Saturday, September 5, 2020

Headline of Every Story







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When Jesus' disciples saw what was about to happen, they asked, “Lord, should we attack them with a sword?”  One of the disciples even struck at the high priest's servant with his sword and cut off the servant's right ear.  “Enough of that!” Jesus said. Then he touched the servant's ear and healed it.  Jesus spoke to the chief priests, the temple police, and the leaders who had come to arrest him. He said, “Why do you come out with swords and clubs and treat me like a criminal?  I was with you every day in the temple, and you didn't arrest me. But this is your time, and darkness is in control.”

Luke 22:49-53

Matthew, Mark and John also tell this story, but none of them mentions the fact that Jesus healed the servant's ear!  This final miracle before the Crucifixion was different from all the others.  Instead of this miracle of healing drawing men to faith in Jesus, it simply removed the evidence that would have surely gotten Peter arrested, and for good cause!  

How could the servant of the High Priest testify that his ear had been cut off by Peter, when everyone could see the ear was clearly attached to his head as it had always been?

The story of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ was not to be about how Peter saved Him from the crowd, or about how Peter joined Jesus on his own cross that day.  It is believed that Peter did die on a cross, but that came much later.

The story of Peter's life was about what Jesus did through him and not what Peter did for Jesus!  Your story should be the same.  Don't "live your life for Jesus."  Rather, let Jesus live His life through you so that His will becomes the headline of every story of your life!  

"Lord Jesus, may You be the author of my "Life Story" today.  Live in me and through me each moment of today and every day for the rest of my life.  May Your Name be praised Now and Forever, Amen!"






Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Cities in Chaos



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A city without wise leaders will end up in ruin; a city with many wise leaders will be kept safe.

Proverbs 11:14

If you don't think the Bible speaks to every situation, think again!  I was told of a man who memorized the entire book of Proverbs.  The one who told me complained that the fellow "could not speak two sentences without quoting a proverb."  

The Word of God is a "User's Manual" for life itself.  With the Word of God in your mind you are able to rest easy in the boat of daily living while the storms of life rage on the sea!  

The truth of Proverbs 11:14 is playing out right before our eyes, with foolish leaders allowing their cities to crumble into chaos as they remove the safe guards of security and stability!  Even a small child can see their lack of wisdom.

If the "End of all things" is not soon upon us, future generations will look at our demise and see how we railed at God and became the victims of our own stupidity.  

Instead of fighting against flesh and blood let God be your armor and His Word your Sword.  Draw near to Him and hold tightly to Him today and every day.  

"Lord Jesus, there is foolishness and chaos all around me in the world!  May your wisdom and peace fill my mind and my heart as I wait for Your return and tell others that You are Lord of all!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."
 
 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Crossing Over Jordan



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Then Joshua told the people: Years from now your children will ask you why these rocks are here. Tell them, “The Lord our God dried up the Jordan River so we could walk across. He did the same thing here for us that he did for our people at the Red Sea, because he wants everyone on earth to know how powerful he is. And he wants us to worship only him.”

Joshua 4:21-24 CEV

 
When God led the Children of Israel out of Egypt He did an obvious miracle to mark the moment they escaped!  He did the same thing when He dried up the Jordan River as they entered the Promised Land forty years later.

God, today still wants everyone on earth to know how powerful He is!  So when you are snatched from the grip of Satan, His power will be evident to everyone you know!  And when  you cross over to the Promised Land at the end of your journey here on earth, the waters of the Jordan will part as you leave!

As we live on this earth as Christians we are no longer "slaves to sin" in the captivity of Egypt, but we are not yet standing before His throne in the glories of Heaven!  The day you walked across the Red Sea on dry ground was wonderful, but even more wonderful and glorious will be the day you walk across the Jordan River into the presence of God Himself!

"Thank You Jesus for making a way for all those who follow You to enter into the Throne Room of Heaven and sing Your Praises forever and ever!  Amen."



Monday, July 27, 2020

Take Off Your Mask



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God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.”  So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women.  God gave them his blessing and said: Have a lot of children! Fill the earth with people and bring it under your control. Rule over the fish in the ocean, the birds in the sky, and every animal on the earth.

Genesis 1:26-28 CEV 

The "Over Population" of planet earth is never a concern for God!  No where in Scripture does He tell us that we need to be concerned that there are too many people on the earth.  

The Blood of Jesus is powerful enough to cover the sins of every descendant of Adam and Eve.  I don't remember who first said it, but there is "Room at the Cross" for everyone!  

Simply put, if you bring ten people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ and they bring ten others, the job will be done when that happens only ten times!  There are less than 8 billion people on earth today!

If you tell 10 people who tell 10 people, when that is repeated less than a dozen times everyone will know about Jesus!  Covid19 is a deadly imitation of what can happen with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  In a short period of time it can spread around the world and touch every culture, country, village and town!  When the Gospel goes Viral it will spread life and not death!  

Take off your mask and breathe the breath of life on all those around you today as you tell them the Story of Jesus!

"Lord Jesus give me the courage today to tell someone about You and what You have done for all of us!  May Your Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Christmas Morning in Heaven




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God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won't he freely give us everything else? 

Romans 8:32 - CEV

When you hear a sermon on "Giving" you might think the preacher is going to talk about what you should give to God.  But giving is not primarily about us as humans.  Giving is about God and what He gave and continues to give to us!

Jesus came to earth, not to bring judgement to men,  but rather Eternal Life.  Jesus is God's gift to you.  When you give your life to Jesus, you are only doing the same thing that He did for you.  

What has Jesus given you beyond forgiveness of your sins and the right to spend Eternity with Him in  Heaven?  Is there more than that?  Romans 8:32 says that God will "freely give us everything else."  What is the "everything else" that God gives us? 

The Bible clearly says that it is beyond our imagination to know what God is going to do for us for Eternity.  You can rest assured that the Blessings of Heaven will be Wonderful and greater than any wild speculation could dream up!  It will be a pinnacle of joy that is not for a just moment, but goes on forever!  And yes, it is many times greater than that!

As humans, we don't have the eyes to see, the ears to hear, the taste buds to appreciate, the nose to smell or the mind to understand all the joys of Heaven.  Our human senses are limited to earthly experiences, but in Heaven we will have a new set of abilities that will go far beyond what we now can experience!  

The best we can do here is to anticipate the Glory of Eternity, and live in the expectation of living forever without all the things that bring suffering and death here, but will not be there!

So when you think about the time that God has appointed for you to leave this earth, and you are a follower of Jesus Christ, let your mind be at peace and your heart rejoice for what is coming next!  

"Lord Jesus, I know I can't even imagine the blessings of Eternity, but I can, like a child look forward to 'Christmas Morning in Heaven' when I see all the things You have prepared as Eternal Blessings for me.  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be Praised now and forever.  Amen." 

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Coming Back With Jesus!



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We believe Jesus died and was raised to life. We also believe that when God brings Jesus back again, he will bring with him all who had faith in Jesus before they died. 

1 Thessalonians 4:14 - CEV

Almost 80 years ago a famous World War II general declared "I will return" when he left the Philippines!   A few years later he did return and fulfilled his promise. 

Jesus Christ also declared that He will return to planet earth and gather His followers to be with Him forever!  But if you die before that day this verse in I Thessalonians tells us that you will return with Jesus on the Day of His Second Coming!  As a follower of Jesus Christ you will be there when Jesus returns.  You will either look up and see Him returning with the clouds or you will be looking down with Him as you join Him in His return!

All of the Jesus followers will be there on that Day.  No Christian will be missing on the Day of the Second Coming!  And then will begin the forever of Eternity and we can only imagine what it will be like.  

"Lord Jesus, we wait and hope that even today may be the Day when You return and take us Home to be with You forever.  Praise Your Holy and Righteous Name now and always!  Amen."   

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Voice of Jesus



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Jesus said: I tell you for certain only thieves and robbers climb over the fence instead of going in through the gate to the sheep pen.  But the gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd, and he goes in through it. The sheep know their shepherd's voice. He calls each of them by name and leads them out.  When he has led out all of his sheep, he walks in front of them, and they follow, because they know his voice.

John 10:1-4 - CEV

Walking on the Path to Heaven can be confusing for someone who lives on earth!  There are many voices who will claim to tell you the next step you need to take on your journey.  But there is only one way to Heaven and that way is Jesus Christ Himself.  There is no other one who can lead you to Eternity and no other path that will end in Heaven!  

How then do you know that you are going the right way?  The answer is simple: You listen for the voice of Jesus!  If you are on the right road you will hear Jesus talking as He walks in front of you.  If you don't hear the sound of the voice of Jesus, it is time to stop until you do hear Him.  

As a child I remember hearing my parents talking as I was going to sleep.  I couldn't always hear what they said, but I always could recognize their voices.  It brought great comfort and peace to a sleepy child. 

Being near enough to Jesus to hear His voice is the same.  The comfort comes not from hearing Him tell you what to do, but rather just hearing Him because you are so near that you can hear His voice! 

"Lord Jesus, let me hear Your voice today so that I will know that I am near You and walking behind You on the Road to Heaven!  May Your Holy and Righteous Name be praised now and forever.  Amen."