The Power of a Godly Life…

James 2:2-4 “For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, ‘You sit here in a good place’, and say to the poor man, ‘You stand here’; or ‘Sit here at my footstool’, have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?”

The Power of a Godly Life…

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, shorts and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. He became a “Born Again” Christian, while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a very conservative church with a lot of the elite, well dressed individuals of the city attending the church. They want to develop a ministry to the students but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go to this church. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt and wild hair. The service has already started, and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit; and when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!).

By now the people are really uptight and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon a very Godly man is in his eighties has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit.

He walks with a cane and as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves, you can’t blame him for what he’s going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the older man to reach the boy. The church is utterly silent, except for the clicking of the man’s cane. All eyes are focused on him. You can’t even hear anyone breathing. The people are thinking. The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

The elderly man drops his cane on the floor. With great difficulty, he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and starts to worship with him so that he won’t be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion.

When the minister gains control, he says, “What I’m about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read.”

1 Cor. 9:19-22 “For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men that I might by all means save some.”

Have a blessed day in the service of the King and remember you truly are in His service if you want to be and your life can make a difference.

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Are You a Veteran of the Real War…

Are You a Veteran of the real war….?

Eph 6:12,13a “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God…”

Our country went through declared and undeclared wars that many did not and still do not either agree with or understand. Wars such as WW1, WW2, Vietnam conflict, Korean conflict, Gulf war, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. Some were never declared wars so they were fought without using all the means at our disposal to end them. None the less hundreds of thousands of military men and women blindly obeyed for the benefit of their country and many have lost their lives for our country.

These brave men and women fought the fight willingly taking it by faith that it was their duty and obligation. They did not read the constitution and then decide to enlist. Most blindly enlisted and for the most part did what were told to do. Men and women put their lives on the line and lost their lives.

Were you one of them who served? Did you fight a war without even understanding it? Think of it, people putting their lives on the line for something called country and duty. Why is it so easy to accept the demands of a nation while ignoring the offer of a Savior?

Some of it has to do with the cold war that is on for souls. The enemy has many blinded into believing his doctrines.  The battle cry of the rulers of darkness controlling this world is to get people to believe that church affiliation and their life style if good enough and will give them the opportunity to get to heaven. Then satan plants doubts like having us believe that hell is not real. Or he gets them believing in self and materialism as their purpose for the years we spend on this earth which becomes our religion.

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”

The good news is that the constitution that will never change, the Bible, holds the truth and is as relevant today as it was the day it was put on paper and is available to all. It alone gives us the answer to life and all the vital questions for how to live it and where our eternity will be.

James 4:14 “whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

The good news and battle cry of Jesus is that heaven is for real. Our average life span on this earth is 75-80 years. How short that is compared to eternity. And the good news says that His soldiers will spend eternity with Him in heaven, our future home. Yes, most whom take up Jesus cause will suffer, and some will even die for their Savior.

2 Timothy 3:12-15 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Jesus proclaims that He came to earth, lived the only sinless life ever lived because He was and is God, died for our sins, was buried and rose the third day. Today, Jesus sits at the right hand of the throne of God and makes intercession for sinners such as those of us who will accept His sacrifice for our sins and deny our ability to attain it through any other means. He is our Supreme Commander. No church, no person, no saint can do that for us.

We must simply believe and blindly obey like good soldiers. It’s called faith. Is it really easier to trust a military recruiter than Jesus?  Only a small minority, according to scripture, will trust in Jesus. How sad!

The Gospel is great news for the veteran and for everyone else. All can be a veteran of God’s war. Unfortunately most are not. The cold war for the souls of men, women and children continues today. As a believer, will you allow satan to win the war for souls because you are not willing to leave your comfort zone and tell someone about Jesus??????

Some day each of us will stand in front of our Supreme Commander, Jesus. Oh, to be a veteran of the real cold war and to hear; ‘well done, thy good and faithful servant’.

Rom 14:11-12 “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, to me every knee shall bow, And every tongue shall confess to God.  So, then each one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

And most importantly are you a member of God’s army???????????????????

It’s not to late to enlist!!!!

Here is how to enlist!

Jesus said; John 14:6 ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to Father except through Me.’

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

Pure truth from God’s word that no adversary can delete. The end of the battle has already been determined.  I’ve read the book, the Bible, and it says!

The Good news…

JESUS AND HIS ARMY WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CHRISTian Bumper Stickers and Signs…

James 1:5,6a “If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask of God, Who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith…”

CHRISTian Bumper Stickers and Signs

Be Fishers of Men…. You fish, He catches & Cleans ’em.
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A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.
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A family altar can alter a family.
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A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
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Are you wrinkled with burden? Come on into Church for a faith lift!
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Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.
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Do your best and then sleep in peace. God is Awake.
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Don’t put a question mark where God put a period.
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Don’t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.
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Exercise daily. Walk with the Lord!
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Fear knocked. Faith answered. No one was there
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For all you do, His blood’s for you!
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Forbidden fruits create many jams.
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Give God what’s right, not what’s left!
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Give Satan an inch and he’ll be a ruler.
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God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
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God doesn’t want shares of your life; He wants controlling interest!
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God grades on the cross, not the curve.
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God loves everyone, but probably prefers “fruits of the spirit” over “religious nuts”!
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God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.
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Having truth decay? Brush up on your Bible!
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He who angers you controls you!
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He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
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He who kneels before God can stand before anyone!
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If God is your Co-pilot – Swap seats!
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In the sentence of life the Devil may be a comma, but
DO NOT let him be the PERIOD!
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Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.
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Man’s way leads to a hopeless end! God’s way leads to an endless hope!
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Most people want to serve God, but only in an advisory capacity.
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Never give the devil a ride! He will always want to drive!
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Nothing ruins the truth like stretching it.
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Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.
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“Pray” is a four letter word that you can say anywhere except in a public school.
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Prayer -Don’t give God instructions – just report for duty!
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Read The Bible…It Will Scare The Hell Out Of You!
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The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.
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The Will of God will never take you to where the Grace of God will not protect you.
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This Church is “Prayer Conditioned”!
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To be almost saved is to be totally lost.
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Wal-Mart isn’t the only saving place!
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WARNING: Exposure to the Son may prevent burning!
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Watch your step carefully! Everyone else does!
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We don’t change the message, the message changes us.
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We set the sail; God makes the wind.
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We’re too blessed to be depressed.
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When God ordains, He sustains.
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Wisdom has two parts: 1) Having a lot to say. 2) Not saying it.
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Worry is the darkroom in which “negatives” are developed.
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You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him.

Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The Most Beautiful Flower…

I Samuel 16:7b “For God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance,

but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 The Most Beautiful Flower

The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read
Beneath the long, straggly branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown,
For the world was intent on dragging me down.

And if that weren’t enough to ruin my day,
A young boy out of breath approached me, all tired from play
He stood right before me with his head tilted down
And said with great excitement, “Look what I found!”

In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight,
With its petals all worn – not enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play,
I faked a small smile and then shifted away.

But instead of retreating he sat next to my side
And placed the flower to his nose
And declared with overacted surprise,
It sure smells pretty and it’s beautiful, too.

That’s why I picked it; here, it’s for you.”
The weed before me was dying or dead.

Not vibrant of colors: orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.

So, I reached for the flower, and replied, “Just what I need.”
but instead of him placing the flower in my hand,
He held it mid-air without reason or plan.

It was then that I noticed for the very first time
That weed-toting boy could not see: he was almost blind.
I heard my voice quiver; tears shone in the sun
As I thanked him for picking the very best one.

“You’re welcome,” he smiled, and then ran off to play,
Unaware of the impact he’d had on my day.
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see
A self-pitying woman beneath an old willow tree.

How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he’d been blessed with true sight.
Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see
The problem was not with the world; the problem was me.

And for all those times I myself had been blind,
I vowed to see the beauty in life, and appreciate every second that’s mine.
And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose
And breathed in the fragrance of a beautiful rose.

And smiled as I watched that young boy, another weed in his hand,
About to change the life of an unsuspecting old man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter.
Fear God and keep His commandments, For this
is the whole duty of mankind. ”

Do you consider yourself a Strong CHRISTian…

Do you consider yourself a Strong CHRISTian

Do you consider yourself a strong CHRISTian this morning? First and foremost is the fact that if you are a Christian you cannot be strong without His strength (Phil 4:13). Real Christian strength acts in a way that our flesh never would. It acts like the following young men did when confronted with evil. Having that strength does require faith.

Without faith it is impossible to please God!! Three young believers were required to bow down and worship a god other than their God. Remember a worldly or fleshly god that controls your life can be anything taking God’s rightful place in your life. They can be money, sex, self or again anything you focus and worship more than God. Let’s see how they responded and how God protected them when their faith won out.

Dan 3:16-18 “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. If it be so, our God whom we
serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out
of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we
are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.”

When you live by faith you never walk alone!

Dan 3:23-25 “But these three men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, fell into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire still tied up. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astounded
and stood up in haste; he said to his high officials, was it not three men we cast
bound into the midst of the fire? They replied to the king, certainly O king.
He said, Look! I see four men loosed and walking about in the midst of the fire
without harm, and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods!”

Walking by faith will touch the unsaved world around you!

Dan 3:28 “Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, Who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God.”

Remember the fleshly god of money, hobbies, people, health, sex, etc. only seek to serve your flesh or yourself. They become gods in my life when they become my primary goal and focus. These young men had One focus, and it was not on their own personal well-being. Anything that takes your number One priority in place of Jesus being number One in your life leads to spiritual bankruptcy.

So how is your strength this morning or should I say from where does your strength come from this morning?

A Rabbitt on the Swim Team…

A Rabbit on the Swim Team

Once upon a time, the animals decided they should do something meaningful, so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, all the animals took all the subjects.

The rabbit started at the top of his class in running but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because of so much make-up work in swimming.

The duck was excellent in swimming; in fact, better than his instructor. But he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was so slow in running, he had to drop swimming and stay after school to practice running. This caused his web feet to be badly worn, so that he was only average in swimming. But average was quite acceptable, so nobody worried about that – except the duck.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down. He developed “charlie horses” from overexertion, and so only got a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was a problem child and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist. In climbing classes, he beat all the others to the top of the tree but insisted on using his own way to get there….

Each creature has its own set of capabilities in which it will naturally excel – unless it is expected or forced to fill a mold that doesn’t fit.

Each ‘born again’ believer this morning has a special task that our Savior has outlined just for each of us to do. Our purpose in life as Biblical Christians is to lift up Jesus name and never our own. Note, I said Biblical Christians because our worlds’ definition of a Christian is different than the Biblical one. Our world says if you have the name of Jesus in the religion you affiliate with than you are a Christian. Even if your religion adds works along with Jesus as your way to restoring the broken relationship with God that our sins broke.  Scripture proclaims that a real CHRISTian is one who is totally dependent on Jesus as the only way to restoring that broken relationship. No work, circumcision, baptism or church affiliation can be added to Jesus sacrifice for our sins.

Gal 2:16 & 21 knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. …I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

And He has equipped us as CHRISTians to serve Him. We do not have to depend on our natural talents or level of education achieved to do so. I love it because it means I can serve my Savior. WOW, it cannot get any better than that. When Jesus left this world after having died for the sins of mankind He gave His Church the Holy Spirit, so we were not left to our own strengths which can never accomplish His will. And He gave us each at least one Spiritual Gift so that we each can serve Him while on this earth. The Spiritual Gift is not dependent on my natural abilities or level of education achieved from our world’s universities. Listen to some great verses telling us so.

I Cor 12:1 “Now about Spiritual Gifts I do not want you to be ignorant.’

 Romans 12:6a “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: “

 One of our fleshly tendencies is to focus on what others are doing and think we cannot serve Jesus unless we can do what they are doing. Or should I say unless they are doing as much as we are doing.

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

The “Rest of the Story” as Paul Harvey used to say is;

Now let’s get going for Jesus by understanding His purpose and His empowerment for our lives!!! The above verses and comments on using our Spiritual Gifts only touch on them. They teach us how to understand them and recognize that Jesus’ desire for me is to use them. If you want additional info on this important topic drop me a line and I will send you some.

Are you ready, Jesus is coming a 2nd time…

I Thes 1:7-9 “…the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with His mighty angels; in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that do not know God and who do not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the Glory of His power.”

Are you ready, Jesus is coming a 2nd time!

The Lord is coming,
All eyes shall see,
and most shall ask,
“Who art thee?”

Their knees shall buckle,
and down they’ll go,
upon their face,
so their sin won’t show.

‘My Lord, O’ God!
What is my lot?”
And he shall answer
“Your Lord, I am not!

Depart from me,
Foul creature of sin your
place is Hell,
Licking dust from your chin.

You sought me not,
though I gave you life.
Now make your way to
eternal strife.

Look in the mirror,
my words of truth,
Reveal the horror
of your misspent youth.

You hardened your heart,
growing ugly inside;
your grotesque appearance,
No longer can hide.

Join the damned,
Licking wounds for your thirst!!
Wretched being,
now listen first.

I gave you a chance-
Tenfold and more,
But you wouldn’t listen-
Just chose to ignore.

I sent you a beggar,
with his hand out for food,
but you spit in his face
and treated him rude.

So, I sent you a preacher to
share the good news,
but you slammed the door
and said I refuse!

Then I sent you a child
to tug at your heart;
you couldn’t be bothered,
so you tore him apart!!

I gave you a dream
a nightmare of Hell;
you just rolled over.
Refusing to yell.

I came as your Savior,
and said, ‘friend prepare’
And then you did it-
You said, ‘I don’t care!’

Now the end is here;
you’ve had your chance,
Reflect on your life-
Here it is in a glance.

You see! You’re guilty!
Just yourself to blame!
But you could’ve avoided
the eternal flame!

No one is perfect-
Least of all you;
If only you cared,
that I died for you.

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

The beauty is that our God did not leave us to the results of our sin or eternal loss.

 

He….

 

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