Eternity, No Excuses Accepted…

Eternity, No Excuses Accepted!

No excuses! After our short life on this earth then comes eternity. Are you ready and what logic will you use to be in heaven versus the alternative? The Bible says that some day each of us will stand in front of Jesus and hear about where we will spend eternity. Will we hear; ‘Well Done’, or ‘Depart from Me, or I never knew you’, or….

Mat 7:22, 23 “Many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name,
and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?  And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; Depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

Unlike our society, there will be no excuses accepted on the final judgment day that ushers in eternity. We are all without excuse. We must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ by accepting His sacrifice for our unworthiness called sin before it is too late. That is the only basis or sacrifice that is acceptable to God obtaining eternal life in heaven with God in the new heaven and earth that He will create (Revelation 20).  Without believing we are doomed to eternity separated from God (2 Thessalonians 1:8,9, John 5:24).

Don’t be like this group………
 
Rom 1:18-21” For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of mankind, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it unto them. For the
invisible things since the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse. because that, knowing God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became

vain in their reasoning’s, and their senseless heart was darkened.” 
By ourselves, by our deeds, by our Church affiliation, or by family heritage, we cannot find Eternal Life with God, because;

Titus 3:5 “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

Ephes. 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

You must be ‘Born Again’! Have you been?

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto them, ‘For truly I say unto you, except you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God’.

 

How does your eternity look this morning and how about that person sitting or living next door to you?

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Why the Cross…

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me,
let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”


WHY THE CROSS

The young man was at the end of his rope.  Seeing no way out,
he dropped to his knees in prayer.  “Lord, I can’t go on,” he said.
“I have too heavy a cross to bear.”

The Lord replied, “My son, if you can’t bear its weight, just
place your cross inside this room.  Then, open that other door and
pick out any cross you wish.”

The man was filled with relief.  Thank you, Lord,” he sighed, and
he did as he was told.

Upon entering the other door, he saw many crosses, some so
large the tops were not visible.  then, he spotted a tiny cross
leaning against a far wall.  “I’d like that one, Lord,” he whispered.
And the Lord replied, “My son, that is the cross you just brought in.”

When life’s problems seem overwhelming, it helps to look around
and see what other people are coping with.  You may consider yourself
far more fortunate than you imagined.

Your cross
Whatever your cross,
Whatever your pain,
There will always be sunshine
After the rain.

Perhaps you may stumble,
Perhaps even fall.
But God’s always there
To answer your call.

As our Lord points out in His word, when your cross seems
unbearable, that is exactly the point where our Lord can intervene
because we are powerless to change it. Of course it requires us to be
at least mentally on our knees at His feet. And figuratively doesn’t
hurt either.

It is the best position to be in!!!!!

II Cor 12:9 “And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My  
strength is made perfect in weakness’ Most gladly therefore will I
glory in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

Want to be Content…

Want to be Content…

Our lives are spent attempting to find peace and contentment. Our world tells us that it comes by having money, health, fame, position and on and on. Our world never mentions a relationship with God as the primary way to contentment. Do you ever wonder why that would be?

II Cor 4:3, 4 “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish: in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.”

Are you content and at peace with all things in your life? No, I mean actually content??????????

And of course there is one thing in your life that should never bring peace. It’s called sin and that sin keeps us from real peace and contentment.

I Tim 6:6-10a “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil…”

Contentment starts with right priorities!!!!!!!

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

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, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Convicting isn’t it? How do I know? I speak from continuing experiences!!!!!!

Today is a great day to start a change of priorities.

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

A Real Servant…

John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.”

We received word that Paul Ciniraj, a Pastor in India had been attacked and severely beaten by militant Hindus. The Hindu Nationalists have long been known for their violent resistance to anything threatening their dominance. Pastor Paul was hospitalized and it was determined that his head injuries would require extensive treatment. He began recovery and was released from the hospital. Recently we received a follow-up message from his wife and thought it good to share the Lord’s blessing with our readership.

“Today was a miracle. Five men came to visit my husband. They from Panamvilla village.  First this month they beaten my husband. Prayer hall they burned. They beaten believers.  But last week one man’s daughter shocked from lightning thunder. She in hospital. Now also unconscious. Another man’s house burned from same lightning thunder. Saw this another man’s wife became mad. So a Hindu astrologer told go ask God’s man forgiveness. So from 130 miles away they came. First they afraid see my husaband. They stood outside gate. See them I and children afraid. Because we not knew why they came. Our doubt again they came disturb us. But my husband went to gate said enter home. They all cried. They said sorry. They repent. About Jesus my husband told. Why Jesus crucified my husband told. How Jesus risen he said. Full Gospel he taught.  Five hours they with us. They kneel down. They accepted Jesus their Savior. They said by mouth Jesus only their savior. They all saved. To their head my husband put hands prayed. We together prayed. We ate lunch with them. Then they went. Praise God. We happy.  God open doors. Glory His name. Again I thank your prayers. My children Besly, Hepzy, Lesly say greetings. They pray you all.”

Your sister of Messiah Jesus love

Mrs. Mercy Ciniraj
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Never forget that;

 John 3:3 “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”

 John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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

What I Learned from Noah’s Ark…

What I Learned from Noah’s Ark!

I Cor 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

“All I need to know I learned from Noah’s Ark”

1.)  Don’t miss the boat.

2.)  Remember that we are all in the same boat.

3.)  Plan ahead.  It was not raining when Noah built the boat.

4.)  Stay fit.  When you are 600 years old you may be asked to do something really big.

5.)  Don’t listen to critics.  Just get on with the job that needs to be done.

6.)  Build your future on high ground and of course on the Rock (Jesus)…

7.)  For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.

8.)  Speed is not always an advantage.  The snails were on board with the cheetahs.

9.)  When you are stressed, float awhile.

10.)  Remember the Ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic by professionals.

11.) Noah did not have the book of Romans to help explain his commitment but his biggest accomplishment was that he;

Romans 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 perfect, will of God.”

How is your presentation and renewal this morning?????

Our reasonable service! Think on that one for just a minute and then thank Jesus!!!!!

Continuous Spiritual Education…

Continuous Spiritual Education!

What are your plans for continuous spiritual education? Even the secular business world understands the importance of continuous educational improvement. Whether we are adults or children we are being taught daily. When we stop learning our intelligence starts to regress. It is just like our muscles. If we do not use them we lose them.

We are taught in the home, from the media, from the neighborhood, in our schools, from our government, everywhere we turn someone wants us to teach us their values. How about the most important lesson book we can learn and live by. Did you pick it up this morning or anytime this week or month? Listen to where real truth and absolute truth comes from.

Only one education major has eternal significance!!

Joshua 1:8,9 “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth but you shall meditate in it DAY AND NIGHT, that you may observe to do all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

If that is true, and of course it is, then it makes sense that we would…

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

When is the last time you truly studied the scriptures?

If it seems foolish to you to spend time in the Bible you want to heed the following verse. It says that if scripture is foolish to you then you are not a part of God’s family.

1 Cor 2:14 “But the natural (unsaved) man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

And if you are outside of God’s family then your eternal destiny is;

Revelation 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

You can make sure your name is in the book by following the following course of action. There is no time like the present to earn your degree!

Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Romans 5:8, Ephesians 2:8,9, Romans 10:13

When you Force it, you Break it…

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the Lord.”

         Here is another good example for us. And by the way I relate extremely well to Ron on this one.  I have a long history of breaking things due to impatience. It has gotten better over time due to learning from painful experiences but wouldn’t it have been great to have done it right from square one? This principle involves many chapters in my life. Many not so good chapters.    

“When You Force it, you break it”

         Our friends were kind enough to loan my wife and me their second home, a camper, where we could get away for a couple of days. When you’re in somebody else’s home, you have to be on your good behavior, like make sure you don’t break anything, leave it as you found it. I was having a little difficulty getting the front door unjammed, uh, unlocked I guess, and my wife said, “What are you doing?” And I jokingly said, “Well, I couldn’t get it unlocked, so I’m just forcing it open.” She said, “No, no, no, no, don’t do that.” Now there’s a reason we had that little dialogue. She panicked right away because, well, she knows my history. 

If I was trying to force it open, I would probably break it. Oh, I did get out okay, but she knows I have this tendency to try to make things work if they don’t want to work. I sometimes get impatient with things that don’t work quickly. In fact, I’ve been known to force a door handle and break it. There have been a couple of occasions where I have forced a tool, and I broke it. You will probably never lend me anything. I’ve tried to force a lock, and I broke it. I’ve tried to force other things, and they broke too. 

“When You Force it, You Break it.” 

We are reminded from God’s word of the danger of forcing things to meet our perceived solutions. Genesis 16:1 that says, “Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; so she said to Abram, ‘The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.'” Verse 4 says, “He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.” Now here’s the history. Abram and Sarai had been promised a son by God. They had to wait longer than they thought they would have to wait. Apparently, it wasn’t working, so guess what Abram tried to do? He said, “Hey, let’s force it. I got an idea. We’ll help God out.” Here’s a new verb: “to Hagar.” You say wait, wait, isn’t Hagar like a name? Isn’t that the name of this maidservant; this surrogate mother? Well actually, it is a noun, but, “to Hagar,” well, that’s a verb. It means to try and make it happen. If you force it – take it from the expert – you break it. 

Thirteen years after Abram and Sarai tried to force what God had promised the son God promised came along- Isaac. Now they have a 13-year-old Ishmael on their hands, too. And those two boys were in constant conflict. They’re still in conflict today. It’s called the Arabs and the Jews descended from Ishmael and Isaac. And the great wars of the world may still be fought over that conflict. All of this happened simply because Abram couldn’t wait for God to do it His way and in His time. How easy that is to do. 

Right now, maybe there’s something in your life that isn’t working as you thought it should. Maybe the romance isn’t there. Maybe you need to help God out a little bit, you think. Maybe the money isn’t there and you need to figure out a way to help God with it. Maybe the future isn’t working out the way you want it to. So, you’re just going to try to make things happen. Please, don’t Hagar. Don’t force it. Hagar is a verb. Don’t grab a wrong way to get a right thing done. You’ll pay for that mistake for a long, long time. 

Four thousand years later, people are still paying for Abraham’s “Hagar Solution.” Look, are you trying to rush it right now? Are you trying to force it? Are you trying to make things happen instead of watching God do it? Would you let go before you break it, and let God make it work when He knows that it’s time.

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”