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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith

February 21, 2008

Loving God wants to help you in tough times

Technology is driving me nuts! I thought computers and cell phones were supposed to simplify my life to free up more time to do other things. Instead, I find myself spending hours just trying to record an old 70's song to my ipod and it is still sitting there unwilling to comply.

When I was a kid, I had a small reel to reel tape recorder. If I wanted to record a song, I waited most of the day until it played on my transistor radio and then I held the microphone up to the radio speaker and there you have it!

The merging of two different technologies was never so simple. I have long felt that computers should have a "Do it anyway" button on the keyboard. That way, when the little message pops up and says, "You cannot merge these technologies, you cannot put that song on anything that you want to, you cannot pass "GO" or collect two hundred dollars," I can just hit the ole "Do it anyway" button. After all, it's my computer, shouldn't it do what I want it to do?

Have you noticed that life is sometimes unwilling to comply? Are you trying to squeeze in one more kid's basketball game or band concert that you know just won't fit? Maybe the news from the doctor is bad or the company is downsizing. Perhaps your friends have deserted you or you feel overwhelmed by all that must be done.

In any case, there is a loving God who wants to merge his power with your weakness to help you through the tough times. If you're facing difficult days, it is not the time to give up church it is time to make sure you are there to seek God's help.

As for that single song, I just tried to load it again and I thought I was successful when a window popped up and said, "Will not fit." Oh, just give me one more button that says, "Make it fit!"

David Sandvick is the pastor of First English Baptist Church in Frostburg.

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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith
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    August 14, 2008

  • Make right choice with church On a recent visit to Tennessee, I spoke with the wife of a Christian camp director and she related this story to me. Her husband bought her an ipod Shuffle (one of the really little ones) for a birthday present.

    August 7, 2008

  • Join with God in his church July is a month that many people head to the beach or to a park to enjoy a summer vacation. As I think about my own recent vacation, I am reminded of a practical joke I played on my wife.

    July 24, 2008

  • Seek God, his kingdom, rest will fall into place On a recent shopping outing I was asked an interesting question. As we checked out, the cashier at the department store asked, "Did you find everything okay?"

    July 17, 2008

  • Bible School puts back what is easily lost Have you ever noticed how many food products are "enriched" with vitamins and minerals? Actually, the term might be "re"-enriched because much of the nutritional value of foods such as bread is depleted when it is processed to give it longer shelf life. Vitamins and nutrients that are lost in this manufacturing processing are restored.

    July 3, 2008

  • Listen to God's still voice: 'You can do it' It was the same day that I rappelled off the tower that I climbed up its rock wall side. I had come to the conclusion that a near-50- year-old man need not prove himself anymore, when a voice in my head said, "Do it anyway!"

    June 26, 2008

  • You should be real sure about going to heaven I recently returned from east Tennessee after speaking for a week at a youth camp. While there, I tried to get to know the young people and participate in many of the activities with them. Tubing on the lake, swimming, rappelling, rock wall climbing, and riding go-carts all combined to make it a truly exhausting work week.

    June 19, 2008

  • God looking for children love him Sunday is Father's Day and the television is filled with advertisements for potential gifts that seem to follow two lines of thinking. One line of gifts I've particularly noticed are handyman type gifts.

    June 12, 2008

  • Christians also have a natural enemy - Satan My garden plantings are growing like weeds. Oh, wait a minute, that one was a weed. A closer inspection reveals that something is gnawing on my plants. The leaves are missing on some of the vegetation and I suspect a wabbit! I asked my wife if rabbits had any natural enemies. She said, "Elmer Fudd." She's no help at all.

    June 5, 2008

  • Ready soil of heart to hear word of God I was working in my garden the other day. Well, it's not really a garden as much as a patch. Actually, patch may be stretching it a bit also. Perhaps bed is the most accurate rendering. A twin size bed to be exact.

    May 29, 2008

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