Bad News, Good News….

Bad News, Good News

The Bad News:

Sin. Yes it is still the major problem of this world. We’ve tried to cover it up so we don’t feel the guilt by calling it other names like; disease, half truth, bad genetics, freedom, hyperactivity, heredity, circumstances, bad surroundings, dysfunctional, etc.

Do not be deceived. The world may change but God never does and His definition of sin never does!!!

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Ezekiel 18:20 “The soul that sins, it shall die.”

Romans 3:10 “For there are none good, no, not one.”

Ezekiel 33:11 “As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from their way and live.”

The Good News:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Rom 10:13 ” For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Acts 16:31″And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and thy house.”

II Cor 5:21 “For He has made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him”

Have a great day!!

You choose, Salvation by Grace or Church and Works….

Romans 14:12 “So then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

When it comes to our eternal destiny we will each choose where we reside. Joshua recognized that and he made his choice.

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve Jehovah, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.”

We must each make the same choice, God or this world and its gospel of works and self. Just what will save us from eternal damnation? That’s where the Law and Grace come in.

The Law is a set of guidelines or rules that our God gave us. He did not give them to us to provide a system of works that we could use to be saved from our sins. He did give them to us to show us right from wrong and to show us that we could never provide the perfect sacrifice necessary to wash away our sins and allow us to spend eternity with a Holy God. Our sins deprive us of that right.

Easton’s Dictionary describes the Law; The Moral Law is the revealed will of God as to human conduct, binding on all men to the end of time. It was promulgated at Sinai. It is perfect (Ps 19:7), perpetual (Mat 5:17, 18), holy (Rom 7:12), good, spiritual (Rom 7:14), and exceeding broad (Ps 119:96). Although binding on all, we are not under it as a covenant of works (Gal 3:17). (See COMMANDMENTS, THE TEN.)—Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

Grace is God’s unmerited favor that is given to all. It’s up to us to accept or reject God’s grace for our eternal destiny.

God’s forgiving mercy (Rom 11:6; Eph 2:5).—Easton’s Illustrated Dictionary

So, where are you at this morning? Are you expecting your good life actions to undo the sins you have committed? It can never happen. Listen to the following tongue twister for the answer;

Gal 2:16 “yet knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, even we believed on Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by the works of the law: because by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”

One of my favorite verses follows closely behind this one. And it reminds us that if we could work our way to heaven then what Jesus did was;

Gal 2:21 ” I do not make void the grace of God: for if righteousness is through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Wow, that’s powerful. If we can work off our sins then Jesus sacrifice for my sins was in vain. Most people, not the least of this world’s population believe this way or do not even believe Jesus is God and that is why God has us on this earth…..!

Mat 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Come yyou after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Have a great day fishing, and remember to thank Jesus for the price He paid and remember to ask if your neighbor and co worker’s understand this. Maybe that is why Jesus has you where you are…………..!

You can have Daily Peace…..

Phil 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus”

You can have Daily Peace!

Would you like to have a great day? One with true peace even while going through tough daily times? If so, then here is the way to start your day!! Real peace comes when our goal in life is to exalt the name of Jesus||||

Prov 3:6 “In everything you do, put God first, and He will direct you and crown your effort with success.”

Mat 6:33 “But seek you first the kingdom of God and its righteousness…”

The result of the day is dependent upon on how you start it and what your priorities are as you go through it;

Mat 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

One big thing to remember or refocus on if needed is the fact that events in the lives of thosewho are “born again” believers revolves around the fact that we will go through trials to develop our spiritual character. To have God’s peace in our lives we must be content with the situations of our lives. Of course that assumes those situations are not a result of sin or “reaping what we have sown”. In which case requesting forgiveness from God and possibly those around us comes first. Contentment revolves around the fact that God is in control and desires we be doing His will for us!

Phil 4:7, 8 “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your
hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue,

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Actions speak louder than words…..

Actions speak louder than words….

The question of life.

Would you like to look into your heart this morning? The portion that shows what your real focus on life is? Hopefully you find that you have a desire to know and serve Jesus. If your desire is to grow closer to God the Son and perform His will for your life then you will begin to see your true sinful fleshly nature as you move along on that journey. It is for our sins that Jesus died, was buried, rose from the dead and today sits at the right hand of God the Father and is making intercession for our sins. That is if you have been ‘born again’. If you are not and you leave the earth you may hear;

Mat 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

A revealing of who we are occurs as we live our lives. Actions truly do speak louder than words. Whether we are ‘born again’ or not will be reflected by our lives. The stronger our commitment to obtain something or be a certain person, the more we see who we really are. Learn from and listen to one of scriptures people the Apostle Paul and how his view changed as his life progressed. We see that as the Holy Spirit revealed and had it recorded in God’s word. The closer he got to Jesus the more was revealed to him about his fleshly nature and what was the purpose in life that God had for him. Let’s see what he said as that occurred.

After he accepted Jesus and his Lord and Savior and at the beginning of his ministry his response to himself was;
I Cor 15:9 “For I am the least of the Apostles…”
In the middle of Paul’s ministry his response was….

Eph 3:8 “To me, who am less than the least of all the saints…

At the end of his earthly life just before Jesus took him home his response was….

I Tim 1:15″This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.”

So, how do you view yourself????????

Notice how Paul’s view of himself changed as his life progressed. The reason it changed is because he sought a closer relationship with his Savior and as that developed he learned an important lesson. We are special not because of our strengths as a person but because of Jesus working through us. It was not based on his personal strengths and merits. So once again, just who do you feel you are and where do you feel your strengths come from?

Have a great day in the service of the King of Kings and remember what makes you special and how to find it.

II Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”

Love in the eyes of kids….

John 3:16a “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…”

On the lighter side.
LOVE IN THE EYES OF KIDS
Children talk about love ——–

Concerning why love happens between two people.

“One of the people has freckles and so he finds somebody else who has
freckles too.” Andrew, age 6

“No one is sure why it happens, but I heard it has something to do with
how you smell. That’s why perfume and deodorant are so popular.”
Mae, age 9

“I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the
rest of it isn’t supposed to be so painful.” Manual, age 8

ON WHAT FALLING IN LOVE IS LIKE

Like an avalanche where you have to run for your life.” John, age 9

“If falling in love is anything like learning to spell, I don’t want to
do it. It takes to long.” Glen, age 7

ON THE ROLE OF BEAUTY
“If you want to be loved by somebody who isn’t already in your family,
it doesn’t hurt to be beautiful.” Anita, age 8

“It isn’t just how you look. Look at me. I’m handsome like anything
and I haven’t got anybody to marry me yet.” Brian, age 7

“Beauty is skin deep. But how rich you are can last a long time.”
Christine, age 9

REFLECTIONS ON THE NATURE OF LOVE

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty
good too.” Greg, age 8

HOW DO PEOPLE IN LOVE TYPICALLY BEHAVE

“Mushy…like puppy dogs…except puppy dogs don’t wag their tails
nearly as much.” Arnold, age 10

“When a person gets kissed for the first time, they fall down and they
don’t get up for at least an hour.” Wendy, age 8

CONCERNING WHY LOVERS OFTEN HOLD HANDS

“They want to make sure their rings don’t fall off because they paid a
lot of money for them.” Gavin, age 8

“They are just practicing for when they might have to walk down the
aisle someday and do the holy matrimony thing.” John, age 9

CONFIDENTIAL OPINIONS ABOUT LOVE

“I’m in favor of love as long as it doesn’t happen when ‘Dinosaurs’ is
on television.” Jill, age 6

“Love is foolish…but I still might try it some time.” Floyd, age 9

“Yesterday I kissed a girl in a private place. We were behind a tree.”
Carey, age 7

“Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I’ve been
trying to hide from it ever since I was five, but the girls keep finding
me.” Dave, age 8

“I’m not rushing into being in love. I’m finding fourth grade hard
enough.” Regina, age 10

THE PERSONAL QUALITIES YOU NEED TO BE A GOOD LOVER

“Sensitivity don’t hurt.” Robbie, age 8

“One of you should know how to write a check. Because, even if you have
tons of love, there is still going to be a lot of bills.” Ava, age 8

SOME SUREFIRE WAYS TO MAKE A PERSON FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU
“Tell them that you own a whole bunch of candy stores.” Del, age 6

“Shake your hips and hope for the best.” Camille, age 9

“Yell out that you love them at the top of your lungs. And don’t worry
if their parents are right there.” Manuel, age 8

“Don’t do things like have smelly, green sneakers. You might get
attention, but attention ain’t the same thing as love.” Alonzo, age 9

“One way is to take the girl out to eat. Make sure it’s something she
likes to eat. French fries usually works for me.” Bart, age 9

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF TWO ADULTS EATING DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ARE IN
LOVE?

“Just see if the man picks up the check. That’s how you can tell if
he’s in love.” Bobby, age 9

“Lovers will just be staring at each other and their food will get cold.
Other people care more about the food.” Bart, age 9

“Romantic adults usually are all dressed up, so if they are just wearing
jeans it might mean they used to go out or they just broke up.”
Sarah, age 9

“See if the man has lipstick on his face.” Sandra, age 7

“It’s love if they order one of those desserts that are on fire. They
like to order those because it’s just like how their hearts are–on
fire.” Christine, age 9

WHAT MOST PEOPLE ARE THINKING WHEN THEY SAY “I LOVE YOU”

“The person is thinking: Yeah, I really do love him. But I hope he
showers at least once a day.” Michelle, age 9

“Some lovers might be real nervous, so they are glad they finally got it
out and said it and now they can go eat.” Dick, age 7

HOW TO MAKE LOVE ENDURE

“Spend most of your time loving instead of going to work.” Dick, age 7

“Don’t forget your wife’s name. That will mess up the love.” Erin, age 8

“Don’t say you love somebody and then change your mind. Love isn’t like
picking what movie you want to watch.” Natalie, age 9
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I’m so glad that our God loves us unconditionally………

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have life
everlasting.”

Serving in Jesus’ Church…..

Serving in Jesus Church

Serving in the Church Jesus built and to a lost world is a most interesting topic. The biblical concept of His Church is where any two or more believers are gathering to worship and serve Jesus. No denomination is ever mentioned in scripture. What you want to be aware of is any church adding to the sacrifice of Jesus life for our sins is not one of Jesus churches. Even if they include the name of Jesus in their documents. The church was designed by Jesus and started with His Resurrection and His sending of the Holy Spirit to indwell His Church.

Once you have placed yourself in a local church by being ‘born again’and that Church is Christ centered then the question becomes how, where, when and for what reason should I serve? It’s a given that Jesus wants you to serve Him in His Church. Listen to the following examples.

There are obstacles to having a servant’s right attitude. Don’t allow this to hinder your service. Jesus points out attitudes not pleasing to Him if and when we do decide to serve.

Have you ever heard someone say, ‘so and so is not doing their part so why should I cover for them?’ Scripture records some examples of this.

John 21:21, 22 “Peter, seeing him (John) said, ‘ But Lord, what about him?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.”

Luke 11:38b-42 “…and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she has a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’ “

When our eyes move from serving Jesus to serving self we fall into some of the fleshly traps like Peter and Martha did. But remember, both of them took the challenge to change and became strong servants for Christ. So there is always hope and room for repentance, forgiveness and getting back on track.
I’ve also heard the logic, “My kids no longer attend that ministry so it’s time to let the parents of attending families to do their part”. That is service with a wrong motive.
Do not be deceived there is only one good reason to serve and that is to bring glory to the name of Jesus!!!!! Excuses do not wash with God.

Solomon’s summary of life as inspired by the Holy Spirit applies here.

Ecc 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments.”

And the Holy Spirit’s directive in Luke also applies;

Luke 9:23 “If anyone will come after Me, let them deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Me.”

And for the final and best example of why to serve listen to what Jesus said about serving;

Mat 20:27, “28 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave– just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

If you are not serving, it’s time to get busy!!!!!

Jesus Impostors……

Mat 24-26 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false Christ’s and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect (born again). See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.”

Jesus Impostor’s

As we approach the second coming of Jesus according to scripture there will be more and more impostor’s out there. People professing to be Jesus or to have been sent from God. All those proclaiming to be from God are not!! So how can we tell the difference??

II Tim. 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

II Cor. 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for even Satan fashions himself into an angel of light.
It is no great thing therefore if his ministers also fashion themselves as ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.”

The bottom line is going to the one source of truth we have and that is our God. He recorded that truth in one book so we will have it. His word even tells us in I John that if push comes to shove we do not have a need that another human teaches us Gods truths. If we seek His truth He loves us enough to make sure that we get His truth.

Protection from impostors and error comes from!

Ephes. 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

We all need spiritual defense weapons. So, where do we find them? That armor is found in the word of God and comes from His strength and never my own. That is very comforting to weak persons such as all of us!!!!

Have a great day and don’t forget the greatest book ever written provides you with the Armor needed to do battle. So, how about taking up a good book today…….

Apart from God’s power you are helpless to do battle!

James 4:7″ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”