Kenneth Lawrence Bates...One last message

by F. L. Anderson

1969 - 2014
Lost a family member this morning. He and I were 1st cousins but when we were just little boys, we were like brothers. Born in the same month, and a day apart. Me on October 7th and he on October 8th. Baptized on the same day, we even shared the same middle name.

He was a drummer self taught. Just picked up the drum sticks one day and never stopped drumming. Yes, he loved the drums, and was very, very good on them. When we were just little kids I used to envy his ability to play those drums. When we were teens he once told me that when he's on the drums, he forgets about the problems and issues of life. "Man, I'm in another world." He said with that enduring laugh that would make me laugh.

Did Jesus fail to communicate His message?

by F. L. Anderson

Recently, a well known Christian media consultant wrote an article entitled "The Sweet Spot of Sharing the Christian Message." 

Please understand that I am not trying to "nit-pick" his article. It's just that there are glaring statements in this article that keep tugging at me. If you are a bible teacher, you can relate to this.

In his article, he begins with how Christians are criticized for how we share the "Christian message with the outside culture". He writes, "Some are criticized for making it too easy - "On the other side those who preach a more serious message."

Then, he says this, "no matter how great your message, if no one’s listening, you’ve failed." Now, this sounds good however, there is a flaw in this statement. This is just one area of his article where I respectfully disagree. Someone is always listening and a planted seed sometimes takes a while to germinate.

Change Takes Action

by F. L. Anderson

I heard a quote on the radio from a well known furniture store owner here, in Houston. It had to do with bettering one's self. "Change the environment, change the brain, change the behavior." As I meditated on this, it dawned on me that you can find this same wisdom throughout the Bible.

  • Change the environment: Paul tells us to "come out from among them and separate yourselves from them." In other words, change who you're hanging around. Associate yourself with those who love truth. Attach yourself to people of light.

  • Change the brain: Paul again, tells us to "Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind."

  • Change your behavior: "Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy."

For things to change, somebody, somewhere has to start behaving differently. Acting differently, starts with action. #iTEACH