“WHY PALM SUNDAY??”

“They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, ‘Hosanna’, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’  ‘Blessed is the king of Israel!'” John 12:13 NIV Read:  John 12:12-36 Christians around the world will celebrate Palm Sunday today.  Many churches pass palm leaves out to the church attendees.  It is important to remember the palm leaves or branches are not idols but reminders of the palm branches the crowd laid on the road when JESUS rode into town.  They received HIM as the KING HE is.   They laid out palm leaves as we would roll out a red carpet.   Every day we can spend time reflecting upon our relationship with HIM.   This week is special.   Day by day in scripture we can walk with JESUS during HIS last days on earth. We can witness HIS miracles and conversations with HIS disciples.   We can learn from HIS teachings and grow in our faith.   As we go through these days, we can prepare ourselves for the false allegations, illegal trial, criminal crucifixion and HIS glorious resurrection. Take time daily to reflect upon all JESUS did during HIS last week and all HE is still doing in your life today.   You still have a lot of living to do during your time on this earth.   Live as JESUS wants you to live.   Turn from the evils of this world and embrace JESUS’ ultimate sacrifice when HE forgave all your sins and paid the price for your eternity in Heaven. Lay your palm branches down for JESUS to come into your life. Today’s prayer:  “LORD JESUS,...

“DO YOU LIE?”

“Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.”   Psalm 5:1-12 NIV   Read:  Psalm 5:1-12 Do you lie?   Do you have a habit of exaggerating the truth or totally fabricating a story?   Maybe, you depend upon ‘little white lies’ in some situations or others where the white turns into darker shades of grey?  ‘The check is in the mail’ or ‘I’ll take care of the problem immediately’ are not white lies.  They are lies….plain and simple. You will find some people have no problem exaggerating the truth or telling you anything to serve their purpose with no conscious at all.   You may know someone like this.   If you look closely, their untruths match other areas of their lives.  When you hear an untruth, understand it is a major hint of other problems. When my kids were little, I remember telling them their lies would only get them deeper into trouble and that by telling the truth the consequences would hurt a lot less. Besides today’s reading above, read Acts 5:1-10.   Peter is in a conversation with Ananias.  He boldly and very truthfully tells Ananias in verse 4b; “You have not lied just to human beings but to GOD.”    That is a good lesson for us all.  When we lie, we are not just lying to another human being, we are lying to GOD!   Why would we ever want to lie to GOD?   GOD knows the truth and HE knows when we are not truthful we are following the...

“YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!”

“And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  Luke 2:29-30 NIV Read:  Luke 22:24-30   This world has a way of kicking us in the teeth.  Some days it is hard to understand if we are beaten up or beaten down.  Satan and his angels are openly walking the streets to maim and destroy us physically, mentally and spiritually. There are those who will openly criticize and condemn you for little or no reason. Some will call you friend and look down on you at the same time.   Are they really your friend?   They are more likely just an acquaintance.   Sometimes it is easier to turn the other cheek when you are walking away from abusive words or actions.   Our own thoughts and actions add to this experience of feeling we are a failure.  We are sometimes our own worst enemies.  We can wallow in our own misery or we can do something about it. So, what do you do?  How do you shake the attitude of little worth?  Start with a prayer.   Pray to have these feelings taken from you.   GOD will take your feelings of being a failure away.  Then, it is up to you not to take them back.  Leave the feelings of failure at the foot of the cross.  GOD loves you and has a special plan just for you. Today’s prayer:  “HEAVENLY FATHER, Thank YOU for believing in me.  Thank YOU for knowing me in...

“NO JESUS?”

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?  You be the judges!  As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.'”  Acts 4:18-20 NIV Several years ago, I was asked to open a business association’s monthly meeting with a prayer.   Knowing many of the members, I was happy to accommodate the request. Upon arriving, the president of the association took me aside.   He had a special request.    Stumbling for the right words, he told me it would be best if I prayed to GOD, but I should not mention JESUS.   He felt since not every member was a Christian, I should not mention JESUS…but ‘saying’ GOD would be okay.   I carefully explained that would not be fair to those who were not Christians.   Many of them knew me and would think it strange I would disinherit my SAVIOUR.   These men would expect me to pray and to close my prayer with “…in the name of our RISEN SAVIOUR, Amen. Of course, nothing else was said about it and I prayed as I always did.   You see, the president was afraid of insulting a few who would never even give it a thought. Are you afraid of offending someone, yet have no problem with offending JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT and GOD? CHRIST’S apostles were persecuted, stoned, imprisoned and some killed for standing up for JESUS.  There are innocent men, women and children being...

“MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!”

“He replied, ‘Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.'”  Matthew 17:20 NIV Read:  Matthew 17:14-20 Do you remember the old TV show, ‘Mission Impossible’?    Actually, there were two shows.   The first ran from 1966-1973 and the second was short lived from 1988-1990.  The premise was a covert operations team that fulfilled seemingly impossible missions. Fantasy is fun, but still fantasy.   Doing the impossible in this life is exactly that…impossible…unless, you have GOD.   We seem to forget this earth is the stomping ground for Satan and all his angels. How successful will you be against Satan on your own?  Just ask yourself how successful have you been against Satan in the past. GOD has strength that we cannot even imagine.   Don’t forget…GOD created Satan and cast him from Heaven.   All this evil we are subjected to on this earth is a timeless pinpoint to GOD. GOD has a plan.  Satan will be destroyed by GOD’S plan on GOD’S timetable…not ours…not Satan’s.   GOD’S mission is not impossible. When you feel your life is at an impossible time, it is time to turn all those impossible things over to GOD.  Nothing is impossible for GOD. Today’s prayer:   “GOD, MY FATHER, Thank YOU for always doing the impossible in my life.   Help me to understand YOUR strength and to accept YOUR timetable.  Amen.” ...

“SEND YOUR PASTOR PACKING!”

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.'”  Mark 6:31 NIV Yes, you read it right.   Soon, you will be able to send your pastor packing…packing for a few days near the coast.   Two days of fishing, all meals prepared for him (and his wife if she wants to go along)…a full three meals…big breakfasts, dinners of steaks and grilled skewered shrimp and homemade desserts…walks on the beach and lots of fun! Of course, plenty of time to reflect and be bathed in GOD’S word.  All they need to pack is a toothbrush…well, maybe a change of clothes.   But, everything else is furnished.   Revival Ministry will be his host for up to 4 days and 3 nights.   A small cottage is being remodeled and will be ready hopefully by mid May. You can reserve time today.  For a modest contribution, send your pastor on a well deserved get-away.  Your pastor has given himself  to  your congregation for years.   Isn’t it time to give back? Today’s scripture verse tells us our need to rest.  Your pastor needs rest as well.  He has been on call to every member 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Give him a break!  Give him a few days of rest and relaxation.   He might even become a successful fisher of fish in addition to being a fisher of men! Call me at 830-438-8343 for more details of how you can send your pastor packing!  Pastors...