Archive for November, 2012


The Ultimate Road Trip

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
(Matthew 7:13, 14 NIV84)

Road trips are fun and exciting. We put effort into preparing for the adventure by reviewing the maps, checking the weather and packing clothes. The ultimate road trip will be to our eternal destination. It is easy to get lost taking the wrong road in life and many will. The narrow road to eternal life in Christ Jesus may be more difficult to travel but the last stop in heaven is worth it, so put some effort in preparing for the adventure of your lifetime.

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Who is the Best Person to Follow?

When one of you says, “I am a follower of Paul,” and another says, “I follow Apollos,” aren’t you acting just like people of the world? After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul?
(1 Corinthians 3:4, 5 NLT)

The internet is littered with resources for recommendations of who to follow.
There is the “50 funniest people you should be following.” The “best people to follow on Twitter for career success.” The “best people to follow for fashion.” If you still need help finding someone worthy to follow there is the “best way to find better people to follow on Twitter.” There was no reference found for the “best person to follow to ascend to heaven.” Fortunately we have the Bible as a resource. “Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:19) “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) The question remains; “Who is the best person you are following?” The answer is King Jesus for me because He’s deity!

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Look Up!

But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.
(Genesis 19:26 NLT)

We all like to reminisce about the past. We remember how things used to be. We look back at the good times we used to have with old friends. The Bible gives an account of the rescue of a man named Lot and his family from an evil city that the Lord was going to destroy. God used an angel to warn Lot to quickly escape from the city and to not look back. Lot’s wife looked back and was transformed into a pillar of lifeless salt. Her desire to return to the old lifestyle permanently immobilized her from moving forward to her destiny. The apostle Paul wrote “forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus”.(Philippians 3:13, 14) We move forward towards our new destiny in Christ by looking up and not back.

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Soul Satisfaction

You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy.
(Psalms 63:5 NLT)

Data from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey*, 2009–2010 indicated that more than one-third of adults and almost 17% of youth were obese in 2009–2010. Obesity increases the risk of a number of health conditions including hypertension, adverse lipid concentrations and type 2 diabetes. Eating rich foods results in obesity but has also been linked to depression by causing the neurotransmitter dopamine to elevate in the brain which subsequently crashes similar to the affects from illicit drugs. The food high creates a vicious cycle where people who are depressed eat to feel better but get fatter and feel even more depressed as the dopamine levels drop. The presence of the Lord in our lives is the cure for depression. We satisfy our souls with the bread of life Jesus Christ. There is no need to live for temporary hormonal food highs when we can experience the MOST HIGH God in our hearts.

*Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Kit BK, Flegal KM. Prevalence of obesity in the United States, 2009–2010. NCHS data brief, no 82. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2012.

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You Have No Hold On Me!

“the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me”
(John 14:30 NIV)

Grappling is a sport in which submission holds are frequently used to subdue an opponent. In the Bible Satan is referred to as the “prince of this world”. He attempts to put a hold on us by immobilizing us with guilt, depression, low self esteem, feelings of inadequacy and uselessness.The thoughts come in our minds and are completely contrary to the promises of God’s Word. We feel helpless and defeated. What is the best way to get out of a submission hold? Never let yourself get caught in one! When your attacker first initiates an attempt you must exert maximum effort to escape.
Confess the truth of God’s Word immediately to replace enemy thoughts. Satan the accuser will come to each of us but he has no hold on me.

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The Best Brew!

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.
(Psalm 119:97-99 NIV)

Tea is prepared by infusion which extracts the flavor from the tea plant leaves in a solvent such as hot water. The tea leaves soak in the water suspended over time (a process called steeping) to create a fragrant and colorful beverage. The best brew is made by steeping in God’s holy Word. The celestial flavors of heaven infuse our minds with God’s truth bringing a fragrant color to our existence.

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The Performance of a Lifetime!

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.
(Hebrews 13:15 NIV)

An instrument closed inside a dark case brings pleasure to no one. The performing artist opens the case and plays their song for the benefit
of others. An ungrateful soul bound in the darkness of unthankfulness does not please the Lord. With our life’s performance we have been set free to offer praises openly to our Savior King Jesus.

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A Hole of a Problem

“I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
(Psalm 40:1, 2)

Everyone makes mistakes and sometimes through wrong choices in life we end up digging ourselves into a hole of a problem. The Bible says “Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out falls into the pit they have made. The trouble they cause recoils on them
(Psalm 7:15, 16) The Lord in His mercy can rescue us from the depths of despair. God moves us out from the hole and onto the rock of His salvation when we put our trust in Christ Jesus.

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Something New!

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
(Isaiah 43:18, 19 NIV84)

Many people live their lives in reference to what happened in the past. We should not let past mistakes or failures limit future blessings from the Lord. It is surprising to find anything green in a desert but God can spring forth a new season of growth even during the dryness of life’s desert experiences. Praise God from whom all blessings flow because only He can make us grow!

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Men on a Mission

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
(2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV84)

The headlines of the newspaper recently read; “US Ambassador killed in Libya: chased to his death by a mob in the country he helped save.” A total of seven US Ambassadors have been killed in the line of duty in the history of America. An ambassador is a representative or authorized messenger of the highest rank sent by a government to represent it on a temporary mission such as for negotiating a treaty. The Lord also sends the world authorized messengers representing His kingdom to negotiate a plan for humanity to save them but many do not agree with the terms. “God said, ‘I will send prophets and apostles to them. They will kill some, and they will treat others cruelly.’”(Luke 11:49) Persecuting the messengers does not change the message. The messengers may change but the mission remains. The Lord in His mercy continues to send His ambassadors to speak on His behalf. Repent and be reconciled to God.

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