What do we spend our time and money on?

Recently, I attended a wake and what came to mind is how we spend so much time with a person after life on earth is over. Why don’t we invest in our relationships whIle they are here?

We send cards and flowers to the funeral home after life, but did we show our appreciation for the person who passed when we had them with us?

Think about all the money that is spent on a casket, burial and plot. How much time and money did we spend planning where and who we would spend eternity with?

Imagine how wonderful it would be if we showed our respects and shared our faith with people before its too late.

Who do you know that would love a visit? Bring some flowers and share your favorite scripture and talk about your desire to be together after this life is passed.

Lord, help us to see where our values need changing and help us take time to visit our friends and loved ones while we can. In Jesus name. Amen

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Happy thanksgiving!


Give thanks to the Lord , for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 107:1 NIV

http://bible.com/111/psa.107.1.NIV

Christmas before technology was born!

Right now you are either holding a cell phone in your hand, or a tablet, or using a computer of some sort. We could not imagine life without it, especially once black Friday arrives.

Technology has made a lot of things simpler,  but can you imagine a time when there was no internet? A time when communicating was done over a phone line or in person? It required more effort on our part, but it showed our interest in other people. 
That is the kind of Christmas I am looking forward to this year. I don’t really care about what’s under the tree, but who took my place on that tree in Calvary over 2000 years ago. 

The gift that God gave us is better than anything we could find at Amazon or Bestbuy.com. It requires no user manual or batteries and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving!

Jesus Christ took the penalty for your sin and mine, and in return offered us life everlasting in a place where there is no hatred or greed, no pain and no luster for more! 

Have you accepted his incredible gift? 

If not, I would love to help you come to faith in the Son of God.Connect with me and let’s talk.

Make this the Christmas you will never forget!

Blessings,

Nick

Hidden in Your Heart

Your heart is very precious. It is that secret place where you store your memories and desires and thoughts.
Noone knows what’s in your heart, but it can be seen through your actions. If you store up what is good, you will do good things. Evil actions are the result of impure, immoral thoughts in your heart.

“Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)

Whether you say you believe in God or not, He knows what is in your heart. Everything is unhidden and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account.

Therefore, let’s fill our hearts with what is good and pure, and get rid of lying, adultery and all that is evil.Nick

Stand Firm in the Word

Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, there is a battle going on for the souls of all mankind. Satan, our enemy or adversary is always on the attack. His purpose is to make you doubt God and question his existence. There is no doubt that he has been successful in impacting the lives of many; beginning with Eve in the garden and continuing through the twenty-first century. 

For those who have not made a decision to live for Christ, this may seem crazy, but for those who have made that commitment, it is a very real threat. Every day I feel him trying to get me to question what I believe and in whom I have placed my trust. Satan’s attacks may be subtle, but they are like tiny pin pricks in an effort to get us to give way to denial.

The Apostle Paul said that he was facing a “thorn in the flesh” and he identified this as a messenger of Satan. There has been great speculation about what it was that he was dealing with, but of this we can be sure…God assured Paul that His grace was sufficient to see Paul through it. 

Job likewise faced incredible pain and loss at the hands of Satan, but in the end God blessed him with more than he previously possessed.

In the gospels, we read of Jesus’ attacks in the desert after fasting 40 days. Satan, on three separate ocassions tried to get Jesus to give in to temptation. First, he used Jesus’ hunger as a pathway to get him to give in and then he moved to bigger things.

So, what can we do to be prepared when those times come?

In the New Testament book of James we read;

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:7-8

It goes without saying; if you are living for Christ, you will face temptation and trials. If we are going to be successful in resisting the devils attacks, we must stand firm in the Word of God. This is what Jesus effectively used against Satan in the desert. 

We also can be prepared by following what the scripture teaches about putting on the “full armor” as described in Ephesians 6.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Eph. 6:10-11

The apostle Paul goes on to describe the spiritual armor in verses 14-17, and exhorts us to pray in the Spirit. This means that we are to pray to God, in the name of the Son through indwelling Holy Spirit, while praying in agreement with God’s Word the bible.

Pray today, putting on the full armor and be prepared for those times of testing. Remember, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world. 

Is Everything Meaningless? 

In the book of Ecclesiastes, which was authored by Solomon, the son of King David (1:1) we find an interesting but somewhat strange statement; “everything is meaningless.”(1:2)

There have been times in my life when I may have felt this way, but everything is an all-encompassing word and I find it hard to express ever totally feeling that way. After all, everything would have to include family, friends, music and even fellowship with my church and my God and Savior.

Tom Landry, the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys remarked a few days after winning the Superbowl;

 “The overwhelming emotion–in a few days, among the players on the Dallas Cowboys football team–was how empty that goal was. There must be something more.”

Tom Landry experienced the thrill of victory, but it was short-lived, and then came the emptY feeling…now what? Or is that all there is?. It happens to all of us at one time or another. We get the job we wanted, but realize we want something more. We get that 32″ tv and then see someone else’s 52″, and we think ours looks small. Do we ever get to the place where we ate content with what we have?

This is what Solomon was talking about when he said, “everything is meaningless “. We strive to be successful or thin, or happy and we are left feeling empty. Is it at that point that we feel that everything is meaningless?

I think we need to realize that no matter what we accomplish, or how many dreams come true, or even if we have all that we could ask for, it’s meaningless compared to knowing God and being known by Him.

Solomon tells us, regardless of all he became, built or enjoyed…it was meaningless in light of  God and His grace.

So, enjoy life and all that can be enjoyed while you live on earth, but know this…each of us will be called to give account of our actions on the day of judgment.

“Father, thank you for all that you have provided for our needs and enjoyment. Thank you for your love and grace and most importantly, thank you for the atoning sacrifice of  Jesus Christ for our forgiveness. Teach us to be content in all that you have given us, for everything else is meaningless. Lastly, I pray for whoever finds this post, that you would reveal the greatest treasure to them, in Jesus name. Amen”

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