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ThankfulnessCome, let us sing for joy to the Lord (Jesus); let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:1-3

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5-7

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18



Feeling Helpless?

Feeling helplessGod is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Psalm 46:1 

The Lord (Jesus) is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. Psalm 28:7a

My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:2

Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Psalm 109:26

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Corinthians 4:17


Are you a false convert?


I’ve been going thru a study by Ray Comfort called “The way of the master”. It’s a great course on how to evangelize. In this study, he points out that modern evangelism produces on average 85% – 90% backsliders. One does have to ask…why are there such a large number of backsliders?

Modern Evangelism basically says “Accept Jesus and he will give you comfort…he will help you with your addiction…he will heal you of your sicknesses…your fears, your loneliness, he will heal your marriage, etc.  In other words…”Jesus will improve your life”!

Many times, alter calls are given after message on the above topics are given on any Sunday sermon. People then come forward and give their lives to Jesus to get help with their issues.

Another message you hear a lot is “God loves you and he has a wonderful plan for your life”.

Let’s tackle some needed questions:

1. What’s wrong with the above evangelistic approach?
Even though it is true that Jesus is our comforter, our healer, our helper and much more, that is not why Jesus came and gave his life on the cross…and it is not the true gospel. Ray points out that hurting people respond to messages on specific subjects like addictions or sickness and in a sense give Jesus a try. They’ve tried drugs and alcohol which have not helped so why not give Jesus a try. Then, when they don’t see a change in their situation, they give up on Jesus. They were false converts from the start.

2. Does the reason one comes to know Jesus matter?
If I gave my life to Jesus to help me with my struggling business…or heal my sickness…or help me with my drug problem…my fears…my financial problems or any other issues people struggle with, would I be saved? Is that what Jesus came to save me from? The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT. I tried to think back about 30 years and think about the reason I gave my life to Jesus for? I came to realize that I might have accepted Jesus for the wrong reasons as well. Bottom-line…the above reasons are NOT the reason one should accept Jesus as their Savior.

3. God has a wonderful plan for your life. Is this message true?
That message is NOT true as most of us would understand it that phrase. God does have a wonderful plan for those who accept Jesus as their Savior, however, that plan is more about the next life than this life. In this life, Christians have just as many trails…maybe even more than Non-Christians. Just think about the recent school shooting where the killer asked about their religion and people who said they were Christians were shot in the head, Non-Christians were shot in the leg. Or how about all the Christians who are being beheaded for their Christian beliefs in the Middle East or all the other millions of people who died for no other reason than they were Christians? How is that for a wonderful plan? In my mind, the wonderful plan concept is taken out of context. Even Jesus said “In this life you’ll have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome this world. John 16:33

4. What is the main message of the gospel? The main message of the gospel is that we are all sinners and deserve God’s just punishment and that is hell. However, (the good news) Jesus came and died for each one of our sins so we can be redeemed and spend eternity with him in heaven. Ray points out something very important. Unless, we’re confronted by the law (The 10 Commandments), we don’t really understand the magnitude what Jesus did. The law is like a mirror. It makes us aware of sin. (Rom 3:19). The bible says that the gospel is considered foolishness by the world, because they don’t believe they have sinned or done anything wrong. Only once confronted by the law are we made aware that we have broken his commandments and fallen short of his standard.

The 10 Commandments of God. (Exodus 20:1)

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shalt not kill.

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.

8. Thou shalt not steal.

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. 1

0. Thou shalt not covet.

Many of us, even people who call themselves Christians try to justify themselves by saying that yes, they have sinned but it was no big deal because overall they are pretty good people.

Go ahead and take the test and see if you pass the good person test.

You and I have violated the 10 Commandments. We might think that lying and stealing or taking the name of the Lord in vain is no big deal but that flip attitude is a FATAL error. God says in Rev. 21:8 “all cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Bottom-line, we are NOT Good. If you’re still trying to justify yourself, most likely, you are NOT saved. Get right with God!

The Good News! There is hope for me, for you, for us. God made a way for us to be forgiven. The question is, how do you access this forgiveness? God loved us so much that he sent his own son to suffer and die in our place, taking on our punishment for you and I so we can live. It is very simple…you broke the law and Jesus paid the fine. Then Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death. The bible says…if you repent – turn away from your sins – and place your trust in Jesus Christ as your savior, God will forgive you and grant you everlasting life. He will change you from the inside out and will make you a new person in Christ. Salvation is a gift from God. You cannot earn it, because it is impossible to earn it.

Pray this prayer. “Dear God, I confess that I’m a sinner and that I need your forgiveness. I’m truly sorry for my sins and humbly ask you to forgive me and cleanse me. I believe that Jesus died on the cross in my place and that he rose again for my salvation. In faith I accept from you the gift of eternal life, and, with your help, I promise to serve you as long as I live. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen”

It is important to follow through if you were serious about your decision. Make sure you read your bible and find a good church. If you need help doing that, email us. We’ll be happy to help.

Also see Hell’s best kept secret.

Strength to Handle Everyday

StrengthPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These (trials) have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9

So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, Galatians 3:26



Hope… the LORD delights in those who fear (honor) him, who put their hope in his unfailing love. Psalm 147:11

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God’s elect (believers throughout time) and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness—in the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time. Titus 1:1-2

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5-6

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:5-6

This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. 1 Timothy 4:9-10

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 1 John 5:11

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The Power of Prayer

The power of prayerTrust in the Lord with all your hear and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13

Paul writes, And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:26-27

… keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Jude 21


Overcoming Adversity

Overcoming AdversityTruly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:1-2, 5 & 8

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.  1 John 3:20-21

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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Come to Jesus…

Come to JesusCome near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:8a

Jesus saidIt is written in the Prophets: (Isaiah 54:13) ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. John 6:45

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:37

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:28-29 

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. Revelation 3:20 (when you let Jesus into you life, he brings meaning, companionship, strength and love to face each and every day)

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10


The Strength to Handle Everyday…

CThe streght to handle everythigonsider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. 

This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These (trials) have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

Though you have not seen him (Jesus), you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:3-9


Jesus, The Creator

Jesus, the creatorIn the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days (now) he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:1-3

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord (Jesus) is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28

For this is what the Lord says—he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:18

“To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:25-26

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 1:24-25


When we speak others listen

Let not unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for the building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

When we speak others listen and if we complain others will complain; especially the children in our lives. We are role models for the little ears who hear our coarse language and they look up to us. We are growing up the next generation of Christians. Recently, the Lord convicted me of watching PG-13 movies that really hurt because I was looking forward to the movie Jurassic World. Every time I went past the Campus Theater it hurt and I voice a complaint to the Lord. The last time I did it I realized I grieved the Holy Spirit and that was not my plan. Sometimes we don’t realize that God has a bigger plan for us; then we know.  If we fill our hearts up with movie talk; that is what’s going to come out. Will we build up the church with movie talk? What I am trying to share with you is the evil of the times. Non-Christian movies can teach our children to swear and defile the home. The Lord said ‘no’ to me about PG-13 movies and my mouth grieve the Holy Spirit because I couldn’t get my way. You say ‘movies are innocent’. Today, it’s ok to have sex before marriage and it’s ok to live with someone. TV shows are blatantly showing this on prime time and we are watching it. What messages are we sending to our youth? We are sending them repeatedly that this is ok to do all these things. My favorite movie has been “Leap Year” and its rated PG. It has 3 swear words that blaspheme Jesus Christ and God; she is living with a guy; and meets a guy in Wales and leaves her guy for this guy. I never notice the swearing but the sleeping together; yes that I noticed.

Today’s children spent more time with non-Christian TV, computer, and books; which go down into their hearts and is role-played in their day-to-day interaction with others. The Lord says in His word “but I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. (Matthew 12:36)

We as parents or extended family play a part in this role of raising this next generation to edify the Lord. Are we doing our best to raise these children to love the Lord more than ‘Jurassic World’ or ‘Harry Potter’? Do your children get upset when they can’t watch their shows? Do they throw a tantrum and hit you when they do not get their way? We are to separate ourselves from this world not be a part of it. The word says “Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”  (2Corinthians 6:17-18)

What does it look like to be separate from the world? We need to separate from this world’s sin and the desires of our flesh. So live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. (Galatians 5:16-18) What are the acts of the sinful nature? The word says the acts of the sinful nature are obvious: being sexually unfaithful, not being pure, taking part in sexual sins, worshipping gods, doing witchcraft, hating, making trouble, being jealous, being angry, being selfish, making people angry with each other, causing divisions among people, feeling envy, being drunk, having wild and wasteful parties, and doing other things like these. I warn you now as I warned you before: Those who do these things will not inherit God’s kingdom. (Galatians 5:19-21NCV) When you watch unlawful acts shown on TV it is like you are there feeding that desire within you. If you watch this repeatedly you will become desensitized to the acts and not know they are wrong. But, your children will see and they will become what they watch and read. Children will grow up wanting your desires because they love you. Do you not know that Satan is out to rob you of your children? It is Satan’s desires that rule in reign in our children until they desire to walk in another direction and ask Jesus Christ into their hearts. But if you only show them the world they will not choose Christ wholeheartedly. They will walk not in the Spirit but in the flesh all the days of their life.

The Israelites in the Old Testament struggle to live for God; but their flesh won out because they allow the world into their homes. The Jews enter into marriage agreement with non-Jews and follow their customs and gods. The Israelites began to live with each other and have sex with other partners. This displeased God. God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah which were evil cities who did evil things before the God. (Genesis 18:17-19:29) Throughout the generations Israelites failed God and only a few followed Him and not always faithfully.

So God devised a plan so that His people would not fail any longer. He sent His One and Only Son to be born of a virgin and be raised among the Jews. Jesus grew up a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted. But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of His descendants? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people He was stricken. He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death, though He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it was the LORD’S will to crush Him and cause Him to suffer, and though the LORD makes His life a guilt offering, He will see His offspring and prolong His days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in His hand. (Isaiah 53:2-10)

God never wanted His people to suffer He wanted them to prosper in the land He sent them. But, the people in themselves couldn’t change; so that is why God sent His Son to die in their place so that they can have this abundant life in His Son Jesus Christ. But, it is not just the Jews that this gift is for but everyone who comes and believes that Jesus Christ was born, died on the cross for their sins, and resurrected from the dead to be seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. We can’t live this life on our own we need help. We need Jesus Christ resurrected power in our life. He sent the Holy Spirit to help us. So, if you hear the voice of Jesus Christ calling you; do not reject Him but believe and repent. Surrender your life and ask Him into your life. He will come and make His home in you. He will give you the power to say ‘no’ to your sinful nature and help you to live that abundant life in Him.

Thank you, Lord that you came to die on that cross so that we could live a victorious life in you and that you sent the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Father for the plan to save your people of Israel and that plan included all people. Help us, clean up our life that we reflect the things of God. Let us not be a stumbling block to our children with our desires to the flesh. Hear, our prayer to you Jesus we desperately need you. Convict our hearts to the things we need to change and create in us a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within us. In Jesus Christ Name, I pray. Amen.

Alone with The Lord…

Alone with the LordYou have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. Psalm 139:1-4

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10

How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you. Psalm 139:17-18

Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5

In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you. Psalm 33:21-22


Have you lost your voice?


Why does life have to be so chaotic? Why do we have to struggle? These are the questions silent in my heart? How long do I stay silent with the messiness of this life? The Lord has given me a voice; why do I not use it? In the book of Amos God judges the Israelites for their sins. He sends Amos among them to ask them to repent or perish. God wants them to repent of idol worship, immorality and injustice. But Israel was so imbedded in their sins that they could not hear, or see the predicament they were in. (Psalm 115:4-8) If you were to see Israel then you would see no difference from the pagan nations around them. You would hear the nations around them say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (Psalm 115:4-8) The Israelites had grown accustom to the idols in their every day. The law forbids them to marry non-Israelites but they didn’t listen; the law forbids them to worship other gods but they didn’t listen; they conform to the people around and worship and killed their children for their gods; they oppress the poor among them; and because of this great sin judgment followed. Amos shouts in the streets: All you Israelites trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield. House of Aaron, trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield. ¹¹You who fear him, trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield. (Psalm 115:9-11) Amos cried out in the streets to bring back the Israelites to their God. They didn’t listen because their love of things were too great. God send a prophet among them because His love was so vast for the Israelites; He wanted His people to come back to Him. God sent an earthquake so that His people would call out to Him for help, but they did not. The Israelites had lost their voice.

Have I lost my voice?

Have I lost my voice because I got caught in adultery? Was I worshipping someone other than my Lord as Israel did during Amos time? Was I caught loving myself more than Jesus Christ? Was life at a loss because my eyes settle on my pain instead of the victory that Christ fought and died for? My worship of myself robs me of my voice, my sight, my ears to hear, and my feet to run away from evil. My obsessions with my pain not only rob me of my voice but my relationship with loving Father, Jesus Christ. Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God. (Exodus 34:14) The Lord will do whatever He can to bring us home; just as He did for His beloved Israelites.

It is alright to grieve a pain but it is not alright when we become consume with feeding that pain. The Israelites became consumed with themselves; they forgot their traditions and their God and loved their new life. Each generation became addictive to the desires of their own heart and no longer the heart of their God. God used Amos to call His people to repentance and Jesus used my no jobs to bring me back. I have my own business and depend on Jesus to bring me my jobs. When they do not come; I have questions but my answers were wrong. I did not call out because I lost my voice because of my sin. Let me make this very clear with you: my sin did not stop me from reading my Bible every day and praying every morning and evening. Still, I was blind to my sin and still didn’t call out to God. My counselor was wrong because my pain cause a blindness that went very deep. The blindness kept me from truly seeing the truth in my situation. Not having enough does funny things to us and I finally found my voice; and cried out to God for more. God heard me in His holy throne and answered my prayer. See God loves me enough to draw me into His arms. We might not see that through our struggle but tough love remembers. Praise the Lord!!! The Lord messes with our life because of His great love for us. Jesus Christ watch His Father care for Israelites and now He does the same for us.

Israel was successful because of God, but their pride in themselves says ‘we did this flourishing’; they were blind to their own faults.  Amos was given two visions of God’s pending judgment on Israel. The judgment would be locust and intense heat but Amos cried out to the LORD to stop and He did. Then the LORD said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer. “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam. (Amos 7:1-9) Israel rejected God’s word. The people did not listen ‘repent or perish’ and they didn’t call to God

Have you lost your voice? Call on Jesus Christ today and make things right. The Lord is calling His people home. Do you hear Him calling you? All you people trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield. House of the Earth trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield. You, who fear him, trust in the LORD—he is your help and shield.

Who is it that overcomes?

Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (1John 5:5) Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in their heart. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1John5:10, 12) So, believe, repent or perish in this life. Surrender this life and ask Jesus Christ into your heart so that He can draw you close and clean the messes of this life.

Thank you, Lord for pursuing and catching me. Thank you, Father for your part in this great plan. I pray that we keep in touch with our heart, and we clean the secret rooms that keep us silent. I pray Lord that you will keep pursuing us and changing us into that sparkling gem. I pray that whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. (Colossians 3:23) In Jesus Christ name, I pray. Amen.







The Kingdom of Light…

Thw Kingdom of LightIn the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days (now) he has spoken to us by his Son (Jesus), whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. Hebrews 1:1-3a

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He (Jesus) was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. John 1:9-10

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:20-21


For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6

Paul writes, For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves (Jesus)in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:9-14


Buying stuff will make you happy …?

shutterstock_126762269If You Want It You Need It! We have all felt the pull of shopping for something we really want. The sheer pleasure of searching for that item which, on the day we are looking, is hugely important, life changing. Indeed searching for our goods is often more gratifying than actually owning them. Our unshakable belief in the power of shopping has created modern-day shrines out of shopping-centres – complete with domes, Greek-style statues and marbling. Wellbeing and Shopping

The Temple of the Trafford Centre (Manchester UK shopping ) even has its own statement of faith

But How Happy Is Everybody Else? Money and purchasing power is just one of several factors in the Report on World Happiness* commissioned by the UN. Their worldwide study asked two questions:

  1. Are you happy today, right now?
  2. Are you generally happy with your life?

Unsurprisingly, the poorest countries in the world had the lowest happiness ratings in both cases. Wealth does make a difference to people trapped in poverty, but wealth has surprisingly little effect after that. In fact Japan has had no measurable increase in happiness despite a six-fold increase in wealth, and in the US levels of wellbeing have actually decreased over the past 30 years.

“Wealth is like health. Its absence breeds misery, but having it doesn’t guarantee happiness” … Liz Hoggard

The report identifies significant factors including our friends, community, health, faith, employment, and family. We’ll look at a few of these in these blogs, from a Christian viewpoint, asking the question: How can we be really happy?

Anxious About Money? Researchers have identified something they call Status Anxiety. This is where we have the persistent feeling that whatever we don’t have would make us happy if only we had it. The house with the extra bedroom will make us happy. It’ll be so great when we get that new car. If only we could go on vacation to the places we see on TV … the new phone the bigger TV, whatever we don’t have must be the one thing we need. This constant comparing ourselves with whatever we don’t have is fed by powerful advertising imagery and peer pressure. It results in this unsettling “status anxiety”. Black Friday and Wellbeing

Our first proper UK Black Friday, 2014

Yet our experience tells us that when we do acquire the object of our desires, it doesn’t make us happy – or if it does it lasts about a week before we get used to it. Even lottery winners as little as one year later often report status anxiety. They settle in to a new way of living, become accustomed to it and find there are so many new problems to worry about, even new financial problems – they are just surrounded by lots more stuff.

So How Can We Be Really Happy? (1) Ironically, being grateful, even when we don’t buy anything, is one sure route to personal wellbeing. Gratitude is under-rated. For the poorest in our world simply making it to another day can be a cause for thankfulness. Most of us, however, have forgotten how to be grateful. I have found that simply remembering the things in life that are good is the greatest and simplest thing I can do to be happy. RosE Tinted spectacles and being happy

“Doing gratitude enables is to see the present through rose-tinted spectacles”  … Ann Morisy…….or maybe they are, for the first time, clear spectacles.

Recalling in prayer all the things that went well today, the health I do have, all the things that could have gone wrong but didn’t; being able to laugh at myself; being in the moment and remembering to enjoy it, whether a conversation, a walk, or a memory; all these are ways I can practice gratitude, and begin to see life itself as a gift. Try it. The contribution to our wellbeing is huge. There will of course be sad occasions where realistically we can’t show gratitude, but mostly, we can. And when gratitude becomes a habit, we develop a sense of resilience which we know will still be there when present troubles have passed.

Are there Bible Verses About Happiness? Paul understood very well this secret to contentment. It is no accident that he often connects our “peace” with our “thankfulness”:

  • Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace – and be thankful. Colossians, 3.15
  • Do not be worried or anxious but ……… with thanksgiving make your requests to God; and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind” Philippians 4,6-7

Gratitude and being happy

If gratitude is not something you regularly practice, today is a good day to start.

This series of blogs:

  • Relationships Will Make You Happy…`?
  • Going to Church Will Make You Happy …?
  • Infographic … How to be Happy

Resources: *World Happiness Report, by The Earth Institute; Bothered and Bewildered by Ann Morisy; How to be Happy by Liz Hoggard. Chris Goswami is Director of Marketing for a Silicon Valley based company and a Minister In Training in the UK Baptist Church. His personal site is