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The Goodness of God!

The goodness of GodFor the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5

You, Lord, are forgiving and goodabounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:8-12

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:6 

AMEN!!!

The Weekly Word #11 – PRICE

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God’s Strength in Our Lives

God's-StrengthGod is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

“As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the Lord (Jesus)? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength  and keeps my way secure. 2 Samuel 22:31-33

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

Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Peter writes, Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8-12

AMEN!!!

The Weekly Word #9 – We are BLESSED

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The Weekly Word – #6 – HAPPY

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Glorious Joy…

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is (face to face). All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:2-3

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

For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see (God) face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

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 1:8-9

 

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 24-25

Someday we’ll see God, face to face, in all his Glory!!!

 

AMEN!!!

Saving Faith…

Saving FaithSeek the Lord while he may be found (before you die); call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

Then they (ordinary people) asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent (believe in Jesus).” John 6:28-30

Paul writes, I have declared to both Jews and Greeks (everyone else) that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:12-13 AMEN!!!

CHANGE

Christ Has Arranged New Growth Everyday

 

A wise person once said, “Insanity is doing things the way you have always done them and expecting things to change.” This is crazy. Our American culture has come up with many euphemisms to indirectly point the finger at crazy. Things like, “ He is a few quarters short of a dollar.” Or, “She is a few slices short of a pizza.” One of the most profound catapults to change is remembering that we cannot do things as we have always done them. To get to that next level, one needs to push through. One needs to hang on. One needs to be bold. And most importantly, we must put our trust in the hands of an almighty God. It is crazy not to change when you just might be:

  • a few tests short of a testimony
  • a few scriptures short of a message
  • a few prayers short of a breakthrough
  • a few tears short of a cleansing
  • a few sermons short of an understanding
  • a few connections short of a relationship
  • a few hymns short of a hallelujah
  • a few releases short of peace
  • a few communions short of a remembrance
  • a few confessions short of eternal life
  • a few repentings short of a change

 

Most of us have reached that point where a certain aspect of our life needs a complete overhaul. Setting your sights on making that change can have a daunting effect. For example, our intentions are to save for retirement on a regular basis. Maybe, the alarm is set for that new early morning workout.  Or, we plan to be faithful in our daily prayer and meditation time.  But alas, we don’t reach the desired goals as we thought we would. Change is hard work. Having a support while going through the change process strengthens one’s resolve during the journey. The change guided by Christ will create the best transformation. When the naysayers come along (whether they be outside or inside your head), remember the greatest advocate to your change is as close as a whispered prayer.

 

Let the Christ within you be the driving force for change.

 

Matthew 18:3
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
–New International Version

Thankfulness

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

AMEN!!!

 

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

AMEN!!!

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.
http://successandfailure.net/Failures/Are-You-A-Good-Person-Test.html

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.
http://www.wayofthemaster.com/hbks.shtml

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

AMEN!!!

Hope…

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

AMEN!!!

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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

AMEN!!!

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

AMEN!!!

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