Friday, August 19, 2016

How To Have Peace In A Troubled World

The world is full of strife and misery and woe. Just turn on the news and all you see is war, murders, rioting, mad gunmen, disease, tornadoes and hurricanes.  You may be wondering if there is any hope, if there is any way to find peace in the troublesome world we live in.  But there is a way to have peace in the midst of it all, and that peace comes only from Jesus.  The bible tells us that Jesus has overcome the world.  John 16:33: These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  You see, Jesus left his father's home from heaven, where everything is perfect and no sin, and he came to this world of woe just to be able to live a sinless life, and to suffer and die for us.  It was not easy to leave heaven to come to this world, but that is how much he loved our souls and wants us to be saved. He came from heaven to earth and then he went back to heaven.  John 16:28: I came forth from the Father; and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.
John 6:33: For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
John 6:51: I am the living bread which came down from heaven.....

Souls everywhere are troubled and perplexed on every hand and don't even know where to turn.  The answer is to turn your eyes upon Jesus.  John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Real genuine, true peace comes only through the peace that Jesus alone can give.  There is no other peace apart from Jesus.  You can try everything in the world to find peace, but you will never find it. Money cannot buy it.  It cannot be obtained through education, careers, hobbies, worldly accomplishments, fame, relationships, pleasures in life, or anything else in the world.

Philippians 4:6: Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8: Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Once we are saved, we know that Jesus will never leave us or forsake us.  Hebrews 13:5b:.... for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Just knowing that Jesus will never forsake us no matter what kind of trial or tribulation we are going through, brings great peace.  We can absolutely count on it because the bible says he will keep us. 
Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

No matter how bad the turmoil is in the world, we can have perfect peace in the midst of it all by keeping our mind on the Lord by thinking on his Word.

And if you've never trusted in Christ as your savior, maybe not only is the world in turmoil, but your life may be in turmoil and distress also.  In that situation, it is important to trust Christ. Jesus can give you life more abundant and forgiveness of sins, and peace in your heart.  John 10:10:  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

When your sins are forgiven, you receive peace into your heart.  The following verses show how Jesus forgives sins and gives peace.
Luke 7:48: And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
49: And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also?
50: And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

People Need The Lord


People everywhere are hurting because they need the Lord.
Souls are wandering aimlessly in darkness trying to find the meaning of life.

People's minds are troubled, they just can't seem to figure out what life is all about.
They try searching deep in their souls to find the answers to all life's troubles and woes, only to come up empty and still wondering why.

The answer to this dilemma is Jesus, the only one who can give peace to a heart that is sad and lonely and troubled and doesn't know which way to turn.

Jesus is the only one who can turn the darkness into light, take the downhearted and lift him up to a whole new height.

John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

He will forgive any sin you've ever done or ever will do because he paid for your sins in his own body when he died upon the cruel cross. I Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree....

Many are fearful, unsure of what the future has for them, but for those who know Jesus as their savior, their future is wonderful.

John 14:1: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  2: In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you.

Not only does God give us peace from knowing Jesus, we are sure we have eternal life and will live forever in heaven when we die, as one of the most famous verses in the bible, John 3:16, says "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.


Whosoever means "anybody," no matter who you are or where you are in life, whether rich or poor, free or enslaved, married or unmarried, white or black, young or old, educated or uneducated, sick or healthy, successful or unsuccessful, it doesn't matter, the promise is to "whosoever",.


But what is the "whosoever" to do? - believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, as it says in John 3:16... "whosoever believeth."  Also it says in John 3:36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

You may have a dreaded disease and are suffering much affliction in your body, but when you get to heaven, you'll never be in pain or suffer again, and heaven lasts forever, our life here on earth doesn't last forever.

Jesus suffered great pain and agony, more than anyone who ever lived, to pay for our sins, so we wouldn't have to pay for them ourselves and go to hell forever.  He did that out of his great love for us and God, the father, loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son for us.

Acts 16:30-31: ... Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved ....


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Call Upon The Lord And Be Saved

There are so many definitions heard nowadays about how to be saved that it is hard to sort through all of them, and it actually brings confusion to people's minds about which one is right.  Some examples of these are to invite Jesus into your life, give your life to Christ, make a commitment to Christ, surrender your life to Christ, repent of your sins, make Jesus lord of your life, or have a personal relationship with Christ.  You may be thinking, well they are all about the same thing, just worded differently, but that is not true at all. Actually, none of the above are accurate in their explanation of how to be saved. The bibles even says in I Corinthians 14:33 "For God is not the author of confusion..." , so the bible is very clear that to be saved is to believe on Christ and call upon his name.

John 3:16 is a very famous verse in the bible that says, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life," and verse 17 says, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."  Did you notice how it says whosoever believes shall have everlasting life and be saved.  Over 90 times in the book of John the word "believe" is used,  It is believe, believe, believe.  It never once says make a commitment to Christ, surrender your life to Christ, or any of the other above examples, it is just believe.  In the book of Acts chapter 16 is the story of a man who wanted to know how to be saved.  Acts 16:30b: Sirs, what must I do to be saved,?  and verse 31:a: And they said, Believe on :the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved....

The following are some verses in the book of John which speak about believing.
John 3:18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  
John 3:36: He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  
John 6:35: And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.  
John 6:47: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

Again, God spells it out very clearly in I John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  According to this verse, when we believe on Jesus' name and call upon him to save us, we can know beyond any shadow of a doubt that we are saved forever.

You may be thinking, yes I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, so how do I get saved. The answer is found in Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. So first you believe in your heart that Jesus died for your sins and rose again and then you call upon him to save you.

We don't give anything to get saved, we receive to get saved.  John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  The bible never says to make a commitment to Christ, but on the contrary God made a commitment, to us when he promised that whosoever would believe on Christ and call upon him in faith he would saved.  You may be thinking that that is too easy, but that is clearly the plan of salvation from the bible.  People think they have to do something to earn salvation, but there is nothing we could ever do to earn it, it is a free gift of God's mercy.  That is the sole reason he gave his only begotten son to suffer such agony and pain and to die on the cross for our sins to keep us out of hell, so he could save us and give us eternal life.  Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.

The following are examples of people who called upon the name of the Lord and were gloriously saved instantly: Luke 18:13: And the publican standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.  In Luke 23:42, the thief on the cross next to Jesus records, "And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  Also, in Isaiah 55:6:it says " Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.

When the bible says believe on Jesus that does not mean you just believe about Jesus, that he is the son of God, and that he existed.  Believe on him means to depend upon him and rely upon him, put your faith in him and trust in all that he did for you in order to save you and give you forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  The bible says that we must be born again.  We are not just born believing on Jesus; that is why we need to be born again.  The bible says in John 3:2-3: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3) Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  So you see, when you call upon the name of the Lord to save you that is when you are born again,  That is when you become a child of God.  John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.  

When we believe on Jesus (not just believe about), we receive him as our savior.  If you have never called upon the name of the Lord to save you, I pray you will call upon him now and receive this wondrous gift of eternal life.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Salvation Is A Personal Decision


Believing on Jesus is not just a mental consent that Jesus is the Son of God, it is believing with all your heart that Jesus will be your own saviour from your own sins, when you call upon him and trust him. It is putting all your faith in him alone and not in anything you can do yourself at all, like turning over a new leaf, repenting of sins, etc.  It is all by God's grace completely and we are totally undeserving of the gift of salvation. Acts 8:37: And Philip said, If thou believeth with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  The bible says you must believe in thine heart.  Salvation is a personal decision. As an individual you must receive it for yourself.  Acts 16:30-31: And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?  31: And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.  Notice how it says what must I do. The Word of God describes salvation on an individual basis.  The verses below states "your sins," "thy transgressions," and "thy sins".

Isaiah 1:18: Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Isaiah 43:25: I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Salvation is a choice that every person in the world must make.  You cannot be neutral about Jesus. You must decide for yourself what you will do with him. If you choose not to accept him as your saviour, then you are making a choice to reject him.  There is no middle ground, Jesus said you are either for me or against me."  Luke 11:23: He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth. 

Some people reject Jesus as their personal saviour because they are holding onto some form of religion or some type of church traditions that they have been raised in.  So they reject Christ because they would rather trust in their church.  They reason that if that is what their church says, their church must be right because they talk about God and Jesus.  There are many false religions in the world that use the name of God and Jesus, but they speak not of him in truth.  Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No man cometh unto the father but by me.  So you see, Jesus is the truth, not church traditions.

Mark 7:8: For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
Mark7:9: And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.  

The bible even says that there will be some who preach another Jesus.  2 Corinthians 11:4: For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

Churches do not save, religion does not save, only Jesus saves.  Won't you come unto him today, trust him with your whole heart, and receive the wonderful gift of salvation.  Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.



Monday, April 27, 2015

Jesus Died For Sinners, Not Good People


In the bible there is a parable about a man who was lost and a man who was saved. It is found in Luke chapter 16, and it goes like this:

 Luke 18:9: And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others; 
10: Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 
11: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers or even as this publican. 
12: I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 
13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 
14: I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every man that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

The first man, the Pharisee, thought he was a pretty good guy and that he did a lot of great and wonderful things, and he trusted in himself that he was righteous, but he was wrong because the publican who smote upon his breast and said "God be merciful to me a sinner" was the one who God justified and saved.  The Pharisee was not saved because God tells us in his word that all our own righteousnesses are as filthy rags to him.  Isaiah 64:6: But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

The way to be saved is to just come to Jesus as you are and ask him to be merciful to you a sinner.  I hope you will understand that Jesus loves you and that he died for you so that you could be forgiven and have eternal life, have peace in your heart, and joy deep down in your soul.  Jesus died for sinners, not for good people.  Mark 2:15: And it came to pass, that as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.  Mark 2:16: And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, how is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? Mark 2:17: When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinner to repentance.

Romans 5:8: But God commented his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:6: For when we were without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

All Things Are Ready

This is a parable that Jesus taught about how salvation is likened to being invited to a wedding, all you have to do is come.

Matthew 22:-1-5: And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

2: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son.
3: And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4: Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.
5: But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.

So we see that everyone is invited but only a few will come.  People are too busy making money, too busy with the cares and pleasures of this life, and material possessions and endless activities, to even think about their soul.  God wants to save them.  He has done everything he could to provide salvation to sinners, but yet so many, most of the people in this world, will not come, even though God longs to save them as it says in  2 Peter 3:9; The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.


Matthew 7:13: Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

14: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The way is narrow and strait, because there is only one way to be saved and that is through trusting Jesus alone.  As it says in 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.


John 3:15: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  Whosoever means anybody can come.  Though everyone is invited, only a few come.


Everything needed for your salvation is already prepared and ready.  All you have to do is call on the name of the Lord and receive it.  Jesus has already paid for your sin in full by his death and resurrection.  Just come to Jesus as you are.  You don't need to clean up your life first.  A person cannot stop sinning no matter how hard they try  That is the whole reason why we need a saviour. You don't get yourself cleaned up before you take a shower and that is the way it is with getting saved too.  Revelation 1:5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.  Just come to Jesus, that's all you have to do. He will do the washing, not we ourselves.  Jesus had all our sins placed on him, so he is able to pardon our sin and take our sin away and throw it in the deepest sea.  Acts 10:43: To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  Did you notice how it says whosoever believeth. The only thing necessary on our part is to simply believe on Jesus and we receive the remission of sins from him. Matthew 1:21: And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.




Are You Going To Heaven

Do you know how to go to heaven ? The bible tells the way
It's not through anything we could do, we are all sinners gone astray
We cannot change ourselves, our hearts are sinful and black 
The bible says we've all gone our own way and are totally off track 

There is no way we could ever be good enough, that we know for sure
So God in his great love and mercy provided the perfect cure
He gave the perfect sacrifice that could make our black heart white 
It is the precious blood of Jesus, who gave his life to make it right

Jesus shed his blood on Calvary to wash us from our sin 
He does all the changing of our heart when we invite him in
Just put your faith in Christ and trust in him alone 
His dying on the cross paid it all and did for all our sins atone

Jesus' shed blood will wash your heart and cleanse all sin away 
You'll receive the gift of eternal life and in Heaven you will be someday
Just come to Jesus as you are, it was for sinners his blood outpoured
Then you can rest assured you are forgiven and he will be your Lord

Your name will be written down in the Lamb's Book of Life and can never be crossed out 
You'll know you're on your way to Heaven and never again have to doubt


Romans 3:10 -12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way..

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



Friday, March 27, 2015

Are You Ready


The question is "Are you ready?".  People get ready for all sorts of things.  They get ready to get married, get ready for the wedding. They get ready for a career by getting an education, ready to buy a house and save for it.  There are all kinds of things people get ready for in this life; it consumes them, they are totally preoccupied with it. It takes most all of their time and energy, just always getting ready for something. Some people get ready by spending a lot of time and thought getting fit and eating a healthy diet, thinking it will help them live longer. Everybody wants to live as long as they can on this earth.  But how sad that most people usually never give much thought to where they are going to go when they die. They just live and act like this life right here and now is the only thing there is to live for.  But truly, if you stayed fit and ate healthy and lived to be 100, (if you are lucky enough to be spared accidents, natural disasters, shootings,  etc., ) what would that even matter if you died without Christ and end up having to spend eternity in hell forever.

 If you want to live a long life, why not call upon God to save you, and you will live forever and ever.  John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should  not perish but have everlasting life.  (That's a long time, everlasting," meaning never ending.")

The best part about it is you can get ready today.  It doesn't take years of planning, figuring, or doing any type of works, etc.)  It's a matter of the heart.  If you believe in your heart that you are a sinner who deserves to go to hell, and you call upon Jesus and trust in his name, (as the one and only saviour), and believe the gospel (the death, burial, and resurrection), then you will be saved instantly and have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
Romans 10:13: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

The everlasting life will begin now and even before you die you will have an abundant life by knowing Jesus.  For his spirit comes into our heart to dwell with us forever and he gives us peace and joy and great blessings by washing our sins away.  Acts 10:43: To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.  Being saved is the best life that anyone could ever have for here now and for eternity.  Colossians 1:14: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

John 5:24: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life.  

John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I John 5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

I John 5:13: These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

When you put your faith in Jesus, he gives you peace.  Luke 7:50: And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Being saved also brings joy.  Romans 5:11: And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Christ's sacrificial death on the cross for us.)

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