“TELL YOUR PARENTS . . . “

“Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord’ And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”  Psalm 32:5 NIV Read:  Psalm 32: 1-7 As you grew up, there were lots of things you just did not tell your parents, knowing your life as you knew it would end…or at least you thought so.  Maybe, it was how that window was really broken or how that dent appeared in back bumper of the family’s car mysteriously after you had driven it. It’s never too late to ‘come clean’.  The best time was then.  The next best time is now.  Right now!   Later may be too late.  Get rid of the guilt and honor your parents.   No matter how young or old you are, today is the best time to tell your parents; “I am sorry!”   The same applies to GOD.   Remorse is a good thing.  The word remorse comes from an old French word meaning to bite back.   Isn’t that what your conscious does?   It bites back…sometimes years or decades later to remind us. You can get rid of those old memories that are biting back. Tell GOD of all those things you have hidden away.   HE knows all of them just waiting for you to ask for forgiveness.   You are not telling HIM something new. Like you have heard; confession is good for the soul.   Ask GOD to forgive you.   HE will if you ask.   After you talk with GOD, go ahead and call your mom or dad and ask...

“ARE YOU A CRACKERJACK?”

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”  2Timothy2:14-19 NIV Read:  2Timothy 2:14-19 Some things just stick in our minds and stay with us.  I recently bought a box of Cracker Jacks.  I thought the brand had disappeared long ago.   No matter your age, you probably remember Cracker Jacks as a kid since they have been around since the late 1800s.   Originally, they were popcorn and peanuts in a molasses coating.  After several corporate owners, the sugar coating seems to have changed. The name Cracker Jacks came from an early customer who exclaimed ‘that’s a real crackerjack’ when tasting the concoction.  The term has not been popular in decades. Did you know the word cracker came from England?   It referred to an expert in a given field.   The best doctor, baker or golfer might have been referred to as a ‘cracker’.  As time evolved, the public changed it to ‘crackerjack’. Are you a real ‘crackerjack’?  We all should be.   GOD gave us all unique talents.   There is something you do or could do better than most.   You don’t have to be the best doctor, salesman, mother or actress.   All you have to be is really good at what GOD has equipped you to be. You can be a great Bible teacher, greeter, choir member or deacon.   Doing our best is GOD’S desire of us.  Are you a ‘crackerjack’ for GOD? Today’s prayer:   “LORD, Thank YOU for creating me the way YOU did.  ...

“TO BE OR NOT TO BE?”

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”   John 3:36  NIV Read:  John 3:31-36   After four hundred years, there is still debate over this line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   Hamlet seems to be concerned with his father’s murder and is considering the choice of life or death for himself while questioning that death may be worse than life. We have hundreds of millions of people asking a similar question.   They are looking at their lives in a time of trouble, the loss of a loved one or lack of faith and attempting to understand  if death could be better or worse than the life they now have. That is a choice we should never make.  But, there is a choice we can make.  GOD has a plan.  The plan is GOD’S, not ours.   Our choice is to choose GOD or reject GOD. Have you accepted GOD’S plan for your life?  Is your salvation ‘to be or not to be’?   Have you decided to spend eternity in Heaven or Hell?  If to be or not to be is the question, what is your answer? If you want to go to Heaven, are you sure you will go there?   The only way to know for sure is to accept JESUS as your LORD and SAVIOUR. Just as HE gave Adam and Eve free will, GOD gave you the same free will as well.  You have a choice.   Is Heaven to be or not to be? Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, Thank YOU for coming to this...

“FAMILY PAINS?”

“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 We all have them.    Maybe a brother, sister, son, daughter or a second cousin.  It seems in every family, there is someone with an evil side, a dark secret that no one talks about, is too opinionated or who just does not seem to fit in. Some we kid about, while others we may dread to interact with.   Family gatherings can be worse than a toothache if we allow them to be.  Some are serious situations; as a brother-in-law who arrives intoxicated, aggressive and foul mouthed.  Then, other times it is funny Uncle Bob whose toupee keeps sliding off. It is not as much as the situation as how we deal with it.  Our attitude can make a situation much worse or much better.  We can often find the ‘family pain’ is not as bad when we are prepared to turn it over to GOD and not allow it to control us.   There is another type of family pain.   Some of us let our faith divide us.   We are children of GOD.   Not some of us.   All of us are GOD’S children.   Of those who have accepted JESUS, the opinions and faith doctrines can differ greatly. While we can agree on the TRINITY OF GOD, some will debate too strongly on the meaning of scripture.   When we disagree are we being like the Sadducees and Pharisees?   Are we ignoring the HOLY SPIRIT’S guidance and...

“BEHOLDIN’ TO YOU!”

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And always be thankful.”  Colossians 3:15 NIV Read:   Colossians 3:1-17 American English slang…you have to love it!   The color of our speech enables us to communicate on a whole different level.   I remember, as a boy, visiting relatives in north east Texas.  It seemed like another world but with a real comfort.  Yet, they sure talked funny at times.  Both of my parents ancestors had migrated two generations earlier from Tennessee and the deep south.   When someone was asking a favor, it was common to hear:   “I’d be real beholdin’ to you if…”   When acknowledging a favor, it was equally heard:  “I’m beholdin’ to you.”  Both were sincere and in deep appreciation, assuring the hearer a commitment of indebtedness.   Are you interested in only what you can get out of life without any appreciation of what others have done or are willing to do for you?   Or, are you truly beholdin’ to those who have helped you along the way? Who are you beholdin’ to?  Tell others how beholdin’ you are to them.   They would love to hear a few kind words from you. Who else are you beholdin’ to?   How about GOD in Heaven, JESUS who died on that old wooden cross and the HOLY SPIRIT who resides in you every minute of every day.   When was the last time you told every member of the TRINITY how beholdin’ you are?   Like the man said….”That’s been too long.” Today’s prayer:   BLESSED TRINITY, Thank YOU for loving me...