“MAN OVERBOARD!”

“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”  James 2:26 NIV   Read:   James 2:14-26   There is a story about a man falling overboard from an ocean liner.  It seems, as he bobbed in the sea, everyone had a different opinion as to what needed to be done.  Comments were more plentiful than actions.   Someone suggested throwing him a life ring.  Someone else suggested throwing him a rope. Another said to throw him some food in case he got hungry before he could be rescued.  One even suggested to continue their travel and rescue the man on their return trip, since rescuing him would delay their vacation time.   Opinions are a dime a dozen.   Some are good.  Some are bad.   Only one is best.  Action based upon the right decision is the only thing to do.   How about your decision to give your life to JESUS?   Have you made the right decision?  Have you taken the action you need to take?   Praying to accept JESUS as your LORD AND SAVIOUR is the important first step.   Being baptized is an important step as well.  Going to church is important.  Studying your Bible and sufficient prayer time with our CREATOR are also important.  Yet, they are but pieces.  One piece without the others is like a pie without the fillings.   Living your life with intent to honor GOD every minute of every day is the goal for each of us.  Life on this earth is difficult.   Satan will do all in his power to confuse you with false ideals and...

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”   “It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”  Romans 4:13 NIV   Read:   Romans 4:13-25   Throw all the self help books out!   All the gurus selling ways to success have nothing to sell.   I am going to let you in on a secret, that is no secret at all.   In order to succeed, all you need to do is take four simple steps.   Get up Get dressed appropriately Show up Never, never give up   Oh, wait!   There is a fifth step which too many forget.   Number five is faith.   Without faith, the first four, although necessary, are tremendously incomplete.   If you don’t have faith in our TRIUNE GOD, your life is like a jar with a few pebbles in it.   It may rattle around, and the pebbles may be pretty colors, but your life is basically empty.   No matter the material things you have, the success you have achieved or the status in society you are known by…you can’t take it with you.   Faith is not just your support for today.   It is your ticket to tomorrow and all eternity.  Success on this earth is good, but it is not lasting.   Faith along with getting up, getting dressed, showing up and never giving up will give you your earthly needs.   But, faith alone will give you a personal relationship with our RISEN SAVIOUR, GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT to live within you and GOD HIMSELF.  All this you can...

“IT’S COUNTERFEIT!”

“Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!”  Matthew 7:23 NIV   Read:   Matthew 7:13-23   With the widespread counterfeiting by criminals, stores are more and more skeptical of cash.   Special pens are being used by cashiers to determine if the bill is legitimate or not.   The situation is so bad, that local Goodwill stores are verifying larger denomination bills into optical scanners.   Counterfeiters are now ‘washing’ the ink out of small denomination bills in order to obtain the real currency paper.  Then, they reprint the blank real paper with counterfeit ink of larger denomination bills.   Just as some money looks real but is not as it appears, there are also counterfeit people.   Identifications are being stolen and identities are being counterfeited across the country.   This is now a trillion dollar problem.  Not million, not billion…but trillion! There are also counterfeit Christians…more than we might imagine.   JESUS told us of the narrow road and small gate.   Those who will be considered counterfeiters will never enter through HIS narrow road and small gate.   Only those who are real believers who have really given their lives to GOD will be admitted. Is your faith real or counterfeit?   Ask GOD.  HE knows the real thing!   Today’s prayer:   “LORD MY GOD,  Thank YOU for trusting me to have real faith, to know YOUR desires for me and for me to be the person YOU want me to be.  Amen.”...

“4 STEPS TO SUCCESS?”

“It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.”  Romans 4:13 NIV   Read:   Romans 4:13-25   Throw all the self help books out!   All the gurus selling ways to success have nothing to sell.   I am going to let you in on a secret, that is no secret at all.   In order to succeed, all you need to do is take four simple steps.   Get up Get dressed appropriately Show up Never, never give up   Oh, wait!   There is a fifth step which too many forget.   Number five is faith.   Without faith, the first four, although necessary, are tremendously incomplete.   If you don’t have faith in our TRIUNE GOD, your life is like a jar with a few pebbles in it.   It may rattle around, and the pebbles may be pretty colors, but your life is basically empty.   No matter the material things you have, the success you have achieved or the status in society you are known by…you can’t take it with you.   Faith is not just your support for today.   It is your ticket to tomorrow and all eternity.  Success on this earth is good, but it is not lasting.   Faith along with getting up, getting dressed, showing up and never giving up will give you your earthly needs.   But, faith alone will give you a personal relationship with our RISEN SAVIOUR, GOD’S HOLY SPIRIT to live within you and GOD HIMSELF.  All this you can have with faith.   Today’s...

“A SANDPAPER PERSONALITY!”

“It is the Sovereign Lord who helps me. Who will condemn me? They will all wear out like a garment; the moths will eat them up.”  Isaiah 50:9 NIV Read:   Isaiah 50: 4-9 Do you know someone who just ‘rubs you the wrong way’?   Even at their best, their abrasive words and actions overwhelm any other quality they may have.  You may identify with them as having a ‘sandpaper personality’.  They are ready to disagree with everyone it seems.   Nothing seems to please them.  ‘Difficulty’ should be their middle name.   It seems some will criticize the best of situations and will never seem satisfied with even the kindness action.   Understand, people with such a sandpaper personality usually have a problem with themselves and sometimes take out their frustrations and false ideals upon others. Don’t be a sandpaper person.   Be careful when you feel like criticizing others.   A good rule is:  ‘chastise in private only and only when necessary and praise in public as often as you can.’ So, you don’t develop that sandpaper personality, heed JESUS’ words.   In Matthew 7, verses 1 and 2 we read:  “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.   For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving me at times I have had a sandpaper personality.   Help me to understand the abrasiveness of others and lead them to YOUR loving forgiveness.  Amen.”...

“IT MAKES YOU HUNGRY!”

“Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”   John 6:35 NIV Read:   John 6: 32-40 Ad placement.   Did you ever notice, commercials for food and restaurants are timed when you are most likely to respond?    Even in the grocery stores, samples are handed out to stimulate your appetite.   It has been proven, we buy more when we are hungry.  Grocery stores and restaurants do all possible to create that hunger.   The five thousand were hungry and JESUS fed them with only five loaves of bread and two fish.   The people responded.   The wanted to follow JESUS for all HE could supply materially. Few found salvation and many turned on HIM in short time.   They failed to see the real food, the bread of life HE offered. GOD’S Word stimulates your hunger for HIS Word.     Once you taste it, you will want more.   If you are not in a scheduled Bible study, I urge you to join one today.   The more of GOD’S Word you study, the more you will want to study.  GOD’S Word will feed you spiritually.  When you are fed spiritually, you will find the food you need to satisfy you both emotionally and physically.   When you read your Bible regularly, you will find yourself hungry for more.   The more you know, the more you will want to know about our CREATOR, JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT. Today’s prayer:  LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR Word.   Help me...