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Public entry Gone Fishing
September 05, 2018 @ 03:19:39 pm
Matthew 4:19 -“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” - When Christ picked out his disciples he chose a few who were fisherman, and made a simple analogy about them. He told them that they would be sent out to fish for people. That was a good analogy because that is basically what the people who spread the gospel do. When someone is "caught" by Christ it simply means that they accept him as their only lord and savior and will obey his commands. Christ sent many people out from different occupations to fish and while they were all important they needed power from him to succeed (John 15:5 - ...apart from me you can do nothing.) Whatever station we have in life we can serve Christ even if it's something different than fishing.
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Public entry Doing Good
August 08, 2018 @ 04:50:22 pm
Galatians 6:10 -Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.- It's common for us to do good for people we know and help them if we can, and we may even help and do good for the occasional stranger. We are told here that when we have the opportunity we should do good to everyone. But how often (myself included) have we ignored someone who needed good or help because we were pressed for time or it wasn't our problem or something similar. We're very good at thinking up excuses not to do something. Sometimes we're the ones who need someone and then most of us accept very few excuses. The Lord God does good and helps people all the time, sometimes without them even knowing it. His greatest act of goodness was when he sent his son Jesus to anyone who will accept him as their savior. God didn't have to save us but he wanted to do good for all people because he loves them.
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Public entry The List (Reposted from 2010)
July 02, 2018 @ 02:43:07 pm
1 Timothy 1:15 - This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" - and I am the worst of them! This Bible verse makes me think of a list that contains the names of everyone (sinful man) who will live, now lives, or has ever lived on the earth, and mine is the very first name on the list, because I should regard myself as the worst sinner of all. We can all think of someone that we think is worse than ourselves and we all like to think that we're not bad people and that if we lead a good life, that will be enough to save us. But the Bible says otherwise. Jesus came to save us, because no matter what we try, we can't save ourselves. This doesn't seem right to us because of our sinful nature that we inherited from Adam and Eve. Jesus' merits and his sacrifice on the cross alone take away all our sin and reconciles us to God. And he does this as a free gift to us, and not because of anything we have done, because we are loved by God. It is difficult for all of us to think of ourselves as the worst sinner, but then we should remember 1 Timothy 1:15 and have faith in Jesus Christ.
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Public entry The Right Stuff
June 01, 2018 @ 02:30:20 pm
Titus 2:1 - You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine. - Remember the movie "The Right Stuff"? That's what we all need. We like our churches, we have friends there and may have been going there for years and might even help run it and maintain it. We should be going there to hear God's word and worship him, if not our church has become a social club, no matter what we call it. As Christ says in Luke 14:34 - “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? - It all started with Moses in the old testament with the building of the tabernacle, which was basically a tent so it could be carried during travels. Later when permanent structures were needed they were called temples, and today we live in the age of the church. The reason the church (the called together ones) was established by God was so people could come and hear his word which now contains teaching about his son Jesus who became our Savior, that's the right stuff, and if our church isn't teaching that we should see that it does or get out of it.
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Public entry The Main Ingredient
April 27, 2018 @ 01:21:20 pm
Hebrews 11:6 - And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. - When we're in a checkout line at a store we have faith that when it's our turn at the register we'll get done and get to leave. And when we turn the radio on we might not know how it works but we have faith that it will. But how's our faith in God? Like most mine gets weak at times but then God strengthens it. Easton's Bible dictionary defines faith as - in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. Its primary idea is trust... - In the new testament of the Bible the Apostle Paul has many positive things to say about faith, my favorite is 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we live by faith, not by sight. - He's saying that we have faith even though we don't see God at this time. Paul needed to teach people about faith in Christ for salvation because the Jewish religious leaders of his day were wrongly teaching people that they had to obey the old testament law that Jesus freed us from and that the works of their hands would save them. We can go to church, help people in our community and things like that every chance we get, but if we don't have faith in God he is not impressed because we're just going through the motions to him. He wants us to have other qualities like forgiveness, charity, mercy, etc. but faith must come first and faith in his son Jesus as our only Savior is foremost with him.
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Public entry He Is Risen! (Reposted from 2011)
April 04, 2018 @ 10:52:09 am
Matthew 28:1-6 (New International Version) - 1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. - What a day that must have been for those two women on that first Easter morning. They got up at dawn to check on the grave of a friend, which was the custom of that day, certain that their friend Jesus was dead and in his tomb. Instead they found the tomb open, Jesus gone, an angel of the Lord who looked very frightening sitting there talking to them, even an earthquake. Something like that could screw up your whole day. But this is the way God chose to announce that his son Jesus had risen from the dead just as he said he would, and probably few believed him then just as today. Come on, Jesus rose from the dead after three days? YES! We can be sure it's true because God tells us about it in his word. It was part of his plan to provide salvation for all mankind, to cleanse us from sin which he takes very seriously. Jesus became the one sacrifice that could forgive the sins of anyone who follows him and accepts his free gift. This Easter season we should all remember that.
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Public entry Don't Worry about it
March 09, 2018 @ 07:30:01 pm
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) - Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.- Nowadays we have plenty of things to be fearful of. There's the stuff that we hear in the news and our personal stuff can give us plenty to worry about and be fearful of. God knows all this and how hard it is for us to do so, but he expects us to turn all of our worries and fears over to him to take care of. We may not like how he's doing it, but it's for our own good and he can handle them. As the apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:31 - If God is for us, who can be against us? The biggest problem God took care of for us is one that could only be corrected by sending his son Jesus Christ. That is the problem of our sinfulness. Because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross, anyone with faith in him will live in his Heavenly kingdom with him one day. There is no other way to salvation other than Christ.
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Public entry Remembering
February 02, 2018 @ 01:05:38 pm
1 Timothy 4:1 - The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.- I'm old enough to remember sitting with my grandfather on the tailgate of his old pickup truck in the 1960's. My grandfather lived next door to us at that time so this was a frequent occurrence. If I could go back and tell him how things would be in 2018 he would think me crazy. I know they had some issues back then, but he would never believe things like the illegal alien problem, gay marriage, transgenders, frequent mass shootings, the decline of education, people's "me first" attitude, political correctness etc. and on top of it all we have worldwide terrorism. And if anyone opposes things like this, they're branded as intolerant. As I like to say, most things are tolerated except for intolerance. Many will disagree but I believe that as these things increased belief in God decreased. God's word speaks against these things and it seems this is what he is saying in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 -Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. And in Matthew 24:12 - Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But even if we don't participate in something contrary to God's word we are no better than those that do. The Bible teaches that we are all sinful from birth and that Jesus Christ is our only way out of them. His father sent him to pay for all our sins so that anyone who believes in him and has faith in him appears to never have sinned at all. This my grandfather would believe.
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Public entry A New Beginning (Reposted from 2012)
January 04, 2018 @ 03:45:37 pm
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! - A new year is often viewed as a new beginning, and we can think of ourselves as having a new beginning if we have come to Christ. The Apostle Paul wrote 2 Corinthians about 55 a.d. probably when he was in Macedonia, and in 5:17 notice that Paul says "has come," "has gone" and "is here," he never uses the words "might come," might be gone," or "might be here." It's a done deal for those in Christ because of what he did for them on the cross. He paid for all our sins and promises us eternity in Heaven as his free gift to us if we have faith in him. Ephesians 2:8-9 says - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. Despite our feelings and what we may have been told, we can't work our way to forgiveness and eternal life, we can only rely on Christ for that. We need to have faith in him in order to be a new creation.
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Public entry Merry Christmas (Reposted from 2013)
December 07, 2017 @ 03:23:50 pm
Matthew 1:21 (NIV) - She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” - The prophecy foretold in the old testament was soon to be fulfilled. The event that the Jews had waited so long for was finally coming. The Savior who could take away their sin and make them justified before God would be born. In his usual style God didn't do things like we probably would have. He allowed Christ to be born in a simple animal manger, not in a fancy palace located in a great city. And he first announced the happening not to v.i.p.s, but to shepherds, who in those days were pretty low on the social ladder. Despite all this humility Christ was recognized by those present for who he was and they bowed to him as their Savior and king. Many have asked and still ask "how could the Messiah have a human birth, wouldn't he have to be just a human then?" No, the Bible tells us that Christ had a dual nature, being both God and man at the same time (Philippians 2:6-7, N.I.V - Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.) Why would God do all this ? He takes our sins (transgressions to God's law) so seriously that we can lose our eternal salvation because of them. But because he would prefer that we not be lost Jesus was sent to be our Messiah because there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. This Christmas while we're enjoying the festivities at our homes, if any, we should remember "the reason for the season" as the saying goes and the words of Acts 4:12 (Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” ) Merry Christmas everyone!
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