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?

Death’s Destroyer

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?

Its GOD You Need To Show...

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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DON’T BLOW THE BRIDGE OF BIBLICAL BELIEF!

Believing The Word of GOD Until The End

Attention to detail is very important when it comes to the Christian faith and the rule for the Christian life—God’s word. Imagine two soldiers being tasked with blowing up a bridge to keep enemy forces from crossing it. The soldiers are told to meet on the bridge at a particular time, plant the explosives, and blow it.

1957 Academy Award winning film Bridge On The River Kwai

They each get to either end of the bridge at the appointed time, rig the dynamite, and then meet up in the middle with their detonators in hand. But what might be wrong with this picture? Well, let’s just hope they know where they stand…

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JESUS IN US

5 Steps To Keeping Up With The Christ

From social status to consumerism, from materialism to outright hedonism, people, the world over, are still deeply concerned with “keeping up with the Joneses”. And thanks to the ease of access of social media, it has exploded to the almost impossible level of “keeping up with the Kardashians,” “the Kim and Kanyes,” “the Jay-Z and Beyonce’s”.

We are living in a world that is spiraling downward into a chasm called “enough is never enough.” That is simply a place that God never intended for you and I to be.

A James Bond movie bears the title, “The World Is Not Enough”. And that is precisely the mindset that got the world into all of the trouble it is filled with today. Adam and Eve were given everything, but with one little prohibition. The world was not enough for them, and they sinned, thereby starting the spiral.

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Oh Grow Up! Huh? Which Way Is Up?

Growing Up God's Way In a World of Broken Moral Compasses

Why is it that when Jesus spoke, he so often talked in terms that contradict our ways of thinking? Could it be that his purpose was to overturn our philosophical approach to life? I’d certainly say so. After all, he did say, “I am the life…” Such a definitive statement insinuates that all other ways of life somehow fall short.

In a conversation with a man named Nicodemus, Jesus said that unless we are born-again, we cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. Taken alone, it is reasonable to see how Nicodemus would ask, “Can a person return to their mother’s womb and be born-again?” I mean, how ridiculous, right? Yet, we know that Jesus was speaking of spiritual regeneration as a result of genuine faith in him.

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THANKING THE GOD WHO BLESSES AMERICA

President Lincoln's Enduring Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

As we approach this Thanksgiving holiday, I challenge everyone to remember to give thanks to the GOD who has blessed and continues to bless America. Ultimately GOD appoints our leaders and preserves our nation. President Abraham Lincoln understood that, and therefore made this enduring proclamation…

By the President of the United States of America [Abraham Lincoln].

A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.

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OEM #18: Our Imagine-Nation

Recovering From the Blindness of Media Bias

Imagination is very powerful and sometimes dangerous. Someone even said its almost God-like because all that humanity creates originates with it. Every tangible thing available to us today was first a vision in someone’s mind.

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Mainstream media have become masters of building ideas (albeit false ones) and packaging them for mass consumption. Its no wonder many are miserably at a loss at the results of Trump’s election.

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WHO’S SIDE IS GOD ON IN THIS ELECTION?

The Best Position to Take in This Political Mess of an Election

This will probably be one of the shortest blog posts I’ll ever write. But sometimes you need to just get right to the point. Who’s side is GOD on in this election?

Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Trump? Is He on the side of the Christians who are voting for Hillary? Is He on the side of the Christians voting for one of the independent parties? Or is He on the side of the Christians who are either writing in candidates or who are not going to vote at all?

The answer is YES!

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GOD’S PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: REVISITED

Getting Ready To Receive God's President

I first blogged on the issue back in February when the Iowa Caucuses kicked-off this absolutely crazy presidential election cycle. I explained how I knew who was going to win the election, and why. Today, with less than a month left til election day, I want to further discuss some of the things I first approached. You can read the original post HERE.

In the first article, I said that “politics will destroy politeness”. I don’t think that I need to say much more about that.

On second thought, I’ll just say that if politeness were gloves, I’d have to say that not only are they off, but the major party candidates have also used them to slap each other’s faces and throw them down like gauntlets. The candidates’ dirty dukes are up and the bout has gone from boxing to an all-out street fight! I hope I’m not sounding impolite…

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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.

Politics Will Destroy Politeness

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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3 DISREGARDED INDICATORS OF THE LAST DAYS

A "Lot" Ignored In An Age of “Noah" Tension...

Jesus declared in Matthew 24:12 that because wickedness will arise everywhere, the love of many will grow colder and colder. In that same context, He also warned us that we as Christians will one day be hated by many nations for His name’s sake (v. 9). Things are most certainly shaping up for the fulfillment of Christ’s words.

This one of those topics that no one likes to talk about, or, they’d rather ridicule, if they must. But I’d be remiss in my duties as a preacher of God’s word if I did not take some time to interject the real and presently dangerous cross-hairs in which the world (and particularly America) has perfectly positioned itself. Consider me some sort of fanatic, if you will. I do not mind because, you see, these words are based on the words of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

By Christ’s estimate, ISIS has nothing on this crisis! How do I know? Well, if that band of hooligans were as much a threat to the world as they claim to be, then God’s word would have mentioned them with specificity. But they are no more a threat than the next evil regime waiting to take center stage somewhere in the world.

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I GIVE YOU MY WORD…

God's Promise To You That Everything Is Going To Be Alright

The world around us is literally in an all-out war of words! Hashtags, campaign slogans, false (and true) accusations, and other slurs are the weapons of choice. And if we will be honest about it, nobody is really winning. This, however, need not be the case for the people of God. You see, we have not just words, but the only word that ultimately matters–God’s word.

If I had to pick a title for Hebrews chapter one, I would choose the NIV’s heading which reads, “God’s Final Word: His Son”. The first three verses of the chapter essentially tell us all we need to know about God’s final word:

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

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