Time and How it Passes by so Quickly

I am continually amazed at how time flies. I know it is an old, old saying, but it is relevant to us. We are approaching the month of May and it seems as if we just entered 2012. I am just beginning to write 2012 consistently, instead of 2011.

The Bible says that we are to “redeem the times”. It means to “buy up” the time. You are to make the time God has given you- count! Redeem it! Life is too short to waste your time on frivolous things! As a steward of the Lord and all He has given you, buy up the time and make it count for Him!

God is Amazing

In my message today, April 22, you can hear about a phenomenal concept and truth. It is the rainbow. God created and established the rainbow for His own sake. We just get to enjoy it! He did not create it for us to “remember” that He would not send a world-wide flood, but the Scripture states that He created it so that when He would see it He would remember His covenant promise! What an awesome God! None of us ever see the same rainbow, but God has made the rainbow for all of us to see! He truly is amazing and awesome!

The Word!

I am constantly amazed how relevant the Word of God is for our day! The fact that God preserved it is amazing enough, but when I consider that it is very relevant, very practical, and very helpful in our day 2000-4000 years later it is a big Wow! In my last post, concerning capital punishment, the state legislature debates it today and God gave the answer that works, thousands of years ago! That is powerful!

Make the Word your guidebook! Make it your roadmap for life! Make it your authority! If you do, you will always have God on your side!

In the state of CT

I find it interesting that the state of CT this week debated and are voting on the law of capital punishment. God placed me in the text this week where He, God, established the principle. I have heard on the news that it is antiquated and no longer valued. One congressman who is in favor of it gave his rationale that it should be kept when someone kills a police officer. (Does this mean that you and I are not as important?) God says we are all important to Him! Therefore, He gave this directive.

God’s answer to man and his sin, wrong choices, and rebellion is found in Genesis 9:6. This verse is the Institution of Government. I find it most interesting that God established government on the principle of capital punishment!

In Genesis 4 man went the way of Cain. This means that he chose to live apart from God’s instruction. At the end of that chapter, Lamech is boasting about his murderous actions. Society and culture that turns away from Jehovah God will create a society and culture resulting in anarchy and murder.

This is why God established Capital Punishment. You can call it old fashioned and antiquated, but God calls it the result of sin and the needed remedy for man’s sinfulness. Let’s practice Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.”

Two Things Jesus Did for Us at Calvary

In my Good Friday message, I shared the two things Calvary gave us that John writes about in his epistle. 1 John 2:1-2 says that Jesus became our Advocate and our Propitiation. Jesus comes alongside of us when we approach God, and He covers us with His shed blood when we attempt to come into the presence of a holy God. Grasping these two concepts will bring great joy to the true believer.

A Third Easter Post

I think one of the amazing and often overlooked thing that occurred on the Sunday morning of Christ’s resurrection is when the women came to the tomb and found it was empty. The stone was moved away, and they went into the empty tomb. Luke records for us (Luke 24:4-8) that they were perplexed about the situation. All of a sudden, there were two men that immediately appeared and started talking to them. Luke records that they were in dazzling apparel. We are told in the other gospels that they were angels of the Lord. Each gospel writer gives a little bit of a different story and detail to the event. What is amazing to me is this: Mary and Mary Magdalene were not taken back or surprised about speaking to the angels, they were more concerned about where their Lord was. As a follower of Jesus Christ, the allure of the mysterious, emotional, and angelic is not what should enamor us. The love, presence, and relationship of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, must be our consuming passion! It obviously was for these women! What an example they are to us.

Another Thought on Easter

For me, the greatest and neatest part of Easter, is Sunday morning. With all the horrendous activity that our Lord went through for us, it makes Sunday the most wonderful day! I love happy endings! Nothing can compare to the ending of Easter Week! The ending of Easter Week is actually the Beginning! We worship on the first day of the week, every week, because He arose! He is The Resurrection and the Life! Are you alive in Christ? Do you make the first day of the week significant for His sake?