Choosing a Leader for a Nation

8 09 2012

Israel wanted a king, so God let them choose one. They chose a tall, dark, and handsome man, Saul. Saul failed them miserably. When Saul failed, God had already chose a new king. This new king was a young shepherd boy named David, the son of Jesse. David wasn’t very popular. As a matter of fact, when Samuel asked Jesse to call his sons, Jesse forgot all about David. But God didn’t forget about David and David turned Israel into a great nation. Why did God choose David, and how did David turn Israel into a great nation? The answer is simple, David was a man after God’s own heart. In other words, David’s heart was in harmony with God’s heart.

How should we choose a leader? We need to look and see what God wants in a leader and find the person who possesses those qualities. We can pick a leader as the Israelite people did, or we can trust God to show us the right person for the job. Ask God who should you choose, He’ll tell you. Trust in God.

A Walk With My Dog Angel

6 09 2012

I love my dog Angel. I like to go walking with Angel and when I do I like to keep her on the leash. Oh, sometimes I let her off the leash to give her some freedom to smell and run and have a good time, but I always keep a very close watch on her and when she gets a little careless I put her back on the leash.

I don’t put Angel on the leash to be mean or to prevent her from having a good time. I put Angel on the leash because I love her and the leash is for her own protection. If I let Angel just do whatever she wants she’d unwittingly wind up getting herself into trouble. She’d might get off on a sniffing spree and wander into traffic or get lost. She’d might chase after a bird or squirrel and again run into traffic or get lost. The leash acts as a protection for her and it disciplines her.

I think Jesus is the same with us as I am with Angel. I think that Jesus knows that if He left us to ourselves we’d just wind up getting ourselves into trouble. Yes, Jesus gives us our freedom just as I give Angel some freedom. But, just as I constantly watch out for Angel, I think that Jesus constantly watches out for us. Jesus doesn’t discipline us to be cruel or to have things His own way. Jesus disciplines us because He loves us and wants us to be safe. It’s good to know that we are under the constant watchful and loving eye of Jesus.

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A Real Live Horror Movie

24 08 2012

A lot of horror movies have been made. For some reason people like to be scared, but you don’t have to watch a horror movie to be scared because we’re living in one. If you don’t believe me  just turn on the news. People are scared about the economy, about losing their homes, their jobs, about who’s going to be elected President of the United States in November, and the list goes on.

Just as in a horror movie, where there is always the hero who fights against the evil and prevails, we have a hero in our horror movie, His name is Jesus. The Bible tells us that one day, Jesus is going to return in all His glory and He is going to go to war against Satan and Jesus will defeat him. Jesus will defeat evil once and for all and cast Satan into the eternal lake of fire. Along with Satan, Jesus will cast all those who rejected Him into that same lake of fire to spend eternity there, but to those that accepted Him, He will give eternal life in heaven.

You don’t have to suffer the same fate Satan is going to suffer. You can receive eternal life with Jesus in heaven. All you have to do is acknowledge to Jesus that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive your sins, and receive Him into your heart as your personal Lord and Savior. If you do this, you will be saved from the fires of hell and will receive the FREE gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Then your eternal life will be secure in the Kingdom of Heaven. Where do you want to spend eternity, burning in hell with Satan, or feasting at the table of the Lamb in heaven?

In the Beginning

23 08 2012

Scientists and physicists spend countless hours trying to figure out how the universe was created. I recently read a book that gave complicated formulas and equations as to how the universe came into existence. I had to laugh at the complexity of these formulas and equations because the Bible makes it so simple. The Bible says that everything God created, He created by speaking, “God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3.

The Gospel of John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

“Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has never understood it.” John 1:1-2.

Science and technology have not figured out how to create what God has created, only how to destroy it. Maybe scientists should figure out how to take care of God’s creation instead of how to destroy it or how God created it in the first place. We already know how God created it; He spoke.

The Love of God and Jesus

22 08 2012

Do you ever wonder why some people hate God and Jesus so much? Is it because, “God so loved the world that He sent His only Son so that those who believe in Him shall not die but have eternal life.” John 3:16? Is it because, “That while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8?  Maybe it’s because, “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39. Perhaps it’s because in John 10:28 Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand.”

I don’t get it, what did God and Jesus ever do that causes some people to hate them so much? Time and time again God and Jesus demonstrate their love for us, and yet some people still reject them, why? Jesus offers us forgiveness of our sins. He paid the ultimate sacrifice for us so we didn’t have to and by His blood we are made righteous. So what is the problem that some people have with Him? I just don’t get it.

The Right to Life

18 08 2012

I had just finished watching the Lord of the Rings. In the movie Frodo tells Gandalf that Gollum deserves to die. Gandalf tells Frodo that many people deserve to die, just as many people who have died deserves to live. He continues on to say that if we can’t change the latter, then what right do we have to change the previous.

I got to thinking, Paul tells us in Romans that “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. He also said, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

In Jesus’ eyes, we all deserve death because of sin, yet Jesus chooses to offer us life. Shouldn’t we as a people have that same attitude toward unborn babies? Don’t unborn babies have the same right to life as we have? If Jesus can look at us and offer us life instead of death, shouldn’t we as a people do the same for unborn babies.

We should strive to be like Jesus and offer life to unborn babies instead of death. 

Christmas in North Carolina

30 12 2011

This year I spent Christmas with my sister in North Carolina. This was the first time I’ve seen my sister in 16 years. For that matter it was the first time I’ve seen any family in 16 years. I visited with my brother, another sister and parents. I met my nephews, nieces, and great nephews, it was like a family reunion.

There was a lot of anticipation on everyone’s part but another guest showed up and made the whole reunion go smoothly. That guest was Jesus. When we put our trust in Jesus, we have nothing to fear.

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Deut. 31:6.

Your Grief Will be Turned to Joy

30 11 2011

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” Jn. 16:20. When you lose someone you really love, it’s hard to believe that you’ll ever feel okay about it. Recently I received knowledge of the loss of someone I really loved. I thought about the disciples when Jesus died on the cross and wondered if they believed Jesus’ words that their grief will turn to joy. Right now it’s hard for me to ever believe my loss will ever feel okay.

In our “Growing Seasons” groups we tell the children that “feeling is healing” and they won’t always feel the way they do. I guess now is the time I have to words into practice on myself. Yes, feeling is healing, you don’t have to like it but if you want to heal, you have to feel the pain.