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Are You Ready?

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Matthew 24:36, 44- “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”

 

I use a pocket planner.

Some people use a wall calendar.

Their purpose? To keep track of appointments and special dates.

We circle or star the really important ones—those that are important to remember.

We sometimes countdown to events that are especially significant.

We know when they will take place because we are told the date, in advance, and we keep track of them.

Then, when the day arrives, we are ready.

We have our gifts in hand, our car is gassed up, we look our best. We are able to take part in the celebration, attend the event, or keep the appointment.

Occasionally, the date or time is changed or event rescheduled, but for the most part, things happen according to plan.

However, what if things happened according to someone else’s timetable? What if we were told to be ready, but had no idea of the day or time?

That is the way it will be when Jesus returns to earth.

The Bible says he will return, but that only God the Father knows when that will be. No one will know in advance, so we are cautioned to be spiritually ready.

So, how does one do that?

While we are still living, or until Jesus comes again, we have every opportunity to repent of our sins and profess faith in Jesus.

In the end we will all be judged.

Everyone, the still living and the resurrected dead, will face God’s judgment.

Those who know and trust Jesus as their Savior will have nothing to fear. We will be ready.

We don’t know when.

But, we do know who.

He’s the one that makes us ready—forgiven, made righteous, pure and blameless in His sight—

by the Grace of God.

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Goldilocks Liked Lukewarm. God, Not So Much…

Revelation 3:15,16-  “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”

 

 

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There’s something about the fall that sparks conversations about the weather. People often share their favorite temperature ranges (I love 75-80 degrees), their preference of outdoor activities, and so on.

Some people prefer iced coffee; others like it hot; still others let it cool off just a little before taking that first sip.

It always reminds me of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Goldilocks tasted all of the bowls of porridge, looking for the one that was neither hot, nor cold. She wanted it “just right.”

God used temperature to express how He felt about Christians in the church at Laodicea. He said he’d prefer that people were cold (not zealous) or hot (zealous ). What He doesn’t like are “lukewarm” Christians. He even says He will “spew” them out of his mouth.

So, what are lukewarm Christians?

Based on what I have read, I am going to make some assumptions:

They lack the desire for daily prayer and Bible reading.

They give money to charities and church after they have met their own needs/wants.

They don’t really hate sin. They just don’t want to be punished.

They put what they want to do ahead of service to God and others.

They choose what is popular over what they know to be right. They don’t want to cause conflict or give up their social position and/or friendships for voicing their convictions.

They think more about life in the here and now, than about life after death.

They rarely share their faith.

They say they love God, but they often put their ultimate trust in themselves.

Most of us stand convicted of being lukewarm, at times. 

But, if it becomes a pattern in our lives, it is cause for concern.

If we are honest, the last thing we want to do is displease our Lord. The very thought should sadden us.

So, perhaps it is time for some honest self-examination.

It we are lukewarm, we need to turn to Him, now. Trust in Him. Stay close to Him each day in an attitude of adoration and desire to serve as He directs. Ask Him to show us how to live the victorious, obedient Christian life He wants for us.

The life that uplifts others.

The life that pursues holiness.

The life that glorifies Him.

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What Do Wine, Fish, and Clay Have in Common?

Jeremiah 18:4– “But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”

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Great cooks put unusual ingredients together on national television and end up with mouth-watering meals and desserts.

I thought I’d try it.

I opened the refrigerator and took out a little of this and a little of that.

Everything went into the skillet. Fifteen minutes later I dished it onto plates and set them on the table.

“Not half bad,” my husband remarked as he reached for a second glass of water.

I smiled.

It was nothing like the account of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding, or when He took five loaves and two fishes and fed 5,000 people, but still…

What about Jesus completely changing a person?

You may know someone who had a hardened heart, unwholesome habits, spoke unkindly to others, made life miserable for his family. Then, after responding to the gospel, he changed completely.

His outward smile now gave evidence of his changed heart.

His speech, his habits, his attitude—all of it changed when he met the Lord.

Jesus says He’s the potter and we are the clay.

If we let Him, He is willing to make something beautiful out of us—

a vessel He can use for His good purpose.

 

 

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Up Close and Personal

Luke 19:1-4  “Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.”

 

In the late 1950’s, President Dwight Eisenhower made a stop in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dad loaded our family of six into the car and drove for more than an hour to the airport. There, we joined other folk at the chainlink fence separating the runway from a stretch of desert.  30032881542_2be5c5e44e

The air crackled with excitement as we kept watching the late afternoon sky for a sign of his arrival. When his plane landed, he walked over to the fence and shook hands with those fortunate enough to be in the front row. He even kissed a couple of babies, as I recall.

The crowd was quite large for those times and most were adults, so Dad gave each of us a turn to sit on his shoulders so we could see the beloved “IKE.”

We had quite a tale to tell at school the next day. Not only had we laid eyes on the President, we had also been allowed to stay up past our bedtime!

Yes, it was quite an experience—one I have never forgotten.

A Bible story I have never forgotten, either, is that of Zacchaeus, who wanted to see Jesus so badly that he climbed a tree to get a better view.

Many years later, I learned that the sycamore tree is not a tall and sturdy tree. But, I guess it gave him just enough of a boost that he achieved his goal.

Not only did he see Jesus, but Jesus noticed him. He even invited himself over to Zacchaeus’s house that very evening!

As much as I enjoyed seeing our nation’s thirty-fourth president up close, I know nothing will compare to experiencing a personal greeting from Jesus in Heaven.

If you are a Christian, you won’t need to sit on anyone’s shoulders or climb a tree to see Him.

There won’t be a chainlink fence between you and your Savior.

We will see Him face-to-face.

And, word has it, He’s invited you to dinner.

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Imposter or “The Real Deal”?

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I Timothy 3:16b– “He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artificial turf.

Carpet made from recycled tires.

Cauliflower. Mashed, it tastes like mashed potatoes.

Designer-look perfumes and purses.

False eyelashes.

Floor tile that looks like woodgrain.

Ritz crackers, baked with spices tastes like apple pie.

Silk plants/flowers.

Simulated stones.

Vinyl that looks and feels like leather.

 

FAKES.  IMPOSTERS.

The world is full of them.

 

The world is also home to false gods. They may be horoscopes, statues, planets, money…anything or anyone that people put their trust in is technically a “god” to them.

 

Sadly, they lead to disappointment…many with tragic consequences.

How can one tell a fake—an imposter—from the real thing?

The verse in First Timothy says Jesus was verified in six ways:

1.He appeared on earth in the flesh.

2.He was vindicated by the Holy Spirit.

3.He was seen by angels (and, if I might add, by many people)

4.He was preached about (by the disciples).

5.He was believed on by many people (…and the number is growing).

6.He was taken up (ascended) into heaven.

In today’s world, we use the word endorsement, to mean declaring approval, when we refer to lending credibility to a person, product, or claim.

In Matthew 3:17 God said of Jesus, “…This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

So, he has been verified and endorsed—by God the Father.

Jesus is not a fake. Not an imposter.

He’s the real deal.

He is the Son of God.

Our Savior. Our Redeemer.  Our risen Lord.

 

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