As any baseball fan or player knows, the curve ball is known to be that one pitch that if executed correctly, at the right time, can send a batter back to the dugout with a much-needed strikeout. To a batter whose skill at hitting curve balls isn’t perfected, they can be deadly at the plate. But having the skill to hit a curve ball starts well before the time to step up to the plate in a game. That skill begins with relentless hours of practice and preparation. That skill begins with recognizing the curve ball before it ever gets to you so that when it does, you know exactly how to react. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me“. Having this faith is step one. Continue reading “The Curve Balls of Life”
As Christians, we look to the Bible, the inherent Word of God, as directions for our daily lives. Some of the most powerful scriptures in the Bible can be found in Matthew, Mark and Luke in the hours leading up to, and the time of Jesus’ arrest, which ultimately led to His crucifixion. In these few scriptures of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus taught us, not only through words but in His actions, what a true Christian is. His words and actions in the garden of Gethsemane were, arguably, the most valuable teachings for us as a people and especially as Christians and provide us with the ultimate direction and perfect examples of how we should live our lives daily with both Christians and non-Christians.
- How to pray with passion.
Opinions, this day and age, come at us from every direction. What used to be “news” is now largely editorial opinions from so-called journalists bent on using the power of the television and radio airwaves to push their own opinions about specific topics on us all. Remember this if you remember nothing more about this article. An opinion is simply someones personal point of view on a topic generally without facts to back it up. The key word there………..”facts”. Facts equal truth. Proverbs 18:2 sums it up pretty well; “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion“. All too often we thrust our own personal opinions out without first consulting the ultimate truth, the Bible. What’s the danger there? More cases than not, if we do not have the Biblical knowledge to express a Bible-backed truth on God’s direction for a particular topic, we risk twisting the intent of the Bible into our own personal interpretation, not God’s. Remember, there’s only one Bible. Continue reading “Opinions vs. The Bible – Be Careful”
Most of us are familiar with the old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure“. This wise old saying that some say originated from Benjamin Franklin, is telling us that it’s much easier to stop something from happening before it happens than to repair the damage after it has happened. Jesus had some guidance for us on this topic as well. Sorry Ben, but Jesus instructed us in this guidance well before your saying came about. Continue reading “An Ounce of Prevention………………”
Are you a planner? You know the type. Those who can’t leave the house without a step by step plan of exactly what is about to happen every step of the way throughout their day. Have you ever had a plan in place that just didn’t quite work out? Quite a few of us, if not all of us, have had a plan that just didn’t seem to work out or as we sometimes say, “go according to plan”. The question is, who put that plan in place anyway? In the Bible, Proverbs 19:21 says “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand“. Now, let’s ask that question again………..who’s putting your plans in place? Continue reading “Who’s Plan Are You Following?”
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”