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Archive for May, 2007

My Squeaky Piano Bench

Our piano bench is old, though I don’t know how old. It squeaks, and could use a refinishing. But, I find it funny that when I’m sitting on it playing, it likes to squeak on the best parts, as though it were having just as much fun listening to me play as I am having playing. It especially likes to squeak when I’m using the pedal. I agree with it; songs played with the pedal sound even better than ones without it.

Maybe one of these days I’ll figure out what’s making it squeak, but for now, I think I’ll leave it there. I like my haunted piano bench.

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Seeking the Lost

This is my speech for my last year of LTC, 2005. I have updated it a little bit, but for the most part I have left it intact. The writing in this isn’t all that great, but it’s message is fundamental for all Christians.

Every one of us has lost something at one time or another. The things that we have lost can range from little unimportant things, like a pen or pencil, to something of great value, such as a wedding ring or a purse. I remember one time when my brother lost something of great value to him: his glasses.

That day we were out riding our mules, and we came to the spot where the grass is almost always green. Charlie our mule, who always likes to munch along the trail, wanted to stop there for a snack. We call that spot Charlie’s “grass station”. On that particular day when we were ready to move on Charlie was not, and when we started riding away, he didn’t notice us leaving. We did not get very far before Charlie realized that everyone had left him. He ripped through a tree and went tearing up the road as fast as he could go, to catch up with all his mule buddies. Unfortunately, my brother was riding him that day, and when he tore through the tree, he ripped his hat off and knocked his glasses off, as well as scratching his face up pretty badly. With Charlie running up behind them, all the other mules were sure something was wrong and started running too, sending a quiet ride through the Wilderness into chaos. Once we had all the mules under control again, we went back and found my brother’s hat, but no matter how hard we looked, we couldn’t find his glasses anywhere. Finally, Dad decided to go back to the house and get a pair of his old glasses so he could see at least a little bit. But as Dad was leaving on his mule, he heard something go crunch under her hoof. It turned out to be Benjamin’s glasses. We were all relieved that we had found them intact, and that we wouldn’t have to go buy him another pair. My brother was especially glad, because Dad had threatened to buy him contacts, and he does not like contacts.

But when you compare losing your glasses to losing your soul, there is no real comparison. Out in the world there are many people who have lost their souls, and it is our main purpose in life to find these people and teach them the gospel.

First of all, in looking at this mission, we need to know who is lost. In 2 Peter 2:21 it says, “For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them”. In this verse it says that those who have been in the Lord at one time, but have fallen away, are lost. In fact, it would have been better if they had never even heard of the gospel and obeyed it, than for them to turn away from it. But ultimately, those who do not obey the commandments of God are lost, as it says in Matt. 7:21: “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven.” And in John 14:15 “If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments.”

Second, in order to know who is lost, we need to know why people are lost. One reason is because they don’t know. In Acts 17:30 it says “The times of ignorance therefore God overlooked; but now he commandeth men that they should all everywhere repent.”

Another reason why people are lost is because, even though they know about God and his plan of salvation, they don’t care. As it says in Heb. 10:26: “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sins.”
These people are selfish and want to do what they want, not what God wants. A good example of this is shown in 2Tim
4:10for Demas forsook me, having loved this present world, and went to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.” Demas was not strong enough in The Word, so he was drawn into the Satan’s trap, and fell away from the truth, as in the parable of the sower in Luke 8:14 “And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.”

Third, since we now know that those who do not obey the Word of God are lost, and that those who do not know God are as lost as those who know the truth but don’t care, we ask the question “what can we do to show those who are lost the way to salvation?” There are many different ways to teach people the gospel. Some like knocking doors, asking people they don’t even know for a bible study. Others prefer to talk to people they already know such as friends and coworkers. Everyone can and must be a part of saving the lost. Something that any and everyone can do is to get names for the “House to House Heart to Heart” newsletter. This publication helps to prepare hearts to receive the Gospel.

No matter how we do it, every Christian must be about the work of saving the lost. Jesus commands us in the great commission in Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned.” Whether you lose your glasses or any other physical thing, it is nothing compared to losing your soul in hell. May it always be our number one concern to find and to save all of those who are lost.

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This is my new blog on WordPress! I won’t be getting rid of my Blogger one (for archival reasons), but I don’t think I’ll be putting anything new on there. It all depends on whether I like WordPress or not. For the moment I don’t like the theme on this blog (called a template in Blogger), but on our slow Internet, I don’t think I can mess with it right now. Soon though, very soon I will. Now I shall continue my exploration of my WordPress dashboard. Happy blogging to all!

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