A vessel discovered over a century ago among the icebergs of the Arctic ocean with the captain frozen as he was making his last entry in the log-book. The crew were also discovered—some in their hammocks and some in the cabin—all frozen to death. The last date in the log-book showed that for thirteen years that vessel had been moving among the icebergs, "a drifting sepulcher manned by a frozen crew."

Someone suggested that there are some churches in a similar condition. Today's Scripture talks about people who have a form of godliness but without its power. Certainly there are some churches and religions like that too. They have an outward form of godliness but are frozen in that, while they have the outward trappings of religion, they are out of touch with God and reality.

Jesus said: "For many are called, but few are chosen."¹ That is, many are called by God but few prove themselves to be chosen ones in that they do nothing about God's call to follow and serve him. Someone jokingly "translated" this verse to say, "Many are cold and a few are
frozen." Many a true word is spoken in jest.

While millions of people around the world desperately need the gospel, most of us who call ourselves Christian give little for or do anything much about it. Nor do we give much to help in that less than three percent of Christians tithe of their income for God's work. And
even then the average church spends 95 percent of its income on itself.

In the last few years we have seen a great acceleration of some of the worst kind of violence and terrorism around the world committed by radical Islam (Muslims) all in the name of Allah. Let  us not kid ourselves, their relentless goal is to kill the infidels, namely: Christians, Jews, Americans and other Westerners.

The only answer to combat evil is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and unless we the church, and we Christians (and even our governments) wake up and "smell the gunpowder," I am afraid we will be witnessing an ever-increasing amount of violence and
terrorism around the world. Capturing Saddam Hussein, as thankful as we are for that, will not do away with evil, nor will it stop evil's continuing onslaught.

More importantly, let us heed God's Word that says, "'Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.' Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil." 

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