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The EASY Button

Greetings from Sacramento!

By now I am certain that you have seen the TV commercial promoting a large, nationwide, American office supply store.  You know which one I'm talking about, the commercial deals with office employees pushing the large, red, EASY button.  It seems that all of your office problems disappear if you push this button, and of course the implication is that by shopping at this store all of your office difficulties will immediately vanish.

Here's a short thought for you today.......  Isn't it the same in today's brand of American Christianity?  It seems that the Saints of today either are searching for or have claimed title to their own, personal EASY button!  We know that all we have to do is to attend the next great prophecy conference, get a word from the Lord and all of out current problems of life will be gone.....almost like magic!  Hummm.... I wonder if there is something to this magic thing???  Anyway, let's make it EASY for everyone and we'll fill our churches to over flowing! 

The American Church has done an excellent job of promoting this gospel.  I guess we've been forced, out of necessity, to preach this Pablum, cause if we don't, then who will be left to pay the bills?

How does the big red, EASY button square with the Bible?

  • John 16: 33, (NLT) "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.  Here on earth you will  have many trials and sorrows.  but take heart, because I have overcome the world."    (emphasis mine)
  • Acts 14: 21-22, (NLT) "After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, where they strengthened the believers.  They encouraged them to coninue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God."    (again emphasis mine)

Friends, I have bad news for you.... if you are looking for your own, personal, super sized, big red, super-duper, spiritual, Christian EASY button.... It just doesn't exist!

This morning I keep hearing, "On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!  All other ground is sinking sand!" OK.... here's the rest of the words: (scroll down)

~blessings Larry (my web site: www.larrysilverman.com)

The Solid Rock

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' name.

Refrain: 
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand -
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev'ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain: 
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand -
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

Refrain: 
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand -
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in Him be found,
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain: 
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand -
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote, 1797 - 1874

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