Here’s your sign

Matthew 24:3-14

3 Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?”

4 Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, 5 for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. 6 And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. 7 Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. 8 But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.

9 “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. 10 And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. 11 And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. 12 Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.

In light of the coming New Year

In light of the coming New Year, I thought it only appropriate to remember what God has to say:

For this is what the Lord says – God is the Creator of the heavens. He formed the earth and made it; He established it; He did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited. “I am the Lord and there is no other.” – Isaiah 45:18

The problem is: sometimes people get lost in religion. Don’t get so wrapped up in a tradition or a set of church beliefs that you forget to go directly to Scripture for an answer.

Sure, churches DO help you. Pastors are great sources of knowledge and guidance. But remember that the true source of all knowledge, great and small, is the Lord. When we truly seek His Will, our prayers will be answered, there will be light at the end of the tunnel. We may not understand His ways, or even agree with them, but they are the best way and easiest way from Point A to Point B.

Thank God today for what He has revealed to you and the life He has given you. Remember,

I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. – John 10:10

God wants you to have a fuller life. Take time to pray today and discover how to go about receiving your abundant life.

Who’s team you on?

When I moved to Alabama in 1986, the first thing my neighborhood kids asked me was “Are you an Alabama or an Auburn fan?” Today, I still vividly remember that question. They didn’t ask me my name or where I was from, just what team I was rooting for. As someone that didn’t follow Alabama football, I couldn’t make an intelligent decision at the time.

Interestingly enough, throughout time, people have always been asked to make a choice….  In the following passage, Jesus asked the chief elders to make a choice, but they too, couldn’t, or wouldn’t make a decision. What was the outcome? Read on to find out:

23Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 

 24Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or from men?”

   They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26But if we say, ‘From men’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.”

 27So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.”
      Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Here, the religious experts didn’t make a choice. And there lack of decision caused them to not understand who Jesus truly was.

One day you, too, will be faced with a serious question. The question of who you believe JESUS is. There is only one right answer. Jesus is the Son of God, Lord and Savior to those who believe. Do you believe? If not, click here:

For unto us…

For to us a child is born,
       to us a son is given,
       and the government will be on his shoulders.
       And he will be called
       Wonderful Counselor,  Mighty God,
       Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6

Such a great Scripture passage, this prophesy in the Old Testament let everyone know that Christ, the MESSIAH, would come to earth. But it also serves as a reminder of our soon-to-be returning MESSIAH – Jesus Christ, who came initially in Bethlehem; He will return again to bring us home to Him.

Unfortunately, some people use Scripture out of context, giving it a meaning that isn’t intended. So, what is the background to this passage?

Isaiah 9:1 states “Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.” So, simply described, the reason and purpose behind this Scripture is to let everyone know that even in such a dark world, like that of ours, where sin has run rampant, Christ was here. He came to earth to redeem us. He shed His blood as a way to forgive our sins.

And His resurrection is proof to us that we can trust in Him and look to Him for eternal life.

Thus, next time you see a Nativity Scene, I ask that you say a prayer of Thanks to God for allowing His Son to come to earth to redeem us and make us worthy of receiving eternal Salvation as Children of God. And next time somebody says “happy holidays,” respond with a joyous “Merry Christmas,” because Christ is the reason we have this season.

Psalm 18:46

The Lord Lives! Praise to My Rock!

May the God of my salvation be exalted!

When all is good, it’s easy to celebrate. And for me, today is good. Life is good. Family is good. Church is good. God is great! 

To my extended church family, I love all of you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

May God Bless you all!

You might be a redneck if…

Author Unknown – but let the truth be known…

We have enjoyed the “redneck jokes” for years. It’s time to take a reflective look at the core  beliefs of a culture that values home, family, country and God. If I had to stand before a dozen terrorists who threaten my life, I’d choose a half dozen or so rednecks to back me up….

You might be a redneck if:  It never occurred to you to be offended by the phrase, ‘One nation, under God.’

You might be a redneck if: You’ve never protested about seeing the 10 Commandments posted in public places.

You might be a redneck if: You still say ‘Christmas‘ instead of ‘Winter Festival.’

You might be a redneck if:  You bow your head when someone prays.

You might be a redneck if: You stand and place your hand over your heart when they play the National Anthem.
You might be a redneck if: You still get a lump in your throat when someone sings “God Bless America”.

You might be a redneck if: You treat our armed forces veterans with great respect, and always have.

You might be a redneck if: You’ve never burned an American flag, nor intend to.

Be proud to be a “true” American – or as this post describes it: a “redneck.” For it’s those of us who still honor and value the Christian beliefs that American was founded on that truly honor God with our lives.

God Bless America and may God Bless You!

Peace on earth, goodwill…

As we enter the Christmas season, it’s not uncommon to hear “Peace on Earth” or “Goodwill toward men.” But where did those phrases originate?

Luke 2:14 (New King James Version)
“ Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Imagine that! History reveals yet another long exercised tradition rests on the shoulders of Scripture as its heart source. As someone who lived into their adult years before ever coming to know Christ, I can relate to those who are still lost. It seems, as I remember, that no one ever told me the good news about Christ. 

Sure, I’m positive I did hear it (especially at Christmas), but it never got through until one day when I was sitting with Kimberly talking with her Pastor one on one. You see, here’s the thing. Christmas songs, Christmas cards, and a variety of other things ALL tell the wonderful Christmas story to the world. BUT…some people just don’t get it!  (Remember…, I was one of them.) People don’t get the obvious sometimes!

So, during this Christmas season, make a point of it to tell somebody, ONE-ON-ONE about Jesus’ birth, and what it means to you, to them, and to the whole world.

Jesus brought us peace on earth…

He showed us goodwill to men…

Will you bring others to Jesus Christ and show them goodwill?

For the next 10 days, take less time wrapping presents, signing cards, and preparing food,

and more time telling the wonderful Good News of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Run NOW!

One Sunday morning during service, a thousand member congregation was surprised to see two men enter, both covered from head to toe in black and carrying what looked like sub-machine guns. One of the men proclaimed, “Anyone willing to take a bullet for Christ remain where you are, otherwise now is your chance to leave, run…RUN NOW!” Immediately, most of the choir fled, most deacons ran out, and most all of the congregation immediately left the building.

Out of the 1,000 there only remained around 20 “willing to give their life for Christ.”

The man who had spoken took off his hood, looked at the preacher and said “Okay Pastor, I got rid of all the hypocrites. Now you may begin your service. ” Then, the two men put down what people now realized were toy rifles, took out their Bibles, and sat down with the true core of the church to hear the Pastor’s message.