“DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC’s?”

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”   Acts 3:19 NIV Read:  Acts 3:18-26 I recently had the joy of leading my 6-year old grandson to Jesus.  I used the ABC’s for the boy’s six-year old Vacation Bible School group.  It is titled: “Do you know the ABC’s of Jesus?”   “A” tells us we have to “Admit” we have done something wrong; this is called sin (Romans 3:23).  God will not forgive us (Nahum 1:3) and as a result God will not accept us into His Heaven with a sin (Romans 6:23a).   “B” tells us we have to “Believe” that God loves us so much He sent Jesus to pay for our sin and offers us Heaven as a gift (Romans 6:23b).   Jesus paid for our sin by dying to pay the price God demanded (death).  But since Jesus is God’s son, He was able to come back to life after death on the cross to carry us into heaven when we die. “C” tells us we have to “Confess” that we admit and believe both to God and other people (Romans 10:9, Matthew 10:32). The result was when the boy arrived back home he told his father “he believed.”  When asked what he believed, he gave evidence of being saved by Jesus.  Another friend said, “a lot of people say they are a Christian, but it’s not only about what they say, but what they do with Jesus”.  The grandson not only confessed, but will be publicly baptized soon giving his...

“TIME IS A GREAT TEACHER!”

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”  Revelation 1:3 NIV Read:  Revelation 1:1-8   “Time is a great teacher, unfortunately it kills its own students.”   This is a quote we all should commit to memory.  Time is the one thing none of us have enough.   Each day, from the moment we are born, we are one day closer to death.   I have heard it said, we live our lives backward.  When we are young, we have vitality but little wisdom and usually not a lot of common sense.  As we age with wisdom, we have less time and less energy to use our wisdom. Perhaps, GOD gave us youthful energy so we could repeatedly correct all our mistakes.  Then he made us wise in our old age so we could help those younger with their mistakes. Wisdom comes from GOD.  Do you have the time to learn from the only real TEACHER?   There is only one answer.  Do you have to think about your answer? Will your last words be; “Oh time, oh precious time, how can this be?” when there is no more time for you?   You know what you need to do today…this minute.   Do it! Today’s prayer:   “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for giving me this life to live.   I want to make the most of the time YOU have given me.  Help me today to correct my mistakes and to lay them at YOUR feet for all...

“ARE YOU REALLY SAVED?”

“…known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.”   2 Corinthians 6:9-10 NIV Read:   2 Corinthians 6:1-10 Paul and the other apostles along with the members of the early church put their lives in danger daily.  Around the world there are Christians being shot, beheaded and tortured because of their faith.   Do you think about them?   Do you pray for them?   There was a phrase coined by Thomas Paine in 1776 of being a ‘sunshine patriot’.   He was referring to those who ‘would shrink from the service of his country’.   Paine was a solid motivator of the colonist in the war against Great Britain. In today’s society, are you a ‘Sunshine Christian’?   It is easy to say you are a Christian, but as our brothers and sisters around the globe who are proclaiming their faith as they are being shot and hanged, would you be as firm in your faith? JESUS died on the cross of salvation for you.   Would you die for HIM? In this time of liberal society proclaiming the rights of abortion, same sex marriages, open living arrangements, legalism of drugs and more, where do you stand?   Are you proclaiming these rights, sitting back and allowing all these things to happen or are you standing up for the commandments of GOD? Too few bother to stand up for JESUS today.   Are you a ‘Sunshine Christian’ shrinking from the service of our LORD?   You can go to church and warm a pew without...

“WEAK STRENGTH OR A STRONG WEAKNESS?”

“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!”  Proverbs 24:10 NIV   Read:  Proverbs 24:10-22   In a flashback from decades ago, some days, do you ‘feel your Wheaties’ or do you feel like you are not doing so well?   Like most, you have those good days and those not so good days.   Most days you are probably somewhere in between.   The truth is strength and weakness have more in common than you might imagine.  When we are so dependent upon ourselves, we might take either to extremes.  Too much or too little misplaced confidence or uncertainty can have disastrous results. When we put our dependence upon GOD alone, we can trust HIM with stability rather than highs on lows of self dependence. The writer of Hebrews (many believe it was Paul) tells us of great prophets and kings of the Old Testament in Hebrews 11:34: “quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”   Your weakness can be turned into strength when you rely upon the strength coming from GOD.  Relying upon yourself will sooner or later weaken your strength.   GOD alone can strengthen you weakness. Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for the strength that comes from only YOU.  Thank YOU for teaching me from YOUR word.   Help me today to recognize the weakness of my own strength and the strength of my weakness when I depend upon YOU.  Amen.”...

“TELL ME! TELL ME!”

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”  Mark 1:15 NIV   Read:  Mark 1:1-15   Did you ever have great news that you could hardly keep to yourself?   Were your spouse and kids begging, even demanding you to tell them?  As you heard their cries of “Tell me, tell me!”, the excitement grew.   A loving family can be more excited than we are for ourselves.   “Light in a messenger’s eyes brings joy to the heart,and good news gives health to the bones.”  Proverbs 15:30.  Don’t you love the inspiring verses of Proverbs?  These verses are the good news to refresh us when we are tired.  They encourage us when times have been hard and they inspire us to take on new challenges. Individually, we can bring good new to refresh, encourage and inspire others.   GOD can use to the benefit of others.   Is GOD using you?   HE is if you let HIM. JESUS took the good news to all.  HE healed the sick and maimed.  HE spoke with the authority of GOD because HE is GOD.   HIS disciples then carried the good news of JESUS to all…Jews and gentiles alike. GOD is telling you to do the same.   We are to carry the good news of our CREATOR, JESUS OUR RISEN LORD AND THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD to all we come in contact with. Christianity is not a closed club.   We are to take the gospel to all nations.   This means we are to tell everyone about good news of our LORD.   Share the...

“QUITTERS NEVER WIN!”

“Stand firm, and you will win life.”  Luke 21:19 NIV Read:  Luke 21:10-19   “Winners never quit and quitters never win!”, I have heard repeated over the years.  It is short phrase with a cemented truth.  Did you ever quit anything and still won?   It does not happen that way, does it?   On the other hand, those who never give up will eventually win.  The famous baseball great, Babe Ruth, was a winner.   He was also a loser. ‘The Babe’ was struck out 1,330 times.  Yet, he still amassed an amazing 2,873 hits in his career along with 714 home runs and 2,213 runs batted in.   Even with his strike outs, many still consider him the greatest baseball player of all times. Have you struck out 1,330 times?  How about 1,331 times or 1,332 times?  Our failures in this life are often judgments by others.  We live in a sinful world and we will fail.  Isn’t it wonderful, even will all our failings, JESUS will forgive us over and over?   JESUS measures our heart for HIM more than our failures. Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 9:24:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”   One mistake or 1,330 mistakes are all forgotten when we are rewarded with the crown that will last forever.  ...