I was having a conversation the other day about someone we knew who had cancer. I mentioned that this person said that they were ready and knew where they were going. The reply was that we never know until the time comes. I was taken aback by that knowing what both of us were taught. I wish I had spoken up at the time to say what the gospel says about it, so i thought I would write about it here. I will have to pick it up with him again. After all, that is one of the most important questions to ask yourself. Do you know where you are going after this life? The Bible says, “yes!” Continue reading “Confidence in Eternal Life”
The story of Gideon is an interesting one. Jesus came to him and the Bible called Him “The LORD,” “The Angel of the Lord,” and “The Angel of God.” God was going to save His people, the Israelites through this man, who was the least of the weakest clan. God chose him for that reason, so that people would see that it was God, not man, that saved them. Something we in this society need to remember. No man will save us. Only through Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, through His blood, are we saved; not through any good deeds or how good we are, but what He has done and how good He is. Same with our country. No president or no one in Congress will save us from the mess we are in. We need to pray to God for our leaders and our country and this country needs to repent and turn toward Him so that He will heal our land.
So, God called Gideon to trust Him and He would work through him. As Gideon steps forward, God uses him with 300 men to defeat the army of Midian. At first, Gideon had doubts. He had excuses. He asked for a sign…a couple times. God had patience and gave him the faith he needed. He reminded him that He would always be there for him and that He would do the work through him. So the story begins… Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Gideon”
Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion both are real places, but they are also symbolic. Mt. Sinai is the place Moses received the ten commandments and represents the Law. It represents legalism and works. It represents fear. Mt. Zion is where Christ was crucified. It represents grace. It represents Jesus’ blood that paid for our sins so that we may be forgiven and saved. It represents heaven. Many choose one or the other. Which would you choose? Of course, those who are believers and have accepted the grace that God has given us to be saved, it does not mean we ignore the ten commandments. The difference is we want to honor God and be obedient to Him because of His grace and because we love Him, not so that we can earn favor with Him. We cannot. There is one way to salvation and that is through the cross. It is through Jesus Christ and Jesus alone. Continue reading “Mt. Sinai or Mt. Zion?”
The LORD is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?
With all the talk of violence and mass shootings and gun laws and the direction our country and this world is heading, one thing we can be sure of is that God is in control and there is no need to fear. Many would ask, then why does God allow these things to happen? I do not know the answer, but we live in a fallen world. We are not God’s puppets, and there are evil people in this world and Satan is allowed to roam this earth…for now. But I believe his time is short. It appears we are living Matthew 24. But, those of us who believe in Jesus Christ, who follow Him, have nothing to fear. God assures us of this and there are better things to come. No matter what we are going through, God is with us and He will guide us and He will give us all that we need. No matter what happens to us on this earth, we have so much to look forward to. There is no need to fear. Continue reading “No Need to Fear”