Did You Feel That?

MAN O MAN!  The last couple of weeks really have the natives howling. The headlines have been nothing but doom, division, and fear-mongering, from the threat of the Islamist of ISIS, to the senseless murders of the Christians in a mid-week Bible Study by a racist lunatic, to the two audacious decisions by the  U.S. Supreme Court that upholds Obama-care, and, grants the right to homosexual marriage. It sure seems that the good ole USA that I grew up in, is gone, disappeared it seems over night. I have to admit, I’m not really happy with what I see happening around me, BUT, I believe these things and a lot more have to happen for the Will of God to be revealed and His plan to come to pass. Some people act like nothing is happening and others are calling for revolution, go figure. There has to be a cultural tipping point to begin the transition to the Lawless One. The people have to be conditioned to desire someone to “FIX” what they think has become unbearable. I am of the opinion that this is just the beginning, there will be much more unsettling incidents to follow, there has to be. I also believe that it is time for the Household of faith to take inventory. We need to sort through all of the stuff that we have acquired over the course of life, and set aside all that holds us back, and distracts from the mission of being the Church. As the shaking gets stronger, the lost will begin to look around for something that makes sense, and someone who understands, that us. Ditch all that Distracts, Cull all that Compromises, Prepare for the Platform that the Lord Jesus will provide to tell the World why we believe.

Be Blessed

HEAVEN

I’ve often been asked “What will Heaven be like?” and to my embarrassment and dismay, I had to admit that I really didn’t know a lot about Heaven, but knew I sure preferred it, to going to Hell. Over the past couple of years, my life has been deeply changed by the deaths of people I loved very deeply. In an attempt to educate myself and better understand what it means to die, and what to expect after death, I began a quest for knowledge of a subject many people in my “profession” talk a lot about, but I have come to learn, really know little about. Most people avoid the topic of death, particularly if they have a recent experience of the death of a loved one.

I have avoided the subject, I have lived through the experience, I am suffering the present absence of people I dearly, dearly love. I find myself at a place I never wished to occupy, with feelings I never would wish for anyone to experience, but they are real, I am here, and so is my friend, the Lord.

The Word of God says that Jesus is a friend that stays closer than a brother, and I can say I know that this is true.

I found a book written by a man who had recently suffered the death of his mother. He was devastated by her absence and set out to understand the reality of what it means to die, and what to expect after this life ends. As a result of his search, he authored what I have found to be a god-send, the book that has the best BIBLE BASED TRUTH on the subject of what we can expect in the place we know as HEAVEN. Randy Alcorn has given what I believe to be the most beneficial, and informative work to the people who are searching for the truth about the death of someone they love and long to see again. HEAVEN is the name of the book, Heaven is the name of the place I long to go, not just to escape a place called Hell, but to be reunited with those I love and miss. I have to confess, I have placed my faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I have the promise of Salvation and the hope of the Resurrection. I must also confess that now I have a far greater understanding of what it means to long for a city I have not seen, one that is not built by hands. One day Jesus will call my name, and I will rise to be reunited with those who have crossed that river before me, and to the one who loved me more that life.

I love you Dad

I love you Emma Grace

I love you Jesus

See you soon

I Couldn’t Do It

The more I think about the Lord, the more helpless I realize I really am. This past week I gave much thought to the life our Lord Jesus lived. I  confess that no one really knows all that the Lord Jesus was as a man, or all that He faced as He fulfilled the Will of His Father. What a friend we have in Jesus.What an amazing devoted friend, who loved us so much, and did the unimaginable for you and me. We are told that the greatest love anyone can give is to lay down their life for someone else. To give all for another. This is exactly what Jesus did for not only you and me, but for the entire human race. He lived the perfect life, to be able to be the perfect sacrifice.

As a Christian husband, father, grandfather, friend, pastor, and citizen I find myself facing things that are very difficult to do the right way, at the the right time, for the right reason, but for  Jesus not so much. In the Gospels we see how the Lord walked among the lost and always kept His focus on the “Prime Objective” the Will of His Father. Jesus came to reveal His Father to the world, and to redeem the world to His Father. Simple Huh?

Every moment of every day there was no conflict or second guessing about what He was to do; the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. You might have a point of discussion about that night in the garden. but in consideration of that incident I believe that Jesus did not deviate from the Prime objective, He was just overcome by His love for His Father. I truly wish that I could experience that more often in my life, don’t you?

After I had been thoroughly convicted, shamed, and silenced, by the reality of my humanity, I let my mind wander just a little more and began to ponder the gravity of the will of our Heavenly Father.

Think With Me For A Moment.

Consider how it pleased God, for His Son, His loving, obedient, only, Son, to be the acceptable sacrifice for a world of lost sinners, who did not care to know Him, or acknowledge His Sovereignty,  much less deserve His forgiveness by the death of His beloved Son. And consider Jesus, knowing full well of the gravity of the plan of God, and how He not only fit into it, but how it all hinged upon Him doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, that being us.

All that is rests in the reality of John 3:16-17.

Jn 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

I try hard, most of the time, to do the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason, but I fail.

I try hard, most of the time, to stay focused on the will of my heavenly father, but I fail.

For it is by the amazing grace of God that I have been saved, and it is solely through the faith given to me as a gift from God; and I am humbly grateful.

 

Redeemed By The Blood of God’s Lamb

Greg

I’m thankful, very thankful, that God had a plan that was not contingent on me, because I couldn’t do it.