ARE YOU A ZOMBIE?

OUR CULTURE SEEMS TO BE OBSESSED WITH ZOMBIES. A CELL PHONE COMPANY AND A CAR COMPANY ARE BOTH USING THE PREMISE OF ZOMBIES IN THEIR ADVERTISING. THERE ARE A HALF DOZEN TELEVISION SHOWS ON WEEKLY THAT PROPOSE THE LIVING DEAD. ARE YOU INFLUENCED BY THESE SATANIC DELIVERIES? LET’S TALK ABOUT ANOTHER ‘LIVING DEAD’. ARE YOU A SPIRITUAL ZOMBIE ? DO YOU FEEL EMPTY INSIDE? DO YOU GO THROUGH THE DAY, JUST TO GET UP AND DO IT AGAIN TOMORROW LIKE YOU DID YESTERDAY? DO YOU GO ABOUT YOUR DAY LIKE ONE OF THOSE ZOMBIE IMAGES? YOU HAVE A ROUTINE IN THE MORNINGS. YOU TAKE A SHOWER, GET DRESSED, HAVE SOMETHING FOR BREAKFAST, AND BRUSH YOUR TEETH. YOU TAKE STEPS TO PREPARE YOURSELF PHYSICALLY. WHAT ABOUT SPIRITUALLY? BEING SPIRITUALLY PREPARED FOR THE DAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN OTHER PREPARATIONS. A FEW MINUTES REFLECTING AND PRAYING OVER A FEW VERSES OF GOD’S WORD CAN GIVE YOUR LIFE MEANING AND PURPOSE FOR THE DAY. DON’T BE THE ‘WALKING DEAD’. PREPARE YOURSELF. FILL YOURSELF WITH GOD’S MESSAGE EVERY MORNING. YOU WILL FEEL THE DIFFERENCE DURING THE DAY…. NO LONGER EMPTY, INSTEAD FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. “DON’T YOU KNOW THAT YOU YOURSELVES ARE GOD’S TEMPLE AND THAT GOD’S SPIRIT LIVES IN YOU.” 1CORINTHIANS 3:16...

CAN YOU SAVE A MINUTE?

I NOTICED A CAR RUNNING A STOP SIGN AND CROWDING INTO TRAFFIC. LATER, THE SAME CAR ON THE HIGHWAY RECKLESSLY CHANGED LANES OVER AND OVER. LATER, THE SAME CAR WAS STOPPED IN A LINE OF CARS ON THE EXIT RAMP JUST A FEW CARS AHEAD OF ME. AFTER ALL THE EFFORTS TO SAVE TIME, THE DRIVER WHO HAD ENDANGERED HIS LIFE AND OTHERS OVER 45 MINUTES IN HEAVY TRAFFIC WAS UNABLE TO SAVE ONE MINUTE. IF YOU COULD SAVE A MINUTE A DAY, WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH THEM? IN A YEAR YOU WOULD HAVE SAVED OVER SIX HOURS. DO YOU PACKAGE THEM TOGETHER AND PUT THEM ON A SHELF OR ARE THEY LOST AND FORGOTTEN ? DO YOU REALLY SAVE THEM? TIME IS PRECIOUS. OUR EARTHLY LIFE IS ALREADY MEASURED. WHEN GOD IS READY TO TAKE US HOME, WE WON’T BE ABLE SAY; “LORD, I HAVE SAVED UP SIX HOURS. CAN I LIVE SIX HOURS LONGER?” OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH IS KNOWN ONLY BY GOD AND IS MEASURED DOWN TO THE LAST SECOND. OUR TIME WITH GOD IS ETERNAL AND CANNOT BE MEASURED…IF WE HAVE ACCEPTED JESUS AS OUR LORD AND SAVIOR. WE DON’T NEED TO ASK FOR THE SIX HOURS. GOD HAS PREPARED US A PLACE WHERE THE MINUTES AND HOURS NEVER END. “HUMBLE YOURSELVES, THEREFORE, UNDER GOD’S MIGHTY HAND, THAT HE MAY LIFT YOU UP IN DUE TIME.” 1PETER 5:6...

CAN YOU FORGIVE?

WHAT IF KING DAVID WAS REMEMBERED ONLY FOR HIS SINS? A NEWSPAPER HEADLINE COULD HAVE READ “DAVID, ADULTERER AND MURDERER, DEAD!” AS SCRIPTURE TELLS US, THE HEADLINES COULD HAVE ACCURATELY READ; “COUNTRY MOURNS, KING DAVID DIES!” OR “SLAYER OF GIANT PHILISTINE DIES!” OR “KING DAVID, GOD’S CHOSEN, LIFE COMPLETE!” WHAT COULD YOUR HEADLINE READ? WILL OTHERS REMEMBER YOU FOR YOUR SINFUL ACTS OR FOR YOUR GODLY IMPACT? JUST AS IMPORTANT; WHAT WILL YOU REMEMBER OF OTHERS? WILL YOU REJOICE IN THEIR WALK WITH GOD OR WILL YOU HOLD BITTERNESS OR ANGER TOWARDS THEM FOR SINS WHICH YOU COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE FORGIVEN? IF GOD CAN FORGIVE THOSE WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST YOU, WHY CAN’T YOU? YOU CAN FORGIVE. CHOOSE TO FORGIVE SOMEONE TODAY. NOT TO FORGIVE A SIN IS A SIN. “DO NOT JUDGE, AND YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED. DO NOT CONDEMN, AND YOU WILL NOT BE CONDEMNED. FORGIVE AND YOU WILL BE FORGIVEN.” LUKE 6:37...

WHAT’S DONE IS NOT DONE!

ALAN JACKSON, THE COUNTRY SUPER STAR, SANG IN ONE OF HIS MANY HIT SONGS A FEW YEARS AGO A TRAGIC LINE. HE SANG OF A FAILING LOVE; “SOMEDAY, I’LL GET MY LIFE STRAIGHT….AND SHE SAID ‘IT’S TOO LATE, WHAT’S DONE IS DONE.'” SOMETIMES WE GIVE UP ON OTHERS; CONDEMNING THEM WITH THE LINE… ‘IT’S TOO LATE, WHAT’S DONE IS DONE’. HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU SUMMED UP A SITUATION IN YOUR OWN LIFE WITH THIS THOUGHT ABOUT YOURSELF? AREN’T WE BLESSED THAT GOD DOES NOT FEEL THAT WAY? NO MATTER WHAT WE HAVE DONE, NO MATTER HOW HORRIBLE OUR SINS SEEM OR HOW OFTEN WE HAVE SINNED, GOD FORGIVES. NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE HAVE TURNED OUR BACK ON GOD, NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM HIS HEALING TOUCH…GOD IS STILL THERE FOR US. GOD SENT HIS ONLY SON, JESUS, TO FORGIVE US AND TAKE ON ALL OUR SINS. IT IS NOT TOO LATE. WHAT’S DONE IS NOT DONE. NOW IS THE TIME TO ‘GET YOUR LIFE STRAIGHT’. LOOK NO FURTHER THAN JESUS. ASK FOR HIS FORGIVENESS. TELL HIM OF ALL YOUR SINS. HE WILL FORGIVE YOU. ASK FOR FORGIVENESS. IT’S NOT TOO LATE. DON’T GIVE UP ON YOURSELF OR OTHERS. GOD HAS NOT GIVEN UP. “FOR I WILL FORGIVE THEIR WICKEDNESS AND WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE.” JEREMIAH 31:34b AND HEBREWS 8:12...

WHO’S YOUR HERO?

JOHN WALKED THROUGH THE BACK DOOR INTO THE KITCHEN AFTER A LONG WORK DAY. HE FOUND HIS 8 YEAR OLD, MELISSA, DOING HOMEWORK AT THE KITCHEN TABLE. KISSING HER FOREHEAD, HE ASKED HER WHAT SHE WAS WORKING ON. “I AM WRITING A STORY ABOUT MY HERO FOR ENGLISH CLASS”, SHE REPLIED. DADDY ASKED HER WHO SHE WAS WRITING ABOUT. SHE TOLD HIM, “I AM WRITING ABOUT YOU”. JOHN WAS TAKEN BACK! WOW! I AM HER HERO, HE SILENTLY GASPED! HUMBLED, HE ASKED HER WHY HE WAS HER HERO. MELISSA ANSWERED SOFTLY WITHOUT LOOKING UP, “WELL, YOU ARE NOT MY REAL HERO….I JUST COULDN’T SPELL ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER.” SO, WHO IS YOUR REAL HERO? MAYBE, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHY JESUS IS YOUR HERO! COUNT ALL THE REASONS. BORN FROM PROPHESY, THE TEACHER OF PEACE AND LOVE, GOD IN HUMAN FORM, HE DIED A HORRIBLE, TORTUROUS DEATH IN ORDER TAKE ON ALL YOUR SINS, SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE ETERNAL LIFE SHARED WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. JESUS’ NAME IS EVEN EASY TO SPELL! WHO ARE YOU GOING TO TELL, TODAY, THAT JESUS IS YOUR HERO OF HEROES? “FOR TO US A CHILD IS BORN, TO US A SON IS GIVEN, AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ON HIS SHOULDERS. AND HE WILL BE CALLED WONDERFUL COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE OF PEACE.” ISAIAH 9:6...