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“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:5)

by on Dec.11, 2018, under Messages

Are you unhappy with the world around? Do seems thing to be getting worse instead of better?

How about your health? Do you notice the effects of aging? How about the people around you? Do they seem to be getting older?

One day, everything will be made new. Permanently new.

“The LORD will fulfill [his purpose] for me; your love, O LORD, endures forever— do not abandon the works of your hands.” (Psalms 138:8)

by on Dec.08, 2018, under Messages

We can believe that God has a plan. We can KNOW that He is in control. Still it’s easy to worry as we face problems along the way. It’s easy to want to say, “Don’t abandon me!”

Remember that God’s love last forever. It won’t wear out. It won’t fade away. It won’t die out.

God’s love endures forever.

“So be very careful to love the LORD your God.” (Joshua 23:11)

by on Dec.06, 2018, under Messages

Interesting statement. Be careful to love God. What could that mean?

In the context, it seems to mean exactly what Jesus told His disciples: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15)

It’s easy to talk about loving God. But if we don’t do what He says, we don’t really love Him.

“Then the peoples around them set out to discourage the people of Judah and make them afraid to go on building.” (Ezra 4:4)

by on Dec.04, 2018, under Messages

Some people build up; others only seek to tear down. They find some sort of delight in keeping others from accomplishing their goals.

Focus on God and what you are doing for Him. As the saying goes, don’t let the turkeys get you down!

The Empty Throne

by on Dec.02, 2018, under Hope

There’s a throne in the city of Havana, in the building known as the Palace of the “Capitanes Generales,” which housed the governors of Cuba during Spanish rule. The throne was built in the 18th century in preparation for a visit from the Spanish royalty. However, no Spanish monarch visited Cuba until 1999, about 100 years after the Cubans won their independence.

At that time, when King Juan Carlos visited Cuba, there was much speculation as to whether he would sit on the throne or not. But when Fidel Castro invited the Spaniard to sit in the place of honor, the king declined the offer. There was no point in trying to make up for the past.

When I looked at the throne and heard the story, I couldn’t help thinking about gestures, symbols, and empty titles. Spain once ruled Cuba, but that time had past. Now, Cubans could call him king and offer him a throne, but it wouldn’t really mean anything. Nothing would change.

In the same way, some of us call Jesus “Lord” and claim to offer Him the throne of our hearts… but nothing changes. We go on living as we did before.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46)

That was the question Jesus asked. Then He went on to make a striking comparison:

“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” (Luke 6:47–49)

If I take Jesus’ words and apply them to my life, then He will really be my Lord. And my life will be built on a solid foundation. But if I listen to the words without taking them to heart, Jesus won’t be my Lord, no matter what my lips might say. And my life will be headed for ruin.

Make Jesus the Lord of your life. Learn His teachings. Put them into practice.

“The women living there said, “Naomi has a son!” And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.” (Ruth 4:17)

by on Nov.29, 2018, under Messages

Take some time to read the short book of Ruth. It’s a wonderful story of how a foreigner came to be the grandmother of King David. It also tells of a redeemer from Bethlehem who defends the defenseless.

Above all, Ruth shows the faithfulness of God.

Sit down and give it a read.

“I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?”” (Nehemiah 6:3)

by on Nov.27, 2018, under Messages

When you are doing God’s work, you’ll find lots of distractions trying to get in the way. Stay focused. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…”

“The Lord is King” (Psalm 93:1)

by on Nov.24, 2018, under Messages

It’s a simple, but important, truth. God is King.

There are presidents, prime ministers, and other human rulers. They rise, fall, and fade into history.

God is King. Now and forever.

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” (Psalm 126:3)

by on Nov.22, 2018, under Messages

God has done great things for each of us. Today is a good day to remember His blessings.

“If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:10–12)

by on Nov.20, 2018, under Messages

We were designed to be with other people. Yet far too often we fuss and fight and end up distanced from the people we should be closest too.

Take advantage of the last few weeks of the year. Fix any relationships that need to be fixed. Forgive. Seek forgiveness. And strengthen the ties you have with friends and family.

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