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The Point Is … Wounded 11/26/2020

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by James Collins

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

The hood of her jacket was pulled low over her face hiding her eyes. Without exception, she wore the same long-sleeve hoodie, even in warm weather. Juston glanced at her and smiled as she stepped onto the school bus. “Hello, Angelica,” he said. She gripped the handrail tighter and looked up at him from underneath her hoodie. Her face was pale. She didn’t return his smile.  

Angelica stepped into the aisle and sat down in the front seat behind himShe always sat in the front seat. All the other high school kids were in the back of the bus, but not Angelica. She sat in front with the kindergarten kids. 

Juston closed the door, shifted gears, and pulled the bus out of the school parking lot. He looked up at Angelica’s reflection in the rearview. She never looked up. Her crossed arms wrapped around her bodyhugging herself.  

“Do you like pizza?” he asked over his shoulder. “You probably think I just drive this bus all day long,” he continued. “But this is not my real job. I only do this to make ends meet. I’m the pastor for students at First Baptist. Our youth group is having pizza tonight. You should come.” He peeked up at the mirror to see her reply, but she still never looked up. So, they drove on in silence. 

A few minutes later, the bus pulled up in front of her house. As she was stepping off, Juston said, “Church starts at seven.” She paused, then continued out the door without looking back. 

Juston was surprised that night when Angelica walked into church. She sat in the back, away from everyone else. She never looked up as Juston shared the gospel. After he finished speaking, she grabbed a slice of pizza and hurried out the door.  

He was surprised again next week when she came back.  

“Can I talk to you?” she asked. Juston nodded, “Sure.” 

“Before we talk, I need you to take this.” 

“What’s this?” 

“Open it.” 

Justin unzipped the small black case to reveal the contents inside – razorblades. It was full of razorblades. Angelica pulled up her sleeves. Scars started at the top of her arms and continued down to her wrists.  

Trembling and sobbing, she shared her story. It was a tragedy – a story of abuse. Someone she loved and trusted had done unspeakable things to herEventually, her heart numbed. As a way of “feeling” something, she became a cutter. 

She reached in her pocket and handed him a piece of paper – a suicide note.  

“A week ago, I decided to end my life. Then you invited me for pizza. Now, I don’t want to die. I want to live, and I want to know this Jesus you keep talking about…” 

That night, Angelica gave her life to Jesus Christ. Today, she and her husband are missionaries in South America. They just had their first child – a baby girl.  

Last week, I heard Juston share Angelica’s story at church camp. As I listened, I realized that the world is full of Angelicas. The world is full of scarred, wounded people. But Jesus Christ can bind up your wounds. 

The point is: Only Jesus can heal your broken heartLike Angelica, you can bring Him your disappointments, your griefsand your wounds. Whatever you are going through, there is healing in Jesus.  

On the cross, Jesus bore our sins. By His wounds you have been healed. Step out in faith and place your life in His nail-scarred hands.  

The Point Is...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, columnist, and author. You can write to him by email at james@thepointis.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Point is … The Best Day Ever 10/8/2020

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by James Collins

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Psalm 103:1 

Very few ladies have been as blessed as my wife, Amanda.  

Besides the obvious blessing of me rescuing her from being a sad unmarried spinster, there have been many other blessings which have come from our union together. Not the least of which has been the way that I have lavished her by spending money on her. Over the years, I have spared no expense for my sweetie.  

For our honeymoon, I took her to the luxurious Jumping Toad Motel in beautiful Frogville, Oklahoma. 

In the past two decades, we have dined at extravagant restaurants. We have delighted in the barbeque at Sam’s Pig Stand in Burt Corn, Alabama; fried chicken at the Pretty Foul in Belt Buckle, Tennessee; Mexican food at Nacho Problem in Ding Dong, Texas; and sirloin steaks at the Beef-ORama in Greasy Corner, Arkansas.    

In our lives together, I have given Amanda many opulent gifts. Amanda’s jewelry box is full of the world’s finest cubic zirconia. The genuine aluminum plated engagement ring I gave her cost at least $17.00. Last year for our anniversary, I surprised her with a top-of-the-line vacuum cleaner from Walmart. 

Over the years, I have spared no expense for my sweetie. 

The other day, Amanda asked me to go shopping. She said, “It will be fun.” Shopping is not my idea of fun. But if it makes my sweetie happy, okay, I’ll do it. I was ready to indulge her shopping spree and spend a lot of money.  

We left early in the morning and spent most of the day in the big city mall. It wasn’t until the stores were closing that we made our way back home. The shopping trip didn’t hurt me financially. She really didn’t spend that much. But it hurt me physically. Over ten hours of being on my feet, following my wife as she ran from store to store, wore two inches off my height.  

On the way home, Amanda leaned over and said, “Today has been a great day – one of the best ever.” I thought, “One of the best ever? How could today be better than our wedding day? Or the days our three children were born? How could a day of shopping be better than any of those major life events?” Then it hit me – Amanda spells love T-I-M-E. 

Amanda builds her life around me and our children. However, for one day, totally and completely, I built my life around her and what she wanted to do. My willingness and my company made the day special. 

I spent time with God this morning…  Most of the time I expect God to be with me and He is, but could it be that He appreciates my making time for Him? 

The Bible often uses the phrase “bless the Lord.” The Hebrew word translated “bless” literally means “to kneel.” It is a word picture of someone kneeling in worship. To “bless the Lord” means to praise and exalt GodIn other words, God is blessed when we spend time with Him – when we focus our complete attention on Him. 

The point is: God wants your time. The Lord is glorified when you bless, praise, and acknowledge Him. When was the last time you spent time with the Lord? 

Jesus Christ spared no expense when He paid the price to save you from your sins. Why not show Him how thankful you are by spending some time with Him today? 

It might just be your best day ever…  

The Point Is ...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/6/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 20:7-9 O Lord, you persuaded me, and I allowed myself to be persuaded. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked by everyone in the city. Whenever I speak, the words come out in a violent outburst. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the LORD have made me a household joke. And I can’t stop it! If I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in.!

The Lord persuaded me. Has the Lord ever persuaded you to do something for Him, maybe even something you did not want to do or thought you couldn’t do? If we are serious about our faith, there will be times in which the Lord will lay upon our hearts to do things. When He does, we then have a choice to make, do we do it or not?

Jeremiah let the Lord persuade him. He yielded himself to the will of God and did what God wanted him to do. We are not told, but I believe he did it without too much resistance. Jeremiah walked with the Lord and knew Him to be faithful. He knew God to be trustworthy and worthy to be obeyed. He loved the Lord and wanted to please Him. He understood the consequences of what it would be like if he did not obey God. He knew that it would be hard to live with himself for there would be no peace within his soul.

Jeremiah’s obedience did not make his life any easier. People mocked him and considered him to be a laughing stock in the community because he dared to proclaim God ‘s message to the people. Obedience often does come with a price. The world does not welcome those who take a firm Biblical stand and speak out against sin. The world does not want to hear from God or about Him and will often try to make life miserable for those who do. But, we need to be like Jeremiah; we need to be so consumed by our obedience to God that we cannot be silenced, no matter what.

Oh, but that the Word of God would have such a hold on us that it burns in our souls like fire! Oh, but that it would so consume us that we cannot hold it in, no matter how hard we try! The world desperately needs God’s children who will not stop proclaiming the Gospel to them. The world needs you and me to be consumed by the Word of God and set on fire by it. The coming of the Lord is soon and the harvest field is ripe. The day of salvation is almost past and the world is full of souls who are not saved.

“Lord, help us to care! Set a fire in us for the lost! Lord, when we read your Word, use it to fire us up. Use it to move us into action. Lord, do not let us sit idly by and wait for your coming. Send us out into the world with the Gospel message that souls may be saved while there still is time. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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