“NO BELLY BUTTON?”

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”    Genesis 2:7 Read:  Genesis 2:1-25 It seems some are obsessed with trivia and have a need to know every little detail.  You know everyone has a belly button.  But not always.   Our Bibles tell us GOD created Adam and then created Eve.   Since there was no umbilical cord, there was no belly button.   Adam and Eve were created by the hand of GOD. The world sometimes ponders on the obvious.  GOD has given us the answers. ‘Which came first, the chicken or the egg?’   Again, scripture tells us GOD created all living things.   Birds were created by GOD.   Their reproduction process was also created by GOD.   Then came the egg. GOD tells us everything we need to know.   The Bible solves all the questions we may have.  If we are still in doubt…all we have to do is ask GOD in prayer.   We need the eyes to see all HE has written and a heart and ears to hear HIM.   It is not difficult.  We make life more difficult in our own foolish minds. Forget the trivia and go for the truth…the truth that only comes from GOD. Today’s prayer:  “FATHER GOD, Thank YOU for creating me and giving me the life YOU chose.   Help me to be less concerned with the trivia of this world and more aware of all YOU want me to know. ...

“ARE YOU WEAK OR STRONG?”

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.”   Mark 16:4 NIV   Read:  Mark 16: 1-20   Can you move a 1,000 pound boulder?   The stone sealing JESUS’ tomb probably weighed between 1,000 and 2,500 pounds.  If it were round, it was set in a groove cut into the surrounding rock or blocked with stones to support it.   Some archeologists believe the stone was not perfectly round or had a carved flat bottom so that once placed it could not be rolled out. This is one of the facts that logically prove the stone was not easily moved without the aid of many men.  Yet, even with Roman soldiers guarding, the stone was moved in silence.   JESUS defeated death and was raised to walk from that tomb.  From that night, HE was seen by hundreds; proving HE was indeed the SON of the MOST HIGH GOD. RESURRECTION SUNDAY is not about Easter bunnies and candy eggs.  Today is the day to celebrate the RISEN SAVIOUR who died a torturing humanly death so you can live in eternity in Heaven. By believing in JESUS, you can live eternity in Heaven.  If you have never accepted JESUS as your SAVIOUR, today is the day.  Simply pray:  “JESUS, I do believe in YOU and ask YOU to accept me into YOUR kingdom.   Please forgive all my sins.  My life is YOURS.  Amen.” If you have been saved and have not been walking in faith, ask JESUS to forgive you and set today as the day you re-dedicated your life to HIM. Today’s...

“EVER RIDE A DONKEY?”

 “saying to them,‘Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me.'”   Matthew 21:2 NIV Read:   Matthew 21:1-16   Did you ever ride a donkey?   As stubborn as they can be, they are easy to ride and can carry heavy loads.   I have a donkey.  ‘Ben’ is a Bethlehem donkey.   Some call them Israeli donkeys of JESUS donkeys.    It is believed by many these donkeys descended from the donkey JESUS rode into the city just days before HIS mock trial and crucifixion.   The donkeys have a cross on their shoulders.   A colored line appears in the hair from one shoulder to the other across the mane forming a perfect cross…just where JESUS sat. JESUS gave instructions for the disciples to bring HIM a colt…a young donkey to ride into the city.   Why did HE choose a lowly donkey?   Perhaps, it showed the humbleness of CHRIST.  Kings, of the time, would ride stallions with ornate decorations before leading their troops into battle or in a victorious parade after a battle.   Here we have the most glorious KING of all entering on a slow trotting donkey.  HE was not a military king, but KING of all. We should be so humble. Let us prepare ourselves.   Our actions and our words should be as humble as JESUS on these days leading up to RESURRECTION SUNDAY.   Share the story of JESUS’ humble ride upon a donkey with someone today.   Tell them the wonderful story of JESUS.   HE can be their...

“CAN YOU WALK ON WATER?”

 “‘Lord, if it’s you,’ Peter replied, ‘tell me to come to you on the water.’  ‘Come,’ he said.”  Matthew 14:28-29 NIV   Read Matthew 14:22-33   Three pastors were fishing from a small boat.  One said he needed to go to the shore.  He stepped out of the boat and walked across the water to the shore.   Later, another announced he also was going to shore and walked across the water to the shore. Seeing the other two, the third pastor decided his faith was as strong and stepped out of the boat.  Instantly, he sank and then swam to the shore.   One of the pastors, still in the boat, said to the other:  “I guess we should have told him where the rocks were just beneath the surface.” Great faith is essential, but common sense and knowledge are both gifts from GOD as well.   During our daily lives, GOD gives us simple answers to what may seem like complicated questions.   We need to use the common sense and knowledge from GOD embraced with absolute faith.  JESUS will tell you where the rocks are. Peter stepped out of the boat in faith; then allowed fear to take over.   We can be judgmental of Peter’s faith.   Yet, Peter was the only one to step out in faith, while the other disciples sat in the boat.  No one else stepped out in faith. Are you stepping out in faith?  Can you walk on water or do other things that require great faith to JESUS’ outstretched arms?   HE is waiting for you. Today’s prayer:   “LORD JESUS, Thank...

“NOT ENOUGH TIME!”

“While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”  1Thessalonians 5:3 NIV Read:  1Thessalonians 5   Even thirty seconds could make a difference sometimes.   What if you had an extra hour or another day to complete a project? If you knew today was to be your last, how much more time would you need to get your life in order?   Most never get the time to complete a project, to update a will or to tell others goodbye. With loving memories, will you have time to tell someone you love them or to apologize for a wrong from days gone by?   Today…this minute…is the only time you really have.   Are you prepared for the unknown time you have left?   Have you done all you want to do or more importantly all you need to do?  Our scripture verse of the day tells us none will know the time CHRIST will return and believers will not need to be concerned.  In verse 10 we read: “HE died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with HIM.” Our time is limited.   Are you ready?  Turn your life over to our SAVIOUR and live in joy with HIM forever.    There is no time like right now.   Minutes from now may not exist for some reading this.  Reach out and take control of these limited days by living in submission to our RISEN SAVIOUR.   If you don’t, there will not be enough time. Today’s prayer:  “LORD,...