Archive for September, 2008

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There’s an epidemic going on and I’m not sure what has triggered it but there are a huge number of inquiries on hell. People want to find out what it’s like but more likely they want to know if it’s real. Let’s talk about it:

1. Hell is real.

2. Hell was designed for satan and his crew.

3. Hell is a place of torment.

4. It’s hot

5. The sentence is forever.

6. Hell will also punish the sin of those who reject Christ.

7. There is no Court of Appeals in hell.

8. There are no lawyers there to get you off.

9. You have one life to determine your destiny; don’t put it off!

10. Become a firefighter today!

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Matthew 25:35-45 (The Message)

34-36“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

37-40“Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

41-43“Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

44“Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

45“He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

There is a fire burning in people’s hearts. These people aren’t necessarily born again. They want to know Jesus! They want to know more about Him.

John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.

People are going to Google and typing in the name Jesus more than they have in times past! I know it because I have a huge avalanche of statistical data to look at over a eighteen month…oops nineteen month time period on seven sites and Jesus is huge!

What’s going on is they are looking for the love. When you find the love of Jesus…nothing can touch it! It may be one of the best kept secrets the world has never “not” known. That’s because no one knows how to explain it to them. Not even me.

IT’S AN EMPTY WORLD

There is no love like the Love of God. You can be wealthy, have lots of friends, all types of material objects and your days can be full. You may even have the best job…but you feel empty inside despite the crowd around you. I can explain why.

I had it made: married, suburban lifestyle, great travel experiences, comfort, beautiful children…or so I thought…but a something was missing.

Though we had been raised with family values; as society changed we were slowly losing grasp of them. Commandments, well television had dulled the way that we saw them. Our conception over the years had become skewed. We had decided like many people that the commandments were to be followed but that there were exceptions. We were willing to compromise. Things were slipping from us.

We had unconsciously decided to let the “majority” make our decisions. Drinking was okay to us, gambling too, but drugs were off limit. In terms of politics; we didn’t want our moral decisions to affect our government or our leaders; after all this was an off limits area.

As a result of all of our little compromises…we had no peace. We began to search ourselves.

THE AVERAGE PERSON

The average person doesn’t have a clue that they are a spirit. That’s how we’re all put together. We’re spiritual. Our spiritual side is meant to rule…but it doesn’t in so many people because they fight it.

ASK ME HOW I KNOW?

Before I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior; I felt worried everyday. I felt like something bad was going to happen. I was afraid. I was afraid of car accidents, people, criminals…I was waiting for something bad to happen. The devil hoped I’d never figure it out. Likely he’d havve his way except one day I visited a small church service. I had promised my friend that I would not join. “Don’t worry…” they had been my last words. Sometime during the service I found myself running down front. I prayed a prayer with everyone there. I saw nothing. I heard nothing. However, after that my life changed. I had that much sought after “thing” peace. I moved closer to God, I began to read the bible…it was all very refreshing.

In my mind; it was a journey I had never planned to take…but it saved my life. Jesus was waiting for me and my life was never the same.