Slaves to Sin

“Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.”  John 8:34   The other day I stopped into a local restaurant to pick up some food.  Around me were the emotionless faces of those also waiting, as well as the staff of the restaurant who had some heavy rock music blaring in the background.  Business as usual as people were picking up their food, with blank stares.  Looking around, knowing that most of the world’s population are unsaved, the shackles of sin were apparent to those around me.  I was standing amongst slaves, slaves to sin.   Was there anything remarkable about these customers and employees?  Was there anything that made them worse than any other sinner, who is lost without Christ as their Savior?  No, but at that moment as I was in there picking up dinner, the realization that there are so many lost, so many people who are slaves to sin, who desperately need Jesus as their Savior, hit my soul hard.   Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years, I can attest that much of the people whom I have worked with over the years have serious consequences from the sin that is in their lives.  Yet, all mankind, irregardless of how many consequences they face from sin in their current states, have the most serious consequence awaiting them, should they not repent and by faith believe into Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.    Perhaps you are one of those who are reading this.  Maybe you realize that you have so many issues,...

Psalms Walk-Thru #011

“The earth is Jehovah’s, and the fullness of it; the world, and those who dwell in it.  For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.”  Psalms 24:1-2   The very foundation of knowledge in our societies of the world should be that we were Created.  If man believed God, if they believed His Word and understood that indeed God created the heavens and the earth, then logically one would proceed to the Bible to find out what God has proclaimed to us.    “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1   “For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is clearly recognized by them, for God has revealed it to them.  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,  because, although they know God, they do not glorify Him as God, nor are thankful, but become vain in their reasonings, and their stupid hearts are darkened.  Professing to be wise, they become foolish, and change the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man, and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.  Therefore God also gives them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who change the truth of God into the lie, and fear and serve...

Pounding the Pulpit

“If you refrain from delivering those being led away to death, those about to die; if you say, Behold, we did not know it; does not He who ponders the heart consider it? And the Keeper of your soul, does He not know it? And shall He not repay to a man according to his deeds?”  Proverbs 24:11-12   Here we are in the end of 2017, a year that in my opinion that seemed to go by quite quickly.  Yet, as the remainder of the year plays out and the next year begins, I realize just how horrible of times we really live in, as a nation, as a world.  Why?    “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah 8:20   We live in a time where bible prophecy has clearly been fulfilled.  What else has to be fulfilled before Christ appears to take Home His bride, prior to the “time of Jacob’s trouble” (Jer. 30:7)…nothing.  That’s right, nothing.  Nothing else has to happen on the prophetic timeline.    We live in a time where people, so-called evangelical christians, often from fully apostate churches are pleased to see Jerusalem recognized as the capital of Israel.  While I am also happy that finally someone did what should have always been done, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital, the very thought that people are pushing so hard for Israel and peace, without realizing that the fulfillment of that very peace deal might as well be the beginning of the Tribulation.    While it is certainly possible that a peace treaty could be signed that...

Psalms Walk-Thru #010

“Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want.”  Psalms 23:1   Indeed!  Can those of us who truly know the Lord understand the treasures that are contained herein?     …“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  Psalms 119:105b   “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in everything I am taught both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to lack.”  Philippians 4:12   “He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest.”  Psalms 23:2   “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:6   “He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness because of His great name.”  Psalms 23:3   Just how many times do we get discouraged about one thing or another, but God restores our soul.  While we often say and will continue to say, trust and obey, let’s not forget the words of that good song.   ‘For the favor He shows, and the joy He bestows Are for them who will trust and obey’   “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalms 23:4   Silly thought, perhaps, but I certainly have come to understand these words, they are quite personal for our family, yet I have often thought what it would be like if God called me to preach in a heavily crime ridden neighborhood.  Walking...

The Broad Path

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.  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 7:12-14   Everywhere people set goals for themselves.  Many of those goals are focused on finances.  There are goals to pay for college, goals to own transportation, goals to buy a house, goals to save for retirement.  Lives are planned based upon certain interpretations of how to achieve these goals.  Yet for many a goal of becoming rich is upon their hearts.   All around this nation financial bubbles are exploding in growth.  The amount of student loan debt acquired by those who are studying for a career to obtain such goals has hit a record amount.  Auto loans have exploded reaching, new highs in indebtedness of our American society.  Home buying in many places has created bubbles of unsustainable pricing and debt that is piling up in a manner that is neither sustainable or realistic.  The stock market is increasing often by three digit figures per day, far surpassing common sense and then there is Bitcoin.   Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are exploding in value as hand joins to hand across this once great nation, with those who are investing hoping for a landslide of profits to materialize in front of them.  The false security in these bubbles...