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Isn’t Life Amazing

August 29, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Isn’t life amazing? Think about all of the things that happen in our lives daily that we either don’t really pay much attention to, or don’t really think about.

For example, how often do we think or say to ourselves when we see a huge jet plane taking off with hundreds of passengers on board, isn’t it amazing that a plane that weighs thousands of pounds, that’s made out of metal and carrying hundreds of passengers and all their bags and suitcases can take flight and fly. Most of us don’t, we sort of overlook these things because we see it happen everyday and sort of take it for granted.

Another example is the human brain. How often do we realize what an awesome instrument the human brain is? When was the last time you seriously thought about it? Think about it, in order to read this article you use your brain, in order to pick up the paper that has this article written on it you use your brain, in order to comprehend this article you use your brain, in order to remember or forget this article you use your brain. Even more amazing is the whole time you were reading this article you were also thinking of other things, blinking your eyes, moving various parts of your body and listening to sounds around you all while reading. Isn’t the human brain amazing?

Let’s take a moment to think about saving lives and other medical marvels. How often do we think about the many lives that have been saved because of heart surgeries and transplants, the lives that have been saved because of cancer treatment? How often do we really take the time to realize how many lives have been saved for various cures, medical procedures and etc?

As we awake each and every day we are confronted with many fascinating and wonderful things. The seasons change every year, it gets light and dark each day and always has, the earth is turning and we don’t feel it, a baby is born, a child learns to walk and talk, the flowers bloom, the grass turn green, water, sleet and snow fall from the clouds, men and women fly into space, the clouds form, the clouds clear and so on.

The moral of this story is to soak each and every moment of life in. Life is not something we take for granted. Life is something we get one chance at and we must enjoy it. So as you start 2012 off, take every chance you get to enjoy the things we often overlook or take for granted. Isn’t life amazing! 

Kenny Martin

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How God feels about you

August 29, 2012 Terry Carver 0

It is astonishing that God created us in His own image.  And as we certainly know, we are people of great emotions or feelings.  Sometimes our emotions can even be mixed.  Like the man who said, “I have mixed emotions when I receive Father’s Day gifts. I’m glad my children remember me, but I’m disappointed that they actually think I dress that way.”

God made us that way because He is that way.  The Bible ascribes many emotions to God, including joy, anger, and grief.  

We have to be very careful about our feelings.  They are not usually our best guide to making decisions, because they can be false and fleeting.  The difference is that God’s feelings are perfect and holy – they are never false or fleeting.  

There is a verse in the Scriptures that was brought to my attention at a time when I was asking questions.  Does it really matter to God what I do with my life?  With billions of people in existence, am I of any concern to Him?

In Ezekiel 33:11, God tells the prophet, “Say to them, ‘As surely as I live,’ declares the Sovereign LORD, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.  Turn! Turn from your evil ways!  Why will you die, O house of Israel?’”

Israel had turned her back on God and was now suffering the consequences.  The people were in a very difficult situation without much hope.  But God reminds them through his prophet Ezekiel just how He felt for them and how He feels for you today.

This verse teaches us that God feels pain when you disobey (“I take no pleasure”).   God hurts when He sees you making wrong choices and suffering the consequences of those choices.  

He is very pleased when you repent (“but rather that they turn”).   When a wayward child returns home, all of heaven rejoices, (Luke 15:10), and the one leading the celebration is God Himself.

He feels passionate about your future, (“Turn!, Turn!”).  He is pleading with you to make the right choice and follow Him.   

He is puzzled by your decisions, (“Why?”).  God expresses puzzlement not because He is not surprised when you make bad choices or does not know why you do, but because it so astonishing when you do.

You really want to know how strongly God feels for you?  Look to the cross of Christ!  “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,”  (Romans 5:8).  You were on His mind when He was on the cross. 

Some of you may never have realized how God feels about you and some of you may have forgotten.  But be certain, God loves and cares for you!  

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Our expectation of the Lord

August 22, 2012 admin 0

People can often have many expectations in life.  We have expectations of other people, our government, our neighbors and even our own family members.  The list could go on and on but the point is that in every area of life there are expectations we have.  This is true for our life in this natural world but it should be the same way for the children of God spiritually as well.

Hebrews 11:1 from the New King James version says that “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The word “hoped” here means expectation.  So using our definition we could read the scripture this way, “now faith is the substance of that which we expect God to do in our lives…”.  And really I have to take it a step further by saying that which “I” expect God to do in my life.  Many Christians know that God “can” do this or do that and very often we have no problem believing that God will work in the lives of others but it really comes down to the point of, what do I expect God to do for me in my life.  This is where the rubber meets the road and where real life is.  This is the question that I as a child of God must ask myself and find the answer according to what God has said in His Word.

Abraham in the Old Testament is a great example of what we are saying.  In Genesis 12:1 God begins to tell Abram what He wanted to do in his life and the Bible tells us that Abram believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness.  Abram even before God changed his name had to come to the decision that God would do what He said and the Bible tells us that Abraham came to the place of being fully persuaded (Romans 4:21) that what God had promised He was able to perform. Praise God!

Abraham believed God and came to the place of expecting God to bring it to pass in his life.  We must do the same.  What we read in the Bible is more than just stories, it is God writing to His family to tell them of what He has done for them in and through Christ Jesus and what we are to believe Him for and come to the place of expectation that our Heavenly Father is able to perform this in our lives!  Let me encourage you today, take God at His Word and hold fast to it expecting Him to bless your life and cause His Word to be manifested in every area of your being!      

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