Life After Death?

Our text will come from 1st Corinthians 15:32.  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

_empty_tomb a (2015_06_19 22_54_23 UTC)Many just have not thought this matter of life after death through. There would be no point in being here.
No point in doing right, being a good citizen, helping others, trying to stay alive and just living from day to day. In a sense we would all be like zombies just going through the motions of living and then one day we cease to exist.

Our text indicates that there is no point to fight for what is right if there is no resurrection. We should just live it up and do what we want because we will be dead tomorrow.

May God help you to see through the Word of Life (The Holy Bible) that we can have abundant life here and in eternity.

… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.   John 10:10.

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No Power

Our text will come from Matthew 10:1. And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

no powerIt’s been said when candles are needed there is no power. That is true in many instances. Along with this I think of many churches that utilize candles in their services. I can’t help but think…oh, never mind.

In our text Jesus sends out his disciples to heal folks and cast out unclean spirits. It is he that gives them this power. It is not being good, going to church, sitting cross-legged and tripping out, being one with nature, getting baptized, or being healthy and strong. The power comes from the Son. Not the ‘sun’ but the ‘Son of God.’  You can’t get this power by physical exercise but through a spiritual walk with God. That includes reading your Bible, praying, witnessing, and putting God first in your life, in other words self denial. These are spiritual exercises and you think it takes discipline to exercise physically, try reading your Bible through in one year or even every three years. That’s one chapter a day.  Many are too occupied with their phones to read the word.  You will see that you will get a lot of opposition from others, the devil, and even your own will. I didn’t say it would be easy. It’s not always, but as they say our in the world “no pain, no gain.”

Now you can see why we have so many Christians with no power.  They are trying to get their power from other sources or by cutting corners.  Sorry, it won’t happen. They just have a candle, but no power.

My prayer is that God will give you the desire to want the power to serve the Master for he is worthy.

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Some Trust in Chariots

Our text will come from Psalm 20:7.  Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

some trust in chariotsIn a day when we are weary of terrorism and threats of war and all the terrors that follow them it would do us good to remember that God knows what he is doing and he is still on the throne. He has it all under control. He knows what is going on.

Our text says that there will be some that think our hope is in the military personnel, tanks, planes, missiles, bombs, guns, and other military paraphernalia.

The Psalmist implies that some have forgotten the Lord and his mighty hand like America in 2016 plus. Notice the writer says, “But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Even if you get Alzheimer’s disease don’t forget God.

When I read our text for today I see America along with the other world countries. They have forgotten that the Lord is still in control and wants us to trust and remember him.

It’s no wonder that we as a nation are in the mess we’re in. We have in a sense lost God. We don’t think he will help us so we turn to guns, military, and other false securities. Bad mistake.

He is coming back and he will straighten everything out.

May God help us to trust in Him for our hope for without Him we have no hope.

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The Answer to Everything

Our text will come from Colossians 2:3. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

the light on the word (2015_06_19 22_54_23 UTC)The context of this verse is Paul telling the Colossians that they should be knit together in love, understanding, and the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, the Father, and Christ in whom is hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. So God has the answer to everything. Where did he put the answers? I’m glad you asked. In the Holy Bible.

1. If you want to know about sports, it is in the Bible.
2. Politics, ditto.
3. Religion, ditto.
4. Money, ditto.
5. Philosophy, ditto.
6. Science, ditto.
7. History, ditto.
8. The future of humanity, ditto.
9. Heaven and Hell, ditto.
10. How to live, ditto.
11. How to die, ditto.
12. Sin, ditto.
13. Good and evil, ditto.
14. Angels and demons, ditto.
15. Satan, ditto.
16. How to please God, ditto.
17. Who God is, ditto.
18. How the universe was created, ditto.
19. Eternity, ditto.
20. How to be saved, the Bible has the answer to this and everything else you can think of. It has the answer to everything.
It will tell you all you need to know to make it in this world and how to prepare for the world to come.

May God help you find the answers to everything in the Holy Bible.

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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-bys 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 saying good-by to the other one. If you are married, sooner or later one of you will be saying 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-bys are not always going to 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 in the form of “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-bys. She never saw him after that.

So if you have a loved one, you never know when you leave their presence that it 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 “bys” become final good-bys you will have no regrets.

May God help you to make your final good-bys 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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If I Had Just One More Opportunity

Our text is from Proverbs 3:27. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

War Dead Honored On Memorial Day WeekendWe all have had experiences when we were in a situation and we let a opportunity go by without saying or doing something that we could have done, but didn’t. A last word, a last kind deed, a last hug, a last kiss or a last prayer. We are all guilty of this and many times we feel guilty or have regrets about undone things and we may say either out loud or to ourselves, “If I had just one more opportunity.” Well, the present is the time for doing because the past is gone and you are not guaranteed the future.

Our text indicates that when you have the power to do the right thing for someone, do it because tomorrow you may not have the ability to do it at all.

Try to remember that when you have the ability to do or say something for someone, it may be the last chance to do so, and this opportunity may never present itself again. Letting it go by may perhaps cause a bad feeling later or even regret. Seize the moment because once it’s gone it’s gone, and in many cases it will never come again. It will be history and that, you can’t change.

The same goes for getting saved.  Don’t wind up in the lake of fire in eternity saying, I if I had just one more opportunity to get saved.”  The Bible says in 2nd Corinthians 6:2, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  See, it’s all about doing the right thing when the time presents itself.  Do not put this off because you may not be with us tomorrow.

Make history pleasant for others and yourself.

The present will be history tomorrow, so do what you can now.                                             This will make your future pleasant.

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