“WHO IS PRAYING FOR YOU?” Wednesday Minute

” I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.”  John 17:9 NIV   Read:   John 17:6-26   Do you know who is always…always…praying for you even when you don’t even think about it or when you feel you don’t deserve prayers?   The answer is clear, yet often never thought about.  I urge everyone to pick up you Bibles and read all of today’s scriptures in John 17, verses 6-26.   Just as JESUS prayed for HIS disciples in these verses, HE is praying for all believers…for those GOD has given HIM.   Verse 20 tells us: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message.”  That means you!   JESUS is praying for you in ways you are not even aware.   JESUS knows all your tomorrows.   HE is praying for you to make right decisions, for good things to come to you, for things you may need and for you to know and depend upon HIM.   The same GOD who created you is the same GOD who is hearing prayers for you from HIS SON, our BLESSED RISEN SAVIOUR, and you have the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD living every minute of every day in you.   Christians are the only ones who have such a loving and intimate TRIUNE GOD.   Have you given your life to JESUS?   That is the only way you will have HIM praying for you.  As John 17:9 tells us; “I pray for them. I am not...

“I PLAN TO LIVE FOREVER!” Sunday Sermonette

” Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life. “  John 6: 47-48 NIV   Read:   John 6:43-59   The misguided man openly joked; “I plan to live forever and so far I have been successful.”    Unfortunately, he was talking about living forever in a decaying body on this earth.   That is not a part of GOD’S plan and it is not even wishful thinking.   GOD has another plan.   Our life on this earth is a thousand times smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.  But, for believers we have a life to come that is larger, more magnificent, while basking in the HOLY light of GOD for all eternity.   Unfortunately, most will never see the glory of Heaven.   They are so absorbed with living their life on this earth, they never consider the GOD who created them, JESUS who died for them or the HOLY SPIRIT who could reside with them until they are welcomed into Heaven.   They all will be cast aside, never knowing the salvation they can have.   If you want to be successful at living forever, change your focus.  Living forever is living for all eternity.  Our days on this earth are limited, but for those who are believers our days are never to be limited.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for coming to earth to offer eternity to all who trust and believe in YOU.   I will pray today for all those who do not know YOU as SAVIOUR of the world.  Amen. ”  ...

“I JUST CAN’T DO IT!” Wednesday Minute

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV   Read:   John 15:1-8   When was the last time you gave up and said; “I just can’t do it!”?  We all have moments of self doubts and feelings of inadequacy.   The secret is to allow them to only be moments and allow them to be permanent solutions.   When GOD’S people were threatened by the Philistine army with Goliath as the towering giant to be feared, there was a simple solution.   David, a young shepherd boy, with no military experience had the solution…a simple small stone.   One single stone from his sling solved the problem that Saul and his army could not do.   Saul said he just couldn’t do it.   David said he could do it, knowing GOD would be there with him.   You may be faced with a health problem, an impossible job, a child who has turned from GOD and is in trouble, a difficult marriage or a personal situation.   Are you giving up?   Are you saying; “I just can’t do it!”?    You can do it.   You can take that bad situation and turn it around.   You can do all you can do to correct it.   Then when you can’t do any more, turn to GOD for strength to do even more.   Just as GOD supplied that simple stone for David, HE can supply HIS strength when you think you ‘just can’t...

“GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH!” Sunday Sermonette

” Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”  1Corinthians 9:24 NIV   Read:   1Corinthians 9:24-27   Did you ever hear the expression: “Go to the ends of the earth”?.   It seems, it means different things to different people.   In reality, it means what it says.   It means we should go to the greatest extremes to do all that we should do.   If we have a task, we need to use every resource available to us to complete our efforts.   This means we should use every thing we have in our marriages, our jobs, relationships with others…but most of all we should go to the ends of the earth in our worship of GOD.   Do all you can do and more.   Attend church to fellowship with other believers who can lift you up and you can lift them up.   Attend to learn more about the HOLY TRINITY OF GOD.   Join a weekly Bible study group.   Set aside a very specific time each day to have a very personal and meaningful conversation with GOD. Don’t forget those 10 second prayers throughout the day when you need help and to pray for someone in need.  Find a way of helping one other person every day.  Go to the ends of the earth in all you do everyday 24/7.   When you go to the ends of the earth, guess who you will find there?   GOD.   HE has been there all along, just waiting for...

“NEVER TAKE A RISK?” Wednesday Minute

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:33 NIV   Read:   Matthew 6:25-34   Do you contemplate your every move, calculate the odds and take risk only when you feel the odds are in your favor or do you just rush in?   What if you had one thing that would always be better than anything else when it came to evaluating risk?   What if this one thing were better than hindsight, posted statistics and better than what you can see for yourself?   What is the one thing you can always, always trust?   Faith.  GOD gave you the faith to trust in HIM.   HE did not give you a little faith or a lot of faith.  GOD gave you faith…all of it…so much you cannot even measure it.  All you have to do is accept it and act upon your wants and needs.   Our lack of faith often is a result of our lack of action.   Why should GOD give us HIS strength of faith, when we fail to do our part?   We must do our part.   Do you expect GOD to answer your prayers when you are not doing all…all…you can do on your own?   When we ask GOD to do something, we should already be doing all we can for ourselves.   There is little risk when we ask GOD to help us do what we are already doing.  If want something, rely upon GOD’S faith in you as you go after what you want.   Depend upon GOD when you are...