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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How to Know for Sure You'll be in Heaven

The Bible tells us in Romans 10:9-11

" That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  

For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." "

The choice is up to you. Nobody else. You.

Father God has given all of us the invitation to spend eternity with Him in heaven.  Ask Him to take your life and do something with it.  It will be the best decision you ever made in your life. I promise you that!

We hope that you and yours have a wonderful celebration of Thanksgiving together.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Good Good Father w/ Lyrics (Chris Tomlin)

He is a GOOD, GOOD Father!  If you grew up believing anything else, they told you wrong.

Ask Him for a revelation of Who He is.  He will show you.  He loves it when His children seek Him in all of His fullness. And if you're here, and you can't say that you are His child, that can all change today, this moment.   Just say, Jesus-I want to know you as Savior and Lord of my life. I give my life of sin and shame to you; take it and do something with it. Live Your life big in me. Thank you Jesus!

Now-if you prayed that prayer just now-you have been born (again) into the family of God! It's that simple. You have been saved BY GRACE through FAITH. Your job now is to find out who you are in Christ Jesus and to find out just how much God loves you! He wants to reveal Himself to you through His word (that's the main way He does it). I always tell people to begin by reading the book of John in the New Testament.

God has been so maligned and lied about throughout the years.  The enemy of our souls does not want us to KNOW the Father, because if we find out how GOOD He is, our lives will be forever transformed.  He wants to give us life and prosper us in all things. Then we can go out and share His love with others.  That's His plan. Will you be part of His plan?  He would love nothing better!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

God's Word ~ the Best Seed

Did you know that God's word is seed? The Bible says that when we are 'born again,' we are born of the incorruptible "seed" of the word of God.

    (having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 1 Peter 1:23)

We all know what seeds are meant to do. They are meant to produce a plant...and eventually, fruit. The same way that people plant cucumber seeds and tomato seeds and expect to receive a harvest from their efforts, we need to plant the word of God in the soil of our hearts~and expect a harvest!

This morning, I was thinking about soil. The farmer spends more time preparing the soil to receive the seed than he does actually planting seed. Jesus talks about the soil producing "some thirty, some sixty and some one hundredfold" returns.

   (But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. Mark 4:8)

The seed always has the potential of producing a one hundredfold return. The seed was all the same seed. So, the condition of the soil of our hearts plays an important role here.  We want our soil to be "good soil." How do we get good soil? I believe that it comes by seeking the Lord/Spirit of the word and asking him for understanding as we read His word.  Matthew 13:23 says that it's he/she who hears the word and understands it - that is the one who produces the harvest.

It seems to follow that a greater understanding of the word would bring a greater harvest. There are many things we can do to prepare the soil of our hearts. Stop letting the world dictate how you should spend your time. Humble yourself before the Lord and believe what He says about you. Stop listening to the world's advice. Go to the word of God for counsel. Be thankful and give God praise for all that He's done in your life.

"And He (Jesus) said to them, He who has ears to hear, let him hear." Mark 4:9  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Make room for Him.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Post Holiday Depression?

Are you suffering from post-holiday depression?

Are you looking at a stack of bills and wondering how they will get paid?

If you live in the "north" as we do, maybe you are feeling the sting (literally) of winter and all that goes with it...putting on boots, coats, scarves, gloves and hats...just to depart the doorway. If you've seen "A Christmas Story" you know what I'm talking about. Then the fun of sweeping the snow off the car, and scraping the windows. Who doesn't love to do that in subzero temps?
[sarcasm intended]
Then we get to let our car's engine run for about 15 minutes to warm it coax the remaining ice to melt from the windshield.  We've had some very cold temps here in the north (MN) this winter season. I'm sure most of us are looking ahead to spring right about now, trying to remember what it was like!

Maybe you don't live in a cold weather state, but you are experiencing a "winter" time of life.

None of us are above having these feelings of hopelessness at times. None of us.  I want to assure you of that...and of the fact that you are not alone.

This is where we need to focus on Who we belong to. Our Father is with us. He left us His word to bring comfort to us in our time of despair and/or lack. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where we decide (again) to live by faith. The best thing we can do is not always the thing we wish to do.

I urge you to go the Word, find a passage that speaks to you and brings you comfort (which is what the word was designed to do). Can't think of one?  I'll get you started...

                Eph. 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. 

                    Eph. 2:1   And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins (vs 4) But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us (vs 5b) made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)

                      Jude 1:20  But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.    

         Rom. 4:8   Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin. 

                              Phil. 4:8   Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.

                              Phil. 4:19   And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 

Col. 3:2-3   Set your mind of things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

Ps. 145:19   He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. 

Ps. 130:5   I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope.