Monday, June 18, 2018

Guess what, our loving God thinks of you and blessing when He's fishin'. He still woos, redeems and cleans. Free of charge. He makes 'beauty out of ashes' (our lives). Personally, my "now" and future here are a testimony of the Father's great love! I let Him catch me.

If you've been lost in the stream, you know outside of God's flow so to speak, you can turn. Have you been burned in life, or perhaps feel kinda burned out, or like you like you've been tossed away. No worries, God can heal, comfort, forgive, and restore. Sure, He can save any -- won't turn you away. He can turn what's been trashed into what's truly beautiful... if you'll simply give Him a chance to.KurtwVs IG
Dare ya to hook up with Him and do like Jesus (God) did. Take in, pray about, live and speak his words. You know how He was a perfect rep for the Father in all this. Think about how the Fisherman catches His fish and then He cleans em. It’s for a purpose. Why should you or I try to clean em up before they come to Him -- before He catches them. That’d be an exercise in futility -- so religious and in vain. But He has better things for you. You can witness of His love wisely! Exciting stuff. 
He uses clean bait and He is patiently waiting for you. He loves you and longs to bless and use you as well. 

So SO many people are afraid, guilty, lonely, hurting, empty, and still outside of his Kingdom and good plan. 

You were made for significance and a purpose, not for religion. 

Why wait any longer -- why make Him wait on you? He already has been with a good attitude. That's how He is. Think, pray.. who is promised tomorrow? None of us. So call on the name of Jesus while you still can -- takes humility and faith. Why go after the gold, the glory, the world's glitz, or the girls.. like so many in the world like to do? 
Need a second chance in life, need some cleaning? We all need free forgiveness. Ask. Get caught by God today -- come to Christ just like you are. You know how the devil always says, tomorrow!..but God says today is the day of salvation. Yup, now is good. You know He has a plan to make your life count! 

"As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 'Come, follow Me, Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.'” Matthew 4:19

The Bible says "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." True, I did regularly. Used to drink like a goldfish. But God is perfect and holy, and our sins separate us from Him forever. The Bible says "The wages of sin is death." But the Good News of real love for you is from about 2,000 years ago on a lonely Cross at Calvary and we each can respond.

Check it out. It is SO important to daily have integrity. God does not want us to walk in some sinful way, like in a way that is deceptive. Mr Lu-Cifer (the devil) is a liar and a loser, always will be. Ask yourself, where have I grown in integrity lately? Factoid: There is no spiritual growth at all apart from the word of God. Zero. No matter what is going on in this crazy world around you, God can help you live it (live the life in victory), walk it, tell it -- yeah, God's love and the Gospel are for givin' away. There are still only two kinds of people -- lost sinners or saved sinners. Share your own story -- so many still need God's forgiveness. Remember, your testimony is not about what you gave up for Christ, but what He gave up for you! If you are not yet sure if you are right with God, don't wait to make sure. Too many put if off 'til another day..and are too late. Come to, come back to Jesus today. Yeah, here.. and now is good.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”—John 16:33

Exiting times. No reason to fret, worry or be alarmed. I can't think of a better time to be alive, fully awake and "all in" for the Lord.. can you?

Gobs happening before our eyes -- so much opportunity before us and it's good to be aware, Christian! Watch therefore and with fervency pray believing, because we don’t know the hour when the Son of man, Jesus, will come. He warned his followers of the persecutions and the beginning of sorrows to come here, and said.. he who endures unto the end will be saved. Endue in Him by faith. The Gospel will be preached and probably more than once in love.. hopefully.. in every nation and then the end will come.

Watch therefore, because we don’t know the hour when the Son of man, Jesus, will come. He warned his followers of the persecutions and the beginning of sorrows to come here, and said.. he who endures unto the end will be saved. Endue in Him by faith. The Gospel will be preached and probably more than once in love..hopefully.. in every nation and then the end will come. 

It is happening–so let’s with a sense of urgency make good use of the time before the Rapture of the Church and the Second Coming happen. Pray earnestly. The Bible teaches us that Heaven and Earth will pass away, but God’s word will never pass away. Hang tight with the living word of God. 

One very concerned European who held up this dam image (below) said, “This happens while Christians and atheists sleep.” True, but I know that our one God of the Bible is still in control. No need for us to fear, worry, or be lazy. Why live negligent, passive, impractical or prayerless like fools live?

Many so called Christians in Western Lands along with the atheists are sadly spiritually asleep and won’t wake up until they turn and trust in Christ. All need to repent and come to the Christ of the Bible… just like the Muslims do. God loves all people even when he hates the brutal acts they do to Christians and others. We Christian believers really need to continue to witness by life and word.. and win these valuable people to Jesus here (even as we put lawbreakers in jail). 

Yes, share the Gospel with them there, here, or anywhere we find them. Sure, I am against all the dumb U.S. and Euro open-border policies and will say it, but Bible prophecy will with 100% accurately be fulfilled (as so many already have been) and we have the mission-field landing on our doorsteps. Let love and truth go forth..wisely. In the Lord, let’s get and be ready. Q. If Islamism is allowed in.. and is even welcomed in by all the greedy politicians here.. or into more Western Lands.. is God no longer Sovereign in those Lands? He is! Let’s do our part and trust Him. Think about what our top priority calling is – biblical worship. Live the life. Holy, pure, sincere, selfless. And by His Spirit, go evangelize people, disciple em, vote smart, be salt and light in this and dangerous dark world. 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Monday, June 4, 2018

What wrong-doin’s are more hurtful? Let’s avoid all, but which ones are more destructive?

Are Some Sins Worse Than Others?

The answer to this question is “yes” and “no.” Yes, sin is sin -- all sins are essentially the same as far as hurting God and separating us from Him. Some sins are more destructive to self, to individuals, or to more people. The Bible seems to indicate that some sins are worse than others, for there are both sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit. Say what?
“One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place–but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness, not as a badge of merit of having earned it.” ~ Ravi Zacharias
“It’s Satan’s delight to tell me that once he’s got me, he will keep me. But at that moment I can go back to God. And I know that if I confess my sins, God is faithful and just to forgive me.” ~ Alan Redpath
“The voice of sin is loud, but the voice of forgiveness is louder.” ~ Dwight L. Moody

When we stray from His presence via some lame choice, an attitude, inner iniquity or some sin of the flesh, Christ longs for you to run back to Him -- He can wash you clean! Be quick to return. It could get far worse quickly. He hurts with us (sin hurts Him), and weeps.. that you are missing out on His love, blessings, protection and provision. Sinner, snap out of it. Wake up! He throws His arms open, runs toward you, gathers you up, and welcomes you home. The only place in the Bible we see a pic of God running.. is when He is running towards a repentant sinner headed home.

The Bible says, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
So many sins in our world today that really need to be addressed a.s.a.p. -- of commission and of omission (that we don't realize we did). But Kurt, what are sins of the flesh and sins of the spirit? 
Sins of the flesh are sins that we people could usually see -- they have some sort of outward manifestation of evil transgression. For instance, remember when King David committed the sin of adultery with Bathsheba? Well, he then tried to cover it up by murdering her husband. It was by sending him off to die where he would surely die and these were obviously sins of the flesh David did.
Sins of the spirit are the more subtle (yet often times more dangerous) -- they're sins of the heart. We commit these sins when we go against what we know to be true. Again, returning to the example of King David, when the prophet Nathan was sent to test David by confronting him with a scenario that resembled the essence of David’s sin.. David displayed an uber-harsh judgmental attitude. Remember? Instead of sensing the similarities in Nathan’s story with great remorse, he pretended to be more righteous than that perpetrator in Nathan’s story. Yes, He was the man -- the sinner! David’s greatest sin was not the act of adultery and murder, but in the covering up of his cruel deeds and then acting as though nothing wrong had happened. The consequences of those bad choices didn't go away while he walked on this planet. Often times God doesn't take the consequences away so that we can learn to really hate sin.  
So where do we see iniquity in the Book? 
Psalm 38:18 - For I confess my iniquity; I am full of anxiety because of my sin.
Nehemiah 9:2 - The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners, and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
Psalm 25:11 - For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
Psalm 32:5 - I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I did not hide; I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD"; and You forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah.

Psalm 125:3 - For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.
Isaiah 59:2 - But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
Psalm 119:133 - Establish my footsteps in Your word, and do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Psalm 66:18 - If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (If I regard wickedness in my heart)

"Nevertheless, God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this seal: 'The Lord knows those who are His,' and, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from iniquity.'” 2 Timothy 2:19

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy.” Psalm 103:2-4

God wants all to come just as they are. The Bible says...

“For they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” ~ Jeremiah 31:34

God pardons every iniquity and outward sin sort of like a mother, who kisses the offense away off into everlasting forgiveness. 

“And when he (Jesus) saw their faith, he said, ‘Man, your sins are forgiven you.’” Luke 5:20

“And you know, when you’ve experienced grace and you feel like you’ve been forgiven, you’re a lot more forgiving of other people. You’re a lot more gracious to others.” ~ R. Warren

We must recognize the futility of simply turning over a new leaf or making a few new place of repenting of sin. We must realize the problem goes deeper than our moral sins. We must get to the heart of the matter and have Jesus Christ take residence in our lives and change us from the inside out. This world seeks to change you from the outside in.. to what they call cool. Not God, who'll totally accept you as you are, forgive you, empower you, and help you to grow.

"When Jesus Christ truly comes into our lives, He takes up residence. And He doesn’t just do a basic housecleaning; He does a thorough one. There is real change." ~ Greg Laurie
Forgiveness – you know it’s 100% free! That's cuz Jesus, now alive, loves you and died on the cross for you. What a great gift to us. Turn and trust. Ask in faith. Being made clean inside is so important. Now is good, much better than later on. Too many put it off and forget. Come and go..tell.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

I'm Goin' With The Word And The Five Solas.

You too? 
Has a friend, someone that you really love from say the Roman organization or another org told you that it’s believing in Jesus plus charitable WORKS that get ya in (puttin’ the emphasis on charitable works that are somehow meritorious and mandatory). 
Naww, it’s believing in Jesus. Let's stick with the living Word and five Solas:
1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority. It’s what we Christians go by for faith and practice. Our unity is around Jesus and Bible Essentials, nothing more. Not around non-essentials – we cut other believers some slack.
2. Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone.. in Jesus Christ alone.
3. Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.. plus zip. Doing good works won’t save us – we can earn righteousness. 
4. Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King.. not really Mary as some queen. We don’t pray to her or to so called saints. She called Christ her Savior meaning she too is a sinner. 
5. Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone, not for ourselves or for another.
I’m sure your friend means well. Do continue to show them love and stick with what’s so. 
“If it’s believing in Jesus AND then it’s not the Gospel.” ~ Brian Brodersen
The Bible says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,” Ephesians 2:8
It’s true that every word in the 66 books of the Bible are inspired by the Holy Spirit. They are God-breathed. The Holy Spirit of God can also help us to understand and obey Scripture. Where would we be without the promises of Scripture and wise application? I’d probably be in that show Cops.  
I say we stick with Jesus. Our first-love is Christ, Colossians 1:15. And only through God’s gracious self-revelation in Jesus do we come to a saving and transforming knowledge of God. In a world of problems, He is our ultimate Solution.
See 1 Timothy 1:5… God is holy and all of us humans are sinful – sinners, 1 John 1:1 Hebrews 7:25 Romans 8:34. This world has only two kinds of people in it.. saved sinners and not yet saved sinners that I really want to repent and become saved sinners …growing in the word.. after we lovingly witness to them. Neither religious rituals nor good works do the job for anyone.. or mediate between us and a holy God. Christ is the only way. Acts 4:12 – yup there’s none other name by which a person can become saved ..other than the name of Jesus. He is our mediator and Priest – Hebrews 7:23. And his sacrificial death on the Cross alone can atone for sin.
Our chief goal is to give glory to God alone: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). As The Westminster Catechism says, the chief purpose of human life is “to glorify God and enjoy him forever.”