Saturday, April 21, 2018

Suicide

It doesn't take much to see there is much stress inducing things in this world, from self esteem, finances, wars and disease, and any number of things. For some, the stress can be overwhelming and too hard to handle. The sad point is there are some who would rather end their lives instead of doing something about their situation or seeking help. Even worse, they may believe there is no hope for  their situation. There is always hope. The situation may be uncomfortable and difficult, but there is a way out. There may always be scars, but the pain is not the one in control. You are the one who decides to use the strength you have to reach out for help or to give in to the lies that you can't go on. There is so much more to life than to end it prematurely.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Who Should Come

Matthew 28:19 (ESV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Matthew 22:9 (ESV) Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’

Here it is Easter Sunday. If there should be a day for street preaching, it should be today. Everyone has the same access to eternity with God the Father without bias. Once invited you do have to choose, but all are invited. Those of us who have already accepted the invitation, will we let those who haven't heard run the risk of spending eternity away from God?

Friday, March 30, 2018

Entrance

Hebrews 10:19-20 (NIV)  19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body.

To understand these verses, we need to understand what was. Back before His death on the cross, one priest could go into the Most Holy place once a year to make atonement for the sins of the people. This was such a serious situation, that a rope was tied around the waist of the priest because if he hadn't cleaned his closet, he would die in the presence of God and the priest could be pulled out. Now, it seems people are more willing to come out of the closet than to clean it. I wonder what would happen if we all took Jesus' death more seriously? We really do have it easy now compared to how it was. What's holding you back?