Death Is Not The End

Out text will be taken from 1st Corinthians 15:42-43. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

 

Death is not the endIt wasn’t easy to watch my Mom die a few days after she had a stroke. The last night I saw her alive, I put my hand on her chest and her heart was beating very fast. She was literally dying. I felt so helpless and yet I knew she would be in a far better place. So I was torn. But I can take comfort in the fact that she will be there on the other side with Jesus Christ waiting on me. So in reality, she has passed out of one door but has entered a whole new life.

Death is not the end; it is only the beginning.

It’s very much like reading the last chapter of a book, closing it, and then opening a new book and then you begin reading it.

Though death is an ending; according to our text it is also a new beginning.

My mom will never face death again. She will never sin, feel pain or sadness again. Broken hearts will be a thing of the past and doctors, Alzheimer’s disease, taxes, hospitals, war, famine, aging, and funeral homes will no longer exist. In Heaven there will be no cemeteries. Praise God! I would say that is a new beginning. By the way, it will never end.

So why would you want to miss it?

Dear reader, death is not the end; it is only the beginning and that’s true whether you are saved or not.  Your new beginning can either be in glory or damnation.  It’s your choice.

If you have never been saved, get saved right now.  You will be glad you did.

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Not in Your Wildest Dreams

Out text is drawn from Luke 24:39.  Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

Jesus is for real regardless of what many may say or think. He is not just a dream or fairytale personality. He is the Son of God and God the Son. He was true man and true God. He was all that God could be inside of a man. He was flesh that got sleepy, tired, angry, and hungry. He was subject to sin and temptation without sinning and giving in to temptation. That was because He was true God. Thank God for that. If He couldn’t defeat sin, temptation, and death we would all be in real trouble.

Did you ever wander why more people don’t trust Him?  I mean, think about the qualities He has that everyone looks for in a true friend or a true soul mate.

He is dedicated, committed, loyal, truthful, considerate compassionate, honest, true trustworthy, thoughtful, loving, kind, affectionate forgiving, sincere, caring, tender, gentle, understanding, generous, protective, punctual, a good provider, a good listener, and willing to die for his friends.

I can’t imagine a woman not liking a man like this. I can’t imagine a man not wanting a friend like this. Jesus is a true friend. Friend, if you are looking for someone to trust, why not trust the Lord Jesus Christ today. You can do no better.

He is for real, not in your wildest dreams.

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Don’t Forget the Wedding Invitations

I shall draw my text from John 2:2.                                                                                               And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.

Marriage blessing with Jesus, flowers, & waterfallIn the near future a wedding will be coming up and the couple getting married are Christians.  I know they will send out invitations to their friends, relatives, church members, and family.  I also hope they invite Jesus Christ to the wedding as in the wedding of Cana in John chapter 2, our text. 

So many leave out the most important person to their home.  They won’t be blessed like they could be if the Lord is not called or invited to the wedding. 

I think at times it may be that the couple doesn’t want Jesus running their home.  Sad. Many think they can do a better job with their families without the house builder, foundation, homemaker, and protector of the household.  The Bible says, in Psalm 127:1 “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it:”  So many divorces, breakups, separations, and heartbreaks in the home and many of these could be avoided by just sending Jesus a wedding invitation.  At least it would start out right.  You will have a better chance of it ending up right if it starts out right.  But if you start out wrong and on the wrong foundation it will crumble under stress and time.

 So whatever you do when you get married…

 Don’t Forget the Wedding Invitations.

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It’s All Your Fault

Our text is from Genesis 3:12.

And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

I suppose one of the hardest things for us to do is own up to our mistakes and take responsibility for them.  It is in our nature to try to look good even if we are not so good.  This characteristic is ingrained in us from birth and we will go to the grave with it.  We inherited it from Adam and Eve.  They both did the same thing.  Adam disobeyed the Lord and blamed it on the Lord and Eve, and Eve disobeyed the Lord and blamed it on the Serpent.  As a result, we to this day do the same thing.  At my church we have a running joke about this.  Whenever someone makes a mistake one will say, “It’s all your fault.”

 Now let’s look at some things that are really your fault.

 In the first place when you sin, you decide to do so.  Sin is a choice.  A choice that you make.  It’s all your fault.

Next, many times trouble and heartaches can be our fault because we are disobedient, just like Adam and Eve. When we don’t do what the Lord wants us to do then we have problems and at times, major problems.  We then try to blame someone else, even the Lord, to escape facing our responsibility and the payment for the results of our disobedience.  For example, I have seen people not being faithful to church attendance and after many years of this the Lord fixes it where they can’t come because of health issues and then they blame the Lord for not being able to come to church.  It’s all your fault.

Then, there is the matter of death itself.  The Bible states that death is caused by sin.  (Read Romans 6:23.) That is, we get paid wages for sin because we earned this. The payment… death.  You say, “But we all die.”  That’s the whole point.  Because we all sin it is all our fault.  When you sin, it’s all your fault.

 I’m going to say something at this point and to many, this will be shocking, but true.  When we lose a loved one sometimes it may be our fault.  Now, the Lord knows why, but many times we know why too, but we want to blame the passing of someone on the Lord.  It may be that if we wouldn’t have made the choice to do disobey the Lord then the Lord might not have called our loved one home to start with.  I heard about a man that was called to preach and before he answered his calling he lost 2 or 3 of his kids.  Then he decided to answer the call.  Sad but true, and a little late.  You do the math.  It was all his fault!

It is true, we are born in sin but it is also true that we do have a choice whether or not to sin.  Sin can have some dreadful consequences.  Do you see why it is important do be an obedient child of God?  I mean, even if you are trying to do the right thing you will have enough problems along the way.  You don’t need to add to them. 

So remember, some of your trials maybe because…

IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!

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Too Late for Retirement

Our text for today is taken from Luke 12:19.   And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

_RetirementOur text is taken from a parable given by the Lord Jesus Christ.  He used this parable to illustrate that even though you may have great possessions in this world and are now ready to retire to enjoy those things, if you have nothing laid up for the world to come, you have lost out on everything.  

Just this week, I had a co-worker to pass away just before retirement.  He had a good pension from the armed forces and a good stash of assets over and above the average worker.  He was ready for retirement…or was he?  I don’t know if the man was saved.  Only God knows, but if he was not, he was too late for retirement.  That is, he passed on without getting ready for retirement in eternity.  He died before he could plan his retirement there.  Now it’s too late for him to do anything about it. 

There are many that make this mistake.  They plan their whole lives for when they can retire and never live to see it.

Friend don’t you do this.  Now is the time to plan for your eternal retirement.  Don’t wait until you die because then it will be too late.  To find out how to prepare for retirement in eternity see the entry entitled The Door is Left Open, Dec. 26, 2012.

12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

 

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Times Up!

Our text is from 1 Cor. 6:2.  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

The pictures shows a stop watch that is used to time some event.  At the end of it someone says, “Time”s up!”

When i think of this, I often think about our lives that is nothing more than a stop watch.  It is set to a specific time to start and a specific time to stop.

Some of us are set to go a long time while others are set for only a few seconds.  You just never know about anyone and just how long their stop watch is set for.  You can’t even know how long you will have before time’s up for you.   So the moral of the story is, since your watch is ticking and you have time, before time’s up for you, make best of the time you do have because you don’t know if you have too many more seconds on the the clock.

In our text, the author says today, right now is the time to get saved, not tomorrow because it hasn’t come yet and for many it will be …time’s up!  So the best way you can use your time that you do have is to get saved right now, this second.  Your time may be up before the day is done.

How many people will wake up today and drop dead of a heart attack before the day is through.

Time’s up for them.

While you still have time get saved now because perhaps tomorrow for you it will be …time’s up!  “…now is the day of salvation.”

After you are dead it will be too late.

Time’s Up!

 

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