my heart kept crying out. “I choose it, I choose it. Do not for my sake deny her anything.” I know now that I have not lost her. For love is not a passing thing one leaves behind. And is it not love’s way to stoop?

And after all, thank God, our gift is not an absolute one. When we are young, heaven is a vague and nebulous and shadowy place. But as our friends gather there, more and more it gains body and vividness and homeliness. And when our dearest have passed yonder, how real and evident it grows, how near it is, how often we steal yonder. For, as the Master put it: where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. Never again will I put out that stupid lie, “There is a happy land far, far away.” It is not far. They are quite near. And the communion of the saints is a tremendous and most blessed fact.

Nowadays, for example, to pray is to turn home. For then they run to meet us, draw us with their dear familiar hands into the Presence, stand quite close to us the whole time we are there--quite close, while we are there.

And for the rest many poets have told us of Lethe, the river of forgetfulness. But Dante, in his journeyings, came on another, the Eunoe, to taste the sunny waters of which is to have recalled all the gladsome and glorious and perfect things one has ever experienced. Eunoe runs beside the track all through the valley of the shadow; and a wise soul will often kneel, and lift a handful of its waters to his thirsty lips, and, ere he rises, wonderingly thank God for the splendor he has known, that never would and could have been at all but for His marvelous grace. And so back to life again, like a healthy-minded laddie at some boarding-school, who, after the first hour of home-sickness, resolves, if he is wise, he will not mope, but throw himself into the life about him, and do his part and play the game, and enjoy every minute of it, --aye, and does it too--though always, always his heart thrills and quickens at thought of that wonderful day when he will have not memories an letters only, but the whole of his dear ones really there, when he will be with them again and they with him. Well, that will come in time. Meanwhile, “Danton, no weakness,” as that brave soul kept muttering to himself on his way to the guillotine, and he showed none.

I don’t think you need be afraid of life. Our hearts are very frail; and there are places where the road is very steep and very lonely. But we have a wonderful God. And as Paul puts it, what can separate us from His love? Not death, he says immediately, pushing that aside at once as the most obvious of all impossibilities.

No, not death. For, standing in the roaring of the Jordan, cold to the heart with its dreadful chill, and very conscious of the terror of its rushing, I too, like Hopeful, can call back to you who one day in your turn will have to cross it, “Be of good cheer, my brother, for I feel the bottom, and it is sound.”




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quiet Time

"Be still and know that I am God." Isaiah 46:10

"We have all heard the saying, Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses. " But how often do we really do this? Are we just too busy being busy? Too busy even for God?

Be honest, I can't read your mind: how often do you sit down and just listen to God? Ask Him what His will is for you this day? Or just "commune" with Him.

Isaiah also says, "In quietness and in confidence will be your strength."

This "quiet time" with God is where all our spiritual strength and fortitude comes from, yet we neglect it regularly.

I love this:

I'd dare to make mistakes next time, I'd relax, I would limber up. Would be sillier than I have been on this trip. I would take fewer things seriously. I would take more chances. I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers, I would eat more ice cream and less beans. I would have more actual problems, but fewer imaginary ones. You see, I'm one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, and day after day. Oh, I've had my moments, and if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them. In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. Just moments, one after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day. I've been one of those persons who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute. If I had to do it again, I'd travel lighter than I have. If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall. I would go to more dances, I would ride merry-go-rounds. I would pick more daisies. I had my life to live over, I would laugh more, love more and tell them. What would you do?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Here is a great devotional from John MacArthur (see his website for great audio and written sermons, awesome devotionals like this, and a plethora of tools for Bible study....

Living a Joyous Life

"The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart." (Ps. 19:8).
"The joy of the Lord is my strength." (Nehemiah 9:10)

What brings you joy? Your answer will reveal much about your priorities and the direction your life is heading spiritually.
The psalmist wrote, "How blessed [happy] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers" (
Ps. 1:1-3).
That psalmist knew that true joy and happiness come from knowing God and abiding in His Word. That was David's confidence when he wrote, "The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart" (
Ps. 19:8).
"Precepts" in that verse speaks of divine principles and guidelines for character and conduct. God created you and knows how you must live to give glory to Him. And He revealed in His Word every precept you must know to do so.
Every divine precept is "right." It shows you the path that is right and true. What a wonderful confidence that is! While many around you may be discouraged or despondent because of their lack of direction and purpose, God's Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (
Ps. 119:105). It guides you through the difficult mazes of life and gives your life eternal significance. Don't live simply for your own pleasures. Your life has a high and holy purpose, and each day can be filled with joy as you see that purpose unfold.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


Have been thinking about the lack of true and deep humility in my own life and so I went and listened to a John MacArthur sermon on the beatitude in Matthew: Blessed are the poor in spirit....

The classic Psalm on repentance and a humble spirit is found in Psalm 51, written by David after his tragic sin with Bathsheba. (It would do your spirit good to read this once a week in your devotions).

Particularly Psalm 51:17 "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."

Look up "broken" and "contrite" in a dictionary and think about it for a while. Does this describe you and your attitude to God and others? I had to answer, "sometimes."

For further understanding see Isaiah 66:2 and Psalm 34;18.

MacArthur listed 7 test questions to tell you if you are humble. Here they are:

1. Are you weaned from obsession with your self--self love?
2. Are you lost in the wonders and beauty of Christ?
3. Do you never complain about your situation?
4. Do you see only the excellencies in others and weaknesses in yourself?
5. Do you spend much time in prayer?
6. Do you take Christ on His terms and not yours?
7. Are you constantly overwhelmed with gratitude to God?

This is not an exhaustive list, but it is certainly an informative one for your devotional time and time of self examination. Hope you will give it some time in prayer and quiet. "Be still and know that I am God."

Saturday, January 31, 2009

You Must Love Him Very Much

I love stories. Jesus used them in a masterful way through parables to teach eternal truths. What follows is a true story that encourages my faith and makes me realize that "our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases." Psalm 115:3

Just about 250 years ago a painter named Stenburg, who was well known at the time but has now been mostly forgotten, was painting a young Gypsy girl. As the gypsy girl posed for the painting, her eyes wandered throughout the studio and noticed a painting made for Father Hugo of the Church of St. Jerome-- a representation of the thorn-crowned face of Jesus.

When the young girl stepped down from the platform, she asked the artist to explain the meaning of the picture. The artist, not a believer, struggled to explain who Christ was and what He had done. He did the best he could and was shocked when the gypsy remarked simply: "Oh, sir, you must love Him very much since He has done all that for you!"

The sincere statement pierced the artist's soul, for in fact he did not love Christ at all.

Ironically, he soon did. And when he came to love the Savior, he painted another picture, a painting of the Savior he had come to love, His head encircled by the thorns that had become His earthly crown. Under the completed painting Stenburg inscribed the words:

All this I did for thee;What hast thou done for Me?

He then donated it to the Dusseldorf museum.

One day a rich and careless young nobleman who spent his idle days with wine and careless pursuits happened to notice the painting and its inscription. It made a profound impression on him. The painting powerfully appealed to his emotions and the inscription below struck him to the core of his soul.

He later accepted the challenge of the painting and embraced the thorn-crowned Christ as his Savior. He stated: "I have one passion--it is He, and He alone."

That nobleman was Count Zinzendorf, the founder of the Moravian Brethren. Within a few years they began to send missionaries all over the globe. It was Moravians who led John Wesley to convert to Christ, and Wesley began a movement that changed the world. But it all started with a gypsy girl's innocent question. And so we know that .... "God causes all things to work together for good..."

The Penguin Story

I have started collecting Penguins of all kinds (so when you really feel the urge to purchase a gift for me.....). I have a ceramic flying penguin, a bubble package with penguins decorating it, a penguin that winds up and flips over, a finger puppet penguin, a package of penguin gummy bears, and a large and a small stuffed penguin. Today I will be purchasing The Penguins on DVD.

Why did I start this collection?A story I heard a Christian psychiatrist tell once stuck with me. He was going to be a new father and all his friends were telling him how difficult parenting would be. Well, he had a beautiful little girl, and she was a dream child. Never a peep. Not a problem. So he began to feel pretty good about his talents as a parent.

And then he had a son.A son with ADD. A son who didn't listen. Would not obey. Seemed to do the opposite of everything he was asked.

So in an effort to spend more time with his young son and be a better father, he took him to Sea World and spent the day with him. While at the Penguin Exhibit, he noticed the penguins on clue did everything the trainer asked, and did it immediately.

The psychiatrist (his name is Daniel) thought to himself: "My son has to be at least as smart as a penguin. What am I doing wrong?"

After the show he went up to the trainer and said, "My son doesn't listen. He disobeys everything I ask of him. Why do your penguins listen to you--what am I doing wrong?

"The trainer answered, "I do two things you don't do. One, I notice everything they do. And two, I reward them with a fish if they get even close to doing what I ask. You, on the other hand, only notice your son when he does something wrong. Since he wants to be noticed, you are training him to act up and disobey."

Daniel reports that (aside from the fish reward) he started duplicating this: he began to pay attention and notice his son more. And any time the son came close to obedience, he would reward him. Hugs, praise, thank you, small gifts, etc.

Why do I take the time to write out this story? Why do I now collect penguins (and geese, but that's a story for another time)? To remind me to notice others and encourage (see Hebrews 10:24, Ephesians 4:32) and compliment them. Not a bad idea for us all. So can I send you a penguin to start your collection?

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Dead Sea Christians

How many of you know why the Dead Sea over in Israel is called 'The DEAD Sea'?

Nothing grows in the Dead Sea. No fish or wildlife. And for a very simple reason: there is a river that flows into it and feeds it, but there is no outlet--no river running out of it. So it stagnates.

Perfect illlustration of some Christians I know (and unfortunately me too much of the time). I have a couple friends (they are brothers) who are at church every time the doors open, choir practice, bible study, prayer meeting, church plays, sunday school, church service, etc. Am I criticizing them for this?

Sort of.... the problem is how "self"-ish it tends to be. All that good stuff flowing in but nothing going out. When I invited them to a homeless ministry my wife and I are involved in to help out, they were too busy with "church". Just seems a bit pharisaical to me.

What is the message of James? "Be DOERS of the word, and not hearers only." We all need to evaluate our use of time and make sure we are serving in the way we as Christians are called to serve, not just becoming theological swellheads.

Jesus didn't say, "I was ignorant, and you enlightened me" or "I was theologically a little off, and you corrected me" but rather "I was hungry, thirsty, naked and in prison".

"Search me, O God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts, and see if there be any wicked way in me." Psalm 139:23-24