One Day


One day soon, people will be going about their business as usual; work, school, sports, home, shopping, gardening, whatever is on their schedule at the time.  Then suddenly, no matter where anyone is, they will hear a loud shout from above and while they are looking up to the sky, they will hear a loud trumpet sound.  And as they cast their gaze skyward, they will all see the appearance of a figure in the clouds.  It will be Jesus.

Then a strange thing begins to happen.  People, Christians, who had previously died, suddenly begin coming up out of the cemeteries and float up toward Jesus.  As the last of those who had died in Christ rises to meet Jesus in the air, those Christians who were standing there watching this scene began to rise up as well!  They all rise up to join this victorious gathering in the clouds.  There are smiles on all their faces.  (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17).

Back on the ground among those who remained, there materializes a strange, cold numbness which sweeps over them.  Those atheists, skeptics, know-it-alls, those who had been deceived by Satan begin to realize what had just happened and are saying, “Oh no, it was true!”  And in their minds they will hear, “Yes, you had your chance and you rejected it.”  They are left behind!  They look up and see their Christian friends, family and others there with Jesus and an overwhelming fear captivates them as they realize it’s too late!  And…what about their little children?

If you’re not sure where you will be on that day, don’t listen to Satan, don’t blow it.  Say YES to Jesus today!

Picture This – Let’s Go!

Given September 22, 2015

I want you to imagine this scene in your mind.Draw Near

A person is in a big room.  They are burdened down with lots of “stuff”, they are worried, and they are depressed with their situation.  Now, look over to the other side of the room.  You see Jesus standing there with a host of angels who have “resources”.  Jesus and His entourage are watching the person.  An angel says, “Let’s go help them.”  Jesus replies, “Wait, they’re thinking of how they can handle their own problems by themselves.”

Then Jesus speaks in a small, still whisper toward the person, “Draw near to Me and I’ll draw near to you.” (James 4:8).  The person hears it and looks up then turns their head to see Jesus and His angels.  It’s decision time; do they continue trying to do things on their own or do they allow Jesus to take over?

Jesus tells His group, “Watch and let’s see what they decide.”  The person looks at Jesus, and with a smile of relief coming across their face, they turn and take a step toward Jesus.  Jesus says, “That’s it guys, let’s go!”  And Jesus, His angels and all their resources move toward the person, surround them and begin meeting their needs.

Could you be that person this morning?  Listen to that small, still voice urging you to “draw near”.  Stop trying to handle it yourself.  Jesus has the answers and He is very willing to help you.  He loves you!  Take that first step today.

One Touched Him Different

Given August 1, 2015  Jesus_woman

The woman in the crowd with the issue of blood, (see Luke 8), touched Jesus.  Others that day had brushed up against Him or bumped into Him and maybe even said, “Oh, excuse me; I’m sorry I bumped into you.”  But the woman touched Him with a
purpose and she received from Him.

Many people go to church or are only near Jesus and brush up against Him.  They may even be thinking, “Sorry Jesus, I didn’t mean to get so close to you.  Let me back up a little.”  They don’t reach out to touch Him with a purpose as the woman did.  And they don’t receive anything from Him.

Today, make it a point to get close to Jesus, wherever you are, reach out and touch Him with a purpose in mind and faith in your heart.  He will notice that kind of touch and meet your need.  “And he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.’ “ (Luke 8:48).

There Is Hope

Given June 26, 2015Hope

There are times in our lives when things are not going well and we can’t see how we’ll ever get through it. The situation seems hopeless. I know there are some of you who are in a situation like this right now. Today let’s look at five things to remember at times like these.

1. God is with you. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;” (Psalm 23:4). “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). You are not alone, God is there, talk to Him.
2. God cares about you. “The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great. I say to myself, “The Lord is mine, so I hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24). “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7). If you feel like no one cares about you, God does! Talk to Him.
3. God knows your situation. ”Doesn’t he see everything I do and every step I take?” (Job 31:4). “Every hair on your head has been counted” (Luke 12:7). Also, that “great cloud of witnesses” from Hebrews 12:1, who made it through some terrible things, is cheering you on. Ask God what you should do.
4. God has power that you don’t have. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.“. (Romans 4:18). Jesus said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Abraham was 100 years old and God told him he was going to have many offspring? Was that hopeless? Turn your situation over to God and let Him handle it.
5. God has promised to help you. “I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10). “My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” (Psalm 119:81). Seek out God’s promise for your situation and trust Him. “It is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6:18).

There is hope in your situation, let God handle it.


Given May 23, 2015

We are celebrating Memorial Day but what do we think of on this day? A day off from work, cookouts, the military? Webster’s Collegiate RockMemorialDictionary defines a memorial as: Something that keeps remembrance alive: as a monument. When we see a monument or picture, we remember the significance from the past that the item represents. Officially becoming a holiday in 1971, the last Monday in May honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Tomorrow, we remember and honor those great Americans.

The Bible is full of memorials; things that remind us of God’s mercy and grace in the past. The first memorial is the rainbow that God set in the sky to remind HIMSELF of his promise, (Genesis 9:13-16). Communion is another one; our remembrance of what Jesus did for us, Jesus said, “this do in remembrance of me.” (Luke 22:19-20). Many times God’s people set up an altar or memorial to remind them of God’s goodness. In Joshua 4:1-7 after they crossed the Jordan River, God had Joshua to command the Israelites to set up twelve stones as a memorial. When the children would see the stones and ask what they were, the adults could tell the story of how God delivered them from the Egyptians.

The flood, the death of Jesus and the exodus were all troubling and difficult times but God takes care of His people. They see the memorial and remember that God is good and is on their side. Is there something in your past that was bad but God brought you through it? If you’re saved, your pre-Jesus life was bad. Think of a time when God brought you through. Now, choose something for your memorial: a rock, a picture, a tree, a pocket cross, something that, when you see it, you will be reminded of what God did for you. And, when the devil comes reminding you of something in your past, show him your memorial and say, “Look what the Lord has done!” “So Devil…you can leave now.”