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What is Truth?

“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” “What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him. John 18:37-38

What is Truth? Asked Pilate, a simple but powerful question. Pilate knew deep down inside that Jesus was the Messiah, but choose to follow the world in fear of being hated. Can anyone else relate to this?

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

But since the question has been asked, let’s examine What is truth? Jesus clearly told us he is the truth and everyone who is truthful follows him. So if Jesus is the Truth the World is a lie.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

Think about the things the World wants you to believe, Money will buy Happiness? We evolved from monkeys? The Heavens and The Earth randomly created itself? There is no God, therefor no consequences or purpose for your life? This is the great deception of the World.

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32

The truth is Jesus Christ and he shall set you free. Free from the slavery of debt, depression, addictions, and loneliness.  You are made in the image of God and you do have a purpose.

What is Truth? It’s you have been redeemed; you are a citizen of Heaven, paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. Don’t believe the Lies of the World, God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son in Jesus Name Amen

By Our Fruits

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Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Matthew 7:16

 

Many people claim to be a Christian but how do you know the false from the real followers? Check the fruit there bearing. What does that mean to check there fruit? Simple someone who is supposed to be following God should be living a Godly life. How is there family life? Blessed or a mess? How about there finances? You can tell a lot about a person buy there lifestyle, remember actions speak louder than words.

(Luke 6:43) “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

 

What a true statement in this scripture, if you truly are a Christian then you won’t be living a life or corruption and chaos. Yes we are all sinners but we hold ourselves…

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In The Beginning

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Jesus is the beginning and the end, Jesus is the same today, yesterday, and tomorrow. Many people are trying to recreate Jesus, make up false gospels and false religions. The same Lord who stood with God as he created the Heavens and The Earth, is still the same Lord who will return when that trumpet sounds.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Revelations 22:13

Many people try portray Jesus as not knowing he was the Messiah until he met John the Baptist, or imply Jesus didn’t know he had to die on the cross.

The atonement of Jesus Christ was prophesized since the Book of Genesis. Jesus always knows the beginning from the end because he is the beginning and the end.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Genesis 1:26

When you examine this scripture, notice it says “Let US Make Man in OUR Image” Since the beginning of creation Jesus is sitting at the right hand of our Heavenly Father.  Nothing is or was a surprise to Jesus, he was here from the beginning and he will be here till the end

“This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6

Jesus is the First and the Last, Jesus is the King of King, Jesus is our Redeemer of sins, Jesus is our Lord and Christ. Apart from Jesus is the only way our Father. He is the beginning and the end for evermore in Jesus name Amen

Prodigal Son

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them”. Luke 15:11-12

One of the best parables in the Bible, The Prodigal Son, who asked his father for his inheritance and took off to live it up. Many of us can probably could relate to this story in one way or the other, whether you’re the Prodigal Son, The Father, or you’re his brother.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. Luke 15:13-14

In just days he spent his entire inheritance on partying, sounds like fun until reality hits him. In days he went from living the lap of luxury to poverty. He went from being an employer to being a servant. Our decisions in life greatly effect our  outcome. How many of us have squandered great opportunities in life to pursue foolishness?

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants Luke 15:18-19

Pride can be our biggest enemy, but the Prodigal son was smart enough to come to his senses. He learned humility and swallowed his pride. How many of us had to do this?  How many of us is our Pride effecting our life?

. So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him..’ Luke 15:20

The Prodigal Son figured he was done, not worth of even being called his son. But his Father showed great compassion and mercy. Just like our Heavenly Father shows us great mercy, when we wander away, squander our blessings, he still is there to receive us once again with open arms.

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Luke 22-24

This is what happens in Heaven also when a sinner is saved, when the lost if found. God celebrated the return of his children. Do you demonstrate mercy and forgiveness like the Father? Or do you condemn and judge?

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. Luke 28:29

His brother wasn’t as happy to see him, instead of celebrating his brother’s return he was filled with anger and bitterness. So which one are you? The Forgiving Father or the Condemning Brother?

Our Heavenly Father knows us, and sees your good deeds and they won’t go unnoticed. So when a lost soul is found, lets be grateful and celebrate in Jesus Name Amen.

Lost Sheep

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? Luke 15:4

Picture this, your sitting in church waiting for service to begin. And in walks a stranger to the church, a notorious sinner to the community. What is your reaction? Do you look at them with condemnation or do you rejoice?

Jesus was criticized for socializing with sinners, with outcasts, with unclean people. But Jesus said he did not come to condemn the world but save it. Are you condemning the lost sheep in your community or are you trying to save them?

(Luke 15:7) “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Our mission here is to save people’s lives, not condemn them.  Jesus loves us all, he showed that by dying for us all, including the Lost Sheep. You really want to make God happy, make the heavens rejoice, find some Lost Sheep and bring them back to the Great Shepherd.

Anyone who is willing to return to our Good Shepherd, Let’s Rejoice for our Father in Heaven is rejoicing with you.

(John 10-10-11) “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Satan is like a Lion looking to devour his prey (1 Peter 5:8) you are the prey. On your own you are weak, vulnerable. But we have a Good Shepherd who is also the King of Kings watching out for us.  Who loves his sheep so much he laid down his life for them.

Your mission is to find the Lost Sheep and bring them back. Maybe you’re a Lost Sheep? It’s time to come back, back to the Good Shepherd who loves you and died for you so you can free for all eternity in Jesus name Amen

Prepare * Study* Pass

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:44

For the past few months my wife has been preparing to take her CNOR exam, a  very difficult certification for Registered  Nurses. During her preparation she took a class, read and studied several books, took many practice exams. All this preparation has helped her successfully reach her goal of passing the certification exam

This is the same with the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to be prepared for his return by using all our resources available including studying the Bible, praying, going to Church, and maintaining a relationship with our Lord. Are you prepared for the return of Jesus? How are you preparing for this day?

(Luke 12:35) “Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning,”

Before the test my wife made sure she was prepared, she went to the testing center early to make sure she got there on time. She reviewed her notes again right before the test to make sure she didn’t forget anything. And all this preparation made her successful for passing the test.

This should be the same in our spiritual life. When things are good in life we can get complacent and lazy. But it’s important we continue to study the scriptures and maintain a strong relationship with our Lord. Will Jesus know us when he returns? Will your lamp still be burning or will you let it run out?

(John 14:26) “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Part of my wife’s preparation for the test was she took a weekend class lead by a teacher who taught her students what they needed to know for the test.  Having a teacher to guide you can be priceless.

We have a spiritual teacher  thru the Holy Spirit, God wants to give us the guidance from the Spirit but he can only do that if we ask and want this wisdom. When your feeling lost or confused about anything, call on the Holy Spirit to be your teacher.

Life is a test, we need to be prepared and continually learning and seeking knowledge. Don’t let your lamps burn out, be prepared and you will be ready for your test in Jesus name Amen.

Laws of Life

Follow my decrees and be careful to obey my laws, and you will live safely in the land. Leviticus 25:18

This year my son is learning Baseball, one of the hardest parts is teaching him the rules of  the game and actually getting him to follow them.  As we know you truly can’t play the game of baseball unless you actually respect the rules of the game and respect your teammates.

This is the same with life, everybody wants to get to Heaven but many people want to do it on there terms, not follow the laws of God.  Just like you can’t truly be a baseball player until you learn and respect the rules of the game, you can’t truly be saved unless you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.

(John 1:7) “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”

The same commandments God gave Moses on Mt. Sinai, are still the same commandments today. Many people think because Jesus saved us for our sins, that we no longer need Gods law anymore. But it’s simply not true as Jesus said he did not come to abolish the law but fulfill it (Matthew 5:17).

Just as in Baseball there is a reason for rules including to keep the players safe, this is the same with Gods commandments. There are not to control us but to keep us from harm.

(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Sin equals death, it provides temporary pleasure but the consequences are eternal.. The reason for Gods commandments are a Fatherly advice, stay away from sin and you will live a more peaceful life.

When you become a Christian and give your life to Jesus, you become transformed and these sins are not part of your lifestyle. Although we slip up and God has mercy on us, we should be living a transformed life like Christ.

(John 14:6) “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus is the only way to Heaven,if you don’t follow him there is no other way. Just like in Baseball if you don’t play by the rules, you can’t be allowed to win. This is the same with God, if you don’t accept Jesus are you savior and follow his commandments, you can’t truly be saved.

Maybe in your spiritual life you’re at a Tee Ball level or maybe your at a Major League level, whatever it is we must continue to keep learning and practicing the ways of The Lord on a daily basis in Jesus name Amen

Power of the Cross

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For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. I Corinthians 1:18

The cross originally designed by the Romans to be a torture device was transformed into the symbol of hope, love, and most importantly victory over death

As it says in the scripture above anyone who doesn’t understand the “Power of the Cross” is not only a fool but will perish. As Jesus said (John 14:6) “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the only way to heaven and that way was paved by his sacrifice on the cross. Many false religions will try to downplay the crucifixion, but that’s because they know the importance of this event. The war was won on this day. As Jesus said…

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70 X 7 Times

Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:21-22

Peter asked Jesus how many times should we forgive someone and Jesus gave him a shocking answer. Jesus basically was saying we should forgive each other forever just as God has forgiven us. But why did Jesus use an equation to demonstrate this? To understand this, we need to understand the old Jewish law of forgiveness.

(Amos 1:3) “This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Damascus, even for four, I will not relent. Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth,”

Jewish rabbis interpret this scripture to mean we should only forgive 3 times, this is why Peter asked Jesus this question. What is more interesting is Peter understood the symbolism of the number 7, which symbolizes perfection, and used that number instead of 3.

So when Jesus answers seventy times seven he is referencing 70 (completeness) times 7 (perfection) meaning we should always forgive.

(Luke 17:3-4) “So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Jesus teachings in Luke reinforce what he was teaching 70 X 7 times, if someone ask for forgiveness, you must forgive them. Forgiveness seems like an impossible thing to do sometimes, but you are actually empowering yourself by forgiving others.

Sin is control, when people do you wrong, there trying to control you. Forgive them and they can’t control you. No matter what is done to you, it can’t overcome you.

(Matthew 6:14) “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.”

Most importantly forgive and you shall be forgiven by God. You can’t expect to be forgiven if you’re not willing to forgive others .  When you refuse to forgive, you’re controlling that person which is sinful.

Let go and let God take over. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. 70 X 7 times in Jesus name Amen

Power of Words

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. James 1:26

Your mouth is a powerful weapon, you have the ability to bless our curse somebody’s future with it.  Ever wonder why when somebody says profanities they call it “cursing”? That’s exactly what they’re doing. We must take control and responsibility of our words, if you don’t your religion is worthless.

The Jewish people have a custom Shabbat where every Friday evening they place there hand on there children’s head and bless them.  These are customs that haven been practiced all the way back to the book of Genesis, did you ever wonder why Jesus sits at the right hand of God?

(Proverbs 15:1) “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

The way we respond and answer people also will determine the outcome of a situation. We all know there are people who love to “stir the pot”. But what is there intention? Is there any good to come out of there instigation?

When somebody is upset, a kind word can make all the difference. If we are to truly be Christians we should be seeking peace and not hatred. Sometimes its best not to say anything at all.

(Proverbs 26:20)” Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.”

Gossip has become a hobby for some people, and they mostly think its harmful fun. But what gossip does is create division among spouses, families, and churches. Somebody hears a rumor and spreads it like fire.

Before you gossip, ask yourself what good will come of this? Do I want people to gossip about me? Most Gossip ends up being fabricated lies that damages relationships and lives.

(Matthew 15:11) “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”

The high priests were falsely accusing Jesus of breaking Gods laws, Jesus told them by making false accusations and spreading lies, this is what makes us unholy and is truly breaking Gods laws.

Remember you are what you speak, be careful of your words, when you curse someone you are literally cursing them and yourself. Use your words to inspire, encourage, and most importantly speak truth which is thru our Lord Jesus Christ Amen