“TIME IS LIKE MONEY!”

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.”   Psalm 104:33 NIV   Read:   Psalm 104:  31-35 Time is like money.  When you are out of it,  there is no more.   You cannot print more money when you are broke and you cannot turn back the clock to create more time when you have used all your minutes. No matter how much money and possessions we have, our society has convinced us we need just a little more.   Just a little more has become the standard we have chosen to live by.  All we gain, we will leave to others.   In time when our minutes are over we will have no need for any measure of gold or silver. You can leave all your gains to others who will spend it as they see, not as you would have chosen.   If you believe you will be helping family or others, you might.  Often you may not be helping, but complicating the lives of some whom cannot handle it responsibly Time is like money.   It has a value all its own.   At the end of your time you will discover if you have not already, time is more valuable than any amount of money.   When you are at your days, how much would you pay for another hour or another year? GOD is in control.   HE can bless you with money for a time and HE can bless you with time to enjoy this life and HE can stop that time when HE alone chooses. Are you a...

“APATHY!”

“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.”  1Corinthians 12:25 NIV   Read:   1Corinthians 12:1-27   Apathy!   Our dictionaries tell us apathy is a lack of concern or a lack of interest.  It seems apathy is spreading across our great nation.  Yet, no one seems to care…  These sentences might sound like a pun and bring a smile to your face, but it is no laughing matter. Our Bibles tell us what GOD wants us to do.   HE tells us HIS desires and expectations for all those HE created.   As we read HIS word, we can be apathetic and continue doing as we please while ignoring all our LORD has told us to do. Political correctness has been a major contributor to our apathetic nation.   We seem to more concerned with being politically correct than pleasing our GOD.   How about you?  Do you really care or are you more concerned with being politically correct than being obedient to GOD?    ‘Thou shall’ and ‘Thou shall not’ are not suggestions.   There is no such thing as being just a little wrong or  being right most of the time.   Do you think you can do as you want and refuse all GOD has told you to do? Today is the day you can throw being politically correct out the window and start living as GOD has told you to do.  Obedience is far better than siding with non-believers and doing as Satan wants you to do.   Apathy is Satan’s friend.   Don’t make apathy your friend....

“ARE YOU CLEAR AS CELLOPHANE?”

“YOU, GOD, know my folly; my guilt is not hidden from YOU.”  Psalm 69:5   Psalm 69:1-18 Aren’t clear cellophane and plastics wonderful?  They protect the contents and allow us to see products clearly.  I like to see what I am buying.   Boxes and printed bags hide the contents. We are a lot like the printed bags and boxes.   We tell others who we are, but we block them from seeing who we really are inside.   Just like the box proclaiming its contents are new and improved, we are often less than we advertise. No matter what we want others to think we are, GOD knows who we are.  HE knows our good and HE knows our bad.   Like the old saying; you can fool some of the people all the time and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. We need to understand, we cannot fool GOD any of the time.  But, we have something better.   We can have the forgiveness that can only come from a merciful GOD.  Are you hiding dark shadows and a life of sin that needs to be forgiven?   You don’t have to live with those burdens any longer.   Today, you can have a joyful peace; living in the comfort of the loving arms of JESUS.   Tell HIM of the mistakes you have made, of the wrongful things you have done.  Tell HIM of the burdens you have carried all too long and be prepared to be forgiven and spared the agony of all your past. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS Thank...

“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...

“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...

“LUCK IS A FOUR LETTER WORD!”

“For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:19 NIV Read:  Romans 5:12-21   The word luck has wrongly edged its way into the everyday language of GOD’S believers’ everyday life. Too many of us never give thought to the evils of this word. Luck is a word from Satan himself.  It describes his very nature of pulling us away from the wonderful blessings of our LORD.   Blessings are not luck.   Blessings are all from the grace of GOD.   Believing in luck or even the notion of luck undermines your faith in GOD. Luck is totally dependent upon chance.   We can understand in our culture, there is good luck or bad luck or no luck at all.  With luck there is no place for GOD.  Luck is maybe or maybe not.  GOD is absolute. Do you think it does not matter if you use the word luck.   Well, it does matter.  Your choice of words is a verbal description of your faith.   Using the word luck is telling others you care more about a chance than being grounded in prayer and hearing GOD’S answers. Luck is certainly a four letter word.  Using it loosely is no different than the four letter words your mother would wash out your mouth with soap for using.   Honor GOD by understanding HIS blessings are gifts to be treasured and respected.  Understand, also, the bad things that happen to us are not bad luck but from the devil himself.   Don’t...