Saturday, May 29, 2010
First of all, you must examine your faith to determine if it goes beyond mere knowledge. Knowledge of God, even the recognition that Jesus Christ is the Messiah, will not get you into heaven. In fact, “the demons also believe, and shudder” (James 2:19). Having knowledge without faith is like marrying someone without ever consummating the marriage. You may know your spouse, but something fundamental to the relationship is vitally missing (Genesis 2:24).
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The woman I described is an actual person I once knew. She was well liked by those who knew her and, by all outward appearances, lived a moral life. She was in church every Sunday and sat under the teaching of the Scriptures. Now, if she could be deceived into thinking she was on her way to heaven when, in reality, she had no personal relationship with Christ, how much easier is it for Satan to convince the average person who spends little time in God’s Word or in prayer that they have salvation when they actually do not? Too many folks truly believe they are going to heaven based on a spoken prayer they said as a child or some church tradition they follow(ed). But it is by God’s grace alone that we are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-10). That is the only way to have peace for today and the confidence of heaven in the future.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
"And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." Rev 22:7 (NASB)
Jesus is coming back! That is for sure and certain. Are you ready for it? Are you waiting in eager anticipation of His coming? As Christians we have an innate knowledge that the Lord’s return is eminent, but we often become so distracted by the business of life that we simply forget to take notice that the time is at hand. We allow the sins of this world to divert our attention away from the task of preparing for it or, even worse, we permit our own apathy to keep us from sharing the truth of Christ with a lost world. Let us ready ourselves and warn others. Let us prepare our hearts in such a way that we spend our time peeping over the windowsill of our souls, so overcome with joy at the prospect of His arrival that we run throughout the world shouting, “Jesus is coming!” “Jesus is coming!” “Jesus is coming!”
"And that's the way it is." (Walter Cronkite)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
A number of years ago as the pastor of a local church, I visited the children’s Sunday school classes in preparation for Mother’s Day and asked the kids to express why their mother should be honored as Mother of the Year. I received many responses ranging from a simple “My mother should be Mother of the Year because she makes the best chocolate chip cookies” to essays several paragraphs in length. However, there was one single sentence in one of the essays that grabbed my attention. One young girl wrote of her mother, “She loves us with every beam of her heart and every atom of her being.” Wow! What a picture of a mother’s love.
I think one reason I continue to muse over that description of love is because it also speaks to the way God loves us. He spoke through the Prophet Isaiah, “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13). God uses the symbol of a mother’s love to describe the love and comfort he offers us if we are one of his own. “God is love” (1 John 4:16), and he expresses that great love daily. He gives comfort and peace in times of despair, wisdom when we are confused, guidance when we are lost, chastisement when we have disobeyed his Word, and so much more. But most importantly, he demonstrates his love for us in that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” He truly does love us with “every beam of his heart and every atom of his being,” and then some.
So muse over that little girl’s statement about her mother this week, and apply it to God’s incomprehensible love for us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16).” Are you a recipient of that love?
“Amazing love how can it be that thou my God would die for me.”
To my own mother, you have always been Mother of the Year to me.
And to my beautiful wife… Thank you for giving me my baby son and being the greatest mommy in the world.
Happy Mother’s Day!