Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Warning: Christianity isn't easy, but it's well worth the effort!

At the church where I attend, a beloved member, who went to be with the Lord shortly after his conversion, one day exclaimed in a mixture of frustration and determination that "There oughtta be a warning label on this thing called Christianity!"

God never promised that He would take away all the troubles that you will have to face throughout your life. He never promised life would be easy. He never said, "Believe in me and I will keep evil away from your doorstep." Nay, to do so would be to rob God of His glory!

No, what God did promise, however, was that He would walk through the fires of your life with you. He would show up and show out any time you called on His Name. He would guide you and keep you during the darkest and most fiercest storms of your life. Finally, no matter how bad you mess up, He would never let go of the life-line He's thrown you. All you have to do is grab it.

Jesus warned what would happen to you if you chose to follow Him.

Luke Chapter 21:

10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.


16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

This is kind've scary, huh?

In the same breath, Jesus said in Luke Chapter 21:

13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.

14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:

15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.


18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

In Matthew Chapter 10, Jesus said:

16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues;

18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.

19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death.

22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Yes, when you become a Christian, you should be ready to stand persecuted, spit on, walked over, and hated simply because you are Christian. The reason for this is that Satan is angry when he loses a good sinner. He is going to do everything in his power to get them back.

So, in honor of the beloved convert who exclaimed that a warning label was in order, here is your warning:

When you become a Christian, you dive headfirst into the fight of your life for your eternal soul. And, as if that isn't enough, the only thing you can do in return for the ill treatment is:

Matthew 5

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

What does God promise to those who accept Christ as Lord and Saviour and determine to "endure until the end"?

Peace (Ezekiel 34:25)
Joy (Isaiah 29:19)
Abundant life (John 10:10)
Eternal Life (Romans 6:23)
Daily provision (Matthew 6:30)

These are just a few of God's promises to those who believe and obey.

Sunday, March 29, 2015


I was shocked, confused, bewildered
As I entered Heaven's door,
Not by the beauty of it all,
Nor the lights or its decor.

But it was the folks in Heaven
Who made me sputter and gasp--
The thieves, the liars, the sinners,
The alcoholics and the trash.

There stood the kid from seventh grade
Who swiped my lunch money! twice.
Next to him was my old neighbor
Who never said anything nice.

Herb, who I always thought;
Was rotting away in hell,
Was sitting pretty on cloud nine,
Looking incredibly well.

I nudged Jesus, 'What's the deal?
I would love to hear Your take.
How'd all these sinners get up here?
God must've made a mistake.

'And why's everyone so quiet,
So somber - give me a clue.'
'Hush, child,' He said, 'they're all in shock.
No one thought they'd be seeing you.'


Remember...Just going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

every saint has a PAST...

every sinner has a FUTURE!

(Author unknown)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

It's okay to be angry at God...

This was posted earlier (January 15th) on my personal blog. I thought it fit here...

God doesn't care if you are mad at Him, so long as you are still obedient.

Read about Jonah, if you want proof. He stayed mad at God, and what he did for God, he did grudgingly.

I guess Jonah's story would be like God telling us Patriots to go to the land of Islam and tell them that God loves them, and if they don't repent and change their ways and follow Him, they are going to be destroyed. Many of us would say, go ahead, God, destroy them! But, it isn't the Christian thing to do.

It isn't what God would have us do, like it or not. And, when they have murdered our sons and daughters and tortured our loved ones and profaned our animals and our property...and THEN decide to turn and change their ways because one of us went to preach the love and mercy of our God to them, how many of us would be SOOO angry that God didn't still destroy them?

Jonah stayed angry at God. Will you?

Being Single in a Couple's World as a Christian

by Shonda Ponder

I sat there listening to Christian Talk Radio which hosted a question and answer show about daily life as a Christian. This last question about a woman who recently lost her husband and is considering dating again made me feel ... odd.

On the show, they made the statement that "This is a couples world, and although there are a lot of single people out there, the overwhelming desire of singles is to have someone to 'belong' to, i.e. the desire for marriage."

I am not desiring to "belong to" anyone but God and I certainly am not looking forward to ever getting married again at this point. Does that make me strange?

Sometimes I feel like Christian teachings try to PUSH marriage and dating on people by making them feel inadequate if they don't. It's just WRONG.

Paul was content being single.

THIS is why I cringe at the notion of going to singles ministries. They are all focused on how one should act in a dating relationship. They have FAILED to address those of us who are desiring to wait on GOD's Timing, and need to focus on being SINGLE and content about it. .

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 7:

6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.

7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.

8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I.

9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

This is addressing those who are consumed by their desires, who have not mastered the ability to focus solely on God as their provider, their friend, and their endearing other half. Those who cannot contain themselves in the presence of the opposite sex SHOULD marry. But those who can are blessed in that they focus on the things of God and not on pleasing another human being:

33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.

34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.

35 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

So where are the ministries that ENCOURAGE being single?

This article in Crosswalk.com makes my point about Christian Single's Ministries focusing on marriage. Although, ONE sentence in the article does make MY point:

"After all, every Christian’s first responsibility is to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness "

This statement is over-ridden, however, in the rest of the article. I find this unfortunate:

How can I find out who God wants me to marry?

We need more articles that PRAISE being single, that PRAISE singles who are looking for their sustainability in a God who keeps their heart from loneliness and distraction from HIM.

Minister Who Denies God’s Existence: I Don’t Appreciate Being Told I’m Not a Christian

A Presbyterian USA minister in Oregon who says that he doesn’t believe in God—and doesn’t require his members to believe either–remarked in a recent article that he is offended by those who assert that he is not a Christian.

“The concept of ‘God’ is a product of myth-making and ‘God’ is no longer credible as a personal, supernatural being,” he wrote in a blog post on his site “Shuck and Jive.” “Jesus may have been historical, but most of the stories about Him in the Bible and elsewhere are legends.”

But Shuck says that although he rejects the Bible as being literal, and denies the existence of Heaven and Hell, he takes offense when people tell him that he’s not a Christian.

However, others state that Shuck’s assertion that one can be a Christian without faith in the saving power of Christ is faulty, and that his words make evident that he does not understand what it means to be a Christian.

Read the whole story at Christian News Network

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Those who refuse to live...

There are those in our midst who are determined not to become like us. "Like us". "Like" those who follow Jesus, who emulate Him as best they can, as they are called to do.

We see this every day when we talk to beloved friends and family members about Jesus and what He did for us. As we try to lead them to the peace that surpasses all understanding, to the joy of The Lord, to the abundance of life that we have found, it seems that they are determined that it's all just not for them. They act as though they will lose something by walking with Jesus. They refuse to see the gain that we have found.

I find these verses applicable:

Matthew Chapter 13:

13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Sam Childers, The Machine Gun Preacher to Host Drawing for Motorcycle Ridden by Actor, Gerard Butler in the Movie, Machine Gun Preacher

Sam Childers, the inspiration for the 2011 movie, 'Machine Gun Preacher' starring Gerard Butler, announces the raffle of the motorcycle ridden by Butler in the movie to benefit Angels of East Africa (AOEA) dedicated to rescuing, restoring, and enabling children caught in the crossfire of rebel atrocities in South Sudan and Northern Uganda dating back to 1998 and still happening. Ticket purchasers can own a piece of movie magic and support the efforts of AOEA. Two chances to win with each ticket!

Sam is also donating his own custom bike in this event. Both motorcycles hold a special place in Sam’s heart. The Machine Gun Preacher Rat Bike, which was featured in the motion picture that chronicled Childers’ life and tireless work towards improving the lives of children in East Africa, was the same bike Gerard Butler rode in the movie. This bike is valued at $50,000 USD. Sam is also donating his personal bike, a 2003 Iron Horse Texas Chopper customized personally by Childers.

The bike drawing, running currently, will end on Saturday, June 27th at the Angels of East Africa U.S. Headquarters in Central City, Pennsylvania.

Only 5,000 tickets are to be made available for the opportunity to win either of the two bikes. Tickets can be purchased for $250 each by visiting www.machinegunpreacher.org or call 814-754-5702.

The public will get their first glance at both motorcycles and the chance to purchase tickets at the upcoming Piston Power Show, Friday March 20st to Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Columbus, Ohio - Sam Childers will be in attendance to meet and greet fans on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22.

WHO: Sam Childers, The Machine Gun Preacher, winner of the Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award

WHAT: The Machine Gun Preacher Rat Bike & Sam Childers' Personal Motorcycle Drawing

WHEN: Drawing, Saturday, June 27th, 2015

WHERE: Angels of East Africa's United States Headquarters in Central City, Pennsylvania

CONTACT: Cherry Hepburn, Putnam & Smith – 818.505.1104 cherry@putnam-smith.com or Kevin Evans, AOEA – 310-343-1035

25th Annual 'Just Pray NO!' Worldwide Weekend of Prayer

The 25th Annual "Just Pray NO!" Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting for the addicted and their families is scheduled for April 11 - 12, 2015.

Since April 7, 1991 "Just Pray NO!" has united Christians from around the world in intercessory prayer on behalf of those bound by alcoholism, drug addiction and other life controlling compulsions. Not only is substance abuse America's number one health problem, the devastation of alcoholism and other drug addiction has impacted families and communities worldwide.

Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are on the rise. The "Just Pray NO!' 2015 prayer focus is, "Setting People Free from Prescription Drug Addiction."

Anxiety medications and painkilling opioids not only have harmful side effects, but they can cause physiological and psychological dependence.

Drug abuse is not just a physical addiction or a biological or chemical problem -- it is a spiritual stronghold. Psychotropic drug dependency becomes a powerful, demonic stronghold.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." – Ephesians 6:12

Make a formal commitment to join with believers in Christ from around the globe this coming April. Put on the full armor of God and fervently pray in spirit and in truth. We are seeking to enlist millions of prayer warriors from around the world to join us in battle.

If you believe that God is calling you to intercede for the addicted please contact us. To find help for addiction through prayer and Christian ministries log on to our web site: justprayno.org. To learn how groups can participate in our annual prayer event, click on "Information on the Annual Worldwide Weekend of Prayer" or email: justprayno@aol.com.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

More to be forgiven for

On the way home from church tonight, me and my friend were talking about what it was that made my church, 1st Bikers Church of Texarkana, that was filled with sinners from the worst walks of life, so Spirit-filled, compared to other churches she and I had attended in the past. As she had stated before, it's rare to find a church now days that you can feel God's presence as soon as you walk in the door.

I thought about it, and I said, "Maybe it is the fact that these church members have more to be forgiven for than most." I couldn't remember the verses off the top of my head, but when I came home, I determined to find them and post them up.

Our congregation is proof that Jesus can change lives.

Luke 7

39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.

40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.

41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.

42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?

43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.

44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.

45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.

46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.

47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.

48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.

49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?

50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Amazing Grace of Restoration!

by Rosa Edwards

After being so incredibly tired last night, I woke up late this morning but full of joy for I had in my heart so strongly THE story ... the basic outline of Creation, Fall, Redemption, Restoration. In my sleep God had reminded me so strongly of the basics and how simple it really is ... yet how profoundly amazing and full of love:

1) Creation. God created the world and everything in it - and it was good. His creation of man and woman in His image was very good. Whatever ills we see in the world, we cannot blame God. We cannot justly accuse Him or attack His character. A good God made a good world. He could not do otherwise.

2) Fall. God created man in His image - including a free will. God didn't have to create, to reveal, to love ... He chose to do so. God has a free will so creatures made in His image - man and woman, not the animals - had to have a free will. Sadly, they chose to use that will to rebel, to reject, to believe a lie. Sin and death entered the world.

3) Redemption. Amazingly and beautifully, God had a plan. Woven into the story of fall is the story of redemption. Blood-stained garments of animal skin to clothe the fallen couple, when their man-made garments of leaves were insufficient. A future Victor who would crush Satan's head. The assurance that life would continue through future generations.

4) Restoration. So often I think this is the one we miss. God not only offers redemption for all who will embrace it - He restores what is lost. Ultimately that will be in the new heavens and new earth. But even now, where He redeems, He restores. Broken relationships healed. Broken promises fulfilled, Broken people made whole. Broken dreams renewed. Ever wonder why we are so fascinated with home improvements, makeovers, dramatic turnarounds? The Great Commission and the Great Commandment invite us to be part of the biggest restoration project in the world.

I don't know why this simple outline came to me this morning - truths I know deeply. I just had this picture in my mind of someone ready to rail against God, being interrupted with these truths just as He interrupted me years ago.

"Is it any wonder they call it Amazing Grace?"
by Geron Davis

When I stop and see,just where I've been
I'm really amazed I made it thru this place.
And I can honestly say
without a doubt in my mind
It's only because my life has been
Covered by His grace.

Is it any wonder they call it, "AMAZING GRACE?"
Great and small, every wrong erased.
When we were guilty as sin,
Jesus stepped in
And offered to take our place
Tell me, "is it any wonder they call it "AMAZING GRACE"?

All the debt was mine,
Jesus said "I'll pay"
A love so divine, has shattered both time and space.
And forevermore, hope had been reborn
For all of the world
had been introduced to God's Amazing Grace. --

God is Ruler Over All Authority

Benjamin Netanyahu, recently re-elected to lead Israel as Prime Minister, is reported to have stated afterwards, "I am honored that Israel imposed a responsibility on my shoulders and appreciates the decision of Israel to pick me and my friends against all odds and against the big boys.

I will do everything I can to see to their welfare and well-being of all citizens of Israel."

Against all odds. God has placed Netanyahu where he is because Netanyahu serves HIS purpose. We must never forget that God is in control. He will not see Israel fall with the whole world praying to keep her strong.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Yes. Even those who are opposed. Why?

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

Which is why we should:

Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

And finally, we should keep in mind that, as Paul puts it:

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Trusting God in the Midst of Persecution

Naghmeh Abedini – whose husband, Pastor Saeed Abedini, is currently imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian beliefs – tells her incredible story of leaving the Muslim faith and coming to faith in Jesus Christ. She also discusses the persecution her husband is facing and the importance of praying for persecuted Christians around the world.

Learn how she was converted, and listen to the heart-wrenching tale of how her family followed her in her faith. Then, listen as she tells how she met Saeed, and how he was converted and why he is imprisoned today and how God is blessing the whole experience!

To God be the Glory!

Listen to the broadcast at Focus on the Family by clicking HERE

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Futility of the Unbeliever...

If the unbeliever truly "got it", then they would understand that all their efforts to disprove our belief in God are futile, because our "belief" is based on "FAITH" not concrete evidence. I don't NEED to put my hand in the holes of my Savior's hands in order to believe He paid the ultimate sacrifice. But, the more I BELIEVE, the more the evidence comes.

Hebrews Chapter 11:

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

For those who are looking through a glass darkly...

If you want to know what real happiness looks like, surrender your life to God. Let HIM direct your paths.

Take it from me, you don't have to be perfect, but over time you will come to realize that with IN God's circle, you have comfort and life more abundantly. It's not about what you can get physically or materially. And, I know you THINK you know what I'm talking about, but until you decide that GOD comes first, and work toward HIS Will for you, you don't. You have to find that place where God can use you and LET HIM.

That is the start.

You have to determine to KEEP letting Him use you, and give HIM all the credit for doing so, before you can SEE what it is that you are looking at.

I see things so different now than even two or three years ago...and over time, I am even more content and at peace with myself and the world around me. Yes, there will always be those who make life harder than it has to be.

It's like brother Johnny said in his sermon last night, "Darkness CANNOT penetrate the light unless you refuse to BE light." I don't know how to explain it better than that. I know you believe, and I know you have chosen to be a child of God. Because of this, He is going to be throwing things at you until you notice and take action toward HIM. Some of it is not going to be easy to deal with.

I don't want you to have to go through that, but I pray that if/when you do, you end up realizing and grabbing hold to what I have.

1 Corinthians 13

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Why does God allow evil people to exist? Why doesn't He just destroy them?

The answer can be found in these verses:

Matthew 13:

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

God sowed the good seed in the beginning with Adam and Eve. Satan sowed the bad seed right in the middle of God's work. Instead of destroying the bad seed, God let them co-exist. This is because He did not want to destroy the good seed along with the bad.

Remember Noah? Noah was the only "good seed" left at that time. God saved him, then destroyed the bad seed and started over with Noah, only to find that the bad seed had sprouted again.

Today, if God were to destroy all of the corrupt people on the earth today, it might affect the righteous people in a negative way, and He could lose them, too. So, God lets them both co-exist, and carefully lays out His plan for the coming harvest.

I hope this helps.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bottle for the Bible: Matthew C. Butler

Matthew Butler is the Pastor of 1st Biker's Church of Texarkana, Texas.

John 6:44 -- No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

What this means is that if you have been saved, then the ONLY reason you are saved is because God looked down and said, "I want you with me", specifically. He as much as pointed His finger at you and said, "HER" or "HIM".

I rejoice in my spirit to know that HE chose ME.

If you have been presented with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and if you have had the opportunity to make that choice, whether or not you made the right one, know this: God has chosen you. It's still up to you whether you accept the invitation.

How can you NOT? THE GOD of ALL CREATION has invited you to the marriage supper of the Lamb...are you really going to say no?