“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...

“IT’S NOT I’M RIGHT, IT’S THEY’RE WRONG!” Sunday Sermonette

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”  Proverbs 3: 5-7 NIV   Do you try to excuse your insistence of claiming you are right when you know how wrong you really are?   Some may take command by simply changing the subject or offering excuses and false information in order to attempt to be right.  Are you in a fatal attempt to convince yourself that you are right rather than self admit to being wrong?   When we assert we are right while knowing we are wrong, we hurt others and are hurting ourselves.  Even if you feel others are wrong when they don’t agree, it does not make you right.  No matter how much we want to be right, there are times when someone is right and we need to concede.   GOD loves us.   HE gave us HIS Ten Commandments of rights and wrongs.   HIS scriptures give us real examples of how others have succeeded and failed.   These are instructional if we submit to learning from these examples.   Still, we choose to do things our way…right or wrong.   Just because you have always done something a certain way does not make you right.   Besides the commandments GOD has given us, we need to listen to HIM in special circumstances.  There are times HE may tell us to do things differently than before.   HE told Moses to pray over the rock the...

“ROLLER COASTER ANDY!” Wednesday Minute

“All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.”   Ecclesiastes 2:23   Read:  Ecclesiastes 2:17-26   Years ago, we went to a theme park with another family.   The dad, Andy, was a big, robust man.  Except for one thing.  He had a fear of roller coasters.   After a lot of coaxing, he climbed in.  Scared for his life he clenched the bar and was frozen in time.   The attendant had to pull his white knuckles off the safety bar to lock it in position.   Soon the coaster was screaming down the track, but not as loud as Andy was screaming!  Then it was over.  Andy kept looking back at the coaster as we walked away.  Then he was on a new high.  Within an hour, he was ready to ride that roller coaster again.   We are a lot like that.   Once we get on the roller coaster of life, we feel like we have to ride out the highs and lows.   One minute, we feel we are on top of the world, then we are whirled into depressions, fears, times of doubt and insecurities.   Is your life on a wild roller coaster ride?   Get off the scary highs and lows and trade them for a level ride on an eight lane, peaceful, scenic super highway.   It is easier than you think.   Today, make a decision not to climb on the highs and lows of that roller coaster.   Today does not have to be a roller coaster day.   Today, you can have the peace...

“IT MAKES YOU STUPID!” Sunday Sermonette

“Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.”  Ecclesiastes 10:3 NIV   Read:   Ecclesiastes 10:1-15   Have you ever done something that you knew was wrong, yet you charged ahead and did it anyway?   A lady recently told a story of a 25 year wonderful marriage when her husband suddenly died.   She was lost.   Immediately, she began looking for a new husband.   She married and divorced within months.   She says the loneliness made her stupid.   In this twisted world, we can blame loneliness, anger, depression, anxiety, others and more for making us feel stupid.   But, in truth, we need very little help and can do things that make us feel pretty stupid on our own.    When was the last time you did something that resulted in you feeling stupid?  Maybe not that long ago…  After all, you knew better.   Doing things that makes us feel stupid is more common to some than others.   We all make choices.   We make good choices and we make bad choices.   When we are self reliant, depending upon our own judgment we can make decisions that make us feel stupid.   Perhaps, feeling really stupid is our own wake-up call.   GOD doesn’t make you feel stupid.   We can feel really stupid on our own.  GOD can be your strength.   HE can be your good conscience.  HE can guide you to good decisions.   When you take all your problems to HIM and listen to HIM you will not have to look back and feel stupid for the decisions you made alone.  ...

“YOU BROKE IT, YOU FIX IT!” Wednesday Minute

“If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly…”   Jeremiah 7:5 NIV   Read:   Jeremiah 7:23-28   Accountability.  It seems to be disappearing in our society at an alarming rate. You may have loaned a tool or a personal item only to have it returned in less than favorable condition.  Many are simply not responsible and are not appreciative of your generous nature in loaning them things.  Are you different?   Do you return things in as good or better condition than when you borrowed them?  If you break something entrusted to you, do you fix it?   More than caring for material things, how about promises?   Is your word good?    Do you keep your promises or is an almost kept promise good enough?   Do you fix broken promises?   While we fail in keeping our promises to one another, we should never fail in keeping our promises to GOD.   GOD never has and never will fail in keeping HIS promises to you.   We read in the Old and New Testaments of GOD’S perfect promises.  For every promise we read, we also read of fifty times or more of people who broke their promises to HIM.   Broken promises are continuing today, just as they did thousands of years ago.   We have not changed from the people of old.  We have not learned from all GOD has told us.   We are still breaking our promises to GOD and failing to fix what we have broken.   As our title instructs; “you broke it, you fix it”.   No one can fix your...

“LOAN HIM A THOUSAND DOLLARS?” Sunday Sermonette

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV   Read:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-17   Has anyone ever asked you for a loan of hundreds or even thousands of dollars?   We have all been there.   Short of cash can certainly be caused by unknown situations, but are those times results of not being good stewards of what GOD has given us?   Being good stewards is more than being wise with the money GOD has allowed us to have.   We are also to be good stewards with everything HE has given us.   Possessions, our jobs, our time; all need to be managed as GOD would have us.   But most important of all, we must be good stewards of the time GOD wants us to worship HIM.  Best of all, we don’t have to borrow from GOD.   Everything we get from HIM, we get as a gift.  There is no loan.  There is no payback.   All we get from GOD is still all HIS.  We are allowed to use it during our time on earth.   Short of money or short of time can be an issue with all of us.   If we don’t have money, it has an immediate answer…we simply don’t have it.   While, if we don’t have time, we really do.  Time is the one thing we all have.  It is a matter of how we manage our time.   The most successful people are those who plan their time.   They are also the ones who take advantage and use that extra two minutes rather than sit...