It’s nice to know that you measure up…

As we grow older we all want to measure up in the eyes of those we respect and admire. When we do we feel great. When we don’t we feel terrible.  Before the world began God realized that eventually we would not measure up. We would sin against Him.  And because He is holy and just we would not be able to live in His presence. But because God loves us so much He decided that He would measure up for us.

So God sent His Son Jesus to earth. Jesus lived a sinless life and in all ways He measured up to God’s perfect standards. Then, when He died on the cross, Jesus took our sinfulness with Him to the grave. And, three days later, He arose from the dead to offer us the gift of His perfect righteousness, and life both now and forever with Him and His Father. Now to measure up all we need to do is admit our sins to God and ask Him for His forgiveness.  Then ask Jesus to be our Savior and follow Him as our Lord.

Because of Jesus, now we can measure up.  And it’s a great feeling.

To learn more about what Jesus has done for you, read the Bible (Romans 3:23, Romans 5, Romans 8), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.

I Thee Wed…

Jesus compared our relationship with Him to a wedding between Himself (the Bridegroom) and us, (the Bride) His church.  Jesus wants to meet our every need.  He wants to encourage us and help us to reach our full potential.  He wants to forgive our every wrong.  And, eventually, wipe away every tear.

But, He can only do this if we allow Him.

Sound like a marriage made in Heaven? It is. And you can experience it right now, here on earth.  Simply ask Jesus to forgive your wrongs. And tell Him you want to spend forever “married” to Him. He will always be faithful and true.

To learn more about a relationship with Jesus, read the Bible (John 3:22-36, Matthew 9:14-17), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.

Does Your Spirit Feel Dry?

Without realizing it we can slip far away from the heart of God. We can get on a treadmill of trying to do more and more for Him while feeling less and less fulfilled. But, what God really wants is that we get off the treadmill and come to a quiet place alone with Him. To spend time with Him. To be loved by Him. To love Him.

We can become intimate with God through prayer, reading the Bible, and listening to and singing Christian songs. Put God first in your life each day, and He will fill you with streams of living water.

To learn more about developing your relationship with God, read the Bible (John 4:1-42, John 7:37-41), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.

What is a friend?

What is a friend? There are probably as many definitions as there are friendships. What does the Bible have to say about “friends?”

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is
born for adversity”
(Proverbs 17:17, NIV).

True friends don’t run when there’s trouble.  They get under the load with you and share the burden.

“Wounds from a friend can be trusted,
but an enemy multiplies kisses” 
(Proverbs 27:6, NIV). 

True friends don’t tell you what you want to hear, they tell you what you need to hear, even if it risks the relationship.

To have friends a man must show himself friendly.
(Proverbs 18:24a, my paraphrase)
    
True friends treat others as they would like to be treated (Matthew 7:12).

But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 
(Proverbs 18:24b, NKJV)

Our greatest Friend and our model of friendship is Jesus, the “friend of sinners.” Before Jesus went to the cross to pay for the forgiveness of your sins and mine He said, “Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13, NIV). And He told us how we could be His friend in return. “You are my friends if you do what I command” (John 15:14, NIV).  Jesus commanded us to love one another as He has loved us. And the only way to do that is to have Jesus living out His life in us and through us through the power of  the Holy Spirit.  If you don’t know Him already you can know Him now. Simply tell Him you are sorry for your sins and that you believe He paid for them on the cross. Then ask Him to come into your heart and be your Savior and Lord and friend forever.

If you would like to know more about the friend you have in Jesus, read the Bible (Proverbs 18:24, Matthew 11:19, John 13:34-35, Galatians 5:22), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

A good book is hard to put down

A good book is hard to put down.  Sometimes we want to stay up all night just to finish it.
Human history is like that, too. The Story of Mankind is a drama that is being played out before our very eyes. But some of us will not see the ending in our lifetime.

Thank God for the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Even with all this book’s imagery and symbolism, God said we would be blessed by reading it, even if we don’t understand it all.  A story goes that a person who had just recently trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior read the Book of Revelation.  An older Christian, thinking that the symbolism must have been confusing to the young Christian, asked him if he understood what he had read. “Yes,” said the new believer. “You did?” said the older Christian somewhat surprised. “Yes,” said the new believer, “We win!”

Revelation tells how right up to the close of history, Jesus is fighting and overcoming the sin and evil of this world.

But Jesus loves sinners.

If you confess your sins to Him and trust Him to save you He will write your name in The Lamb’s Book of Life and you will spend eternity with God… the one who loves you and gave up His life for you.

You will not experience the horrors that were originally designed for the devil and his demons.

To learn more about Jesus, read the Bible (John3:1-21, 1 John 1:8-9, The Book of Revelation), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

With Jesus there is no waiting in line

With billions of people to watch over, millions of people praying at once, you would think God would get distracted and confused and we would end up having to wait in line to talk to him. But God is more amazing than we could ever imagine. And with Jesus there is no waiting in line.

God has a lot to do.
He gives every creature its next breath.
He knows each star by name and holds every one of them in their place.
He plans the rise and fall of nations and He plans the lives of billions of individuals.

But God has time for us. Whenever we call on Him He gives us His complete and undivided attention. He knows our plans before we make them, yet He wants to hear about them from us in every detail. He knows our secret dreams, yet He listens to them with rapt attention and encourages us as we reveal our heart to Him. He knows everything about us but longs to spend time with us and
treasures what we have to say to Him.

Such a God deserves the love of His children. If you are not His child, or not sure if you are His child, then you can have the greatest listener in the world as your Father.  Simply tell Him you are sorry for all your sins and believe that Jesus paid for them in full when He died on the cross.  Then believe that He rose from the dead so that you can live now and forever with Him and God the Father. You will become His cherished child and He will become your listening Father.

To learn more about God, read the Bible (Jeremiah 29:11, John 11:25, Hebrews 4:12-16, Colossians 1:21-23, 2:13-14, Psalm 147:4), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.

Created to Worship

Usually when I think of idols I think of strange figures from far away lands. But we have many idols right here at home: youth, riches, power, prestige, career, homes, anything that we put our hope and trust in. We were created with a need to worship God, but, if we don’t know Him we will naturally worship something else to take His place.  The problem is that nothing else can take His place.  None of these idols can rescue us when we are in trouble.

But God can.

“Sacrifice thank offerings to God, 
fulfill your vows to the Most High, 
and call upon me in the day of trouble; 
I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” 
(Psalm 50:14-15, NIV).

God alone is powerful enough and caring enough to be worthy of our hope, trust and love. If we are willing to honor Him as God, ask Him for help, and submit to His leadership, He will take responsibility for delivering us out of, or through, our troubles.

Call upon the Lord today, whether you are in trouble or not, and begin a relationship with the One who loves you most and wants to meet your every need.

To learn more about God, read the Bible (Psalm 34), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.