God's Creation – Genesis

Let’s face it, creation is a mystery to all of us. No one knows exactly how God formed/established the earth and massive solar system–but He did. He tells us in His word that He did. So as a believer in Christ and all that God is, I take Him at His word. Christians like myself look past the unknown parts of this complicated story and simply place our faith in His truth.

I don’t question how I can smile and talk into a small electronic device, then somehow my image and voice travel through air and appear on your screen. It’s not something most folks can easily explain, but it happens. For God, believers trust the history of His perfection that we read in the Bible. And in this history we find passages of God’s truth shared with His people.

So believers, called to live by faith, follow God’s truth in the Bible, which begins with the wonderful story of Creation in Genesis.

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Are You Redeemable?

Never doubt your worthiness to God–no matter the mess you feel you’ve created. God created you and He loves you. The Gospel affirms God sacrificed Himself to mankind in order that we may believe in this love and follow Him. Some may call faith in God a fairy tale but believers, we know in our hearts that those verbal assaults are spread by people with hardened hearts. They are spreading lies.

Fairy tales only offer momentary gratification–then life continues to hurt. God, in His infinite wisdom, offers everyone an earthly lifetime of hope, joy, and love, no matter the circumstance. By turning your life over to Christ, He will help you through any mess. Christ will get you through the hurt. Understand, Christ is here to help and desires you to hand your mess over to Him. In one quick moment you can receive His love.

Allow your heart to understand that nothing rings truer than this:

Jesus Christ died for all of us!

Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

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Jesus the Christ is Born!

The word “Christ” comes from christos, a Greek word meaning “anointed.”  It is equal to the word mashiach, or Messiah, in Hebrew. Jesus the Christ means Jesus is “the anointed one of God.” To be the anointed One of God, one would have distinct qualities unto oneself. It is only Jesus who possesses the many distinct qualities identifying our Savior, beginning with His virgin birth.

Jesus’ virgin birth took place two thousand years ago, as foretold over seven hundred years prior  by the the prophet Isaiah. How very distinct–having a virgin as His mother and prophets foretelling His conception!

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

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We Serve A BIG God! Can I get an AMEN?

God isn’t big because He takes up more space than us. God is big because He is more than us. And when we read His word we become blessed with knowledge of His vastness. A vastness so deep and so wide, many writers of the Bible–including prophets, king David, and Moses–have written about God yet I believe they really can’t explain it to us in human terms.

God is so much more than can be explained or understood. Creation, humankind, sin, mercy, and grace are just a few of His immeasurable traits. God is involved in every aspect of life, even in the lives of those who chose not to believe–because God is life!

And not only does God create life, God holds all things together.

Hebrews 1:3a The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. 

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Have You Read–The Greatest Book Ever?

The Bible is one book made from 66 smaller books. It is divided into two sections: the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament, originally written in Hebrew before Jesus was born, contains 39 books. The New Testament, written in Greek with some portions believed to have been in Aramaic, was written after Jesus’ death. Forty years passed between Jesus’ death and the first gospel writing. Twenty books are in the New testament.

The entire Bible is written by approximately forty different authors. These people include prophets, a scribe, a cupbearer, a shepherd, a tax collector, a physician, fishermen, farmers,  priests, philosophers, and kings, just to name a few!

It’s amazing, as it always is with God, how He brought together and inspired a chosen few to write and share His history and, as Revelation reveals, what is to come!

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Jesus—The Source Of All We Need!

Society spends boundless time, energy, and money trying to find “the answer” to living the ever unattainable utopian lifestyle. Social Media, television, and those magazines at the grocery store check-out line all try to suggest what will make our lives complete. Their suggestions usually include:

  • Eating healthy foods
  • Exercise
  • Organizational and time saving tips
  • Books on mental health
  • Balance family and work
  • _________________ (You fill in the blank.)

In truth we need only turn to the One source who created us. Jesus—the source of all we need!

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You ask—”How Can America Become Great?” No worries, God already told us!

Many conversations are evolving across America regarding the condition of our country. Some citizens say we should have more laws to enforce specific crimes. Other folks are concerned that our elected officials are corrupting the current system of justice.

What, as Christian American citizens, is our role or responsibility to make sure our country continues to prosper? Should we just turn the other cheek when we see the country falter? Or is rebelling against undesired government decisions the better option to grow a strong nation? Honestly, who knows the correct answers?

God knows!

In His omniscient, all-knowing power, (Psalm 139:1-24), God knew all the problems that citizens of a nation would face. And in accordance with His all-loving nature, God gave instruction on how to live with justice for all.

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God’s GREAT GRACE!

I simply can’t shout about God’s GREAT GRACE loud enough! His love remains endless! Though I sinned yesterday, will sin today, and I know I can not avoid sinning tomorrow—we are assured there is always God’s GREAT GRACE to flow over us.

But how do I know this? How can I be certain of favor from the LORD when I know what I’ve done? My sin is born in thought, word and deed—and it never stops reproducing! I have jealous and impure thoughts, I argue, condemn and gossip, and I can’t begin to list all the sin I physically committed as a teen and young adult.

Yes, I’ve done a few nice things in my life. But God’s forgiveness, mercy and grace are not based on merit. Christianity does not base itself on works, as some others have written their religions to be.

Praise God for His truth! I could never do enough to cover all my sin so thank-you, God, for your GREAT GRACE!

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Pray For President Trump – June 2, 2019

Over 250 Christians who are leaders in their church or Christian foundation, government agencies, the entertainment industry, and other specific organizations have come together to declare June 2, 2019 as a SPECIAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PRESIDENT.

Among those leaders include: Ed & Lynn AldersonNational Director, HAPN Network, John & Lisa BevereMessenger International, Julie ClintonPresident, Extraordinary Women Ministries, Dr. James & Shirley DobsonJames Dobson Family Institute, Jerry Falwell, Jr.President, Liberty University, Danny GokeyChristian Music Artist, Rev. Franklin GrahamBilly Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, Dr. Jack GrahamSenior Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church, John HageePastor, Cornerstone Church, Founder of Christians United for Israel, Gov. Mike HuckabeeFormer Governor of Arkansas, Robert JeffressSenior Pastor, First Baptist Dallas, Dr. David JeremiahTurning Point Ministries, Alveda KingCivil Rights for the Unborn, Greg LaurieSenior Pastor, Harvest Christian Fellowship, Lisa OsteenAssociate Pastor, Lakewood Church, Chonda PierceChristian Artist, Phil & Al RobertsonUnashamed Podcast on BlazeTV.

The Bible is specific when it comes to instruction on praying for leaders.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

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Jesus–The Sermon On The Mount

Matthew 5-7 is known as The Sermon On The Mount. Jesus’ own words comprise all three chapters, save for the first two verses in chapter five and the last two verses in chapter seven.

Matthew 5:1-2 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. He said:

In His sermon, Jesus does not hold back regarding His position on the law—He proclaims God desires heartfelt faithful obedience from His kingdom followers over rote followers of the many manmade religious laws. On this hillside near Capernaum where enormous crowds gathered, those in attendance included some believers and some curiosity seekers coming to find out what this popular man, Jesus, represented.

Was this “man” really the Messiah, The Chosen One, the Savior that Israel had been waiting for since the prophets of old? History reveals this sermon would eternally change many hearts for God.

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