Short and Sweet

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” – John 8:12

Best poem in the world

I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven’s door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.
 
But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp-
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.
 
There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.
 
Chuck, who I always thought
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.
 
I nudged Jesus, “What’s the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How’d all these sinners get up here?
God must’ve made a mistake.”
 
“And why’s everyone so quiet,
So sombre – give me a clue.”
“Hush, child,” He said, “they’re all in shock.
No one thought they’d be seeing you.” 

                                              JUDGE NOT. 

…Why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? …let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. – Romans 14:10, 13

 Remember…Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian
any more than standing in your garage makes you a car .
 
                                            Every saint has a PAST….
                                                           Every sinner has a FUTURE!

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. – 1 John 4:9-10

Unity of ‘the church’

Unfortunately, some of us get caught up in religion sometimes and forget what the Bible tells us.  We are to be unified as a ‘church.’ That doesn’t mean we should all attend the same church or all subscribe to the  same  traditions.

However it does mean that we should all have the same basic moral and spiritual values – the ones Christ taught in the Bible.

We should all have fellowship together as brothers and sisters in Christ, despite any petty differences between our denominations. Churches should work TOGETHER to increase the Kingdom of God. Instead…, we count numbers and compete for membership, when we should be counting and pursuing the lost.

We all have Hope and Faith in Jesus Christ and His promises. Thus, we should all maintain our unity through the Holy Spirit and to our Lord, to whom we all belong. Finally, we should all commit to following God, who is our eternal Father from above.

So next time you are debating with a fellow believer of another denomination, stop and regroup! Realize that we, as believers, are all on the same ‘team.’ Use your energy to focus on the lost and bring them to Christ.

We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called ot the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. – Ephesians 4:4-6

how deep was it?

A boy was sitting on a park bench with one hand resting on an open Bible. He was loudly exclaiming his praise to God. “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! God is great!” he yelled without worrying whether anyone heard him or not.

Shortly after, along came a man who had recently completed some studies at a local university. Feeling himself very enlightened in the ways of truth and very eager to show this enlightenment, he asked the boy about the source of his joy.

“Hey” asked the boy in return with a bright laugh, “Don’t you have any idea what God is able to do? I just read that God opened up the waves of the Red Sea and led the whole nation of Israel right through the middle.”

The enlightened man laughed lightly, sat down next to the boy and began to try to open his eyes to the “realities” of the miracles of the Bible. “That can all be very easily explained. Modern scholarship has shown that the Red Sea in that area was only 10-inches deep at that time. It was no problem for the Israelites to wade across.”

The boy was stumped. His eyes wandered from the man back to the Bible laying open in his lap. The man, content that he had enlightened a poor, naive young person to the finer points of scientific insight, turned to go. Scarcely had he taken two steps when the boy began to rejoice and praise louder than before. The man turned to ask the reason for this resumed jubilation.

“Wow!” exclaimed the boy happily, “God is greater than I thought! Not only did He lead the whole nation of Israel through the Red Sea, He topped it off by drowning the whole Egyptian army in 10 inches of water!” [Exodus 14:22-29]

 

 

Beware of those who “attempt” to contradict the Bible. It has been close to 2000 years and no one has ever disproven, nor will they ever be able to deny the inevitable facts contained in the Holy Scriptures. 

Glory to God in the highest for giving us an instruction book for life that will never need revising!

the freedom of God’s grace

Having problems in your daily walk? Paul, a great servant and disciple of our Lord God, gave us some great advice in the book of Romans:

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life.” – Romans 6:12-13

Paul reminds us that WE HAVE CONTROL over our own bodies. We get to choose what we do. And it’s our responsibility to keep sin out of our lives. However, it is because of God that we have this choice. It is because of God that we have NEW life!

Therefore, brothers and sisters, do not allow sin to come back into your life, instead give up your body as a living sacrifice to God. Jesus gave sacrificially to His death for us to have new life. Simply put HE DIED FOR YOU! The least we can do is LIVE FOR HIM!

“So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” – Romans 6:13-14

Go . . . and make disciples! Be His witness in everything you do. Keep sin from your life and live “under the freedom of God’s grace.”

Trust in ______

How much do you trust others? While we should be able to trust friends and family, how much do we trust them? I know which friends and family I can trust; there are others that I question how much I can trust. However, there is one we can always trust and that is God.

Many of the Psalms and other passages of Scripture speak of trusting in God:

Psalm 4:5 – Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in Jehovah.

Psalm 5:11 – But let all who put their trust in You rejoice; let them always shout for joy

Psalm 9:10 – And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Jehovah, have not forsaken those who seek You.

As I review these passages, my eyes are opened, because we should not only trust in God, we should REJOICE and SHOUT FOR JOY! Furthermore, if we truly know God on a personal basis (i.e. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior), then we are commanded to TRUST God because He will not forsake (abandon) us!

              Do you know God?

                          Do you trust God?

                                          Do you rejoice in God and Shout for joy?

If not, please come to Him today and realize that YOU CAN TRUST IN GOD! He will forever be faithful to you.

the meaning of life…

Ever wonder WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE? Well, many people do – you’re not alone. In fact King Solomon also wondered the same thing during his reign on earth.

1I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. 2 So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?” 3 After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.

 4 I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks…7 I bought slaves, both men and women…. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. 8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!

 9 So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. 10 Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. 11 But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaninglesslike chasing the wind. – Ecclesiastes 2: 1-11

Here we have a journal entry from Solomon, the wisest man in the Bible (except for Jesus). And he found that pursuing “pleasure” in its purest sense is “meaningless.” He had everything there ever was to have and did not feel satisfied!

So, what did he conclude? One has to continue reading to the end of Ecclesiastes (chapter 12) to discover the truth:

1 Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor [God] in your youth before you grow old and say, “Life is not pleasant anymore.” 2 Remember Him before the light of the sun, moon, and stars is dim to your old eyes, and rain clouds continually darken your sky. 3 Remember Him before your legs—the guards of your house—start to tremble; and before your shoulders—the strong men—stoop. Remember Him before your teeth—your few remaining servants—stop grinding; and …

 4 Remember Him… 5 Remember Him… Remember him… before you near the grave, your everlasting home, when the mourners will weep at your funeral.

 6 Yes, remember your Creator now…  …

 13 That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty.

Thank God!

“O Lord, I will honor and praise your name, for you are my God. You do such wonderful things…to the poor, O Lord, you are a refuge from the storm. To the needy in distress, you are a shelter from the rain and the heat.” – Isaiah 25:1,4

The Psalms are full of praise and adoration from David and others about the glorious wonders and acts of God. But Isaiah and other books also speak of the wondrous love and protection afforded by God to those who seek Him.

Are you having trouble in your life? Does everything seem to be falling down around you, closing you in? Maybe you need to step back for a moment and regroup.

Take time for “first things first.” Praise God! Yes, I said praise God first during your hard times. Although it’s hard, very hard…ok, extremely hard at first to praise God during the storm, it is truly what needs done. Thank God for what He has done. Some people go so far as to say “it could be worse.” That’s normally true. However, it doesn’t seem like it could get any worse when you are on the bottom.

Yet, praise God, for He is faithful and true. He has mighty plans for each of us, but first we must follow and obey Him. He will provide all that we “need.”

Watch out now – “need” is a four-letter word. Many people use the word “need” when they really mean “want.” So I ask you, do you really NEED anything, or do you just want an easier life? Through these hard times, we will grow to have more faith and confidence that God can carry us through. Through the storms, we will be washed clean and be able to sprout new growth.

God is our refuge, our almighty Saviour. Allow Him to save you today from your storm. Take a leap of faith amidst all your suffering and Thank Him for being there for you.

Celebrate hard work!

First celebrated in New York City on Sept. 5, 1882, Labor Day official recognizes the working man (and woman). So what’s so special about this day? Well, it’s a celebration that we actually are working.

How many days out of the week do you complain about your horrible job? Consider this, there are many people, especially in today’s economy that are without a job. So take time today and thank God for the job that you do have! And beyond that, take pride in your job (not in that you get selfish or egotistical – but do your job well!)

“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

I love that no matter what the circumstance, God’s little instruction book (the Bible), guides us in everything we do in life (even our work life).

So as you celebrate Labor Day today, thank God for what He’s doing in your life, and for the blessings that you sometimes consider misfortunes (that ‘horrible‘ job you have).

fools and …

Ok – so I started reading Proverbs today, but then Wesley decided to help. So two separate thoughts today.

1) “A fool finds no pleasure in understanding, but delights in airing his own opinions.” – Proverbs 18:2 I don’t think anything else needs to be said about that!

2) “’To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?’ asks the Holy One [God].” – Isaiah 40:25 There is NOBODY and NOTHING we can compare God too. Unfortunately many people attempt to compare God to something manmade or even natural. God is so wonderful that He can’t be compared to anything!

Want to know more about great God is? What are the odds that two ‘randomly’ selected verses could be used together to blog and make a point? Think about the two passages above. One speaks about fools and their opinions. The second speaks about people trying to compare God to anything.  Only a fool could imagine something was comparable to God!