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Blake Lorenz

The One We Follow

August 12, 2013 | By | No Comments

Two of my favorite verses all time in the Bible are Romans 12:1, 2. “I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect wil of God.” Read More

THE FLYING WRENCH

August 1, 2013 | By | No Comments

I learned a valuable lesson the other day while trying to replace two broken bicycle petals.  They were worn out and needed to be replaced, so I set about the task of unscrewing them, so I could put on two new ones.  I started on the right side and found it had corroded onto the shaft the petal was screwed into.  I used all my strength, but could not budge the threaded part of the petal.  I sprayed it with oil to loosen it, but that did not help.  Finally, I locked on a wrench and took a hammer and whacked the wrench, but it remained tight. Read More

THE RUNNING VULTURE

July 30, 2013 | By | No Comments

I was jogging along the canal near my home when I came upon a vulture.  This is not uncommon as they will gather around a carcass and will fly off when I approach.  What was different this time was this vulture was by itself and did not fly off as I got nearer.  I thought maybe it was hurt and could not fly, but I gave it little thought once I was by the vulture. Read More

THE CHOICE OF TWO DESTINIES

July 27, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jesus teaches that a person has one of two destinies: either eternal life with God or to exist under the wrath of God forever. If this is true, then we should be living for the next life, not this one. We need to awaken to the truth that we all have a destiny either to Life everlasting with God or to perish, to exist without His presence as in the fires of hell. Read More

NEVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF

July 25, 2013 | By | No Comments

One of Jesus’ strongest messages to us is: Don’t give up on yourself.  Peter fails Jesus time and again, but Jesus never gives up on Peter.  The same goes for John and James and all the disciples.  They never gave up.  The only one who gave up on himself was Judas.  God’s word teaches me that even Judas could have been forgiven and used of God.

Jesus came to reconcile us to God, to reveal the One true God, and to get His message out to the entire world.  Therefore, Jesus has need of you.  So, no matter what you have done or what you have suffered, DON’T GIVE UP!  Jesus has need of you. Read More

STUNG BY A BEE

July 24, 2013 | By | No Comments

When I was around 10 or 11 I went exploring in my neighborhood across the street from where I lived.  We were two blocks from the Chicago city limit, so it was rare we had an empty lot we called the prairie.  It  was a great place to play whiffleball, which I did for hours.  This was  just a normal vacant house lot full of weeds.  There was a pool table building factory in front of it, where I once watched Minnesota Fats of movie fame put on an exhibition.  ( I think he was a little sauced because he missed most of his shots!) Behind the houses was an alley way that never had been paved, so people would throw their lawn cuttings in this lightly wooded lane.  It was there that I discovered my first beehive under the grass cuttings. Read More

VICTORY OVER RACISM IN AMERICA

July 23, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jesus came to confront evil and sin in all its forms.  He called us to repent and believe in Him:  To repent of our rebellion against God and our prideful sins that break the laws of God; to trust in Him for our forgiveness and reconciliation with God; to receive a new life in Him for eternity.  He went throughout Israel bringing conviction and offering the love of God to all who would turn from their sin.  He challenged the ignorance, racism, prejudice, wickedness…of men and women of His day and then commanded His followers to go to the whole world and do likewise.

One of the great sins of our day is racism.  Read More

JESUS AND GOD’S SECOND CHANCE

July 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

Jesus came to reveal the nature and character of God to us. His life gives us the truth and insight into Who God is. How important is this? If one does not have a correct view of God then one’s life can be ruined, create misery, and ultimately lead one to destruction and hell. If I have an improper understanding of God it can cause me to live in needless fear, beat myself up with guilt and shame, miss the beautiful love and intimacy God offers to me as a free gift… Read More

JESUS TEACHES US TO PRAY

July 18, 2013 | By | No Comments

In Luke 11 Jesus teaches His disciples how to pray.  First, He gives them a model of how and what to pray.  It is intimate, God centered, inclusive of every aspect of our lives, especially those things that are of the highest value.  It is honest and expresses what is in one’s heart in relationship to God and others.  It reveals one’s dependence on God. Read More

DO YOU WANT THE ABUNDANT LIFE OF JESUS?

July 17, 2013 | By | No Comments

One of the most inspiring sections of Scripture begins in Luke 3:21 and continues through chapter 4.  Jesus is baptized, the heavens open, the Holy Spirit descends upon Him, and His Father declares He is His beloved Son, in Whom He is well pleased.  Then the genealogy of Jesus is given connecting Him to David, Abraham, Adam, and as the Son of God.  Chapter 4 begins Luke’s emphasis on Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  He is filled with the Holy Spirit, led by the Spirit, returns in the power of the Spirit, the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him, and He is anointed by the Spirit to preach, heal, proclaim liberty, recovery of sight, set at liberty the oppressed… Read More