Christians, Claim Your Identity!

Christians claim your identity

Not unusual for Hollywood, the Emmy Awards this week applauded one if its hosts, Michael Che,  telling the audience that his mother was not watching the show —“She says she doesn’t like watching white award shows because you guys don’t thank Jesus enough. That’s true. The only white people that thank Jesus are Republicans and ex-crackheads.”

Hmmmm, assuming Mrs. Che is a Christian, because Michael did say she wants Jesus to be thanked more, I wonder if Mrs. Che enjoyed her son’s joke at Christian’s expense? Continue reading

JESUS Is Calling YOU!

 

Jesus is calling you

Some people erroneously believe they must clean up their lives before coming to Jesus. They are sadly ashamed of their past: the dirty baggage they carry, the scars they created or endured, the hidden hurt laying on their hearts. They allow past sin to bind them.    

If you are one of those misinformed souls not familiar with the Good News, let me share with you the truth Jesus taught and lived by some 2000 years ago. I know 2000 years seems long in the human time frame, but have no worries –

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Continue reading

Thank-you, Jesus!

Thank you Jesus

When was the last time you thanked Jesus?

Was it last night, after your feet snuggled warmly under the covers? Did you thank Him for giving you another twenty-four hours to share His love?

Or did you thank Him this morning, before those same feet hit the floor? Did you acknowledge allowing your eyes to see the sun rise; enabling you to make right any wrongs you committed yesterday?  (FYI, as I’m writing, I thanked Jesus for my MS.)

Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Trust The Word, not the world!

Trust the Word not the world

Word and world alphabetically part company at the fourth letter. We Christians, however,  understand there is literally a world of difference between these two words. The Word is God’s personal message to us. It is good, purely instructing how to live a holy life. The world, however, reflects man’s rebellion to God.  It is not pure, as it contains both good and evil.

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If Jesus really is The Son of God. . .

 

If Jesus really is the Son of God...

Jesus, who was crucified at age thirty-three, spent the last three years of His life on earth traveling the areas of Galilee, Samaria and Judea. His purpose was to share His identity as the way, the truth and the light of God.  

Even while Jesus was a young child of twelve, everyone who heard Him was amazed at His understanding and His answers while discussing scripture.  

Jesus, who has the power of heaven within Him, could have saved Himself from the agony of the cross but He chose to suffer.  Why, people want to know, did this “man” do this? Continue reading

GOD is NOT a woman!

For some reason, a reference to a newly released song recently showed up on my FB. I do not download music or visit music sites so I was surprised to view a music post on the feed. Who knows how FB decides content, right?

Anyway, it’s not the fact that it showed up that drew my curiosity to check out the video. It was the title of the song that stabbed me.

God Is A Woman. . .that was the title of the song. In light of today’s society I’m not shocked these brazen words are considered as truth. What pierced my heart is the fact that the words were purposefully assembled into lyrics of a song to entice people all over world (those who choose) to sing, dance and celebrate its title.  

I do celebrate my womanhood. I loved knowing and feeling my baby girl growing inside  me. The female body is perfectly made to nurture a human being, though I didn’t always treat my body as such and have confessed and asked forgiveness from God my eternal Father.

The Bible tells us God is a spiritual being.

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” John 4:24

God has no physical characteristics. However, He chose to reveal Himself to us in a human form we can understand – a male. Scripture contains approximately 170 references to God as “Father.”

Jesus also refers to God using masculine pronouns: I and the Father are one.” John 10:30

For believers, it is only through Jesus Christ that God is our Father.

I suppose, there in lies the difference between me and the writers of God Is A Woman: Ariana Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA. 

One can only assume the writers believe in a god different from mine, because my God, Yahweh, is Jesus’ eternal Father. And believers of my Father, Yahweh, receive His love, thus making us “children of God”.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:12-14 

To spew God as a women is an infernal idea going against all truth.

This truth has been shared with mankind in the Bible for over 2500 years.  We know from the gospels that Mary is the mother of Jesus, pregnant through the Holy Spirit, One of Three in the trinity of God. 

This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

Jesus had to be born of a woman, as opposed to coming from the ground like Adam, because He had to share the same flesh and blood as mankind so that He could be tempted and know the pain we all suffer.

For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:17-18

Jesus Himself suffered, making atonement for the sin of all people.

As a believer, Jesus’ atonement covers all my sin from yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  The good news for Ariana Grande, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson, and ILYA,  and all who celebrate the title of this song, is they too can accept Jesus’ suffering for their own sin and know they are welcome in His eternal kingdom.

Just as I have been forgiven the sins of my body because I confess and ask forgiveness from God my eternal Father; everyone is invited to confess and ask forgiveness of sin. It’s never too late, no matter how long ago the sin occurred or how often the sin takes place. In fact, while Jesus was on the hill at Calgary being crucified with two other men, the man on His right proclaimed: 

We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:41-43

Just hours before his death, a sinner was forgiven by His Savior.  

Friend, don’t wait till your final breath to confess your sin and ask forgiveness from our Father. Do it now, so that you too may have peace eternal.

Ask the Father right now by praying this sinner’s prayer, copied from gotquestions.org right now: 

“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”



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Who do YOU relate to in the Bible?

Who do you relate to in the Bible?

There are many courageous and faithful men and women in the Bible.  Their stories show dedication and love for God. While some rose from commonness to power, most remained as everyday people choosing to follow the One true God, one day at a time.

There is one man, in his last hours on earth, who became a follower of Jesus. Blessings!

These are just a sampling of people who simply believed in all of God’s goodness and faithfulness, then in their own way shared His truth with others. Their personal stories are an inspiration to us all.

Which of the following persons do you best relate to?
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Do You Believe Or Deny Jesus?

Do you believe or deny Jesus?

Have you ever heard a story so incredible, you could hardly believe it was true?Unbelievable stories can involve someone surviving a plane crash, feats of heroism, or silly things like  how many people fit into a Volkswagen Beetle. (Watch Medaille College students attempt a record.)

When Jesus was thirty, He started a three year ministry traveling around areas of Galilee, Samaria and Judea. During that time Jesus preformed miracles and spoke about God with intimate knowledge.  Though Jesus personifies truth, many locals simply could not believe what they saw and heard.  Continue reading

5 Tips On Sharing Your Faith

5 tips on sharing your faith

When the opportunity arrises to share Jesus with others, which Christians are called to do, many ideas pass through our minds.  Ideas concerning not how great accepting Jesus will make the other person  “feel”, but on how that person’s possible rejection of Jesus will make us “feel”.

I know on  occasion I have factored in the possibility of rejection, and chose not to talk about my Lord and Savior.  Bad decision! When that happens, we both miss out! Continue reading

God Will Get You Through It!

God will get you through it!

Does the idea of joy and peace seem lost to you? If the answer to that question is yes, reading the book of Romans is a good place to help you find direction.

Written by the apostle Paul before he arrived in Rome, Paul wrote the new Christians there a letter. Paul’s message in his personal letter clearly offers them hope in a loving God through Jesus Christ. 

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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