What is going on ? Will US government shutdown ? Will Obamacare pass ?
How is the US economy ? How is the world economy ? I just heard or seen on TV that Pat O Reily wrote or released a book " Killing Jesus", a book that according to the interview treats Jesus as a regular guy and did not mention that Jesus is the Son of God ? What is going on in Syria and Iran ?
Earthquakes and floods in various places. Same sex marriage. The policies or stand of the new pope. The discovery of another sexually transmitted strain in Portland Oregon. The rise of China in Asia and its influence on the world. Shooting at a mall in Kenya.
Are we on collision course with something ? Are we on for some shaking ? Do these indicate nothing ?Are there any good news ?
How you react to this blog is entirely up to you but as for me , it is a given,I will continue to look to Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Three years after retirement , I visited my place of work to celebrate with the new retirees and to see my co-workers.It was a happy occasion but it dawned on me that my life is fading away because the people and place are changing.I was forgetting a few names, and saw familiar and new faces and the new equipments are replacing the old ones.
So what is next after birth, after childhood, after school,after having a family and growing and expanding family,after work, during or after retirement? after living in this world with people,friends ,circumstances and challenges ?
Is there a cycle ? will I go back to be born again ?
By faith I am believing that there is life beyond this life. I believe the promise of the Bible that those who believe in the Son (Jesus Christ) has life, a life beyond this life, an everlasting life.
There are many ways of dealing with economic problem. The world's ways, the ones we see employed by nations, governments, politicians, businesses etc.
I wonder if the reader heard about the Biblical way. First it consist of believing the God of the Bible or the God of Abraham , Isaac and Jacob.The God of Abraham is also the Father of Jesus Christ.
According to the Bible , God gives us the ability to produce wealth. Also in the Old Testament, the prophet Malachi tell us the principle of tithing. Giving ten percent of your income to God through the temple, church or charities.These are also tax deductible by the way.Back to the Bible, according to Malachi, to those who practice tithing, God promised to bless them. Blessings by the way, do not only come in material form, but in health or peace or peace of mind.
Can non Jew or non Christians practice tithing ? my answer is I do not know.
Does tithing works ? I believe it does .If you have not tried it , pray about it and then try it.
Through the cross of Jesus Christ we see two bridges. The vertical beam and the horizontal beam form the cross in which Jesus became the Mediator between God and man.
God and man were separated when man disobeyed God and that remained until Jesus came and became the bridge between God and man. The bridge about God and man is still remembered to this day but which is the forgotten bridge ?
We know that on Jesus' right and left sides were two thieves, one who repented and the other who did not. Can those two thieves be reconciled to one another ? Apparently not because they have different beliefs on Jesus. One will go to paradise but the other rejected Jesus who is the way to the Father.
Today there are many who claim that they believe in Jesus but have trouble recognizing fellow believers. Christians we are called but we seem to be separated. There appears to be a gap or wall in between us yet we all claim we believe in Jesus.
Both thieves were with Jesus physically but their desires and beliefs on Jesus was different. To the one who repented Jesus promised paradise but to the other nothing was promised.
Yes it is easy to say we believe in Jesus but Jesus is not only interested in our mouth but in our hearts , mind, and soul. Man looks at the outside but God looks at the inside.
Soon Jesus will come and we will be gathered to Him. Some will be accepted and some will be rejected.
Let us pray that God will clean our hearts, mind , and soul. But while we are waiting for Jesus, how do we know that Jesus knows us ? We have our conscience, the church, the Bible and our body which pulls us to the direction it wants to go. If we keep looking to Jesus then we are on the right way , if not and you want to be with God, turn around or repent and follow Jesus from now on.
And remember Jesus is the bridge to God, letus keep our eyes on Him.Let us walk in His ways.
Jesus as personal Lord and Savior is a very common declaration by Christians. When we declare that we usually expect other people to believe that without question. Face to face I do not remember myself asking somebody if Jesus is really their Lord and Savior.
However in internet conversation, I asked two persons if Jesus is really their Lord and Savior. In both instances I was meet with hostility. I thought I have valid reason to ask that. My reasons are I used to work in a power plant where we are taught and trained to verify. The Bible also taught to test every spirit. My thought was when people are asked that they will simply repeat their answer by saying yes.
On the first case I or we were able to resolve the issue but on the second case I was called by many names, and I am in the process of resolving the issue.
My question is was I wrong for asking the question ? If I am wrong what should I have done better ?
What is the message of God to the world today ? Is it just to tell the world what is wrong with the world ? Is it not for the world to repent, confess our sins and accept Jesus into our hearts and have eternal life?And live for Jesus?
Jesus said He came that you (we) may have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus came to save sinners. Jesus is the blessed hope. Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, that while we are sinners Jesus died for us. Jesus told us not to judge but to love and forgive one another. Encourage one another in the Lord. To examine ourselves.
In this age of possibility of identity theft, uncertainty of money,shaky economy etc. etc.We seem to be on guard on what is happening or innocently going on with what is happening.
Almost everyone in this planet are in the computerized system, whether they are bank accounts, credit card accounts, driver license, pension plan, social media accounts, social security, tax accounts, cell phones etc.
The computer system has speed up ways we handle our daily business.The information technology certainly has gathered information about us even our religious preferences.
I will not speculate on what will be the end result of what the above means but I believe the computer can not touch our soul directly but indirectly, it could be.
For Bible believers, we learned that there is a battle for our souls between God and His adversary Satan. The Bible reveals that Satan wants or came to kill, steal,destroywhile Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
I believe Jesus is the only one who can guard our souls, so I always make sure that I pray to God the Father through Jesus Christ. How about you ? I hope you have chosen Jesus Christ tooto be your Lord and Savior.