Eternal Love For Temporal Life? Hardly!

How Jesus; The Resurrection Gives Us Eternal Security

What are we in Christ saved from, ultimately? Of course, we are saved from sin. But honestly, the thing we are most concerned about is sin’s penalty–DEATH, right? There are many wonderful aspects of salvation, but there are not many that are as important to us as the eternality of salvation.

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Why? because we know that all must die; but then what?

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Because we trust in Christ, we are guaranteed eternal life. So the thing that we are saved from ultimately is eternal death. It was the first warning God ever gave humanity when He said, “of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Gen. 2:17).

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HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

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As we enter that time Christians celebrate as the week of Christ’s Passion where he suffered torture and crucifixion for our sakes, I am reminded of some of the lyrics of the Bee Gees hit song, “How Deep Is Your Love.”

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a music lover, and it amazes me how sometimes the perfect song, whether secular or Christian, pops into my head that perfectly fits the current situation.

One particular lyric in the song says, “you’re my savior when I fall.” Now, of course, the Bee Gees were singing about the love of a woman, but I can think of at least one possible source of inspiration for such words… Need a hint? I didn’t think so.

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Kissing The Little ChristmaSELF Goodbye For A While

3 Simple Ways To Have Your Best Christmas Ever!

The Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. But did you know that the name Ebenezer comes from the Bible?

It is a perfectly fitting name for the miserly Mr. Scrooge. He not only hated Christmas, but he was also greedy and quite selfish. In the Bible, Ebenezer means “stone of hope”. Scrooge fits the description perfectly as he goes from being a cold-hearted, stone-faced, stingy old grouch, to becoming a hilariously generous giver of money (and holiday hope) to Tiny Tim and the rest of the poor Cratchit family. Scrooge serves as an excellent Christmas object lesson for us all.

Pope John Paul II said, “The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” Let’s face it folks; we are for the most part very selfish people. I mean look, we are living in the age of the selfie!

And many of us would quickly admit that there is probably no more selfish time of the year than the days that begin on Black Friday and end on December 25th. Yet there is perhaps no better time to say goodbye to a selfish attitude than during the time when people tend to be the most selfish.

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

I Know Who's Going To Win And Why

I first posted this back when the Iowa Caucuses kicked off the primary election process. I re-post it as a reminder of a few very important things that Christians need to be mindful of as we venture through this almost circus-like presidential election cycle.

The presidential race officially began this week with the Iowa Caucuses, which is part of the nomination process whereby a political party ultimately chooses the person it will support as candidate for President of the United States. Somebody called it the Iowa Carcasses; which rings with some truth as some of the lower ranked candidates find out that it is useless to continue in the race and lay their campaigns to rest.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

And though the caucuses are a pretty good indicator of candidates’ potential to win, they are by no means decisive. The race to the White House is only just beginning to heat up.

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Yet, even now, Christians are divided up and down the line over the various candidates. And they should be since everyone is different and has varying perspectives about life in these United States. And though such division should be limited to the level of friendly differences of opinion, it continues to take on an ever worsening tone.

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OEM #12: The Gravity Of GOD’s Favor

The Un-Defiable Law of God's Love For His True Children

The law of gravity is a settled natural law. What goes up, must come down, right? Yet, because of great minds throughout history, we have found ways to defy this law to the point were we have sent things up into space that are still going up and will never, ever come back down.

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The great preacher C.H. Surgeon once shared an insightful rhyme as he explained what I’d like to call “The Un-defiable Law of the Lord and His Children”. This is what is says:

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OEM #10: Onboard With The LORD

Regaining Your Spiritual Moorings In Christ

One of my Twitter followers tweeted something that really struck a chord with me… He was making application of the story in Acts where the apostle Paul was onboard a ship that was sure to be wrecked by a great storm.

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By inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul warned the men that though the storm was too much to endure, they would surely die if they jumped ship! The last words of the tweet were “Stay on bored with the Lord!”

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Episode 4: Fourfold Forgiveness

The Only Forgiveness Good Enough For GOD

It is one of the most common magic tricks of a magician. Take a sheet of paper or a dollar bill, fold it a few times, and then rip it into pieces right before the eyes of the audience. Next, they do a little presto-change-o, hocus-pocus, or abracadabra! And voila!

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This sort of reminds me of the subject of forgiveness. I submit to you that forgiveness that is for real is four-fold, and cannot be true forgiveness without all four of these elements intact. Sure, many a psychologist (secular and even Christian) tend to focus on one, two, or maybe even three of the things I am about to share with you, but the often get them out of order. Yet, even if they do get them in the right order, they tend to leave out the fourth facet, thereby leaving their patients with something that might appear to be noble, but are not the complete kind of forgiveness that God approves of.

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NO MATTER WHAT YOU’VE DONE… HERE COMES THE SON!

In Christ It IS Alright Now...

The Beatles’ song “Here Comes The Sun,” penned by band member George Harrison, has an interesting story that I find to be a fitting illustration of the misery we can expect if we seek to do life without Christ. It is believed that George wrote the song one day while sitting in his friend Eric Clapton’s garden.

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It was during a difficult time for the band and personally for George. He compared the long, dreary winters in England to life and how he longed for better days. Surely as a rock star, he had a long list of problems that would discourage anyone (drug and alcohol abuse, sexual promiscuity, depression, etc.). But the hope that things would somehow get better inspired him to write a song that has probably encouraged people everywhere to look at the bright side of things.

But better than any Beatles song or any other song could ever be, Christ’s resurrection serves to tell you something about the S-O-N that you would do well to know and never forget. And that is if you think that you have said “so long” to your best days, know that Christ’s resurrection tells us that the best is still yet to come! And here’s what you need to do to prepare for it:

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CHRIST, AESTHETICALLY SPEAKING…

Problems I Have With Today's Pretty Jesuses

When you look around at all the depictions of Jesus, whether in the art of days gone by or even in modern day movies, what kind of Jesus do you see?  I mean, aesthetically speaking.

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Is He not usually the tall, dark, handsome guy whose appearance anyone would admire?  Why is that?  Has anyone actually ever painted a real picture of the real Jesus?

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JESUS CHRIST: THE EPITOME OF…

Mercy Most Given And Least Received

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall with someone who refused to forgive you or show you mercy? No matter how much you do to try to either win their approval or show them that you are sorry, they continue to be as cold and harsh towards you as ever. When it comes to you, they simply have no mercy. So it seems that you have only one of two options. You can either fight back and become as bitter as they are. Or you can helplessly stay there and mentally or emotionally die under the weight of their condemnation.

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Well, my friend, take heart! There is a third option. You can do what Jesus did. He was also up against it with His detractors. Yet He never fought back. He interceded for them to His Father, and then even went on ahead and died for them.

Thankfully, Jesus paid the penalty of death for all of our sins, so we do not have to die like Him. But when we so die to ourselves for Christ’s sake through continually praying for and remaining ready to love and show mercy to our un-forgivers, we are living by the resurrection power of Christ that enables us to press on with zero condemnation. It is one of the awesome benefits of the fact that whoever the Son sets free is truly free! Yes my friend, mercy works both ways. And neither one of us–the offender nor the offended–truly deserves it.

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WHAT’S “IT” GOT TO DO WITH LOVE?

Refining Rather Than Re-Defining Love In Marriage

Well, we’ve come a long way baby! Did I just date myself “Virginia”? A few boomers will get what that means. Sadly, we are now living in an era when “IT” (namely marriage) is presented and spoken of more like a cancer than like the truly beautiful God-ordained institution that it, for the most part, has historically been.

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I present my thoughts today as a result of a recent article I read that was written by a woman who heads a Christian counseling ministry. In her “open letter to the wife of Josh Duggar” the writer (who will remain nameless) blatantly tells Mrs. Duggar to divorce her husband. She says she writes from her own experiences of marital betrayal as she actually presents some very good points and suggestions for Mrs. Duggar.

However, I must say, that, not knowing all of the facts, which right now, only the Duggars know, and yet to so blatantly direct Mrs. Duggar to leave her husband, contradicts Scripture and thus is not exactly the best advice a Christian counselor can offer.

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3 CHRISTIAN IMPERATIVES FOR CULTURE IN MORAL DECLINE

Making Sure That America Hears The Gospel

What was the ultimate cause of death to drowning victims, or to people who died of either frostbite or heat exhaustion? Aside from what (or who) was responsible for them being in that situation, there remains one common denominator. Simply put, they were all overcome by the pressures of their immediate surroundings. But, how might death have been averted for such victims?

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Well, for example, if the drowning victim only drowned because of not knowing how to swim, then knowing how to swim would have been the escape. Or if the heat exhaustion victim only died because of not knowing the symptoms, then knowing the signs and getting out of the heat in time would have prevented death.

Needless to say, knowing how to avoid or avert things that could prove fatal to us is critical. Which is why in most areas of the civilized/industrialized world, it is actually illegal to not post warnings on products and in areas that could be hazardous to human life.

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