The Hearer & The Doer September, 2015
James 1: 22-24 says:But be doers of the word (Bible), and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.For if one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.”
I forget to be a “doer” when my prayer and Bible reading time with Jesus are neglected and I try to do something in my own strength.I get lazy or too self-sufficient.I have forgotten Ephesians 2:8,9 where I am saved by grace and it’s a free gift of God and not of works lest any man should boast.Jesus reminds me to look in the mirror of His image and be filled with His Holy Spirit to be a truly effective “doer.”
Verse 25 of James 1 completes the focus on Jesus whose death and resurrection for my sins personally gives me that eternal hope of heaven.
“But the one who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”
September is the time for school to begin. May it be your time to begin anew to “do” His will and learn to lean on Him for everything.
Daughters & Sons of the King August, 2015
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
At a Bible study recently, we talked about how important it was for the pastor to visit the sick.They were saying how easy it was for us as lay people to just make conversation and not talk about the importance of sharing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.We should expect the minister to read the Bible and pray.What about us who are daughters and sons of the King?Does that get us off the hook, because we are just church members?Are we afraid to offend someone by sharing our hearts during a visit?Of course, we must ask the Holy Spirit to guide the visit.Are we worried that folks might not like us or be convicted about not knowing Jesus?
“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.And be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15 NIV
Just relax; let the Lord touch hearts and “be” in Him!
Recently I attended a church service where Jesus Christ was said to be the son of God who loves everyone and forgives their sins, however knowing Christ personally was not mentioned. Jesus said "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6
Calling yourself a Christian is more than just going to church and being a good person. You need to accept Jesus into your heart and life. For 25 years I thought I was a good person and that was my ticket to heaven then I read in the bible that there was only one way to heaven and that is through the shed blood of Jesus, good works cannot save you. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ today. Here's what you must do.
1. Admit that you are a sinner. Romans 3:23
2. Be willing to turn away from sin, repent. Luke 13:5
3. Believe that Jesus died for you, was buried and rose from the dead. John 3:16
4.Through prayer "for it is with your mouth that you believe and are justified. And it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10
What to pray, Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed his precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I believe by faith that you saved me and that Jesus is now my personal Savior. Amen. ~cms
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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.”
As we celebrate the birth of our nation this month, may we lean on the everlasting arms of Almighty God in our personal lives as well as offer prayers for our country.As the old hymn by Helen Lemmel says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus.Look full in His wonderful face.And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”Look to the Lord for the future and not just for quick fixes.
What really does matter?Bottom Line – It’s Jesus Christ –embracing Him as your Savior and sticking close to Him.
He promises to always be with us! ~cms
The Eleventh Hour
On April 14, 1912 at 11:40 PM, an iceberg scraped the ship’s starboard side of the famous Titanic ripping open six water-tight compartments.By 2:20AM the next morning the ship sank with 712 saved in life boats and 1,522 dying in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
One well-known pastor was aboard on his way back for a return preaching engagement at the Moody Church in Chicago accompanied by his six year old daughter. John Harper was a man on fire for Christ and had a burden for souls. During those final minutes in the cold water, John was near a man on a board drifting and asked him if he was saved? The man said “no” and Harper shouted from the Bible: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.”The man drifted out of sight. Later, the man came back into sight and Harper asked him the question again, “Are you saved?”The man said “no” and so John repeated Acts 16:31. Before he could hear the man’s answer, drowning Harper slipped into his watery grave, but the man put his faith in Christ. Later the survivor said that he was the pastor’s last convert.
John Harper may not have seen his little girl grow up, but his zeal for Christ was part of his life up to the end. Do we have that zeal? Ask Jesus to give us more of that desire to be His Light and guess what, He will!
The Information about Pastor Harper was from pages 16-25 of the book, “The Titanic’s Last Hero” by Moody Adams, the Olive Press.)~cms