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GOD Bless America – A “Must Have” Bumper Sticker

Need I say more?

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May 2, 2008 Posted by | God / Jesus Christ | Leave a comment

Jesse DuPlantis – America needs to listen to him daily

I personally have over 75 of Jesse’s DVD’s, as he’s one of this country’s most truthful and inspirational Evangelists since Billy Sunday and Billy Graham…

This is “Close Encounters of the GOD Kind”…

May 1, 2008 Posted by | God / Jesus Christ | Leave a comment

The Lord is God – Follow Him

Soon after entering the promised land of Canaan, the children of Israel forgot about God and all He had done … they soon began to worship the false gods of Baal and the love-goddess, Asherah … it seemed like every generation from that time forward was tempted into worshipping these false gods.

About five hundred years later, God rose up Elijah to be His chosen spokesman – His prophet.

The Israelites were still being enticed to worship other gods, and the time had come for a direct confrontation between Elijah and the many false prophets of Baal … “Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal” (1 Kings 18:19).

Elijah and the false prophets were to pray to their respective gods, with the “winner” determined by how the prayers were answered … “You call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire – He is God” (1 Kings 18:24).

But prior to calling on the Lord, Elijah gave a challenge for the people of Israel to make a commitment.

1 Kings 18:21 … “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

Elijah prayed, and God answered with enough fire to remove any and all doubt … the people clearly saw the hand of the Lord and readily made their choice … “The Lord – He is God! The Lord – He is God!” (1 Kings 18:39).

We face the same challenge today … however, instead of two or three choices, we now have many gods which continually entice us into worship – many gods who desire our time and energy.

The world offers a long list of “worthy” candidates – television, money, power, prestige, sex, drugs, food, sports, internet, education … the list goes on … “These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens” (Jeremiah 10:11).

Who (or what) is truly worthy of our worship?

The challenge today is simple … if we have recognized our sinful condition, repented of our sin and asked Jesus to be our Savior, we must continue by being transformed into His likeness – we must follow Him.

We cannot allow the “distractions” in life to become our god … we must devote our heart, soul, mind and strength to loving our Heavenly Father, and commit ourselves to whatever tasks He has given us to accomplish.

Our choice is clear, and our response must be boldly decisive … the Lord is God – Follow Him!

April 10, 2008 Posted by | God / Jesus Christ | Leave a comment

Guided By Closed Doors

As we continue our search for God’s direction – patiently waiting and actively seeking His presence – we ought to rejoice with every single step He reveals … as we draw closer to Jesus, we will desire, more and more, to only take steps which are aligned with His will … therefore, ANY direction from God – no matter which way He leads and no matter what method He uses to direct – should be a reason to rejoice.

During his dramatic conversion on the road to Damascus, Paul received specific direction from Jesus … “get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6) … a few years later, the Spirit of God specifically directed Paul to begin his first missionary journey … “Set apart for me Barnabas and {Paul} for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).

Midway through his second journey, God directed Paul with peace and assurance … “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you” (Acts 18:9-10) … and at the end of his third journey, Paul once again received specific direction … “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem” (Acts 20:22).

God often leads us by opening doors and lighting a path for us to follow … but there are also many times when God directs by simply telling us where NOT to go.

Acts 16:6-7 … “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.”

Paul was still walking with God – still being directed by His Spirit – but now God’s direction was in the form of closed doors … Paul never appeared to get discouraged when God closed a door, he simply allowed himself to be redirected toward whatever door God opened.

So much of our Christian growth is a process of relinquishing control and trusting God to completely direct our life.

He alone is in control of the doors … “What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open” (Revelation 3:7).

It’s a mixture of pride and foolishness which causes us to continually push on doors which God has closed.

Our Heavenly Father is constantly guiding and calling us to trust Him more … He opens doors which require us to step through in faith, and closes doors which require us to patiently wait.

His guiding hand is always a reason to rejoice – even when we are lovingly guided by closed doors.

April 10, 2008 Posted by | God / Jesus Christ | Leave a comment

His Calm Within The Storm

Waiting for God’s direction and blessing can be a great test of our faith, but waiting on God for our rescue can be an even greater challenge … there are three great storms detailed in the New Testament … the first occurred when Jesus was crossing the Sea of Galilee with His disciples.

Jesus was asleep when the storm began, and the disciples became afraid and woke Him … “Lord save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25).

Jesus rebuked the disciples for their fear and proceeded to calm the storm … “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26).

The second storm occurred immediately after the miraculous feeding of over five thousand people … this time, Jesus sent the disciples across the sea by themselves.

When the storm rose up, Jesus went out to meet them … walking on the water.

As Jesus again calmed the storm, He spoke the same message against fear … “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:27).

The last storm occurred about thirty years after Jesus was crucified. Paul had proclaimed the gospel through much of the Roman empire and was being transported by boat to stand trial in Rome. A storm arose which blew the ship terribly off course. The ship was battered and tossed for several days … “We finally gave up all hope of being saved” (Acts 27:20).

It must have been difficult to trust God’s timing as the storm continued through the many long days and sleepless nights. But as hope was fading away, God sent an angel to Paul with a familiar message.

Acts 27:23-24 … “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid.'”

There may be times when our ability to trust is severely tested … but our faith in God – in His ability to hold us secure – must be independent of the force of the wind.

Though the winds may blow, we remain in His hands and must not fear … “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, but even if He does not…” (Daniel 3:17-18).

Most storms last longer than we prefer … but our Heavenly Father is leading us to the place where we can have peace, contentment, and even joy, whether the sun is shining or the storm is raging.

He is calling us to be free of fear; calling us to trust Him more and experience His calm within the storm.

April 7, 2008 Posted by | God / Jesus Christ | Leave a comment