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Seeking To Reflect Jesus

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I love the Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. All three readings today humble me before God. I am in awe and I am in fear. It’s a good fear to remind me of the awesome power of God and how can I treat our Creator and Savior as just a friend or acquaintance. HE IS GOD, who loves me so much that he allowed His Son Jesus, who was without sin, to bear mine and your sins. He is my Savior. He is my Father and I am His adopted son. He is Spirit that lives in me. HE IS GOD.

There is a verse from the reading of Lamentations 2:2-19 that reminds me of the life and world I live in today. It says … Your prophets had for you false and specious visions; They did not lay bare your guilt, to avert your fate; They beheld…

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The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” 1 Corinthians 1:18-19

wonkaIn ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” there are a couple of instances where ‘Willie’ implores certain misbehaving children to come back, or to stop some activity. It’s humorous because he makes no effort to stop the child. He simply asks them to stop and leaves the ultimate decision up to them. Each child to whom this admonition is given refuses to listen and finds themselves in some predicament needing rescue…and expulsion from the tour.

We can laugh at those antics and choices, but we also need to be aware of the truth exhibited in human nature. The Old Testament story of Noah and the Ark is similar. In Luke 17:27, Jesus is quoted as saying “In those days, the people enjoyed banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat and the flood came and destroyed them all.”

Will it be the same for us? Paul says that we are without excuse in our refusal to follow God. He has shown us through the heavens (which we have explained away as chance); He has shown us through his Word (which we have labeled as irrelevant stories and information); He has shown the ultimate example through his son Jesus Christ (who we executed, not because of his crimes, but because of his refusal to follow the status quo).

One of the last things Jesus told his disciples is that someday he would return for us. The Apostle John tells us more details about this when he says that every eye will see him and every knee will bow before him, regardless of whether they believe or not.

So we are met with two challenges. First of all, will we reject the offer of eternal life with Christ because we’ve refused to accept his free gift? No one will go to hell because of their sin. That was taken care of on the cross. However, we will go to hell for rejecting the free ticket to heaven.

The second challenge is for those of us who know we will enjoy eternity with Christ. Right up until the day Noah entered the Ark he pled with people to accept God. Will we do the same? Will we pray for our enemies and plead with those we love to come to Christ? Or will we simply watch them continue on a path of self-destruction and utter the words of Willie Wonka “No. Stop. Please Don’t.”

There will be many who will mock us during our walk on earth, just as they did Jesus. How will you respond?

PRAYER: Father God. Thank you that I can know I’ll spend eternity with you. Give me the passion to reach others and the opportunities I need to share Jesus. Amen.

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Hi Everyone,

These past couple weeks have been filled with tragedies for our country, especially in Orlando, Florida. I am sure you have seen these stories shared numerous times on your Facebook feed and talked about 24/7 on the news. The thought that life is unpredictable and any day we could be hit by a tragedy like that is frightening. However, as believers, we have the gift of hope because we know the One who holds our personal futures and the future of our country in His hands. Nothing slips by Him that He did not expect. He is never shocked and never overwhelmed. A few months ago I was watching a live Periscope stream with Gretchen Saffles of Life Lived Beautifully Ministry, and she said something which has stuck with me since then.  The Lord has frequently spoken this into my life, “Faith trumps fear.” If that is true…

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“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”(Psalm 46:10). Whenever I’ve read this verse, (which is usually on a FB graphic or on a coffee mug), I imagine calm seas and peaceful breezes. We often talk about this verse when we […]

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Church Set Free

Okay, this seems a simple enough question – when you pray in your home, to whom are you praying? When you worship in church, whom is your church worshiping? Why, God, of course! Are you?

We believe in a Triune God – Father, Son, and Spirit. So, I will ask again – Whom do you Worship? To whom do you pray?

This answer should also be simple, and immediate: the Father, and the Father alone. It is to the Father that worship is due. Not the Son, nor the Spirit, but the Father alone.

Jesus is very clear on this, yet I often hear people, pastors, congregations saying how they worship Jesus, or pray to the Spirit. Jesus never advocated us to pray to him (or the Spirit) quite the opposite:

Matt 6:6 “But, when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father…”

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