Memorial Day

When I think of Memorial Day, I think of one word Sacrifice. Memorial Day is not a day we celebrate victories or even promote our country. But it’s a day we reflect upon the sacrifices made by soldiers, that accomplish those victories and establish our nation.

The word Sacrifice means an act of giving up something valued for the sake of something else more important. When we talk about soldiers making a sacrifice its not just about losing their life, they also sacrificed relationships, sacrificed dreams, sacrificed inner peace, sacrificed marriages , children , and families. Every soldier sacrificed something for the line of duty

So the question is why do we celebrate Memorial Day? Because without the soldiers sacrifice we wouldn’t be able to worship God right now. Without the sacrifice of soldiers we wouldn’t have any of the freedoms that we take for granted today. Right now in China currently, their government in burning down Christian churches, burning Bibles, and imprisoning and killing Christians. There are many other countries throughout the world that persecute people because of their freedoms and beliefs.

So if your grateful for any of the freedoms that you enjoy today, thank a Soldier!, if your grateful you can worship in freedom , thank a soldier. If your thankful you can voice your opinions without persecution or imprisonment , thank a soldier. To deny thanks to these soldiers is to deny your freedom exist

Only God Saves

So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7
Who saved You? Sounds like a simple question, God saved you. However a lot of people tell a different story. They will say “Well this preacher got me to read the Bible” or they will say “this Church led me to Christ” is this really true?
How can you even comprehend the words the preacher was talking about without the Holy Spirit? What made you think going to a Church building was a good idea? It was the Holy Spirt who testifies about Jesus Christ. So ultimately no human ever led you, inspired you, or persuaded you to become saved, only God can save you!
Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building. 1 Corinthians 3:8-9
Am I saying then we have no work to do as Christians then? Absolutely not, we are to be throwing the seed (Word of God), plowing the fields, and laboring for The Lord. But make no mistake about it , God gets all the glory!
The greatest preacher on this planet is just a servant for Jesus Christ! So while there are pastors and theologians wearing expensive suits and autographing books, they are stealing credit from God!
Does this mean there is no free will? Absolutely not! You choose to accept or reject Christ into your heart, you must repent of your sins, and you must obediently follow The Lord Jesus Christ!
But God gets all the glory, without the Holy Spirit we are just a bunch of walking dead! Breathe on us God in Jesus name Amen!


But he began to curse and swear, “I do not know this man you are talking about!” Mark 14:71

Our beloved Peter, the one Jesus renamed from Simon to Cephas which means Rock. For symbolically Jesus was beginning to build his “Church” upon. The one who told Jesus he would never leave him and would even lay down his life for him.

Oh how the mighty have fallen! Peter who gave up everything to follow Jesus, now denied Christ three times among everyone. What happened? The fear of losing his life, the fear of the persecution he would face if he declared that Jesus is his Lord!

Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him, “Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times.” And he began to weep. Mark 14:72

Peter remembered Jesus predicted this and wept bitterly. Peter is so ashamed of himself, how could he betray his Lord like this! Peter goes into hiding during the whole trial and crucifixion of Christ. Peter has given up hope because he feels like he failed God

Don’t we feel like Peter sometimes? Don’t we feel like we let Jesus down sometimes? Do we go into hiding because of our spiritual failures? Learn how Jesus reacted to Peter

He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:17

After Jesus was resurrected he came back looking for Peter. And he asked Peter 3 Times “Do you Love Me?” Peter persistently insisted “Yes Jesus I Love You” then Jesus told him to “Feed His Sheep”! Meaning be “The Rock” Jesus called you to be and preach the gospel

Our Love with the Lord is not a shallow Love, he wont leave or forsake us even when we fail, there is no greater love than Jesus Amen!

Baptized by The Holy Spirit

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. 1 Corinthians 2:14

Why does the Bible seem like nonsense to some people? Why do some people misinterpret scripture? Its because without the Holy Spirit we cant understand the Bible. Without the Holy Spirit we cant understand God.

Before the New Covenant, Israel would rely on Prophets of God who were filled with the Holy Spirit to mediate between them and God. However in the New Covenant , God has poured out his Spirit upon us (Acts 2:17)

But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. 1 Corinthians 2:15

The Holy Spirit allows us to see things through the eyes of Christ. This is why Jesus said we will be known by our Fruits (Matthew 7:20) If someone is living and speaking carnally minded, they probably are not Born Again.  So how do we receive the Holy Spirit? Become Born Again!

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John 3:3-5

Jesus said nobody is saved unless they become Born Again. How to become Born Again, believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins. When you truly receive Christ into your heart you become baptized by the Holy Spirit

Once that baptism of the Holy Spirit happens you will start to see and understand things from a whole new perspective. If you want to know and understand God, come to Jesus Christ and receive him into your heart! Amen!

Abraham Meets Jesus (Genesis 18)

Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.  When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, Genesis 18:1-2

One of the most intriguing stories in the Bible is when Abraham cam face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. First we notice it says the LORD appeared to Abraham. LORD in all caps is Yahweh meaning God. So God came in human form to meet Abraham. Since we know the Father is Spirit (John 4:24) and nobody has ever seen God (John 1:18) we know this is Jesus God in the flesh

Notice Jesus didn’t come alone he came with 2 angels. So Abraham saw three men (symbolic of the Trinity) and one of the men was Yahweh in the flesh. Abraham bowed down to Jesus. So notice Jesus didn’t rebuke Abraham for worshipping him as angels have previously rebuked people from bowing down to them (Revelation 22:8-9) (Colossians 2:18)

and said, “My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by. Genesis 18:3

Notice Abraham calls Jesus Lord and he also calls himself his servant.

He said, “I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:10

Jesus then delivers the prophecy of the birth of Isaac. This is significant for several reasons. First God promised to establish his covenant with Abraham through Isaac (Genesis 17:21) This is why Jesus reveals this to Abraham and Sarah. Second Isaac is the promised Son from God just as Jesus is the Son of God.

From this story in Genesis 18 its clears Abraham met God in the flesh and we know who he is Yeshua (Jesus ) Amen!

Are You Barabbas?

Answering again, Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” They shouted back, “Crucify Him!” Mark 15:12-13

As Jesus was wrongfully put on trial, the crowd had an option. Either release the killer Barabbas or release the Son of God. The crowd choose to free a killer and kill the Messiah. What fools we think, isn’t this what happens everyday in the world? People mock Jesus today, they curse in his name, they ban him from being mentioned in public places , they are choosing the killer Barabbas

Even though Jesus never harmed anyone, they shouted to “Crucify Him”! Were we once in this crowd? Did we ever reject Christ in our lives? When we understand that Jesus died for us even when we didn’t deserve it, that’s Amazing Grace

But Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!” Mark 15:14

Again the people shouted “Crucify Him”! even though Pilate declared Jesus was innocent. This is not justice, this is murder! Why did these people choose Barabbas over Jesus? Why do people today continue to choose Barabbas and crucify Christ?

People will say , this happened over 2,000 years ago and has nothing to with me! Your either a slave to sin or a slave to Jesus Christ, there is no other option. If you reject Christ, your guilty of trampling on his blood and shouting “Crucify him”! Which way will you choose? The way of Life or the way of Death?