Christians Side With Mammon. Mammon Sided with Barabbas. | RedState

“One thousand nine hundred eighty-one years ago today, the world chose to spare a criminal and crucify God himself.”  Too many Christians (& their pastors) are doing the same today.

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Ashamed

Richard L Rice

I got my eyeglasses when I was in the first grade. It was impossible to read the chalkboard in Mrs Clay’s first grade class.  She refused to move me closer to the front of the room because everyone was seated alphabetically.  With the last name of Rice, I was stuck in the back.

Later that school year I got my first pair of eyeglasses.  No 6-year old boy wants to be seen wearing big, clunky, black-rimmed glasses.  Even then I was embarrassed and my imagination raced.  What would the other kids think? What awful names would I be called? Would anyone like me? The answer was to hide my glasses so no one could know my secret.

It was a short walk from home and through the alleyway to Peter Boscow School. I took my glasses off and tucked them into my pocket.  Once at school I’d sneak them into my desk without anyone noticing and then I’d be normal like everyone else.

One day the weather was warm and I hurried home after school to play.  I wasn’t out long when my mother asked where my glasses were.  What could I say?  I was “busted.”

Mom took me back to school where I had to find a janitor and then ask to be let back into my classroom.  In the 41 years since, I’ve never gone a day without wearing my glasses. They are as much a part of my life as my eyeballs are.  I’m not ashamed by them.  I depend on them.

Some of us are ashamed by things or people in our lives. We hide them in our pocket or desk and bring them out only when we think that no one we know will see us. We keep them a secret out of fear. Some of us treat Jesus this way. He’s fine to be seen with on Sunday … usually, but during the week we hide Him so there isn’t any conflict, shame or embarrassment.  You may not hide Him completely, but enough to not cause any trouble.

But if Jesus has given you perfect sight so you can see, why would you hide Him?

I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed (1 Timothy 1:12).

I Met Jesus

Meet Jesus

I met Jesus. He changed my life.

If your friend told you that he met Abraham Lincoln last Tuesday at the ice cream shop in the mall, you’d think he was a liar, he was delusional, or that he’d had the most marvelous encounter. How would you know?

Since he’s your friend, you should know whether or not a story like this is something he’d make up. Liars tend to lie about many things.

He might be delusional, not knowing reality from fantasy. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, was murdered on Good Friday of 1865. It is impossible for him to still be alive and walking through an American mall searching for a Rocky Road cone with sprinkles.

Your friend could be telling the truth … but it would require Lincoln to have been raised from the dead and posses everlasting life.

Today there are hundreds of millions who claim to have personally met the risen and living Christ Jesus and been changed by Him. Does this belief make them all liars? Are so many people mad with the exact same delusion? or does it make them men and women who have met the living God in the person of Jesus and been changed by faith in Him?

… The Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles …. I am not mad … but speak the words of truth and reason (Acts 26:23, 25).

Return, Return

Return, return, O Shulamite; Return, return, that we may look upon you!  (Song of Solomon 6:13).

It may be one of the most famous photographs of all time.  A sailor, just returned from World War Two, runs down the street kissing every woman he finds.  His wasn’t love of a woman, but a love of returning home.

When you’re in love, every moment away from that special person seems like an eternity.  Thoughts float back-and-forth between what you need to be doing and how much you miss your love.  The days seem longer; the nights darker; each moment an eternity.  Every ring of the phone brings hope in hearing the voice you’ve been longing to hear.  Separation begets feelings of loneliness and every heartbeat pulsates into echoing aches of “Return!  Return!  Return!”

Then comes the day of reunited love.  Anticipation satisfied. Love consummated!

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”  And let him who hears say, “Come!”  (Revelation 22:17).

Eager

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Our cat Fluffy knows something we don’t know: She knows when someone is going to visit before they knock at the door. She’ll either run to the door if it’s a friend and wait, or raise her back and hiss if it’s a stranger.

When we arrive home at night, Fluffy is sitting at the door ready to welcome us.  She’ll wait until I bend over, pet the top of her head, and tell her she’s a good kitty.  Then she heads for her food dish.

For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).

Honor

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Honor your father and your mother (Exodus 20:12).

Mark lived nearly 400 miles from his childhood home, but he visited his father when he could, sent him cards on major holidays, and prayed for him every day. Mark had a life and family of his own. He worked hard but lived simply.

As a teenager, Mark rejected his father’s beliefs. It didn’t take long living in the real world for Mark to realize that there was a reason his father lived and believed as he did. he learned to take to heart everything his father was as a man and taught via his life. His father was a godly man, for whom his faith was always preeminent. His spiritual health and the kingdom of God always came first. Always. Mark lived the same way … now.

Mark’s younger brother kept busy with his wife and two sons. During the week Frank overspent his time building a career. He had to work long and hard if he was ever going to pay for his ever-increasing lifestyle: mortgage, two cars, the latest technology, and everything else the modern person feels necessary.

Weekends were just as hectic between soccer games, Boy Scout meetings, and a constant list of honey-do chores on their home and yard. Sunday was his only day off, so he spent it on himself watching television sports, playing golf, or fishing.

Frank did his best to be his own man and make his own choices. While living only a few miles from his dad, he did everything possible to leave behind or even deny what his father believed. There would be time, especially for religion, later in life, when life settled down. He was a good guy anyway.

When their father died, Frank angrily took responsibility of making the funeral arrangements. He also angrily blamed Mark for not being there when their father died. Now Mark wasn’t able to attend the funeral and pay his final respects.

Which son honored his father?

 

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Outlaw Guns

 

 

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Government can outlaw guns (here) …

then knives (here) …

then sticks (here) …

then rocks (here) …

then fists (here) …

the problem isn’t the tool in the hand, but the sin in the heart.

The Lord said to Cain, “…Sin lies at the door, and its desire is for you …”.  Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him (Genesis 4:7, 8).

 

I Have Decided

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The things that you have heard

from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men

who will be able to teach others also

(2 Timothy 2:2)

 The late 1800s witnessed a great wave of missionaries to India. Entire states once ensnared in Hinduism and closed to the gospel became open furnaces of fiery Christian revival. Many of these states, at the same time, became the fiercest of battlegrounds, with many of the missionaries and their converts martyred in the process.

One state, Assam, saw dozens of missionaries murdered before a single convert to Christ appeared.

A husband and wife and their two small children were the first to profess Christ. To make an example of them, the village elders had them shot through with arrows beginning with the children. One-by-one they watched each other die, the husband being the last.

When told to recant Jesus, the husband boldly proclaimed: “I have decided to follow Jesus, and there is no turning back.” His children were murdered while he watched.

Again told to recant, he said: “The world can be behind me, but the cross is still before me.” Then he watched as his wife was shot through.

Once more told to deny Jesus the man said, “Though no one is here to go with me, still I will follow Jesus.” With that, he was executed.

After a long time, when missionaries finally returned safely to that area, they found that those responsible for the deaths of the family had all been converted to Christ.

The missionaries sought out the famous Indian evangelist Sadhu Sunhar Singh (1889 – 1929) to take up the work. He insisted that if India was to be reached with Jesus, missionaries had to teach the Bible alone without teaching Westernized culture.

Singh visited the village and upon hearing the story in person, and seeing the result of the power of the Gospel of Jesus, Singh wrote the hymn we sing: “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.”

The song isn’t about making a choice to be saved, but the once-for-all power of the Gospel of Jesus for the already saved, even in the face of death. Rather than an emotional manipulator to accept Christ, it’s an anthem of devotion to the One who is already your Saviour. 

A Day Without Cheese

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I LOVE cheese!!! For years I’ve said that “A day without cheese is like a day without sunshine.”

What makes going to Heaven worth while?

  • Seeing loved ones?
  • Being free from sickness and death?
  • Ultimate deliverance from the presence of sin?
  • The street of gold and gates of pearl?
  • No more Monday mornings?

People, even Christians, get Heaven all wrong. Their desires and priorities are skewed. How about this saying: “Heaven without Jesus is like eternity in Hell.”

The dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17).