Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Monday, September 14, 2020
A few years ago, Dr. Joe Stowell, renowned Christian author, speaker and educator, related an experience he had on a plane flight. He had just taken his assigned seat next to the window when a family with three small children entered to be seated. The oldest child, perhaps 6-7 years old, was visibly upset that she wouldn’t be sitting by a window and said, “Daddy, you promised I’d get to sit by a window so I could look out, and now they say I can’t.”
After an exhaustive speaking tour, Dr. Stowell had planned to enjoy some “alone time”, but heard himself telling the mother, “I can move to the inside seat here so she can sit by the window.” The little girl hardly waited for an answer as she quickly bounced over Joe to the window seat. She told Joe her name, then turned to the window to watch the fascinating sights outside the plane. After a few minutes in the air, she reached over to Joe in a gesture to shake hands and said, “Wanna be friends?” The world-famous gentleman said he could only smile at the little girl and say, “Yes, of course!” as they shook hands.
In John 15:15, Jesus told his disciples, “I no longer call you servants. Now I call you my friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.” Those twelve men could not have realized it then, but the Savior of the world, King of kings and Lord of lords, had just extended His hand to them and said, “Let’s be friends!”
In 1855, Pastor Joseph Scriven remembered those words of Jesus when he penned a poem in Canada to comfort his lonely mother in Ireland. From his little poem, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” grew to become one of Christianity’s most beloved hymns.
Think of it - the Lord of the Universe considers us His friends! He holds His hand out to us that we might take it and follow Him through life. Some Christians may wish to consider Jesus their Master and Lord, but others are so pleased and grateful to call Him “friend.”
May we value all our friendships, and especially with Jesus, our best friend of all!
Rev. Bob Tasler, www.bobtasler.com
Monday, September 7, 2020
How do you view the matter of working in life? Is work a curse or a blessing? Labor Day is here once again, the national holiday celebrated the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States.
It’s ironic Labor Day should be a day off from work, as it is in most cases. Yet many do continuing working today - the food and sales industries, hospitals, transportation, police and other sectors of society remain on duty to help us have our basic needs who are taking the day off.
But one problem can create another. Stopping work can create laziness. During this Covid19 epidemic, people have been required to stop working in order to help stop spreading the disease. This creates the problem of no income, which our government attempted to solve by increasing unemployment compensation. But they increased those funds so greatly that many people no longer want to work so long as they are getting money for free.
Our government leaders missed the truth of the adage, “Give them enough to do something, but not so much as to do nothing.” They also ignored the Biblical truth of, “If a person will not work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). If a person chooses to be idle when he could work, he or she should also forfeit the right to get paid. But once a new government handout program is in place, it’s hard to remove it. People get accustomed to not working. One problem creates another.
Working helps people live with dignity and usefulness. Not working gives rest for awhile, but making idleness a way of life unravels a basic strength of society. Jesus rested often, but He never stopped doing the work He was called to do, which was to save the world bent on destroying itself. Praise God that He did.
We would all do well to follow His example. Working achieves basic human needs. Living on handouts helps no one.
Time to mow the lawn!
Rev. Bob Tasler, www.bobtasler.com
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
To answer all of those of you who would say “I can't believe you would vote for Trump.” I’m not just voting for Donald Trump. Let me tell you what I am voting for this coming November 3!
I’m voting for the Second Amendment. I’m voting for the next Supreme Court Justice. I’m voting for the Electoral College and the Republic we live in. I’m voting for the police, Border Patrol, ICE and law and order.
I’m voting for the Military and the Veterans who fought and died for this Country. I’m voting for our Flag that is too often burned or missing from the Democratic background. I’m voting for the right to speak my opinion and not be censored. I’m voting for citizenship and secure borders.
I’m voting for the right to praise my God without fear. I’m voting for every unborn soul that the other party wants to kill. I’m voting for Freedom and the American dream. I’m voting for Israel.
I’m not just voting for a person, I’m voting for the future of my Country! I’m voting for good and against evil.
What are you voting for?
REV. BOB TASLER, www.bobtasler.com
Monday, August 31, 2020
I am not good at waiting. I like to know when the wait will be over. The hardest wait is when you don’t know if something will even happen. It’s like when you call a repairman to fix an appliance and they say they will come next Wednesday “between 8 AM and 4 PM." So you wait for that day to come and then wait all day, only to get a late call saying they need to reschedule. Frustrating!
For ten years, every month I visited Darlene in her home to give her Holy Communion, and we would talk about family and world news. I tried to reassure her how we must trust our Lord Jesus who will help us along the way. And each visit, without fail, she would ask, “Do you think He is coming soon, Pastor?” Then we would pray and I'd give her Christ’s Body and Blood with thanksgiving. Jesus finally came to take Darlene home.
For many things, all we can do is wait and depend on promises. Jesus told His disciples He would be leaving them, and they would need to wait for His return which would come, “in a little while.” (John 16:16) When He told them of terrible things that would happen on the earth, they asked Him when these would happen. He said, “No one knows the day nor hour - not even the Son - only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36)
With all of today’s dissatisfaction and rioting, frustrating disease procedures, political game-playing, and general lack of common sense among people, we may wish we could know when the end will come. But that time is in the hands of God the Father, not government or clever people whose sole purpose is to make sure it will never come. But there is a purpose for our wait. We are to keep busy praising God and showing His love to those struggling even more than we are.
Jesus spoke of troubles in the end times, and said we must not give up hope during the wait. “He who endures to the end will be saved,” He promised in Matthew 24. But just sitting and waiting is fruitless. We must make good use of our time helping those who have their own struggles and share with them the hope we have. Waiting alone does no good; we must wait with purpose, faith and hope.
None of us should try to create our end. It is far better that we trust the Creator until He signals our time on earth is over. The Divine Repairman will keep His Word. As we wait, each day let us help and encourage one another In the Faith.
“Surely I am coming soon.” (Revelation 22:20)
Rev. Bob Tasler, www.bobtasler.com