“THEY DON’T KNOW!”

“He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  2 Thessalonians 1:8 NIV Read: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 With the mass communication of the internet and even citizens of third world countries having personal cell phones, news travel faster than we have ever known.   News stories are played out on television and media devices as they are occurring. It seems most everybody has the ability to be in the know. Missionaries once went into a country to tell the locals of who JESUS is.   Now, more and more know who JESUS is but still do not know HIM.   That person 10,000 miles away is just about as knowing as your next door neighbor. Your neighbor, the lady who works in the next cubicle, the new car salesman and the president of your local bank all may have one thing in common.   They know who JESUS is, but they do not know HIM. There are only two reasons they do not know HIM personally.   One is they may have been told about JESUS and have rejected HIM.   The other is no one has told them of the loving promise JESUS made.   They have not been told of JESUS taking on all their sins in forgiveness and how they can spend eternity in Heaven. Is it time to point a finger at a person who never took the time to tell all others about the saving grace of JESUS?   Are you one who should be standing in front of a mirror if you point the finger? Have you spread the...

“SCAREDY-CAT!”

“The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalm 27:1 NIV Read:  Psalm 27:1-6 The dictionary tells us there is no such word as scaredy.  But, when you add the word cat to it, it can be found in some dictionaries.  We can all remember times in our youth when someone yelled ‘Scaredy-Cat’ at us in a fearful moment.   Being called a Scaredy-Cat was often coupled with a ‘dare you’.   We might also remember being ‘scared of our own shadow’, ‘scared out of out wits’ or of something that ‘scared the living daylight out of us’. Theodore Roosevelt in his inauguration address coined the phrase; “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  Whether you like Mr. Roosevelt’s politics or not, he was correct with this statement. Fear looms in different areas of out lives.  But, should it?   Do you have moments of anxiety over silly things?  GOD created the world without fear.  Before sin, there was no need of fear.  One type of fear came to man from Satan.  Satan uses these fears to control his agenda. Do you have a fear of heights, spiders, insects, snakes, storms or things that go bump in the night?  Know there is a huge difference in having an undeserving fear of something and having a healthy respect for it.   If a poisonous rattlesnake were to crawl into your house, respect it for the damage it can do but there is no need to fear it. There is a second type of fear.  We...

“HAVE YOU BEEN LIED TO?”

“Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices.”  Colossians 3:9 NIV   Read: Colossians 3:8-12 Has anyone ever lied to you?   Maybe, a more accurate question would be: When did someone last lie to you?   Boldface lies, twisted truths, half truths and falsely created inaccuracies seem to be the norm in our culture.  So many think their deception is OK as their words benefit them without regard to others. Telling the truth because it is the right thing to do seems to have taken a distant second position to purposeful deceptions in many’s day to day lives.  Lies are tolerated as a way of maneuvering towards money, self gratification and power. How do you feel when someone lies to you?   Hurt, betrayed and disappointed come to mind.  How do you think others feel when you lie to them?  If it is so wrong for others to lie to you, why would it be any more right for you to lie to them?   You cannot justify a lie. Lies are not just words.   Any deception or omission of fact is a lie. Lies are not new.  Your Bible tells you of GOD’S people who lied and lived out those lies.   Your Bible also tells you of the consequence of not being truthful.   If you are smart, you will heed the guidance of these stories. Abraham, a chosen man of GOD, lied.  For fear of losing his life, he told pharaoh that Sarah his wife was his sister.  He should have learned.  Then, Abraham told King Abimelek the same lie.  GOD told...

“THREE THINGS GONE FOREVER!”

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10 NIV Read:  Galatians 6:1-10 No, it is not a riddle.   It is a sad situation for many.  If you look back at your life, what are the three things that are gone forever…three things that you can’t have again?   Let’s look at them one at a time. First, is time.  It is said time is our most valued resource.  We should use it wisely.   Once this minute is gone, it is gone forever.  It is obvious, if this minute is gone, so is yesterday or even last year.  Whatever time you did not take advantage of and use wisely is gone.   We cannot turn the clock back.  And no, you can’t do today what you did not do yesterday.  The time you take to do it today is time you are taking away from what you should do today.  You never will make up for time lost. The second thing that you cannot have again is your spoken word.  How many times would you go back and change what you have said?.   Those hasty or angry words once spoken can never be taken back.  What about those words that should have been spoken, which never were.  Were there words of support or consolation that could have lifted another up that you still have not shared? Third is opportunity.  You can look back at all the times you should have done this or you should have done that.   Failure to act can be as devastating as...

“IS YOUR GOD YOUR GOD?”

“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I am has sent me to you.'”  Exodus 3:14 NIV Read:  Exodus 3:1-15 Is your god your GOD?   For many, it may sound redundant.   But, it is a real question which deserves a real answer. Who is your god?   Is GOD your GOD?   Or do you have another god?   The ancient Israelites abandoned GOD over and over.   They melted their gold in order to fabricate a golden calf to worship.   They set their memories of all GOD had done for them aside and took on the false gods of those they conquered and of those who conquered them. It seems thousand of years have gone by and nothing has changed.  I intentionally used lower case and upper case ‘G’ to identify a god and our true GOD.   There is more than a capital letter difference. Millions in the United States stand in line at a pancake house or coffee shop for a late breakfast or brunch instead of going to church and worshiping GOD with other believers.   Others spend Sunday mornings sipping a cup of coffee before going shopping or packing the car for a day at the park or lake. Do you have something to do that is more important than GOD?  Never mind trying to excuse your thoughts and actions.   If you are making that choice, then those other things are your gods.   Then your god is not GOD. You have a choice.   Is your god, the great ‘I AM!’?  Don’t ask...