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INDEPENDENCE

June 30th, 2014 | By admin

By Katt Anderson

We’re nearing Independence Day or the 4th of July. The United States was a young nation in 1776 and we wanted independence. As a nation, we had to pay the price. The price was a war with England and many people on both sides died, but we became independent of that country. Today, as young people, you crave independence. You want to make your own decisions, and as a parent, we let you begin to make the right decisions early in live. Some of the decisions are good and some are bad, but we all learn how to control our independence in time.

Jesus told about the prodigal son in Luke 15: 12-16. This young man wanted to be on his own. He wanted to make his own decisions and live life as he wanted to. His father was willing to let him go and make his mistakes. He wanted this young man to learn that no matter what, he loved his son. Of course, the boy made bad decisions and we know what happened. He was hungry with no money. There was only one place to go and that was home.

When his father saw him at some distance from his home, he ran out to him with open arms. He welcomed him back and showed him he loved him. When we make the wrong decisions, our parents should welcome us back the same way, but many times they don’t. This young man wanted the love of his father.

Today, God will welcome us back when we make mistakes. As you read on in the parable, you’ll find the older brother didn’t have that forgiveness and love. That’s the same as some in the Christian world. They don’t want to forgive, but we are commanded by God and Jesus to do just that. When Jesus was teaching the disciples to pray in Matthew 11:2-4, he instructs us to “forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us,” NKJV. We have to forgive others. God forgives us and doesn’t hold our sins against us, if we do what He says in the Bible.

Christ gave us independence from our sins when he died on the cross. He wanted us to be free of sins, just as the early settlers of the US wanted to be free of the rules of England. He wanted us free of the Old Testament. It’s wonderful to know that you can be free from sin. Jesus guides us to be free of these sins through His Word. This is not only in the gospels, but the Holy Spirit showed the early Christians how to be free by instructing them what to write in the other books of the Bible. To be free, we must study God’s Word and obey it, all of it. Christ has already paid the price for us to be free from sins.

 

HEAVEN-THE SAFEST INVESTMENT ON EARTH

June 2nd, 2014 | By admin

By Paul Holland

Matthew 6:19-21

    The Financial Crisis of 2007–2008, also known as the Global Financial Crisis and 2008 Financial Crisis, is considered by many economists the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The loss to our economy was something like $30 Trillion.

     Heaven, as we all know, is the safest investment on earth. Let’s talk about heaven – the safest investment on earth.

 WE MUST WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN:

    The sermon on the mount is Jesus’ instructions on how to get to heaven. He begins with 5:3: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The whole point is that we have to want to go there. It is not imposed on us, forced on us. But it is available to all of us. But we have to want to go there.

    Why do we want to go to heaven?

 BECAUSE WE DO NOT WANT TO GO TO HELL:

    Hell is not very popular – as a belief – in our country. Far more people believe in heaven than believe in hell. Yet, the person who talked about hell more than anyone else is Jesus Christ.

    Jesus also taught that God is the one who sends people to hell: “fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28). Of course, God does not want us to go there, as we have already pointed out, but it is our sins that will send us there and that’s why Jesus came – to provide us an alternative.

 HEAVEN IS AS MUCH A PERSON AS IT IS A PLACE:

    The greatest reason we want to go to heaven is not to escape hell or to leave earth. It is to be with Jesus, to be with God, to be with the Holy Spirit, to be with all the good people of all the ages of all time. “If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also” (John 14:3).

    Heaven – beautiful, peaceful, wonderful! John says it is like “a bride dressed for her husband” (Rev. 21:2). The husband – the one we became engaged to when we became Christians. One day, we’ll see Him.

    So, earth is where we invest in heaven. Earth is where we show God that we want to be there. That’s why Jesus tells us to “lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven… where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:20-21). This earth is the “vale [valley] of soul-making” in the words of English poet John Keats. It is where we show God that we want to be in heaven.

    God looks forward to that time. To enjoy the presence of His children – just like you look forward to your children coming home. God anticipates our arrival. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Psa. 116:15).

     Invest in heaven. Heaven is vested in you.

MAKING MEMORIES

May 7th, 2014 | By admin

By Katt Anderson

Each day of our lives, we make memories. Some are good and some are bad, but we still make them for ourselves and others. We’ve been remembering our memories. It’s best to have good memories, but sometimes we slip and someone remembers something bad about us.

Christ made good memories while here on earth. The people who did not like him could say they had bad memories. The disciples had good memories of his teaching and his kindness to everyone. Even on the cross, He taught forgiveness. Luke 23:34, “Then Jesus said, ‘Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.’” Each Sunday morning when I take the Lord’s Supper, I remember the pain Christ went through for me and for you. Each time he took a breath, he had to scoot up on that rough cross with his back raw, his hands and feet nailed to the horrible cross, yet He left that memory for us.

There are so many other memories in the Bible. As we tell these memories to others, we are making memories ourselves. These things we want to keep in our heart and meditate on regularly. Even Mary, Christ’s mother, kept memories. Through her years after her son’s death, I’m sure she thought about these memories. In Luke 2:19, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” She remembered the birth of Jesus and all that happened at that time. She wanted to remember.

Today, we make memories of our families, as Mary did. As school ends, we have students graduating from both high school and college. They have so many memories of their time with their friends, but times will be changing soon, and they will have new memories. Remember how you treat others in your life. Patents, grandparents and sibling will always have memories of you.

Make a scrapbook of your memories of your special occasion. Go back and look at it and remember all the moments in your life. Memories are something no one can take away from us. They are with us forever. Let’s try to have good memories.

 


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