Did Tennessee Ernie FORD drive a Chevy?
Does Snoop Dog hate cats?
Can Ben Dover reach the top shelf of his closet?
Does Bill Fold carry a wallet?
Do you think you will ever die?
“Indeed, just as people are destined to die once and after that to be judged” Heb.9:27
Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the light and no man comes to the father but through me. John 14:6
So the biggest question may be…WHO IS JESUS?
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Now that I’m no longer coaching, this verse is much easier for me to read! But even now, is my “talk” helpful and does it benefit others? How we speak, and what we post on Twitter and Facebook, can either bring people closer to God or drive them further away. A self-righteous stand doesn’t build anyone up and it doesn’t benefit those who listen.
Paul goes on to say, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31,32)
Something has gone wrong with the human race, and we know it. Better said, something has gone wrong within the human race. It doesn’t take a theologian or a psychologist to tell you that.
Read a newspaper. Spend a weekend with your relatives. Simply pay attention to the movements of your own heart in a single day. Most misery is the fruit of the human heart gone bad. Scripture could not be more clear on this. Yes, God created us to reflect his glory, but barely three chapters into the drama we torpedoed the whole project.
By the sixth chapter of Genesis, our downward spiral had reached the point where God himself couldn’t bear it any longer: “The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain” (Gen. 6:5-6).
This is the first mention of God’s heart in the Bible, by the way, and it’s a sad beginning, to be sure. His heart is broken because ours is fallen.
Any honest person knows this. We know we are not what we were meant to be. Most of the world religions concur on this point. Something needs to be done.
But the usual remedies involve some sort of shaping up on our part, some sort of face-lift whereby we clean up our act and start behaving as we should. Jews try to keep the Law. Buddhists follow the Eightfold Path. Muslims live by the Five Pillars. Christians try church attendance and moral living. It never works. It never will. For heaven’s sake—we’ve given it several thousand years. You’d think we’d have gotten somewhere.
Of course, the reason all those treatments ultimately fail is that we quite misdiagnosed the disease. The problem is not in our behavior; the problem is in us. As Jesus said, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). We don’t need an upgrade. We need transformation. We need a miracle.
by John Eldredge
“Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future.”
— Fulton Oursler
Easter means New Life!
In Revelation 21:5, Jesus makes an amazing promise I am making everything new. As we read the New Testament, there are least 10 examples of new things which God promises us.
a new life (Romans 6:4)
a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
a new self (Colossians 3:10, Ephesians 4:24)
a new covenant (Hebrews 9:15, 1 Corinthians 11:25; Luke 22:20)
a new birth into a living hope (1 Peter 1:3)
a new command (1 John 2:7, John 13:34)
a new name (Revelation 2:17)
a new song (Revelation 5:9)
a new heaven and a new earth(Revelation 21:1, 2 Peter 3:13)