Value For Value – The Buttons Are Now Working! (Thanks Wayne Henderson!)
I’m not going to talk much about value for value, but I did want to mention that longtime friend Wayne Henderson messaged me yesterday on FB to tell me that one of the giving buttons at support.lifespringmedia.com was not working. So if you went over there and tried to send a gift but were unable to, it should work for you now. I went through and installed fresh code for every button and double and triple checked each one.
With Christmas coming up, now would be a great time to make a one time value for value gift or set up a monthly plan.
I went to the funeral of the mother of one of my lifelong friends and learned that she used to put out a chilled can of soda every day for her mailman, and made Christmas cookies for him every year.
I don’t drink sodas, and having lost nearly 50 pounds last year I eat very few cookies. So if you think I’ve brought any value to you in the time you’ve been listening to the LSFB, a gift at support.lifespringmedia.com would be very much appreciated. And if you would prefer to send a check, make it out to Steve Webb and send it to 5225 Canyon Crest Dr, Suite 71-152, Riverside, CA 92507.
Thanks, Wayne, for the heads up!
Today I’d like to focus on the last part of chapter 8 where Jesus dealt with some demons.
I guess we should first quickly identify what a demon is. Some have said that people who are identified in the Bible as demon possessed are really just mentally ill. Schizophrenic or some other sickness. This scene from Matthew 8 disproves that. If the two men here were mentally ill, then why was Jesus able to send the demons into the swine? Now, don’t misunderstand. Mental illness is real, and not all people who display extreme or unbalanced behavior are demon possessed. But demon possession is real in some cases.
So what is a demon? In Revelation 12:9 says, “The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.” If you would like to read the account of Satan’s fall from heaven, read Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-15. When satan fell, one third of the angels in Heaven fell with him. satan and this one third of the angels chose to rebel against God, and they make it their business to torment mankind, with the goal of keeping as many as possible from coming to know Jesus as their Savior.
As we enter into the Christmas season, we will see and hear many people sing carols declaring the birth of the Son of God. It’s getting to be less common, but people who never think of Jesus the other eleven months of the year will have His name on their lips. But knowing or just saying that He is the Son of God will be no more help to them as it was for these demons who tormented the men here in Matthew 8.
The demons said, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God?” They knew who He is, but they had no love for Him. As Matthew Henry said, “It is not knowledge, but love, that distinguishes saints from devils.
This Christmas season, when you hear your friends and family who do not have a relationship with Jesus sing about Jesus, if the Holy Spirit prompts you, talk to them about how the Son of God, born in that manger, has changed your life. Show them that they can know him in a life changing way. He is not just a baby in a nativity scene. He is the creator of the universe. He is the Alpha and Omega. He is not only the One who was born, but the One who died on a cross for their sins and was raised again on the third day, and sits now at the right hand of God the Father, and who will come again.
What a marvelous Christmas they will have!