“IF YOUR NAME IS NOT GOD . . . ” Wednesday Minute

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”  Matthew 7:15 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:15-23   If your name is not GOD or your actions and words are not from HIS grace, then all you do or say are nothing but clanging symbols and do not matter.  Thoughts, actions and words that are taken from this evil world are deceptive inputs from Satan.   Only by reading and studying GOD’S word can you grow in righteousness.   There is no righteousness in the taunts, suggestions or direct instructions of this world.   You may be listening to a very smart and well educated person, but they may have no wisdom.   They may be totally ignorant in knowing GOD and all HE has for you.  Without wisdom from GOD…GOD alone…avoid all you see and hear from these misguided people.   Be careful of those you who offer directions.   They may know how to bake a cake, build a house or fix your car.  But, they may not know JESUS as their LORD and SAVIOUR or are not strong in their faith.  If their name is not GOD or their words and actions are not from HIM, then pay no heed to their advice.  There are a lot of ‘nice’ people who do not know GOD.  If they do not know GOD, even without their understanding or knowledge, they are on Satan’s payroll.   But, not all is lost.  These are the people JESUS told you to tell about HIM.   These are those who are lost and need to know...

“YOU DON’T LIKE JEWS?” Sunday Sermonette

“Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is JESUS, the king of the Jews.”  Matthew 27:37 NIV   Read:   Matthew 1:1-17   Why not?   Why do we like or dislike people because of their race, origin or religion?   This is one situation that you can ‘initially’ blame someone else.   Maybe, you learned it from your family, or were exposed to a bias in school or your neighborhood.   But, it stops there.   You learned to dislike or hate from someone else, but it does not mean you have to continue it.   So, why do you not like Jews?   All Jews or just some Jews?  Are you getting the point?  Not liking Jews is like saying you don’t like a person because they have red hair or they are not tall enough or because they came from a certain city.   That is what happened two thousand years ago.   CHRIST was a Jew but HE came from a poor little city and those in authority looked down on HIM because of where HE was born.  Today, we would say ‘HE came from the wrong side of the tracks’.   Still not liking Jews?   Did you know the Bible you read and study GOD’S word from was written, except for one author, by Jews.   Each and every chapter in the Old Testament and the New Testament, lacking one, was written by a Jew.  Do you not like Moses, David, Isaiah, Matthew, Peter or Paul?   How about JESUS himself, the greatest Jew of all time.   Like the man said…think about it.   Jews….GOD’S chosen people and as Christians we...

“I AM ONE SCARED SINNER!” Wednesday Minute

 “All people will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done.” Read:   Psalm 64:1-19   I am one scared sinner.   I fear for those who don’t know JESUS as their saviour.   Are you?   It can be said; ‘an evangelist is one scared sinner telling another scared sinner of the safety in JESUS’ arms’.   You can be an evangelist too.   We all should be scared of the evil in this world that seems to be growing at an alarming rate.  We are responsible for those whom GOD created and to give them the hope and safety that can only come from JESUS.   Being scared of thieves,  terrorists, pornography, child abuse, murderers, drugs and more is not to be scared and run away to hide, but to be scared enough to be aware and do all we can against them.  While you can take on efforts against these things (and you should), the most important thing you can do is tell others about being scared and finding safety in the loving arms of JESUS.   Are you scared enough to run and hide?   Well, that is not scared enough!  We need to be so scared of the evils in this world we do something about it.   Again, the most important thing you can do is to tell everyone you come in contact with the safety from evil in our daily lives with security in the loving arms of JESUS.   Are you one scared sinner who is brave enough to comfort another scared sinner?   If you are not scared enough, get scared! ...

“DO THEY CALL YOU NAMES?” Sunday Sermonette

“When you did these things and I kept silent, you thought I was exactly like you.  But I now arraign you and set my accusations before you.”   Psalm 50:21 NIV   Read:   Psalm 50:16-23   When you were a kid, you probably were called a name you did not like.  Kids can be cruel.  But, it is not just kids.  Do you have friends who call you names or use critical terms to insult you because you won’t join them in doing things that go against your conscience?  You don’t laugh at their inappropriate off color jokes or you won’t go to their parties that are just an excuse to drink.   Your so called friends are more concerned with you fitting in to their ideals than respecting your faith and moral code.   There were times in my teens when I was more concerned with doing whatever was necessary to win the approval of my peers than winning any accolades from my GOD.  Perhaps, there was a time in your life when you were more concerned with the names or labels being put on you than the more important name GOD gave you…’my child’.   Are you more afraid of being called a prude, a stick-in-the-mud, no fun or too religious than being called by GOD faithful, true, honorable or obedient?  There is no need to feel alone or cast out by those who really don’t care about you or your walk with GOD.  GOD is there to reward you for your love of HIM.   Others may abandon their peer pressure ways when they see the peace...

“DO YOU READ HOROSCOPES?” Wednesday Minute

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.”  Leviticus 19:31 NIV “At that time I will put you on trial. I am eager to witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars.”   Malachi 3:5a NIV   Stop anyone on the street and ask them ‘what’s your sign?’   You will likely hear; Pisces, Taurus, Libra or one of the other astrological signs.   Seldom, you may hear; “I don’t believe in astrology.”   I hope that would be your answer. That should be the only correct answer.   Even admitting to a sign or reading a horoscope and you are already on a slippery slope.   Yet many, including some claiming to be Christians, will read horoscopes in hopes of something good.  Some believe that one ‘sign’ is better equipped, cannot be trusted, will be wealthy or some other nonsense.   They believe horoscopes forecast good luck, bad luck, false warnings or good fortune.  But all are nothing but Satan’s lies.   Some will tell you they believe in horoscopes and fortune telling, while others claim it is all in fun and profess it to be innocent.   There is nothing innocent about Satan.   Things that might seem innocent and that GOD has warned us of are things we should totally avoid.   Satan creates footholds in little things.   Deuteronomy 4:19 warns us; “And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars-all the heavenly array-do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all...