One real Way….

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me….John 14:6

 

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In the beginning, GOD

  • “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…Genesis 1:1
  • Then God said, “Let there be light…Genesis 1:3
  • Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters…Genesis 1:6
  • Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear…Genesis 1:9
  • Then the Lord said, ” Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit trees that yield fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth….Genesis 1:11
  • Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs an seasons, and for days and years…Genesis 1:14
  • Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also..Genesis 1:16
  • Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let the birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens..Genesis 1:20
  • AND GOD BLESSED THEM SAYING, BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY, AND FILL THE WATERS IN THE SEAS, AND LET THE BIRDS MULTIPLY ON THE EARTH…GENESIS 1:22
  • Then God said, ” Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind…Genesis 1:24
  • AND GOD SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD…GENESIS 1:25
  • Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them…Genesis 1:26-27
  • THEN GOD BLESSED THEM…GENESIS 1:28
  • THEN GOD SAW EVERYTHING THAT HE HAD MADE AND INDEED IT WAS VERY GOOD…GENESIS 1:31

Rather than wasting the precious energy that God gives trying to refute His sovereign existence, try using that same energy to repent…

In the end, GOD….



What time is it?

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will comeFor men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was….2 Timothy 3:1-9 

 

revive USAgain….

Restore us, O God of our salvation,
And cause Your anger toward us to cease.
Will You be angry with us forever?
Will You prolong Your anger to all generations?
Will You not revive us again,
That Your people may rejoice in You?
Show us Your mercy, Lord,
And grant us Your salvation….Psalm 85:4-7

 

What about Jesus?

  • Whenever Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day roll around, I have mixed emotions…
  • Whenever we as a nation roll out the red carpet for Veterans, I’m often times filled with questions and mixed emotions…

Why so?

Because when I hear all the commentary of people serving and sacrificing, I cannot help but think about my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I often times wonder how God feels when we honor men and women for their service to this country the way that we do, but really live with no regard for Jesus!

Let me be very transparent, my dad served in the military, and I’ve had other family members and close friends who’ve served, but I get really torn when we go all out honoring men and women, who have served this country, and some to their death. Look at the flag issue of today, and look at how people are in an uproar and some even angry. Look at how people are quick to snatch their support and even stage boycotts because of what’s deemed as a lack of respect for Veterans.

Well, what about Jesus, who was crucified and died for ALL of us?

Well, what about Jesus, who was hung on an old rugged cross for ALL of us?

Well, what about Jesus, who sacrificed His life and shed His blood for ALL of us?

Well, what about Jesus? Where’s His honor? When do we stand up for Him? When do we refuse to do business with people who don’t honor Him? When do we stand up for God and His word?

Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” 35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!” 36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.” 37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last…Mark 15:33-37

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved…John 3:16-17

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed…..Isaiah 53:5

Is your declaration “Rote” or is it “Real”: The true heart of the matter…

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The Lord awakened me this morning in meditation on the motto’s of “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God” asking, DO WE and ARE WE? To trust in means that one believes in, and when one believes in someone, they follow the patterns of, the outline of, or the teachings thereof. When one is under the governance or authority of someone, it means that they adhere to, are bound by, and submit to the rules, principles, guidelines, and the teachings thereof. So for the record again, DO WE or ARE WE?

That one question led me to pondering such thoughts as:

  • I wonder if we, as a nation of people, really know what making such a BOLD declaration means..
  • I wonder if we, as a nation of people, really know what the expectations are, of such a people that make such BOLD declarations..
  • I wonder if we, as a nation of people, really know what God expects of such people, who make such a BOLD declaration…

When I think about the depth and the seriousness of making such a BOLD declaration, I don’t believe we realize that God then looks at us through the lenses of His word. He doesn’t look at us merely through what’s deemed good or bad, because that changes with us, depending upon our situations and circumstances. No, God looks at us through the lenses of His grace, His word, His imputed holiness and righteousness…

  • “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God” are more than mere “vision statements,” “catch phrases,” and “snappy titles!” 
  • “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God” are more than mere mantras, slogans or themes of Theme Park..

When a nation of a people make such  BOLD declarations of “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God,” these declarations signify that we have made and that we make, a daily and lifelong commitment to live, govern and carry ourselves according to God and His word. This becomes WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO!

But wait a minute, then WHY ARE WE DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING, AS A NATION?

  • Such  BOLD declarations become the modus operandi, (the distinct pattern or method of operation) of our everyday lives and living..
  • Such  BOLD declarations become the tenet (a principle, belief, or doctrine generally held to be true) on which our words and our actions hang…

We’ve even gone so far as to stamp and to print this BOLD declaration on our currency, and we’ve gone so far as to remember and recite such a BOLD declaration in our pledge of allegiance.

But wait a minute, I get it, perhaps these are only mere words to many, with no true heartfelt meaning? If that’s the case, you may want to stop using the currency, and stop reciting the pledge of allegiance, because God’s looking at you swipe and God’s listening to you recite….

I’m reminded of the words penned by the prophet Isaiah, and I use the Holman Christian Standard Bible version for clarity’s sake…

“The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service (empty BOLD heartless declarations) yet their hearts are far from Me (they live the life I give them with no regard for Me nor My word), and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote (mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned), Therefore I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise men will vanish, and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden.  –…Isaiah 29:13

A Christian Nation?

“The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service– yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote– ” Isaiah 29:13 Holman Christian Standard Bible

New Life in Christ Jesus

“In God We Trust”…”One Nation Under God”

These should be more than mottos, they should define and quantify the lifestyle of our Nation. Sadly, we live in a day where people pick mottos on a daily basis, but the lives they live totally contradict them.

Merriam-Webster defines a motto as a sentence, phrase, or word inscribed on something as appropriate to or indicative of its character or use. Wikipedia says that a motto is a short sentence or phrase chosen as encapsulating the beliefs or ideals guiding an individual, family, or institution. Both of these definitions are very profound, and they speak to WORDS being backed and packed by ACTIONS. They tell and teach us that a motto is more than merely picking catchy words and phrases, and engraving them on our currency and engrafting them into our pledge. Mottos should be a true reflection of our spiritual and moral…

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