Do You Know How It Feels?

As I get older I have come to the realization that nearly every part of my body hurts.  I cannot do what I used to do.

I have heard all of my life that when you do a hard days work you should lay your head on your pillow at night tired and have a sense of accomplishment for your hard work.  This is absolutely true.

As I am thinking along this line I want to ask you a personal question.  Do you know how it feels to lay your head on your pillow at night knowing that you have eternal life?  If not contact me and let me show you how.

Paul says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We live in a day where the only constant is change.  With God Almighty, He never changes.  He loves you supremely and He has sent His only Son to purchase eternal salvation for you.  All you have to do is receive it.  It is that simple.

So, how are you doing?

The Inn Keeper

As we ponder the Christmas account there are many people involved.  I have come to see this a little more this year than I have in the past.  We have looked at Jesus Himself humbling Himself and coming as a human being into a world He created to redeem us from sin.  We have looked at Mary.  We have looked at Joesph.  Yesterday we took a quick look at the angels.

Today, I would like to consider the inn keeper. As I took a quick look before this writing I found nothing about the inn keeper.  By his actions allowing Joseph and young Mary to stay in his stables tells me that he was a man of compassion.  Maybe, I am wrong and he is a man of greed trying to pack in as many as possible into his overcrowded establishment.  I would like to think on the lines of the compassionate.

As I kept considering this account of the coming of Jesus the first time the thought hit me.  This inn keeper came in direct contact with Jesus.  He had a choice to make.  He could allow Jesus in or he could reject Jesus and send Him away.  He chose to allow Jesus to reside there.

Now, friend you and I have a choice.  We can either receive Jesus Christ as our Saviour and make room for Him ore we can hang out the spiritual “No Vacancy” sign.  Look at the words of Luke 2:7, “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

No room.  No room for the King of kings and LORD of lords.  It is your turn my friend.  We all must make room for King Jesus everyday and not just on Christmas.

So, how are you doing?

See You At The House

Well, here I sit once again with tears running.  As you can see from the title today I will be trying to memorialize one of God’s dear saints.  Almost twenty years ago I had the privilege of becoming a reserve police officer in our little burg.  It paid nothing; but, your training and uniforms were free.

During my time as a reserve deputy town marshall I met so many different people.  One of those people was David Spannuth.  David is a stellar Christian man and his sweet wife Connie is a stellar Christian woman.  I remember how excited David told me that he was when he found out that another Christian brother was coming on board the police department.  We enjoyed many hours of sweet fellowship.  I would come out and ride along with him (even though I was not allowed to do so) and we would talk about the LORD.  Such sweet fellowship.

Yesterday, we received word that David Spannuth had gone to be with our LORD.  I managed to hold back all the emotions until this writing.  Now the tears fall for those who know and love David.  There is now a part of them that has departed.  Oh, we would not wish David back to this vale of tears and pain.  There is one thing for sure.  One day I will see my friend David Spannuth again.  I believe that it will not be long until that meeting will be taking place.

Let me ask you my reader.  Are you really prepared for Heaven?  Was there a day in your life when you realized and acknowledged that you are a sinner?  After you realized this did you cry out to Jesus to forgive you of your sin and ask Him to save you?

If you have never done that would you please contact me and let me take the Bible and show you how to be born-again so that you too can spend eternity in Heaven with Jesus, David Spannuth and me.

So, how are you doing?

One For The Money

When someone comes in contact with Jesus they are at a place where a decision has to be made.  In the account of what we call “the rich young ruler” we see this.  Here is a young man that the Word of God tells us “for he had great possessions”.  Someone once said, “It is not a sin to have possessions.  It is a sin for possessions to have you.”  There is wisdom for all ages in that truth.

Jesus lovingly confronts this man where he lives so to speak.  Jesus knows all about him and knows he has “great possessions”.  He also knows that these possessions had this young man.  So, in love for this young ruler, Jesus confronts him where he needs to be confronted.

Now, this young man had a choice.  He could continue to trust in his possessions and his good works or he could put his full faith and trust in Jesus.  The results are seen in Matthew 19:22, “But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.”  Here was a “rich young ruler” that was possessed by his possessions.  He had the opportunity to be possessed by Jesus Christ; but, passed up the greatest opportunity of his life.

So, how are you doing?

I’ll See You Next Monday

Last evening I spent time with our Pastor and his family after Church.  When his Dad retired to bed for the evening he announced to everyone, “I’ll see you all next Monday.”  It took me a minute or so to get that one.  He meant that he was going to bed and he would see everyone tomorrow.  We all got a good laugh out of it.  I think because I did not get it at first.  It is funny.

I began to think.  There will come a day when we will all depart this earth.  What about after that departure?  Will I see you again?  Will I see my loved ones again?

This is a question only they can answer.  Each one of us has been given a will and the freedom to exercise it.  I can choose to follow Jesus Christ or I have the freedom to not follow Jesus Christ.  Now, I believe with all of my heart if we do not follow Jesus Christ we will be sorry for all eternity.

You see, there is a real place called hell and real people go there.  There is coming a day not far off when we will all stand before God and give account for our lives.  Those who have never trusted Jesus Christ will stand before Him as a Just and Holy Judge.  He will pass judgment and proclaim, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”  These are the most sad words of all ages.

Do you know Jesus?  Even more important does Jesus know you?  Will we see one another next Monday morning here or in Heaven?

So, how are you doing?

Reproved

When I was a little boy the baseball diamond across the street from our house flooded.  Mom told me in no uncertain terms not to go over there and get in the muddy water.  Within five minutes or so I was surfing on an old piece of a 2X6 board.

I suddenly heard my mother’s voice calling my whole name.  At that moment  I did not love my mother’s appearing.  I knew it was going to be painful for me.  It was.  With each swat the water sprayed like an open fire hydrant.  I deserved it, no doubt.

During the moments from the time I heard my mother’s voice until she made contact with me was only a few brief moments I am sure.  Look at Habakkuk 2:1, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.”  Nobody likes to be reproved; but, it is necessary.  If we are heading down the wrong road we need to be corrected.  I hope that you are traveling the right road.

So, how are you doing?