Thankful for All- Poem

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Oh Lord we are thankful for all that we receive,
We give this prayer of thankfulness.
We honor you by sharing our faith and believe,
Giving a kind gift to those who have less.
Giving to others is easy to do.
Happy smiles from little ones,
Joyful hearts and laughter ringing true.
Elation from our daughters and sons.
We know all blessings are from above,
From our kind Heavenly Father.
Blessings are because of your love,
Spreading forth this love to one another.
We thank you for the food you provide.
The clothing, the shelter, our hearts desire.
Thank you Jesus, our Savior who died.
Without you our life would be dire.
To many blessings to name,
We thank you Lord for all.
As a baby you came,
to save us from sins and teach us your law.
We know Salvation is freely given.
To those who believe on the Son.
Forgiving us of our sin,
We thank you for all you have done.

Thank you to all who read and follow this blog. From my family to yours, we hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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Show Love, Despite our Differences

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One question we should really be thinking about is: Does the Lord God care about how we treat others, and how we care about others? Lately I have read comments about others on my social media sites that really show how much hatred is going on in the world.  Perhaps a lot has come from the political elections, but we should still show love, despite our differences.  God made us all different.  Unless you are a twin, you look different from everyone on the planet.  You have different features, different skin tones, different languages, different sounding voices, different opinions, etc….. God loves us all!  He didn’t make one group of people and say he didn’t love them.  He loved everyone and as Christians, we should show love to others despite our differences.  We don’t always have to agree on everything.  Imagine if we all love potatoes and we all hates green beans.  Or we all loved having blond hair and we all dyed our hair blond.  Differences make us unique and special.  Differences make this world interesting and beautiful. Learn to love others despite whether they love you back.  Not everyone is going to like you, but we should love them anyway.  Do you think everyone loved Jesus?  No they didn’t.  He is God’s perfect son but people still mock him today.  So we need to show love despite what others think of us and show some compassion to others that are in different situations than us.  If someone lives in a small house with holes in the floor, learn some compassion for that person.  You don’t know what all they have been through in their life.  They could have been a soldier in the military and got injured so they were unable to work.  Therefore they are living in a poor environment because they can’t get any assistance and maybe they have no family.  Be thankful that you have food to eat and a nice house to live in, because others aren’t so blessed. Some people come from poorer countries and have to struggle everyday to survive.  Help me to pray for these people.
Mathew 7:12- Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophet. Matthew 22:36-40 says: Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. 1 John 3:11,23- For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 1 John 4:7- Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

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Lead By Example

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No matter how much you want someone to accept Christ, it is ultimately their decision.  We can only share the beautiful and precious gospel of Jesus Christ but we cannot make someone believe.  It takes the urging of the Holy Spirit to draw them into that eternal hope; the eternal hope of eternal life in Christ.

My son has recently moved back in to our home after serving in the United States Air Force.  I am so proud that he gave up six years of his life to serve our country.  But, what I am most proud of is that he surrendered his life to Christ when he was a teenager.  But if you know anything about the life in the military, it is not all roses and sunshine; meaning that there are unpleasant things to deal with as well as the pleasant ones.  The life in the military is rewarding but it has its ups and downs.  No one tells you how much time and energy that you are truly giving up to serve.  Your life becomes the military.  You are not allowed to quit so easily like any other job.  Sometimes you must leave your family behind while you serve your country for a couple years in a foreign, not too nice, country.   Sometimes your family or your wife is forced to raise two young children at home alone.  And just sometimes, you listen to friends you shouldn’t listen to.

When my son finally got his discharge papers, it was so nice to hear that he was coming home.  He lived pretty far away and it wasn’t just a quick car trip to get there either.  He lived on the other side of the country and we had to fly there or him here,  just to visit.  My point is that the military changes you.  My once dedicated son was no longer as dedicated to serving Christ like he once was.  He didn’t forsake his beliefs, but his life had changed so much that church wasn’t on the forefront of his mind anymore.

It has been a struggle to get him to realize that his service to Christ means more than anything else in this world.  But I know that as a parent,  I cannot force him to serve Christ.  I cannot force him to go to church faithfully.  I can only lead by example and pray for him.   I would love to force him to get up and go to church with us every Sunday and Wednesday, but I can’t.  He will only resent me for doing so.  So I ask you, to pray for my son.  Pray that God reaches his heart again to serve Christ again like he once did. In the mean time, I will continue to serve Christ the best I can. I will lead by example and hope his heart is touched and changed for the better.

1 Timothy 4:12- Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

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Deliverance From Harm

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When I was only 3 or 4 years old I can remember falling off an inner tube (float) in the Tennessee River.  I didn’t know how to swim or kick to get to the top.  I remember seeing the sunrays through the water that was muddy from below.  Don’t really remember how long I was under, but then all of the sudden my sister’s arm pulled me from the water.  Without her pulling me from the water I would have drowned and died.  As I lay in bed this morning I remembered this happening to me when I was young.   Then I think of the story how Jesus pulled Peter from the water when he was sinking.  Read the story below:
Matthew 14:25-31- And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

I remember being pulled out of the muddy River and it amazes me still.  This River could have had a current that floated me down the river where I wouldn’t have been found.  Somehow I was in the same spot that I fell from, so that my sister was able to pull me from the water.  I was saved from the water that day.  Just like Peter was saved from the water.  What joy it was to be pulled from the water.  What joy a person can have when Jesus rescues us from a life of sin.  He can save us from drowning in our sins.  He is able to deliver us when no one else can.  Our families can’t pull us from the depths of sin.  Only Jesus can.  For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

noun: salvation
  1. preservation or deliverance from harm, ruin, or loss.
  2. deliverance from sin and its consequences, believed by Christians to be brought about by faith in Christ.

Acts 4:10-12-Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole.This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

If you want to receive Salvation, it is free to all those that ask Jesus for it.  First Repent from your sins; or turn from them and ask forgiveness.  Second, ask Jesus to save you from your sins.  Last of all, serve Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by praying, attending church and telling others about his salvation.

 

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Our Purpose in Life

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We should never forget our purpose in this life.  It is not to obtain great riches nor to further our wisdom with much learning.  2 Timothy 3:7 reminds me of something, what some may be seeking after.  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Some want to be highlly educated in this life.  They go to college their whole life but miss the real purpose of life.  This life isn’t about great riches or great understanding.  To have great knowledge in this life but to miss Salvation is truly sad.  We all were born with a purpose.  Some may have been born with different gifts such as playing a piano or working with numbers, but we all have but one purpose.  That is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to this world. 

Look around!  Knowledge of this world is not helping the world become a better place.  I see some of the most educated people be ignorant of the simplest matters. There are those in politics that should be able to help our country but instead they are tearing our foundation apart.  They are seeking after their own selfish goals.  They don’t seem to care about the average man or poor man.  They don’t care about lowering taxes or making a life easier to live on this earth.  Sorry but some of the most educated men in this life are the most ignorant.  Why do I say this?  Because the more they seek after their own life of luxury or their own goals, the more they turn from God.  I’m not saying that a man can’t get a good education.  I’m saying that one should always keep God first in their life.  Remember your purpose in this life!

Have you ever noticed why the days are becoming shorter.  People are so busy with their lives that they don’t have time to slow down and acknowledge God.  So I ask you to take time to pray; take time to ponder this: what God would have for your life.  Take time to share the good news: that Jesus saves.  Jesus can help men live a life of happiness and peace.

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Lord’s Hand is not Shortened

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As I look around and see everything that is going on in the world, it is hard to imagine that a life can be changed.  I ‘m talking about a sinful man or woman receiving Salvation.  Today People mock God; they mock other Christians.  They prefer darkness over light.  They don’t care that they are living in sin?  The don’t care that one day they will stand before God and give account of their life.  They think they will live forever and not have to face the consequences of sin.  The truth is that we all will face the consequences of our sin; either in this life or the life to come.  Either we will reap what we have sowed here, or we will stand before God and be judged in the life hereafter.

The Bible says in Isaiah 59:1-Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save.  That tells me that the Lord Jesus is still in the saving business.  He can steal save the vilest of sinners.  He can change a life; change a sinner into a Christian man.  See the thing is…Christ Jesus saved us all.  We were all sinners.  We were all vile creatures that sinned.  Some may have sinned more than others, but it only takes one sin to go to Hell.  Jesus had to die for the sins of all the world.  He had to sacrifice his own life on the cross for each and every sinner.  None of us were perfect.  None of us were without sin.  We all needed a Savior.  So Jesus can save even the vilest sinner.  He can save anyone that will come to him freely. Matthew 16:24-26- says: Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

So anyone can be saved, if they deny themselves, cleave unto Christ Jesus and follow his commandments.  Are you ready to be saved?  Accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior today!

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There is a Cost to Serving Christ

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Lately I have been going through a lot of trials and tribulations.  It is not fun or easy when you have to suffer, but I know there is a reason.  Times are changing and the world is quite different.  Today people make fun of Christians, and many Christians are suffering persecution.  God loves us and wants to prepare us of the coming days.  I don’t believe Christians will have to live through the great Tribulation, but I do believe we will suffer for Christ sake.  2 Timothy 3:12 says:  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Matthew 16:24-27- Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Luke 14:23-35-And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Some may suffer more persecution than others.  The more your light shines for the Lord, the more Satan comes after the Christian for their service.  We do not have to fear, because God is always in control. The Lord tells us what is to come in the last days.

Matthew 24:5-13-For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

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No Hope Without Mercy

Jesus died on the cross for our sins, not his own. He committed no sins; lived a perfect sinless life. He chose to die a terrible death on the cross for us, because he loved us. What greater love than to sacrifice your own life for the sins of the world. The Bible says: No greater love than man can have than this. To lay down his life for his friends. Yes Jesus called us friends if we do the things he ask of us. Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice on the cross.

Godly Witnesses For Christ

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Satan loves to remind you of your past sins and throw them up to you.     I woke up yesterday recalling how many bad things that I have done in my life.  I know now how much mercy that the Lord has extended toward me; how much God has forgiven me for.  It would take a lot of time to recall all of our sins. Where would we be without God’s mercy?  There would be no hope at all.  If we have never asked for God’s forgiveness, then we would not be able to go to Heaven.  See Heaven is pure and without sin, and nothing of unrighteousness will enter through the gates.

Imagine a life without hope. Nothing to hope in.  Life would be most miserable if we didn’t have the gracy and mercy of God. If we got what we truly deserved, we would deserve death (hell).  None…

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Standing for the Faith

 

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There is a new progressive movement going on in some so-called churches where they accept anything.  They say come to this church and you can do as you please.  They say you can drink beer, you can commit adultery, you can find some other spiritual way to Heaven and still be forgiven, because you are part of this loving, accepting church.  They tell you lies that Christ loves you just the way you are, even in your sins.

Well the Christ Jesus that I serve tells us something quite different, he tells us that we must have a repentant heart; that we must turn from our sins and live a life pleasing to him… a holy life.  Yes, we are to love others and forgive others, but we are not to accept sin freely into our churches.  The Bible preaches against being drunk with excess.  The Bible preaches against homosexuality, adultery, lasciviousness, against lying, stealing, cheating, etc…..

I heard a sermon the other day, that talked about when Christ lived on this earth.  He was an austere man; which means: severe, stern, strict in manner.  He often got on to his own disciples for things that they did, such as when the disciples rebuked people for bringing little kids to him.  Another time when he asked the disciples to pray, instead found them all sleeping instead.   Jesus lived a perfect life without sin and expects us to strive for that too.  So no, he would not welcome sin into the church. 

Today we must stand for what is right and contend for the faith of Jesus Christ; for what he stood for, what he expects of us as Christians.  We must not accept falsehoods into our church, just for member’s acceptance or so we don’t offend anyone.  We should stand firm for Jesus Christ. Read more at: Contending For the Faith   

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No Hope Without Mercy

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Satan loves to remind you of your past sins and throw them up to you.     I woke up yesterday recalling how many bad things that I have done in my life.  I know now how much mercy that the Lord has extended toward me; how much God has forgiven me for.  It would take a lot of time to recall all of our sins. Where would we be without God’s mercy?  There would be no hope at all.  If we have never asked for God’s forgiveness, then we would not be able to go to Heaven.  See Heaven is pure and without sin, and nothing of unrighteousness will enter through the gates.

Imagine a life without hope. Nothing to hope in.  Life would be most miserable if we didn’t have the gracy and mercy of God. If we got what we truly deserved, we would deserve death (hell).  None of us really deserve God’s grace or mercy.  Not really.  Each and every sin that we did in our lives placed Jesus on the cross.  Our precious Savior (Jesus) was willing to go to the cross for us, not for anything that he done, but for us.  But somehow, Jesus was willing to die in our place.  He was willing to sacrifice his own body on the cross.  He was whipped, beaten, spit upon, mocked and then crucified on the cross.

If Satan had it his way, none of us would receive the forgiveness of the the Lord.  Satan accuses us daily of our sins to the Heavenly Father. Revelation 12:10 says: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Just remember that God will forgive you of your sins, if you would only ask. There is not a sin, that God wouldn’t forgive, other than the sin of rejecting Jesus.  John 3:16 says: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.

Paul was an apostle of Jesus Christ and he said that he was the chiefest of sinners.  So if God forgave him, then God will forgive you too. 1 Timothy 1:15 says: This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

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