“WHERE ARE YOU GOING?”

“Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied,”Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”  John 13:36 NIV   Read:  John 3:16-21   It seems, we are all coming from somewhere or going to somewhere.  Where are you going?  Do you have a destination?  You may have a geographic destination, an emotional destination or a spiritual destination.   There is a problem with both a geographic destination or an emotional place you are led to be.   Both are only temporary.   They may satisfy you for hours or even years.   Yet, in time neither will have nothing to offer you.   GOD has a place for you.   The place is so special; HE sent HIS son to take on all your sinful burdens so you can spend all eternity with HIM.  John 3:16 tells us:  “For GOD so loved the world that he gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”   Then HE clarifies and removes all doubt in verse 17:  “For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HIM.”   Scripture tells us only those who have chosen JESUS as their SAVIOUR will spend eternity in Heaven.   We can see that is very true by just looking around at the sin in this world.   Most don’t believe.  Many of those who claim to be believers are living out their lives just as the non-believers do and will never see to glory of Heaven.   Do you...

“TOTALLY UNEXPECTED!”

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”   Matthew 38:19 NIV   Read:  Matthew 28:16-20   The phone rings and you hear a voice long forgotten or maybe pushing a shopping cart through the grocery store a face appears you barely remember.   These unexpected encounters remind us of how little we know of GOD’S plan for our lives.   GOD’S ancient people were so concerned about their daily lives they grew faithless.   For thousands of years they had been promised a MESSIAH.  JESUS was born, just as all the prophesies of the Old Testament had taught.  Still, with the star shining bright above that manger, GOD in human flesh laid in a bed of straw.   Most of us have still not progressed very far.   The majority of the world  knows of JESUS, yet refuses to believe.   Even more who claim to believer, have better things to do than do as GOD has told them.   We are told to come together to worship.   Will you gather with other believers today?   We are told to make disciples of all….not to just tell others about our RISEN SAVIOUR…but, to make disciples of all nations.   Are you making disciples of others?  Telling others about JESUS is only part of HIS instruction. This command was given to all believers…including you.   Are you a passive believer or are you a true disciple of CHRIST?   If JESUS returned today would you be ready or would HE arrive totally unexpected?   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS, ...

“IT IS ALL IN YOUR MIND!”

“When he passes me, I cannot see him; when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.” Job 9:11 NIV   Read:   Job 9:1-11     Perception…it is all in our minds.  When we look at something we believe it is what it is based upon information or the lack of information we have learned from previous observations and teachings.   Have you ever questioned what GOD looks like or how GOD created HIMSELF?   When we try to imagine the physical characteristics of GOD, we attempt to use human qualities.   Despite what we imagine, we have no idea of the scope or person of GOD.   Draw a dot on a piece of paper and you can see the size of it, but you cannot see the thickness.  Raise it off the paper and you can see height, width and depth.  If round like a ball, you cannot see where the ball’s surface or interior began or ends.   GOD is like that.   There is no beginning or end.   GOD came from GOD.  If you want to know more of GOD than what we know, you will find out when you go to Heaven.  Spending eternity with GOD is the only way to know more.  If you don’t go to Heaven, you don’t know GOD in your daily life and you will never know HIM.   This minute, you have a choice.   Accept JESUS as your risen saviour and know the true GOD of eternity; THE FATHER, SON AND HOLY SPIRIT.  Reject HIM and you will never know all of GOD.  Stop trying to figure HIM out in your mind...

“THE KNIFE CUTS!”

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.”  Romans 3:19 NIV   Read:  Romans 3:19-24   My mother’s father was a simple man of few words, yet you could feel his love and kindness.  ‘Dirt poor’ was an old expression I learned as a child and it described him well.   When I was 12, while I was with him in his rickety tool shed, he told me to get a nickel from my mother.  Returning, I gave him the nickel.   Then he reached on a shelf and gave me a large pocket knife,   He told me he was selling it to me for the nickel.   That way, if I cut myself, he would not be responsible since I bought the knife.  He said, if he had given it to me, he would be responsible for my carelessness.   In Papa’s sweet simple mind, he removed all responsibility of his actions by transferring the responsibility to me since I bought the knife from him and it was not his gift to me.   All too often, we attempt to transfer our own responsibilities through misguided efforts.   Peter tried to save his own skin with misguided efforts by denying he knew JESUS three times.  When the rooster crowed the third time, guilt came home to roost (no pun intended).   It took the crowing of the rooster to remind Peter of what JESUS had told him.  Still scared, but Peter became one of...

“I KNOW HIM!”

“When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?'”  Matthew 21:10 NIV   Read:  Matthew 21:10-32     Have you ever seen someone you knew from years before, but you could not remember their name?   Maybe, you could not even remember where you knew them from or when.   But, you were certain you knew that face.   I have to admit; I have been in that situation.  I felt embarrassed years ago at a high school reunion.  The man recognized me and called me by name and I was a total blank.  There was something about him, but his name was not to be known by me.   All too many have an opposite problem with JESUS.   They know HIS name.  They even admit HE is the SON of GOD.   Yet, they do not know HIM.  You may know who the president of the USA is, but still you don’t know him since you have never even met him.   Knowing who is not the same as knowing personally.   Knowing who JESUS is will not get you into Heaven.   Knowing JESUS personally as your LORD AND SAVIOUR is the only way of getting into Heaven.   Knowing HIM personally is your salvation from the misery we find in this sin filled world.   If you don’t know HIM, today is the day to know JESUS.  Tell JESUS you accept HIM as your LORD.  Thank HIM for taking all your sins away.   Ask HIM to come into your heart.   JESUS knows your name and who you are.   Tell others; “I know HIM!”   Today’s prayer: ...

“CODE BLUE!”

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”  James 3:9-10 NIV   Read:  James 3:1-12 Have you ever heard “Code Blue!” over an intercom at a hospital?   It usually means a cardio arrest emergency and is a call for a ‘code team’.  But, not always….   Different facilities may have different codes for different situations.   If you hear “Code Blue!” on a police radio or scanner, it usually means an emergency call for a taxi or bus.   The same words can have different meanings in different situations.  Society has done this with GOD’S words.   HIS scripture has been reduced to casual conversation too often.   What is Holy is being used by those who have no idea of the true meaning.  A texting favorite is OMG.  I can only imagine those using it have no idea they are using GOD’S name in vain.   JC is also a vain usage.  These are planted in our society by Satan himself.   Everyday language is “a drop in the bucket” which comes from Isaiah 40:15 which explained GOD’S descriptive importance of the nations.  A “scapegoat” is taken from scripture in Leviticus 16.   Two goats were presented to GOD; one as an offering and one was sent into the wild as an atonement with their sins.  There are dozens of other scriptural words and phrases which we use wrongly without knowing their origin.   It is important for us...