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GLMX #253: A Prison You Can’t Escape From

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Last week, two convicted murderers escaped from a maximum security prison in New York. The escape, of course, baffled many until it was discovered that the two inmates had help from a prison employee. Their escape caused great concern for residents in the surrounding area, and a massive manhunt was launched to recapture the dangerous men.

Admittedly, the justice systems of earth are flawed. Sometimes, innocent people are convicted of crimes they did not commit. Sometimes, criminals are never brought to justice at all. Sometimes, those convicted of crimes do not get the punishment they deserve or get more punishment than they deserve. And, as we have seen this past week, sometimes, criminals escape the prison where they are serving time.

However, there is one Judge who never makes a mistake. A Judge who never meets out more or less punishment than is deserved. A Judge whom no criminal can buy off. A Judge who has the authority to lock any one of us up in a prison that is impossible to escape from.

I am talking about God, the Creator and Ruler of the universe, whom we will all have to face at the end of our lives. James 4:12 tells us, “There is one lawgiver and judge, who is able to save and to destroy.” That Judge and Lawgiver is God. As sinners — people who have done things that are wrong — we are automatically condemned to die and spend eternity in a place called Hell. Matthew 10:28 tells us, “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Continue Reading…

GLMX #252: 3 Things the Bible Says About Bruce Jenner

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Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner

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No doubt this past week, you were exposed to the media coverage regarding athlete and television personality William Bruce Jenner choosing to become a woman. Jenner, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 1975 Pan-American games and the 1976 Olympic Games, was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine proclaiming that he is now to be called “Caitlyn.” Obviously many people are surprised that a man who has been married three times and is a father to six children would make such a shocking decision. No doubt, many people who know him and who are related to him are still trying to come to terms with this event.

While many in the media, in sports, and in celebrity arenas are praising him for being “bold” and “courageous,” let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about Bruce Jenner. Continue Reading…

GLMX #251: The Texas Flooding Reminds Us About God’s Judgment

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The images coming out of Texas this week have been striking — water levels as high as trees and stop signs, cars and trucks submerged, people riding boats where they used to drive, entire neighborhoods reduced to what look like miniature archipelagos — just the roofs of houses visible above the waterline. So much rain has fallen in Texas over the past few weeks — 37.3 trillion gallons to be exact — enough to cover the entire state in eight inches of water. The flooding in the southern and southeastern part of the state has been unprecedented and some have compared the deluge to the aftermath of a major hurricane.

It is hard for many, especially those who live in America, to imagine their entire community and all of their belongings washed away by a rainstorm and flooded rivers. Unfortunately, many have lost valuable possessions and some have even lost their lives.

Seeing the flooding in my own home state of Texas reminds me of the Great Flood which occurred thousands of years ago. God sent that worldwide flood to not only destroy the earth, but to destroy every living thing — people and animals — except those who were safe with Noah in the ark. God sent the flood then because the people of earth had become exceedingly wicked and violent and God decided to rid the earth of them and start all over with Noah and his family and the animals. Continue Reading…

GLMX #250: Lessons from the Sudden Death of Dave Goldberg

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Dave Goldberg

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Dave Goldberg was an American entrepreneur and a Silicon Valley executive. He was the founder of LAUNCH Media and the CEO of SurveyMonkey, a company valued at $1 billion. He was, by all accounts, happily married for eleven years and had two children. Earlier this month, while on vacation in Mexico, he collapsed while exercising and died later that day at a hospital. He was only 47 years old, and the news of his death came as a shock to the tech industry and people who had known him and worked with him down through the years.

The unexpectedness of Dave Goldberg’s death reminds us of the fragility of life. It also reminds us that success, financial stability, and fulfillment in life cannot insulate us from death. One moment all can be going well; the next moment, tragedy strikes and our world is upended. We are reminded of the Bible’s words, “What is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” King David wrote in Psalm 39: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” The death of David Goldberg reminds us that we need to be ready for what comes after death — a meeting with God and the beginning of life in an eternal destination. At any moment, despite our past good fortune and despite our plans for the future, we can suddenly and unexpectedly cross the line from life to death. The question is: Are you prepared?

Today, you have the opportunity to make sure that you will spend eternity in Heaven with God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Please don’t put off this decision, for as we see from the life of Dave Goldberg, we do not know what tomorrow holds. Continue Reading…

GLMX #249: When Death Speaks

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Allow me to share with you a brief story told by W. Somerset Maugham. The speaker is Death.

There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, “Master, just now when I was in the marketplace I was jostled by a woman in the crowd, and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me.” The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the marketplace and he saw me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, “Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?” “That was not a threatening gesture,” I said, “it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.”

This little story brilliantly illustrates the inevitability of death. No matter how we try to run from it, delay it, and avoid it, we will eventually be faced with it. In fact, the day of your death is already set. God knows it, but you do not. When that day comes, you will die whether you like it or not. The Bible says, “It is appointed unto men once to die…” Ecclesiastes 3:2 says there is “a time to be born, and a time to die.” Second Samuel 14:14 says, “For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again…”

Look all around you. People are dying: some from natural causes, some as casualties of war, and some from the effects of sickness and disease. Look at the history of your family and you will see that a long line of people related to you have passed beyond death’s door.

If death is inevitable, the only thing one can do is prepare for it. Continue Reading…

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