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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
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It’s On My Heart . . .

What do you need?  I mean, really?  In his blog, Joe McKeever, a pastor and friend, shared the following:


The September 22, 2014, issue of TIME features on its cover an arm with a computer display giving the number of calories consumed that day, one’s pulse,conversations since climbing out of bed, and even how many steps the individual has taken.And that’s just for starters.

The issue celebrates (and worries about) the new “Apple Watch,” the latest thing from those people who gave us the smartphone in my pocket at this moment.This latest high-tech doodad hits the stores early in 2015 and will be all the rage, no doubt.

The text beside the cover picture reads: “Never Offline.The Apple Watch is just the start. How wearable tech will change your life–like it or not.”

One paragraph in particular has stayed with me ever since reading the issue.

Apple creates demands for things that there previously was no demand for.It takes products we never wanted and convinces us we can’t live without them.It does this better than any company in he world.

Anyone doubting that should recall when we were able to walk around without a phone on our person.Now, leave home without our phone (cell phone, smart phone, Android, whatever) and we feel unclothed, vulnerable, and out of touch.Let your kid go off to school without a phone and you are frightened. What if he should need you?Your grandparents–my generation–boarded school buses and were gone from home for 10 hours without our parents giving it a thought.

The tech companies have done a number on us.

The truth is, this world has been doing a number on us for years.  We are convinced that there are things we cannot  possibly live without. People waited in line for hours and some for days, to be the first to get the new Iphone 6.  There is even a "Survival Guide To Waiting In Line For The Iphone 6" on the internet!  That's sick!

Iphones, smartphones, tablets and pads have become NEEDS, rather than conveniences. But what do we really NEED?  A short list of needs would include among other things:

We NEED forgiveness of our sins and know that when we die we will spend eternity in heaven with Jesus.

We NEED to make it through the wilderness of this thing called life.

We NEED the grace of God.

We NEED the peace of God that passes all understanding.

We NEED real settled joy.

We NEED a life of purity and holiness.

We NEED freedom from our past.

We NEED to be the embodiment of Jesus in a lost world.

All the gadgets and doodads of this world cannot meet those needs. In fact, those things may stand in the way of all of these needs being met.  These real needs are met only in Jesus.  And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19  And there's no waiting in line!


In Christ,

Bro. Jerry