“LOST YOUR KEYS OR YOUR MIND?”

‘”Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”  Matthew 6:27 NIV   Read:  Matthew 6:25-34   Have you ever lost your keys?   Until recently, I always wondered how anyone could lose their keys.  Then I found out how.  Joining the ranks of those who lost their keys before me was very humbling. I dropped my keys in my car and did not see them.   I then left the car, locking it as I left.   It was upon returning that I found I had no keys and I was locked out of my car.  Double guilt does not feel very good.   I was guilty as charged! For a brief few minutes, losing your car keys can make you feel like you are losing your mind.  Suddenly, a sense of panic sets in and you feel totally helpless. Thankfully, the moment of fear and panic is short lived and totally wasted effort. We can panic and worry over other issues in our life.   Just like losing our keys, the panic and worry in other areas of our life is wasted effort.   We never need to panic.   Never. GOD tells us in over a dozen scriptures not to be anxious.  More than a dozen other times HE tell us not to panic.   Another dozen plus times, HE tells us not to worry.   Anxious, panic and worry are like identical triplets.   If you see one, you have seen them all. Philippians 4:6 tells us; “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD.”  And Joshua...

“OUR SAVIOUR IS RISEN!”

“The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.”  Luke 24:7 NIV   Read:  Luke 24:1-24 HIS tomb is empty! The Old Testament’s 39 books, one by one, set up the birth and death of JESUS.   Just as the prophets told us, GOD’S SON would come and save the world.   While many misunderstood, believers have come to understand. JESUS came to save the world.  HE came to save the world of SIN, not to take on a government as the people of HIS day were hopeful.  HE offered so much more and HE gave us so much more. JESUS’ resurrection has been commercialized as Easter.   These past weeks, we saw store shelves full of decorated baskets and candy.  We should all be worshiping CHRIST this day.   Fun is fun, but we walk with evil when we take the day of our RISEN LORD to picnic, party and forget all about HIM. The name Easter comes from Eastre, the ancient goddess of spring.   The original Eastre was married to the great grandson of Noah, Nimrod.  Nimrod was evil.  Eastre was as evil.  Both set themselves up as gods to be worshiped. Set your priorities.   This day is ‘Resurrection Sunday’.   Tell everyone you know the difference between Easter and Resurrection Sunday. Praise JESUS our RISEN SAVIOUR!  Tell HIM: ‘THANK YOU!” for saving you. Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, OUR RISEN SAVIOUR, Thank YOU for coming, dying and rising from the grave to give me eternal life with YOU.   Forgive me of all my sins.  Open my eyes to...

“JUST ANOTHER FRIDAY?”

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Luke 23:44-45 NIV   Read:  Luke 23:26-46   Is today just another Friday to you?   I hope not! This Sunday, churches will be packed for Resurrection Sunday services.  Many will be dressed to the max and will make a good showing.   Others who seldom go to church will be in attendance.   By the numbers, Resurrection Sunday is the most attended service of the entire year. But, how about today? Today, is the day Jesus died for you.  Have you shed a tear of mourning?   Have you thought about the agony HE suffered that day for you to live with HIM for all eternity? With spikes driven through HIS hands and feet, HE prayed to HIS FATHER.  With JESUS’ side pierced from a soldier’s sword, HE prayed for those who were responsible for HIS Crucifixion and soon death:  “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”  The forgiveness of sins was even with HIS last humanly breaths. So is today just another Friday for you or are you in mourning for your SAVIOR and LORD? Stop what you are doing and sincerely pray to the LORD who gave HIS life for you. Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for dying on that rugged cross so that I might live.   Forgive me of all my wrongs, sinful actions and thoughts.   I will use this day to honor YOU.  Amen.”...

“ARE YOU PLUGGED IN?”

“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   David arrived at his office to get an early start on a new project.  He hit the power button on his computer confidently, but nothing happened.  He tried again and again but still it would not turn on.   The power cord was plugged into the wall.   Everything looked right. Several minutes later he found the power cord was in the socket on the back of his computer but was not firmly connected.   Now, his computer was running!  What appeared to be right was not right at all. Are you, sometimes, like that computer?  Everything about your life looks good to others, but secretly you have hidden sins that keep you from connecting with GOD.   You go to church, attend Bible studies and pray before meals. You do the right things outwardly, but things are not right.  To the observer you look faithful.   But you are not being faithful.  You are not connected to GOD. Jesus tells us HE is the vine.  HE is the power cord to GOD.   We may feel like that computer with a ton of information, yet we are useless without the power that comes from GOD. JESUS’ own words tell us HE is the vine and GOD is the gardener.   Just as grapevines, GOD will prune those branches that do not produce good fruit. Are you producing good fruit? Today’s prayer:  “JESUS, Thank YOU for supplying me...

“BUT ALL THE OTHER KIDS GET TO . . . !”

“But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” Matthew 23:3b NIV Read: Matthew 23:1-8 As parents, we all have heard it: “But all the other kids get to (fill in the blank with your favorite objection). They know that not ‘all’ get to do as they please. In reality, most likely very few get to do that exceptional thing. Peer pressure is difficult as we grow up. It is not about who is allowed or not allowed. It is often just a matter of common sense. Of right or wrong. Now, that you are grown, you may believe you don’t have to worry about peer pressure at all. As adults, we may play our own mind games with our wants and desires and attempt to justify our actions…even when they are wrong. You may not have your mom or dad looking over your shoulder, giving you their valuable voice of experience. You have something better. You have GOD. GOD sent HIS HOLY SPIRIT to be with you and guide you since the day you were saved. Do you seek counsel with the HOLY SPIRIT? Adults create a comfort zone by sometimes believing we know all the answers. When you have an urge to do something and you try to justify the wrong by telling yourself everyone else is doing this or that or buying this or that, stop. It is time to pray. Seek GOD’S approval. Ask GOD what HE wants you to do. But, be prepared for HIS answers. GOD sometimes tells us what not to do when we are asking...

“A JOB OPPORTUNITY?”

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 NIV Read: 1 Colossians 1:9-14 Do you know Chester A. Arthur? He was the 21st president of the United States. Even if you studied the presidents in school, you may have little or no remembrance of him. As a young man, he excelled in the political machine of that time but was widely distrusted by many. He played the political game very well and was elected as vice-president under James Garfield and became president just six months later when President Garfield died. Totally unprepared, he was thrust into the job as president. Why is he not well remembered? He did not set up policies that were dramatically good or bad. Yet, his efforts were for benefit of most. He retired very respected for his consistent performance. He left the presidency with the federal budget with a growing surplus! (We should be so blessed today.) Mark Twain has been quoted: “It would be hard indeed to better President Arthur’s administration!” Would you fair as well? Are you known by some not to be trusted in some ways? If you were thrust into a situation, could you complete the job with those who were once against you now respecting you? Going from not being trusted to being respected is a huge accomplishment! If you listen, you will hear GOD has a job opportunity for you. Even if you did not ask for it, it is still your job opportunity. It might be to work on a church...