Gold Rots

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” (James 5:1-3)

I remember someone telling me when I was young that money wasn’t everything but it was way ahead of whatever was in second place. The people James is talking about would agree. They have given themselves over to the Almighty Dollar.

Money is not the root of all evil. It is the love of money as Paul says, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1Timothy 6:10). Paul warns about pursuing riches at the expense of one’s faith.

You remember Jesus had earlier said a person could not serve God and Mammon.

Once again I think James has in mind the earlier teaching of the Lord Jesus from Matthew 6:19-21, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

You will notice in both cases the wealth which the rich man is depending upon, trusting in, and given himself to is destroyed. The irony is he has exchanged what will not be destroyed for what will be.

His soul is eternal; his riches are temporal.

I end with the Lord Jesus who also said what good does it do if you gain the whole world and lose your soul?

The rhetorical answer expected is NOTHING!!!!

Thanks for Reading,
Brother Walt

Summer Break

I would like to bring all of my readers up to date. You have noticed I have missed some of my regular posts lately. I am doing fine; not to worry. I am taking some time off during the summer. I am working on my upcoming blog subjects.

I expect to be back at work real soon. I ask for your prayers as I continue to blog. I ask you to pray also that God open more doors for me to preach.I have preached a good number of times this year. However, I would like to preach even more.

Thanks for your support in this ministry.

Brother Walt

The Cornelius Factor

Yeah, I know today is Sunday. I usually go to church on Sunday. I have noticed during the summer time a lot of people are not at church. The summer is vacation time. It is often time to just enjoy doing nothing at all. You know–sitting under the AC with a cold glass of sweet tea (A southern tradition).

It is also time for folks to not attend church. I fought what we call the “Summer Slump” for years as a pastor. The staff and I would come up with all kinds of ideas to get people out for church during the summer.

My outstanding plans and new programs helped some, but never did we “Dump the Slump”. We wanted to, but the good ole summertime is just that: the good ole summertime. It is a time to take a break.

I finally came to my senses and stopped beating up people who were not even there on Sunday. I realized at some point as a pastor we all need a break from the routine. We just need to get away and catch our breath.

I am not advocating not going to church during the summer. I am, however, dealing with reality. Some people will not be as faithful during the summer; that is all I am saying.

I decided to do what I was supposed to do– preach the Word to those who were there and not worry about those who were somewhere else. I decided to take advantage of the “Cornelius Factor”. It is found in Acts 10:33, “…Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”

This decision made for a more peaceful and profitable summer. Let’s all enjoy our summer and when we show up, show up like Cornelius.

Thanks for Reading,

Brother Walt

Remember Me

I hope you take some time today to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. It is because of them we have freedom. In my opinion there is no country which compares to the good ole USA. In July of 1969, when my airplane touched down in San Francisco, the cabin was instantly filled with shouts of joy. The passengers went wild. We screamed, we hugged each other, we cried. Why?


Just as someone said long ago, “There is no place like home.”

There is another freedom which we should remember. This freedom was also purchased for us by Someone making the ultimate sacrifice. His name–the Lord Jesus Christ. He gave His life so that you and I might be delivered from the penalty and power of SIN.

We remember Him not by wearing a poppy or joining a parade. We remember Him by the Lord’s Supper. He Himself gave these instructions according to the Apostle Paul, “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

I believe it was the practice of the early Church to “break bread,” that is to take communion (Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Cor.16:2; Rev.1:10) on each Lord’s Day. I believe the Lord’s Day to be Sunday, the first day of the week. It is the practice of the Plymouth Brethren to celebrate the Lord’s Supper each Sunday. Many churches today do not have the Lord’s Supper but once a quarter, if that often.

We are not told how often to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. However, we should ask ourselves some questions. Why did the early Church make this a weekly practice?” What are we missing in not including communion when we gather together? Did the early Church know something we don’t? Does it matter to God if we only remember the death of His Son every now and then? Is communion just a memorial, and if so, then why did some of the members in the Corinthian church die due to their abuse of the Lord’s Supper? Is there a deeper level of spiritual intimacy when I participate in communion? What really happens when I break the bread and drink the cup? Who is correct–the Catholics, the Lutherans, the Baptists? I wonder if I should even give it a thought. Should I even care about the Lord’s Supper?

The attitude with which you approach communion answers most of these questions. The way in which you REMEMBER THE LORD JESUS with the bread and cup is VERY TELLING.

How would you rate your participation when you take communion? That’s a sobering question, is it not?

Thanks for Reading,
Brother Walt