ARE WE THERE YET????

“They were longing for a better country–a heavenly one.” -Hebrews 11:16

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A few years back, there was a movie that came out called, Are We There Yet?  I’m sure some of you have seen it.

If you have children…you can relate to the content of the movie.  It was pretty true to life, and very funny.

However, the older I get, I find myself asking the Lord the same question….  “Are we there yet?  Are we almost home?  Are you coming back soon to get us?”

Some days, I long for Christs’ return.  On other occasions, I pray for His mercy…to wait just a little longer for those that need to come to Him…for those still groping in darkness…looking for truth…lost…doomed…damned.

And even though I’m tired of this life when I see the chaos and turmoil of the world, I know I will be at rest one day.  The same can’t be said for some.  They have ‘one hell of a life’ here…and then die without Jesus and will have Hell for all eternity.

Yes!  I want to go home and be with Jesus; but I need to keep looking ahead with faith in my heart and ask God to use me to bring others into His kingdom.  I want to be like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz…as I walk down this ‘yellow brick road’ called life, I want to find, and bring those helpless, lost souls to Jesus.  HE (Jesus), is no longer behind the curtain.  The veil was rent, torn, to reveal His presence.  We can come directly to Him and make our requests known.

Let’s stop asking Him, “Are we there yet?”, and pray…”Lord, help me get just one more…”

Anita

Baptism notes by Daniel Leavitt

History of ceremonial washings

 

Questions

  1. When should you be baptized?
  2. Who should be baptized?
  3. What is the purpose of baptism?
  4. What is the significance of baptism?

 

Acts 2

Peter is Preaching to the crowd

36 “So let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!”

37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 This promise is to you, to your children, and to those far away[h]—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” 40 Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!”

41 Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.

 

1 Corinthians 12:13The Message (MSG)

You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.

 

A symbol

1 Peter 3:21

…and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Romans 6:3-4 (KJV)

3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 

Colossians 2:11-15

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you’re already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it’s an initiation ritual you’re after, you’ve already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.

 

16-17 So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ.

 

18-19 Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God only as he nourishes us.

 

20-23 So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? “Don’t touch this! Don’t taste that! Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. They even give the illusion of being pious and humble and ascetic. But they’re just another way of showing off, making yourselves look important.

By Grace
1 John 4:15 NIV

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.

 

Luke 3:12

Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”

 

15Everyone was expecting the Messiah to come soon, and they were eager to know whether John might be the Messiah. 16John answered their questions by saying, “I baptize you with water; but someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not even worthy to be his slave and untie the straps of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.

 

Acts 8:14-17

Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHRISTIANS AND DEATH

Have you ever thought about your death; what it will be like when you die? Not so much the circumstances of death, which we can’t possibly predict—maybe you die in your sleep or, hopefully not, in a terrible auto accident—but rather the experience at the moment when you are said to be no longer alive.

I find myself pondering this every once in a while, even though that may seem a little morbid to you. Part of me struggles with the reality that, to die, means I have to leave the relationship and comfort of those I dearly love. How I will miss them so and, additionally, how my death will affect them and cause them pain and suffering at losing me.

On the other hand, I like to imagine what it will be like to pass from this life into eternal life. To “wake up” to the presence of the Lord and see His beautiful face. I’m not sure about the waking up part. I’m pretty convinced that our spirit doesn’t go to sleep but somehow transitions from the reality of this life to an existence in glory. And that excites me! Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word he shall never see death.” [Jn 8:51] Death here I understand to mean to be separated eternally from God. The Bible also talks a great deal about those who are “asleep” [1 Thess 4:13-18 and Daniel 12:2 for instance] and who will rise to meet Him at His coming. I understand this to mean the physical bodies of those who are believers are asleep so to speak, whereas the spirits of those who have died are already in heaven as seen when Jesus says to the thief on the cross that he (the thief) will be with Him (Jesus) today in paradise [Lk 23:43]. There is a concept that some believe called “soul sleep.” This belief says the soul will sleep between the time we physically die to when our bodies are later raised from the dead. Dr. R.C. Sproul considers this “a departure from orthodox Christianity,” which teaches that, at death, “the believer’s soul goes immediately to be with Christ to enjoy…a personal existence while awaiting the final resurrection of the body.” This rings true for me. Why would God work on us all our mortal lives to know Him well and love Him in close relationship, then allow us to lie suspended in the grave for an extended period of time?

What about fear at the thought of death? Clearly, most people talk in a way that shows they fear death and try in every possible way to deny its certainty. Jokes about death are quite commonplace. But, as Christians, should we fear death? I would say “no,” for death means we transition from the rehearsal, which is life on this earth, to the actual play. The “play,” the reality for which we were made in the first place: to live and worship in the presence of our God and Savior for all eternity! So death should be a joyful and longed-for event, a natural stage for the evolution for a believer, from being in the process of sanctification to ultimately being glorified with Him. I’ve always loved Paul’s words in Philippians 1:21-24, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Sounds like someone looking forward with eagerness to his impending death while working hard in this life while he has the opportunity.

I guess for me, I’m glad that this life isn’t all there is; that something much better awaits us in glory. As our pastor is fond of saying: “For the unbeliever, this life is as good as it gets; for the believer, it’s the worst that it ever gets.” I surely want to make the best use of the time that I’m given here on this earth, but I’m clear that an eternity spent with my Lord far surpasses my present reality. And death is the portal through which we must pass to get to that glorious place when we get to see the face of the One who loves us and died for us so that we can know Him. Praise be to God!

Lee Pierce

Apples of Gold…

 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord… -Psalm 19:14

Am I the only one out there that has trouble with words?  Words fly out of my mouth like bats out of a cave!  Sometimes, they are sweet, kind, appropriate words…words that encourage and edify the ears they fall on.

However, at other times, I must admit, I shock myself at the words I hear coming from my mouth.  They are venomous…oozing with hate and anger.  They are anything but pure!  They are downright UGLY!

The above verse tells us that our words need to be acceptable in the sight of God.

In another passage of Scripture, it says this:

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. -Proverbs 25:11

My prayer for today is this…”Lord, put a guard at the door of my mouth!  Let me put Your Word in my heart so I won’t sin against You today with my words!

Anita

Dreams, Visions, and Prophecy  

Here’s an eye-opener from Agent X –Fat Beggars School of Prophets.  It’s good to know that even in our darkest hours, we can still dare to dream…still have hope for a future! Pray that God will give His church Dreams…and Visions to help the lost and destitute! -anita

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Dreams, Visions, and Prophecy

 

It will come about after this that I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind;

And your sons and daughters will prophecy,

Your old men will dream dreams,

Your young men will see visions.

-Joel 2:28 (see also Acts 2:17-19)

 

Dreaming of Home

 

I recently spent the night out on an empty lot behind Carpenter’s Kitchen near a homeless couple (James and May). Late in the night I stirred briefly to eavesdrop on their conversation. The man told the woman (the love of his life) how he dreams of one day building her a log cabin. He described the kind of pine and pitch he intends to use, the view he hopes to frame in the window, and the spiral staircase he wants to add to it. I could hear his lady respond in fascination and join him in his dream for their future as she coughed and their blankets were buffeted by the winds.

 

I was stunned. From my vantage point, they seem so very far from that goal. You would have thought their every ambition was consumed with the pursuit of alcohol, cigarettes, and spare change. They sleep on the streets every night – even in harsh conditions. Seasoned street people, they have been doing this for years. It is remarkable that they maintain such a deep love for each other; but to dream of building a mountain cabin really blows my mind! Yet there it is, and they have the moxie to dream it.

 

Visions for Ministry

 

Recently, my family shared time with another street-couple (nameless in his publication) in prayer, a meal, and relaxation. They described their dream (or was it a vision?) to start a ministry for abused and/or pregnant women on the streets. This second couple hopes to establish a large house in which to keep women from danger and give rest, shelter, and safety as they rebuild their lives. It is their long-range goal. They have tremendous hearts for this ministry, but no assets with which to begin offering it.

 

Again, I am blown away by the shear ambition of such a dream yet having so little with which to start. But they live on those streets seeing the need first-hand daily. They surely have more faith than me.

 

But then I met a third (nameless) couple at the library recently where we shared communion. As we broke bread together, they lamented their struggles to maintain a simple patch of ground upon which to sleep. According to them, the church is instrumental in running them off the spot they share with several other homeless people, and amid all the discouragement they got a vision. They were very clear to distinguish it as a vision rather than a dream.

 

They dare to envision a community of homeless people coming together and pooling resources with which to purchase an empty lot. This alone would be an amazing achievement, but they dare to visualize this community setting up a fence/wall around the perimeter to keep the eyesore contained. They even visualize the construction of a shed or shelter in the middle of it and the maintenance of port-O-potties at which point they would be self-sufficient with no need for the church or outside help.

 

It troubles me that they seek to cut the church out of the vision (but it seems understandable given their relationship there), but yet again, this vision strikes me as far, far bigger than the resources would allow.

 

But then this makes me think of my dreams too, and I wonder if mine would not address all of these listed above as well – all the while proving to reach even higher and going farther with even less.

 

My I-Have-a-Dream Speech

 

I dream of the church receiving a vision of itself as the very Body of Messiah who moves, talks, and acts like that Joshua of Nazareth who traverses those dusty Galilean trails in the gospels – touching lepers, partying with the poor, healing people’s vision and stirring dreams while standing up to religious and political leaders who get in the way of the Kingdom of YHWH. I visualize a church, a body of people made up mostly of middle-class Americans (the wealthiest group of people on earth) sharing everything in common (Acts 2:44-45 anyone?) taking in strangers (Matt. 25:35, 38 anyone?) and filling those guest bedrooms that go empty night after night with Jesus who knocks on their doors (Rev. 3:20 anyone?). I dream of church buildings with all that empty space and empty pews each night being filled with “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40) and throwing banquets in honor of the poor (Luke 14:13) and YHWH finally coming home to live in the hearts (temple) of his people (Ezek. 43:1-5). Can I get an Amen …Anyone?

 

We don’t even have to raise a single dollar (not $40,000; not $10 million) to start fulfilling this vision and making this dream come true. And yet, I expect my dream is the most ambitious of all these I have listed here. And why? Selfishness? Politics? Fear? What other reasons stop us doing it? But none of these characterize Jesus, nor should they characterize those entities that pass themselves off as “The Body of Christ.” Surely the church can repent and find the way to mitigate its fears! (I John 4:18).

 

I challenge you to join us in dreaming dreams, seeing visions, and experiencing the Spirit of prophecy (Acts 2:17-19). May Messiah be formed in you (Gal. 4:19), and in all of us together.

Agent X

BLOOD…OR WATER? WHICH ONE SAVES?

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.  Eph. 1:7

the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son cleanses us from all sin. -1 John 1: 7 (b)

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My nine-year old son is getting baptized this coming Sunday.  Naturally, I was curious to ‘know’ his reason for wanting to do this, so we had a lengthy conversation on the subject.

Here’s pretty much how it went…

I said, “So…why do you want to get baptized this Sunday?”

He replied, “To make my Salvation permanent.”

Me:  “You do know that being baptized has nothing to do with salvation…don’t you?”

Him:  “Not really…”

This admission from him, led us to the account in Scripture about the thief on the cross – the one next to Jesus -who admitted his guilt and asked Jesus to ‘remember him’ when He came into His kingdom.  Remember Jesus reply?  He said ‘Today, you shall be with me in Paradise.’  I reminded my son that the thief died on the cross that day, and was buried.  He never had a chance to get baptized.  But Jesus said he could go to heaven because he asked for forgiveness.

Then I quoted John 3:16.  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”  That verse led my son to ask the question, “If Jesus died for everyone, then why doesn’t everyone go to heaven when they die?”  At this point, we had the discussion of free will and choice.

I then gave the following example.  I said, “On Christmas morning, what if you woke up and saw a gift addressed to you under the tree?  That gift has your name on it.  Your dad and I sacrificed so that you could have it.  It’s yours.  It’s free to you, although it did cost us something.  But that gift will do you no good until you accept it…take it…receive it.”

I went on to explain that everyone who was ever born, or ever would be born was offered this gift of Jesus, from God Almighty.  The reason some folks will get to go to heaven is because they accepted “The Gift”, while others refused it…so they can’t come where Jesus is.

Then I quoted my dad.  I heard him say many times, “If you go down into the baptismal waters without KNOWING Jesus as your personal Savior…you do down a dry sinner, and come up a wet one.”  What he meant here was, if you are in bondage to sin, and have not been washed in the Blood of  Jesus, being baptized will not change that because you are still in bondage!  Only the Blood of Jesus can wash our sin away…break the chains that bind us!

We then talked about Assurity … Knowing that you are saved.

Me:  “If someone asks you if your saved, or if you’re going to heaven…you can’t answer them with the words…”Well, I think so.”  OR, “I sure hope so!”  The Bible says we can KNOW for sure that if we have asked Jesus to save us, then we ARE going to heaven.  The Bible says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” -John 5:13

It’s like me and your dad.  When people ask us if we’re married…we can’t say, “Well I sure hope so!” OR, “I think so.”  We KNOW we are, because we remember a time and a place where we made that commitment.

He understood.  Water does NOT save you or wash your sins away….ONLY the BLOOD OF JESUS can do that!

Anita

I’M REALLY NOT THAT GOOD

Here’s an inspiring one from Lee.  Hope you enjoy it, and at the same time, take a good look at yourself….  NONE of us are good. -anita

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As so often happens when I read Scripture (or even commentaries on Scripture) I am led into thoughts about how that Scripture applies to me. That’s a good thing, of course, because in untold ways, ALL of Scripture applies to me, to teach me and correct me and train me in righteousness [1 Tim 3:16].

 

As I read this morning, I came across a sentence in a commentary that caused me to pause and reflect. I read in Romans 3:9-11 that there is none righteous, no, not one, a passage that I’m very familiar with. But then the commentary put Eccl 7:20 before my eyes: “Indeed, there is not a righteous man on earth who continually does good and never sins.” The article then put the show-stopper on the topic: “It is easy to look at the wickedness in the world and believe that since we are comparatively more righteous, God approves of us based on our works.”

 

I have to admit, I sometimes feel pretty good about myself in the context of my having done something nice, helpful, positive for someone else. I might even think to myself: “Thank you, Lord, for allowing me to do something which I believe will please You.” And then, in my boundless pride, I might look around and see someone doing something unlawful or demeaning to someone and think to myself: “I’m glad that’s not me!” The latter translated in my unique lexicon means: “Lord, aren’t I good, and better than that person over there.” These thoughts then led me to think of the passage in Luke, 18:10-14, where the Pharisee prays that he’s glad he’s not like “the other people.” The Pharisee then specifically references the tax-gatherer standing nearby, one of those “other people.” The tax-gatherer, highly despised in this Jewish culture, was even “unwilling to lift his eyes to heaven,” but rather beat his breast and asked God for mercy on him, a sinner. At that point, I quickly was caught up short; whoa, wait a minute, that’s me, I’m the Pharisee!

 

After having been knocked soundly off my high horse, I came around to the bitter truth: I’m really not all that good, and, in fact, not good most of the time. Any acts of love I conduct which might be construed as “good” would likely be due to God working through me. After all, God is the source of love and is also the implementer of changed hearts. It is true that I want to do things to please God. It’s my way of trying to say “thanks” to God for all the goodness He directs toward me. But my innate nature is to sin, to judge, to find fault, to exhibit pride, and even to forgive myself quite readily for all those things, time after time. So, I don’t want to kid myself… I’m really not “good.” Jesus Himself said in Mark 10:18b “No one is good except God alone.” In a web-based commentary (www.Gotquestions.org) on this passage between Jesus and the rich young ruler, the writer notes: “Jesus’ fundamental lesson here is that goodness flows not from a man’s deeds, but rather from God Himself.” God is the initiator of all that is “good.” To the degree we put God first, we are letting God use us, work through us. But make no mistake, there’s even a cliff edge here, also. We need to be careful that we do good to honor God and let Him work His goodness through us, and not do good to “make points” with God so He will love us more or to help ensure our salvation. That takes us right back to a works-based religion and that’s not Christianity. As has been said on this blog before, Jesus’ perfect work on the cross did all that was necessary to buy us salvation. Our works will never begin to equal that one, perfect work of Christ.

Lee Pierce

“HELP ME GET ONE MORE…”

So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. -Luke 14:23

The above verse speaks of our quest for lost souls that need to find safety in Jesus Christ.

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Last night, my husband and I were watching the movie, HACKSAW RIDGE – the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss.  He was a conscientious objector and refused to carry a gun during the war.  He was a medic, and only wanted to save lives-not take them.

He was given much grief over this belief, but finally won his case and was allowed to stay in the army without having to bear arms.

In the end, he saved 75 lives, perhaps closer to 100, on Hacksaw Ridge as he carried them to safety, all by himself.  He won the Medal of Honor, and never fired a shot!

Mike Miller wrote this:

Facing heavy machine gun and artillery fire, Doss repeatedly ran alone into the kill zone, carrying wounded soldiers to the edge of the cliff and singlehandedly lowering them down to safety. Each time he saved a man’s life, Doss prayed out loud, “Lord, please help me get one more.” By the end of the night he had rescued an estimated 75 men. (The always modest Doss reckoned he saved about 50, but his fellow soldiers gauged it closer to 100. They decided to split the difference.) 

It’s no different for us as Believers.  When we witness, we face the heavy fire of the Enemy as we run alone into the ‘kill zone’ looking for the lost and wounded.  When we witness, we bring them to the edge of eternity, and when they choose Jesus, they are brought to safety in Him!

Let our prayer daily be: “Lord, please help me get one more.”

Anita

HOLDING ON…BUT, TO WHAT?

For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end -Hebrews 3:14

Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” -Job 2:9

“You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. -Deut. 10:20

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; -1 Thes. 5:21

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; -Hebrews 10:23

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All of the above verses talk about holding on…holding fast; and, I believe that we all tend to hold on.  We,  I,  hold on to many things.  Most things in my life that I tend to hold onto are not good nor necessary.

I didn’t have much growing up as a child, so I tend to hold on to everything…clothes in my closet that are 15 years old-still good, but I haven’t worn them in years.  Then there are the things in the kitchen.  We were at the point of starvation during my early years, so I keep everything…nothing goes to waste.  Yes…we eat left-overs.  We eat them until they are gone, or only good for the cat, the dog, the rabbits, the squirrels, or the birds…then they get to finish them off; but they never go in the trash!

I also tend to hold onto bags and foil.  I reuse grocery bags for my trash, and wash out lunch bags and foil to use again.  I also hold on to and reuse all my plastic butter tubs, ice cream tubs, you name it…anything that comes in a reusable plastic tub-I keep.  My excuse?  Then I won’t have to waste money on buying Tupperware.  Crazy-huh?!

This morning, I was putting dishes away, and remarked to my husband that there were too many cups and glasses in my cupboards.  Most are chipped and mis-matched.  He said…”Throw them out!”  Then he went on to say…”I know it pains you to do so, and I’m not sure ‘why’, but just get rid of them.”

Hence this post.  I did a quick inventory of ‘why?’ , and discovered that I DO hold on to stuff- way too much!

You all may be judging me right now.  Maybe some of you think me silly or eccentric.  Others may think I’m just plain nuts….  But we ALL tend to hold onto things in our lives for different reasons.  Some of us hold on to hurts-wounds caused years ago by someone in our past.  Others hold onto anger-and that turns into rage and bitterness.  Or, how about Unforgiveness?  We all tend to hold onto that-at least for a short period of time; some of us never forgive the wrong done to us in the past.

Let’s all take inventory of our lives today.  What is it that we are holding on to…holding fast?  Are they good things?  Are they things of God?  Or are they things that keep us from moving forward?  Things that block our blessings?  Things that keep us from prospering and from having a good future?  Things that keep of from being joyous?

No matter how much it pains me, I’m going to rid myself of these things in my closet, and my kitchen.  That will be my starting point.  For the other things in my life that are in the deep recesses of my heart…I will go to God in prayer, and let Him do some housecleaning;  ….Lord knows…I need it!  And I daresay…so do you.

Anita

And Who Have You Said That I Am

Here’s a good one from Hard Times Ministries. -anita

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This identical question was more or less asked by Jesus to the disciples.  At least in great respect, He was finally announced as the Son of the Living God.  As Christians, it is also our task to proclaim the Gospel which is really nothing more than the simple story of Christ who came and conquered our sins on the Cross.

In declaring our Lord, the Christ as the Son of the Living God, we might do this on Sundays while at Church or maybe even at home in our personal prayers.

Where else have we testified in stating who Christ is?

My guess is that probably you have not.  You probably have not said that Christ is a phony or that He does not exist or that the story is a hoax or probably anything else.

My guess is that when it comes to Jesus you are probably like most Christians and leave it up to preachers to say who Jesus is one way or another.

Oh, we say that we are too shy or that we are not versed enough in the scriptures or that we are way too timid.

Either way we don’t say it.  Perhaps even a better answer why we don’t declare our active savior and friend is that we are cowards.  In some respects we are even ashamed of declaring the gospel or Jesus because of fear of what others will think of us.

And if we are ashamed of Him then He is ashamed of us.  No wonder there is so little miracles abounding or beams of lights emitting from Christians.

To the credit of our good, we should be committed in firmly avowing that Christ is the Son of the Living God, that he came to earth as a moral, was crucified for our sins on the cross, was buried and arose again on the third day. After his resurrection, Jesus declared himself to His disciples and then ascended into Heaven where he sits on the throne at the right hand of God.

Sure this is all a mouthful:  All that Jesus is—-he is far more than anyone we could ever really describe.

Yet, when people ask and people deny, we should be quick with our identity to our Lord.  When they ask of whom that he is:  we should be quick>  He is the Christ, the savior of the world

T. F.Thompson