what if Jesus came to visit?

If Jesus came to your home
to spend a day or two —
If He came unexpectedly,
I wonder what you’d do.

Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room
to such an honored Guest,
And all the food you’d serve Him
would be the very best,

And you would keep assuring Him
you’re glad to have Him there —
That serving Him in your home
is joy beyond compare.

But when you see Him coming
would you meet Him at the door
With arms outstretched in welcome
to your Heavenly Visitor?

Or would you have to change your clothes
before you let Him in,
Or hide some magazines,
and put the Bible where they’d been?

Would you turn off the radio
and hope He hadn’t heard,
And wish you hadn’t uttered
that last, loud, hasty word?

Would you hide your worldly music
and put some hymn books out?
Could you let Jesus walk right in,
or would you rush about?

And I wonder — if the Savior
spent a day or two with you,
Would you go right on doing
the things you always do?

Would you go right on saying
the things you always say?
Would life for you continue
as it does from day to day?

Would your family conversation
keep its usual pace,
And would you find it hard each meal
to say table grace?

Would you sing the songs you always sing,
and read the books you read,
And let Him know the things
on which your mind and spirit feed?

Would you take Jesus with you
everywhere you planned to go,
Or would you, maybe, change your plans
for just a day or so?

Would you be glad to have Him
meet your very closest friends,
Or would you hope they stay away
until His visit ends?

Would you be glad to have Him
stay forever on and on,
Or would you sigh with great relief
when He at last was gone?

It might be interesting to know the things
that you would do,
If Jesus came in person
to spend some time with you.

Trust in God

Is there something that currently holds you in a state of worry? Are you concerned about school, finances, your children, your job, the economy? Don’t!

What? I said “DON’T!” Don’t worry. You see, everything that we see in this world, everything we stress about, everything that we worry about is of this world. God tells us not to focus on the worries of this world, but to focus on Him.

The only thing that we should really be concerned about in this world is the lost, the unbelievers – those who don’t know God. For those people who don’t know God will have an eternal death as their future. Everything else that we focus on (school, finances, family, jobs, etc) are but things that will soon pass away.

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” – Isaiah 12:2

God is the God of our Salvation. He is the God that forgives and forgets.

  • He is the reason we exist (we were created by Him)
  • He is the reason we will exist (living eternally as Christians in Heaven), and
  • He is the reason that we are here (to bring the lost to Him).

Therefore, while we all have a job to do or an education to obtain, we are all responsible to bring the lost to Christ. We are living witnesses to bring the Good News to the world. Don’t lapse in your job or at school, but don’t be so focused on activities or worries of the world that you fail to achieve the Great Commisison the Jesus gave us. After all, it was the last guidance that He gave us before ascending to be with His, and Our Father in Heaven.

Matthew 28:18-20 – And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

Some people will say “I understand all this, but I’m still afraid to tell people.” You might think that you just can’t talk to people about God. Well, guess what? You’re not alone; you don’t have to do it by yourself! You see the final thing Jesus told us in this same passage (Matthew 28:20) was “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Jesus is with us; He sent the Holy Spirit to dwell with us and give us the words we need to speak to those who need to hear the Word.

Trust in Him. Don’t worry. Speak the Word – to all people.

you’ll be judged

“God will judge us for everything we do…” – Ecclesiastes 12:14

This is probably not a surprise to many of you. But, do you know the rest of the verse?

“…including every secret thing whether good or bad.” – Ecclesiastes 12:14

At this point, many people will focus on the “bad” secret things we do. And for many reasons, we should focus on the bad.

However, I am going to ask you that during this week, we focus on the “good” secret things.

Huh? Well, you may have heard of a little thing years ago, called a “secret pal.” It’s sort of like that. Take time this week and be someone’s secret pal. Don’t let them know who you are, but do something nice for them. Be sort of a “secret Santa” to them.

Maybe you can leave them a little note on their desk at work or on their locker at school about how much you appreciate them. Maybe you can pay the tab for the car behind you in line at the next drive thru you go to. You can do innumerable things for people without them knowing who you are. Being nice to others is just another way to “love your neighbor.”

What ways can you think of this week to love your neighbor? Remember, you’ll be judged for these secret things….

Love your neighbor

 
Love your neighbor as yourself.
 

 What is the significance of this simple statement? Well, first, the Bible contains this statement as a commandment. Furthermore, when the Bible REPEATEDLY mentions something, it is really important. Thus, you may ask: ‘well just how many times does it mention it?’ The answer?

The Bible specifically mentions loving our neighbor in 8 passages – verbatim, but throughout the Bible…, in a variety of indirect scriptures that mention how we should treat others (with love, not hatred). We are to lift each other up, to encourage each other, to comfort one another.

Jesus taught that:

  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.– Matthew 22:37-39

Paul taught:

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Romans 13:8-9 

Do you want the cliff notes version?

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” – Galatians 5:14   

Bottom line is given by James:

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself…But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.” James 2:8-9

 Other Scriptures: 

Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Mark 12:30-31 “‘And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor.’”

Matthew 19:19 “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

church absence policy

Have you missed church lately? Have you missed it often?

What if church had an absence policy like your work or school?

D.L. Moody once said “Church attendance is as vital to a disciple as a transfusion of rich, healthy blood to a sick man.” 

What does the Bible say about attending church?

And let us consider how we may encourage one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. – Hebrews 10:24-25

We are to keep the Sabbath holy (Ex. 20:8), and to worship the Lord (Matt. 4:10). We are to grow in Christ. How can we do any of this without attending church regularly?

But God has combined the members of the body…so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:24-27

How can we succeed alone if we are all meant to be together and encourage one another (1 Thes 4:18), to disciple one another (Mt 28:19-20), and to comfort one another (2 Cor 1:3-4) and bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2). If we fail to attend church, we fail in our Christian walk. We need each other and God!

Some people don’t come to church because “there are hypocrites in church.” These people are called “hypocrites.” … Did you get that?

What if your work/school attendance looked like your church attendance?                                        Would you be fired?

what other way?

Ok, so you don’t agree with what your boss just told you….  Or you just had a disagreement with your parents….   Surprise, surprise, it seems like there are always times when people disagree over something.

Well, thankfully, when it comes to the truth about eternity and Heaven, there is only one truth.

There is no other God – there never has been, and there never will be. – Isaiah 43:10

God has existed since before time was created and will exist through eternity. He sent His only son to reveal the truth to us about this:

But the one and only Son is himself God…He has revealed God to us. – John 1:18

And the really cool part is that His Son didn’t just come to tell us about God, but to save us and bring us to God:

For God so loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

Ok, BUT….  Although there is a way to Heavento eternal life, there is but ONE way, and ONLY one way – it is through Jesus Christ:

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. – John 14:6

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Dear brothers…be patient

Ok, so you’ve accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. But now, you’ve come to find out that being a Christian isn’t all “fun and games.” So, now what? Well, we are to be patient. Why? Well, Jesus is coming back to rescue us. Listen to this wonderful song by Newsong called “Rescue.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXAN3l8jQDg&feature=related

But why wait? Because we are told to wait:

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. – James 5:7-8

Let’s all help each other. Patience is a virtue that is difficult to obtain. We must help each other, lift each other up and encourage one another. The Lord is coming back to rescue us. In the mean time, we must fulfill His commands. Our paradise in Heaven awaits us.

Live with sin no more!

How can we who died to sin still live in it? – Romans 6:2

After we have become a child of God, we are to no longer be held captive to sin. For those students who attended Big Oak 2009, we “buried” our sins. Those things that hold us captive – they should no longer control us. If we allow them back in our lives, we have not truly buried our old self, our old ways.

Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? We were buried therefore with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. – Romans 6:3-4

There are times where, as humans, we backslide. We accidently repeat our old ways. When this happens, we must repent of these sins. We must purify our bodies again, and move forward with a new life.

We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body…would no longer be enslaved to sin. – Romans 6:6

Do not allow the things of the past to control your future. Christ died so that we would no longer be a slave to sin. Therefore, use prayer to strengthen yourself and begin NEW TODAY! Start over with a fresh life, absent of past sins (for God has already forgiven you!). Rebuke the devil when he begins to tempt you again. Do not allow your eyes to wander, or your body to endulge in those things that you know are sinful. While it may be hard at first, you must use the strength of God through your requests to become more powerful than the sin that had corrupted your old way of life.

For the death [Jesus] died He died to sin, once for all, but the life [Jesus] lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:10-11

 

The chicken or the egg?

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? For centuries, this question has plagued our nation…, possibly the world. Yet, I believe there is an answer.

On the sixth day, God spoke forth this answer:

And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds–livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:24-25

Just as God created Adam (Genesis 2:7), as a breathing human being, He also created the chicken as a breathing animal (Gen 1:30, 2:19), not an egg.

No further questions your honor!