If You Don’t Have The Holy Bible You Don’t Have The Real Book

Our text today is from Psalm 12.

12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

12:7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

One day as I was sitting at a stop light I saw a ‘Yellow Pages’ truck go by with the words on the side that said, “If you don’t have the Yellow Pages you don’t have the real book.”

That’s true of the Holy Bible as well.

So many books proclaim to have the answers to life’s problems and issues, from doctor’s manuals to philosophy, health, science, and religion.  They all claim to have life’s answers.  Many claim to be an authority on life. But if you want the ‘real book’ and the real authority on life you will want the book that is wrote by the creator of life with the answer to all it’s problems. There you will get the truth about history, science, human nature with all it’s problems, life, death, and eternity.  Why not go to the definitive source on the facts of life.

If you want the truth, go to the Holy Bible and…

“Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read”

Other books are only second best and you are only cheating yourself.

 

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Goodby in Other Words

Our text is from Genesis 27:42-45. … Behold, thy brother Esau, as touching thee, doth comfort himself, purposing to kill thee. 27:43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran; 27:44 And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away; 27:45 Until thy brother’s anger turn away from thee, and he forget that which thou hast done to him: then I will send, and fetch thee from thence: why should I be deprived also of you both in one day?

great day in the morningI do not like to say “Good-by” to my loved ones. I never was good at it and it has always been depressing to me after they leave.
Recently, I had to say my final good-by to my mother as she passed away. We all knew she was leaving within days or hours so we did get to say our final words to her which I thank God for. It was a time which I had been dreading for 20 years. I told her, “I love you and thanks for being a good mom. I’ll see you later.”

The point of this is that sooner or later you will be saying your final good-by to all your loved ones. If you have kids, one day one of you, whether it will be you or them will be say good-by to the other one. If you are married, sooner or later one of you will say the final good-by to the other one. That will not be easy. My brother said his final good-by to his only child. I know it was difficult, because in his case, he didn’t know it would be the final good-by. He was killed in a car accident.

The final good-by will not always be known or expected. You may say good-by with out even knowing it is the final good-by.
In our text, the final good-by of Jacob’s mom was,  “Get away from your brother until he cools off and I will let you know when that is and then I will send for you.” That was Rebecca’s final good-by. She never saw him after that.

So, if you have a loved one you never know when you leave their presence if that will be the last time you will see them. That is the case for many. There are cases when someone has said, “Well, I have to go, I’ll see you later” and that never happens due to an accident, or some major medical event. So it is a good idea to tell your loved ones when you depart or when you get ready to hang up the phone how you feel about them so if your “by” becomes your final good-by you will have no regrets.

May God help you to make your final good-by loving and sincere because one day your “By” may be the final “Good-by.”

PS–the best way to say “Good-by” in other words is “I love You.”

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Thank God for the Veil

My text for today is from Acts 1:7-8. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? V.7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Thank God for the VeilThe apostles wanted to know the future events about when the kingdom of God should come to Israel. The Lord said that it was not for them to know at the time. When it would come they would know.

Reader, that’s is the way it is with our own futures.

If we knew the day our loved ones would die, we wouldn’t be able to sleep dreading that day. Each day would be a miserable day. If we knew how our loved ones would die, we would go crazy. We couldn’t stand it. In my case, I’m glad I didn’t know when my mom was going to go home to meet the Lord.  I’m glad for the grace and mercy of God that kept me from knowing the future so when the time came God gave me the grace and strength to endure the dark and difficult days.

If you knew when the day of your own death would happen, you would be miserable. If you knew when the car accident would happen, the heart attack, the stroke, your house burning down, or some other cataclysmic event, you wouldn’t be able to live in the present happy and joyful. Suppose you knew when someone was going to break in your house, how horrible would that be.

So the whole point is that God in his infinite mercy has covered our futures with a veil so that we can not see beyond it.  Who would want to?  It would keep you from enjoying the present.

Thank God for the veil.

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God’s Tugboat Fleet

My text that I will be using will come from Colossians 3:1.  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Tug boats are used to guide heavy loaded barges and boats to their right path or destinations through the waterways. They are also used to pull watercraft lose after they get stuck or after they have run aground. You see this a lot on the river.

gods tugboat fleet dAs I think of this I also see that God has a tugboat fleet in Heaven.

As I grow in the grace of God, each day the things of this world has a less and less pull on me.   As I lose loved ones it seems that the tug from Heaven becomes stronger and stronger. It seems that as they depart to go to their Heavenly home that they are tugging at me to come over there too.

As God’s tugboat fleet increases it helps me to stay on my course and it keeps me from getting stuck in this world. Sometimes the tugboat fleet will even help me get lose after I run aground and become stuck in this world.

I’ve lost Christian co-workers, good Christian friends, cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents, a sister, nephews, and recently a parent, and as each one steps over into glory-land I get a extra tug from God’s tugboat fleet.

Our text says we are to seek those things which are above. God has some wonderful things in Heaven waiting for us so thank God for his tugboat fleet that is tugging at our souls.

I thank God for that fleet because one day I shall join his tugboat fleet.

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Amazing Love

Our text is from John 3:16.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

time for a check upOur text is probably the most familiar one in the entire Bible. Even many unsaved and liberals are able to quote it and yet it is a great verse that is packed with wonder thoughts.

February is the month that we celebrate Valentine’s day, the love month.

When one thinks of displaying love, no one comes close to displaying love more than Jesus Christ himself. He gave himself not just so we could live but so we could live in eternally. That cost him an eternal payment, not just a temporal payment. No one ever suffered an eternal payment in Hell for someone else except the Lord Jesus Christ. As much as I love my wife, I know I wouldn’t be able to go to a eternal lake of fire for her but Jesus could and did.  He was one that expressed truly amazing love.

The first verse of the song And Can it be that I Should Gain, says,

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood?
Died He for me, who caused His pain—
For me, who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be,
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

Truly the love that God displayed is…

Amazing love.

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Looking For Spring

My text is from Song of Solomon 2:10-13.   My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 2:11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 2:12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Soon after the holidays and the new year arrives, I begin to look for spring.   I’m not sure why, but to me it is a time where everything seems to come to life.  After a long cold winter the animals become more active.  The hibernating animals wake up and the birds that go south return with their melodious songs. It’s almost like they are  trying to sing in spring.  Everything seems happy.  Even the fish start jumping.  The trees and flowers seem happy with their displays of color and even me, after being in all winter enjoys getting out and doing a little fishing or some yard work.

If you study scripture you find that our Lords’ return is more likely to be in the spring, at least as far as the rapture of the Church is concerned and though it’s not one hundred percent conclusive, it is a very strong possibility.  Our text states that the beloved says to his loved one to rise up and come away with him.  This is a beautiful picture of the calling out of the Church by our Lord.  Whether we are alive or dead at his coming, we will rise up and come away with Him one day when He calls for us.

And for that reason,

I am looking for Spring!

Even so, come.

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