Friday, April 18, 2014

Happy Easter as they call it. Listen, if Christ’s physical resurrection ain’t cause for off-the-charts celebration something is pretty jacked-up.

"For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified" (Heb. 10:14).


But how?  Here's how…


Paul wrote to the church at Corinth to answer this. Since being "good enough" through personal effort is so futile (Rom. 7), only a transfer of account if ya will..from the righteous Person to a sinner like me could actually remedy the problem. Yep, "He made [Christ] who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor. 5:21). How cool is that! The Cross fully appeased. 

Though we've all sinned, God ain't mad at us. No need for wrath on us, and Christ's righteousness was attributed to us..if we'll each take it by faith.

By His wounds we are healed

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Don't know what you might have heard, but the Lord is for you...

so, So, SO for you. Right where you are. He's FOR YOU today! 

That's not some cheap religious clichĂ© I'm givin' ya. It's true. He's for you all the way… every single day!

God is thoroughly committed to you and your highest good.

"...If God is for us, who is against us?" 8.31romans

You know that people will do ya good at times, and some will do ya bad, but not God. Doesn't do bad or evil. He'll only do you good for He is completely good. He's that way every moment. There is zero darkness in him. God is light. He is love. He is a practical caring person you can have a meaningful relationship with. So different is He from sinners like you and me. You know we've all blown it, but not Him.. not even once.
Wait, does He allow hard things into your life, Kurt? know  like trials, temptations, and tribulations? He could. This is a sin-cursed fallen situation here on earth (cuz of the first Adam) and the Bible says, through much tribulation we enter God Kingdom (cuz of the second Adam - Jesus Christ).

Wait, even through really  hard things like persecutions, scoffing or mocking etc? Yes for some believers ..sometimes. I'm not sure what God will allow into your life, but think of the Apostle Paul and what he experienced...and how God used Him in spite of the religious and other types of oppostion. 

But if God allows it in your life.. it's all for your good, to make you stronger in Christ ..and He will comfort you as well. He can still heal as well, but He won't allow more into your life than you can His anointing and grace.. handle.

And God will also wipe away all tears. He so loves His children and has a good plan. We will one day have His perspective on it all.. even if right now we just don't get it at all.

Justice and the will of God will soon be done in heaven and here on earth—all will be well for all believers. We will soon look at each other and think, Wow, He is so good and all that He's done is too!

No matter what people ..relatives, sons, friends, pastors, co-workers, enemies, or even fairly moral people.. do to you, no matter what happens to you circumstantially, no matter what happens with nature around you, no matter what you feel, see, think, guess or imagine, the Lord is so there for you! Yes, right now and the Kingdom of God is at hand. Not far at all. You can cry out to this King and He will hear you. You can call out to Him for your lost loved ones and He will hear and will do good in response ..cuz He's a prayer-answering kind of God. Won't make em serve Him, but He will intervene because of your expressed faith. Don't quit now, or view God as negligent, indifferent, hurtful and evil.

Do you have friends that you've repeatedly appealed to ..who stubbornly self-medicate and who are now homeless? Do wonder how low they'lll go before they turn to God on His terms (biblically repent and trust)? Do you have a loved one who is not in their right mind. Keep on praying for em. God can bring hope even when things look 100% hopeless—His good grace can go deeper than the deepest ugly pit that people can dig.     

And if God is for you, who can move against you? Who can even attack you without His permission, believer? None. And that doesn't mean act foolish headin' into dangerous areas.

Remember Mr. Job. He endured some severe circumstances, pain, sorrow, grieving, suffering and loss, but the real enemy couldn't kill him. And it all came out good on the other end cuz He believed in the Lord. He might have thought his uber-painful trials went way too long we do at times with different trials. I've been there.

Remember.. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it" (10:26one.corinthians) even if many people don't agree with that. Remember that God is totally sovereign—without rivals, He rules over everything.

Remember, "For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring" (17.28acts).

Whoever has tried to harm you ..could only go as far as God let them go, and not one yard, or foot, or inch further.

No matter what they did to you (God didn't make them or this world evil. It was people who made the wrong choices to disobey Him. Sin makes people and situations stupid)…yeah, no matter how horribly you have been abused by evil people (and I would never call what abusers did as "good" cuz God would never ever do that—abuse deeply hurts His heart. He SO loves you and really weeps when we weep and hurt). But God will turn it around and use it for good and to make you more like Christ.

Going after meaning in life, and primarily after Him who gives this life meaning, is better for your long-and-short-term-well-being.. it better than trying to avoid discomfort. So many do the later first (I can understand that) and become disappointed inside (see 6.33matthew). God will soon make it all make sense.

"Blessed be God the Father of all comfort!" 1.3-4two.corinthians

“And we know that all things work together for GOOD to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His (good) purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His (good) Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” 8.28-29romans.emph.mine

Even if perhaps during this moment ya feel or look kinda down, believer, God says rejoice! You're an overcomer.

"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world." see 1jn5:4, phil4.4, jn3.3

So are you hurtin' today? I sure hope not.. but when you are, just remember to run to.. instead of away from God. Run to the Bible that is filled with good promises for you. Choose to run to a flawed but healthy Bible teaching church that has a sound pastor who walks his talk (His talk). Too many hurting people run to sick and to dead churches that are led by dead or carnal men ..and women who deny what the Bible teaches.

Run to fellowship with spiritual believers. Do it regularly ..until you are strong and healed…'til God is using you to make others strong and healed in Christ..and then do it some more. We never outgrow our need for Him and for fellowship. Seems like too many run away from God while viewing Him as the evil person who harms people. Yes sadly, they do that and miss out on what a good God can and delights to do. Let Him do you good.  

May I ask.. Do you have peace with God and the peace of God? Have you invited and allowed Jesus in as Savior and as Lord? Are you uptight or troubled today? Does someone you really care about have bad problems that neither you nor well-meaning doctors can't fix? God can and will fix it all.

Monday, April 7, 2014

You know how, at times, all the pressures, trials, turbulence, and unexpected vicissitudes of life can approach ya like a mad alley dog.

You know how they can threaten to wash us away, or overwhelm us along with our loved ones. Be strong in the Lord. We all need to be and people are watching how we'll respond to it all. Read the red and pray the price.. if ya will. 

Seems kinda like when I'm swimming out in the cold Colorado River at the time when mountain snow melts, and it's tryin' hard to put some distance between me and my loved ones on the banks. Makes me wanna scratch, and claw my way back to the side before that wooden train bridge is upon me. 

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."

Seems like those currents of sorts that wanna sweep us away in a strong rip-tide at the beach after those guys on the wooden tower erected a bright warning flag in the sand.
During these pressurized-times is when God continues to hang-in there close with us; He holds on and won't let go of ya. He speaks comfort to us in His Word. Tells us not to fear gobs of times. Won't split, get ticked off, ditch, or bail out on us. He refuses to leave us there to deal with things according to our own devices when the world tells us to do what it tells us to do. Won't let us just suffer there all alone without any answers. He gives em, but doesn’t promise to quickly remove us out of all our trials. Does allow some suffering and you know why - think on really pure gold. Yes, God does promise to remain tight with you, to be present there with us, and to guide us every step along the way!
So be encouraged to hold on to Him with all ya got, and to sing praises to the Lord when things get lookin’ kinda ugly or weird, for He alone is our great companion, and constancy! Remember Jesus, His great love on the Cross, and that hollow place in the cold rocky Israeli ground where He came out alive. What's on your heart and mind, and matters to His heart, believer cuz He ain't yet done with ya.

"Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, 'I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,” we can boldly quote,

God is there, ready to help;
I’m fearless no matter what.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

From sincere hearts we give praises and thanks and worship... you today, Lord, for you alone deserve it. You are our joy and peace and blessingour life. When any lasting or other good comes via your church's witness here, we gladly point to you giver of life - the credit is yours. 

"Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all." 29.11one.chron

"He is the fountain and centre of every thing that is bright and blessed. All that we can, in our most exalted praises, attribute to him he has an unquestionable title to. His is the greatness; his greatness is immense and incomprehensible; and all others are little, are nothing, in comparison of him. His is the power, and it is almighty and irresistible; power belongs to him, and all the power of all the creatures is derived from him and depends upon him. His is the glory; for his glory is his own end and the end of the whole creation. All the glory we can give him with our hearts, lips, and lives, comes infinitely short of what is his due. His is the victory; he transcends and surpasses all, and is able to conquer and subdue all things to himself; and his victories are incontestable and uncontrollable." ~ Matthew Henry

Why strive to be what the world calls "a success" when you can opt to all-out worship Christ.. to simply abide in Him, to edify, to encourage, to be fruitful and add real value to other people ..value that you first freely received from God? #better c15.4john

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The B I B L E that's the Book For Me!

I’m really enjoying the Bible today cuz the Word of God is perfect (Psalm 18:30)

"As for God, His Way is perfect: the Word of the Lord is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him." (kjv)

Cuz it’s so true from start to finish (Psalm 33:4)
Cuz the Word of God will last forever...litterally (Psalm 119:89)
Cuz it gives us wisdom (Psalm 119:99)
Cuz it can be fully trusted (Psalm 119:138)
Cuz it reveals the truth (Acts 18:28)
Cuz it’s holy in an impure world (Romans 1:2)
Cuz God’s Holy Spirit helps any of us to understand and apply the Bible in our daily lives (1 Corinthians 2:12–16)
Cuz it’s authoritative (Galatians 3:10)
Cuz it’s a Christian’s spiritual weapon when the battle is raging all around us (Ephesians 6:17)
Cuz it’s inspired by God Himself – yup, all of it (I even trust the maps and they weren’t inspired. That’s just my attitude towards this Love letter from God to man / people. 2 Timothy 3:16)
Cuz it judges my / our motives, attitude, heart, and life (Hebrews 4:12)
Cuz the Bible really helps me / us to grow spiritually in Jesus and also want to go share His love with others (1 Peter 2:2) 

Rather than merely goin' with some random pet-verses once in a while, go with all the counsels of God. 

"It takes a whole Bible to make a whole Christian." ~ Alistair Begg