“HEAVEN CANNOT BE!” Sunday Sermonette

 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17 NIV   Read:   Read James 1:12-25 Heaven.  Perfection.   Since we have never known perfection it is more than difficult for us to comprehend what GOD has in store for us.   We can create images of Heaven based upon what we learn from scriptures, but even in our most educated minds, we fall short in imagining the wonders of Heaven.   As we struggle in this sin impacted world, how could we possibly understand the grace and peace GOD has prepared for us in Heaven?   Living with sin around us, it is easy to be calloused and confused.  But, GOD has a better plan.   GOD lives in perfection…total perfection.  That is all we need to understand.  If we can accept GOD living in perfection, we can more easily understand the perfection of Heaven.  Understand, GOD is perfect and cannot be in a place less than perfect.   We will simply find perfection where GOD lives.   There is no sin in Heaven.  None.  Zero. Nada.   The problems we have on this earth  will be left here.   There will be no concerns, problems, bad health, fears, insecurities in Heaven.   There will be no memories of the bad things we have experienced on earth.   As much as we may feel that Heaven is too good to be true, Heaven is both real and true.   GOD has perfection in store for you…accept HIS invitation to live in perfection by accepting JESUS as your SAVIOUR...

“SOMEBODY, DO SOMETHING!” Wednesday Minute

“SOMEBODY, DO SOMETHING!”   ” Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.”  Exodus 5:1 NIV   Read:   Exodus 5   I read of a car overturning and trapping the occupants inside.   With super strength four college students were able to push the car  upright and pulled the passengers to safety.   The heroes did not wait for a rescue team; they decided to be the rescue team!  They did something.   People who are successful at any task are the one who do something.  In order to succeed, you have to do something.   While you may be able to accomplish something by hanging onto the coattails of others as they lead the parade, you will never be an individual success until you step up and do things on your own.   We all have heard of someone who failed and failed and failed; then they were a huge success.    You can be a huge success.   Just do something.   You can be that somebody who succeeds.   Maybe, you are challenged by a special project, a difficult class in school or a personal problem at home.   No matter the situation, you can rise above it.   Just start doing instead of thinking about it and putting it off.   Moses life led him to be an outcast at times with his people and with the Egyptians, but he prevailed.   He struggled to be obedient to GOD when GOD called upon him and he led GOD’S people...

“WHAT IS A TRINITARIAN?” Sunday Sermonette

” Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba,  Father.”  Galatians 4:6 NIV   Read:   Galatians 4:1-20   Trinitarian is a word not commonly used in our everyday conversation, but maybe it should be.   Are you a Trinitarian?   I hope so.   A Trinitarian is a believer that GOD is the TRINITY.    GOD is the FATHER CREATOR, JESUS THE SON, and THE HOLY SPIRIT.  If you believe GOD in these three PERSONS, you are a Trinitarian.   A Trinitarian is anyone who believes in the HOLY TRINITY.    Your belief is strong, so strong that you know without any doubt that our GOD is the GOD of THREE PERSONS.   GOD explains to us in the opening verses of our Bibles of being the CREATOR, of JESUS being the WORD OF GOD, and of the SPIRIT OF GOD hovering above the earth.   In the old testament, GOD told us he is “I AM.”   JESUS told us in our New Testament that HE is “I AM.” and HE told us of the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD coming to reside in all believers.   We have the singleness of GOD in three PERSONS of the TRINITY.   False religions do not have a god who is the CREATOR, THE REMOVER OF SIN AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD dwelling inside each believer.   You have our GOD OF THREE PERSONS.   This makes you a Trinitarian.   While it is important to know who we are, it is equally important to share who we are.   Tell someone today who you are...

“MAKE THE WORLD GO AWAY!” Wednesday Minute

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.  He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”  Psalm 55:22 NLT Read:   Psalm 55:22-23   We have all had those bad, trying times when it seemed everything was crashing in on us.   Fifty years ago there was a song’s lyrics that proclaimed:  “Make the world go away, take it off my shoulders.”   You may have felt the weight of burdens that felt like the weight of the world.  You may have felt so much pressure you even screamed:  “Make the world go away!”   Some mornings you just pulled the sheet up to block out the day hoping the world would just go away.   Often, it is hard to face the reality of problems.   It would be so much easier if we could just escape the painful situations and they would go away.   GOD gave us an escape in two forms.   First, HE gave us HIS strength.  We do not have to rely upon our own weaknesses to support on our shoulder what may seem to be the weight of the world.  HE has enough strength for everyone in the world.   Second, HE gave us time with HIM to hand HIM our problems with simple prayers.  All you have to do is pray.   Ask GOD to take your problems and get them off your shoulder.   When you do, the problems of this world will go away. The burdens you fear are never to big for GOD.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for taking away the burdens and fears...

“MONEY IS LIKE MANURE!” Sunday Sermonette

” Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”   Acts 5:4 NIV   Read:   Acts 5:1-11   Think about it.  Money is just like manure.  If you spread manure around, it makes things grow.  But, you don’t want to step in it.  Manure is a great fertilizer for plants and money is a great aid to help others.   Pile manure up and it rots and stinks.  Money piled up and hoarded will rot and eventually stink.  Money used wrongly will rot our very soul and we will stink just like the manure.  But, money spread around will benefit many.   Today’s verses tell us of hoarding money…even part of it…can be evil and a lie unto GOD.   The lesson is hard, but true.   What we are to give and share is meant by GOD for HIS purpose and we are not to hold back in our giving.   Whether you are rich beyond measure or have only pennies, it is all GOD’S which HE has allowed you to use while you are on this earth.   All GOD asks is you return a portion of it to HIM.   Hebrews 13:5 tells us: “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”  What does this verse mean to you?   Money is like manure.  Spread it around...

“LAND OF THE FREE?” Wednesday Minute

” therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the Lord.”  Ezekiel 13:23   Read:   Ezekiel 13:17-23   While preparing the celebration of another 4th of July, are we into celebrating the celebration or sincerely appreciating this historical day?   How great is our country when our moral standards are being poured down the gutter?   As a child, I stood proudly every morning in school pledging allegiance to the United States of America facing our flag.   Today, most kids don’t even know all the words of the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’.   Sexual perversion and living together outside of marriage is promoted openly in TV, movies and even commercials. Vulgarity in speech and actions is a norm almost anyplace people gather.  Disrespect of our police and military is at an all time high.   Mention GOD and you may be looked at as a dinosaur.   But, that is what we are to do.   Scripture tells us of the many times GOD’S children abandoned HIM, just as we are doing today.  Finally, HE sent HIS only SON to take on all those sins and to give those who trusted and believed a new life for all eternity.   Isn’t it time you traded the evils of this world for the safety of JESUS’ arms?   Only JESUS can offer you the land of the free…free from the grips of Satan.   Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me the only true freedom.  Help me today to share YOUR gospel with others and turn the...