Friday, May 28, 2010

A Man With His Big Boy Toy - Apples of Gold - May 28, 2010 -vi-

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“A Man With His Big Boy Toy”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

Well I finally did it.

I finally found a good way to get my old home video tapes into a computer for editing.

We have a lot of tapes.  First there were the VHS tapes we made with my dad’s big old RCA camera.  Then came the smaller tapes when we got a little camera of our own.

And there they are, all stacked up, hours and hours of footage – and most of it boring.

Once in a great while we might get out a tape and watch it, and it’s fun for a while; but then it gets boring.

For example, there’s the tape of my daughter’s third birthday party.  There is about an hour of footage, and at first it’s really interesting.  It’s fun to see what people used to look like – the clothing, the hairstyles – and that’s good for about five minutes. 

Then there is probably another five or ten minutes worth of cute comments and fun activities.  Unfortunately, all that cuteness is buried under an avalanche of boring.

And, boring or not, it’s all rotting away on those old tapes. 

So, I have a grand vision of editing them all and passing them out on DVDs, thereby saving the memories forever, and making them watchable without seizing up into a boringleptic coma.

In this day and age of powerful home computers, massive hard drives and easy video editing programs, it sounds simple, right?

Well I dare you to try and find the very best but reasonably priced system for this.  In fact, my goal was to spend no money, if it all possible.  My daughter has a powerful computer (which I financed, by the way) so all I really needed was a way to digitize the videos.

Well long story short, I finally found a friend with a great “capture” unit and another friend with the unusual cable I needed to make it work.

So last week I began editing that birthday party.  I started by watching the whole video and marking the best parts. 

Now I probably sound like any other guy messing around with technology, a man with his big boy toy, right?

But let me say this.  There is more going on than meets the eye.  Working on these videos causes something special to happen inside of me. 

It turns my heart to my children.

I use that phrase because it’s found in the Bible.

First there is a prophecy in Malachi 4:6.  “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…”

And then an angel said it in Luke 1:17 about John the Baptist.  “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children…”

When I read that I think, “You know, this is something important that God wants done.  He wants the hearts of fathers to be turned toward their children.”

A lot of dads are already there.  They coach little league teams and read Bible stories.  They pray with their kids and tuck them in at night.  Their children sit on their lap while they watch a kids show and eat popcorn.

But a lot of dads don’t do it.  They are gone a lot on business, and when they are home they don’t pay a lot of attention to the kids.  Maybe they tolerate them, and maybe they do what their wife tells them to do, like “You are going to this recital.”

And if 50% of marriages end in divorce, then maybe half the dads don’t even live with their children, and I’m sure that often means “out of sight, out of mind.”

I know what it’s like.  We dads can get very focused on things, and if the kids aren’t in the line of sight, they can just fade further and further out of focus.

That’s why this is so important.  What will it take to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children?

Well for me, this is one thing that does it – working on old family videos. 

My kids are mostly grown up now, and I relate to them more like adults than children.  But working on the videos stirs up the old “dad” feelings – and bonds me once again to my children.

So what does it for you?  Perhaps it’s praying for your children, or taking them out to eat.  Maybe it’s going fishing or playing a little one-on-one basketball.

It’s probably different for every dad, but here is one thing that’s the same for all of us.

We all need to do whatever it takes to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.



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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Would the Existence of Aliens Be the Death of Christianity? - Apples of Gold - May 26, 2010 -vi-

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Radio Script for May 26, 2010

“Would the Existence of Aliens Be the Death of Christianity?”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

When he was a kid, I wonder if President Obama was a UFO buff.

I wonder if he was fascinated by the idea of extraterrestrial beings and interplanetary communication.

Did he ever wonder what was really going on at Roswell?

Because if he did, think about it.  After he got settled into the White House, he could have turned to a trusted aid and said, “Now, I want to know what’s really going on.”

Maybe they took him to a secret Air Force base, or a giant underground bunker.  “Here, Mr. President, here is what’s really going on.”

Maybe they showed him fragments of crashed flying saucers or alien corpses.  Maybe there was a giant microphone aimed at the sky, decoding communications from beyond the Milky Way.

Or maybe there was nothing at all.

“Oh Doug, you just hope there was nothing at all.”

That’s what some scientists would say.  And why would they say that?

Because some scientists say that if (and some even say when) aliens show up, it will destroy Christianity.  It will finally crush the creation myth, they say, and put an end to all this talk of Jesus coming to earth and dying for our sins.

The day aliens show up is the day Christianity dies, they say.

Okay, first of all, they’re just making stuff up.  They are dealing a death blow to Christianity based on the existence of aliens, as if aliens exist anywhere outside our imagination. 

We could easily get sucked into that argument and have a long debate about it, but look at the door you have to go through – the tiny door, the almost unbelievable chance that there are aliens.

One young woman, a scientist, was asked if she believed aliens would be discovered in her lifetime.

I was very curious to hear her answer so my ears perked up.  I was expecting some calculated response like, “Oh, there’s a 10% chance.”

But instead she exclaimed, “Definitely!”

Well there is no science to back up her belief.  It’s not like Goldilocks, “Oh, we found an empty porridge bowl on Mars.  There’s got to be aliens up there.” 

So far there is no evidence anywhere, and science is supposed to be built on evidence.

But anyway, let’s go back to the statement that if aliens showed up, it would be the death knell of Christianity. 

Well you know what?  Wouldn’t that depend entirely on what the aliens said when they came?

Again, all we know about aliens is what we made up, and for some reason we have made up aliens that are either hostile to Earth, or who come to help us with their amazingly advanced technology – and they are always uber scientific. 

Well that makes perfect sense since it’s the science fiction writers making this stuff up.

It’s all made up.  Did I already say that?

But if we are just making stuff up, why can’t we make it up this way.  An alien ship lands, these incredible creatures debark, and what do they find but some scientists waving banners that say, “Christianity is Dead.”

So the aliens go over to them and say, “What kind of simpletons are you?  In all your research, how did you miss the evidence for our great Creator, our Father?  How did you miss the fact that Jesus rose from the dead?  How did you miss your own need for a Savior?”

Turns out the aliens are very advanced in faith and in worshiping God “in spirit and in truth.”  Turns out they have a very close walk with God who gave them insights into how the universe works and how to get around in it.  They are advanced in love and grace and kindness.

How do we know aliens won’t come and confirm our faith? 

Well I don’t believe there are any aliens, and I base that on the scientific research I’ve seen.  They keep looking and looking and looking but so far not a speck of evidence.

Now you might ask, “What does the Bible say about extraterrestrial life?”

Unless you want to torture some odd verses into submission, the Bible is silent on the matter. 

But the Bible makes it clear that there is life beyond what our senses normally reveal.  “God is spirit,” the Bible says.  Plus there are angels and demons, lots of them.  And there are the souls of the departed, however that exactly works.

My point is, you have to listen closely to what scientists say. 

And when they say that the existence of aliens would destroy Christianity, just remember two things.

1.  They are making stuff up.

And 2.  It all depends on what those aliens just might say.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.

Maybe you think there really is evidence for aliens and I’m just not up to speed on the matter.  Well check out this article in a recent Newsweek Magazine:  http://www.newsweek.com/id/237082

Here is just a portion of it: 
It's always good fun when scientists argue about aliens, most of all because they don't have any proof aliens exist. They just like to hypothesize that they might. It provides a rare opportunity to watch great rational thinkers and empiricists become poets and dreamers, imagining other creatures, other life forms, and other worlds, and indulging in what almost appear to be flights of fancy.  And we have had plenty of opportunity in recent years, because more and more scientists have begun arguing that intelligent life must exist beyond Earth, despite the fact that there is no evidence of it. The science has not changed; scientists have.


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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Lethal Glass of Going Astray - Apples of Gold - May 25, 2010 -vi-

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Radio Script for May 25, 2010

“A Lethal Glass of Going Astray”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

“At the window of my house I looked out through the lattice.”

That’s how a powerful story begins in Proverbs chapter seven.

Looking down he saw a young man, “a youth who lacked judgment,” he said.

He watched the young man walk down the street, “in the direction of her house.”

It was just starting to get dark, and out stepped the woman.  She kissed him boldly and said, “I looked for you and have found you!  I have perfumed my bed and covered it with colorful, imported linens.”

“Come,” she said, “let us drink deeply of love until morning!”

Oh, and she dare not forget this important detail.  “My husband is gone – far from home.”

Proverbs 7:21 says, “With persuasive words she led him astray.”

And that’s what I want to talk about today – things that can lead us astray.

That verse mentions one of the most dangerous:  persuasive words.

How many times have we balked at sin, knew it was wrong, wanted to turn away – but then came those persuasive words.  It’s hard enough to walk away from a tempting temptation, but throw in some persuasive words and that thing is deadly. 

So what can we do?  What that young man should have done – avoid the mouth with the persuasive words.  If he would have walked somewhere else, he never would have heard those persuasive words.

The way to avoid being led astray by persuasive words is to stay completely out of earshot. 

That proverb also points out another thing that can lead us astray:  the opposite sex.

Think of ol’ King Solomon.  First Kings 11:3 says, “He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines…” 

Oh, and let me finish the verse, “…and his wives led him astray.”

How many men of God have been led astray by women?  And yes, I know, it goes both ways, perhaps more the other way.  How many godly women have been led astray by a smooth talking “devil in blue jeans”?

Throw those two together, persuasive words and the opposite sex, and you have just poured yourself a lethal glass of going astray.

Here’s another thing that can lead us astray – an improper desire for money.

First Timothy 6:10 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.”

They were on the right path, but then wandered from the faith.  What led them astray?  An improper desire for money.

Here is something else that can quickly lead us astray:  alcohol.

Proverbs 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker.  Strong drink is a brawler; and whoever is led astray by it is not wise.”

In the Amplified version of Isaiah 28:7 we find this phrase, “…they stagger and are gone astray through strong drink…”

See how this gets slippery?  It’s not a sin to talk to the opposite sex or think about money or have a sip of alcohol.  But we must walk circumspectly.  We must be aware that these have a powerful potential to lead people astray and we don’t want to be the next victim.

Here is another thing that can lead us astray:  our friends.

Proverbs 12:26 says, “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”

This links back to persuasive words.  Our friends can be so much more persuasive.  They know how to push our buttons, how to talk us into things.  So if we don’t want our friends to lead us astray, we must pick friends that aren’t astray themselves.

Now here’s a very influential group of people:  our leaders.  They are super-influential because we are supposed to submit to them and follow them – but not blindly.  Isaiah 3:12 uses this simple and obvious phrase, “…your guides lead you astray…”  Jeremiah 50:6 says, “My people hath been lost sheep:  their shepherds have caused them to go astray…”

And then there is nobody’s friend, the devil.  Revelation 12:9 calls him “that ancient serpent the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

So be aware of these things that can easily lead us astray:  persuasive words, the opposite sex, money, alcohol, friends, leaders and the devil.

And how to avoid going astray? 

By keeping our eyes on the Lord, on the truth, on the true faith, and on the Word of God. 

And if you have already gone astray, then read Luke 15 about the prodigal son and the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin, and Luke 19 where we read that Jesus came to “seek and to save that which was lost.”

And for everyone who knows what it’s like to go astray and return to the Savior, we hear from the man who denied the Savior himself three times.

I’ll close with these uplifting words from First Peter 2:25.

“For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Monday, May 24, 2010

The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up - Apples of Gold - May 24, 2010 -vi-

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“The World Is Run By Those Who Show Up”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

The world is run by those who show up.

Maybe you’ve seen that saying on a bumper sticker, or heard it quoted by politicians rallying their supporters.

It was brought up at our church men’s meeting this weekend as a room full of guys came out for prayer.

I’ve been the leader of a few things in my life, and I’ll bet there were times when someone said, “How did he get to be the leader?” 

Well, the world is run by those who show up.  Maybe you don’t like what’s being done by your county commissioners or your school leaders or even your president, but the question is, where have you been?  You have little right to complain if you haven’t been showing up.

This weekend I read about a plot to overthrow the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.  It never happened, of course, but listen to what then-House Speaker John McCormack said, “A well-organized minority can always outmaneuver an unorganized majority.” 

He said that’s what Hitler did.  He organized a minority of the people, and used them to take over the country. 

Look at it like this.  The majority is headed somewhere, and a minority will decide where.  Who will be in that special minority?  Those who show up.  They will change society while everyone else is home watching television and napping.

I’m reading a book by Brother Andrew and he talks about “Christian fatalism.”  He said that many Christians leave everything up to God and have this attitude:  “Oh well, God works in mysterious ways.  I guess this is just how things are going to be.”

Brother Andrew’s response to that attitude is, “What’s the matter with you?  Why are you talking this way?  You’re not helpless!  God has given you the power to change that situation!”

Then he adds these strong words, “We need to recognize apathy and laziness if we’re going to remove them from our lives and do what God has commanded us to do.  God never intended that we should live in a state of suspended animation, forever waiting for a word from Him about what to do next.”

He concludes that God has spoken, His character and His principles are eternally the same, His purposes and His will are not a mystery, and we just need to get moving.  We need to get involved, put our hand to the plow, and make a difference in the world.

The world is run by those who show up, so . . . be one that shows up!

Have you gone somewhere and thought, “I wonder why they didn’t do that differently?  It would have been so much better if they would have done this or that.” 

Well, maybe not enough people showed up to help. 

I was once on a small committee that brought in a special speaker.  When the day came, someone who didn’t show up for the planning meetings was irked by our plain stage.  I wanted to say, “Well where were you when we were having our meetings?”

The event was run by those who showed up for the meetings.  Those who didn’t show up didn’t have a say – and yes, their lack of participation hurt the overall success of the event.

What I’m saying is, get involved!  Don’t just sit back and wring your hands and wish things were better.

The Bible talks over and over about being fruitful in good works.  We are to be rich in good works and zealous for good works. 

Titus 3:1 indicates that we should be ready for every good work.

One way to be ready for good works is to show up when good works are being planned.

Someone is going to be involved, and they will influence the outcome.  Which direction will your church go?  Your community?  Your nation? 

The choices will be made by those involved.  It may be you, or it may be someone quite different than you. 

So get yourself ready for good works.  Put yourself in the position to do good, to be involved, to be part of the group that is bearing good fruit in the world.

And the next time you hear that someone like that is holding a meeting, go!

And if you need a good reason, here’s an easy one to remember.

The world is run by those who show up.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Fasting Humbles You Before God - Apples of Gold - May 21, 2010 -vi-

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Radio Script for May 21, 2010

“Fasting Humbles You Before God”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

 

How long has it been since you fasted?

Have you ever fasted?

Should you fast at all? 

Well I believe in fasting, and here is what I get out of it.

First of all, fasting humbles me before God.

A short version of Micah 6:8 says, “…what does the Lord require of you?  …to walk humbly with your God.”

That’s how I feel when I’m fasting, like I’m walking humbly with God.

Fasting has a way of knocking down your power and your pride.  It weakens you in a way that really humbles you.

Here’s another effect of fasting.  Do you remember the old lyrics “and the things of this world will grow strangely dim”?  That’s what happens when I fast. 

It’s like the time I had strep throat.  Not knowing what I was doing, I decided to just power through.  But instead of going away, it just got worse.  It finally put me flat on my back. 

Have you ever been flat-on-your-back sick?  If so, did you notice how the world grew strangely dim?

When I had strep, my world shrank.  I didn’t think about world affairs or even my own job.  My world shrank down to about three rooms in my house.

That’s a picture of how I feel when I fast, it makes the things of this world grow strangely dim.

I’ve never been dying, but I imagine a similar effect.  What seemed so important just falls off the radar when you are dying . . . and when you are fasting.

If you know anything about photography you know about depth-of-field.  You’ve probably seen photos where one thing was sharply in focus and everything else was blurry.  That’s due to the settings on your camera, adjusting the depth-of-field. 

Well fasting does that to me.  It adjusts my depth-of-field.  What really matters – the Lord and eternal things – comes into sharp focus and everything else goes blurry.

So, fasting humbles me before God, and it shrinks my focus down to Him.

To encourage me while fasting, I have a little card with three Bible verses on it.

Acts 13:2 includes this phrase, “While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said…”

It includes this phrase from Mark
9:29, “…but by prayer and fasting…”

And it includes these six words from Matthew 6:18, “…fasting…your Father will reward you.”

So why fast?  Because God will reward you.  Because some things only come by prayer and fasting.  And because – now listen to this – fasting makes you more vulnerable to the Holy Spirit.

I heard a preacher say that one time, and I liked it.  And I believe it to be true.  Fasting makes us more vulnerable to the Holy Spirit.

I’ve also found this to be true.  Fasting softens my spirit. 

So do we need to fast?  Should we fast?

Well if it was good enough for Paul and those early saints, it’s good enough for me.

Now what about the practical details?  There are many considerations, such as your work and your health, but with those in mind, I would suggest a water-only fast.  That means you intake nothing but water for a set period of time.

If you haven’t fasted yet, maybe start with just 24 hours.  Just pick a time and gut it out.  Just do it.  Yes, your body will rebel.  It wants what it wants, but denying it is kind of the point.

Or take it up a notch and try 48 hours, or 72 hours.  I think you will see more benefits if you fast longer than just one day. 

And I recommend you fast from things like the media and the computer, then use the extra time to pray and study and draw near to God.

One more thing, read up on the practicalities, especially how to come off of a longer fast.  There are wrong ways to do it, so be careful. 

If you’ve never fasted, or it’s been a long time, then I encourage you to consider it.

I think you will truly grow in your walk with the Lord if you make the effort to fast.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Start With Scripture, Then Apply Common Sense - Apples of Gold - May 18, 2010 -vi-

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Apples of Gold
 

Radio Script for May 18, 2010

“Start With Scripture, Then Apply Common Sense”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

Here was the offer we made on television.

“Send in a gift of any size to the ministry, and we will send you this book as our way of saying thanks.”

One viewer responded by sending a single dollar, and that’s fine.  Yes, we lose money on the book, but if that’s all the person can send, or all they want to send, that’s fine.  We are glad to bless them with the book.

But then they sent another single dollar, then another single dollar, then another single dollar.  That’s when the report came to me, “What should we do?”

It appeared they were trying to play the system, trying to get many copies of the book for one dollar each. 

Maybe we need to word our offers more carefully to avoid such things in the future.

“No,” I said, “You couldn’t write enough rules to cover every situation.  At some point you have to trust that common sense and social ethics will kick in.”

So what did we do?

What would you do?

Now you may never run into this exact situation, and that’s the point.  Our lives are filled with situations that aren’t quite the same as the last situation, and that’s why you just can’t write enough rules to cover every possible nuance.

For example, I recently heard a man speaking about hospital janitors.  Their list of duties includes things like “filling the paper towels” and “mopping the floors.”  They have a long list of duties, but guess what?  None of them include people.  There is nothing on their to-do list about people.

So what should the janitor do?  Ignore all the people and just do the jobs?

For example, one janitor said when it was time for him to mop the hallway, a man was up in the middle of the night walking, trying to regain his strength.  So he waited to mop the hall.

Another janitor said she skipped vacuuming a certain waiting room one night because she knew a family was asleep in there that really needed the sleep. 

See, you just can’t write enough rules to cover every situation.  At some point common sense has to kick in.  You have to be able to assess a situation and do the right thing without a specific rule for everything.

The Bible is like this.  If the Bible were written to specifically cover every situation, it would be as big as the world.  But that’s not the way it is.

For example, Jesus said, “Love your neighbor,” and some wise guy said, “Who is my neighbor?”

Yes, He could have made an exhaustive list, going on and on and on, “He’s your neighbor and she’s your neighbor and that guy’s your neighbor.”  But instead He told the story of the Good Samaritan.  He gave an illustration, then left the details to us.

That’s the way the Bible is much of the time.  It gives us principles, and we have to flesh out the details.

For example, the Bible doesn’t say, “Don’t smoke,” but it does say that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.  It doesn’t say, “Don’t drink alcohol,” but it does say, “Be sober.”

I encounter this constantly, people asking about situations for which there is no direct rule in the Bible.  Well if there is no direct rule, then what?

Well first of all we frame up our answer within the guidelines of Scripture.  Then for the specifics it often comes down to common sense.  And if you aren’t sure what the common sense is for your situation, then talk to someone who has common sense. 

Here’s another guideline you can use.  Sometimes I simply ask, “What is the heart of God in this matter?”  It’s sort of like asking “What would Jesus do?”

Often that means being gracious and merciful, but other times it means holding people accountable.  Sometimes people need soft love, and other times they need tough love.

How do you know which is which? 

That’s hard to say because you can’t write rules for every situation. 

The good news is, as Christians, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us. 

So if we don’t have a rule, here’s what we can do.

Start with the general guidelines of Scripture, then apply common sense.  We can ask others for their common sense, and we can ask, “What is the heart of God in this matter?”  And then there’s the Holy Spirit nudging us in the right direction.

Now let’s get back to my original story.  What did I do about the person sending one dollar donations and hoping to get a bunch of books?

I decided to send just one book.  It was a wise use of our resources.  It was the fair thing to do for the author and publisher.  And it quietly kept the person from taking advantage of the ministry, while still supplying them with the wisdom found in the book.

And how did I come to that conclusion?  By starting with the general guidelines of Scripture, then adding a healthy dose of good old fashioned common sense.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Consider the Outcome of Your Conduct - Apples of Gold - May 17, 2010 -vi-

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Apples of Gold
 

Radio Script for May 17, 2010

“Consider the Outcome of Your Conduct”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

Consider the outcome of your conduct.

In other words, don’t just think about what you feel like doing, but also think about the consequences.

Maybe you feel like eating a whole box of Krispy Kreme donuts, but consider the outcome of your conduct.

Pregnant teenagers probably did not consider the outcome of their conduct.

But that’s hard for teenagers, isn’t it?  They know what they feel like doing right now, but the consequences?  That’s hard for them to imagine.

In fact, I think it’s hard for most of us to imagine.  It’s hard for us to picture a place we’ve never been.

So here’s a little tool that can help.  Just ask yourself this little two-word question.

Then what?

Asking “then what?” helps you think through the chain of events that lead from now into your future.

If you don’t like the outcome of the “then what?” then don’t do the action.

Several years ago a country artist named Clay Walker came out with a song by that title, “Then What.”  It’s written to a man who’s thinking about cheating on his wife, but before he does, the singer tells him to consider this little two-word question.  Here’s the chorus:

(play chorus of Then What by Clay Walker)

“Then what?
What you gonna do,
When the new wears off and the old shines through,
And it ain’t really love and it ain’t really lust,
And you ain’t anybody anybody’s gonna trust.
Then what?
Where you gonna turn,
When you can’t turn back for the bridges you’ve burned…”

And he finishes by repeatedly asking the question, “Then what?  Oh-oh then what?”

Just think it through.  That’s what he’s saying.  Look at the end of the road before you go down it.

I guess Clay or his wife didn’t take that advice because they ended up divorced, he remarried, and now has children by two different women.  It’s a tangled up situation that may have been avoided if he would have truly considered the outcome of his conduct, even before he married his first wife.

Now I know we can’t see everything that lies ahead, no matter which road we take.  But here is one thing we can do.  We can look at those who already took that road and see where it led them.

For example, are you thinking about dropping out of high school?  Then what?  And if you don’t know the answer, then look at others who already did.  Look at those who dropped out three, four and five years ago.  Where are they now?  Is that where you want to go? 

Hebrews 13:7 indicates that we should look at good, godly leaders, then do this:  consider the outcome of their conduct.

When I look at the truly godly people I know, I like the outcome of their conduct.  I like their marriage and their family.  I like their ethics.  I like their faith and their overall attitude about life.  And since I like where they are, I want to adopt the conduct that got them there.

On the flip side, there are many people who ended up in places I don’t want to go.  I will also consider the outcome of their conduct, and I will try to avoid it.

It’s a simple message, really.  It’s just thinking things through.  It’s always asking, “Then what?” 

And here’s what happens when you string together enough “then whats.”

“I’ll graduate from college.”

Then what?

“I’ll get a good job.”

Then what?

“I’ll get married and have kids.”

Then what?

“I’ll raise them and get them out of the house.”

Then what?

“I’ll retire and enjoy myself.”

Then what?

I guess I’ll die.

Then what?

Yes, then what, after you die?  That’s where all the “then whats” end up.

Second Corinthians 5:10 says, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”

So think it through, and think it through to the end.  The things I do today, how will they stack up on judgment day?  That’s the ultimate end of the “then what” query.

Think about your actions.  Think about their consequences. 

And be inspired by this little precept based on Hebrews 13:7.

Consider the outcome of your conduct.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.

(close with end of Then What by Clay Walker)


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Midweek Ride of Paul Lanier - Apples of Gold - May 13, 2010 -vi-

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Radio Script for May 13, 2010

“The Midweek Ride of Paul Lanier”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

Paul was a power lifter.

He was also a doctor, a hunter and a licensed pilot – a “real man.”

He married his high school sweetheart, and they had three teenage daughters.

And what was Paul Lanier doing in his early 40’s?

He was battling
ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

That killer disease can take most men down in just three or four years, but Paul the power lifter was in such peak condition that he survived for nine years after his initial diagnosis. 

“Why would you want to survive?” you might ask.  “Why put up with all the suffering just to survive another day?”

Well Paul Lanier knew that everyday he was alive was another day he could make a difference.  

How did he make a difference?  Well listen to this remarkable story told by Steve Farrar in his book “Battle Ready.”

Now remember, Lou Gehrig’s disease affects the muscles.  It quickly put Paul in a wheelchair, and eventually even took his speech.  .

What would you do in that humbling situation?  It would be easy to just wallow in self-pity and give up.

But amazingly, Paul was willing to ask for help.  One man he reached out to was a neighbor and a fellow doctor.  They called him King, and he came over a few times and helped Paul with some household chores.

Then one day Paul dropped this little bomb.  “King, I’ve got a favor to ask.”

“Sure, Paul, anything I can do I’m happy to do.”

“I need you to help take me to my Bible study.”

King shared this story at Paul’s funeral, and here was his reaction to the request.  “I absolutely froze,” he said.  “I wasn’t a Christian, wasn’t a churchgoer, and I certainly didn’t spend my time going to Bible studies.  And Paul knew that.  But he also knew that I desperately needed the Lord.”

When Paul told King that it would last about an hour, King said, “What should I do while you are in the study?”

“You should just come in with me,” Paul said.  “Then if I need to leave for some reason you can just wheel me out.”

Before the midweek meeting rolled around King thought, “If I’m going to a Bible study, I guess I’d better get a Bible.”  He went to Barnes and Noble and was shocked to find such a variety of Bibles.  He said, “I was completely lost, so I finally grabbed the New American Standard Version because I figured, ‘I’m an American.’  That’s how clueless I was.”

King had never been to a Bible study in his life.  He pictured a few guys sitting around a table.  But at Farrar’s church outside Dallas there were actually hundreds of guys who attended the men’s Bible study. 

King said, “I was shocked.  I was blown away that so many guys would show up on a Wednesday to study the Bible.  I wasn’t even sure that I believed in the Bible.  But before long the Holy Spirit began to work in my heart, and I began to see that I was a sinner and that my only hope was to believe the gospel of Christ.  And within the year, my life was completely changed by the Lord.”

In conclusion, King said, “Even in his increasing weakness, Paul was looking for ways to be used by God.  And I am the product of his unwillingness to just stay home and be defeated by self-pity.”

And listen to this.  King wasn’t the only man Paul did this to.  He asked other men to take him to his Bible study, including a devout atheist who said, “The next thing I knew, I was taking Paul to the Bible study and within a year I came to know the Lord.  I went from unbelief to belief so fast I couldn’t believe it.  And Paul was the human instrument that God used to bring me to salvation.”

That’s what Paul Lanier did, while suffering and eventually succumbing to Lou Gehrig’s disease.  In spite of his weakness, he impacted the lives of those around him.

And with the example of Paul Lanier fresh in our mind, we really need to stop and ask ourselves this question. 

What can I do to impact the people around me for Christ?


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.

You can read more about Paul’s story here:  http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/DN-rellanier_14met.ART.South.Edition1.43b0681.html

© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mental Gymnastics - Apples of Gold - May 12, 2010 -vi-

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Radio Script for May 12, 2010

“Mental Gymnastics”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

As soon as the mental gymnastics start . . . stop.

When the wheels start turning to rationalize and justify . . . stop.

If you can’t explain your actions truthfully and honestly and squarely . . . then stop before you even do them.

I’m giving you a little guard rail today, something that will help keep you on the straight and narrow.

It means you are going to have to understand your own mind.  You need to get in there and see how it works. 

There’s a little department in our head, and in that department their job is to justify our actions. 

It goes like this.  We think of something to do, and our conscience throws up a red flag.  Then this department goes to work to override the conscience.  The wheels start turning and all of a sudden we are doing the very thing our conscience told us not to do.  We were warned, but we did it anyway.  But we think we are in the clear because we have a good reason and we are ready to spit it out to anyone who asks.

The problem is, it won’t stand up to the light test.  You can read about the light test in Ephesians chapter 5.  It says, “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”  Then it says “…everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.”

So here is the guard rail that will protect you today.  Will your actions stand up to the light test?  If they were exposed to the light, if they became public, would you be ashamed?  Would you be discredited?  Would your reputation suffer?

If so, then don’t do it.  If you sense the wheels are turning in your head, looking for excuses, stop right there.  Don’t do it!

I was reading this week about a computer program that will cover your tracks.  It will keep anyone from knowing where you went on the internet. 

Would you like to have a program like that?  Would you like to have the freedom to go anywhere online and no one would know?  If so, then you are probably failing the light test. 

You know what?  There is nothing wrong with saying, “I won’t go there because I don’t want to be caught going there.  I won’t do certain things because I don’t want to be caught doing them.”

That’s another way of looking at the light test.  Would you do this if you knew you were going to be caught? 

This is about your integrity and your good name.  Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is more desirable than great riches…”

We need to deal in truth, not some half-twisted version of it.  We need to deal in light, not shades of darkness.

Have you ever seen a little kid try to lie?  They are terrible at it.  Their eyes and their body language betray them – but they don’t realize it!

The same is true for adults.  You can have your story all worked out ahead of time, yet people can see right through you.  No, maybe they can’t prove you’re lying, maybe they have no evidence, but that is not the point at all.  As Christians, we don’t want to eliminate the evidence.  We want to eliminate the sin!

We want to walk in the light as He is in the light!  We want to live in honor and integrity.  The Bible uses this word:  upright.  Titus
2:12 indicates that we should live “self-controlled, upright and godly lives.”

Set the bar high!  Don’t look for reasons to sneak the bar down.  Don’t be pathetic.  Don’t be weak, be strong!  Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might!

You can do it.  It can be done!  “Awake you who sleep.  Arise from the dead and Christ will give you light!”

Proverbs 21:8 says, “The way of the guilty is devious…” 

Don’t be devious.  Don’t look for ways to rationalize and justify and cover up your actions.  Let this be a warning to you right out of the gate.  As soon as your mind starts doing the mental gymnastics – don’t do it. 

“The way of the guilty is devious – but the conduct of the innocent is upright.”

That’s who you want to be.  You want to be counted among the innocent and the upright.  You want to be a person of the highest integrity, with a great reputation and an honorable name.

And that means you can’t do certain things. 

Remember Daniel.  His enemies dug deep to find any lack of integrity, and they couldn’t find one!

I want to be like that.  I want my track record to be squeaky clean.  I don’t want to slip things in under the shades of gray.  I want my actions to be able to pass the light test.  I want to conduct myself in a manner worthy of the gospel.  I want my life to square up with Amos’ plumb line.

Hebrews 13 uses this phrase, “live honorably in every way.”

Honor means no rationalizing, no excuses or justifications.

So here is your guardrail today, something to help keep you on the straight and narrow.

As soon as the mental gymnastics start . . . stop.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

You Need Some Good Christian Friends - Apples of Gold - May 11, 2010 -vi-

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“You Need Some Good Christian Friends”

 

Hello, I’m Doug Apple…with Apples of Gold.

I signed a lease to live in a house with four other guys.

That was in the spring of my junior year in college.

Then that summer I gave my life to Christ.

In the fall we moved in together and “Surprise!  One of your housemates is a Jesus freak!”

Oh, they were still my friends, but now we had a lot less in common.  They wanted to do things I didn’t want to do, so I couldn’t really hang out with my old friends, but I didn’t have any new friends.  Now what?

I started going to a church, but I just didn’t click with the young people there.  Oh they were friendly enough, but honestly, I was looking for people with fire in their bones, people who were dying to the world and living for Jesus.  And by my definition, you weren’t dying to the world when you promoted the showing of a Stephen King movie right there in your facility.  Or when you are proud of your secular music collection.  Or when you don’t mind having a drink at the bar.

But then I wasn’t exactly Saint Douglas.  I spent much of that first year trying to find my footing as a Christian.  I would do good, then not so good, up and down.  And I’m not blaming my old friends, but at times they were a real stumbling block to me.  I should have been stronger, but spiritually I felt like a baby taking his first steps.

I finally got to the point where I said, “Lord, I’ve blown it.  I know You wanted to use me, but I’m just not strong enough.”

Then I was invited to a new Christian group there on campus, and I finally found some kids on fire for Christ.  And let me tell you, it made a big difference in my life.  My walk stabilized.  I grew spiritually.  It was just so nice to find other young people living the way I thought a Christian should live, the way I wanted to live. 

So instead of having friends that were tripping me up, I had friends that were building me up.  We all encouraged each other, and we all grew spiritually by being friends.

And that’s when I came to this conclusion.  If you are going to be a good Christian, I think you just have to have some good Christian friends.  Without them it’s going to be really hard to grow and stay strong in the faith.

Proverbs
12:26 says, “A righteous man is cautious in friendship…”

Why?  Because our friends are such a huge influence in our life. 

But you knew that.  The big question is not if we need good Christian friends, but how to find them!

Well here’s a couple of old sayings that can help:  “Birds of a feather flock together,” and “Like attracts like.”

If you want good, strong Christian friends, then start by being a good, strong Christian yourself.  When you do this, other strong Christians will be drawn to you, just like a magnet finds metal shavings in a pile of sawdust.

But that means you need a pile of sawdust, right?  So where is that pile of sawdust, if you’ll pardon the analogy?

Well that’s easy.  Christians gather at churches all across the country every single weekend.  So if you want to find some good Christian friends, then find a good Christian church and go to it.

“But Doug,” you say, “I go to church and I still have no Christian friends.  No one is reaching out to me.”

Well I have an answer for you.  This is what I’ve done at every church I’ve attended and it always works.

At your church, find something you like and volunteer.  Maybe it’s a committee or a work crew or whatever.  Just join it, and you will instantly begin meeting likeminded volunteers.  Instead of waiting for some social invitation that isn’t coming, get to work.  Then as you work beside people, you’ll get to know them and they’ll get to know you.  That is fertile ground for good Christian friendships.

It works the same at parachurch organizations.  If you like sports, for example, consider volunteering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

We used to sing a Christian song years ago with these lyrics:

“We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
We will work with each other, we will work side by side,
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and crucify man’s pride.”

That’s what happens when you have good Christian friends.  They will guard you on the one side, but challenge you and hold you accountable on the other.

Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Your friends can sharpen you spiritually, or dull you spiritually.  Which do you want?

Well the heart’s desire of most Christians is to grow and be spiritually strong.

And to do that I think you simply must have some good Christian friends.


Comments?

E-mail me:  dougapple@wave94.com.

May God bless you today!  With Apples of Gold…I’m Doug Apple.


© 2010 The Arrow’s Tip 
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(Proverbs 25:11 – “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”)

Why “The Arrow’s Tip”?  Each morning, after diligently seeking the Lord, I write Apples of Gold.  Then before I release it to the public I pray one final prayer, “Lord, send forth your arrows.”  I envision Apples of Gold as arrows, tips dipped in the river of the water of life that flows from the throne of God (Rev. 22:1), sailing toward the hearts and minds of men and women around the world.

Doug Apple
General Manager - Wave 94
Christian Radio for
Tallahassee
PO Box 4105
Tallahassee, FL  32315
(850) 926-8000

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