We are blessed!


Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; That walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: Thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: And thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, And peace upon Israel. Psalm 128:1‭-‬6 KJV https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.128.1-6.KJV

Going through the motions


You can go to church and be baptized and read God’s Word but if you don’t believe in Jesus for your salvation and repent of your old way of living…none of that will do you any good when it comes to getting into Heaven. You may be a member of a church for many years and you might know some Scripture by heart but if you don’t know Him and, more importantly, you are not sure that He knows you then your eternity will be very different from what you think it will be.

It isn’t a hard choice when you know you need Him as your Savior but some people seem to think that they can or need to help Him to save their souls. There is nothing that you or I can do that Jesus hasn’t already done to pay the price for our salvation. He did it all. We only need to accept it when it is offered to us.

Going to church, reading God’s Word, prayer…all of these are good things to do but they won’t bring you salvation. That is only found in Jesus Christ and your sincere belief in Him for your salvation. Then…you need to read the Bible and become a true follower of Him for the rest of your life. Even the Bible says “do not forsake the assembling of yourselves“, the reason for this is you can be encouraged by other believers and you can pray together about things that are happening in your life and theirs. It doesn’t matter who said what to you years ago. You are an adopted child of God when you give your life to Jesus, don’t worry about old pains and slights that happened long ago.

Allow God to take care of those problems, you server Him from this point on.

Why?


Shooting children? Why?

Life isn’t bad enough? Yet it seems that some just want to make it worse because of their actions that don’t make sense at all. Murdering children that haven’t even had a real chance to enjoy life. These children were wanted and loved by their families…what reason could possibly be given for this atrocity?

Gun control won’t help. Outlawing any kind of gun won’t help. The guns are not the problem nor is the availability of the guns. Our country has forgotten its roots that were deeply grounded in the Bible at one time. Parents and grandparents used to teach their children about God and pray with them about things that were going on in the world. We need to get back to that practice again!

God loves each of us and He placed those children on this Earth for a purpose but someone’s idea of killing them cut that purpose short. God knew of this but it is our responsibility to teach our children the right way to live according to God’s law. When I was growing up during the ’70s nearly every pickup that you saw had either a rifle or a shotgun or both in the cab on a gun rack visible to anyone. There were no shootings at the time that I remember. What happened?

We have walked away from our faith in God and particularly in the last few years because COVID gave everyone an excuse to leave the church and most haven’t gone back. We need God in our lives every day and those who feel that He doesn’t exist or don’t want to believe that He is real are going to be in for a huge surprise one day…soon.

Psalm 139 says in part: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
    and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

I pray that each of you will seek Jesus out today to learn of Him and what He offers to all who will believe in Him for their salvation.

What do you see?


When you watch the news, regardless of the channel, what do you see? A world that is going crazy or a Bible prophecy coming true before our eyes?

I see both of them happening at the same time. It seems that the world is moving faster toward the “end of the age” than it ever has before. Disease, wars, and the threat of war are everywhere it seems. The temperature of the whole world is rising along with the level of the ocean. There are droughts and famine and inflation in our country as well as in other countries. All of this was foretold in the Bible thousands of years ago. Some of it may not have been foretold in the same words that we use today but the words of those who were writing the prophecies down can still be interpreted to mean what we have today.

God is getting ready to let the entire world know that He exists in a BIG way. Whether you believe in Him or not won’t matter especially after the rapture of the church. There will be millions who have been in church and heard many sermons but they have never given their heart to Jesus and when that day comes they will regret their decision or their lack of a decision.

It may not look like this when it happens because people will disappear in front of their co-workers and their spouses in less than the time it takes to blink your eye. Their clothes will be here along with their socks and shoes and their wedding ring but they will be gone. It will be a glorious reunion day for some and a very bad day for others. Everything will change in an instant on that day. So…where will you be? Will you be among those who are taken to be with Jesus or will you be here wondering why you didn’t make that decision while you could?

What does it mean to “be like God”?


In the garden of Eden, the serpent tempted Eve with those words to get her to eat of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. “You’ll be like God”. What does that mean exactly? Satan was tempting them with the idea that they would have God’s power and become as He is. The problem with thinking this way is that nobody is like God except God. Nobody outside of the Trinity can be or have His power. Satan knew this but he still used these words to entice them to go against God’s commandment about this tree. Because he knew if he could cause a rift or a split in their relationship with their Creator then Adam’s claim of being the steward of Earth would be null and void.

You know the rest of the story if you’ve been in Sunday school at some point in your life. Adam and Eve did fall for it and they were put out of the garden to live and populate the Earth along with having to work for everything that they needed.

Can we become “like God” to do His will on Earth?

YES, we can if we have given our hearts to Jesus and we are striving toward that goal every day! We will not be like Him in ways of being healers or creators in supernatural ways but becoming more like Jesus is the progression that we are seeking. Becoming mature in our faith brings us toward His likeness each day but we still have to work at it. We have to become more like Him just as the disciples did. With the Holy Spirit living in us, we can become more like Jesus Christ. Using our gifts and the wisdom that we gain from His Word we can spread His message around the world even if we only touch one person each day. That is at least 365 people in a year’s time. Then if they touch only one person each that gives their life to Jesus…the church is growing exponentially from that point on. Imagine how many that could be!

365+365 = 730

That’s just the first year! You get the idea. If God used each of us to touch only one person that gave their heart to Jesus and this kept going…there would be a worldwide revival of Christians before too long. God’s math is fantastic and He knows exactly how much and how many it will take to bring about revival in this world. The problem today is that the church is outnumbered by those who oppose our message…His message.