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Post  Admin on Sun 14 Jan 2018, 11:38 pm

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Hope
"This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast..." Hebrews 6:19.
There is an old saying:
“When a person loses hope, they begin to hope for death.”
Life is hard without hope.
Life becomes drudgery, misery, meaningless.
One reason people lose hope is that they put their hope in the wrong things—beliefs that disappoint, dreams that are unrealistic, but, most of all, in other people who disappoint and disillusion us about life and, sadly, even about God.
But God never disappoints.
He gets blamed for a lot of evil that people do-- but He is the One we want to put our hope in. He always wants the best for us.
His Word says, “I know the plans I have for you, to give you hope and a future.”
He always loves us. He’s always faithful.
Even in death-He gives us hope.
In His Son Jesus, we see He understands the pain of death and He gives us the hope of victory over death, as well.
When we have hope over death-- we can begin to live hopefully every day.
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Post  Admin on Thu 04 Jan 2018, 11:50 am

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New Year’s resolution!

"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things have passed away, behold, new things have come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17.

It’s another New Year! And what, may I ask, is so special about a New Year?
Maybe it is this: Once a Wednesday is gone, another pops up seven days later.
We’ll see a December every year, and as much as we’ll miss the spring, we do take comfort in the fact that we’ll see another one the next year, and the next, and the one after that.
But it doesn’t work that way with years.
Once this calendar year expires, there will never be another one.
Days, months, seasons, and holidays will all eventually return, but once this year is over, it’s over.
Maybe that is why we tend to schedule our resolutions for change at the beginning of each New Year, hoping the old habits won’t return much as that particular year won’t return.
This approach to changing ourselves is symbolic, of course. Real change requires so much more than a New Year’s resolution.
It’s tough to break established habits, but remember that there is hope for the person who sincerely desires change.
The power for real change means admitting that we are helpless to do it on our own. Lasting change requires the help of the Lord.
The Bible says if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Christ transforms us when we give our lives to Him. He transforms us from the inside out.
Now that’s a change for the better. And it’s a change that lasts.​​
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Post  Admin on Mon 01 Jan 2018, 7:29 pm

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God incarnate! 

Men and women were incapable of coming to God, so God in love and mercy came down to earth to interact with humans. 
The creature could not come up to God, so the Creator condescended to come down to redeem His creation. 
Wonder of wonders! 
God incarnate! God clothed in a human body in the person of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures unite in one voice to declare this.

But He did not come just to be identified with humans—that would inflate our pride all the more. He came not only for identification, but for reconciliation. 
“God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself.”2 Corinthians 5:19. 
“Who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Hebrews 1:3 
We exclaim with the song writer:“Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”​​
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Post  Admin on Wed 13 Dec 2017, 1:19 pm

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r u Running from God?

​"The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 'Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.' But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish." Jonah 1: 1-3.

Have you ever ​​r​​un from God?

Perhaps you knew it was wrong-
- but it was fun so you tried to ignore that nagging of your conscience.

Maybe God was asking you to trust Him in a big way financially, professionally or relationally, but the ask just seemed too big.

So you tried to ignore God and stay busy.
You attempted to distract yourself with anything but obeying – you decided to run from God.

Jonah ran from God.
Instead of trusting God and heading towards the city of Nineveh (in modern day Iraq), Jonah hopped on a boat and headed towards Tarshish (modern day Spain).

Now, running from God is always a bad decision and I’ll tell you why:

We run into negative consequences.
In Jonah’s case, God sent a huge storm that threatened the lives of Jonah and the entire ship’s crew.

You can’t run from God.
There’s no place we can run from the God of the Universe.

He’s over it all.
We can’t get away from Him.
Then why do we insist on arguing and trying to negotiate and convince God that we know better?

In the end-
Jonah spent three days in the belly of a fish before finally being willing to obey God and head to Nineveh.

What about you?
Are you running from God? How is God trying to get your attention?

The best place to be is in the center of God’s will.

Until you obey-
-– you will be miserable.

Ask God for the courage and faith-
- to trust Him
-​ ​rather than run from Him.

In the Old Testament, the law was clear:
A virgin and a man who defiled her were to be stoned to death. Deuteronomy 22:23-24.

Conditions seem to have changed by the time of Joseph.
He loved Mary, but knowing he was not the father of the child, he decided to divorce her quietly.

The text says he did not wish to put her to shame, but in a small village like Nazareth, Mary could not have kept the pregnancy and birth secret.
She would have been an unwed mother, a great disgrace in those times.

That's when God stepped in again:

But after he (Joseph) had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” ​​Matthew 1:20-21.

When Joseph woke from the dream, his path was clear.
He would go through with the marriage and adopt the child as his son.

Luke's gospel adds that a Roman census required Joseph to return to Bethlehem, the town of his birth, to register.
Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable there, fulfilling yet another of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah's birthplace.

After the Magi left, God sent another dream to Joseph.
In that dream, an angel warned him:

“Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” Matthew 2:13.

When Herod found out he had been tricked by the Wise Men, he was enraged.
He ordered all male children two years old and younger in Bethlehem to be slaughtered.

Shortly after, Herod died.

An angel of the Lord appeared in still another dream to Joseph in Egypt, telling him it was safe to return home.
They journeyed back to Israel.

But another danger remained.
Herod's son Archelaus, even more cruel than his father, was reigning in Judah, where Bethlehem was located. God sent a dream to Joseph, telling him to go to Galilee instead.

Once again they settled in Nazareth, where Jesus, like his foster father, would become a carpenter and would one day leave there to become Saviour of the World.

The story of Joseph provide us a great example of humbly obeying God even when we don’t understand and faithfully moving forward in the strength that God provides.
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Post  Admin on Fri 08 Dec 2017, 3:40 pm

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Masterpiece

​"...the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us." Romans 8:18.

In your mind, picture a sixty-six-year-old executive, writer, artist, and speaker who has a national radio broadcast.

What would you think if I told you that same person has been a quadriplegic since she was seventeen?

Some of you know her name–Joni Eareckson Tada.

Her life has been an inspiration to many-
- because she believes God can bring good out of the worst situation.

She believes that suffering has purpose through faith in God-
- for God can use suffering to mold our character to make us a better person.

Are you going through a difficult time?
Does your hardship and suffering seem meaningless?

God can take the worst life brings and turn it into something good if you’ll put your trust in Him.

He’s in the business of turning chaos into a ​​masterpiece-
- when we turn our life over to Him.

Are you willing to believe God can bring good even out of your situation?
Joni has shown that to be the case, and I assure you He can.
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Reason to remain!


The disciple of Jesus Christ-
the man or woman who has repented of their sins and trusted Christ as their Saviour for the forgiveness of sin,
- has every ​​reason to remain hopeful and steadfast in the face of evil.

Christ has conquered sin.
Christ has defeated death.

Christ has overcome the evil one, the devil, through His sinless life, sacrificial death, and triumphant resurrection.

We overcome the harsh suffering and evil of this world by placing our faith in the sovereign, loving and wise hands of our heavenly Father.

That is truly the one safe place to be, with our sins forgiven, our hearts transformed and our sure and steadfast hope that one day we will rest securely forever in the presence of Almighty God.

"Dear Jesus, thank You for the transforming work You have performed in our lives and for the promise of eternal rest in You.
We know that You have overcome evil in this world and that we have safety and peace in you, forever.
In Jesus Name. Amen."

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Post  Admin on Sat 02 Dec 2017, 2:25 am

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​"God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good." Genesis 1:31.

Isn’t God’s creation a wonder to behold?

I’m always amazed when I watch the Discovery Channel or a National Geographic special on an in-depth study of an animal I’ve rarely seen, gaining insight about what makes them unique and how they survive.

Even though God is rarely–if ever–mentioned on these shows-
- it causes my faith to soar,
- for I’m reminded that God thought of everything, every little detail in creating this living thing.

Everywhere you turn in creation-
- there’s evidence of intelligent design–the work of the Master Artist.

Let me ask you something:

When you see a great painting–DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, a piece by Van Gogh, or a scene of American life by Norman Rockwell, do you have more awe of the piece of art than of the artist?

​​Not likely​!​
Yet we do this all the time with God’s creation.

If we honour the creation and forsake the Creator, we miss everything.
The best way to appreciate creation is to know and appreciate the Creator.
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Post  Admin on Tue 28 Nov 2017, 9:41 pm

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​​ Abhor!

​"​​Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good." Romans 12:9.

Can you hate evil and be a loving person?
Yes.

But, it surely isn’t easy in today’s world.
So often the world teaches us that what is evil is good, and what is good is evil.

But the Bible says, “Abhor what is evil and cling to what is good.”

Can you do this and be a loving person?
Can you love a person in spite of their sin?

The answer is an imperative, “Yes!”
God loves us in spite of our sin and He calls us to love others as He loves us.

Do you even know what evil is?
Evil is usually seen as the dualistic opposite of good.

Let me suggest this:

Jesus is the perfect picture of God in a man.

What He says is evil in His Word…is evil.
What He says is good…is good.

No one has ever hated evil more than Jesus-
- and no one has ever been more loving than Jesus.

His life, His spirit, and His character show us how to hate evil and, at the same time, be a truly loving person.

Hate what Jesus hates…sin.
And love who Jesus loves…people…all people.

This will get you off to a good start in hating evil and being a loving person.
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Post  Admin on Sat 25 Nov 2017, 1:33 am

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​"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.

Ever look around at others and think:

“Well, I’m not as bad as they are. I’m pretty good most of the time, so I should be able to get into heaven?” 
Or how about, “You see, me and God, we’ve got an agreement. We’ve got things worked out?”

Let me make this clear:

If you feel you can be right with God in your “own” way, you’re going to get to the end of your life, stand before God, and the vote will be unanimous: 
You’ll be doomed. 

All of us are sinners, yet amazingly-
God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for our sins,
- to be a ​​substitute in facing the sentence we actually deserve. 

So, if we feel like there is any way we can receive salvation other than through Jesus Christ-
- we are showing blindness to our own sinful ignorance. 

It’s absolutely appalling to God. 
Continue on that course and you’re doomed.

But God’s Word gives us some great news. 

“If we confess our sin-
He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”

In the end-
- will you be doomed or forgiven?
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Post  Admin on Tue 21 Nov 2017, 10:04 pm

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Storm!

"...and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:20​.​

Have you ever faced a difficult time in your life and the frustration was multiplied because it did not seem that Jesus was there for you? 

The disciples faced this very situation. 

Jesus told them take their boat to sea while He stayed behind to pray. 

Suddenly, a powerful storm came up. 
The terrified disciples faced it for several hours before Jesus, making a pretty dramatic entrance, showed up to comfort them. 

So, why didn’t Jesus come to them right away?

Well, think about it this way. 
When we are going through these hard times, it’s human nature for us to have the mindset that, “I’ve just got to work this out by myself!” 

The disciples knew Jesus was on land and probably assumed there really wasn’t anything He could do anyway. 

But Christ was praying on the shore for the disciples as He saw the storm come up. 
And you should realize that Jesus is also hearing your prayers in the midst of your storms, as well.

Know this: 
There is no ​​storm in your life stronger than Jesus. 

The fact is-
Jesus doesn’t always give us a perfect peace and calm at the very moment that we’re pouring our heart out to Him; sometimes the calm comes later. 

He will bring us His peace in His timing. 

You can face your storms with courage-
- because Jesus promises that He will be with you.
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​"The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword." Hebrews 4:12.

I love what the King James Bible says about the word “living.”

It says the Word of God is “quick.”

For centuries, when a woman was pregnant, the quickening was the first time the woman felt her baby move within her.

It was a great reassurance because she knew her baby was alive.
It was a sign of life.
So when the Bible says the Word of God is quick, it means it is living.

It also says here that the Word of God is “active.”

That means powerful! There is no book like it.
There is great power within the living Word of God to point us to the ultimate Word of God, Jesus Christ.

And finally, the Word of God is sharper than any “two-edged sword.”
Interesting choice of words, and there is a double meaning.

Do you know the first weapon Jesus used when He was tempted by the devil in the wilderness?
It was the written Word of God.

It was His offensive weapon in battling the evil one and rejecting those temptations that were being thrown at Him in the wilderness.

It’s also an offensive weapon in spiritual warfare.

God’s Word is telling us that Scripture is like a scalpel in the hands of a great physician.

That Great Physician is Jesus, and He can separate the inner parts of the body to see where there is a problem, see where there is disease, and in the process, is able to discern what’s really going on inside.

Now, that’s a real gift.
It’s the victorious Christian life – the Great Physician, Jesus, using His scalpel to free us of the disease and poison of sin.

Wow!
What a gift!

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He's waiting!

​"A friend loves at all times." Proverbs 17:17.

You are having a problem or even a crisis.

There are people who could help you.
You surely would like to talk with them.

You reach for the phone and then your hand stops in mid-air.

No, you tell yourself-
I really can't bother them.

So, instead of getting the advice and comfort of a friend-
- you continue to deal with your issue all alone.

We have lots of reasons for ignoring the potential comfort of friends.
Maybe you are afraid they will think your issues are silly.

Perhaps you haven't spoken to that old friend since you were going to college together - ten years ago.

Maybe you've had a spat.
Or perhaps you fear they would be insulted that you would even think about bothering them.

Okay, let me ask you a question.

If that person were to call you up and ask for your advice, would you help your friend?
Of course you would.

In fact, you would probably go to extraordinary lengths to help.
Most everyone likes being asked for advice or assistance.
It makes them feel important and valued.

So why not show them that same respect and give them the opportunity to serve?

Whether you have a friend to call or not-
- there is always someone you can reach out to for help.

You don't even have to pick up the phone.

His name is Jesus.
And you can connect to His line any time through prayer.

He's waiting!
Why don't you give Him a call?
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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Nov 2017, 7:45 pm

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Don’t you love it?

"...It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick." Matthew 9:12.

One of the things I love most about Jesus is His love for all people, even those people many religious folks don’t want to be around.

One of those people was His disciple Matthew.
He later became one of Jesus’ biographers.

But after Jesus reached out to him and asked him to join His team-
Matthew was so excited he threw a party for all his wild and notorious friends, just to meet Jesus.

And they all had a great time.

But the religious crowd was appalled.
They thought, “If Jesus is supposed to be a man of God, why would He run with such a rough crowd?”

Jesus responded, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor. I came for those who know they’re sinners and need help – not for those who think they’re righteous.”

Don’t you love it?

You may be one of those folks like Matthew, and if you are-
I hope you’ll remember that Jesus loves you!​​
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Double-death!

“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.
The Gospel is incredibly good news that follows bad news.
The Gospel tells us that we are all sinners-- separated from God because of that sin.
God is very clear that we will face judgement for our sins, a “double-death.”
In other words, we will die both a physical death and a spiritual death which the Bible tells us means a permanent eternal separation from God.
Jesus calls this Hell, and there can be no worse news.
But the Gospel is good news that follows bad.
It’s that God loves you and me so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins.
Jesus died in our place so that if we acknowledge our sins, confess and repent, He forgives us.
He cleanses us of sin.
He makes us right with God, and because Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death-- Jesus gives us that same victory as well.
Even though our bodies will one day give out and die-- we can be confident that our souls will live forever with the Lord.
And one day, when He returns for His Church, He will give us a resurrected body like His.
This is the Gospel! There is no better news in all of history.
Have you embraced the Gospel in your life?
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Unforgiveable sin

“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” Mark 3: 28- 29.
When Jesus died on the cross-He paid the penalty for all our sins.
That means there’s no baggage and no regret too big to leave at the cross. There’s no sin too big for Christ’s forgiveness.
So what does Jesus mean when talking about “an unforgiveable sin?” Is there really an unforgiveable sin?
If this topic is making you nervous-- let me put your mind at ease.
If you’re skimming through your list of sins and wondering about an “unforgiveable sin,” you can stop worrying.
When you acknowledge your own sinfulness and recognize your need for a Saviour-- you’ll never come close to what Jesus says is the unforgiveable sin: Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
What exactly is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?
It’s an attitude whereby a person is so blind to their own sins that they only see the sins of others.
It’s when a person doesn’t see a need for a Saviour to forgive them of their sins.
Someone who rejects Jesus as God’s Son. That person is headed towards the unforgiveable sin.
If they die with that mindset, they will never be forgiven.
In Jesus’ day, many religious leaders fell into this category.
If this sounds like you-- it’s time for some serious self-reflection.
Don’t let your self-righteous pride keep you from recognizing that we are all sinners seriously in need of a forgiving Saviour-Jesus Christ.​​
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Rock bottom!

“Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.” Psalm 139:7-8.
There’s an old cliché that says-“There are no atheists in foxholes.”
In other words, when the battle rages and the bullets fly, people tend to pray. There’s just something about realizing that you’re out of options and in need of divine intervention.
Jonah experienced this kind of moment as the sailors tossed him overboard into the rough and stormy sea. Jonah didn’t like the idea of preaching in the dangerous city of Nineveh, so he ran.
That was Jonah’s first mistake. Thankfully, even when we run from God, God never stops pursuing us.
When we run FROM God, we will continue running INTO God. As Jonah ran, he stumbled into one problem after another.
Some of those problems impacted his own life, while other problems spilled over into the lives of others. Think of all the sailors on the ship in the storm.)
In running FROM God-God kept showing up.
Sometimes it takes hitting rock bottom!
It took Jonah being tossed into the sea and facing eminent death before he asked God for help. It didn’t have to be this way for Jonah, and it doesn’t have to be this way for us. However, for so many of us, it often takes hitting rock bottom before we turn back to God.
Are you running from God? What problems in your life and in the lives of others are the result of running? Thankfully, no matter how far or how fast we run, we can never out run God.
His arms are too long for us to escape His reach. He is always ready and waiting to welcome us home.​​
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I most admire!

Think of a person you admire and whose life you’d like to model.
Is this person a great athlete? Is he or she an extraordinarily gifted artist or entertainer?
Maybe this is someone with an incredibly analytical mind or great self-discipline. Maybe it’s a parent or coach, teacher or mentor.
For me, the person I most long to be like is Jesus and here’s why: No one has ever been more devoted to God’s will while being so loving and loved by sinners.
All throughout history, there have been very dedicated “religious” people.
They do all the right things and appear to obey all the rules, but they are often resented by those on the outside, the non-religious, the “sinners.”
Then there are those professing to be Christians who affirm the sins of others mistakenly thinking this is love. This however, is the antithesis of Christ’s attitude toward sin.
Jesus hated sin, and yet what makes Him so extraordinary is His incredible love for sinners.
Time and time again we see broken, hurting, and flawed people drawn to Jesus. That’s the difference.
Jesus was never the ruling, powerful, Messiah the religious leaders expected. Instead of leading from a position of power, Jesus lead by loving and serving.
Jesus’ purpose was not to condemn or reject, but to freely offer His sacrificial love. This is the Jesus that I follow.
This is the person I most admire!It’s His life I want to emulate.
Jesus, who never weakened the truth, but loved without condition in spite of our shortcomings. So who do you admire the most?
Maybe it’s time to consider getting to know Jesus.​​
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Gospel

“All this I (Jesus) have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14: 26.

No matter how long we listen to personal stories of life change and regularly attend church-– the Gospel of Jesus Christ eventually requires a personal, individual response.
What is the Gospel?
It means the “good news” and it is the central message of the Scriptures. It’s the story of Jesus. The Gospel is that Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins on the cross. He rose from the dead to conquer sin and death and to give us eternal life.
Jesus came to offer us a relationship with Him, no matter our past sins and failures. That is the Gospel.
And the Gospel ALWAYS calls for a response.
What’s your response?
It means recognizing your sins and short comings in comparison to Christ. It’s acknowledging your need for a Saviour.
It means responding in repentant faith by recognizing that Christ is the only way to be saved from the penalty of your sin, which is death. It means believing that when Christ rose from the dead, He conquered sin and death and offers eternal life.
If you have never responded to the Gospel, you can today.
It begins with repentant faith and complete surrender – by giving your life totally into Christ’s hands. It means choosing to follow Him.
How do we follow Christ?
That’s where the Scriptures come into play. The written Word of God is our guide to believing in and following Christ.
It’s the timeless message of redemption, forgiveness and love.It’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So have you responded in faith? Are you ready to respond today?​​
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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Oct 2017, 11:01 pm

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​​ Dependency?

​"One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, 'Would you like to get well?" 'I can't sir,' the sick man said. 'For I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.' Jesus told him, "Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!" Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking." John 5:5-9.

Picture this scene:

An old man is lying beside the healing pools of Bethesda.
He had been sick and paralyzed for 38 years.

Jesus walks by and says to him, “Do you wish to get well?”

Now come on, could there be a dumber question than that?
I mean, for 38 years, people have been carrying him on his mat, laying him there by the pool, hoping he would be healed.

Then Jesus comes up and asks him if he wants to get well! Why in the world would He ask a question like that?

Well, it’s brilliant insight about human nature.
Jesus asks this question because He knew for 38 years this man had been totally dependent on others.

He lived a life of dependency.

And if he is made well, he’s going to have to start showing initiative and taking personal responsibility for himself.
And that’s why He asks this man, “Do you want to get well?”

Jesus could completely change this man’s life.

Dependency on anything is incredibly addictive.
So, how does this man answer Jesus’ question?

With classic victimization mindset, he blames someone else!
He says he can’t get there because nobody will help him get in the pool.

Because of his disability, he is blaming others and seeing himself as a victim.

Jesus said, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”

Do you see what is happening?

First, Jesus says, “Stand up.”
It took a lot of faith to stand up, when he’s been trapped in that paralyzed body.
But the man got up.

Then Jesus said, “Pick up your mat.”
He had to take personal responsibility.

He couldn’t depend on others carrying him anymore.
And the man picked up his pallet.

And then Jesus said, “Walk.”
In other words, it was a command for him to leave this life where he had been totally dependent on others.

So he began to walk!
He left that old life where he had been so incapacitated for all those years to live a new life because of the supernatural healing power of Jesus.

Are you caught in the trap of ​​dependency?

Look to Jesus.
Through faith, He will give you the power that can change your life.
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Post  Admin on Sat 14 Oct 2017, 10:23 pm

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God in Christ!​​

"The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword." Hebrews 4:12.
Every single new vehicle has one.
It’s found in the glove compartment of your new car.

It’s an owner’s manual and if you thumb through it, you’ll see everything you need to know about how to care for your vehicle, how to read all the signs on the dashboard, what warning signals mean, and how to use your entertainment or info system.

It’s all right there in the owner’s manual.

But here’s what is amazing about these owner’s manuals:
Hardly anyone ever reads them.
In fact, I bet some of you reading this haven’t looked at the owner’s manual one time!

Human lives are a lot more complex than any automobile.
And God, who is our Designer, has given us an owner’s manual.

It’s called the Bible-
​T​he Word of God.

Yet, for most people, this owner’s manual is also never read.
Inside this manual is our make and design, and all we need to know to live our life to the fullest.

Here’s what is really sad.
This wonderful owner’s manual, this written Word of God, has the power to transform lives.

It points us to the One who transforms.

His name is Jesus, the ultimate Word of God.
We are directly dependent on this Word to have the perfect picture of Jesus.

In other words-
- we don’t worship our owner’s manual.

We worship our Maker and Creator, ​​God in Christ!​​

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Post  Admin on Sat 30 Sep 2017, 2:43 pm

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That’s it​!​​

"To give His people the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins..." Luke 1:77.

If you’re not a Christian, but you’ve been around Christians, you’ve probably heard the term “gospel.”

But, you might ask, what does it mean?

Some people, even some Christians, think it’s just the first four books of the New Testament – often referred to as The Gospels.
Well, it’s so much more than that.

The gospel is the singularly most important communication of God to man.
In Jesus, who is God the Son, we have the revelation of God’s love and sacrifice that saves us from God’s righteous judgment upon sinners.

So, what does that really mean to you?
It means God loves you.
He has a purpose for your life.
He wants you to have a meaningful life.

Unfortunately, we have a problem personally experiencing God’s love-
- because we’re separated from God due to the sin in our lives.

“Sin” is missing the mark of God’s best for our life.
It’s living life our way versus God’s way.

The solution is Jesus.
He died for our sins.
He rose from the dead, proving He is God.
He is the way, the ONLY way, to God.

This calls for a decision to believe Jesus is who He says He is, and to trust Christ alone for salvation and abundant life.
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That’s it​!​
That’s the gospel.

Do you believe it?
The gospel is the good news of salvation.

I hope you’ll believe it and receive it.
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Post  Admin on Sun 24 Sep 2017, 11:59 pm

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​​ It is awesome!

​"Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.'" Matthew 22:36-37.

Do you love God more than anyone or anything?
Do you love God more today than a year ago?
Do you love Him less?
Do you love Him about the same?
Do you love Christ just as much as you loved Him when you first came to know Him?

Nothing is more important than us loving the Lord with all of our being.

So, what does that have to do with ​why​ we love God?
Well, the first thing to realize is that God loves you!

God loves you more than anyone on this earth loves you, more than anyone ever will.
In fact, 1 John 4:19 says, “We love, because He first loved us.”

We love God because He loved us first!
And that, my friends, is why we love Him.

In a nutshell, this is Christianity.
We love God and love others, but we can only do this when we understand that He loved us first.

We don’t naturally love God most.
We don’t naturally love others like we do ourselves.

We’re all wrapped up in ourselves, our lives, our agendas, and our priorities, yet God keeps loving us.
His love never changes.

It amazes me every time I think about the fact that God loved us before we loved Him.

And through Jesus Christ and what He did for us on the cross-
- we can finally understand that the way to know God is to know Jesus.

Then we receive the love of God personally.
Our lives are transformed and then we ​want​ to love God because we truly see that He first loved us!

Has that happened in your life?
I hope you won’t let another day go by without experiencing the love of God in Jesus Christ.

​​It is awesome, indeed!

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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 11:49 am

Gospel from Asiia
Resurgence

Many years ago, when I was a young boy, my mother taught me the importance of memorizing key Scriptures.

To this day, I can recall many of them, and the promises of God’s Word have sustained and guided me through the years.

I love the Bible.
I love how the Lord speaks to my soul as I begin my days reading passages of Scripture.
I love to preach its transforming truths in conventions and crusades.

That’s why it’s my fervent hope and prayer that we will have a resurgence of interest and esteem for God’s Word.

Any renewal or revival movement must have the Bible as the centerpiece-
- for “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17.

God saves us from sin.
He does so as the truth of God’s Word is clearly proclaimed.

"Dear Father, may there be a widespread increase in desire and honour for Your Word, including in my life. May I commit it to memory and live by it daily. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."

Gospel from India"
Can’t be true?

"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." Psalm 23:6.
If you’re a follower of Jesus, if by faith you have turned from your sins and received His forgiveness, I have news for you.

God is after you.
He’s still pursuing you--wanting more of you.
Hungry to make sure you’re experiencing every blessing that His Son died and rose again to give you, for His glory.
It doesn’t matter how defeated or discouraged you are today.
He’s still after you.

All that matters is that you are His.
“My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus said, “and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27.

Is that you?
Following Him?
Not perfectly, of course, but following?
Sometimes stumbling, but still getting up?
And following?
And trying again?
And wanting to follow Him even better, even more?
Then God Himself is also following you.
He’s on your trail.
He’s after you.
Promising you that your best days are still ahead of you, no matter where you’ve been or what you’ve done.
Your greatest days of usefulness and service to God are still in the future, because “goodness” (defined as bounty and blessing) and “mercy” (loving kindness and favor) will be on your heels and hunting you down every second of the time.
Can’t be true, you say . . .

Too many failures.
“I’ve failed God too many times. No way am I on His first team anymore. I’ve blown it. I have areas in my life where I’ve never gotten victory. Even today I failed again. I’m on the shelf from here on out, and I know it.”
Too many years.
“It’s too late for me. Too much water under the bridge. It’s fine for those who came to Christ as kids or in college or whatever. But I showed up late to the party. The best I can do is just sneak into a back corner of heaven.”
Too many others.
“I don’t have any big-time gifts. I don’t have any great abilities. Other people have training and know what they’re doing. Not me. I’m just not that important. It might even be wrong for me to get in their way.”
Too many obstacles.
“I’ve got so many things going on in my life right now—work, family, health stuff, all of it—I don’t really have time. And I don’t see it changing anytime soon.”
Believe me, I’ve heard all these lies and dodges before.
They’re as old as time, because the enemy will do anything to convince you that God has lost the scent and given up on you.
But just you try staying hidden behind these shadowy half-truths.
Just you try imagining you’re out of sight, out of mind.
Just you try giving in to the unreality that your home and heart are off His grid, out of His hunting zone.
Following you “all the days” of your life-- not to rip into you,
- but to restore you and refresh you, to overwhelm all of life’s badness with His “goodness.”
"Lord God, I believe Your Word, even when I doubt myself. I believe what You have done to claim me as Your own, even when I too often resist You and choose my own way. Thank You for loving me enough to want me experiencing the full blessing of relationship with You. And thank You for relentlessly pursuing me until I’m actively living in it. In Jesus’ Name,
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​The way

​"Jesus answered, 'I am ​​the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" 1. John 14:6.

Stanley Jones tells of a missionary who got lost in an African jungle, nothing around him but bush and a few cleared places.

He found a native hut and asked the native if he could get him out.

The native said he could.

"All right," said the missionary, "show me the way."

The native said, "Walk," so they walked and hacked their way through unmarked jungle for more than an hour.

The missionary got worried. "Are you quite sure this is the way? Where is the path?"

The native said, "Bwana, in this place there is no path. I am the path."

When it comes to finding the way to God-
- there are various religions in the world today all claiming to have a corner on the truth and to be "the path" to God.

There are also vast numbers of people who believe that the way to God and the path to Heaven are through good works.

Or at least, they reason (as I did in youthful days), "If I do more good things than I do bad things, my good deeds will outweigh my bad deeds, and that will get me into Heaven."

According to God's Word, the Bible, this belief is also doomed for failure.
As the Bible says, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest ​anyone should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.

It is true that Christ makes the claim that He is the ​only​ path or way to God and to God's Heaven.

Again, the Bible says: "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name (other than Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12.

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Gospel from India
Guilty?

How can we say that the Lord has declared us “not guilty” of our sin?

The first thing we have to understand is that this act was completely God’s doing.
We can do absolutely nothing to remove the stain of our own sin.
It is for this reason that the Father sent His Son into the world.

The one satisfactory payment for sin is death​.
God wanted to spare us that punishment, He provided the only way out. ​Rom. 6:23​.

He gave the perfect sacrifice:
His son, Jesus Christ​. ​ Rom. 5:8.

What did this loving act accomplish?

It enabled us to approach almighty God as clean, pure, and holy men and women.

Our purity is not related to anything we ourselves have done​.
​​​I​t is due exclusively to the fact that we have been purified in Jesus’ blood.

That’s why we can say we have been “washed in the blood,” which is the only way the stain of sin can be removed.

When we come into a saving relationship with Jesus-
- the first thing to happen is that we are justified
-​ ​in other words, God declares us “not guilty.”

This means that as believers, we can stand in the presence of a perfect, holy God, because He now sees us as His own children.

Am I saying we’ll never sin?
No.

However, when we place our faith in Jesus Christ as Savio​u​r-
- the penalty for all of our sin—past, present, and future—has been paid, and we will never face God’s condemnation​.​ Rom. 8:1.

Thank your heavenly Father today-
- not only for forgiving your sin,
-​ ​but also for freeing you from the burden of ​​guilt.
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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Sep 2017, 10:57 pm

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​​ Emptiness

​Have you accepted Christ as your Saviour?
If not, you will admit that deep down inside you is an ​​emptiness that needs to be filled.

Your heart yearns for peace and joy and forgiveness.
There is a void that the world cannot satisfy.

In the center of history, on a low hill in Palestine, a cross was erected—the cross of Christ, the Son of God.

By some wonderful miracle known only to God-
- all who look to the Lamb slain on the cross have life,
- not just the good, the respectable and the decent,
- but the vile, the despicable and the outcast.

A thief dying with Jesus looked believingly upon Him-
- and was assured of life everlasting.

The Bible says that Jesus “made peace through the blood of His cross,” and that by Christ, God reconciled “all things to Himself.” Colossians 1:20.

Give your life to Christ today.
"Dear Father God, please help me respond to Your call on and for my life, that I may be fully Yours and may grow into the relationship with You that Your heart desires for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen."
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