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LIFE IS TO BE ENJOYED

There is nothing saying that we had to be born. Life is a gift from God. He is the creator of life, and without Him nothing that exists would exist. John 1:3 explains it this way: “All things were made through Him (Jesus Christ), and without Him nothing was made that was made.” Therefore instead of griping about life, we should be thanking God that we are alive. I am sure there are many dead people in hell that are wishing they were alive. They want one more chance, but it will never come. We only get one chance at it.

It all starts by being happy with who we are. Short people want to be taller, tall people want to be shorter, white people want to be black, black people want to be white, American people want to be European, the Europeans want to be American, and there is no end to people wanting to be something else. The cosmetic companies and the home fitness companies would go out of business if people decided to be happy just the way God made them.

We should learn to enjoy each and every day as if it were our last. And guess what? One day will be our last. We don’t have a lease on life. Death is no respecter of person. Not age, sex, financial wealth, position in business, educational level, intelligence, religion or anything else can keep us from dying. We are just passing through this world. Compare to eternity our life is but a vapor. James, Jesus’ half-brother, in James 4:14 puts it this way: “…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Not only should we enjoy every day, but we should enjoy every situation. Instead of thinking, “I hate to do this,” think, “I’ am going to enjoy doing this.” It all has to do with our attitude. It is quite possible we may not be able to change the situation or the circumstances, but we can change the way we perceive them, and the way we react to them, and that, my dear friend, will make all the difference in the world. By changing our way of thinking and talking, we are making ourselves ready to enjoy life.

Life may not be like a bowl of cherries to us, but we can make it one. If life gives us lemons for life, we can detest them for being a bitter fruit, or we can make lemonade out of them and make it a positive experience. Instead of looking at what is wrong with something, we should look for the silver lining. A negative-thinking person can think of cow manure as being a stinky substance, while a positive-thinking farmer might see it as an excellent fertilizer for his farm. It all depends on our perspective.

If you truly want to be happy, choose the profession, career or skill that you really love. Do not choose one because of the high pay, the title or any other reason. Choose people as friends who are positive, are faithful, have things in common with you, and whose company you truly enjoy. As much as possible do not associate with negative people or naysayers. They will just drag you down to their level. Do not kid yourself that you are going to bring them up to your level. That will not happen.

Do not try to keep up with the Joneses. Be yourself. Nobody can be a better you than you. If you need to change in certain areas, take inventory and do it. Everything is possible if you set your mind to it. In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul says: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God.”

 

Do not fall into the trap: “That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it will always be,” or ”That’s the way I am, and that’s the way I will always be.” That is a bunch of nonsense. Decide to be happy under any and all circumstances. Do not let other people or the circumstances dictate how your day will be. Take control of your life, and be a happy person wherever you go, whatever is happening, and whatever others are going through.

All of us have a void in our lives that only God can fill. If you feel lonely, undeserving, unwanted, unfulfilled and unhappy, start reading the Bible, praying and talking to God, going to church, making Christian friends, and thinking positively. Before you know it, your life will change. Good luck!

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MAYBE THE END HAS COME

It may be that the end of your childhood days has come. It could be that you are heading for the university to be on your own for the first time in your life. If that is your case, it will be different than anything you have done before, and it will be very challenging, but it will be an excellent learning experience for you. Take advantage of it, and enjoy it.

Maybe your are finishing college and looking forward to embark on your career, profession or position in the corporate world. Your college days may have been challenging and exciting at the same time, but now the real world is waiting for you. You may be facing those challenges with doubts, fear and uncertainties, but you will have to be equal to the challenge, and those too will pass.

It is quite possible that the end of your days being a single person may be coming to an end. As young people go through a myriad of emotions, you may have enjoyed those days, or maybe you felt lonely. Regardless of how you think about those days, either they may be coming to an end, or they may have already ended for you, and you are now experiencing married life, which brings its own joys, as well as its own problems.

Your spouse and yourself may have enjoyed a few years of bliss, but now those years are over because a child has already arrived or is about to do so. You may be excitedly looking forward to the new arrival, but at the same time you are already missing those days of peace and freedom you had with your spouse. Yes, the end of that period of your life has come to an end, and it is gone forever.

It could be that your children grew up, and as much as you and your spouse have gone through thick and thin with them, now they have left home. They either went to the university, got married or moved away from home, and you miss them. Now you have an empty nest, and you feel like there is something missing. And you know what? There is something missing, and it is very normal to miss your children once they are no longer home.

Unfortunately many couples do not stay together until death do them part. The statistics tell us that one out of every two couples will get a divorce within so many years. Maybe your spouse left you, and your family days have come to an end. It could be that your children are being juggled between two homes as if they were juggler’s balls. As sad as that sounds, it is happening to millions of children in our country.

Maybe the company where you have worked for years is down-sizing, and it has given you a notice that your services are no longer needed. That has happened to thousands of people, and it is continuing. The job and the company that you poured out your heart to them, and gave it all you had are turning their backs on you. You may feel that they defrauded, cheated and wronged you. You are probably right.

A sudden illness unexpectedly may have crept on you, and now you only have a few months to live. You may be remembering all the good times you had, and may be wishing you had a few more years. The doctors may be giving you no hope at all, and you may not even know when your last day will be on this earth. Unfortunately that is the way life is. As people would say, “Welcome to the real world.”

The main point of the article was that we go through different stages, and each one of them will come to an end, sooner or later. However, I do not want to leave you on a sour note. You can enjoy each and every single one of those stages. It all depends how you prepare for them and in what frame of mind you approach them. There is a silver lining to all of them.

The last stage, of course, is leaving this world, but if you are a Christian person, it is the best one of them all. I say that because every Christ follower will spend eternity with God. In heaven all the ills, the troubles and the bitter experiences of this life are nonexistent. That means we will have nothing but joy eternally. Can you handle that?

If you are not a Christian yet, this is the perfect time for you to become one. God will forgive any sin you may have committed, and will receive you with open arms. Reserve your place in heaven. If you do not, the devil has reserved one for you in the lake of fire, where people will be suffering eternally. Don’t be one of them! Don’t let the lake of fire be your last stage!

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NEVER LOSE SIGHT OF YOUR DREAMS, HOPES AND DESTINY

I am assuming that, regardless of your age, sex, place where you live, educational level, social status, circumstances or anything else, you have dreams, hopes and a destiny to be fulfilled. If you do not have those three things, then this article does not apply to you because without them your life is really meaningless. If you are meandering through life, and have no intentions of changing, don’t even read this article. On the other hand, if you have been wondering and giving some serious thought as to whether you should proceed with a dream or not, read this article carefully and put it into practice.  

Your dream does not necessarily have to be that you are going to be a millionaire or that you will be extremely successful in any given field. It could be that you are going to meet the ideal person to be your spouse, that you will have children, that you will work in a skill that you thoroughly enjoy, that you will learn to play an instrument or that you will go on a vacation to a place that truly fascinates you. There can be as many dreams as there are people on this planet. The main thing is to have a dream, and to be looking forward to its fulfillment.

Hoping is wishing something would happen that has not happened. It might even be something that seems impossible at the time. We can hope that the doctors, scientists or somebody else would find a cure for cancer. Hope should be the last thing we lose in any given situation. The people in East Berlin never lost hope that the wall would come down, and eventually it did come down.

Learn to speak hope and not despair. There is power in the spoken word. In Proverbs 18:20-21, the word of God tells us: “From the fruit of his mouth a man’s belly is filled; with the harvest from his lips he is satisfied. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” I knew a man who said he would be killed by a bus, and a few years later he was run over by one and died. He had prophesied it.

Be very careful with the words you speak, as they may come back to bite you. Speak positively and not negatively. Naysayers do not really contribute anything to society. As a matter of fact they have a tendency of criticizing and destroying good works. Instead of looking for the silver lining they look for flaws, faults or anything that is negative. Do not even associate with people like that. One thing is for sure – they will drag you down to their level, and you will not be able to bring them up to yours.  

Our destiny is what we make it. That, of course, requires having goals and objectives. Without these you cannot make meaningful plans. You cannot make an itinerary if you do not know where you are going. First you have to know where you are going, and then you can make plans how to get there. Life is exactly that way. Once you know what you want to accomplish, then you can figure out ways how to make that become a reality.  

Without a dream you cannot get excited about life. Having a dream gives you a reason for living, and it gives you that enthusiasm you need to start working on it. Once you start working on it, one thing leads to another, and eventually you will see the final results. It may take a few weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime, but in the end you will feel good about life and about yourself. If you have a dream, go for it! Don’t let people talk you out of it, and most importantly don’t talk yourself out of it. Remember this: When you set to mind to it, and with God’s help everything is possible (Mark 9:23 and Mark 10:27).

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NOBODY CAN MAKE THAT DECISION FOR YOU

You have been flying all your life landing in places that tickled your fancy. Sometimes you had lots of fun, but other times you suffered the consequences of the poor decisions you made in a moment of temptation. Temptation, of course, is very difficult to resist, but it can be overcome by having a predisposition of not yielding to it.

Today, due to the circumstances, destiny or luck, you find yourself in the ticket office of Eternal Airlines. You need to obtain a ticket, but you haven’t quite decided where you want to go. The decision should not be that difficult as there are only two destinations available. The only factor that makes it somewhat difficult is that they only sell one-way tickets. In other words, once you get there, there are no flights coming back. Once you land there you will be there forever and ever.

The most popular flight by far is one that goes to a place called “Hell.” Knowingly or unknowingly most passengers choose that flight. People choose that place for a variety of reasons. Some of them go there because they don’t believe the other destination, which is called “Heaven” actually exists. Some go because they like to be masters of their destiny, they want to live life their way, and besides that those tickets are free. Others go simply because of complete ignorance. Still others go there because they have been completely deceived by the deceiver of this world.

As we stated, people have many reasons for choosing the place called “Hell.” Most of them do it because they are totally unaware of the consequences they will suffer there, or because they think the facts are just a fairy tale that somebody invented. Since nobody has come back from that place to tell them that it is horrible, they keep on believing that it is a myth.

At the ticket office the captain of the flight to Hell whose name is Lucifer will entice you by telling you all the fringe benefits you will receive by taking his flight. Some of those benefits include sex galore, using drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking, partying all night long, and many more. Of course, once you board the airplane and land in Hell those fringe benefits are nonexistent.

Very few people choose the shorter line to buy their ticket. The ones who do, know that those so-called fringe benefits can only lead to destruction. These tickets are not free as the ones to Hell are. The cost is doing the will of God, attending a local church, giving the weekly tithe, praying, helping others whenever and wherever possible, telling others about Heaven, and maintaining a close relationship with God.

When the ones who chose Heaven get there they find love, acceptance, perfect health, lasting friendships, communion with God, and an eternal paradise. Now you know there are two places in eternity with no return flights. Which one will you choose? Nobody can make that decision for you – only you can make it!

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IN THE BEGINNING

In the beginnings of time in a very distant continent in a land whose name no one can recall lived an extremely wealthy man whose name was Tog. Since he did not believe in God, and was not accountable to anyone, he had accumulated his wealth by manipulating, cheating, stealing and taking advantage of people in every possible situation.

He practically owned all the land in that gigantic valley. The acres he did not use for farming or grazing cattle and sheep he leased to the poor, but they had to give him three-fourths of the crops or three-fourths of the sheep or cattle. That type of monopoly on everything allowed him to set the prices at any level that would make him richer. Needless to say, he kept on getting wealthier and wealthier, while the people kept getting poorer and poorer.

Most of the people who should have hated him did not because they had not known any other system, and they were dependant on him to provide the little they had. When planting time would come they had to get the seed from him, and when it was breeding time they had to rely on him to rent them a bull.

Since he owned the only local general store, they had to buy everything from him. Of course they had to pay high prices for everything. Since most of them were living a meager existence many times they would buy on credit with very high interest rates. They could not pay until the crops would come in, or the calves had grown big enough, so they could sell them at a low price to him, or use them to barter with some of their neighbors.

As Tog got richer and richer, he also got older and older. He could do many things with all his money and all his power, but he could not stop time. He wanted to stay young and to live forever, so he started by going to other lands to inquire of the oracles as to how he could achieve immortality, but they could not assure him of anything. He sent for witch doctors from Africa and witches from the surrounding areas, but witchcraft did not solve his pressing problem.

One night in a dream an angel appeared to him, and told him that he had to repent, give all the money back to the people he had cheated for years, and that he had to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. In his dream he told the angel that he was the only lord, and that he had proved it by the land, the animals, and the wealth he had accumulated. Then he woke up, and thought it all had been a nightmare.

The next night he had another dream with the same angel. The latter told him that he would spend eternity in hell if he did not repent. The angel then told him that he needed to be redeemed from his sins, that he needed salvation, and that it only could come through Jesus.

The wealthy man asked the angel how much it would cost him to buy salvation. The angel told him that no amount of money could buy it. Then Tog asked him, “Who is this Jesus and why should I be subject to him?” The angel told him that Jesus was God, and that in a few thousand years he would come to earth in the flesh. The man said: “That sounds like a lot of nonsense to me. I cannot believe in someone who does not even exist.”

The next morning the man was riding his horse collecting money from all his debtors. The horse was spooked by a rattle snake, and bucked Tog off. The latter hit his head on a rock, the rattle snake bit him, and he died almost instantly. In the twinkling of an eye he saw Jesus as he was traveling faster than the speed of light on his way to hell.

I am sure you are well aware that this story is fiction, but the principles in it are occurring all over the world on a daily basis. About two thousand years ago God, in the person of Jesus Christ, God came to the world in the flesh to save mankind. He wants us to have eternal life with Him, but that can only happen if we repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

If you want to convince yourself of what I stated in the previous paragraph, in the Bible read John3:35, John 3:15-17, John 14:6, and Romans 10:9-11.

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OUR UNALIENABLE RIGHTS

The United States of America Constitution states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Certainly our founding fathers had our welfare in mind when they wrote those words. Now we will attempt to explain the real meaning of that phrase.

All men are created equal in regards to justice, due process of law, run for a political office, the right to vote, own property, get an education, drive a car and so on. All that does not mean that we are created equal in regards to opportunities. Children who are born to wealthy, famous, educated or talented parents have more and better opportunities than children with poor, uneducated and parents with no special talents. Children who come from broken homes or parents who are addicted to drugs or drinking do not have the same opportunities as those coming from a happy home.

The Constitution tells us that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. I found three definitions for “unalienable rights.” The first tells me that those rights are not capable of being violated or infringed. The second one says that they cannot be bought or sold, and the third one states that they are incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another person. Those are rights that every US citizen should have just by being born in our country or by becoming a US citizen.

In other words according to our Constitution, “unalienable rights” are God-given to every single American citizen, and should not be violated in any way, shape or form. According to our founding fathers and in theory that is the way it should be, but in practice that is not always the case. Case in point is that our country was participating in slavery during the time the Constitution was written.

There are always exceptions to just about everything. Although our Constitution tries to protect our citizenry sometimes people fall through the cracks, and do not get due process of law. Unfortunately many times people enslave themselves by lack of knowledge, ignorance, falling into addictions, and poor thinking, which may take them to make poor decisions. The decisions we make are based on our environment, knowledge, wisdom and prior experiences. Most decisions have either negative or positive consequences. Some of us have learned that the hard way.

We should be aware of our rights and should take advantage of each and every one of them. It is our job to educate ourselves as to what those rights are, and we should practice them whenever possible. It is a different story with the opportunities. We should prepare ourselves in every way possible, so that when an opportunity arises we should jump at the chance. There are opportunities all around us. We just have to know which ones are for us, and when is the right time to take advantage of them.

For the most part we, the American public, are receiving our “unalienable rights,” but there are billions of people in places, such as China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela and other countries where the people are under Communism or dictatorships. They are suffering without freedom, and are not able to follow their pursuit of happiness. What can we do? We can pray for God to topple those governments and set those people free.

In conclusion I am telling you to enjoy the freedom, rights and privileges we have in our country. Instead of complaining and whining be glad you live in the USA. Thank God, and pray for our country not to be divided as it is at the present time.

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GOD DOES NOT WORK IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

When Christian people are in a bind, and they do not have the means, no idea or the intelligence how to bring an end to the crisis or the challenging situation in their lives they have a tendency to they say, “God will provide the answer because He works in mysterious ways.” While it is true that He can provide the solution, He does not work in mysterious ways. At times His ways may seem mysterious to us, but I can assure you, they are not mysterious to God nor to the angels. With them it is an everyday occurrence.
Being that God is omnipresent everywhere at the same time, omnipotent having power over everything, and omniscient knowing everything about everything, He can find a way when to us there seems to be no way. Nothing is hidden from Him, and nothing is unknown to Him. He sees a situation before it happens, and He knows the answer to the predicament before the problem arises. We should rely a lot more on God, and a lot less on men.
His ways may seem mysterious to us, but only because we do not know the extent of His wisdom, intelligence, strength, love, compassion, righteousness, holiness, and of His will. He is the Creator of everything that exists, and as such He knows everything about everything that has life, and about everything that does not have life.
One reason we make mistakes is because we do not have all the facts. We are limited in what we know, in what we see, in what we hear, and in what we truly understand. God does not have any limits whatsoever. He makes the very best decisions because He knows how the situation developed, and not only how His solution will affect all the people involved, but also how it is going to affect the animals, the planet and even inanimate objects. He knows the results and consequences of any decision or action before it happens.
No, He does not work in mysterious ways, but rather in righteous ways that will benefit the people or the things that need to benefit from His decision. If someone or something needs to be punished or destroyed, God’s decision will accomplish that. His actions come after He has looked at the overall picture. Many times we do not understand His decisions or actions, but that is because He is sovereign, knows all the factors, considers all the consequences and ramifications of His decision, and has wisdom that no human being can understand.
God would be mysterious if his actions would be totally unpredictable. That, of course, is not the case. If we read the Bible we can learn His principles. Jesus, God in the flesh, not only gave us those principles, but He lived them. He taught the godly principles by example. If we apply those principles in many cases – if we have faith – we will see predictable results. The reason is that God and His principles are the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Because God and His principles cannot and will not change, we can apply them to our lives to produce the desired results. The most important principle and declaration taught by Jesus is that if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior our sins will be forgiven, and that we will have eternal life with Him. That is no mystery – it is a fact!
It is no mystery that God wants you to spend eternity with Him, and not with the devil suffering in the lake of fire eternally. Do not take my word for it, read John 3:3, John 3:15-17, 2 Peter 3:9, and Romans 10:9. If you truly want to spend eternity with God, read the following prayer several times, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. God will hear you, will forgive your sins, and will accept you as His child.
“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe, declare and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father! Amen.”
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BE CAREFUL AND SPEAK WISELY

Many people speak for the sake of speaking. I am quite sure you know some of those people. In Proverb 17:28, the Bible says: “Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” Along the same lines, Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.” That is excellent advice.
Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant. The fact is that on Judgment Day you will have to give account to God of every word you said, of every thought, and of every action. In Matthew 12:36-37, the Bible says: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Jesus Himself will judge us.
We should definitely refrain from using any unnecessary words. Clear, straight, and truthful communication is the best policy. We should adhere to the court ruling of telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. If we do that, we are in complete compliance with God’s word and with His will. Jesus Himself said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except though Me.” – John 14:6.
We should not speak prematurely on any issue. We should wait until all the facts are in. Many times what seems to be correct or the truth at first glance is wrong. We should see all the sides possible to an issue, and then weigh the pros and cons before making a decision or rendering our verdict. If new evidence comes out that sheds a different light on the issue, then we should not be afraid to change our stance.
When we hear something we should not be biased nor prejudiced. We should approach everything with an open mind. We should not judge other people’s behavior. That privilege and task belong to God. Jesus told His disciples: “ And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” – Luke 6:41-42. It is very easy to see somebody else’s mistakes and to overlook our own.
We are not supposed to gossip. When we gossip we are tearing somebody down. Gossip is just that. We do not know if it’s true or not. It could be that somebody – for personal reasons – is trying to ruin somebody else’s reputation. By spreading gossip we become part of the problem, instead of being part of the solution. We should keep our nose out of everybody else’s business, and they should keep theirs out of ours.
Slander is worse than gossip. Slander is when we try to ruin somebody else’s reputation on purpose. In other words, we know what we are saying or doing is totally wrong, but we do it to bring harm to the other person. The politicians in our country are doing exactly that. It is bringing division and tearing our country down in the eyes of the world and in our own eyes. If they keep on doing that, it will bring destruction to our society and to our country.
In essence we should not participate in speaking prematurely, using idle words, telling lies, gossiping, slandering, belittling people or defaming anybody. Instead of doing any of those things we should edify other people whenever possible. We should be helping people to reach their fullest potential. When we do that, it’s a win-win situation for everyone.

FOUR WAYS OF DOING THINGS

There are four ways of doing things, and they are: The right way, the wrong way, one’s way, and God’s way. Sometimes one can combine two or three of them because they coincide, are practical, and because they may yield the best results. Other times they are done individually. It all depends on the person, the time, the place, and the situation.
Although I can come up with many different examples from different times, different experiences, different circumstances, different cultures, and different types of people, I am going to illustrate my point with our driving experiences. Most of us are familiar with automobiles in one way or another, so I am going to use that as our example.
Other than having the proper driver’s license the first step a good driver takes is to make sure he is not physically impaired to drive his vehicle. The next step is to make sure the car has been properly maintained either by him or by somebody else. Then when he drives it, he observes the rules set forth by the proper authorities. He goes beyond the stated rules by following common sense and by driving as safely as possible under the circumstances. Doing all that is driving the right way.
Driving the wrong way is just the opposite of driving the right way. In other words, one would not necessarily care if the automobile had been maintained properly or not, nor would one worry about his own physical condition, much less about the road conditions. One would only follow the established rules when it was convenient, or when there was no other way out. One’s own safety and that of others would not be a primary concern. The idea would be to get from point A to point B as fast as possible.
Driving one’s way would be to drive according to one’s way of thinking. In other words, one would make up his own rules. Those rules could be good, bad, somewhere in between, or even completely different from the norm. Many people drive like that, and many live their lives exactly like that. They are the ones who make it difficult for those of us who try to live and let live. We know we have to share the road with others, as well as sharing this world, so we just try to be patient and understanding.
The fourth group are the people who live by godly principles. Whenever possible they try to do things God’s way. When they drive, they don’t only follow the rules of the road set up by the established authority, but they are courteous, friendly and helpful. When a motorist has mechanical problems they stop and help if they can.
To be completely honest, many times God’s way is more difficult than the other three. It may make us step out of our comfort zone. Some driver may cut in front of us, and instead of cursing at him, which may come naturally to somebody else, we may pray for him. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek. In many cases it is very difficult to do.
We should definitely try to always do it God’s way. It may not make any sense to us or to those around us, but in the long run it will be the best thing to do. Doing it God’s way is not being selfish, but rather thinking of the other person’s welfare, being in harmony with our surroundings, being patient, taking action to right a wrong when possible, helping other people achieve their good goals, developing and practicing our God-given talents to help ourselves and to help others.
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“THE DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA”

Our country is “The United States of America,” but the way people are acting, it should be called, “The Divided States of America.” The way we are acting is ludicrous, absurd, insane, and totally ridiculous. A country divided against itself cannot stand because eventually it will destroy itself, and unfortunately that is what we are doing rapidly to ourselves. We have seen the enemy in the mirror, and the scary part is that it happens to be us.
Jesus Himself told us: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. and if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” When Abraham Lincoln was running for President he addressed the Republican State Convention on June 16, 1858. The title of his speech was, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He was obviously addressing the issue of some states favoring slavery, and some wanting the slaves to be free. We do not have to guess where the title of his speech came from.
It is an absolute travesty for us to say we are a democracy, and yet to have racial problems in our society. No skin, hair or eye color is better than another one. Year, make, model and motor being equal in several automobiles make them equal. One is not better or inferior than the other because it is white, brown, black, red, purple or any other color. A house that has exactly the same floor plan as another and is next to it, but it has a different color it is not inferior nor superior to the other one.
A person is not better or worse because he leans toward the Republicans, Democrats, or the Independents. Regardless of what political party we may belong to, our aim should be to work together, and to make this a better place for all of us. It is our house, It belongs to all of us. No group should be overly possessive.
When people come from other countries, other cultures or other types of governments, it is not up to us to conform to their language, religion, culture or their ways, but it is up to them to conform to ours. They should try to become Americanized as soon as possible. That does not mean they should lose their personality or their culture, but they should try to blend in as soon as possible, and much as possible. As the saying goes…“When in Rome do as the Romans do.” Of course, since most of us are immigrants, in one way or another, we should do our best to help them adjust to their new country.
Our Constitution has worked well for over two hundred years, and we should continue living according to its principles. We should not change it or discard it just because people are coming in from other countries with different ideas, or because those same people and their descendants do not want to believe in God. Our founding fathers established this nation as a Christian Republic.
Our flag represents what our country stands for. If some athletes refuse to salute our flag, that simply means they don’t believe in our American values. That being the case, they should go to a country where they agree with the values of that nation. Some of those protestors, whether they be athletes, singers or movie stars, are being paid more than a million dollars per week. They have not missed a meal in their lives and they are protesting. If anyone should be protesting it would be the homeless people.
If we are not part of the solution we are part of the problem. Let us all try to understand each other, so we can work together to make this a better place for all of us. That would be a win-win situation.
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HOW MUCH IS YOUR SOUL WORTH?

According to the dictionary a soul is the spiritual or immaterial part of a human being often regarded as immortal, where the emotional and intellectual nature of a person or animal is located. In essence, we can compare the soul to being the machinery and hard drive that runs the body. The body is just the housing.

The body, as we all know, gets old and dies. There is no escaping from that. The soul, however, lives forever. Fortunately for some of us, and unfortunately for others, there are only two places where the soul will spend eternity. One place is heaven with the Lord Jesus, and the other one is the lake of fire with the devil. Our soul which is the real us, gets to choose where it wants to spend eternity.

The people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior or Redeemer will spend eternity with Him. The reason is simple; Jesus paid for their sins by dying on the cross and shedding His blood for them. They will enter heaven as if they had never sinned. The ones who never receive Jesus in their lives are still carrying their sins, and will spend eternity paying for them in the lake of fire. It has nothing to do with what religion they belong to, or how nice they may be. Sin is sin and it has to be paid for.

Your most priceless possession is not your bank account, your house, your car nor anything else. It is without question your soul. By the same token, salvation is also priceless. No amount of money can pay for salvation. That is why Father God gave His most priceless possession for your soul. He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. That’s right! He shed His blood and died on the cross, so you could spend eternity with Him. That is how much your soul is worth to God. How much is it worth to you?

Adam and Eve sold their soul for a fruit. We really do not know what that fruit was, but it was a fruit. It could have been a fig, an apple, an apricot or any other fruit. In Genesis 3:6, the Bible says: “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Their souls were not worth too much to them. For that reason God expelled them out of the garden of Eden.

Judas Iscariot did not value his soul. He sold it for thirty pieces of silver. In Matthew 26:14-15, the Bible says: “ Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.” Unless I am terribly mistaken, which I doubt, Judas is in hell.

We have seen two cases where people lost their souls for very little. Abraham, on the other hand, would not sell his for anything. God asked him for the life of his son Isaac, and Abraham obeyed. Genesis 22:9-11 states it this way: “Then they came to a place of which God had told him (Abraham). And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.” And He (the Angel) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

How much is your soul worth to you? Are you going to sell it for drugs, liquor, sex or other so-called worldly pleasures? Only you know! If you want to make sure you will spend eternity rejoicing with God, and not suffering in the lake of fire, all you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You see, although salvation is priceless, and no amount of money could ever pay for it, God makes it free to you. His Son Jesus Christ already paid the full price with something that money cannot buy – His blood and His life. All you have to do is accept it. Read the following prayer, and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you, forgive you, and make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, as I believe and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered, bled, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior, and for the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father! Amen.”

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AGE GRACEFULLY

We are living in an age where people do not believe in absolutes. However that does not change the fact that they have existed, are existing now, and will always exist. One absolute is that all of us are going to die. There is no getting around it. Sooner or later that day will come to each and every one of us. That includes you and me!
Not necessarily all of them ,but most American women want to age gracefully. That is why in 2013 they spent more than 426 billion dollars on creams, makeup and so on. It has been reported that every American woman spends more than fifteen thousand dollars on beauty products during her lifetime. That does not include what the men spend on lotions, creams and so on.
In the year 2016 the American people spent more than sixteen billion dollars on cosmetic surgery. That amount does include men and women, because there are quite a few men who are going through plastic cosmetic surgery. Of course, that number is rising annually, and there seems to be no ceiling in sight.
15% of the American population has a gym membership, spending more than $600 annually per capita, and a total of nineteen billion dollars per year. Those same people and a few others also spend about thirty-three billion dollars on sports equipment. All that money is spent trying to exercise to lose weight, have more muscle, better health, and to look better. In many, many cases when that exercise equipment is used correctly and regularly it does help a person be healthier, look better, and live longer.
Although many people are doing many things to age gracefully physically, and that does help their physical health, appearance, and state of mind, but it is much more important to age gracefully mentally, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. The latter four will give a person more confidence, satisfaction, joy and happiness.
By being psychologically well-balanced you will be able to make wise and correct decisions. Your happiness will not depend on how strong you are physically, how young you may look, how good looking you may be, how beautiful your face and body may be, or even on how much money you may have. Instead your happiness will come by knowing who you are, what you stand for, and who God is in your life.
Because of your past, it may be that you may not be well-balanced psychologically. If that is your case, work on it. It is never too late. If you transform your mind (Romans 12:2), and decide to leave the past in the past, and to start a new, you will succeed. Take every negative thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) immediately. Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life. You can have a fresh start.
Hopefully you are emotionally stable, but if, for whatever reason, you are not, then start working on it immediately. Yes, you can do it. Do not let your emotions run you. As with everything thing else, the first step is to realize you have a problem. Once you admit it, then come up with some solutions. The next step is to discard the solutions that are not viable. They may not be viable for many reasons; too expensive, it takes too long, you don’t have the resources, it’s too far from you, you cannot miss work, and so on. Choose the best solution that is viable to you.
Do not confuse being religious with being spiritual. Being religious means believing in what a certain religion believes. It could be totally wrong, and many of the religions are. Many so-called religious people worship animals, the sun, other people who lived a long time ago, or even the devil. Spiritual people, on the other hand, worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and have an intimate relationship with Him. Jesus, who is God in the flesh, said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” – John 14:6.
You can age gracefully by maturing physically, mentally, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. That does not mean you are to neglect your physical health and appearance, but do not give them more importance than to the attributes mentioned in the previous statement.
In your legacy do not be known as a grumpy old lady or a cranky old man. Have people remember you as a loving person who always had nice, positive, and kind words for everyone – a person who was always kindly referred to as, “Grandma or Grandpa.”
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PULLING SOMEONES LEG-ILLUSTRATION

WHAT’S HOLDING YOU BACK?

There are many reasons why people do not succeed, and why they stay stuck in a rut. People use many excuses, but also offer many good reasons as to why they have not succeeded. Many of those excuses and reasons are valid, while others are not. The chances are you have your own reasons as to why you are not where you should be.
Success, of course, has a different meaning for every person, and that is the way it should be.
Success for a professional runner could be running ten miles in a given amount of time. Success to an elderly person, who has been ill, might be walking six blocks. Success to a corporate business could be earning twenty million dollars in any given year, while to a mom and pop business it could be ending the year with a sixty-thousand–dollar profit.
Due to various reasons you might be a victim of circumstances. You may be a tribal person living in a remote area with very little or no technology, and no matter how hard you try you cannot escape the consequences of living in that environment. Unfortunately there are billions of people trapped living in jungles, under communism, or under a dictatorship. Success is next to impossible for many of those human beings.
Lack of education or expertise could be holding you back from achieving your goal. If that is the case, either go back to school, or find a way to gain the expertise needed. In order to succeed in any career, business or endeavor you have to know what you are doing. That only comes through education, research and experience. Somehow, somewhere, sometime you have to pay your dues. In other words, you have to learn the trade whatever it is.
Your friends or your own family may be holding you back. In most cases they mean well, but they discourage you because they think the job is too big for you. You know yourself better than anybody else. If you think you can do it, and are not afraid to put in long hours and to make sacrifices, go for it. Nothing and no one can stop you, but you yourself.
If low self-esteem is holding you back, you have to have more confidence in yourself. Read books on self-improvement, read the Bible, and talk to people who will encourage you and give you the correct advice. Move away from negative people. They will give you many reasons why you cannot succeed. Nevertheless all you need is a strong desire to succeed, and an attitude of “I am not going to quit no matter how long it takes, and how difficult it might be.” Determination will give you success if you go for it.
Afraid of failure may be holding you back. The people who have made it big in sports, as inventors, in the movie business, in the corporate world or in other fields have had many setbacks. What separated them from the ones who did not make it is that they never thought about quitting. The word “quit” was never in their repertoire and it should not be in yours. Make this saying your motto: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”
Maybe your past is holding you back. You may be saying, “This article is fine and dandy, but I’ve never succeeded before.” That is because you have been thinking in a negative manner. You have to transform your mind, and your way of thinking (Romans 12:2). Find out what really motivates you, what you really want, learn all you can about what you are going to undertake, take a positive approach, don’t listen to naysayers, be willing to see it through, give it all you’ve got, and you will succeed.
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YOU ONLY HAVE THREE CHOICES

You probably have not giving it much thought as to how many choices you really have. The chances are you think you have an unlimited number of choices. However when we break down to the bare essentials you only have three choices. I know that does not sound correct or right, but that is the way it is.

Most people do not think about the three choices because in most cases they automatically choose the one that makes more sense to them, and do not even think about the other two or that they even exist. Nevertheless they exist and you should definitely take them into consideration before making any decision that has any significance whatsoever. As every Christian very well knows a wrong decision can bring eternal consequences.

What are those three choices? The first choice and the one that makes more sense to almost every human being is the one that pleases us. Yes, when making a choice most of us just think about ourselves. Therefore when making a decision we choose whatever pleases us. If it pleases us, we are happy with whatever the decision might have been. We do not bother to think how it will affect other people. After all, the most important thing is that it pleases us because in our world we are the most important person.

Some people and even all of us sometimes make decisions to please others. In other words, we please others out of love or responsibility, and of course that includes our family and our close friends. We make choices out of responsibility to our government, society, community, church and so on. All of us are subject to rules and regulations everywhere we are. Sometimes we have leeway and sometimes we don’t.

The third choice, of course, is to please God. God left us very explicit and clear instructions as to how to live this Christian life. The word of God delineates quite clearly as to what is right and what is wrong. With God there are no gray areas. We do not have to guess as to how to proceed in any given situation. If we are not sure as to what decision or choice to make, all we have to do is pray to God, and go to the Bible, and the answer will come to us.

Sometimes when we take the first choice – to please ourselves – we offend other people, hurt them somehow, or we do not help them as we should. Think of selfish parents or selfish children, and you will understand the point I am trying to make. Just thinking of pleasing ourselves all the time is the worst choice we can make. People like that wind up being and feeling completely empty.

Some people go too deep into the second choice – pleasing others – and that, although it seems like a noble thing to do, can actually be detrimental to them. The reason being is that they don’t really enjoy life. They are too busy thinking about the other person, and life just passes them by. It is almost as if they did not have a personality, let alone a life. It’s absolutely good to think of others and help them, but there has to be a limit to it.

The third choice is to please God. Although it may not be very popular, or make much sense at first glance, it is the best one. As hopefully you know, God has our best interest at heart. His will is the best thing for our lives. One of the best reasons for that is not only that He knows the future, but He can control it. In other words, He can make something good happen to me just because I am obedient to Him. What He is asking from us is obedience, not sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22).

Normally when we choose to please God it pleases us, and in most cases it pleases other people too. It is a win-win situation. The main reason, of course, is that God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). Let’s hope this article helps you in making the correct choices from now on. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His presence, salvation, and physical blessings.

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GOD IS POLITICALLY INCORRECT

It is absurd, ridiculous, and pathetic how society keeps on changing for the worst. The way it is spiraling downward to complete perdition, it is impossible to predict where it will be in as little as ten years from now. If the direction does not change, politically correctness will be the destruction of the United States as we know it.
According to today’s standards God, the Creator of heavens and earth, was politically incorrect in just about everything He did. When He created the universe, He should have had a democratic committee, composed of both men, women, Republicans, Democrats, and people from every race, to vote on how the universe would be formed and how it would function. Instead of that three entities made all the decisions. Those were God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God only created male and female. Imagine that! He did not create lesbians, homosexuals or transgender. He was definitely politically incorrect. He did not even make transgender bathrooms. Adam and Eve had to do their business out in the woods. They probably used “Charmin” because even the bears like it. God must have been near-sighted to only have created male and female. Maybe He was forgetful in His old age.
God was certainly politically incorrect on two fronts when He gave the tablets with “The Ten Commandments” to Moses. First of all, nobody voted on them, and second He should have given them to Zipporah, Moses’ wife, then He would have been politically correct. If God had given them to Zipporah the Women’s Liberation Movement would be appeased.
God made a mistake again when He flooded the earth. He saved male and female of all the kinds of animals, but He only saved one family. That means there was only one race of people on that ark. God was definitely politically incorrect. Regardless of which race was on the ark, the other races were missing. Can you imagine that? Somebody should have taken that case to the Celestial Supreme Court.
God had an opportunity to redeem Himself when He sent a Redeemer, but instead of sending a white American, an Afro-American, a Hispanic, a native-American or an Asian, He sent a Jewish man. Can you fathom that? Not only was He Jewish, but He did not even have any tattoos. Maybe some tattoos would make Jesus more palatable to some people. Yes, God the Father is politically incorrect.
God even goes out on a limb and tells us that we have to work in order to eat. Doesn’t He know that we are entitled to enroll in “The Welfare System,” and the government will provide for us? He is definitely out of touch with reality. He is politically incorrect. What else can we say?
On top of all that, God tells us that there is only one way to heaven. He does not realize that every person thinks for himself and therefore can have his own god. We should be able to choose the god of our convenience. After all, we are in the twenty-first century, and all roads should lead to heaven anyway.
I wrote this to ridicule our society, to bring forth the truth, and to make you realize how absurd, ridiculous and insane politically correctness is.

THE CARDS YOU WERE DEALT

All of us are dealt a set of cards at birth and there is nothing we can do about that. Some of us receive an excellent set of cards, while others receive some awful ones. It all depends where we are born, in what epoch we are born, to whom we are born, and if we have any lasting health issues or if we are born in good health.

One of the most important factors is who our parents are. Some of their factors that will affect us are their economic condition, educational level, social status, type of work they do, their outlook on life, and their relationship with God, or their lack of it. The environment they provide for us while we are infants, children and adolescents influences us tremendously. Some of us are able to succeed in spite of a difficult upbringing, while others fall prey to any negative influences they may have had as children.

Success comes much easier to someone who was brought up by wealthy, educated, intelligent, caring, law-abiding, and God-fearing parents than for others who do not have the luxury of being raised by that type of parents. Yes, some people are born with a silver spoon, while others are born with a wooden one.

On the Internet it says that we make around 35,000 decisions every single day. I do not think anybody really knows the exact number, but one thing is sure, and that is that we are constantly making decisions. Some of those decisions are so insignificant that we do not even realize our brain is making those decisions. That is because, since we made those insignificant decisions so many times before, we make them automatically without thinking or paying any attention to them.

Most of the insignificant decisions may not have any negative effects on us in most cases. Of course, I realize that sometimes what may seem as an insignificant decision could even cost us our lives. A good example would be taking something for granted and not giving it any importance whatsoever. Let us suppose that without reading the label you take a medicine that the doctor prescribed for you, and then you die because it had side effects that were extremely harmful to a previous health condition that you had. Guess what? That has happened many times before.

The insignificant decisions may or may not bring negative effects to you, but there are some decisions that will definitely have major effects on your life. A college education, in most cases, will allow you to earn more money than a person who does not have one. You may also be working in a field that you really like, while the other person has to settle for what he gets. A good university education not only makes a person feel good about himself, but it also helps him make better decisions from then on.

If a person eats lots of junk food, and does not exercise or exercises very little, he will probably have a shorter life span than somebody who eats correctly and exercises regularly. Whether you decide to eat well or not, to exercise or not – those are two decisions that affect your overall health. The same goes for smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages and using drugs.

While it is true that some people have been dealt a better set of cards than others, all of us can do something to improve our circumstances. Instead of justifying our present situation because of our upbringing, we, by making good decisions, can improve our lot in life. We have to realize that the decisions we make today will affect our tomorrows, and since that is true, we should make decisions that will help us in the future, not ones that will be detrimental to us.

By far, the most important decision any person can make is to receive Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior. The reason is obvious to most people, with the exception of those who refuse to believe. I am referring to the spiritual blind who refuse to believe that God created everything that exists. Those are the ones whose great-great-great-great grandfather was a worm or an ape. Who were your ancestors?

There are only two places where you can possibly spend eternity. One is called “heaven,” and the other one has the name of “hell.” “Heaven” is a place of rejoicing and “hell” is one of torment. You get to decide. If you want to go to heaven, you get to decide now. Go to the section of my blog called, “Messages.” At the end of one of the messages it will tell you what to do.

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          A DIFFERENT TAKE ON CHRISTMAS

Christmas day and the season have been commercialized to such an extent that they have lost their real meaning. In the United States they have even changed the name from “Christmas vacation” to “winter vacation,” or “winter break.” They do not want to say “Christmas” because the first six letters say C H R I S T.

Many people think that the Christmas season is about receiving gifts. They are excited just in thinking as to what they will receive, and when they do not receive what they were expecting some of them are actually disappointed and others think less of the person who gave them the gift. The season to be jolly becomes a season to be sad, frustrated, or disgusted.

Some of the ones who are expected to give gifts become frustrated because it is costing them more money than what they have available. Many of them use credit cards and then spend the rest of the year trying to pay them off. For them the Christmas season and the first few months of the new year become frustrating ones.

Christmas is not about receiving, but about giving. When Jesus Christ was born, Father God gave His parents a baby who would reconcile humanity back to Him. When the wise men came to see Jesus as an infant, they gave Him three kinds of gifts – gold, frankincense and myrrh. Just because Jesus received three kinds of gifts does not mean that there were three wise men. They could have been two, three, four or more. No one knows. The Bible does not mention how many came, nor do the historians.

Because of the initial sin by Adam and Eve, humanity became separated from God. Because sin entered through a human being, sin had to be dealt with, and overcome by another human being. That is the reason why Father God sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ as a human being, so He would pay for our sins. He had to shed His blood because without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin (Hebrews 9:22).

God was the first to give. First He gave us this planet (Genesis 1:1-3). Then He gave us human beings physical life (Genesis 2:7). After that He gave us a Savior (Matthew 1:25 and 2:1). Finally, God gave up His Son, so we could be reconciled back to Him (Matthew 27:50 and John 3:16). Yes, God was the first to give, and He gave what meant more to Him, who He loved the most, and what would be the greatest gift to us.   That gift is eternal life.

Father God gave us His greatest gift, which was His Son, and Jesus Christ gave us His greatest gift, which was His life. Let us give both the Father and the Son our greatest gift, which is our soul. If we have not given our life to God yet, let us do it now. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior. If you do not know how to do it, but you want to give God your greatest gift, and want to spend eternity with Him and not with the devil in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity, then pray the following prayer to God. Pray it aloud, in all humility, in all sincerity, and in all seriousness. He will hear you, and receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is my Lord, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask You to receive me as your Child and to activate the Holy Spirit within me. Thank You Father. Amen.”

Yes, the greatest gift we can give God is our soul, and the greatest gift we can give people, who do not have salvation, is to tell them about how God wants to be their Lord and Father, and how they can become His children. If we are already saved, and feel confident in it, we can take “The Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20) to others. God wants us to make treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21), and the most valued treasure to God is a human soul.

Do not feel bad if you do not have any money to buy gifts for people. Just give yourself to God, and give yourself to others. What God and others need is your love, friendship and time – not necessarily material things. God bless you!

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THE MAN AND HIS SON

A young widowed man and his toddler son moved to a small plot of land just outside of a small sinful town. As the man knew how to live off the land, he planted squash, corn, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and a few other things to help them be almost self-sufficient. He bought a milk cow, a rooster and a few chickens to provide milk and eggs. As the man and his child kept to themselves nobody knew much about them.

As a matter of fact the town’s people did not really want to associate with them because the man and his child were so different from them. The newcomer would not buy marihuana from the local dispensary, would not gamble in the casino owned by the local Indian tribe, and would not visit the local brothel as the other men did. In a close-knit small community he was an outsider that did not seem to belong.

To say they were outcasts would be putting it mildly. People avoided them like the plague when they would see the man and his child buying groceries or putting gas in their automobile. They would simply ignore them completely. Being isolated did bother the man a little because of his son, but as he did not want to get involved in the sinful activities of the town’s people there was not much he could do to change the situation.

When the child grew to school age, the father home schooled him because he did not want him to receive a secular education. For that reason not only was he teaching his son reading, writing, arithmetic, but he was also teaching him principles from the holy Bible. He would explain Jesus’ parables to the young child, and then he would teach him in a simple way how to put them into practice.

As the years went by the child grew up to be ten years old. The father developed a fatal cancer that spread all over his body in a matter of months. Unbeknown to the town’s people the man had a thriving business in Switzerland that he would run through his computer. He was actually quite wealthy, but other than his business associates nobody knew it, much less the town’s people.

When the man knew he had a matter of weeks or maybe months to live, he put an ad in the local newspaper. It read: “I, James Wilson, have been given a few weeks or months to live. I need a responsible person to take care of my ten-year-old son, Jesse.” A few weeks went by and nobody contacted him. Finally a poor older couple, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith, contacted him, and told him, “We will be glad to raise your son. However, we only have a two-bedroom house and he will have to share a bedroom with our grandson.”

Three weeks later the man died. As the county official read his will it said: “Being that whoever has the son has everything, I give this deed to my property to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith as well as the three million dollars from my company in Switzerland.”

The moral of this story is that whoever has Jesus, in reality, has everything. That is because you would be nowhere if you were to gain the whole world, but would lose your soul (Mark 8:36). Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6).

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THERE IS MORE PLEASURE IN GIVING THAN RECEIVING

God was the first to give. First of all, He gave us this planet. After that He gave us physical life through Adam and Eve. Then He gave up His only begotten Son Jesus Christ when the latter died on the cross to pay for our sins. If we accept His Son as our Lord and Savior, He gives us eternal life with Him. There can be no greater gift than that.
Just about all children know how to receive, but most of them have to learn to share their toys or whatever it is they have. It is definitely a learning experience that does not come easy to many of them. Later on they have to learn to give. Then when we grow to be adults, many of us have learned to share and to give, but for some reason or other we have not learned to receive. We feel guilty and sometimes we do not even want to receive. Just as we enjoy giving we should enjoy receiving.
Normally giving comes before receiving. The Bible states in Luke 6:38, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” In most cases people will give gladly to you because you have given of yourself to them.
Greedy people like to receive, receive, receive, but they hate giving. In their minds they never receive enough, and they are never satisfied. The more they get, the more they want. It’s an unending cycle, and as the saying goes: “You can’t take it with you.” That being the case, instead of being a hoarder we should be a giver.
When we pass on to the next life, whether it be in heaven or in hell, we leave everything behind. Our possessions and wealth go to somebody else. Many times it goes to family members, other times to strangers, sometimes to lawyers, and unfortunately there are times when it goes to the government. In no case do our possessions or our money go with us to the other life.
Speaking of the other life, there are only two places where we can go. The best place is heaven and the worst one is hell. Fortunately for us, we get to choose while we are alive. It is not Russian roulette, but a choice that we make. If the thought of being in hell suffering eternally does not appeal to us, then we can choose to go to heaven instead.
We choose to go to heaven by choosing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Yes, salvation is free, but we have to repent, ask God to forgive our sins, receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior, and leave the sin behind. No, we will not be perfect. We will still make mistakes, and sin, but it will not be on purpose as before, and it will not be as often. There has to be a change in us. The Bible calls it becoming a new creation – a new man. We have to transform our way of thinking as the Bible states in Romans 12:2.
I do not want to deviate too far from the main point of giving. If you are not a selfish person, you find more pleasure in giving than in receiving. When I say giving I am not referring just to money or material possessions, but also to just giving a smile, a sincere handshake, doing a favor, listening to someone’s problems, giving someone a compliment, and in general being friendly to others.
A smile at the right time can change somebody’s day completely. A kind word in a time of despair can lift somebody up out of depression. A listening ear could wind up saving a person’s life. You may never know how an act of kindness on your part has helped another person tremendously. That other person can even be you. Maybe a friend, a relative or a perfect stranger helped change your day for the better.
The most important things you can give people are your love, friendship and your time. This world would be a wonderful place if all of us were to give that to each other. Unfortunately nothing can be further from the real truth. What can you give God being that He has everything? You can give Him your time, service, devotion, friendship, love, and of course, your soul.
God tells us to make treasures in heaven. Matthew 6:19-20 – “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
Those treasures are not houses, cars, diamonds, rubies or gold. They are the good deeds we do on this earth. The biggest treasure to God is a soul. When you become a born-again Christian, you become a treasure to God, and when you lead a person to receive Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior, you are making treasures in heaven for yourself, and that is exactly what I am doing with my life. You can do the same thing.
When you give, give for the sake of giving, and not because you are expecting something in return. Give from your heart and maybe even from your need. Of course it’s okay to give from your abundance if God has blessed you financially, but it is better to go beyond that. What I mean is that you may have limited resources, talents, time, intelligence, wisdom or abilities, but in love you give from those.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITH HATE
No person should be subjected to live in a world without love or one full of hatred or just plain indifference. In the sixties Peter and Gordon had a hit song by the title, “A World Without Love.” You will find it on the internet. Listen to it. It’s very pretty and the lyrics can stand the test of time.
Unfortunately our children are growing up in a world without love. There are several reasons for that. In many cases both of their parents work long hours. Either they have a human baby sitter, or they have the television and the internet. Both of the latter could be tremendous teaching tools, but unfortunately they are being used to teach violence, sexual perversion, disobedience, and everything that goes against godly principles.
Since young children are extremely impressionable, their lives are shaped by their way of thinking, which in turn is shaped by what they experience by what they see, hear or are told by adults. By the time a child is seven years old, he has seen thousands of murders on television, and probably millions of acts of violence, indecency, cheating, stealing, disobedience and many other things that boggle his young and innocent mind.
Because of the way many children are brought up, many times they do not know the difference between right and wrong. That is especially true of children who come from a family who does not attend any church whatsoever. While it is true that no religion will get one to heaven, it is also very veridical that most religions teach a peaceful way of coexistence and of loving our neighbors.
Because God is love (1 John 4:8), Christian children are taught to love our brother and sisters (Matthew 22:37-40). They are taught “the golden rule.” – Matthew 7:12. We are not naive. We know that some Christian children in their adolescent years and as young people go astray, but many of them when they mature come back to a Christian way of life.
Our news media disseminates fake and hateful news, which in the absence of the real truth causes much harm in our country and in the world. That biased and prejudiced reporting is the cause of much misunderstanding and hatred throughout the world. Most people do not bother to look for the real truth. They just accept what is reported by the news media.
As a result of the way many people have been brought up, because of the manipulation by the news media, and being that a certain political party is espousing nothing but hatred and has declared war against the President, our country is in a very serious state. Either very little or nothing positive is being accomplished by the politicians. They are too busy fighting each other, instead of working for the benefit of our citizens.
Political parties have become obsolete. They are too powerful, and instead of the citizens having the power, as was intended in our Constitution, the political parties have it. They dictate what can and what cannot be done. It is absurd. A candidate for any office should run on his merits, not on a party’s. A US congressman may earn under $200,000 per year, yet they may spend ten million dollars on their campaign. Something does not add up!
It is extremely sad to see our great country completely divided, full of hatred, spinning its wheels, moving away from God, and going in a downward destructive spiral at a tremendous speed. It is quite possible that we may have reached “the point of no return.” If that is the case, “divided we stand, and divided we will fall.” Let us hope for the sake of future generations that is not the case.
We cannot expect the government to fix the problem, the church or anybody else. Each one of us has to take the initiative and act in love for the benefit of our country, the future generations, and of course for ourselves. We have to start by respecting ourselves, respecting other people, helping each other, loving our country and working to improve it – not to tear it down.
Regardless of your age, sex, color of your skin, educational level, social status, and religion reach out in love and understanding to someone different than you. That way you will be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. God bless you!
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F A K E   N E W S

One of the definitions the dictionary gives for “news” is: “Information about important or interesting recent events, especially when published or broadcast.” The emphasis, of course, should be on “information,” and it should be reported as such. It is information the public needs to know for several reasons.

Being that the main reason for the existence of the news media is to report the incidents as accurately as possible, it should not speculate, be biased or prejudiced in any way, shape, or form. It should present the facts and nothing less, nothing more. If the full facts are not known, it should either not report it yet, or report only as much as is known.

The reporter’s, the channel’s or the station’s opinion is not needed because it can create confusion, misunderstanding and even hatred. When that happens as a result of it somebody

gets hurt. The scoundrels can be made to sound like heroes, and the innocent people become victims. We have a saying that applies here quite well, and it goes like this: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

While it is true that under our constitution the news people have “freedom of the press,” that does not give them the right to report “fake news” as if they were true. They have a responsibility to give us the news such as they are. Our government should do something to curtail their lies, half-truths, uncorroborated stories, misleading information and anything else that goes against professional reporting. They should be made to adhere to some professional standards. Without standards we have chaos.

Much of the hatred in our country has been created by the news media. That is because people believe what they hear and see and then they act on it. The news media glorifies everything that is violent, grotesque, illegal, immoral, and that goes against God’s principles. It does not matter what President Trump may say or do, they find a way to vilify it. Because of that we have lost respect throughout the world. How can anybody in the world respect us, if we do not respect ourselves?

Unfortunately many people take the fake news as the gospel truth. They don’t realize that the news anchor has an axe to grind or that he or she owes somebody favors, and is paying them by distorting the news, which, by the way, can be done very easily. Just by changing a name, a place, a date or a fact the whole story takes a complete different meaning. That is how the culprit becomes the good guy and the latter becomes the culprit.

Many people are either lazy and do not take time to investigate the truth, some are extremely busy and do not have the time to really look into the matter, quite a few are either biased or prejudiced and only hear what they want to hear, while others are just plain gullible and believe the first thing they hear. They just follow the herd because they cannot think for themselves. That would tax their brain.

If we do not begin to restrict the news media, it will take us down as a world power, and maybe even as a nation. So far we do not need any enemies – we are the enemy. If we do not bridle the news media we will go down into perdition and maybe even extinction. I know you think that is impossible. Other world powers have already gone through that process – Greece, Rome, Spain, England, Persia and so on. We may or may not be an exception. It remains to be seen.

TOO MUCH SENSITIVITY AND TOO MUCH HATE

I have no idea what the atmosphere or the ambient was in our country, the United States of America, before the Civil War or right after it, but I know what it is right now. The racial and sexual sensitivity are alarming, and the violence and hatred are probably at an all-time high. Instead of progressing we are regressing. If we do not do something and do it fast, it will only get much worse.

Society has become extremely sensitive that people get punished for innocent comments that nobody would have given a second thought to them a few years ago. Instead of being a viable solution, it has produced more violence and innocent people being punished unjustly. The courts and their laws will never really be a solution to the real problem – they just make it illegal, which makes people who disobey their laws criminals, and makes them resentful. As a result hatred arises from different factions of the community.

Some problems seem to have no solution, but in essence they do. As with many other things, education is the key. Our job is to educate the populace that if we are to succeed we have to learn that all of us have the same rights, that every human deserves respect, that nobody is better than somebody else, that we have to try our best to coexist, that we have to tolerate each other to a certain point, and that we have to work together to make this a better country.

Yes, education is the key, and it starts in the home. The parents should be the first and the best teachers the children have.

There is a definite need to educate black, brown, white and any other color of people that we are all created equal, that we have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities while living in this country, and that we have to treat each other with respect as equals. We have to emphasize the fact that white is not better than black, brown or any other color of skin. Every person has to understand that he or she is not superior nor inferior to anybody else. All of us are human beings created basically in the same way.

There is definite a lack of education to educate our men that they have to treat women with respect at the work place. They cannot look at women as a sex object or as somebody inferior they can push around. That mind set has to stop, and it has to stop now. Men and women working together should be taught to respect each other’s boundaries. A man should not treat a woman as he treats men, and a woman should not treat a man as she treats women because there is a difference between men and women.

In too many cases white policemen practice racial profiling. This, of course, is totally wrong because many times a person is detained simply because he or she is black or brown. Sometimes even false evidence is planted on them. Fortunately that kind of policeman is not the norm. Once again, the answer is educating them, which is being done by many police forces, but not by all of them. A lot more work is needed in this area.

Of course, it is not fair to put all the blame on the policemen. Most of them are excellent people just simply trying to keep us safe, putting their lives on the line every single day, not knowing when some crazy nut will try to kill them for no reason whatsoever. We should be teaching our children not only to respect policemen, but to respect authority of any kind. Most of the violence, if not all of it, in our country comes from people who do not respect authority of any kind.

In conclusion I would like to say that the real answer to our problems of too much sensitivity, violence, hatred, disrespect for authority, racial intolerance, and disrespect for women can be reduced significantly by educating our children and the public in general.

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WILL YOU FINISH THE RACE WELL?

Will you finish the race well? You may ask, what race? The race of life, of course. All of us are running it. Some of us will run it well, and some will run it poorly. It all depends on our goals and objectives and how we set our priorities. Yes, we have to make plans and execute them. A well-planned life is much better than one that is lived by trial and error.

In 2 Timothy 4:6-7, the apostle Paul, close to the end of his life, states: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” What he is saying is that he has kept the faith, that he has served God well, that he has lived a worthwhile life, and that he is ready to die, go to heaven, and to be with the Lord forever and ever.

Hopefully you have done well with your life up to now. If you have, keep it up until you die. Many people do well for a season, and then they start meandering like a chicken without a head, or like a drunk staggering in the dark. It is not how you start, or how you do in the middle, but rather how you finish that matters. Many people start like a wildfire, but then they change direction, slow down or quit altogether.

Many, many marriages start well, and may even do well for ten, fifteen or twenty years, and then the separation and the divorce come. Millions of children and even adults are hurting because we have a myriad of broken families, blended families, same-sex marriages and even abandoned children. Yes, most of those marriages started well, and those people even had very good intentions, but because of lack of commitment they were not able to finish their individual race in that particular area, and the consequences were devastating to all concerned.

When we pass on to the other life, we leave many loved ones behind. It is extremely important to leave a good legacy because our children, grandchildren, other relatives, and some good friends have to live with it. We may not be here, but they are, and they may suffer as a result of the way we lived our lives. We have to be unselfish and think of them too. It is not all about us – it includes the people in our sphere of influence, and there is no getting around it.

Abraham Lincoln died a long time ago, but the Afro-American community is still free from slavery because he did something about it. Adolph Hitler died in 1945, but the Jewish race is still feeling the repercussions, the hatred and the persecution of those horrible years. One person can cause a lot of good and one person can cause a lot of harm. What kind of legacy will you leave?

Fortunately for some of us and unfortunately for others, when we finish this race we will start another one. That is because there is life after death. The only question is where we will run that race. Will we run it in heaven or will we run it in hell? There are only those two options. The good thing about that is that we get to decide where we will spend eternity. If you already know that you will spend eternity with God, you do not need to read any further.

If you do not know where you will spend eternity, that means you have not made your choice yet, and I can tell you that it will be in the lake of fire, unless you choose differently. If the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then find the section in my blog called “Messages,” and read the end of a message where I tell you what to do in order to go to heaven. Just follow the instructions. They are clearly spelled out.

Finish this race well, so you can start the other one on the right foot. God bless you!

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THE SPIRIT OF REBELLION

The dictionary defines rebellion as: “Open resistance to authority,” and also as, “Organized armed resistance to an established government.” It also uses other terms, such as; uprising, revolution, mutiny, insurrection, revolt, insurgence, insurgency; insubordination, disobedience, defiance, resistance, rebelliousness, and contumacy.

Rebellion was completely unknown until the devil rebelled against God in heaven. In Revelation 12:7-9, the Bible describes it like this: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (the Devil); and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Lucifer was one of the prettiest angels and had one of the most important tasks in heaven, and because of that he became extremely proud and although he was a created being, he tried to

usurp God’s position as the omnipotent one. Even today pride is one of the main causes of sin, disobedience and rebellion. In Proverbs 16:18, King Solomon tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

I am writing this article because in our country – the United States of America – and all over the world, the spirit of rebellion is running rampant. Nobody wants to follow regulations, rules or laws of any kind. People want to do as they see fit. This, of course, causes many problems because no one is an island. We have to share this land with other human beings, and just as we have wishes, wants and desires, so do they. If we do as we please, one thing is for sure, we will be stepping on somebody else’s toes.

In the animal kingdom the number one rule is survival of the fittest, and the balance of nature is maintained that way, but we are human beings, and instead of devouring the weakest we should protect them and help them in any way we can. Jesus Himself made it very clear that He did not come for the strong, the most intelligent, the loveliest, the wisest, the wealthiest, the healthiest or the most righteous. It was just the opposite. If we go against God’s will, we are participating in the spirit of rebellion.

Jesus came to earth for the sick, the poor, the sinners and the ones who needed help in one way or another. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then in Luke 5:32, He said: “ I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” If we do otherwise, we are engaged in the spirit of rebellion.

Unfortunately the spirit of rebellion has taken over our country. The spirits of individualism, anarchy, disobedience, liberalism, violence, corruption, and rebellion have taken over our society. Everybody wants to have fire arms, drugs, tattoos, and a complete free reign of their lives without regard for country, laws, church, God, or other people. They just care about themselves, and nothing or nobody else matter to them.

A society that forgets its beginning, standards, principles and God cannot last. Many empires have fallen before us, and ours will be no exception, unless we change our ways. We have forgotten what made our country great. Make no mistake our country was great, and that was because we were established as a Christian democratic republic following godly principles, and because we did that, God’s blessings have been on us. Now that we are moving away from God His protection and blessings are being removed from us.

There is a political party that is pulling us further and further away from God as it espouses abortion, marriage between people of the same sex, not obeying the Constitution, fighting against the President, in general mocking godly principles and disobeying God. Unfortunately the young people are falling prey to their doctrine, beliefs and modus operandi.

God is faithful and just. If we can shed away the spirit of rebellion and come back to Him, He will bless us once again. The only thing with that is that we may be too far gone in the wrong direction. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah God tells us in Isaiah 55:5 – “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” There are two main points here: 1. Call on the Lord. 2. There will be a time when it is too late. The only question here is…Is it too late for the USA?

There are two things you should do: 1. Pray to God that this country and the world will come back to Him. 2. Get close to God yourself, so you may spend eternity with Him enjoying eternity, and not suffering the eternal flames of the lake of fire. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, read my article entitled, “I Am Who I Am.” That will teach you how to spend eternity with God and not with the devil.

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MATURITY

Many young people assume they have matured because they have reached their twenty-first birthday. That assumption is as erroneous as could be. Yes, some people are mature at that age, while many are not. That is because maturity has nothing to do with one’s chronological age, but rather with the mental one.

Some people might have reached their maturity level at twenty years old, while others may reach it as forty or maybe never. All of us have known people who are fifty years old, and still act as if they were teenagers. Their bodies are old, but their mental abilities never really developed. Various factors can contribute to that, but I would need to write a complete book in order explain them.

All of us, or at least many of us, have God-given talents. Normally we know what they are, and if we are normal people under normal circumstances we develop them, and that is exactly what we should do. The more mature we are, the more importance we will give to those talents, not only that but we will use them in the most productive ways. Developing them will not only help us, but it can help the people who are in our sphere of influence, as well as many others who we may not even know personally.

All of us have a certain degree of intelligence, but it does not do us any good unless we develop it and put it to work. We cannot leave it dormant, but rather should find ways to use it in pragmatic ways. One of the most basic ways to use it is to learn as much as we can about different areas that are of interest to us. Not only should we use it to learn, but also to solve problems, and maybe even to invent something that could help humanity. There are endless possibilities as to how we can use our intelligence.

Knowledge can translate itself to power. We can use our intelligence to acquire knowledge, and then we can use that knowledge wisely to help ourselves and to help others. Knowledge in the hands of an immature fool can be extremely destructive, but in the hands of a mature person it can be extremely useful, positive and productive.

Maturity combined with wisdom allow us to learn from our mistakes, and also from the mistakes that others make. Not learning from our experiences, and making the same mistakes over and over again are signs of immaturity. Undoubtedly you know people like that. The worst thing about it is that they do not have the slightest clue why they are failing.

A person does not reach maturity unless there is a positive change in behavior from when he or she was a young person. That means not making the same mistakes nor going through the same negative experiences. Maturity can only be reached through a life-long learning process. We should never stop learning, and if we have to make changes, we should make them. I happen to believe in life after death, so even after we die we continue to learn eternally.

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HAVE YOU CHARTERED A COURSE FOR YOUR LIFE?

When a big ship sails in the ocean it has a chartered course that has been prepared for it. That helps them get to their destination safely and faster than if they were to take a different route. Airline pilots have a flight plan that they follow. Following their specific plan helps them avoid foreseeable hazards, accidents, and by knowing the airline schedules it allows the passengers to plan their flights.

When a driver goes to a place where he has not gone before he takes a map, asks people, or uses his GPS. If he is wise, he also investigates the road conditions before setting out on his journey. In other words, he does not go blindly hoping he will find the place by instinct, by accident or by mere luck.

When a future businessman decides to open up a business he investigates if there is demand for the product he will provide. He considers other factors, such as will there be a good profit margin, is the location perfect for that type of business, does he have enough money to stay open until the business becomes profitable, does he have the expertise to run that business, are the resources available that he will need, and will he be able to hire qualified personnel? This, by far, is not a complete list, but it does give you an idea.

It does not matter if you are not a ship’s captain, an airline pilot, a taxi driver, or a businessman, you still have to make plans. Any endeavor that you may try to undertake if you do not have a well-thought-out plan, it will not succeed. Thousands if not millions of people have found that out the hard way. Do not be one of them.

The most important thing in your life is your own life. Yet many people go through it without any plans, direction or destiny. Somehow they think things will just happen automatically. They meander through life making one mistake after another. They are almost always at the mercy of the circumstances because they did not plan in advance. There is no substitute for good preventive planning.

I am sincerely hoping that you have a good plan for the rest of your life in whatever stage of it you may be. Yes, I am speaking about a financial plan that will provide for you during your old age, but much more important than that is where you will spend eternity. Whether you plan for it or not, it’s going to get here. It does not matter if you believe in it or not, it’s going to happen. It would behoove you to have a fail-proof plan of which there are not four, three nor two, but only one. Yes, just one.

Yes, you may make a plan with a chartered course straight to heaven. There is only one way, and one way only to get there. It’s in the person of Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of Father God. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself puts it this way: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” If you have never chartered your course to heaven before, this is your perfect opportunity, and it may be your last.

For whatever the reason you may be thinking, “I have plenty of time. I’ll do it when I’m old, or just before I die.” Many people think that way. But you know what? You do not have a lease on life. Regardless of your young age, good health, circumstances or anything else, you could die before this day is over. Many people will not see tomorrow, and you could be one of them. Don’t play Russian roulette with your soul. The latter will live forever. The only question is…where will it spend eternity – in the lake of fire or in heaven?

If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil, read my article, “I am just passing through.” At the end of it you will be able to see and understand how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so you can spend eternity with Him. Deciding where you will spend eternity is the most important decision you will ever make.

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                                                                                                                                             WE SHOULD NOT EXALT PEOPLE
Many of us spend a great deal of time and energy exalting ourselves. It is understandable because we are the people we know best, because we know what we have accomplished, because we know how difficult it was, and because we know how much effort we put into it, but we fail to realize that if it were not for God’s blessings, protection, guidance and provision on our lives we could not have done it.
We exalt other people because they have excelled in a particular area. Some of the most popular areas where people are exalted are sports, music, films, and politics. Those people are looked upon as if they were super stars. Some people actually idolize them. Yet many of the people who participate in those fields fall prey to using drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages, illicit sex, corruption, and many more sinful activities. They become victims of their own success. Instead of deserving being exalted many of them should be pitied.
Thank God there are some famous people who use their fame and fortune for positive purposes. In other words, they espouse worthy causes, and help people who need help in that particular area. God is watching and He will reward them either on this life or in the one to come. Nothing goes unnoticed in God’s eyes.
One of the things that God hates the most is pride. The Bible tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – (Proverb 16:18). Pride takes over when we exalt ourselves or when others exalt us, and we let it go to our heads. Do not misunderstand me, it is normal and good for us to feel good about ourselves when we do good deeds, which of course is the will of God. Let us do them because they come out of the goodness of our hearts, and not because we want attention, publicity or public recognition.
We should not do anything to bring attention to ourselves. Whatever good we do, we should do it to bring attention to God, not to ourselves, because whatever good there is in us it comes from God. The Bible refers to God as the Father of lights, and it says that every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17-18). If God is the Father of lights, then we are the lights. That means that we, the Christians/Christ followers, are to bring God’s light to the people who are living in darkness.
The light we bring to people is telling them about how they can have salvation – eternal life with God. Jesus Himself tells us how we can come to the Father in John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Other than telling people about God we show them His love through us. Yes, people should be able to see God by the way we treat them.
The only way people can see the love of God in us is if we are humble, meek and accept them as equals. We do not judge them, but help them in whatever way we can. We are there to lift them up, not to tear them down. No, we do not exalt them, but we help them build up their self-image, their self-esteem and how they feel about themselves. Many of them have been beaten down by life, by others and by the devil.
The only one who deserves being exalted is God. That is because He is the Creator of everything that existed, exists and will ever exist. In John 1:1-4, the Bible puts it this way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Other than being the Creator, God is love. 1 John 4:8 puts it this way: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We should exalt Him because He is pure love, and because He proved that love by sending His only begotten Son to suffer, die and resurrect just to pay for our sins, so we could have eternal life with Him. John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
If you feel like exalting anyone, exalt Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit. They are “The Divine Trinity.” It’s God manifesting Himself in three different ways. One big mistake people make is exalting so-called saints. That, of course, includes Mary, Joseph, John, Moses, Michael, Peter and all the other patriarchs that are in the Bible. God is a jealous god (Exodus 20:4-5, 34:14 and Deuteronomy 6:15). The others I mentioned are probably in heaven, but they are not to be revered, exalted, praised or worshiped.
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WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS?

Many people spend a lifetime looking for answers which seem to be evasive to them. The reason is very simple – they are looking in the wrong places. For that reason no matter how hard they look, they will never find the answers. No, the answers are not in money, possessions, high position in the corporate ladder, fame, status, philosophy, religion, or even in relationships. Those things may help, but they are not an end by themselves.
The answers are in the word of God. God has many wonderful promises for us, but every one of them has a condition that we must meet. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus Himself tells us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Some of Those things include peace of mind, love, joy, harmony, good friends, provision for our needs, protection, an intimate relationship with God, and of course salvation. The condition that we must meet is that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we do that, everything else will fall in place.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us: “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus wants you to have a wonderful life. So why are you not having it? The devil has been attacking you, and you are not even aware of it. Seek refuge in God. He can help you, because He is more powerful than your addiction, your bad temper, your weaknesses, your circumstances and even than the devil. In 1 John 4:4, the word of God tells us: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He (God) who is in you is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.” God – the Holy Spirit – lives in you. All you have to do is call out to God in faith.
One thing to remember is that you must have faith. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible tells us: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The condition for God to help you is that you must believe that He exists, that He will reward you, and that He loves you because He does, in spite of what you may have done. Don’t let people lie to you – God loves you unconditionally. It’s not about what you have or have not done. It’s about what Jesus has done for you. He gave His life for you.
As we stated in paragraph two by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will find the truth, and that truth will set you free from erroneous living and believing. In John 8:32, Jesus tells us: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth, which of course is Jesus Christ, will set you free from sin. That is because when Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross He did it to pay for your sins. If you accept Him as your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, He cleanses you of all sin.
I know many people are teaching that there are many truths, and that there are many ways to heaven. They are wrong. There is only one way, and one way only. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The condition to have eternal life is to come to Father God through His Son Jesus Christ. That is the most important answer to the most important question.

A question you may have is…What is my purpose in this world? It is a very valid question that deserves an answer. As we stated before the answers are in the Bible. A lawyer, who was trying to trick Jesus, asked Him (Matthew 22:36): “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus answered Him like this (Matthew 22:37-39): “You shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second one is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus was telling that lawyer that the most important things in life are to love yourself, love other people and love God.
The reason God wants us to live in love is simply because He is love. In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Not only does God tell us He is love, but He proved it. In John 3:16, Jesus Himself tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The Bible is a blue print as to how we ought to live our lives. If you have any questions, look them up in the Bible. God has an answer for you. If you have never read the Bible before, start in the book of John and then when you finish it, go to the book of Matthew. Those two books in the Bible will give you a good understanding as to who Jesus is and how God wants you to live your life. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His love, understanding and salvation.
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