The Kingdom of Heaven

The young man had found a sweet spot in the river. This was a spot where the fish were large and easy to catch. But, it was not easy to get to the sweet spot. To get there he had to wade out into the river, go down the river for a ways and then cross to the other side. However, the young man loved catching fish. So everyday after work, he would rush home and hurry to this sweet spot for an evening of fishing.

Everyday when he waded into the river, he had his hands full. You see he always carried a folding chair, an ice chest, a tackle box and his fishing rod. Carrying this stuff was no problem because the river is shallow and easy to wade. But sometimes the river current washed away sand and caused deep holes in random places. One day as he waded across the river, he stepped into one of these holes and almost drowned.

It should have been no problem for him to swim to safety. But the stuff he carried in his hands pulled him down. It almost cost him his life. The next day as he told this story, you could tell he was shaken by how close he had come to death. I asked him “Why didn’t you just turn loose of your stuff and swim to safety.” His answer was “ I didn’t want to lose my stuff.” He almost died for the sake of a handful of stuff.

The Bible tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. This means it is within reach and it is available to all who wish to live in it. All we have to do is reach out and take the hand of Jesus who is reaching out to us. However, most people will never receive salvation. Why? Because they have filled their arms and hands with things of this world. To reach for Jesus would mean to turn loose of their stuff.

Things of earth will rot and rust, but Jesus will rule and reign forever. Drop those things of the world, reach for the Kingdom of Heaven. Take the hand of Jesus and be saved or cling to this world, sink into the pit of hell and be lost forever.

What profit is there for a man who gains the whole world if he loses his soul?

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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No Reserve, No Retreats, No Regrets,

His name was Bill Borden. He had been born into a wealthy family, After he graduated from high school in 1904 he felt a need to help the poor people of the world. He surrendered his life to Christ and decided to become a missionary. A friend of his told him that he would be wasting his life as a missionary. In response Bill wrote two words in the back of his Bible. The two words were,

“ No Reserve.”

As Bill prepared for the mission field he entered Yale University. While in college, he spent his spare time ministering to those around him. In his journal he wrote that his philosophy for life was simply to “say no to self and yes to Jesus every time!” After he graduated from Yale Bill received many high paying job offers, no one would have blamed him for taking one of these jobs. However at this time he wrote two more words in the back of his Bible they were

“ No Retreats”.

Bill Borden was a millionaire but he realized that his responsibility was to be about the Father’s business. His missionary call was to minister to the Muslim Kansu people in China. Bill planned to spend time in Egypt learning the Muslim language before going on to China. But he never made it to the mission field.Shortly after arriving in Egypt he contracted Spinal Meningitis. In less than a month he was dead. Shortly before he died William Borden wrote two more words in the back of his Bible these words were,

“No Regrets”.

Was Bill Borden’s life wasted? Some people would say; if only he had stayed in the States, with his money and talents maybe he could have done great things for the Kingdom of God. But that was not God’s plan. When his story was told it is said that many hundreds of people were inspired to surrender to the mission field. Because of this, more people were reached for Christ than Bill could ever have reached himself.

The Bible tells us that God’s plans are greater than our plans and His ways are greater than our ways. Bill Borden knew that obedience to God is the only way to be truly successful . His story is a challenge for us to surrender to God with no reserves, to follow Jesus with no retreats and to live in obedience to the Holy Spirit with no regrets.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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A Man After God’s Own Heart

When I was about fifteen years old, a Godly man named Jack McVeigh, became pastor of Falling Creek BC. Brother Jack was one of those old fashioned pastors, who proved his love of God, by loving the people of his community. Jack was a visiting preacher. It was not unusual to see his car driving through the neighborhood as he went from door to door sharing Jesus and inviting people to church. One day he stopped at our house, and the next Sunday we went to church. And we continued to go every Sunday.

My family is large. The day that Jack McVeigh came to visit us there were eleven people in that house, nine children and my mama and daddy. It was a good day for Brother Jack and for Falling Creek Church because that day a small country church added eleven people to its roll. If this was the end of the story it would be really good story, but it’s not. It is only the beginning.

My brothers and sisters and I have all married and have children and grandchildren. This family of eleven has grown to almost eighty people. Most of us have given our lives to Christ. In our family there is one preacher, at least five deacons, a lot of youth leaders and many Sunday School teachers. I truly believe that my extended family is having a positive impact on the world because of our love of Jesus and willingness to work for His Kingdom. It all started almost fifty years ago when a faithful man of God visited our family and asked us to come to church.

The Bible teaches that we are to go into all the world making disciples and teaching them about Jesus. When God asked, “ Who will go for me?” Jack McVeigh answered and said,” Here am I Lord, send me.” He was given the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the lives of the many people that he has reached with the Gospel, Brother Jack has truly gone into the whole world making disciples.

And so I say. Thank you Brother Jack for your Godly influence in my family. Thank you for sharing Jesus with my family and asking us to come to church. By your love and faithfulness you have proven that you are, A man after God’s own heart.

Douglas Huff

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Sunday Rising

It is Sunday morning. I’m scheduled to preach in a few hours. I get up early to begin my day with prayer and reading God’s Word. The moon was in the dark stage last night, so as I sit on the back porch with my Bible and a cup of coffee, it is utterly dark outside. The sounds I hear are night sounds. Frogs and bugs are singing the songs that they have been given to sing. Two owls communicate over long distance about their night’s work. As I sit and listen to the night sounds, it occurs to me that the darkest night is part of God’s plan and it is always followed by the rising sun.

Indeed the darkness is already fading. The bugs and frogs have signed off for the night. The birds have begun to sing to the glory of God. In the eastern sky, the clouds begin to be a portrait in motion. They reflect the red and yellow colors from the sun that I cannot see yet. As I look to the east, a tiny glimmer of brightness breaks the horizon. Then with stately grandeur the sun ascends above the tree line. Darkness has been driven away and the sun has risen.

Now, the sun rises every day and every day it is always beautiful. It never gets old because every sunrise is a new sunrise and everyday is a new day. However on the first day of the week, the rising of the sun is extra special because it reminds me of another Sunday. On that day, some women walked in the darkness listening to night sounds. They were going to a tomb to anoint a dead body. But they ran home in the light with the birds singing. These ladies had a message to share, “ the darkest night has given way to the brightest day because the Son is Risen.

Now no matter how dark the night is, I will never be discouraged. I know that God sends the darkness so the Light will be magnified. The Son of God is the Light of the world. In Him is no darkness. Christ in me is my only hope of glory. Everyday is a day that the Lord has made but no day is as great as the Lord’s day and I will always rejoice to see Sunday rising.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Peace and Quiet

Down where the pavement ends. Yes, that is where we live. The pavement really does end just passed our house. Many of our visitors have said things like; “ We thought we would never get here and it sure is quiet and peaceful out here.” Yes, we do enjoy a peaceful neighborhood. However, the term “quiet” is relative.

Early one morning as I enjoyed setting on my back porch, I realized it was not really quiet down here. There is a low hum of fans from a nearby chicken farm. From a highway two miles away, there is a constant sound of traffic and I hear a train blowing its horn from seven miles away. Also in the corner of my back porch sits an old refrigerator that is imitating a John Deere tractor. So while it is peaceful down here, I can’t really say that it is quiet.

It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that to be true. I also believe that quietness is in the ear of the listener and peace is in the heart of the believer. If you choose to rejoice in the Lord and be joyful in God then He will envelope you in salvation and wrap you in righteousness. Peacefulness and a quiet soul are fruits of a righteous heart

In Isaiah 32:17-18 we are assured that “The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” God says “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in quiet resting places”.

Perhaps today your heart is overwhelmed with turmoil. You long for a place of tranquility.How wonderful it would be if you could sit on a back porch and listen to the birds singing and wind whispering. However, peace and quiet are not contingent on your location. Instead it is determined by the state of your heart. Wherever you are today, God invites you to be still and know that He is God. He will keep you in perfect peace if your mind is focused on Him.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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A New Year

An old year is passing away a new year is being born. Leave your worries and cares behind. Claim God’s promises for the New Year. Call out to God and He will answer you. Listen to God and He will teach you. Look to God and you will see new things. Because every day His mercies are new.

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The Best Day of His Life

            The Roman soldiers dragged him from the dungeon. They made him pick up a heavy wooden beam. When the lash of the whip cut across his back, he started walking.  He and two others carried the instruments of their deaths up the hill. Today he was going to die. It was what he deserved because he was a thief.

            From the top of the hill came the thud of hammers and screams of agony as nails tore through flesh. The crosses were lifted into place. His long torturous death had begun. He looked over at the other men hanging on their crosses. He knew both men. One of them deserved to be there because he was also a thief. However the other Man did not deserve to be there. He was there because the religious leaders hated Him.

Even in his agony he wondered, “what is wrong with these people?” Like snarling animals they ridiculed and abused the Man in the middle. At one time, he even joined them and hurled insults at the innocent Man. But as he watched and listened, he realized this Man was the Son of God. He repented and begged Jesus to remember him when He came into His kingdom.

            He heard Jesus cry out to His Father. The sun went black and the earth shook. Jesus said, “It is finished!” and placed His spirit into His Father’s hands. Later the soldiers pierced the Savior’s side, but Jesus was already dead.

            Later using a heavy club, the soldiers broke the legs of the thief. Unable to lift himself any longer he suffocated. But he died with peace in his heart. He had met the Savior and he knew on this day he would be with Jesus in Heaven. It was the best day of his life.

Douglas Huff

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The Promise Will Be Kept

People who know Jesus Christ as Lord believe that He is going to come again soon. And He is. We find assurance of this in 2 Peter. Inspired by God, Peter writes to help us remember and understand that the Father will keep His promise. Just as the world was once destroyed by a flood, it will most certainly one day be destroyed by fire. Before this happens however, Jesus will return to receive His bride the church, which is made up of true believers in Christ.

Unfortunately, there are many people who don’t believe this. Some think that it is just not possible, but they don’t understand the power of God. Others say that it has been over two thousand years since Christ was on earth, so therefore Jesus must not be coming back. These people don’t understand that God is the Creator of time and He is not constrained nor controlled by the calendar. The promise that Jesus will return has been made and this promise will be kept.

We in the Church like to say, “Even so Lord come quickly.” And we should look forward to His return. I know I do. But maybe we should stop going into our church buildings, shutting the doors behind us and singing, “The King is coming.” Instead we should be out preparing the way of the Lord because the Kingdom of God is near.

Jesus is patient. That is why He has not returned yet. God does not want anyone to perish. He wants everyone to repent and be saved. Since we know this, what sort of person should we be? The Bible teaches that we should walk in holiness as we go out and tell people The King is coming.

The day of the Lord is coming soon, but we don’t know when. Therefore, we should live every day at peace with God, confessing our sins and living righteously for Him. Understand this, every day that passes without His returning is another opportunity for us to share the Hope of salvation with your neighbor.

The promise was made and the promise will be kept. Jesus Christ will return in all His glory. So let us rejoice. Because soon and very soon we are going to see the King.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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This Old House

This Old House

On April 16,1978 Deborah and I were married. On that day, by God’s Grace the two of us became one . In 1979 we purchased a house and it has been our home every since . In this house we have laughed and cried, we have fought and made up, we have celebrated and mourned. This is were we live. In this house we raised our family and every inch of it is coated with memories. It is our home, but it is not us, it is not our marriage.

This house greatly reflects our personalities. We are familiar with all the creaks and pops and every crack in the walls. There is contentment to be found in its every flaw and we want no more comfortable place than is our house. But if it is taken from us tonite and if tomorrow we are homeless we will still have each other because what God has joined together nothing can put asunder. You see this house is our home, but it is not us, it is not our marriage.

All over this land there are buildings that people call churches. Some are beautiful brick and mortar structures while others look more like metal warehouses. In these buildings church members have laughed and cried, they have fought and made up and they have celebrated and they have mourned. In these buildings the family of God has grown and they are filled with memories. But if all these buildings were destroyed today and we had no place to gather, we would still gather and we would still worship God. These buildings are not the church, they are not our salvation.

The church is the bride of Christ, Jesus is the bridegroom . He loves the church and He gave His life for her. But when Jesus said,” I will build my Church” He was not talking about brick and mortar. No, He was talking about us. Those of us who are His followers, we are His bride, we are His church. We have been chosen by God to be precious, living stones in the spiritual house that Jesus is building.

One day all these buildings that people call churches will rot and burn, they were never meant to be permanent. However The church that is the bride of Christ is built on a firm foundation and will never fail. Christ loves the church and gave Himself for us, He has sanctified and cleanse us and one day we will be presented to Him as a glorious church, holy and without blemish.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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