This world is full of noise. News, Social Media, Pandemics, Global Unrest, Leadership disasters, changing economies.
This world like a roaring lion is constantly grasping at our lives trying to distract and pull us away from what is important.
SHARING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE If you have ever tried to talk to some one about the important things of life and most importantly the gospel of Jesus, you soon realize how difficult this task is for people to shut off the distractions and focus on the eternal things.
Have you ever wondered how far Apostle Paul traveled on his missionary journeys?
Paul used the amazing Roman Road network (and sometimes by sea) to travel across Israel, Syria, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. A lot of the details are included in the book of Acts in strong details. Most biblical scholars agree that Paul would have traveled over 10,000 miles – BY FOOT!
That would be equal to walking between New York and Los Angeles nearly 4x!
When you read the book of Acts you begin to realize that Pauls missionary journeys were not an easy walk. Paul gives us a small insight into his journeys in 2 Corinthians 11:25-27
25 Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;
26 In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.
The more one looks into the life of Paul and his complete dedication to the Gospel of Jesus Christ the more the words of Isaiah 52:7 apply.
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”
The Evil One, cursed be he, has one central way of attack. First, it is to tempt a person to sin, and then once he or she sins, is to push that individual deep into depression and sadness. If the Evil One gets us to commit sin, he then wants us to feel so terrible about sinning that in our minds we think it is impossible for us to ever repair the break of relationship that we had with God.
In Proverbs chapter 3, we read this powerful truth: “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart.”
King Solomon is writing about the extreme importance of kindness, too.
This simple command to bind truth and kindness to our necks and write the on our hears, he is teaching us that these two life giving principles need to be a focal point of who we are.
When you were younger you probably heard the phrase, “Kill them with kindness.” The focus of this advice may sound a bit harsh, but I believe that it tells us how powerful kindness can be. Continue reading 21 – More than me!
Each one of us has experienced difficult times in our lives, and some of us may be going through a painful time right now. But God himself hears our cries for help and he knows and understands our weaknesses.
In Isaiah 54, the Lord says, “It is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flames and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc; no weapon forged against you will prosper, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.”Continue reading 20 – Life Insurance
A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” — Isaiah 40:3–4
The book of Isaiah is full of verses that are calling us to repent and to be healed.
Isaiah 40 begins with some of the most well-known words in the Bible: “Comfort, comfort, my people, saith my God.”
Two verses later we read: “A voice of one crying: ‘In the wilderness; prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’”
Have you ever wondered how to find your way back to God?
“Everybody line-up!” I can still hear the PE teacher yell that early spring morning, as all of us kids scrambled to line up along the kickball field base line. “Today we are playing kickball.”
“Tim; Aaron, you are the team captains, you get to select the players.” You quickly look down the baseline as everybody is trying to get into line, the great kickball players are the cool ones, just standing relaxed, confident and have begun to try to get the captains attention to be picked first. Others are just standing there without much thought, but knowing that soon they would be picked. But there are a few, that are trying to hide. The ones that know they will be picked last. The ones that don’t have many friends and have limited skills in kickball. Continue reading 17 – I Believe in You!
Everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Circumstances that are beyond our control impact each one of us, and in the chaos we find ourself in a deep, dark valley. Some people through their own choices bring trials into their lives, but many times difficulties cross our pathway that was completely outside of our control.
In Psalm 55:6, you can hear the desperate cry of King David, “My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me. Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me. Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest.”Continue reading 16 – Oh, that I could fly away!
The Bible goes into great detail concerning how the Tabernacle should be built. In very fine detail it explains each specific vessel that should be constructed and sanctified for service. The details are so precise that here in Jerusalem at the Temple Institute there are scholars that have begun to reconstruct the vessels of the Temple.
In Exodus 25, God gives the details on how the Ark of the Covenant should be built.i
And they shall make an ark of ACACIA wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length, and a cubit and a half the breadth, and a cubit and a half the height.
And thou shall overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about..” — Exodus 25:10–11