News & Updates
Water, water, everywhere!
I've wondered over the last few weeks here in Texas if Noah's blueprints for the ark are available on Amazon! Here's the closest thing I found. While not blueprints, it would definitely help pass the time when there's too much water!
Sometimes water causes us to stay inside and not attend events that we normally would. Thankfully, opportunities for online viewing are available. Here at Biblical Solutions, we currently utilize Facebook Live for our Wednesday night series entitled, Victorious Christian Living. This time of teaching focuses on the back half of John 10:10. If you are able, join us on Wednesday nights at 7 PM Central on our Facebook page. If you want, you can also catch the session anytime after as all the live sessions are archived on our Facebook page. These next two weeks are especially critical as they revolve around extending and seeking forgiveness. Don't miss this powerful teaching. You can click here for the session notes. Hope you are able to join us.
Master's Program Update
As many of you know, I am currently engaged in a Masters program. I am being stretched and challenged in new directions. One of the assignments that I have is to lead two online sessions for one of the training segments. I'm inviting each of you to be part of this time.
I'll have a schedule this next week that I will send out. It will be on Facebook Live and I would ask that you consider being part of the session. The training is about walking with the Lord to see if focused discipleship training is part of what God has in store for you. More details early next week.
This Week's Teaching
Below you'll find my thoughts on an event that happened Wednesday in Amarillo, TX. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit's leading as you read about an unexpected event.
First Reactor vs. First Responder
October 23, 2018 - My family lives near a nuclear weapons facility.
Pantex, located a few miles northeast of Amarillo, TX, is the primary facility for the final assembly, dismantlement and maintenance of nuclear weapons for the United States. Most days it operates in relative obscurity, much tamer than during the heyday of the Peace Farm protests during the Cold War. All that changed this morning at 11:59 AM when @PantexPlant tweeted: “The Pantex Plant is experiencing an operational emergency. The Emergency Response Organization has been activated.”
Wow! Not what you expect or want to hear on a normal day in the Texas Panhandle. As I read the news reports, I was struck by the comments on social media. Some were scared, many were worried, all wanted answers. I was especially intrigued by those who “demanded” to be told what was going on. In this age of instant news and communication, it seems we are conditioned to expect immediate answers, and when they aren’t immediately available, we get frustrated.
What I saw today on a small scale represents what I see as a larger problem in society as a whole, and this has infiltrated into the Body of Christ. Here’s the problem: Are you a First Reactor or a First Responder? Read on before you answer.
The tweet from @PantexPlant provided the appropriate information at the time. Here’s what they said: Something has happened and the appropriate people are responding. Notice they didn’t use the word REACT, they used the word RESPONSE. Many may believe that these words are the same, yet they are as different as oil and water. When you react, you don’t think, it’s usually a knee-jerk, emotional reaction without all the facts. When you respond, there’s reason and knowledge involved, and then you take action. Many today on social media were reacting out of emotion, and that’s natural; but emotions tell us where we are (scared, hurt, sad, confused, worried, etc.), not how to act (angry, impulsive, passive-aggressive, demanding, judgmental, etc.).
As you transfer a situation like this (an unexpected event) into your life as a Christian, should we react or respond? I believe that we should be responding with truth, rather than reacting with emotion. I believe that Satan deceives us into thinking that we have to react and fix the problem right away vs. responding with the truth of God’s love. This gets us into trouble and creates sin in our lives because we relied on our limited understanding of the unexpected event.
"The Emergency Response Organization at Pantex is a highly-trained group of employees with detailed knowledge of plant operations and emergency response procedures. These employees represent plant functions such as security, logistics, safety, medical response, radiological assessment, firefighting, operations and public information." This phrase didn’t make it into the tweet but was part of the official media release from @PantexPlant this morning when the security event started. These ERO folks have been trained, they have been tested, they have been given the seal of approval to triage, contain, control, and bring to closure an unexpected event like this. They are First Responders, approaching an unexpected event with the necessary training and materials. Everyone had a role to play, and they stayed in their lane. 48 minutes after the initial tweet, @PantexPlant sent this: “The security event at Pantex has ended without incident.”
Integration time. Are you one who REACTS or RESPONDS? Do you have the training, have you been tested, do you have the seal of approval? If you are a Christian, the answer is yes, even if you don’t think so. It’s a simple as telling your story and trusting God to lead you, walking by Faith through the expected and unexpected events in your life. Satan wants us to think that God doesn’t provide all the answers for every situation. That’s a lie. 2 Peter 1:3 says that, “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” ESV
Look at your life – every situation. Are you a First Reactor or a First Responder?
First Reactors lead with their emotions. First Responders lead with their minds.
Choices based on reactions lead to sin.
Choices based on renewing your mind leads to righteousness.
Sin Reacts - Faith Responds.
The choice is yours.
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