God is waiting to listen to you

Jesus prayed.

He prayed in the early morning and in the late of night. He was constantly in touch with His Father and sensitive to His will. Jesus encourages you and me to pray too. Why? Because the Father wants
us to participate with Him in the bringing about of His will on earth. Because the Father wants to change us to be more like His Son.  Because the Father wants to love the world through us. And most of all because the Father wants to listen to us and serve us and meet our needs and to heal us.

If you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior you have a right to come boldly before God’s throne of grace and ask anything according to His will and He will do it.

If you do not know the Father personally but would like to, you can right now. Simply agree with God that you have had wrong attitudes and actions in the past and that with His help you will turn away from these sins. Believe that Jesus died to pay for these sins and that God raised Him
to life again so that you could be raised to life again with Him. Then tell others about what a wonderful thing Jesus has done for you.

If you’ve known Jesus for years or you have just met Him now you can help bring God’s will to your nation, your state, your city and your home.

“If my people, who are called by my name, 
will humble themselves and pray and seek my face 
and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their
sin and will heal their land” 
(2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).

Each year the first Thursday in May is designated as the National Day of Prayer.  Join together with thousands of other Christians on that day, in both public and personal settings, to repent and ask God to forgive us and heal us as a nation and as individuals.

To learn more about how much God wants to listen to you, read the Bible (Luke 11:1-13, 18:1-8), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches that Jesus is God.

A Bug’s Light

We can learn from bugs.

Within the lowly ant God has placed wisdom that at times can be even greater than our own.  In the Bible God says, “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8, NIV).

God points us to the lowly ants as tutors to teach us to make the most of the opportunities we have when we have them.  An ant cannot think on the level that you and I can. God has “wired them up” with His own wisdom.  They don’t have a choice.  But to you and I He has given the glorious privilege and responsibility of a free will and the opportunity to personally know and love Himself, the loving God who made us. God didn’t “wire us up” to love Him. Love cannot be forced. What He did do is give Himself totally to us. By dying on the cross to forgive our sins He made a loving relationship with Him possible. And by rising from the dead He made it possible to live now and forever with Him.

So now is the time to decide. You were created for a life forever with Jesus. And only you can make the choice to join Him. Ask Him to forgive your sins and be the Lord of your life and He will fill you with His love, life and presence both now and forevermore.

To learn more about God’s love for you read, the Bible (Hebrews 2:5-18), talk to a friend who knows Jesus’ love, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

You can rise above it all

Do you have problems? 
How do we rise above them?

Jesus faced problems. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus sweat great drops of blood when facing the anguish of being separated from God his Father. Jesus knew that soon he would take upon himself all the world’s sin, including mine and yours. God would then pour out all of his holy wrath against sin upon Jesus, and God would turn his back on his Son.

How did Jesus handle this problem? Jesus began by asking that God would take away this problem from him, but only if that was God’s will. Jesus asked three times but God did not choose to remove Jesus’ problem.

Instead, as Jesus poured out his troubled heart to his Father, Jesus found the strength and the peace from his Father to do his Father’s will. There in the garden, in fellowship with his Father, Jesus gained victory over what was to come. And, because of Jesus’ faith and obedience even to the point
of death on the cross, God raised him out of the grave on Easter morning to be our Lord and Savior forevermore.

The same strength and peace that Jesus found in his trouble is available to us for ours. And through God’s love and power working in and through us we can have the same victory over our problems that Jesus had over his.

And then we can rise above it all.

If you know Jesus personally you can know His power. If you would like to know Jesus personally simply tell Him you are sorry for the wrong attitudes and actions you have had in the past. Tell him you believe He paid the price for those sins when He died on the cross. Ask Him to come into your heart and be the Lord of your life. And tell Him you believe that when He arose from the dead He arose so that you could live both now and forever with Him.

If you would like to learn more about Jesus, read the Bible (2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 14:7-9, Matthew 26:36-28:20), talk to a friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

All things keep becoming new!

“Forgetting what is behind and straining
toward what is ahead, I press on
toward the goal to win the prize for
which God has called me heavenward
in Christ Jesus.”
– the Apostle Paul
(Philippians 3:13b-14, NIV)

If we were trapped by our past and limited by the finite possibilities of our unchangeable history, we would be truly hopeless creatures indeed. But God, through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, wiped away all the things that could hold us back.

Our sins, and our inclination toward sin, were nailed to the cross with Jesus. And when He died, the problem of our past died with Him. If you and I will admit our sins to God, turn away from them and allow Jesus to save and lead us, then through God’s resurrection power, Jesus can offer us a brand new life.

“For if a man is in Christ he becomes a new
person altogether – the past is finished and gone,
everything has become fresh and new”
(2 Corinthians 5:17, Phillips).

We will still be influenced by the thought patterns and habits of yesterday. But, now we have a choice. We can choose our old way of life again and suffer the painful consequences. Or, we can resist our old patterns and choose to love and obey God.

If we choose to obey Him, our mind will be renewed and we will be transformed to be more and more like Jesus Christ. And then we will know the joy of the Lord.

If you would like to know more about new life in Christ, read the Bible (John 10:10, 14:6, Romans 8:1-17, Philippians 3:7-17), talk to a friend who has found new life in Jesus, visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

We’re not getting older… we’re getting better.

On a park bench sits a lady reading.
She retired long ago.
She’s alone but not lonely.
She has a friend you can’t see with your eyes
but must be sensed with your heart.
She listens to him while she reads his love letter to her.
And though outwardly she might be wasting away,
yet inwardly her friend is renewing her day by day.
Her friend is Jesus.
And the love letters are in the Bible.
And while all of us are “outwardly wasting away” (2 Corinthians 4:16),
if we know and follow Jesus then, as the saying goes,
we are not getting older… we’re getting better.
Jesus is changing us on the inside day by day as we follow Him.
And when we eventually die we won’t really die.
Rather, we will be ushered into the presence of our Friend and Savior Jesus Christ.
If you would like Jesus to renew you day by day simply
ask Him to forgive your sins and ask Him to be your Savior.
As you follow Him He will grow you and change
you and you will live forever with Him.
If you would like to know more about Jesus,
read the Bible (2 Corinthians 4:16, John 11:25, 15:13-15),
talk to a friend that knows and loves Jesus,
Visit a Church that teaches Jesus is God.

___________The truth can hurt… and help ________

Sometimes the truth can hurt.
Often we remain blissfully blind to the
“less-than-perfect” aspects of ourselves.
When our faults are pointed out by someone
we feel doesn’t have our best
interest at heart, it can be a deeply
wounding experience.
But sometimes the truth can
hurt and help. That’s what happens
when a trusted friend tells us what we
need to know about ourselves, for our
own benefit. Some people
fear that Jesus came into
the world to shame us by
pointing out all our faults
and failures. 
Nothing could
be further from the truth. 
Jesus does
tell us in no uncertain terms that we
are sinners. But He also tells us that
we are of infinite worth to Him and
that He came to die to deliver us
from those sins.
“For God so loved the world (you and me)
that he gave his one and only [begotten] Son, that
whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the
world to condemn the world, but to
save the world through him”
(John 3:16-17, NIV).
And, “If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us of all
unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9, NIV).
So call out to Jesus. He is
not ashamed to call
us His brothers and
sisters. Though our
pride may be hurt for
a moment as we
acknowledge and turn away
from our sins, we will be
helped forever by the forgiveness
and life-changing power
of Jesus Christ.
To learn more about God,
read the Bible (Proverbs 27:6,
Hebrews 2:11, John 3:1-21), talk to a
friend who knows Jesus, visit a Church
that teaches that Jesus is God.