Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"His Steadfast Love Endures Forever"

Psalm 136 states 16x's ".... his steadfast love endures forever." 16 x's! When I read this Psalm out loud, I could sense the presence of God this morning and he was reminding me - HIS steadfast (resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering) love endures (suffers something painful or difficult patiently. 2. remain in existence; last) forever! (for all future time; for always; 2. continually)

Ps 136:23, 36  "It is he who remembered us in our low estate, for his steadfast love endures forever; Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever." ESV

Meditate on this today and have a great day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Jesus - Master of the Universe?

To those of you, brothers and sisters, family and friends out there I wanted to clarify who Jesus Christ is; primarily because of the confusion that is prevalent in our society that we all serve the same “God.” What spark this: I received a “Masters of the Universe” card with the typical portrayal of Jesus as wimpy, flowery (not sure if that is even a word) individual depicting Jesus. I believe the person meant well…I have to.. because this person has been very close to me and he is either gaming me, or worst yet, mocking me.. and my mind just won’t allow me to go there because of the consequences. For the record - Jesus never claimed to be a "Master" in the context of “one of the masters of the universe" He did claim to be God, for which the religious folks were going to stone him- it was the only law on the books where the punishment fit the crime. They were saying Jesus was guilty of blasphemy; making himself equal with God… The truth is they knew who he claimed to be, Jesus demonstrated who he was and knew who he was. God incarnate Creator & Savior. The only way you can come to the conclusion that Jesus is "One of the Masters" making "others" (pick one - Buddha, Mohammad, Krishna, L. Ron Hubbard, etc.) equal = to Him is through walking in your own light, understanding and counsel. There are many sincere, nice people that follow these folks. Here is what Jesus said in Isaiah 50:10-11

"Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant?

Let him who walks in the dark who has no light trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. 

But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.

This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.”  

The meaning is straight forward, but here is my understatement: I would rather walk in the dark with the LORD; than, walk in the light of my own making and my own understanding. There are many benefits to obeying the LORD and having a reverential respect for him because you love him and don't want to disappoint Him. In short he said, "If you love me, you will obey my commands.”

I John 1:7; 2:3

“But if we walk in the light, as he is the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin…. We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands…”

John 12:35, 36, 46 

“…. you are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may becomes son's of light… I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

Works Cited Abbrev.: NIV; Barnes Notes; Adam Clarkes Commentary; Mathew Henry. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

“But what about you?” Jesus asked, “Who do you say I am?” Mat 16:15

What I’ve written between the parentheses ( ) are my thoughts on the statements I make in reference to the scripture(s) I reference. 

Jesus first asked his disciples - “Who do people say I am?” Then he asked Peter, “But what about you, who do you say I am?”  Now let me ask a question: Which of the two questions do you think is the more important? 

(This is not a trick question; everything that Jesus said is important. Stated more accurately, which of the two questions, would you think, is more important to you? Which of the two questions carries more weight regarding the final outcome - the determination of your eternal destination?)

Most people like to keep Jesus at a distance and don’t want to deal with who he claimed to be. Truth is, it doesn’t matter what others say about who Jesus is. “Some say he is Elijah, John the Baptist, or Jeremiah, and others say he is prophet...”  Today, some will say, Jesus was a good man, a prophet, a guru, etc., but what do you say when he asks you...  “But what about you?   Who do you say I am?”   The question is unveiled, simple, and direct. The right answer - “You are the Christ. The Son of the living God.” If you have not already, decided for yourself, you are faced with having to make a decision on who you say Jesus is. What others say, or believe about Jesus, will not save or condemn you.

if you will (not can) accept Jesus as the Savior, the Son of the living God, you are blessed, because only the Father can make that known to you. Jesus said, “.... for this is not revealed to you by men, but by my Father in heaven.”    “But what about you?”

(If you feel left out, that wasn’t the intention of the message. This is not a sales gimmick called, “the take-away.” That is geared to get you to make a “buying” decision based on your fear of loss of opportunity. Jesus doesn’t have to trick you into accepting who he is.     Contrary to this, he would have you give due consideration to your personal commitment. Please don’t say, “.... well I guess God just hasn’t reveal his Son to me.” You may be right... this message is for the folks God is calling.)  “But what about you?”

All scripture is from the NIV

Monday, January 7, 2013

Tower of Technology

Gen 11:5, 6 NIV "But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building. The LORD said, "If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them."

I read the article below this evening and it is impressive. I know it can't compare to God's creation... but from out of man's mind... WOW! We are all speaking the same language again, except it is #1's & #0's.. is 0 a number? The LORD is looking down again, and must be thinking... it's time for more intervention!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Looking for the Truth? Why not Jesus?

I have a challenge for those who are seeking the truth.... why not Jesus? 

From time to time, I talk with folks who had grown up in the church, attended Christian school, were raised in a Christian home, that for whatever reason, discard much, if not all, of what they have been taught about Jesus Christ. They set out on a new path for their life.

Sometimes, people get confused by the hypocrisy they see in others with having faith in Jesus Christ, Just because others have let you down, treated you unfairly, or not measured up to your expectations, doesn’t make God less than what he claimed to be. He will not lower His expectations for your life or your personal commitment of your life to His plans and purpose.

There is no excuse for those that have abandoning Jesus Christ or for mixing other gospels with Jesus to suit their own imaginations. Imaginations are - powerful. Vanity of the mind... dangerous. Those who had been drawn to the Jesus Christ by His Father, believed in Jesus Christ and were born again of the Spirit of God, saved by his unmerited favor. Then again, you cannot abandon someone you have never known. On the other hand, you will give account for all that you do and have learned about Him. 

It is hard for me to understand why someone who is looking for the truth, would abandon all they know to look somewhere else without first determining why Jesus Christ is not the truth? To say your looking for the truth without doing due diligence to what Jesus claimed to be, smacks of hubris, insincerity and being disingenuous.. So... why not Jesus? Could it be a matter of accountability and finality when it comes to following (committing to) Jesus Christ? Does the straightness of the gate, and narrowness of the way, that leads to eternal life and very few are they that find it - to defining for our liberal agenda’s? Doesn’t “seeking the truth” without first determining the claims of Jesus Christ break down to the least common denominator - “I will find my own way.” (?) “There is a path that seems right to take, but it leads you to destruction.”

Two questions: By what authority do you believe what you believe? Jesus said you can’t be your own authority. You can’t testify on your own behalf - even the world will tell you “only a fool would represent himself in court.”  2- If it is an outside source, how has it be validated? Proven authentic... genuine? Jesus Christ has been given ultimate authority, by his Father in Heaven, to judge the living and the dead - and has been validated by being raised from the dead. “The Rock on which we stand.” 

Jesus promise, “.... you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free...”

In the Old Testament (OT), God states, “.... when you seek we with a whole heart, you will find me...”

Start by humbling yourself; with all sincerity, get on your knees and recognize God that sent his only Son, Jesus Christ to die for your sins and the sins of the world. Ask him to reveal Himself to you. He will not testify to any other than Jesus Christ. Then, repent, turn from the way you are going and walk in the direction and do the things the LORD is asking, by His grace, you to do, through reading His Book and your conscience as you walk in this life. As you repent, He will ask you to do things within your ability to do. As an example, he ask one man who had to coats to share one. To another, he ask him to be satisfied with his wages, and not extort, my means of their position, to take advantage of anyone. To the tax collectors, to take only what they were authorized to collect. Oh, how I wish Jesus could address the US Congress today! Amen.

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012 -

I want to send out a Merry Christmas to all my family and friends. Although we live each day by God’s unmerited favor, I have come to appreciate the designation of one day a year in recognition of the birth of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. It’s a wonderful time to be alive and be with family and friends. I, for one, give thanks to Almighty God, for sending his only Son into the world to save the world, and for giving we more time to be with family and friends.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Be More Like Little Children

My son Ian is a great example to me of childlike faith. It’s easy for him, he’s a child! Unencumbered by mosses and hubris, unpretentious and non-evasive.  The LORD continually uses my son to get my attention. He is a constant reminder that we all “... must become like little children to enter into the kingdom.” “Don’t hinder the little children to come to me.” He is generally very polite, and asks me all the time at Church meetings, if it’s OK to go up front to pray, pray for others or just worship the Lord. I generally agree, and get out of the LORD’s way. Many people are just blessed watching him in action.. in the LORD. Very precious.
Before Ian was born, both Paula and myself knew his name was to be John, and like John the Baptist, he was going to be a blessing to all . Lk 1:14 ‘He will be a delight to you and many will rejoice because of his birth.” We thought of calling him - John Paul Michael.. although, I liked the flow of the sounding, Paula and I both agreed that it sounded too much like the name of a Pope. We thought of the name Ian and was impressed that that was his name, Ian Michael - it was pleasant sounding. At first we were a little confused because, remember, his name was John. We were very excited and blessed to find out Ian was another name for John. Problem solved. Isn’t that like the LORD? “It is to the kings glory to conceal a matter.”
What most people don’t know, is that Ian, was almost not among us. Paula fell down a flight of stairs, and as a result, had some serious complications and was placed on bed-rest for a long period of time. Long story short, one day we were signing songs along with a Robin Mark CD in our living room, “Forever God is faithful, forever God is strong, forever God is with us, forever...” and the Spirit of the LORD came down with his presence, filled us up, and I laid hands on my wife’s tummy and prayed that the LORD would touch Ian and turn him around in the womb. I also sensed that he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Don’t forget John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. Lk 1:15. The LORD also turned Ian around, and we got another sonogram to confirm it. He is a miracle from the LORD. 
When your find yourself in a difficult situation and your having trouble finding your joy, think of Ian, and ask the LORD to be more like him. “If you need joy, you must ask for it.” If you don’t know Ian, I would be delighted to introduce you to him...  ask him to pray for you and he will.
Blessings -