Which do you want first; the good news, or the bad news + the other bad news? Let’s go ahead and get both of the bad news stories out of the way. The first bad news……………Everyone is going to die.
The second bad news………….unfortunately no one is good enough to make it to heaven on their own. That’s correct, no matter how good or how bad you are, you’ll never make it to heaven on your own. Does that mean you’ll go to hell when you die? Well, if you’re depending on your own “goodness”, unfortunately, yes.
The good news…………we have a choice on continuing to live after dying here on earth. We have a choice. We never have to see or experience hell at all. The choice is ours to make. While some people question what exactly happens to us after we die, Christians have no doubt; at least true and faithful Christians. If you are one of those who fall into the “doubtful” category, Christian or not, if the two pieces of “bad news” above got your attention, keep reading. Continue reading “The Bad News, More Bad News, and The Good News”
Distractions. In today’s world, distractions are everywhere and inevitable. The ability to maintain a focus on just about anything is close to impossible. With all these worldly distractions, how on earth do we stay focused on what should be our main goal in life; expanding the Kingdom of God by spreading the Gospel? Continue reading “Stay Focused ——– On God”
In the Bible in Luke 15:11-32, Jesus gives us the parable of the prodigal son. While at first glance this short story jumps out as primarily about a son lost to sin returning to his father, the meaning is actually much deeper on several levels. If you were to be honest with yourself and identified all the things in your life currently separating you from God, what would it take for you to push them to the side, completely, and go running back into the arms of God the Father? Maybe you struggle with the fact that God accepts anyone and everyone from all walks of life and levels of sin just as equally as He accepts you and that fact makes you uneasy; or angry even. Continue reading “Coming Home”
Ahh, Sunday. A day to recharge our minds, bodies and spirits. A day to go to church, hear the word of God interpreted through the pastor in such a manner that often it seems as though that sermon was written specifically for you. We leave church and are on fire with His word ready to take on the world for God! And then…………………….Monday morning comes. Continue reading “Walk the Talk, Talk the Walk”
Make no mistake about it, as Christians we WILL be tempted. While God will test us, God will not tempt us. But satan will tempt us. Satan and his army of demons will try daily to pull us further and further away from God and Godly ways. How can we resist temptation? How can we “just say no” to satan and his demons? Why, if we have already accepted Christ, are we still tempted? Keep reading…………
Note: Credit for this post goes to Mr. JJ Jennings of Happy Trails Cowboy Church in Glen Rose, Texas. At times, we hear or see things that so profoundly affect us that we can’t help but share it. This is one of those occasions and it came from my pastor, Mr. Jennings a while back. God has amazing ways of working in our lives and then telling us to “go” at just the right time. I sat on this “saying” Mr. Jennings put to us in Church some time back, not sure why I didn’t run with it and write on it. But after this mornings service, I was compelled to take it, combine it with the message today, and run with it. Continue reading “I Can Resist Everything Except Temptation”
As Christians, we know that our ultimate calling in life is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. While it’s frustrating to have that one person constantly on your mind who just won’t come to accept Christ, have you ever stopped to look in the mirror and ask yourself what things in your own life may be separating you from that complete and total commitment to Christ? These “things”, small or large, are like bets in a casino. Some are nickle slots, some are dollar slots, either way you’re either going to win or lose, there is no in-between. Can you afford this sort of gamble? Stop gambling forever. Continue reading “Stop Gambling Forever”
In 2005, Country Music superstar Carrie Underwood released the wildly popular song, “Jesus Take the Wheel”. The song, written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson depicts a young woman who finds herself in a desperate situation while driving and in an attempt to save her and her childs life, seeks the help of Jesus Christ.
Sound like a familiar situation? Who is driving your life? It is in times of desperation that we need our own personal manual or GPS titled, “How to Trust God”. Guess what…………we have that manual. Continue reading “How to Trust God? Do you………..”
“Did you hear what I just said?” Now there’s a common phrase all of us have likely heard from our mothers or spouses at least once in our life. And if you’re a husband………………likely at least once a week! As Christians, we want to know what God’s plans are for us, what His directions for us are. We long to know what He wants us to do, when to do it, how to do it, etc. But what if God is speaking to us right now? What if He’s been speaking to us for days, weeks, months or even years,,,,,,,,,,,,and we just haven’t listened. How do you know when God is speaking to you? Continue reading “How Do You Know When God is Speaking to You?”
Are all people created equal? Is everyone really equal? It is a controversial topic that we have debated and shed blood, sweat and tears over for generations. An entire war, the Civil War, was fought over this very topic. But amongst this whole argument, there is a genuine hypocrisy to be exposed by the very groups of people who scream the loudest attempting to drown out those who truly believe in and are fighting daily for TRUE equality.
On January 22nd, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed in to state law what is deemed New York’s “Reproductive Health Act” further strengthening what is probably the greatest inequality in our society today. Continue reading “Is Everyone Really Equal – Equality and Abortion”
The daily grind…………that routine that many of us find ourselves in day in and day out that we repeat daily for that magical paycheck. “Work” we call it. One old “Confucius” quote that has some credit is this: “Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” There’s a lesson to be had here although Confucius quotes are not really the path of guidance I’d recommend. Instead, God has given us all very sound guidance through His word in the Bible. How do you find your calling in life? Keep reading. Continue reading “Find Your Calling In Life”