“SAVE THE LAST DANCE . . .”

  “Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well.  I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”   Jeremiah 31:13 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 31:1-14 Years ago, there was a popular song with lyrics that pleaded; “Save the last dance for me.”.   It was a custom that a lady might dance with several men, but the gentleman who took her to dance was entitled and the lady would politely save the last dance for the one who escorted her. You have been escorted to the dance called life.   Unlike the lady who was asked to the dance, GOD did not ask you.   You had no choice because GOD had a plan for you.   GOD created you to live this life on earth for HIS reasons.   HE created you to do good not evil.   Satan has convinced many that bad is really not all that bad.   A ‘this won’t hurt anything’ and a ‘no one will ever know’ has been his temptation to lure us away from GOD’S perfect desire for us.   Slowly, just a tiny step at a time, Satan has taken people from just the shadows of darkness to the dark pit of evil. Are you dancing to the music GOD gave to you for eternal life or have you traded GOD’S song for the deathly tune of the devil?   Like the old ‘American Bandstand’ quote; Satan’s tune sometimes has a good beat, but it is hard to dance to. GOD invited you to this dance called life.   Isn’t it time to...

“HE DID IT!”

“In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”  1Timothy 6:13-14 NIV   Read:   1 Timothy 6:11-16 Pointing the blame, accusing another, shifting guilt or whatever you want to call it is something we all have done at one time or another.   Think back.   If the shoe fits, wear it.   We might think blaming others is something our kids say.   With five grandsons, it is not an unfamiliar phase. “He did it!” is a way of disavowing all responsibility and laying it squarely on the shoulders of another…which may or may not be totally true.   As it is said, a good offense is better than a good or bad defense.   Pretending innocence is not the same as being innocent.   When was the last time you blamed someone else when you were responsible or at least partially responsible?    Wouldn’t it be better to accept the responsibility for your words or actions?   A clear conscious starts with a repentant heart.  Next time you are inclined to place guilt on another, think again. Not always saying “I did it.” is a bad thing.   Often we do not speak up for ourselves and take credit for doing the right thing.   There are times to remain anonymous and there are times to accept credit.   The difference is accepting what GOD tells you to do in every situation.   Trust GOD to guide you in accepting responsibility and fame. ...

“ARE YOU READY?”

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”  Luke 12:35 NIV   Read Luke 12:35-40 When a race is about to start, it is common to hear the announcer ask the participants if they are ready?   As a child you may have had a footrace with another friend acting as the announcer with “Ready, Set, Go!”…and the race was off.   The anticipation of getting ready was suddenly gone and reality instantly set in.   The racers had no more time to prepare.  It was a time of action. Ready for a time on the town, the husband may ask his wife “Are you ready?”   (If he is wise…he will not ask more than once.)   He is as ready as he is going to be, but she is still applying a few touches of perfection.   Ready means different things to different people.   Are you ready?   Ill health can make us think about being ready. Death… physical death…is a 100% certainty.   When, not if, is the question.  If you are born again, you will meet JESUS face to face.  Are you ready? When we were in school, most of us crammed at the last minute for a major test or final exams.  There is no final test for a Christian.   GOD grades us every day by what we say and do.   Getting ready is a constant activity. If you are not ready, shouldn’t you be?   JESUS died on that cross for you.   All of your mistakes of yesterday are paid for you.   You don’t...

“YOUR GLUE DOESN’T STICK!”

“For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.”   Matthew 13:15a NIV Read:   Matthew 13: 1-23 My roots are from northeast Texas and those ‘other’ states east of there.   Even though I grew up in Dallas, I was exposed to the country way of life and its people, including some sun baked farmers who knew hard work and who had a ‘bucket full’ of common sense.  One of their wise sayings was ‘your glue doesn’t stick’.   This was a polite way of telling someone; ‘you don’t make any sense’, ‘that is not logical’ or in some cases a very firm ‘you don’t know what you are talking about’.   Has anyone ever told you that ‘your glue doesn’t stick’?   More than likely, someone has corrected you with these or other words.   Someone cared enough to offer you help when you were possibly making a wrong decision.   These old sayings remind me of JESUS’ parable teachings.   Many of HIS teaching were examples of agriculture since most of HIS countrymen were responsible for growing their own food. The story of a seed producing a hundred fold is told in Matthew, Mark and Luke.   JESUS’ ‘glue did stick’.   JESUS knew what HE was teaching.    Are you a good listener to HIS word?   Does HIS teachings make sense to you? There are people today like those of JESUS’ time.   They have heard JESUS is their saviour, but they still do not see with their eyes or hear with their ears the truth of the gospel of JESUS.   Still doing it their...

“FREE SIN OR SIN FREE?”

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”   Act 13:38 NIV Read:  Act 13:38-39 You might think one of these would be true.  But, in the world we live free sin is not really free and yet, none of us live sin free. Satan, our lying tormentor, would have you believe he has plenty of free sin for all.   What he doesn’t tell you that sin, all sin, has a price.  Its price is more than you can afford…eternity in hell if you follow him. As much as we may want, it is impossible to be sin free in this lifetime.   Romans 8:1-2  tells us…“Therefore, there is not condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”    Those who have accepted CHRIST will awake every day knowing they will be free of sin and death saved by grace for all eternity.   Satan would have you believe otherwise.  He will continue to torment even the most faithful.   Lust, lies, power and money will be the tauntings of every believer.  His desire is to corrupt in ways so evil most cannot even imagine. With the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD living in each believer, we have an advocate.  Satan will continue to tempt us.  But, as believers we can turn those temptations over to GOD. GOD created us knowing we were imperfect.   HE gave us the free will to choose.   The free will HE gave us is...