“IS YOUR NAME IN THE BIBLE!”

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.”  Revelation 20:12 NIV Read:  Revelation 20:11-15   Is your name in the Bible?  I don’t mean do you share the name of a Biblical character.  I am asking if you are mentioned in the Bible.  Look all you want, but you will not find yourself, your deeds…good or bad…in scripture. But, there is another book your name may be found.  It is called the ‘book of life’.   Is your name in the book of life?   It should be.   Those who have accepted JESUS as their own personal SAVIOUR will have their names in the book of life.   No one can put it there for you.   You cannot purchase a spot for your name to be included. The only way to have GOD put your name in the book of life is to pray and ask JESUS to accept you.  Then all your sins, new and old are forgiven and you will spend eternity with your TRIUNE GOD. If you have not asked JESUS to be your SAVIOUR, today is your day!  You cannot afford to wait.   If you have given your life to CHRIST, but have not been obedient and faithful in your walk…today is your day as well.   On bended knee, ask HIM to forgive you and be refreshed in the SPIRIT. Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD,  Thank YOU for hearing my prayer.   I...

“ONE GIFT LEFT UNDER THE TREE”

“Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.”  Matthew 2:11b  NIV Read:  Matthew 2:1-12 Merry Christmas! Most gathered around their Christmas tree and opened their gifts last night or this morning.   There was a lot of excitement and joy as paper and ribbons were torn and thrown to the floor.   Many were surprised to receive more than ever expected.   Some received all they had wished.  Maybe, a few were selfishly disappointed. In all cases, there should have been one gift left unopened.  Whether you had a real unopened gift or not, it is still one gift left to open.   If you didn’t have an unopened gift left under the tree, let me invite you to start a new tradition.   Wrap a box in your choice of the prettiest paper.   Put on a fancy bow.   Make this box the most lovely. Remember the wise men?   They brought JESUS very expensive gifts in order to worship HIM.   They did not bring routine gifts, but the very best as worship offerings. Are you worshiping JESUS today or are you celebrating the gifts you opened?   That unopened gift?   That is your gift to JESUS.   Will it be an empty gift or will you do your best to give JESUS the gift HE deserves from you?  Write a check today…a generous gift to JESUS.   Put it in the offering plate this morning, make your check payable to your pastor as a personal gift or you can even send it to this ministry to further GOD’S work.   Don’t look...

“THE GIVER IS THE GIFT!”

“Thanks be to God for HIS indescribable GIFT!”  2Corinthians 9:15 NIV   Read:  2Corinthians 9: 6-15 Have you ever received a gift from an unknown giver.   No matter how nice, needed or useful the gift may be, there is something missing.  What is missing? The giver is the gift.  Think about it.   What good is receiving a gift if you can’t appreciate and thank the giver?   The giver completes the gift.   Knowing who is giving you something and why they are giving it to you allows us to appreciate the gift even more.   During this celebration of our SAVIOUR’S birth, you may receive several gifts.   I urge you to keep a mindful balance of all you receive.   Too many times we are focused on the gift and not the giver. There is another gift we may be taking advantage.  JESUS is both the gift and the giver.   GOD gave us HIS most precious gift…HIS SON…born to die for you and each of us. Are you preparing to appreciate the most wonderful gift you can ever receive or are you too involved with the ‘holidays’?    Are you taking the time to appreciate the GIVER as well as the GIFT?   Stop for a moment and prepare yourself for the days to come.  Remember to thank the giver and to truly appreciate them.  The gift is the giver. Today’s prayer:   ‘GOD MY CREATOR, Thank YOU for sending us YOUR SON as the GIFT I am not deserving.  Help me appreciate YOUR GIFT and all the gifts from others this Christmas along with a deep appreciation and thanks to all who...

“DOUBLE THE DOSE!”

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”  1John 4:7 NIV Read:  1John 4:7-12 The patient complained to the doctor;  “Doctor, I never feel good.  Don’t you have a medicine that will make me feel better?”  The doctor smiled and said, he had the perfect medicine.   “Show someone you love them.”   “Who?”, the patient asked.   The doctor replied, “Everyone!”.  The patient continued, “What if that doesn’t work?”   As the doctor was leaving the exam room, he turned back and answered “Double the dose every day until it does!” Do you feel lonely and  tired all the time, some of the time or occasionally?   It could be you are not showing enough love to others.  Have you showed others the love you have for them? Family members, friends and total strangers are all in need of your love.   Are you showing love to others?  Do you need to double the dose every day?   Most of us do in one way or another.   GOD told us to love others, yet we all too often fall short. When questioned by the Sadducees as to the greatest commandment, JESUS responded in Mark 12:30-31: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.  The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” “…There is no commandment greater than these.”  If you didn’t get it the first time, take a double dose. Today’s prayer:  “LORD...

“YOUR BESTUS FRIEND?”

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.”  Job 6:14 NIV Read:  Job 6:14-30   I remember a scene from an old Disney movie.  A little boy was proudly describing another boy as his ‘bestus friend in the whole wide world’. As best I can determine, his choice of words came from the old south and probably were taken from the term ”the best of us”.   We might say something happens to the best of us in a sad situation.   This young man was saying boldly his ‘bestus’ friend was his very best friend above everyone else.   Do you have a ‘bestus’ friend in the whole wide world?   I would describe a ‘bestus’ friend as one you could call at 2 a.m. waking them  from a deep sleep and they would get dressed and come immediately to your aid.   Of course to have a ‘bestus’ friend, you need to be a ‘bestus’ friend as well.  Are you prepared to be a ‘bestus’ friend when called upon?   How about being a ‘bestus’ friend even when you are not asked?   Being a ‘bestus’ friend without ever being asked describes a person of great integrity. Shouldn’t we treat everyone with such integrity?   Even a total stranger needs a ‘bestus’ friend at one time or another.  Being a ‘bestus’ friend should be the right thing to do without ever being asked. JESUS is your ‘bestus’ friend.   Are you HIS?   Who do you know who would lay down their life for you, take on all your sins and guarantee you a place for all eternity in Heaven? Today’s prayer:  ...