Happy Mothers Day

As Mothers Day approaches, I am compelled to express my appreciation for my mother and the unselfishness she has constantly demonstrated. She will be 90 in October and I am very happy to still be able to pick up the phone and call her or get in the car and go see her. She is still a huge blessing to me. My heart goes out to those whose mothers have died. Let us thank God for all the wonderful things about our mothers, and for those who are still alive, let us show them how much we appreciate them at some point this weekend. If for some reason your mother failed being a mother to you (sometimes it happens), maybe God gave you someone else who was “like” a mother to you. If so, give them a call and show them your gratitude. You will be glad you did.

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Truth Matters

We live in a day where much is said and much of what is said should be seriously questioned as to its truthfulness (conforming to reality). A life not based on truth will be selfish, chaotic, and confusing, not to mention disappointing. So how can I know what is true. I believe it starts with knowing Jesus, who said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man comes to the Father except through Me.” The One who is truth prayed for his disciples to “be sanctified by the truth, Your word is truth.” Jesus Christ had perfect confidence in the Bible, and so should we if we desire a meaningful life based on truth and not someone else’s “spin.”

For such a time as this

The recent events of violence and death strike both fear and anger in most of our hearts. God’s word has helped me with this and it came from Romans 12. “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” We must remember the “nevers” associated with this passage: “Never pay back evil for evil to anyone,” and “Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God…” May our responses bring glory to our glorious God!

Running to Win

Having watched Louisville win an NCAA basketball championship recently, I was impressed with the effort that was expended (by both teams) but it seemed to me that the players on Louisville’s team “wanted it” a bit more. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul tells the believers in Corinth to “run in such a way as to win the prize.” If the prize means the approval of Jesus Christ (see Philippians 3:12-14), then we should all ask ourselves the question, “What am I living for?” If we are not sure about our answer, we can all check our day timers, our checkbooks, and examine our leisure time activities for a fairly accurate answer. To truly live for the approval of Christ is to come to the end of our lives with no regrets! May it be so for us beginning today!

He really does live!

“But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:20
Because Christ lives, He is who He said he is!
Because Christ lives, the penalty for our sins has been paid!
Because Christ lives, He is the savior of all men!
Because Christ lives, the power of sin has been broken!
Because Christ lives, the sting of death is overcome!
Because Christ lives, sin can be forgiven!
Because Christ lives, He is Lord of all!
Because Christ lives, we too shall live!

Titus 2:11-15 (ESV)

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you.

Converted?

Jesus told his disciples, “…unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven…” (Matthew 18:3). Sometimes even believers need to “be turned” from the way they are thinking and acting. Their willingness to turn (to humility rather than pride) is an indication of the presence of eternal life, which comes as a gift of grace to those who have faith in Jesus. An unwillingness to “be turned” is an indication of the lack of eternal life. Are you converted?

God’s purposes trumps our sufferings

Joseph said, “do not be grieved…with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life…God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. Now, therefore it was not you who sent me here, but God…” Elsewhere, Joseph tells his brothers, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” (Genesis 45:5-8; 49:19-20)
For those who love God and are called, all things work together for good!
Sometimes we need to be reminded of this great truth.

The wonder of faith

He begins, “Why, O Lord, do you stand far away? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? But he ends by saying, “The Lord is King forever and ever;…O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart; you will incline your ear to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, so that man who is of the earth may strike terror no more.” (Psalm 10 ESV) Also, He begins, “How long, O Lord, will you forget me forever?” He ends, “I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.” (Psalm 13 ESV)
Faith will eventually place one above the circumstances and cause him to praise the Lord!

God Knows, Do you?

Many times in Scripture God approaches man with a question, the answer of which God Himself already knows?
To Adam, “where are you?”; to Cain, “where is your brother?”; to Jacob, “what is your name?”, etc.
Here is a question worthy of your consideration. “Do you know that you have eternal life?” The Bible teaches one can have assurance of this blessing from God (John 20:31; 1 John). In view of the uncertainties of this life, why would anyone delay in securing this assurance? God knows your situation, do you?