What or Who is Your Source of Strength….

What or Who is Your Source of Strength!

In a world preaching self, self, self what does our Lord have to say?  God does want us to feel good about ourselves but it is not because we are something great. It is because we have accepted His Son as our Savior and His purpose for our lives and accepted that we can only do it by His strength. Now that is big time different than what our world teaches.

You are something special when you have Jesus. By yourself you are not!!!

By yourself you are…

Isa 64:6 “But we are all as an unclean thing and all of our righteousness are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf, and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away.”

Let Jesus lift you up instead of  trying to lift yourself up|||

Rom 12:3 “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you; Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought.”

Remember it’s His timing and by His methods that we can become strong !!! And of course you must know and have accepted Jesus as your Savior. Not depending on your deeds, church or any other activity for your salvation. Then Jesus can begin a work in you. So why is that so contrary to what we feel?

Isaiah 55:8 “For my thoughts are not your  thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. “

Start by…

Acts 16:30b, 31 “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

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

And then…

I Pet 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

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Who can Interpret the Bible….

Who can interpret the Bible

Only one power would want to discredit the Gospel or seek to change it and that power is satan, the master deceiver who is in the business of blinding the mind. And yes, he is real.

II Cor 4:3, 4 “But if our Gospel is hid, it is hid to those who are lost, in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God should shine unto them.”

On one side he makes the Gospel and the road to heaven sound like it is a very difficult thing to know and only the philosophers or theologians can understand it. He tells people that only the religious leaders can interpret the Bible. From the other direction he makes it sound simple. He even says that all religions can lead to God. No wonder he is called the master deceiver………… So, is the Gospel a complex spiritual equation?

I John 2:27 “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

Mat 18:3 “…truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

A child can understand the Gospel. Jesus came into the world, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of mankind, was buried and rose again. We need to accept that we are sinners, that our sins caused spiritual and physical death and that the sacrifice that Jesus paid for us is sufficient to remove the spiritual punishment. Nothing can be added to it from our lives to make it complete. That is the faith of a child. Don’t allow it to be made complex!!!!!

And just so we do not forget.

Jesus is coming to earth a second time to put an end to sin and satan and to straighten out our messed up world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ve read the book and I know who wins and it is not our enemy!

The Lukewarm Church……

I Thes 5:6 “Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”

Did you know there are 7 church ages found in the NT outlined in scripture and many feel we are in the last one called Laodicea? Each has its own major characteristic and the last one is that it is a “LUKEWARM’ church age. God says if we fit that description He is not pleased. You can read about the consequences in God’s word.

Rev 3:15-17 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’–and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked–“

The following speaks volumes to us about how to react and change if we are asleep. As you read you must be very honest with yourself on;

Am I spiritually asleep?

Am I active in His service?

What must I do to change?

Rom 12:1, 2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

CEASING TO EXPECT

Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen and we become ‘luke warm’.  I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today. We come to our services and they are orderly, they are nice–we come, we go–and sometimes they are timed almost to the minute, and there it is. But that is not Christianity, my friend. Where is the Lord of glory? Where is the one sitting by the well? Are we expecting him? Do we anticipate this? Are we open to it? Are we aware that we are ever facing this glorious possibility of having the greatest surprise of our life?

Or let me put it like this. You may feel and say–as many do–‘I was converted and became a Christian. I’ve grown–yes, I’ve grown in knowledge, I’ve been reading books, I’ve been listening to sermons, but I’ve arrived now at a sort of peak and all I do is maintain that. For the rest of my life I will just go on like this.’

Now, my friend, you must get rid of that attitude; you must get rid of it once and for ever. That is ‘religion’, it is not Christianity. This is Christianity: the Lord appears! Suddenly, in the midst of the drudgery and the routine and the sameness and the dullness and the drabness, unexpectedly, surprisingly, he meets with you and he says something to you that changes the whole of your life and your outlook and lifts you to a level that you had never conceived could be possible for you. Oh, if we get nothing else from this story, I hope we will get this. Do not let the devil persuade you that you have got all you are going to get, still less that you received all you were ever going to receive when you were converted. That has been a popular teaching, even among evangelicals. You get everything at your conversion; it is said, including baptism with the Spirit, and nothing further, ever. Oh, do not believe it; it is not true. It is not true to the teaching of the Scriptures; it is not true in the experience of the saints running down the centuries. There is always this glorious possibility of meeting with him in a new and a dynamic way.

–Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Excerpted from Living Water: Studies in John 4

I John 2:28 “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”

 John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

HE IS COMING AGAIN……………………YOU CAN EXPECT IT!

If Noah lived in the USA Today….

Gen 6:5, 6 “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He grieved in His heart.”
IF NOAH LIVED IN THE UNITED STATES TODAY…… Some humor and truth for your day

And the Lord spoke to Noah and said, “In one year, I am going to make it rain and cover the whole earth with water until all flesh is destroyed. But I want you to save the righteous people and two of every kind of living thing on the earth.  Therefore, I am commanding you to build an Ark.”

In a flash of lightening, God delivered the specifications for an Ark. In obedience, Noah took the plans and agreed to build the Ark. “Remember” said the Lord, “You must complete the Ark and bring everything aboard in one year.

Exactly one year later, fierce storm clouds covered the earth and all the seas of the earth went into a tumult.  The Lord saw that Noah was sitting in his front yard weeping. “Noah,” He shouted.  “Where is the Ark?”

“Lord, please forgive me!” cried Noah. “I did! my best, but there were big problems.

  1. I had to get a permit for construction.
  2. The plans did not comply with the codes.
  3. I had to hire an engineering firm and redraw the plans.
  4. Then I got into a fight with OSHA over whether or not the Ark needed a fire sprinkler system and flotation devices.
  5. Then my neighbor objected, claiming I was violating zoning ordinances by building the Ark in my yard,
  6. So I had to get a variance from the city planning commission.
  7. I had problems getting enough wood for the Ark, because there was a ban on cutting trees to protect the Spotted Owl. I finally convinced the U.S. Forest Service that I needed the wood to save the owls.
  8. However, the Fish and Wildlife Service won’t let me catch any owls. So, no owls.
  9. The carpenters formed a union formed a picket line around our home.  I had to negotiate a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board before anyone would pick up a saw or a hammer.  Now I have 16 carpenters on the Ark, but still no owls.
  10. When I started rounding up the other animals, I got sued by an animal rights group.  They objected to me only taking two of each kind aboard.
  11. Just when I got the suit dismissed, the EPA notified me that I could not complete the Ark without filing an environmental impact statement on the proposed flood.  They didn’t take very kindly to the idea that they had no jurisdiction over the conduct of the Creator of the universe.
  12. Then the Army Corp of Engineers demanded a map of the proposed new flood
    plain.  I sent them a globe.
  13. Right now, I am trying to resolve a complaint filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that I am practicing discrimination by not taking Godless, unbelieving people aboard!
  14. The IRS has seized my assets, claiming that I’m building the Ark in preparation to flee the country to avoid paying taxes.  I just got a notice from the state that I owe them some kind of user tax as I failed to register the Ark as a “recreational watercraft.”
  15. Finally, the ACLU got the courts to issue an injunction against further construction of the Ark, saying that since God is flooding the earth, it is a religious event and therefore unconstitutional. I really don’t think I can finish the Ark for another 5 or 6 years!” Noah wailed.

The sky began to clear, the sun began to shine and the seas began to calm.   A rainbow arched across the sky.  Noah looked up hopefully. “You mean you are not going to destroy the earth Lord?”
“No,” said the Lord sadly.  “I don’t have to. The government already has.

That is the humorous side. Remember a sad note. Remember of course that

God is sovereign over all governments so His control is the one absolute we can count on for our lives and even for a modern day Noah. All except Noah’s
family died because of their rejection of God at that time. I wonder how close our world’s view of God is today to that same rejection?  And more of a challenge is, how does my view of God stack up. Is He #1 in my life or #???????
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.   

Gen 6:22 & 7:1 “Thus Noah did; according to all God commanded him,
so he did. Then the Lord said to Noah, ‘Come into the ark, you and all
your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me
in this generation.”

Church Bulletins and Humor for your day….

Proverbs 17:22a “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”

Church Bulletins with Humor for your day!

Thank you Lord for humor and the ability to laugh. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

  1. The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation
    would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
  2. Announcement in a church bulletin for a national PRAYER & FASTING
    Conference: “The cost for attending the Fasting & Prayer Conference
    includes meals.”
  3. The sermon this morning: “Jesus walks on the Water.” The sermon
    tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”
  4. Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please
    use the back door.
  5. “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of
    those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your
    husbands.
  6. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due
    to a conflict.
  7. The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the
    Church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend
    this tragedy.
  8. Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.
  9. Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again,” giving
    obvious pleasure to the congregation.
  10. For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a
    nursery downstairs.
  11. Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all
    the help they can get.
  12. Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more
    transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of
    Pastor Jack’s sermons.
  13. The Rector will preach his farewell message after which the choir
    will sing: “Break Forth into Joy.”
  14. Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24th in the
    church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
  15. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall.
    Music will follow.
  16. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What Is
    Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
  17. Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of
    several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
  18. Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be
    recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
  19. Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.
    Please use large double door at the side entrance.
  20. Attend and you will hear an excellent speaker and heave a healthy
    lunch.
  21. The church will host an evening of fine dining, superb entertainment
    and gracious hostility.
  22. Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.

Proverbs 17:22a “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a
broken spirit drieth the bones.

Buying a Computer…..

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken
spirit drieth the bones.”

Hey Abbott!

Many or maybe even most of you are not old enough to have watched Bud Abbott’s and Lou Costello’s famous sketch, “Who’s on first” having to do with baseball? Even not having heard that comedy sequence you will enjoy the following. And if you enjoy it you will enjoy Bud and Lou’s even more if you get the opportunity to hear it. It is available on the Internet. It is good at times just to start the day with a good laugh………

COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT

Phone Rings;
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I’m setting up an office in my den and I’m thinking
about buying a computer.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don’t own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name’s Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don’t know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write
proposals, track expenses and run my business.
What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let’s just say I’m
sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue “W.”
COSTELLO: I’m going to click your blue “w” if you don’t start with some
straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?
ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of
your business. Just tell me what I need!
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it’s a long movie, I also want to watch reels 2, 3 and 4.
Can I watch them?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I’m at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I
do?
ABBOTT: You click the blue “1.”
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue “1.”
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue W?
ABBOTT: The blue “1” is Real One and the blue “W” is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there are three words in “office for windows!”
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it’s the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?
ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren’t many other Words left. It
pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.
COSTELLO: And that word is real one?
ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn’t even part
of Office.
COSTELLO: STOP! Don’t start that again. What about financial
bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That’s right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What’s bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn’t it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

[A few days later]

ABBOTT: Super Duper Computer Store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on “START.”

Proverbs 15:13 “A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by
sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

The Effects of my Sin on Future Generations…

The Effects of Sin from Generation to Generation

Our lives will affect our children, our children’s children and our
children’s, children’s, children.

Deut 5:7&9 “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not bow
down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the third and fourth generations.”

Example from scripture = David, his son Solomon and his son Rehoboam.

David committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband Uriah
to try and cover up his sins. David confessed his sins and God forgave
him but his ancestors and David reaped what he had sown.

Solomon’s’ sin of lust went unconfessed. Solomon took wives from the
nations our Lord commanded he not do so from.

I Kings 11-14a “So the Lord said to Solomon, because you have done
this, and you have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have
commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you and give it to
your servant. Nevertheless I will not do it in your days for the sake of
your father David, but I will tear it out of the hand of your son.
However, I will not tear away all the kingdom, but I will give one tribe
to your son for the sake of your father David and for the sake of
Jerusalem which I have chosen. Then the Lord raised up an adversary to
Solomon…”

Rehoboam, Solomon’s son committed similar sins as his father and his
fathers’ father but with increased magnitude. The judgment severity
also increased.

I Kings 14:21 “Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah…”

I Kings 14:22 “Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they
provoked Him to jealousy MORE than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed.”

So much for the thought that I am only affecting me……………
What will our children reap from our lives?????????????

Of course, there is a way to keep from the same. Check it out….

Heb 12:1, 2, I John 1:9, Rom 12:1, 2….

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