the late great planet

Sometime in 1974 I picked up a book by Hal Lindsay titled, The Late Great Planet Earth (I’m not sure if the cover you see there on the left is the same one as that of the one I read, but it looks about right). Regardless, it would set my life on a new course.

Later that same year someone handed me a New American Standard Bible. Like Lindsay’s book, I decided to satisfy my hunger for truth by reading it. I believe I began with Romans, and although I did not understand much of what I read, by the time I got to Romans 10 I read something which transformed my life,

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” (Romans 10.9-10)

I discovered that God loves me—has always loved me—and that He showed me His love by dying and rising from the dead to forgive my sins. And I also learned that all I had to do in response to His love for me was to believe, which is to say, confess Him as my Lord and trust Him as my Savior. And if you asked me back then if I loved Jesus I would have probably said, “h--- yeah!

But over the years, like the saints in the church in Ephesus towards the end of the first century AD (as described in Revelation 2.1-7), I grew a huge head and big hands, but my heart grew small. I learned may good things, did many good things, but failed to cultivate a love for God, the thing He desired first and foremost. Sad.

So, how do we do good and keep the faith, not as an end in itself but as the outcome of being in love with God? I don’t have all the answers to this, but by the grace of God I have learned and implemented a few things over the years which I have found to be transformational in this respect.

So, come to AnchorPoint this Sunday and let’s learn together how to have big heads, big hands—and a great big heart!