Help Me Fly Again - #7190

Tuesday, August 1, 2014

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We met this couple at a conference we were attending. They were telling us about how just the day before, a storm had blown in across the lake while they were down at the beach.

All of a sudden they noticed all these Monarch butterflies that were unable to go against that wind. They'd been blown right onto the beach and right into the sand. So, there were stranded Monarch butterflies all over the beach. As these butterflies tried to fly, they of course sunk farther into the sand. Their wings became coated with the sand and they were literally grounded.

The lady tried to help them, but she didn't want to hold them. So she tried to balance them on a stick. And she hoped they would hold on while she cleaned their wings, but they were too weighed down with sand and they just fell off.

Well, the man of the family kind of let them come up on his fingers, and he picked them up one by one and he just used his finger to gently clean the sand off these Monarchs. You know what? One by one they were able to fly again.

I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Help Me Fly Again."

Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Psalm 51 where King David is in recovery. Not from an operation or an illness, but from a terrible moral failure; his sin of adultery. Psalm 51:1, "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquities and cleanse me from my sins."

Later on in verse 10 he says, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, (You can tell there is a struggle going on here in this Psalm.) and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you."

I think David must have felt like one of those butterflies on the beach-he's grounded. His security is gone. He's saying, "Give me back a steadfast spirit." His sense of God's presence seems to be gone. He says, "Don't cast me from your presence." His joy is gone. "Restore to me the joy of your salvation." He wants to reach out. He says, "I want to teach transgressors your ways." But he feels unworthy to do it. And the sand and dirt of sin have grounded him.

Sin never advertises it's going to do this to you; this bill you're going to get. But the bill always comes. And you might know some of these feelings right now. Most of us do one time or another. Some people might be like that lady on the beach. You know, they'd like to help us get it back together, but they don't want to get too close. And then there's Jesus. He wants to pick you up out of the sand that you're in, and if you've repented of that sin; if you've told Him you're so sorry for it and that you won't do it again, He's heard your cry and He is ready, willing and able to pick you up out of the sand.

But before He could pick up your wings, He laid down His. Sin isn't cheap. 1 Peter 2:24 says, "He carried our sins in His own body on the tree." That means that David had been forgiven; but he had to be restored. And that's what your Savior wants to do for you. If you surrender that part of you each day to Him, open up all the scars and the feelings to Him. And then make it right with anyone who maybe got wounded by that sin. Then choose to believe His promise of forgiveness rather than your feelings of condemnation.

What great news! Romans 8:1, "There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." The sooner you open up to Him, the sooner the healing can begin. Why don't you tell Him, "Lord, I've sinned. I know I've hurt You. I don't deserve your forgiving. I pray you don't work on the business of deserve. I'm grounded because of the weight of what I've done, but I know Your death covers it. Clean me up and help me fly again."

If you've never been to the cross to have a lifetime of sin forgiven; the place where Jesus paid for it with His life, would you tell Him today, "Jesus, I'm pinning all my hopes on You." Check out our website. I think we can help you get started with Him. It's ANewStory.com.

He'll pick you up; He'll hold you close and He'll gently restore your beauty and your buoyancy. Sin takes its toll, it leaves scars. But with Jesus, failure is never final. You can fly again!

  • Jesus
  • forgiveness
  • Sin

How to Defuse a Rebel at Your House - #7189

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Bart Simpson has been around now for 25 years. He still looks like a kid, but he's been around for 25 years on TV. Maybe you've managed to avoid the Simpson family. You've probably been doing more important things, and it's perfectly fine, maybe even good if you've avoided them. But just in case you've been occupied in other ways, the Simpsons are this cartoon family that soared to popularity through their primetime TV show. And their lovely son? Oh, man, as they came on, he was all over posters, shirts, and mugs. You can still find him all over the place.

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  • parenting
  • daughters
  • sons

The Dangers of Winning - #7188

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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As 1986 ended, a lot of commentators were looking back at the greatest moments of the year, and some of the most tragic moments too. And they all mentioned a player named Len Bias. At 22 years old, he was the number one college basketball star in the United States. He'd been drafted by the then champions Boston Celtics. He had a 1.6 million dollar deal to do commercials. Newsweek Magazine said, "They were the best days of his life."

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  • pride
  • success

The It Game - #7187

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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There's no joy quite so joyful as that of an expectant mother. She talks all the time about this new life she's carrying, and she tells everyone about "my baby." That is unless she doesn't want to carry the child any more. If she happens to be considering an abortion, she and all those involved in the process suddenly demote "my baby" to "the fetus."

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  • Jesus
  • Christianity
  • religion

Where Is God in the Tornadoes? - #7186

Monday, July 28, 2014

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Well, Spring is tornado time, and in this past Spring there were some that just missed our area –killer tornadoes. The lives and places devastated hit a little close to home this time.

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  • loss
  • pain
  • Salvation
  • Jesus
  • grief

Royal Treatment - #7185

Friday, July 25, 2014

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"When I was young..." Kids hate those words. If you're a parent, I'll bet your kids do. But here I go. I'm going to do it anyway. When I was young, there was this woman named Emily Post, and she was the expert on etiquette. And so, we would often ask, "Well, what does Emily Post say we're supposed to do in this situation?"

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  • friendship
  • Paul
  • Neighbor

Telling Isn't Trusting - #7184

Thursday, July 24, 2014

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Okay, I've got to admit this. When something's wrong with our car, you're not going to usually find me under the hood. I'm not really that good at that, so I head for the gas station. Now, Dave has worked on our car for years, and he does a very good job. So I would tell Dave the symptoms of what seems to be wrong with the car; the noise, the starting problem, or the loss of power. And then Dave talks back to me. He tells me what he thinks it might be, what he thinks it might cost and how long it might take to fix it. What do I do? Do I say, "Thanks, Dave!" and then chug away in my ailing car? Well, duh, no! I leave it there.

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  • Jesus
  • faith
  • stress
  • struggle

Mount Everest is Closed - #7183

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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It just sounds weird: "Mount Everest is closed." But that was the headline No one was going to climb that most iconic of all mountaineering quests, because 16 Sherpa guides were lost on the mountain, as blocks of ice as big as automobiles cascaded down on them.

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  • Salvation
  • Jesus
  • meaning
  • purpose

Just the Two of Us - #7182

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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It had been a while since my wife and I had been able to have a vacation. In fact, it even took a few all-nighters to get us to a point where we could leave responsibly. But we did! It was a bit unusual for a vacation, because almost always there had been at least one of the three kids with us. But our daughter was married, our oldest son was involved in full-time ministry, and our youngest son was in college. It became a vacation like the pre-children days a very long time ago. See, for most of our year, the needs of our children shaped our daily schedules and the needs of many people. And most of our vacations we had to factor in what the kids would enjoy. We planned a lot of vacation days around them, as you probably have as a parent.

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  • devotions
  • bible study
  • prayer

What You're Missing When You're Flying - #7181

Monday, July 21, 2014

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I was on a typical wall-to-wall schedule, and old man winter wasn't cooperating. I was traveling with my wife and we were slipping and sliding through this major snow storm to get to our flight at the airport. We heard on the radio that flights were being seriously delayed. I told my wife, "That airport's going to close. I know it is." So we made a last-minute decision. We called Amtrak. They had two seats left on the train, and we diverted from the airport to the train station.

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  • stress
  • struggle
  • peace

            

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