Category: SALVATION


Not Ashamed

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.”
(Romans 1:16 NIV)

We live in a world that has no shame. The use of vulgar language is everywhere as people say whatever they feel no matter how offensive it may sound. Most Facebook posts contain foul language. Youth watch their favorite Hollywood stars every day cursing on television and they act out the behaviors demonstrated by these vulgar role models. A recent survey published by American Demographics indicates that 74% of 18-34 year-olds admitted to swearing in public and studies confirm that school children are swearing more than ever before.(1) Opening the mouth to curse is the hate language of aggression which escalates toward violence. This shameful increase in vulgarity is a sign of the times which the Lord Jesus prophesied about when he said “sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12) But there is still hope for this world as the Lord is raising up an army of youth leaders and pastors who are not ashamed to counter this infection of perversion. Speaking words of life into a young generation is an investment in our future.

1) https://www.parentstv.org/ptc/publications/reports/stateindustrylanguage/main.asp

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Cross Cultural Communication

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God.”
(Hebrews 1:1-3 NLT)

I treated a patient recently who had the same name as my mother and amazingly her initial visit was on the same day as my mother’s birthday. As I interviewed her I discovered that she was from my native country Canada and she grew up in the same city as my father. Her husband was an engineer and my father was also an engineer. Of course with so many things in common we had a lot to talk about and so it was very easy to understand each other. People from similar cultures communicate better and this is why God became a man. God entered our world as the baby Jesus born to the virgin Mary so that he could communicate with humans at their own level of understanding and in their own cultural context. God crossed the universal cultural barrier stepping down from heaven to earth. He walked with us and he talked with us in order to show us the way to live. Jesus became like us but did not sin and now he expects us to be just like him.

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What time is it?

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
(John 14:6 NKJV)

I awoke the other morning and noted what time it was. I got dressed but as I drove my car to the fitness gym I realized that the time on the dashboard clock was different. What made matters even more confusing was that the three clocks in the gym were all different times as well. I was puzzled and wondered what the real time actually was? Fortunately we have a perfect time standard to refer to. The world’s most accurate atomic clock only gains or loses one second every 100 million years.(1) We can be certain of the absolute real time on earth but are we certain of absolute truth in regards to spiritual realities? There are many religions in the world that are all very different and so they cannot all be correct. If one is correct then logically the others are not correct. Jesus said that He is the only way. He was either telling the truth, He was crazy, or He was a liar. But since everyone agrees that Jesus was a good man, how then could He be both good and crazy, or good and a liar? He had to be telling the truth. He is our perfect standard. So what time is it? Time to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

1)http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6151/1215

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Walkers

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world.”
(Ephesians 2:1, 2 NKJV)

There has been a recent fascination in pop culture with zombies. A Zombie is defined as a deceased human body that has somehow become reanimated and autonomous, yet no longer has sufficient brain or vital functions to be considered alive or capable of thought. Sometimes these zombies are referred to as predatory “walkers” who devour any living thing they catch, and whose bite is infectious to humans. These fictitious zombies are horrible monsters that we would want to avoid and run away from but in reality the walking dead are all around us. Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior have no hope for the future and they are just “walkers” that aimlessly go through life without any eternal purpose. They exist but do not live. But “we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4)

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Healing Light

“The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
(Matthew 4:16 NIV)

We live in a world that is filled with bacteria and viruses. These unwelcome predators live everywhere from the soil under our feet to the beds where we sleep. The bacteria and viruses that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States are: Salmonella, Norovirus, E. coli, Listeria, Clostridium.(1) One method of eliminating the threat from these uninvited dinner guests is to irradiate surfaces with a UV-C light sanitizing wand which safely eliminates 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on food or household surfaces.(2) In just one second the UV-C light destroys cellular DNA to prevent replication. The portable UV-C light wand is great way to eliminate nasty germs when you travel. There is a fatal virus that affects all of us on our journey in this life. It’s called sin. Sin results in eternal death which is separation from God in outer darkness forever. Jesus is the light that shines in this dark world of sin. He came to stop sin dead in it’s tracks. Look to the light of Jesus to be 100% free from sin!

1)http://www.foodsafety.gov/poisoning/causes/bacteriaviruses/

2)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24021820/?i=1&from=UV-C%20light

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Power-Filled Tools

“But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord.”
(Micah 3:8 NIV)

I was doing a wood working project recently and was having a difficult time. I forgot my power drill so I had to put all the wood screws in with a screwdriver. My arm soon became fatigued forcing me to give up and go look for the drill. Turning a screw manually with a hand tool into hard wood is difficult and the screw may not even go in. Using electrically powered tools makes the screw penetrate the hard wood much easier. Getting the truth of Jesus Christ to penetrate the hardness of someone’s heart is difficult and they may never receive the Good News but by using Holy Spirit empowered messengers the Gospel truth can penetrate even the hardest of hearts.

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Don’t Jump!

“Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect and guard you. Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’ ”
(Luke 4:9, 10, 12 NLT)

I was watching the news recently about a daredevil in Australia who decided to jump into the ocean with some sharks swimming all around the boat. The man had only a flimsy thirty dollar bird cage around his head for protection. Suddenly a big shark attacked him. He threw the bird cage at the shark and narrowly escaped with his life. We may think about how careless that man was but Satan tricks us to jump out into dangerous situations every day. We put God’s mercy to the test when we voluntarily jump out into sinful activities which are hazardous to our souls and then expect God to save us. Understanding and obeying God’s truth prevents us from jumping to our eternal destruction.

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RSVP ASAP

“Jesus also told them other parables. He said, “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!”
(Matthew 22:1-3 NLT)

I went to a wedding once and noticed that several people attempted to enter the wedding banquet but their names were not found on the guest list because they didn’t bother to respond to the wedding invitation. Of course this created much havoc and confusion. Imagine just showing up at a wedding and expecting to be seated for dinner without responding to the invitation. Most definitely you would be asked to leave. Many people erroneously assume that they will go to heaven when they die because they have been relatively “good” but without accepting the personal invitation from Christ Jesus to be the Lord and Savior of your life there is no way into heaven. The bridegroom King Jesus has a wedding feast planned for for all those who respond. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” (Rev 19:9) Are you going to the wedding? RSVP ASAP!

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Good News

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?”
(Romans 10:14 NLT)

Various forms of media bombard us with messages all day long. In the post modern world people rely less on printed newspapers and more on video media for receiving the daily news because many viewers prefer to watch important news from a newscaster. News is more effectively delivered in person because the messenger animates their report to capture the attention of the audience. God came to earth as Jesus incarnating his Word in human form to capture the hearts of his people through his great love. Today believers embody the Good News of the Gospel for the world to see God’s message of salvation through their loving actions towards others. “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)

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Always On Time

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
(Proverbs 18:24 NIV)

Making travel arrangements can be very stressful especially when airplanes are involved. A lot of money is spent on airfare so you want to be sure not to miss your flight. Now imagine relying on friends that had been out partying the night before to take you to the airport the next day for an early morning flight. There is a substantial risk of missing your scheduled flight and not arriving to your intended destination. Trusting in more reliable family members would be a wiser choice. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior he considers us to be family. Putting our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ ensures that we will arrive safely to our eternal destination in heaven always right on time.

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