Thursday, August 25, 2016

Do You Need a New Beginning, maybe Forgiveness?

There was a little boy and girl visiting their grandparents on their farm. The boy was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but he could never hit the target. Getting a little discouraged, he headed back for dinner. As he was walking back he saw Grandma's pet duck. 

Just out of impulse, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck square in the head, and killed it. He was shocked and grieved. 

In a panic, he hid the dead duck in the wood pile, only to see his sister watching! Sally had seen it all, but she said nothing. 

After lunch the next day Grandma said, "Sally, let's wash the dishes." But Sally said, "Grandma, Johnny told me he wanted to help in the kitchen. Then she whispered to him, "Remember the duck?" So Johnny did the dishes. 

Later that day, Grandpa asked if the children wanted to go fishing and Grandma said, "I'm sorry but I need Sally to help make supper." Sally just smiled and said," Well that's all right because Johnny told me he wanted to help." She whispered again, "Remember the duck?" So Sally went fishing and Johnny stayed to help. 

After several days of Johnny doing both his chores and Sally's... he finally couldn't stand it any longer. 

He came to Grandma and confessed that he had killed the duck. Grandma knelt down, gave him a hug, and said, "Sweetheart, I know. You see, I was standing at the window and I saw the whole thing, but because I love you, I was just waiting for you to come and tell me so I could forgive you. I was just wondering how long you would let Sally make a slave of you."  

Whatever is in your past, whatever you have done...God knows.   
Hebrews 4:13 (ESV) 
[13] And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.  

Proverbs 5:21 (NIV) 
[21] For a man's ways are in full view of the LORD,  
and he examines all his paths.  

However it's the devil who keeps throwing it up in your face (lying, cheating, unpaid debt, fear, bad habits, hatred, anger, bitterness, etc.) ..Whatever it is....You need to know that God was standing at the window and He saw the whole thing..... He has seen your whole life; He knows we are broken as human beings. He wants you to know that in all of your brokenness He loves you and that you can be forgiven. That’s one of the reasons why Jesus came. 

For God so loved you that he gave you his son. If you believe in him you will be saved from judgement, freed from the devil, set free from the scars of regret of life and receive the gift of eternal life. Jesus didn’t come to condemn us but to save us. Because we are all already condemned and there is nothing we can do on our part to free ourselves from God’s judgement and that’s where the devil wants us to stay.  

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, * you are really my disciples. [32] Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8) 

God’s just wondering how long you will let the devil make a slave of you. The great thing about God is that when you ask for forgiveness, He not only forgives you, but He erases your past and makes you a new creation and welcomes you into His kingdom. ..... It is by God's grace and mercy that we are saved not by cleaning up your act because we can't get it clean enough but Jesus can. 

God is at the window. He says you don’t need to hide anymore. Let my son Jesus bring healing to your soul. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Faith defined

Everyone operates in faith.

Faith takes what we know and helps us traverses what we don't know so that we can act on what we believe.

The other day I was having a conversation with a millennial. In the coarse of our conversation my faith in Jesus came up. He wanted to make it clear to me that he believed in science. As if my faith in Jesus excluded me form believing in science. I informed him I believed in science and I put my faith in science also as he does. He then asserted that science has nothing to do with faith and his acceptance of science does not involve faith. Here's were I challenged him in his understanding of faith.

I stated I love science also. But it has its limits. It can only reveal things to us about our physical universe and only what it can observe and verify through the scientific process. He responded, Like carbon14 dating. I ask him do you believe what the scientist tell you about carbon 14 dating? He said yes. I told him that his belief was born out of faith. I asked him what was carbon14? He said they were the atoms that where in all living matter and they decay at a certain rate. I asked him how carbon14 is created. He didn't know.  His belief in the carbon14 dating process wasn't based on his understanding of the facts but on what others told him. He arrived at his belief by faith in what other told him. He had some knowledge and what he didn't know he use faith to help him traverse this unknown to arrive at his belief in the carbon14 dating process.

It's the same thing that happens when we drive our vehicles. It's by faith we enter them and drive them from point A to point B. Because we don't know if the vehicle will even start or not break down in process or someone else on the road stop our progress.

Belief in origins as the secular scientific community proposes is an act of faith. Belief in the history of certain events and people in the first century Roman Empire, to the point of getting a PH.D., is based on faith. Believing in Jesus and the gospel message is based on faith. We take what we know and use faith to help us traverse what we don't know so we can act on what we believe.

We All Have Unclean Hands

Jesus said to them,  “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the ...