A Christian is a follower of Jesus Christ. A Christian has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ, tries to obey Him in all things, and draws on His strength to help with problems.

God made us for Himself and our souls are restless until they find rest in Him. Only God can fill the void in your life. The answer to your search is accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior of your life. To become a Christian, you need to know these basic facts from the Bible:

  1. God loves you. Because of God’s love for all persons, He desires that you have unbroken fellowship with Him.
    (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5)
  2. You are a sinner. All persons are sinners in that they disobey God. Sin is choosing to go your own way and do your own thing as opposed to being obedient to God.
    (Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10)
  3. Sin separates you from God. Sin forms a barrier that prevents you from entering into unbroken fellowship with God, Who is holy. As an unholy sinner, you cannot have fellowship with God. You are headed for a Christless eternity that the Bible calls hell.
    (Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:23)
  4. You can’t save yourself. People often think that through their efforts they can overcome the sin barrier between themselves and God. That isn’t true. There’s nothing you can do to restore the broken relationship with God. You can’t earn God’s salvation.
    (Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; Romans 4:4-5)
  5. God sent His Son Jesus to remove the sin barrier. The death on the cross of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, removed the sin barrier between you and God, Jesus died for your sins, taking your punishment on Himself. God did for you in Jesus Christ what you couldn’t do for yourself.
    (1 Peter 2:24; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  6. You can receive Jesus Christ through faith. Faith is trusting in what Jesus has done for you rather than trusting your own efforts to restore fellowship with God. Faith is complete reliance on Christ to put you in right relationship with God, allowing Him to live His life through you. Faith also involves repentance or genuine sorrow for sin and willingness to turn away from sin.
    (John 14:6; Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9-10)
  7. Through prayer you can trust in Jesus Christ. Admit to God that you are a sinner. Express sorrow or repentance for your sinfulness. Ask Him to forgive your sins. Invite Jesus into your life as Savior and Lord. Thank Him for entering your life. Commit yourself to live for Him.

Accepting Christ is the beginning. After accepting Him, be obedient by following Christ in baptism and by uniting with a church. Talk with another Christian about your decision for Christ.

I just read an article where evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie, gave a sermon to more than 109,000 people.

In the sermon he spoke about the sudden loss of his son in a car accident that happened on July 24th, he talks about his loss and how he is dealing with his grief.

He told the attendees the following:

“Heaven is not the default destination when you die. You have to choose it. Jesus Christ paid your way to heaven when he died on the cross for you, but you must make your own choice to follow Him”.

So somehthing to think about, what have you chosen as your final destination?

This is the memory verse for my Sunday School class (4th, 5th 6thgraders).

Mark 8:36
“For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.”
Mark 8:36

It amazes me how powerful each verse is even in today’s times. What a gift we have in the good word, the Holy Bible.

SEOUL, South Korea — Thousands of South Koreans gathered for a prayer service Tuesday to welcome President George W. Bush on a visit that was also expected to spark revived protests against imports of U.S. beef.

Police said some 30,000 people convened on the grassy plaza in front of Seoul City Hall for a Christian service, while large South Korean and U.S. flags were held aloft by balloons overhead along with a banner reading, “Welcome President Bush.”

“The United States made sacrifices for South Korea during the Korean War and helped us live well,” said Kim Jung-kwang, a 67-year-old retired air force colonel who attended the rally wearing his military uniform. “The United States is not our enemy. Without the U.S., we will die.” TO read the entire story click here.

Reading this story gave me goose bump, 1st the prayer vigil AWESOME! Then to be remembered by some as being good how great is that. Finally news from another country where you are seeing the Love. 🙂

In war, every great successful battle plan has an equally well planned retreat plan. The retreat plan was planned along with the battle plan. Sometimes things change in the course of the battle campaign and require changes in the battle plan as well as the retreat plan, but retreat must always be considered and planned. Only the suicide missions,(i.e. Kamikaze, etc.) have no plan for retreat or return to safety. It is a fact that all wars have included victories and defeats. The definition of the winner of the war is which side wins the final battle. In order to get to the final battle, the winner must be prepared to retreat from the defeats in such a manner that he can live and prepare to fight the next battle.

Life, marriage, family, etc. are not significantly different from war. Life in total is the ultimate personal war. We war for our very survival (food, clothing, shelter, etc.). We battle to get ahead; to provide well for ourselves, family, marriage, loved ones. In that war, there will be defeats/failures. It’s important that we prepare for the defeats by planning our retreats. It is inevitable that we will have to retreat, perhaps several times when income dries up; when illness or injury occur; or when numerous other negative conditions come about in our lives.

In a perfect world, we would have money set aside, or have insurance policies that would save us from emotional and social pain when we are defeated in one of life’s financial battles. In the real world where most of us live, those protections do not exist. In those cases it is critical that we have the mental attitude that it is ok to retreat with our emotions, health, and relationships (marriage and loved ones) healthy and in tact. That way, we can live to attack life and love again.

In these retreats, the most expendable things are possessions. It is critical that we be emotionally ready to let stuff go. The planning for this would set a priority of possessions. What are the most important thing to keep? What must we have to survive now and start again? Always the top items are spiritual, relational, health, and emotional in nature. With those strong, the physical hardware and property things can be regained. A place to live, food, and transportation are obvious physical things needed, but we can set other item/type of item in order after that. However, we alone cannot always set that priority. Sometimes lenders or others upset the priority…. payments get behind or a specific payment is not possible to make, etc.

The reality though, is that the battles never do stop in this lifetime on Earth. God is in charge, and will have His way in spite of my own shortcomings, doubt, and bad decisions. I believe God is guiding us in a different direction for the next phase of our lives here on Earth. I must remember that the old adage… “God helps those who help themselves” is not Biblical. The Bible teaches clearly that God helps those who depend on Him.

Most important though is that marriage, mental health, emotional health remain strong as we go through letting go of possessions, property, etc. Pride and shame (both are the same like hot and cold) are the things which get in the way most of the time. Humility and honesty are the greatest tools to control pride and shame. It is ok to fail. It is painful, but ok, to not be able to perform (ie pay bills on time, fulfill a promise to a friend or loved one regarding a loan, etc.) as promised or expected. It is very important that communication continue and that restitution be made if and when it is practicable (making sense, not to the destruction of recovery).

Again, above all make sure that Christ, marriage, mental, spiritual, and emotional health, family relationships, be prioritized in that order before all else, especially property and possessions. Opportunities for possessions and property will come again so long as we keep our faith in God and our spouses through our current temporary retreats.

I live in the state of Florida and this story had made headlines several times. What I have read and heard about in the news is apparently a gay and lesbian teen group wants to have an afterschool meeting at the school and as seen in the article have the right to wear clothes and bandannas that support their group, I really feel that there should be a better place for this than school, kids should have restrictions on what should be allowed in school, I now this might be going too far but what would be next? People who study the Nazi regime and want to display a Swastika?!?! I just feel kids have so much pressure to be cool to fit in, to be liked or not liked, I feel a better place for kids to discuss sexual orientation is better left at homes with loved ones and family or maybe groups run by hospitals or YMCA with a therapist or counsellor and people who can help children deal with issues and peer pressures that come with everyday living. I think all of our children need our prayers and our guidance.

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In today’s world where homes are being repossessed at a high speed of rate is there any wonder that more then ever we need to lay our concerns at God’s feet,the following verses help me, maybe it will help someone else: reading Matthew 6:25 thru 6:34 (NIV):
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink:or about your body, what will you wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air: they do not sow or reap or store away in barns. and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do no labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you. O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or"What shall we drink?’ or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But you seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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