My Catalytic Converter is Failing…
The engine message associated with the converter is that it is running below efficiency and that means it is only a matter of time until it will need to be replaced... and that is an expensive proposition. But why does a car even have a catalytic converter? Well, the answer in short, it is an emission control device that is designed to filter and reduce toxic gases that are produced from gasoline-based engines. In my case, the converter is working, it’s just not working as efficiently as it is supposed to work and thus it is not filtering the engine gases as well as it does when it is operating at its peak. Replacement cost cause me to wish that the engine didn’t need such a filter!
But the fact is, filters are necessary. This pandemic season has certainly reinforced the need for filters… we wear them on our faces, we are more conscience about the filters on our heating and air conditioning units, and we operate with protocols of distance and physical contact, themselves a kind of filter. All of these are intended to protect us from the effects of the insidious Corona virus. Filters are necessary and smart.
Yet how ironic it is that we do not give the same attention to filtering out the corrupting influences that enter our hearts and our minds each day. We are constantly being bombarded with messages that undermine God, messages that undermine our belief, messages that are inconsistent with the scriptures and messages that program our minds to align with godless cultural philosophies. These messages are like ideological viruses that corrupt the soul, mislead the mind, and confuse the heart and yet we do little to filter them from the pollution they produce in our homes, workplace and relationships.
We don’t just need physical filters to protect us from toxic environmental gases or filters to protect us from viruses. We also need spiritual filters that protect our minds and souls from toxic beliefs, myths and vain philosophies. Paul said in Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Have you been taken captive? So, what is the filter that protects us from these things? Simply put, it is subjecting our thoughts to Christ. It means allowing Him to be the filter of our minds. “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:5). This is the secret, and only as we do this will our hearts and minds be protected and filtered from the toxic lies of the devil and secured by the triumphant truth of God. Have you taken the necessary precautions to filter your mind like you filter your health?
Reach the World… By now you should have received a letter from me asking you to pray and give over and above to help support our mission partners. Let’s reach our $100,000 goal as we have done for several years. We cannot all go physically to the world, but we can all help support those who have and are going. We will be receiving your gifts to bless our mission partners for the next several weeks. Join us as we continue to make a difference all over the globe for the Kingdom of God. By the way, thanks for your incredible generosity to feed the homeless for thanksgiving (over 600 people will be fed) and provide snack trays for the nursing staffs of our two hospitals and nursing care facilities. Your help in all of these ministry matters is part of our going to “Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) It is one of the reasons I can always say, “I love being your Pastor”! And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new.
For God’s Glory Alone,