Deadly Serious | Relijournal

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We as a society are so preoccupied with the temporal things we often neglect the eternal.  I find this to be true with health, physical verses spiritual, too.  In an article published today I expound on the perils of putting the bodily health above the soul’s well-being.  The article can be read here: Deadly Serious | Relijournal

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A Response to His Love

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John 3:16 is probably the most well known and loved verse in the Bible.  While browsing the Internet today I literally stumbled upon a site with a chart comparing Biblical Christianity (Bible-based faith) to what it called “Cultural Christianity”.  It was a very interesting comparison chart that I found I pretty much completely agreed with.  At the end of the page there was a beautiful short piece that reminded me of John 3:16.

A Response to His love:

Praise Him for all that He is to us: Savior, Shepherd, Counselor, King, Wisdom, Righteousness….
Thank Him for all He has promised to do for those who come to Him. Psalm 10
Confess your sins and needs to Him, for He really cares and provides for His own. 1 John 1:9
Choose to trust that He died for your sins and has freed you from its power. Romans 6:6
Receive the gift He offers you: His Holy Spirit to guide and equip you. Romans 8:15-16
Give yourself to Him as your Shepherd and Lord each day. Romans 12:1
Delight in everything that you are and have in Christ! Ephesians 1:3-12

Lord,

I am so thankful for Your love and the many blessings and promises You give to us, as unworthy as we are.  I pray that each of us will always be keenly aware of all You have done for us.  May we always let our lights shine before men to bring honor and glory to You.

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The Reason for Singing

A classic from the Prince of Preachers:

The Reason for Singing

The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17)

What a word is this! Jehovah God in the center of His people in all the majesty of His power! This presence alone suffices to inspire us with peace and hope. Treasures of boundless might are stored in our Jehovah, and He dwells in His church; therefore may His people shout for joy.

We not only have His presence, but He is engaged upon His choice work of salvation. “He will save.” He is always saving: He takes His name of Jesus from it. Let us not fear any danger, for He is mighty to save.

Nor is this all. He abides evermore the same, He saves, He finds rest in loving, He will not cease to love. His love gives Him joy. He even finds a theme for song in His beloved. This is exceedingly wonderful. When God wrought creation He did not sing but simply said, “It is very good”; but when He came to redemption, then the sacred Trinity felt a joy to be expressed in song. Think of it, and be astonished! Jehovah Jesus sings a marriage song over His chosen bride. She is to Him His love, His joy, His rest, His song. O Lord Jesus, by Thine immeasurable love to us teach us to love Thee, to rejoice in Thee, and to sing unto Thee our life-psalm. – C.H. Spurgeon

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Honored and Humbled

Today I received a question via email in response to my article about A Good Day. It was a question about Scripture, one that I was able to answer with little difficulty. In fact, it took me very little time to write my response. I pray that it helps the recipient better understand the passage in question.

Anyway, after the fact I began to think what an honor it is to have someone ask for help understanding God’s Word better. After all, I’m nothing special, not a scholar or a pastor, just a servant of the King with a desire to know Him and His Word better. And a desire to help relay His Truth when I can to others.

This then led me to feel so humbled by the idea of actually being able to do just that with God’s help and the leading of the Holy Spirit. It amazes me that God sees fit to use me any way, let alone to help someone understand His Word or to teach. I know it shouldn’t amaze me; God is all powerful and can do anything He sees fit to. I guess what amazes me is that for whatever reason He has chosen to use me anything. If He can take me and sharpen me into a tool worthy of His use, He can do the same with you, perhaps in a different capacity but none the less He can. Are you willing to allow Him to sharpen and shape and mold you for His purpose? I can testify that if you will the reward He gives is unparalleled.

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Today Was a Good Day

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Today I was blessed to be able to attend two wonderful church services, hearing a great Sunday school lesson, two rousing sermons, and the inspiring songs of praise that go along with the services.  Between services, I was privileged to spend several hours with my grandson (and we got to take him to church, too!) just enjoying him.  Yes, today was indeed a good day for me.  But that was not the case at all on September 20, 1977.

See the rest published at Relijournal: http://tinyurl.com/l6eapj.

A New Book Release

Yesterday a new book was released by a prominent pollster.  He claimed that it was the most comprehensive study ever done, coving more than 6000 interviews, dozens of topics and 15 years of research.  The book contains, he said, proof of what Americans really want.  He went on to cite some of the questions, the statistics and their interpretation.  I don’t recall all of the examples he gave but one did stand out: “The more spiritual or religious a person is, the more in touch with God they are, the happier and more content they are.

That was hardly news to me.  The Bible teaches that the more we submit to God’s will for our lives, the more He will bless us.  And how can a person not be happy, filled with joy, and content knowing what treasure they have awaiting them when this life is done?  No, I don’t need this new book or its author to tell me this.  The Author of my faith has already assured me of it in His Word.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Lord,

I am so thankful for the peace You put into my heart and the promises I have assured me by Your Word and sacrifice.

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Why Go to Church?

Yesterday I was asked “what are people joining your church?”  I answered the question, as a reply to the comment (here), but it has made me ponder on the bigger aspect of why go to church?  There are many reasons, including following the example of early Christians in the New Testament.  Scripture tells us not to neglect the gathering of the saints (Heb. 10:25).  As I said, I’ve been thinking on this since yesterday and today I got some ‘enlightenment’.

My pastor sent me an email that had a great analogy of why we go to church.  It was so obvious to me that God sent this to me that I had to share it.  The following is how I received it:

Why Go To Church?

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
“I’ve gone for 30 years now,”  he wrote, “and in that time I have heard something
like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them.

So, I think I’m wasting my time and the preachers are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all.”   This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column, much to the delight of the editor.

It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher: “I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this.. They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!” When  you are DOWN to nothing… God is UP to something! Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!  Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!

All right, now that you’re done reading, send it on! I think everyone should read this! “When Satan is knocking at your door, simply say, “Jesus, could you get that for me?”

I don’t think I could have explained it any better.

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