Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

            We had some car trouble with Vicki’s car last week.  It used to be mine, but when we got the Toyota Camry, she took over driving the Chrysler Concorde.  We had some issues before, but never could find out exactly what was going on.

            A few weeks back when we were coming home one night the check engine light came on and the car started jerking.  It quit and the light went off so we just kept driving it.  This past week the check engine light came on again so I took it to Car Quest to have them tell me the code.  I was surprised what I found out.

            I don’t’ remember the exact code but they told me the Cam Shaft Position Sensor was bad.  Somehow it communicates with the engine and if it is not working correctly, things don’t run right.  They showed me where it was and even how to change it.  But I knew in my heart I wasn’t going to even attempt it.

            I purchased the sensor and then called Bro. Ambrose Lamboley.  I told Bro. Ambrose what I had found out and wondered if he could look at it.  We set up a time for Saturday morning and he came by.

            He looked at it, unscrewed several screws, undid a couple of braces, took off a hose, undid the sensor, put on the new one and put everything back in place.  He hooked a machine to the car and checked everything out.  Then he looked at me and said, “You’re ready to go!”

            I drove the car around town, then to White Deer and back home.  Vicki has it now and it is running great.  Bro. Ambrose fixed it in 15 minutes and all is well.  But it made me stop and think.

            You see that one little part in that great big engine wasn’t working correctly so the entire engine didn’t perform as it should.  That is so much like our Christian lives.  We often don’t think about the little things and just try to live our lives.  There are times when the little things keep us from living as we should.

            In Luke 15 we read about the prodigal son.  He was blessed to have a father that loved him and provided for him.  But he finally decided that he wanted to get out on his own.  It wasn’t long until he had squandered his entire inheritance.  He even thought about eating the pigs food!

            Then he realized his ‘sensor’ was out.  In v.17-19 it says --- 17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’

            He went to his father who “saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.” (v.20). The son gave his speech, but the father dressed him, put a ring on his hand, sandals on his feet, killed the fatted calf and they began to celebrate.

            Why?  The son had come to his senses.  When he did then things started moving in the right direction.  Oh, the older son wasn’t happy, but the father told him the younger one had been fixed.

            Sometimes in our lives the ‘sensor’ needs to be ‘fixed’ so that we can live in the way God the Father desires us to live.  God has given us Holy Spirit as a ‘check spirit light’ in our lives.  John 16:8 says – 8 “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;” When He convicts of sin, come to your senses, confess that sin and get things running properly.

JESUS, JESUS, JESUS, there IS something about that name!!

Christ only, always,

Bro. Paul