Judged By The Word Of Jesus Christ

The importance of the Words spoken by Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God. We have those Words in the Bible, the Written Word of God.The Truth in the Bible is what we will be judged by, if we have been obedient to Jesus Christ, asked forgiveness of our sins, and accepted His gift of Salvation.

Are you prepared to stand before the God of the Word? Are you prepared for your life to be compared to the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God, who is our only Way of Salvation?
These are the Words of Jesus.
John 12:48
The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.

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Alzheimer’s Is Helping Me Accept Schizophrenia

God Bless you and Alice. Praying for you and Sean. I believe God connected you and Alice to encourage and help one another, even though Alice may not believe it. And…..since Alice is Canadian, she must be alright”.

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old-lady2To supplement my writing life I’ve started running a senior-care side business. One of my clients, Alice, has early-stage Alzheimer’s and lives in an in-law apartment upstairs in her daughter’s house. She just cognizant enough to be adamant that she doesn’t need help and just demented enough to go missing every now and then.

I’ve been going over there once a week under the guise of “dog sitting” to check up on Alice, try to get her to go outside, and maybe even lure her to lunch at the museum. So far, I’ve gotten inside her private enclave three times for a tour, been invited and uninvited to her summer house at the lake, and vaguely tolerated before being dismissed to the hall landing. Then I go downstairs and savagely sweep and mop her daughter’s kitchen floor, which really is a disgrace.

No prob. Every week it’s a new possibility…

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Jesus Christ, The ONE To Seek And Serve

1 Chronicles 10:13-14So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. 

He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.

1 Chronicles 11:9
And David became greater and greater, for the Lord of hosts was with him.

The Triune God who David served, and was with David, is the same God who is with each of us who call upon Jesus Christ today, obeying and serving Him.
We each have a choice, be like Saul doing his own thing and seeking advice of a medium, or be like David, seeking, following, and obeying God, knowing God is with us .
My choice is, publicly as well as privately, to serve Jesus Christ in all areas of life. Jesus Christ is God Almighty, Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Saviour, Redeemer, Baptizer, Deliverer, Healer, Restorer, The Way to our Heavenly Father, Total Truth, Living Word of God, our Shepherd, and so much more.
There is no one like Jesus Christ, the Alpha and Omega, the One who loves us so much He willingly came to earth to suffer and die, for me, you, all who have lived, and call upon God for forgiveness of sin, and receive the free gift of salvation.

Glory to the Lamb of God. Hallelujah!!! I will worship Him forever, with thanksgiving and praise.

Joshua 24:15
And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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10 Words of Wisdom for Those Entering the Pastorate

Excellent article for Christ followers.

The Recovering Legalist

With so much being posted on social media these days, even those in ministry have available to them a plethora of helps, lists, and general advice from experienced clergy folk.

Just this morning I saw a post forwarded on Facebook by a pastor friend, one that gave “10 Reasons Ministry Isn’t for Wimps.” On other occasions this same friend, Alan Rogers, has shared articles dealing with everything from sermon tips to how to destroy one’s ministry.

Much of what is shared on Facebook and Twitter are written by the “pro’s” in ministry research like Thom S. Rainer, or long-time veterans of ministry like Joe McKeever. What rarely gets shared are articles and posts written by ordinary guys like me – probably because we don’t publish that many, for one thing.

But I think it is about time we start seeing some helpful hints from old-school, bi-vocational, small-church, in-the-trenches…

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Offering Should Cost

Offering Should Cost
‘Then Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood.

All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 
But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 
And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.’
2 Samuel 24:22-24

King David went to see Araunah, the Jebusite, to attempt to buy his threshing floor, so David could build an altar to the Lord to avert the plague that had come upon the Israelites. 
Araunah offered the threshing floor, plus oxen, plus the yokes of the oxen, for free to King David.

With no hesitation, David refused to accept it at no charge, and said he will purchase it, adding that he will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord that cost him nothing.

In response to David’s offering, the Lord averted the plague from Israel.

While thinking about this passage, I got to wondering if I have been in the habit of giving offerings, whether they might be time or money, service or items, to the Lord without them actually costing me anything. It would not really be an offering unto the Lord from my heart then, if it had not cost me anything.
I suppose it could be said, and some may say, or believe, that in a situation like King David’s, or in our lives, someone may give a gift for the purpose of the offering, or God supplied it. But in that case, that offering is not an offering from us, because it cost nothing for us to offer it, we were just using the items basically for display purposes.

It seems obvious that God approved what David did, because He stopped the plague from hitting the Israelites, but of course we will never know what would have happened if King David had accepted the items at no cost.

Anyway, it seems right to me to only give an offering to God if the offering is going to cost me something.

I am able to belong to the family of God for one reason only. That one reason is because our God gave His huge sacrifice, His Son and my Saviour, Jesus Christ, to come to this sin plagued earth, and die on a cross on Calvary for my sin, for each of ours’ sins, so we may have a relationship with Him.

I am so grateful for this gift of Salvation, I give myself, and what I have to Jesus Christ, He gave His life for me. HALLELUJAH!!

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How to Honor your Father….

A Christian example following a horrendous act against their Dad.

See, there's this thing called biology...

I loved this story, how to honor your Father, both your earthly one and your heavenly Father, and how to handle grief and tragedy in a way that honors God, that brings Him glory.

The random shooting of this man is just so sad, just pointless violence, and the death of the shooter a few days later, just more darkness. I really appreciate the way this family has managed to look up from their grief and shine a little light for the rest of us. Having a relationship with Jesus Christ makes all the difference, who we are,what we represent, where our hope lies. He changes the whole narrative, He offers us beauty for ashes, He collects our tears in a bottle. And sometimes He allows us to give Him glory and honor even in the midst of our grief.

Cleveland victim’s family: We forgive killer

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Final Days — Be Prepared

I was reading in the Gospel of Matthew, and when I read chapters 24 & 25 it was not possible to go on. I was stopped there, reading them over and over. Over the years I have read these passages many times, studied them, and journaled on them, yet this time reading through them was different. Holy Spirit seemed to be saying “Stop, there is more here, important stuff to grasp onto this time and make sure others hear the Truth of the Word. Many have heard and not paid attention, many have heard, paid attention for a while but responded again to the callings of the world and friends there. They need to hear and respond to the true Friend calling them, the One who gave His life for each, Jesus Christ.
Jesus was on the Mount of Olives with His Apostles telling them of the end times, and to be alert. Starting off, Jesus warned them to be alert because many deceivers would be coming in His Name, claiming to be the “Christ”. 
The Apostles were also warned of false prophets coming. If Jesus warned those who knew Him best to be on guard, especially when they had been with Him continually for three years seeing miracles, healings, deliverances etc., we need to take that same warning to heart. 

It is important, and imperative that we know Jesus Christ as Saviour, and we stay close to Him. Now, some may ask how we stay close to Jesus, and aren’t we close when we ask Jesus into our lives, to forgive our sins and guide us. Of course we are close then, but we stay close to Jesus, and know Him better, by reading His Word, the Bible, and talking with Him in prayer.
As we do these things, and have fellowship with other Christ followers, we get even closer to Jesus and know Him better.

We have the promise of Jesus that He is coming back to gather all who have called on His Name, to take us to Heaven for eternity, but the time is not known, so we need to be alert and ready at all times.
One of the reasons the Holy Spirit stopped me at these chapters this morning, I know, is because many people who at one time were followers of Jesus Christ have slipped back into the ways of the world and away from Jesus. There are probably many individual reasons that could be given for this. One is that some got involved in many things in life, possibly all good even, and Jesus was crowded out. Another may be that a person had followed Christ for a number of years, but their life seemed to be getting dull to them so they looked for other ways to fulfill themselves. If this happens, and if the person checked, I believe it would be discovered that their personal time with Jesus in Bible reading and prayer, as well as fellowship with others declined and perhaps even ended. For others it may be that the influence of the things of the world, and non Christ follower friends lured them away from Christ.
Some may have been hurt by someone, or a group, within a church, and left the fellowship, actually walking away from Jesus Christ who we all need the most.

Some people may believe they are Christ Followers because they attend a church meeting regularly, or occasionally. 
In these parables of Jesus it can be seen that there were people who thought they would be spending eternity with Jesus, but when the time came, Jesus said He never knew them. It also shows where someone thought he was close to the master, but did nothing with what he had been given so had to return his talent. This shows that if someone claims to be serving Jesus but does nothing for Him with any gift that was given, that person better have another look at himself while it is still possible.
There is so much in these chapters I recommend reading, contemplating, studying them, then praying about our own situations perhaps if anyone is in doubt right now, and definitely for others, family and friends whom we know are not walking with Jesus as they once were, or for those who never had made that commitment.
My heart is just aching right now for those who know the Truth of Jesus Christ, have served Him, and are not now for whatever reason. 
All Christ followers please PRAY with me, and be ready and available for Holy Spirit to move in lives, and for questions to be raised and people drawn back.
God’s Blessings.

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