Road Blocks

  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many entering in through it.  Because narrow is the gate and distressing is the way which leads unto life, and there are few who find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14   The question is posed, what prevents people from repenting of their sins and believing into Jesus Christ, gaining Salvation from this world that is temporarily and gaining eternal life with our Lord and Savior?    “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”  Mark 8:36-37   What prevents you dear reader?  What road block are you placing in your life that prevents you from seeking Salvation?  Do you not know that without Christ you will die in your sins and be forever lost?   “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”…  Romans 3:23a   “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 6:23   Consider your life?  What is it worth?  What profit have you from the wages of your sin?  Jesus died for your sins.   “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was accounted to him, but also for us, to whom it shall be accounted, believing in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,  who was delivered up because of our trespasses, and was raised for our justification.” ...

God Sees You

“For the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  And there is no creature that is not revealed in His presence, but all things are naked and laid bare to the eyes of Him to whom we must give answer.”  Hebrews 4:12-13   In the midst of my young son and I playing with my homemade Lego ‘Chicago’, one of the bad guys has a cannon is about ready to shoot cannon Lego balls towards his version of Lego ‘Chicago’.  As the bad guys lets out a hardy laugh, suddenly the Lego cat comes over to try and talk sense into them from annihilating cat’s Lego ‘Chicago’.    Cat says, “Don’t you know that God sees you?”    “Really, but I will hide underneath this building!”, proclaims the green bad guy.    Cat responds, “God still sees you and if you don’t stop choosing evil and choose the good, you are going to go to Hell.”   Adding, “Don’t you want to go to Heaven?  You need to talk to Lego Dad about what you are doing.”   The Lego bad guys consider whether or not to choose the good or the bad as they hear reasoning from Lego Dada about why they need to be Saved.  In the end all is well, they choose the good and become the factory guys, producing various sorts of Lego goods.    The simplicity in a young child’s heart is amazing.  Yet...

Imagine

“And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long.”  Genesis 6:5   Lennon spoke of imagination:   “Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people Living for today… Aha-ah…   Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people Living life in peace… You, ..   You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one   Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world… You, ..   You may say I’m a dreamer But I’m not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one”   Yet all men can do is only imagine such a scenario, where they are free from the supposed ‘burden’s’ of God.  Where men are free from having to do homage to their Creator, where they are not responsible for their actions, where there is truly no accountability, nor punishment for their sins.  The entire world has jumped aboard imagining that the Most High does not exist or that He is not who He says He is.  Yet as Solomon said, this is nothing new.   “That which has been is that which shall be; and...

As He Says

“For ever since the creation of the world the unseen things of Him are clearly perceived, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse…”  Romans 1:20   The other day in a mailing I received the author had CLEARLY PERCEIVED emphasized and how true that is.  As I watched a robin out in the yard this morning gathering up pieces of dead grass to make a nest, common sense suggests that there is a Creator.   How did the robin learn to make a nest, did she go to school?  Did her parents hold class to show her how to do so?  Silly you say, well it also is silly to assume that evolution preprogrammed this nest making process.    Prior to going outside I had seen an article making national news headlines that North Carolina was suing the federal government over its attempt to force them to have bathrooms for so-called transgenders.  North Carolina was filing suit on the premise that the federal government doesn’t have mandate over such actions and that their law (which requires you to use the bathroom that matches the sex listed on your birth certificate) doesn’t discriminate against anyone, simply the same rules apply for everyone.   I’m not sure what has caused North Carolina to take a stand, but they are.  In the article I saw there was a picture of what appeared to be protestors trying to assert their ‘rights’ to be perverse in the public.  Looking at the photo of people dressed in drag and what I can...

The Collective

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and did not realize until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Then two will be in the field: one is taken and the other is left.  Two will be grinding at the mill: one is taken and the other is left.  Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord comes.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief comes, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be dug through.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man comes at an hour you do not expect. ”  Matthew 24:37-44   “And Jehovah saw that the evil of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all day long. ”  Genesis 6:5   “But evil men and pretenders will grow worse and worse, leading astray and being led astray. ”  2nd Timothy 3:13   There is a collective mindset amongst most people nowadays.  While the degrees of evil vary on whether or not one has a ‘conservative’ or a ‘liberal’ mindset, nonetheless the collective as a whole is very evil and against their Creator.   Tons of psycho-babble has been pushed on the masses.  The media industry via entertainment...

The Night is Far Spent

“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand.  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk decently, as in the day, not in carousings and drunkenness, not in cohabitation and licentiousness, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”  Romans 13:11-14   There will be a time, a moment, in this world when the day is at hand and the night is over.  That time is when Jesus comes to receive us Believers to Himself and the world enters the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” (Jer. 30:7)   For those who are not Saved, not born-again, not in Christ, it is a time of judgment that the world will face.  For those of us who are Believers, “…the Lord Himself will descend from Heaven with a shouted command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together at the same time with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”  1st Thessalonians 4:16b-17   As it stands at this very moment, as each individual reads this, understand what has been done in your past is what has...

In the Twinkling of an Eye

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1st Corinthians 15:51-52   The other day as I got up in the morning, I heard a sound, a clamor that turned out to be a hole being punched into the ground, likely for electrical lighting for a future light pole. For a moment I pondered what the noise might be, but upon a brief investigation its source became apparent, simply men working.   The thought then occurred to me about how the rapture of God’s people and the judgment against mankind will come in a moment. The “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7) will begin and those of us who are Saved will from that moment be with the Lord forever. There is certainly rejoicing in this for the Believer, but my heart is saddened at the fact that so many chase after falsehood or refuse to submit, let alone acknowledge their Maker.   Life comes and is given by the Creator, He wielded each one of us, irregardless of racism throughout the world, it is God who made each man. Yet as I stared out the window from work I could see the billowing black clouds of smoke coming from the funeral home across the street. A body was being cremated, the former occupant of the body now either asleep awaiting the Trumpet or in Hell. Whatever choice they had...

Repentance is in the Heart

This is republished from A Voice in the Wilderness (www.a-voice.org) Re: Repentance is in the Heart "..yet when they have returned in their minds in the land where they have been carried captive, and have repented in their hearts, and made supplication to You in the land of those holding them captive, saying, We have sinned and done perversely, we have committed wickedness; and when they return to You with all their heart and with all their soul in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and have prayed to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers, the city which You have chosen and the house which I have built for Your name: then hear in Heaven Your dwelling place their prayer and their supplication, and attend to their cause, and forgive Your people who have sinned against You, and all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You; and grant them compassion before those who took them captive, that they may have compassion on them.." (1Ki8:47-50) This is part of Solomon's dedicatory prayer for the glorious temple for which David drew up the designs, and Solomon built it. Unlike typical dedications today that glorify 'man' and his own efforts at having built the building, and praising all the people who scrimped and saved, and ran the fund drives to make the building program "a huge success", where the city mayor and other dignitaries of the world are also invited to the building's 'christening'... The glory of the holy God has just entered the building to where the priests could no longer...

Take A Moment

“Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to this city, spend a year there, do business, and make a profit; whereas you do not know what will be tomorrow.  For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”  Jacob 4:13-14   Plans…plans…plans, most Americans have some sort of plan, goal or objective.  Yet take a moment to realize that without Jesus as your Savior, it doesn’t matter whether you succeed at any such plans.   America is a busy place, one that is fueled by endless consumer spending, often time that spending is directly related to being busy.  Having been in restaurant management off and on for years, busyness results in jobs.  Handing out food on the other side of the counter to endless people could not be done if they all had the time to make a lunch or dinner at home.  Coffee shops would not be on every block corner if there was time for people to enjoy a cup in the morning.   Children take up time or at least should.  As they get older parents often consider activities that they would like their children to participate in and things that they would like their children to learn, such as instruments.  While there is nothing necessarily wrong with participating in such activities, just as there is nothing wrong with grabbing a bite to eat, which oftentimes can be very affordable if chosen wisely, there is once again the aspect of whether or not parents take the time to ensure that their...

Unless Ye Repent

There is a doctrine missing from most of today’s so-called churches, far and few include the doctrine of repentance that is NECESSARY for Salvation.  A half truth is still not the truth, it is still a lie. Simply believing in Jesus and acknowledging that He is the Son of God who died on the Cross for your sins is not enough, you must also repent of your sins.   “You believe that God is One. You do well. Even the demons believe, and shudder.”  Jacob (James) 2:19   repent   To feel pain, sorrow, or regret for something one has done or left undone. To change the mind in consequences of the inconvenience or injury done by past conduct. In theology, to feel such sorrow for sin as leads to amendment of life; to be penitent; to grieve over one’s past life, and to seek forgiveness for sin, with a determination to lead a new life.   Webster’s Universities Dictionary of the English Language, Webster, 1942   Jesus died on the Cross for our sins.  He is able to forgive us for all of our sins and make you a new creature.  You must repent and believe into Jesus.   “In those days John the Immerser came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven has drawn near!”  Matthew 3:1-2   “Therefore bring forth fruits worthy of repentance…”  Matthew 3:9   “But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice.  For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”  Matthew 9:13   “I did not...