Lost and Found

Our text will come from Luke 15:8-10.   Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 15:9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

This is the parable of the woman and the lost coin. She searches diligently until she finds it and then when she finds it she calls her friends and her neighbors to celebrate with her. She lost it and then found it.

In the next verse this is likened to a person that repents of his sin and gets right with God. The next verse you will notice that the angels rejoice when this happens.

Many times God’s people start out right but after a period of time they get all messed up by the world, the flesh, and the devil. Then they lose their way so much so that they can’t find their way back.

The Lord has to run us down to bring us back or at least he tries to. Bringing us back maybe in the form of many things; sickness and health issues, tragedy, pain, family trouble, job trouble, finance problems, and even destroyed relationships and friendships.

Many times we try to convince ourselves these things are just coincidence and yet deep inside we suspect or know that it may be from something we did or didn’t do. In any event God wants to have fellowship with us and he will do what he can to bring this about. We can resist his will but it may not be easy and in the mean time you will be miserable.
A famous hymn goes like this:                                                                                                                                                              Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me,
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

You may be lost but God wants you found.

May God help you to answer him when he comes looking for you.

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Free At Last

Our text will come from Revelation 21:4.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

November 2017.

This is in honor of a dear friend that has just passed on to be with the Lord.  He was a gentle soul and loved the Lord and was very much a family man.

He enjoyed very much coming to church and Bible study as his health would allow because he suffered with heart and lung problems.  I think he had only 30% lung capacity.  Because of this he suffered with anxiety and had trouble with stairs and walking as you might imagine.  For the last 8 to 10 years he suffered with these issues.  Now he has gone home and now he is free at last.   Free from heart issues.  Free from breathing issues.  Free from anxiety and free at last from any limitations his body had in this life.  His body will be laid to rest today but he is far from resting now.  He is praising and thanking God for his full, abundant, and eternal life.  I’m sure his running up and down the courts of Heaven and running up the steps to the throne of God to give thanks for his unhindered and unlimited abilities.

As I prepare to attend his funeral today (the fourth this year) I am reminded of our text.

May we never forget Revelation 21:4 because it will come to pass just as the Lord said.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

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Things that Matter

Our text will come from Matthew 23:23. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

In our text the Lord Jesus has been preaching to the religious crowd of his time. He tells them they are doing things that they ought to be doing but have omitted the more important things of life.

That is, there are things you are supposed to do but there are other things much more important that you should be doing that really matter, here and in eternity.

Notice our text. The things that really matter.
The Law—In Christ time it was what God commanded them to do in the O.T. All those “Thou shalt nots.” Are you doing what the Lord has commanded you to do in his word? It might be a good idea to find out what his word says. This is something that matters. As the law even today states; ignorance is no excuse.

Judgment—There are things everyday that you have to decide what to do and what not to do. You make judgments all day long. What to wear, what to say, what to do, and etc. Have you decided to get saved yet? Whatever you do, don’t leave this thing undone. This is the most important thing in this life that you can do. This is what really matters. It is the difference between Heaven and Hell.

Mercy—It seems to be in our nature not to have mercy others, but God had mercy on us in that he sent his only Son into the world to pay for our sins. Remember, we were enemies of God and ungodly in his sight. Shouldn’t we have mercy on others as he did for us? If you want God to have mercy on you at “the Judgment” you should have mercy on others including you family. It may not seem like it matters now but out in eternity; it will be all that matters.

May God help you to do the things that matters.

 

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Corruptible Crowns or Incorruptible Crowns

Our text will come from 1st Corinthians 9:25.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

The apostle Paul is telling the Corinthians that those in sports try to win to get a reward, recognition, honor, trophy, prize, or as our text says a “Corruptible crown.” Then the apostle says from our text that just as they do it for a corruptible crown we as Christians should serve the Lord because one day we will get a “Incorruptible crown” for our service. These are crowns that will mean something in eternity and that won’t wear out, fade out, be stolen, rust, or lose their value and importance. Not to mention that, they will be handed out by the Creator of the Universe and there will be no greater person or honor than to receive our incorruptible crowns from the Lord Jesus Christ.

So my question to you is: Corruptible Crowns or Incorruptible Crowns; which will you have the most of?

May God help you to see the importance and difference between the two.

 

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The Big Bang

Our text will be coming from 2nd Peter 3:10. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The false teaching of evolution where there was a supposed explosion (The Big Bang) that caused the beginning of all things is not correct according to the Bible. The Big Bang will end all things not start them.

The Bible declares that there will come a day where there will be a Big Bang at the end of the ages where the whole universe will blow up and only the saved from the ages will survive.

Notice our text. “A great noise,” will happen.  So if it will destroy the heavens it will be a very loud and tremendous explosion, so when the scientists get their facts wrong it is par for the course. That’s to be expected. They many times get things wrong or backwards. If you are not born again you will not see the truth or understand it when you hear it.

Getting saved is the real solution to the Big Bang.

May God help you to see the need to get saved before the Big Bang happens.

 

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Shut Up

Our text is going to be taken from Romans 3:19. Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

It is in our ole human nature to think of ourselves more than we really are. We like to think of ourselves as wonderful, tremendous, and great. If you hadn’t noticed that just tune into a basketball or football game. All the players are ‘tremendous’ and make ‘awesome’ plays and are ‘special.’ You’ve heard all that kind of stuff. We like to think that we have made great strides in education and science and yet we still can’t cure the common cold or solve the world’s major problems; sin, war, death, taxes, or famine but the Noble Peace prizes keeps getting passed out.

The Bible declares that we are no good in the eyes of a holy God. That’s what our text is about. ‘The Law’ is God’s standard and we can’t come close to keeping it. (Read Romans 3:23) So the word of God says that the law will shut-up any one that thinks they are good and without sin. The text says that the world is guilty before God and they have to shut-up in light of God’s standard.

One day, whether you are saved or lost you will stand before God and you won’t be able to bring anything up in your defense to prove that you kept God’s standard because he says you can’t. See why you need a Savior and an advocate? He is Jesus Christ.
So the next time you start thinking you are tremendous, remember God’s standard.
Then you will have to… Shut-up.

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