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GLMX #254: If You Can Get Killed in a Prayer Meeting, You Can Get Killed Anywhere

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Most of us don’t give thought to death on a daily basis. I would venture to say that there are some days when we do not even think about it at all. But we should. Because in the least-expected place, it can come for us.

Nine people found that out two weeks ago in Charleston, South Carolina. They were simply attending a midweek prayer meeting and Bible study at a church that had been in existence for nearly 200 years. A young man walked in, sat with them for about an hour, and then opened fire, killing the pastor who was also a state senator, a library manager, a church choir member, the church’s maintenance man, another pastor, an administrator at Southern Wesleyan University, a high school track coach, a Bible study teacher, and a young man who died because he jumped in front of the gun in order to protect a family member. In the most unlikely of places, they all met the one thing they probably never dreamed of meeting there — death.

The entire nation was shocked by the tragedy. Continue Reading…

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


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

Dave Goldberg

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…