“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.  ...

“DEFINITION OF WISDOM!”

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Proverbs 1:7 NIV Read:  Proverbs 1:1-7   I recently read a definition of wisdom.   While it may be incomplete, it sure does set some basics of good thoughts.  “Wisdom is three nevers.  Never respond back to someone when you are angry.   Never make a promise when you are euphoric.  Never make a decision when you are depressed.”   They are pretty good words of advice and they may help prevent foot in mouth disease.   But, life is far more than a couple of nevers.   So, where do we get such wisdom?   For certain, wisdom is not for sale on a greeting card. Older individuals are sometimes associated with wisdom, yet that is not an absolute.   At the same time, we can say the younger someone is, the less likely they are to be wise.   Proverbs 3:19-20 tell us: “By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding HE set the heavens in place; by HIS knowledge the watery depths were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.” Scriptures tell us that Solomon was the wisest man ever.  Where did Solomon get his wisdom?   David, his father, taught him to honor GOD.  Solomon prayed to GOD to receive wisdom.  Solomon’s wisdom came from GOD.   “God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore.”  1 Kings 4:29 Does it surprise you that wisdom…true wisdom comes from GOD?   All goodness originates from GOD.   Oh, we do have some...

“HAVE YOU BEEN CAST OUT?”

“Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.” Romans 4:8 NIV Read:  Romans 4:4-8 Have you been cast out?  In past years, did you make a huge mistake that turned others against you?   Maybe, you even have several skeletons in your closet.  We can find those who we felt were our closest friends don’t want to have anything to do with us.   It may be those we work with.   Sometimes those we have worshiped with are those most critical.   Then, being cast out by our own families is most damaging. Remember, if you have sincerely asked GOD to forgive you, HE has.  If others cannot accept the fact of you being forgiven, the problem is theirs; not yours.   That is the time you need to say “Thank YOU JESUS!” and pray for them. Don’t beat yourself up by living in the past by not accepting GOD’S forgiveness and not forgiving yourself.   Don’t live in the past.  The past is over.  Live for today and all the tomorrows GOD has for you.   Read and study the story of Saul (Paul).   Saul hated Christians.   He had them tortured, jailed and murdered.    JESUS forgave him and used him as HIS chosen to minister and take the gospel to the gentiles across Euro-Asia.  Paul did not allow those who had cast him out to influence his new life in JESUS. Don’t sell yourself short.   Use GOD’S forgiveness as your springboard to the new life GOD wants you to have.   Don’t be cast out.  Be cast up! Today’s prayer:   “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for being...

“STICKS AND STONES . . . “

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”   Colossians 3:8 NIV Read:  Colossians 3:8   A childhood response to a hurtful, slanderous statement or intentional put down was; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”   While it may sound good, but it is little more than false hope.   Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can and do hurt.   Words can do more damage at times than those sticks and stones.   Children can be cruel to one another, but are not alone in being talked down and criticized.  Adults of all ages are being emotionally destroyed daily.  It may be from an abusive spouse, an angry boss or even a total stranger. Satan uses all kinds of people to carry out his agenda.  You may know someone who attempts to elevate their own agenda by tearing others down.  That’s when you can make a difference! Lift someone up today.   Find a nice thing to say to everyone you meet.   It may be a simple compliment.  Tell them of how much you appreciate their work.   Tell them of how nice they look or thank them for their great smile. Your simple kinds words may be the nicest thing another hears all day.   Your kind words can override the hurtful words and actions of others.   You can make a difference.  Make the difference today. Today’s prayer:   “HOLY SPIRIT, Thank YOU for being with me and lifting me up every day.   Help me lift others up today...

“BRAIN DEAD!”

“But Jesus told him, ‘Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.'”  Matthew 8:22 NIV    Read:   Matthew 8:18-22 ‘Brain dead’ was at one time only a medical term.   It meant when a patient’s brain activity stops they are legally dead.   Machines can keep the lungs and heart functioning artificially.  But, machines cannot keep the brain functioning.   Today we hear ‘brain dead’ for other reasons.  It has become a slang term for those who have no apparent goals or desire to adapt into normal social activities.  ‘Brain dead’ has also been used as the title of a movie and television show about politics in Washington.   Now, there is a possibility of a real definition. We also have a growing generation of those who are ‘spiritually dead’.   They have heard the gospel…at least part of it.  They know who JESUS is, but they do not know JESUS. They claim to have it all.   But, they are spiritually dead.   They have a family, a home, a car.  They have family gatherings, go to events and have nice clothes.   But, they are spiritually dead.  They don’t see the need for JESUS.  They feel they are doing all right on their own. There is another group who are not ‘spiritually dead’.   Yet, they are on spiritual life support.  They go to church, maybe often.  They may even pray over a meal once in while on a special occasion.   Sometimes, they may even glance at their Bible. JESUS told us to let those who are spiritually dead bury the dead in today’s scripture reading.  Are you brain...