May God Bless you too

W.A. Criswell tells of an ambitious young man who told his pastor he’d promised God a tithe of his income. They prayed for God to bless his career. At that time he was making $40.00 per week and tithing $4.00. In a few years his income increased and he was tithing $500.00 per week. He called on the pastor to see if he could be released from his tithing promise, it was too costly now. The pastor replied, “I don’t see how you can be released from your promise, but we can ask God to reduce your income to $40.00 a week, then you’d have no problem tithing $4.00.”   W. A. Criswell, A Guidebook for Pastors, p. 156.



 

the Lord alone

There will be a day when the Lord, and only the Lord will finally be given His due credit.

How do I know? Simply because – as the great song of old time goes “because the Bible tells me so:”

12 The LORD Almighty has a day in store
       for all the proud and lofty,
       for all that is exalted
       (and they will be humbled),  

17 The arrogance of man will be brought low
       and the pride of men humbled;
       the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. – Isaiah 2:12, 17

You see, God has had a plan for the world since the beginning of time. He alone has determined the outcome and someday soon will judge the world and each person in it (including you and me). All wickedness will receive its due judgement. All the righteous will receive their reward.

In the end, “The Lord alone will be exalted!” Hallelujah!

a simple reminder…

A simple reminder about praying –

9“This, then, is how you should pray: 

 ‘Our Father in heaven,
   hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
   your will be done
      on earth as it is in heaven.
 11Give us today our daily bread.
 12Forgive us our debts,
      as we also have forgiven our debtors.
 13And lead us not into temptation, 
   but deliver us from the evil one.’

14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. – Matthew 6:9-15

Direct from Jesus, can’t get better instructions than that!

the monastery

“Two Words”
Brother John entered the ‘Monastery of Silence’ and the Chief Priest said, “Brother, this is a silent monastery, you are welcome here as long as you like, but you may not speak until I direct you to do so.”
Brother John lived in the monastery for a full year before the Chief Priest said to him: “Brother John, you have been here a year now, you may speak two words.”
Brother John said, “Hard Bed.”

“I’m sorry to hear that” the Chief Priest said. “We will get you a better bed.”
The next year, Brother John was called by the Chief Priest. “You may say another two words Brother John.” 

Cold Food.” said Brother John, and the Chief Priest assured him that the food would be better in the future.

On his third anniversary at the monastery, the Chief Priest again called Brother John into his office. “Today you may say another two words.”

I Quit.” said Brother John.

“Well…It is probably best.” said the Chief Priest. “All you have done since you got here is complain.”

 

the end of the world?

I’ve had a lot of people lately ask me: “Do you think it’s THE END of the world?”

Why do they ask? Everybody knows about the numerous wars happening over the past few years. Lately, the amount of serious earthquakes have increased. And just this past week a volcano erupted that “blacked” out the sun over Europe.

All of these events appear to shadow events in the Bible concerning the end of our days on earth. Personally, I have not made a decision about whether it is, or isn’t THE END of the world. But I do know that the end is one day closer than yesterday.

But WHY is any of this important? The answer is found here:

24“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. 25I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself. 27And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.

 28“Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29and come out—those who have done good will rise to live [in Heaven], and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned [to Hell]. – John 5:24-29

All of these things will occur at the end of times. God will judge EACH AND EVERY ONE of us! Therefore we MUST repent and live according to God’s commands or we will not go to Heaven.

The alternative is Hell.

I spoke with someone just the other day who is not saved from eternal damnation and their response was “well, at least I’ll be warm.” If that’s your attitude, then you really don’t understand what being in Hell will really be like.

Someone once described Hell as being “deep fried alive forever.” Now…I don’t know about you, but that sounds worse than just “being warm” forever. It’s your choice. You don’t have to make a choice today, but if you don’t choose to follow Jesus and THE END comes, then your choice was an automatic denial of Jesus and God, thus you won’t go to Heaven.

Take time now and pray to God – ask Him to help you CHANGE your life and follow God in all you do!

a day in court

After living what I felt was a ‘decent’ life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.

As I looked around I saw the ‘prosecutor.’ He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me.. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me, I felt I knew Him. The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn’t take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, ‘Let us begin.’

The prosecutor rose and said, ‘My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell.’ He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank.

I was so embarrassed that I couldn’t look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all.. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life – couldn’t that at least equal out part of the harm I’d done? Satan finished with a fury and said, ‘This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise.’

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior. He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, ‘HI, DAD,’ and then He turned to address the court.

‘Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won’t deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished.’ Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, ‘However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine.’

My Lord continued with, ‘His name is written in the Book of Life, and no one can snatch him from Me. ‘Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy.’

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, ‘There is nothing else that needs to be done. I’ve done it all..’ The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips… ‘This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed.’

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, ‘I won’t give up, I will win the next one.’ I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, ‘Have you ever lost a case?’ Christ lovingly smiled and said, ‘Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, ~Paid In Full.’

– Author Unknown

I have sinned

Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron. “This time I have sinned,” he said to them. “The LORD is in the right, and I and my people are in the wrong.” – Exodus 9:27

Have you sinned?

Even if you have, there is GOOD NEWS!

“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” – Proverbs 28:13

Take time now, pray to God and confess, He will be merciful on you.

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How do I know? Becuase He has been merciful to me.

Yes, I have sinned, but I have confessed and have received mercy.

logic says . . .

Ok, sorry that I haven’t been on here for a while. School and life has gotten really busy – but no excuses, right!?!

Here we go: yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall church service. The speaker read and commented on Romans 10:10-13

10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. 11As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 12For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But there is one additional verse I would like to add to this passage – the one PRECEDING it: Romans 10:9

9That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Why do I list this additional verse? It’s because it’s just as important as the others, and it mentions one key fact: “Jesus is Lord.”

And it’s really this simple: “if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Don’t you want to go to Heaven, and not Hell?

Logic tells the atheist, if he’s wrong, he goes to hell, if he’s right, he just dies.
Logic tells the believer, if he’s wrong, he just dies, if he’s right, he goes to Heaven.

You choose! It’s your life and your eternity – where do you want to spend it?

Psalm 92 – Praise, praise, praise

Psalm 92

 1 It is good to praise the LORD
       and make music to your name, O Most High, 2 to proclaim your love in the morning
       and your faithfulness at night,

 3 to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
       and the melody of the harp.

 4 For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;
       I sing for joy at the works of your hands.

 5 How great are your works, O LORD,
       how profound your thoughts!

. . .

 8 But you, O LORD, are exalted forever.

. . .

 15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright;
       he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

Worship should be a “lifestyle.” Yesterday, on my way to work I heard the song by Casting Crowns “If we ever needed you, Lord it’s now.” As I considered and pondered the meaning of the song, I realized how badly we do need God, not just on our down days, but on our up days too. He is the reason we have Salvation. Without Jesus, we have nothing.

We need to remember this constantly. Praise and worship is something that should happen consistently and constantly. As I heard several times in a local Pentecostal church in my hometown this past Sunday “Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!”

JESUS HAS RISEN!

1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

 5The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; HE HAS RISEN, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” – Matthew 28:1-7