Lawman!

***Some days are hard. Some days are harder still. I heard about a murder last night during midweek Bible Study… I almost gagged and threw up.

****But God is big. Bigger still than I can ever comprehend. I am thankful He is still working in my life.

*****This post and the last couple come from my new blessing as a full time minister again. With apologies to those who read the Lake Harbour Dr bulletin…

Unrepentant.

Dictionary.com defines unrepentant in the simplest of terms: not repentant or contrite.

A lot of friends and contemporaries have gone where I cannot go.
I feel badly for them.
But I remain unrepentant.

To wit: I am a life long devotee of classic rock. Not pop, bebop, or anything else. I will not listen to country.

Will.Not.Listen!

Give me Rock. With speakers powerful enough to vibrate my bones, rock should be heard and felt.

Yes sir and yes ma’am…

I bought Becki tickets for her birthday to see two of her favorite classic rock bands, Foreigner and Styx.

Who am I kidding? Happy Birthday to me!

In their song Renegade, Styx sings about the wanted man on the run—fleeing from the lawman and the hangman. The chorus says:

The gig is up, the news is out
they finally found me
The renegade who had it made
retrieved for a bounty
Never more to go astray
The judge’ll have revenge today
on the wanted man…

In my imagination, this song with it’s driving beat has always evoked images of the old west. The bad guy being tracked down by the good guy out to see the guilty stopped and punished.

And if you’ll follow that imagery a bit, the bad guy is me (and you too, you’re not getting off that easily).

The good guy? That’s God coming with righteous punishment and His mighty justice in hand.

Surely we deserve it.

In the book of Romans, Paul paints a bleak picture of sin, failure, and pure ugliness. And the brush he uses? It’s wide enough to catch us all. Romans 3:23, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…

But God does a funny thing.

With mercy and grace and a huge reservoir of love, Jesus pays our bounty and frees us from the long arm of the vengeful lawman.

However, If you read Romans 3:23 without reading verse 24, you miss the amazing gift Jesus brings…

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Here’s a news flash: For those who accept the gift of Jesus, the bounty has been paid.
The price was love.
The sentence has been lifted.
The past is forgiven.

How could you not love a God like that?

Rest easy my friends; secure in the knowledge that God loves you and so do I!

Les, Jr.

Why Are You Reading Here?

Yes.

Why are you reading here?

Move along, move along.

There is nothing for you to see today except old posts… And you are welcome to read them. Should be a new one sometime in the next three or four days.

But in the meantime, there is a new post up at Wineskins.

“A Second Chance Lord”

Please check it out and read some other stuff by some great writers!

Happy Mothers Day!

Les

Give Me Jesus!

OCD.
AADHD.

Those are some of the letters it’s been suggested I use after my name.

Instead of Les Ferguson, Jr., B.A, M.A., it would be Les Ferguson, Jr., OCD, AADHD.

Wouldn’t that look grand on a letterhead or resume?

Les Ferguson, Jr., OCD, AADHD.
Minister for the Lake Harbour Drive Church of Christ
Ridgeland, MS.

Except I know what those letters stand for.

“Obsessive Compulsive Disorder”
“Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”

Yes, I can be a bit obsessive about things–and nobody has ever claimed my personality was calm and serene. I can be and often am very hyper. (Bouncing of the walls is more apt a description.) But instead of it being a bad thing, I like to think of myself as energetic, a go-getter—one who focuses in on a task and doesn’t stop until I get it done.

Except that isn’t how it always works.

I can be very focused—obsessed even–until something else comes along that directs my attention elsewhere. But once my attention is shifted to something new?

The process starts all over again…

You may not want those letters to be behind your written name, but I suspect I am not alone.

Especially when it comes to our spiritual lives…

• Have you ever started to pray and found yourself a while later wondering why you never finished?
• Have you ever started a daily Bible reading plan only to discover how far behind you’ve managed to get in the first week?
• Have you ever made the decision to be more spiritually minded, to be a better parent or spouse, or to live more simply only to realize that none of it ever happened?
• Have you ever wondered why your religious beliefs never quite give you what you need?

Welcome to my weary world! I cannot be all that others want. And more often than not, I cannot be even what I want. And just having a religion?

For those of us who struggle with focus? Well, discouragement comes easy and often.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Matthew 11:28-30 and it is so much a message of hope for weary and discouraged folks—particularly those who are burdened and weary from the expectations of religion and their own failures…

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)

Indeed.

Fernando Ortega once wrote a song made even more popular by Jeremy Camp called Give Me Jesus.

In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
In the morning when I rise,
Give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus,
Give me Jesus.
You may have all the rest,
Give me Jesus.

Whatever letters you have behind your name—whatever difficulties, struggles, or failures you face, however weary you might be… the answer is found in having a relationship with Jesus!

Jesus said, “Come to me.”

I say, “yes, give me Jesus!”

Les Ferguson, Jr., ID/BWHIJ
(Imperfect Disciple/ Believer Whose Only Hope Is Jesus)