Wednesday, May 24, 2006


The big three for every Christian boils down to the following:

- Prayer and supplication
- Study God's word and apply it into your life
- Be active supporting and being a part of God's work

How you implement the big three is between you and God. Just remember, all of us will be called to give an account of how we lived our lives and so forth. The bible has all the instructions for living. It's all there in black and white. Couldn't be easier to get to know, implementing might be difficult (you'll have to wrestle with your fleshly nature until the last breath on this planet, then all accounts are settled for the individual).

If you are having trouble understanding the bible or implementing God's word into your life or any other problem, be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you and give you wisdom, which he will liberally. Finally, remember that we toil in this life. This imperfect world is filled with pitfalls and danger and traps and personal mountains and personal valleys.

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For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
II Cor. 4:17-18


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Prayer 101

If you are like me, sometimes I get confused on how to pray, when to pray, what to pray for, and so forth. Here are some helpful hints to guide you in your prayer life.

1. Prayer should be humble.
O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear. Psalm 10:17

2. Prayer should be bold.
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. I John 5:13-15

3. Prayer should be in faith.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

4. Prayer should be sincere.
The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Psalm 145:18

5. Prayer should be simple.
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. Matthew 6:7-8

6. Prayer should be persistent.
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Col 4:2

7. Prayer should be in accord with God's will.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14


Saturday, May 13, 2006

If you are still breathing, read this...

Hey, if you are reading this, that means you are still breathing, which means that you still have an opportunity to confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, thereby receiving redemption (a pardon) from your sins.

What sins, you ask? Start with the 10 commandments. How many did you break so far today? Yesterday? Last week? Last year? I think you get the picture and I think you're reading me loud and clear. You (and I) have repeatedly broke God's laws and though you consider yourself a good person (others may have told you that you were a "good" person), you've fallen short of the standard by which you can gain entrance to heaven. God's standard is perfection.

So, for those of you who are perfect and have never broken one of the 10 commandments, disregard this message. You are perfect and do not require a Messiah or a Savior. For the rest of us, (actually, 100 percent of us), we indeed DO require a Messiah or Savior.

No worries though, Jesus Christ is Lord and action has been taken on your behalf. Kind of like a guy who walks into a courtroom when you are on trial for you life, and switches places with you. Jesus took the place for you and all your sins, every sin you've ever committed, is wiped clean by putting your faith in him. Your past, current, and future sins, all completely forgiven.

Further benefits include a way (Jesus), a truth (Jesus), a life (Jesus), joy, peace (i.e., the peace that passes all understanding), goodness, self control, abundant life (a topic of its own, to be discussed), a variety of blessings to come in Heaven, guidance via the Holy Spirit for the life on this planet, etc., etc., and so forth. Hey, I’ve only scratched the surface! What are you waiting for???

Do not delay. You are currently still breathing. You might not be breathing later today and the chance will have escaped you, forever. Do yourself the biggest favor and start the journey from darkness into light. Don't worry about the many obstacles, intrigues, worries, struggles, and other that comprise your life. God will make a way where there is no way.

First things first, get down on your knees and ask for forgiveness. Actually, begging is better (when you think of the magnitude of what he is doing and has down for you, it makes perfect sense). Confess every sin, put every burden on the Lord (he is more able to carry them than you), put every decision in his hands (let him decide, his decisions for your life always seem to work out in the end).

Next, get involved in your local church, begin studying the bible, surround yourself with loving and supportive Christians, let your friends know about your conversion, be proactive in your prayer life, support the church, give to the poor, let your good works shine so that glory will be given to the Lord, be humble, and share the gospel with others.

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalms 1:1-3


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Prayer for Family and Friends

God watches over us and cares about our cares. When going through tough times God is there, ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep the faith. Prayer is powerful, and prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. Let's continue to pray for one another, there is no cost but many blessings.

Father, I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for who are reading this right now.

Show them a new revelation of Your love and power.

Where there is need I ask you to meet them. Bless their homes, their families, their finances and their comings and goings.

Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release and a renewed confidence through Your grace.

In Jesus' precious name.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

Earning God's Favor?

I laid awake at night deep in restless thought. My mind cluttered with the pressing needs and cares of this life. A mounting list of burdens stealing my joy and removing the daily satisfaction received from having a daily walk with the Lord. For a variety of reasons my mind was preoccupied with how to achieve God’s favor.

I had been working hard lately, doing extra things that I thought would make me more spiritual, a better Christian indeed. However, despite my best efforts I was struggling more than ever. Matter of fact, I was making a mess of things. And then it dawned on me. One of those crystal clear revelations that bring a sweeping wave of peace and reassurance over your mind and body.

I could never earn God’s favor. That is not what the Gospel is about. I already had God’s favor, despite myself. No matter how hard I tried, I could never earn it-but it was freely given to me, a sinner. What a comforting thought! Like a prodigal son, God sees me and is filled with compassion for me, he’s thrown the best robe over my shoulders, he’s put his ring on my hand, his sandals on my feet, and an incorruptible crown awaits me in heaven.

I have God’s favor, I just need to guard my heart and keep it pure. Then proceed forth in faith and run the race that God has laid out for me.

For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you. Psalm 84:11-12

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:11-1