Posts by Frank

The Problem of Sin

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Christian Walk, Jesus | 0 comments

“For all have sinned; all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” (Romans 3:23) You and I have a problem. It’s not a little problem, and it’s not something we can cure on our own. It’s something we don’t talk about much, and might like to deny in front of others, but that doesn’t make it less true. The problem is, we’re sinners. We do things we know are wrong, and we can’t help ourselves. Even though our sins hurt others and heap guilt on our hearts, we still sin. We lie, we gossip, we bicker, we lash out, we think impure thoughts. Sometimes we lose our temper and say things we don’t mean—things that are neither true nor fair, but biting enough to hurt, so they serve their purpose. Other times we deceive in order to get our way. We tell half-truths in hopes that it’s better than a whole lie, but in our hearts we know it’s still wrong. We can no more stop ourselves from sinning than we could keep the sun from rising. It’s a universal problem that every man and woman has to live with. And this problem leads to a much, much bigger problem. Sinners can’t go to heaven. The Bible is clear about that fact. Paul tells us, “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), and the kind of death he is talking about is a spiritual one. God cannot allow sin to corrupt heaven the way it has corrupted earth. In fact he can’t even look at our sin. It is a direct affront to his holiness. Our sin has driven a wedge between us and God, and there is nothing we can do about that fact. We are all destined to hell from the moment we commit our first sin. And let me stress again, there is absolutely nothing we can do about that. But there is something that God could do to fix it. He knew a way to bridge the gap—the one and only way. Something sinless and pure would have to take our punishment for us, would have to die in our place, would have to become a living sacrifice to pay for the things we’ve done. Someone free of sin. Someone holy and pure, just like God. And so he sent his son. The incarnation of himself. He sent Jesus. Jesus came to earth for only one purpose, and with only one appointment. To die in our place. To be a sacrifice for our sins. To forever bridge the gap between God and us, and create a way for every person to get to heaven. They call it “the greatest story ever told.” Is it part of your story? You can accept Christ and make it so today. Excerpted from Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day With A Heart Toward Heaven, by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, Frank Martin, 2004, Tyndale House...

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Loving The Least

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Christian Walk, Faith, Jesus, Loving Others | 0 comments

I remember a poster on a dorm room wall during my days in college. The poster was a picture of a homeless man lying in a dirty gutter holding a bottle in a paper bag by his side. The inscription on the bottom was a quote from Mother Teresa. It read, “You love Jesus only as much as the person you love the least.” For all that we don’t understand about the life of Jesus and the true nature of God, there is one truth that he made completely clear. The Christian faith is about service and humility. It’s about helping those who can’t help themselves. It’s about loving others more than we love ourselves—even the most unlovable among us. When the disciples found a few minutes alone with Jesus outside the temple, the question they posed is the same one that you and I probably would have asked. “Will there be any sign ahead of time to signal your return and the end of the world?” (Matt. 24:3). But his answer had more to do with us than it did his return. Through parables he showed his disciples the basis upon which the chosen will be chosen on that day. “For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me” (Matt. 25:35-36). What is the sign of a true follower? Is it the amount of knowledge that we have? Is it the money we give to missions? the degrees we’ve earned? the number of people we’ve preached to? the hours we’ve spent worshiping in church? the books we’ve read or written? According to Jesus, the sign of the saved is their love for the least. It is said that when Francis of Assisi left his wealth behind to seek God, he stripped naked and walked out of the city. The first person he encountered on his journey was a leper on the side of the road. He first passed him then turned to go back. He embraced the leper in his arms before continuing his journey. A few steps down the road he turned and the leper was gone. Until his dying day, Francis of Assisi was convinced that the leper was Jesus. Even if he was wrong, he was right. Excerpted from Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day With a Heart Toward Heaven, by Tim LaHaye, Jerry Jenkins, Frank Martin, Tyndale House,...

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My Thoughts on the Miley Cyrus Controversy

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Faith, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Miley Cyrus desperately needs Jesus. Under the Mercy, Frank

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What Kandilyn Knows

Posted by on Jun 6, 2010 in Faith | 5 comments

Our youngest daughter Kandilyn graduated from High School last week, and recently decided what she wants as a graduation present. She wants to go sky diving! And she wants to take two of her best friends with her. My wife isn’t too keen on the idea, but I think it’s awesome. Ruthie is thinking, Why on earth would she want to do that? I’m thinking, Of course she wants to do that. Kandilyn also wants to learn how to ride a motorcycle this summer, so I’m looking for a class to enroll her in. She knows her mother would never let her have a bike (though her dad would kind of enjoy having a riding buddy), but she wants to learn anyway. She’s been my riding partner for several years, so I guess she’s getting tired of riding in the back seat. Several weeks ago, Kandilyn and her brother, David, announced that they wanted to spend a couple months backpacking across Europe. We didn’t say no, but we did say not yet. Not at 18. We’ll have to readdress that one in a few years, I’m sure. Kandilyn has always been the adventurous type—always looking for some new experience. I tell people she’s been 21 since she was 4, but the reality is, she just loves pushing the envelope and trying new things. And she hates being held back. Quite honestly, she’s a little too fearless, but I love her spunk. She definitely has a good time. And that’s what I admire most about her. Kandilyn instinctively understands a truth that we would all do well to learn. She knows that life is short and meant to be lived with gusto. That we’re all put on this earth for a divine purpose, for sure, but also for a staggeringly short season—a season that is as brief as it is precious. God put us here for a reason, and part of that reason is to enjoy life! To work hard, play harder, love deeply, laugh heartily, pray expectantly, and worship with abandon. You and I are plucked from this earth almost as soon as we’re planted, and we should never take the time we have for granted. We were created for eternity, but too often we forget that eternity begins the day we’re born, not the day we die. So why wait until heaven to enjoy all that God has in store for us? Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John  10:10). It’s hard to have a full life when you spend half your time worrying. Kandilyn certainly doesn’t, and maybe you and I shouldn’t either. Be Adventurous!...

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Judging Others

Posted by on Apr 6, 2010 in Faith | 11 comments

Last night my wife was baking a pie and ran out of eggs. This was a crisis of monumental proportions in my book, so I quickly volunteered to run to the store and pick some up. I hopped into my truck and pulled out onto the dark street, hoping to make it back before my TV show was over. I was less than half a block from the house when I came up behind a small, dark Toyota, going all of 25 mph, even though the speed limit is 30. There is only one road leading out of our subdivision, and it’s a long, winding one, so I sighed and settled in behind him, trying to have a good attitude. Until he slowed down even more, to about 20. Are you kidding me? I thought. What is this guy’s deal? I don’t tailgate as a general rule, but sometimes you can’t help it, especially when someone is going this slow, so I quickly found myself right up on his bumper, close enough where I could see the reflection of my headlights in his rearview mirror. I was hoping he’d get the message. But he didn’t. In fact he slowed down even more! This time to about 10 mph. Now I was getting irritated. I was certain this guy was just some narcissistic egotist with a need to control every situation. He obviously could tell I was in a hurry and wanted to slow me down, simply because he could. Or maybe he’d just had a fight with his wife and now decided to take it out on me. Whatever the case, I was not happy, and inched up even closer to let him know that. Just then he put on his brakes and pulled over to the side of the road. I wasn’t about to get into an altercation with a rageaholic, so I slowly pulled around him, and went on my way. As soon as I did he immediately sped up behind me, right on my bumper. He turned on his high beams and stayed right on my tail, his headlights glaring into my rearview mirror. I couldn’t believe it. What is wrong with this guy? I thought. What is he trying to prove? If he thinks he can intimidate me, he’s got another thing coming! I was determined not to let this bother me, so I just kept my speed steady and pretended not to notice him. What an idiot! And that’s when I noticed it. Something that changed everything. I glanced at my dashboard and realized that I’d had my high beams on the whole time. Not only that, but my truck was a solid foot higher than his Toyota, so I’m sure my brights were completely blinding him as I tailgated him down the street.  I immediately turned them off, and then looked back to see him do the same thing. Then he slowed down to put some distance between us. It was an embarrassing revelation. I suddenly realized what had made him so angry, and I felt terrible. I waved my hand in a pointless effort to say I was sorry, but I’m sure he didn’t see. At the end of the street I turned right and he turned left, so I slowly crept away, glad that we were going separate ways. It’s amazing how quick we are to judge the actions and motives of others.  Someone does something that makes us angry and we immediately start making assumptions about them. And our assumptions are almost always wrong. Jesus asked the question, “Why do...

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