THE PAST.

THE PAST. Every Christian has a past, a time when they did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In that past life many thoughts and actions were not pleasing to God, they were in fact sinful. This is true at whatever time in life a person comes to know Christ. The Bible says that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” That’s why every person needs forgiveness of sins and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. As a Christian our new life in Christ should reflect new thoughts and actions. The Apostle Paul said, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Beca

WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE?

WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE? Artists have tried to show us down through the ages what God looks like. Poets have tried in many ways to share their thoughts about the characteristics of God. Writers have written books on it. Also people in many ways have tried to represent God in their own image. But if you really want to know what God looks like you should go to the source book of God's own statements about what He looks like. Just read God's Word, the Bible. Here are just a few verses on how God describes Himself and for greater context you should read the entire first chapter of the bible book of Colossians: "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation," (Colossi

ENOUGH!

ENOUGH! It is good to know someone that will give you all you NEED. Not all you want but all you need. That's right. That is what God's Word says. And the Bible says this in the context of speaking about money. Now before you turn me off and think I am talking about the "Prosperity Gospel" please hear me out. The Apostle Paul in writing to the Christians at the city of Philippi was thanking them for their financial support of his ministry and he added this spiritual truth, "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 4:19 NIV). "All your needs" goes beyond money. Paul is saying that when you are a child of God that God will supply e

CONTENTMENT!

CONTENTMENT! Most seek it but few find it. Why is this? I think often it is because we want to live life on our terms but soon we discover that is not always possible. We find that people, circumstances, health, weather, finances, world events, accidents, and death interfere in our plans. Things are just not always under our control. And discontentment often sets in because we think life is unfair and things are not the way they should be. But yet God says it is possible to live a very contented life in spite of all these factors and even when life spirals out of control. We may desire to travel but God says, "No". We may wish to be physically fit but we find our health is broken. We want t

REFLECTING THE GLORY OF JESUS!

REFLECTING THE GLORY OF JESUS! The Christian’s actions, looks and behavior should reflect he glory of our Savior Jesus Christ and not the filth of the world. What are you and I filling our minds with? I believe that whatever we fill our mind with is what we become. Fill your mind with the filth of the world and you will become like the world. Fill your mind with the things of God and you will begin to reflect God. The Apostle Paul said , "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things," (Philippians 4:8 NIV). Why? Our heart & min

ANXIETY! IS IT MIND OVER MATTER?

ANXIETY! IS IT MIND OVER MATTER? Many would say so. But for the Christian God has a different solution. He usually does. The Apostle Paul reminded the Christians in the Church at Philippi concerning anxiety, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV). Here is our needed prescription from God concerning our anxious thoughts and ways. We need to remember that God is near to us at all times. "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be

A REAL GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS!

A REAL GUIDE TO RELATIONSHIPS! Everyone seems to have the answer to how to have great and proper relationships. There are books, videos, movies, TV programs and even movies telling everyone how to have good relationships in their life. Now we have all kinds of dating and marriage websites that will help to find the proper and lifetime relationship we may be seeking. When you really think about it the Bible points us to Jesus and reveals that in Him we are taught all we need to know about relationships, humility and worship. We tend to make life far too complicated. The Apostle Paul gave us the real key to relationship building in this bible passage, "In your relationships with one another, h

PROUD AMERICAN!

Proud American! Yes, I am proud to be an American! As a young man I served my country for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. I thank God for allowing me to be born and raised in this country. American citizenship brings great privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities. But I have an even greater citizenship that brings even greater privileges, opportunities, and responsibilities. That citizenship is as a citizen of God's Kingdom in heaven where some people from every country on earth will one day gather. As the Apostle Paul said, "But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ," (Philippians 3:20 NIV). As much as I love the U.S.A.,

WHY ARE WE LIVING ANYWAY?

WHY ARE WE LIVING ANYWAY? Older Christians (relative term) sometimes wonder why they are still alive. Younger Christians sometimes wonder why they are alive and what the purpose of life is anyway. It can be easy to get off track and not remember why God has us here on earth. The Apostle Paul puts all this in perspective for us when he states, “For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain,” (Philippians 1:22 NIV). These words were spoken by a man who spent a lot of time in prison and whose difficulties were pretty well known by the church community. The Apostle Paul didn't let his circumstances keep him from living like Jesus expected him to live. In fact his life was focused on living for

JESUS, SPIRITUAL LEADERS AND THE BODY OF CHRIST!

JESUS, SPIRITUAL LEADERS AND THE BODY OF CHRIST! The Bible is clear that God gave His Son so that we could have eternal life, “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,” (John 3:16 NIV). Jesus in turn gave Spiritual Leaders to the Church, the body of Christ, so His people could be equipped for everything God required of them. The Apostle Paul said, "So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and

HAVE A LIFE VERSE?

HAVE A LIFE VERSE? Do you have a life verse or verses? Most Christians talk about certain bible verses that have made a great impact on them that now tends to guide them in certain ways. Here are the verses that help guide my thinking: "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. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV). I know my deliverance from sin and my salvation for eternity is all God's work. Through the gift of Jesus' payment for my sins on the cross and through God giving me the fai

IS IT TRUE?

IS IT TRUE? It's true! What goes around comes around! That's what the Apostle Paul said, among other things, in these verses, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers," (Galatians 6:7-10 NIV). It can be tiring doing good all the time, especially when people don't appear to appreciate it, and

A WORLD OF CONTRASTS!

A WORLD OF CONTRASTS! In life we see contrasts all the time; light vs dark, strong vs weak, beautiful vs ugly, and good vs evil. The Apostle Paul uses contrasts throughout his writings to contrast the results of being a Christian and under God's influence and the ways of those under the world's influence. Society exerts a strong influence on the thought life, morals, and actions of every person as they develop and mature as human beings. Unless there is a strong counter Spiritual influence, hopefully by a Christian father and mother or other responsible person, disaster undoubtedly can lie ahead. Blessed is the person who finds Christ without an early Christian influence. I count myself amo

A GREAT TRADE!

A GREAT TRADE! What a trade! Death for life. A selfish self-centered sinful life put to death and a new life controlled by a totally loving, selfless, and merciful God in its place. As the Apostle Paul said, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,"( Galatians 2:20 NIV). It certainly takes some time for a Christian to grasp the full impact of this truth (if we ever do). A life of sight has become a life of faith but not faith in our self but faith in the Son of God who has all power and all knowledge and who has provided the new life. It is no long

DO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS?

DO YOU HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS? I will be the first to admit that I don't have all the answers to life's problems. Not even close. But I know the one who does. As Christians we cry out to God in prayer but it often seems God does not respond and we get frustrated. We join a great company that spans through all generations who have experienced the same thing. The Apostle Paul was beset by a physical problem brought on by his adversary the Devil and all his prayers seemed to produce no positive answer from God. Have you ever been in that position and seemed to have no answer as to why you are in that position? There just seems to be no answer as to why it appears God is not answering your prayers

AMBASSADORS!

AMBASSADORS! Ambassadors are representatives of others; i.e., nations, companies, people. Some are good representatives and some are bad. God has appointed every Christian to be an Ambassador for Christ in this world we live in. It is our duty to bring His message of redemption and His gift of righteousness to a sinful and spiritually lost world. It is our duty to represent Christ in an accurate, urgent and positive way. There is no higher calling than to represent the King and ruler of all things. There is no greater message than the message that Christ has paid the price for the sins of everyone and now offers everyone the opportunity to be restored to a position of righteousness with God.

REFLECTION AND HURRICANES!

REFLECTION AND HURRICANES! Reflection is good to a certain extent if we don't become too self-absorbed. I think today's bible passage does cause us to reflect on things especially if a hurricane has ever visited you. I am reminded when preparing for hurricanes that I am not as young as I used to be. Preparation takes longer and is more tiring and recovery takes longer. BUT inwardly (spiritually) renewal is brought even more to the forefront of our attention. That has a tendency to happen when the media continually tells you that if you don't do what they say you will die. So we want to make sure we are prepared to meet God. Another good thing about hurricanes and this bible passage is tha

REMEMBERING!

REMEMBERING! On this day in 2017 a lot of Christian people along with multitudes of non-Christian people, many of whom are our relatives, friends, neighbors, & co-workers, were in a lot of trouble because of hurricane Irma. Maybe you were one of them or maybe you have been there before or in some other terrible circumstance. Let us remember God is there with us in these circumstances and God can use our experiences and circumstances to minister on His behalf to others. The Apostle Paul reminds of this very thing, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in

A DAY TO REMEMBER!

A DAY TO REMEMBER! I was just a baby when Pearl Harbor happened so I don’t remember from personal experience anything about the event that had a profound effect on my life at that time and for the remainder of my life. I do remember September 11, 2001 and watching the events of that day on TV and it has affected my life and the lives of all Americans since that day. Millie and I were in Kansas City visiting our daughter and we were scheduled to fly home very soon. Like many Americans we found our flights canceled and considered ourselves fortunate we were able to rent a car and drive back to Panama City Beach, Florida. The flying experience and security measures in all our society have forev

HARD WORK=GOOD RESULTS?

HARD WORK = GOOD RESULTS? A lot of us have worked hard for many years doing many different things in life. Often we wonder if that hard work has really produced any long lasting and worthwhile results for anyone. That can be a bummer and often a discouraging thought. But this we can know: when we do something for God and His Kingdom whether it is a small or big thing in the eyes of men it will produce results for God. We may not see the results in this lifetime but we have this assurance from God’s Word, "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain,

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