on NOT going to church

A mother went to wake her son for church one Sunday morning. When she knocked on his door, he said, “I’m not going!”

“Why not?” asked his mother.

“I’ll give you two good reasons,” he said. “One, they don’t like me. Two, I don’t like them.”

His mother replied, “I’ll give you two good reasons why YOU WILL go to church. One, you’re 47 years old. Two, you’re the pastor!”

did you hear what he did?

Based on what I read on Facebook and see in the news, there is so much hostility in this world. People get angry at others based on the silliest things. …  Granted, there are many things going on that people are doing that appear stupid and insane, but still we must remember that God did not give us the responsibility to judge others, or a commandment to get angry at those who hurt us:

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

I think if we all back up, we will realize that we are all guilty of doing some things we shouldn’t have. Yes, some are worse than others, but we are all guilty of being wrong on occassion (yes, even me :-). 

I believe we must overcome this, however, forgive those who hurt us. After all, we too are sinners and have sinned against God. We must forgive others as God forgave us.

Help us, God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake.
Psalm 79:9

 

hello… anyone out there?

Today as I bring my blog back on-line, I am reminded of an event in Paul’s life.

Shortly after Saul’s (Paul’s) conversion, we learn in Galatians 1:11-18 that he spent three years learning about Jesus. He didn’t learn about Jesus through Seminary or any similar teachers, but through a revelation directly from Jesus Christ.

I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin.  I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.- Galatians 1:11-12

Paul makes reference here to the fact that he is indeed preaching not just “religion” but truth – a truth taught by God: Jesus Christ personally. The last four years I have spent studying Scripture. During that time I spent many nights reading books by experts. However, despite what I have been “taught” from professors and other classmates, the single truth remains in the Bible given by God.

 

 

God is love!

 

As we study the Bible, we find many commandments: from loving God to loving our neighbor – from not committing murder to obeying our parents. Each of these commandments are great and useful as guidelines for life. However, most of them truly don’t mean much by themselves. Scripture as a whole must be weaved together to fully understand what God is trying to tell us.

God is love. God created our planet. He created the environment…, the animals, and us. He also sent His Son to earth to be a living sacrifice for us. Jesus then died for us, because he loves us. As a way to forgive our sins, He did on the cross for us. As a way to fulfill the prophecy, He was buried, and three days later rose from the grave to live again. As a way to speak with God, Jesus is now our intercessor in prayer.

God gave us His Word (the Bible) in order that we may know of Him and come to Him. However, it isn’t merely enough that God loves us and that Jesus died for us. We must come to Him, accept Him as our Lord and Savior and obediently follow His ways. This is where the “love thy neighbor” comes in. Jesus tells us that when you do the least of these to others in love, then you do it upon Jesus (Matthew 25:40).

The best way to be obedient to God is to study the Scripture. You don’t have to go to Seminary or pay for a college degree in Biblical studies. We do, however, have to study the Word of God. After all, it is the instruction manual to life.

Because God is love, He gave His Son. The rest is up to us. Will you accept His gift of Heaven and eternal life? If you need more help understanding what this means, please go to……  http://whativaluemost.com/Gospel_main.aspx