Saved to a life worth living.

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
(Acts 2:21 NIV)

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne

Does that mean “everyone?”  Is it really that easy, or is this some kind of trick?

I guess what comes to mind is, saved from what?  If we really knew what lies ahead and it was not favorable, then this would have greater personal meaning.

I know, i’m not the best writer to reach the multitudes in need of a Savior, but if even 1 person reads this and considers the truth and future of their life…. Well then it would be worth it.

There is too much information to ignore, where we are headed and what conditions exist.

 

Happy New Year

It is not too late, to decide, to live New, in the year to come.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
(Genesis 1:31)

 

Gottvater haucht Adam den Odem ein (1897/98)

When God breathed the breath of life into man after creating the Heavens and the earth…  He said “it was very good.”  That means, when He created you…  He was pleased to say…  It was very good.

The drama and chaos of life will try to lead you around by the nose, but instead commit yourself to understanding why and what you were made for…  then life becomes Very Good! 

 

Whats love got to do with it?

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. (2 John 1:6)

Photo by Ed Yourdon

Is there any wonder why this world has the problems it does?  I find it very easy to think (or say) bad things about people that I do not like.  If we walk in love denotes an action on our part…. not a feeling.  

Selfish love is what creates problems when we don’t get what we want.  Perfect love is unconditional and casts out fear.

Easier said than done?

Knocked down

I know…  I’m supposed to be posting something about the birth of Christ, since it is Christmas Eve, but this one was too important to pass up.

So Judas came to the grove, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.  

Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  

“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.

“I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.)
When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.  

Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”  

And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
(John 18:3-7)

At this, point those who have hated and persecuted Jesus for all that He said and did, were knocked down one last time… most likely to get their attention.

USMC public domain photo

If you remember Saul when he was persecuting Christians?  He  was knocked to the ground too, but repented and became Paul, who brought us the Word of God in a powerful way.

Just imagine what that large group of men could have done for the world if they would have just seen Jesus for who He is, instead of what they wanted Him to be.

So goes it today…  Is He limited to what you want Him to be… or are you willing to see what He created you for?

 

Lazarus, come out!

Photography (c) 2002 Zubro

Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  So they took away the stone.

Then Jesus looked up and said,  “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
(John 11:40-44)

He raised Lazarus from the dead so you and I would believe, that He can raise us also…  It’s that simple!

(Barnes notes on the bible) ”The power of raising the dead is the highest of which we can conceive.  The ancient pagan declared it to be even beyond the power of God.  It implies not merely giving life to the deceased body, but the power of entering the world of spirits, of recalling the departed soul, and of reuniting it with the body.  He that could do this must be omniscient as well as omnipotent; and if Jesus did it by his own power, it proves that he was divine.”

So the question remains… Do you believe?

 

How does He know?

The Jews were amazed and asked, “How did this man get such learning without having studied?”  Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me.  If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own.
(John 7:15-17) 

Photo by Jean-Marc_Pascolo

 

The bible indicates that Jesus did some extraordinary things while He walked this earth.

It also seems to reveal that people were either completely in love with Him, or hated him to the point of death.

Why?

Spirit and truth.

Photo by Maria Krüger

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
(John 4:23, 24)

 

I just finished reading the book Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander M.D.

He is a respected Neurosurgeon that traveled to heaven during a serious illness which rendered him into a coma for 7 days.

He indicates the experience changed his whole belief system regarding the soul, spirit and after life.  Dr Alexander opens the book with a fascinating quote from Albert Einstein “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
Eben goes on to suggest (in a scientific manner) that we are our own limitation and stumbling block to what God has for us.

Once you discover your soul and spirit… use it for its intended purpose, and you will be amazed at the life waiting for you.

 

Suffering

Living for God
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.
(1 Peter 4:1,2) 

Suffering children in the Ukraine.

Do you really understand what suffering is?

Some think suffering is not being able to purchase one of life’s luxuries, while others go without the basic necessities of food and water.

When your day of suffering arrives… turn to your Savior Jesus, since He knows the way through it.

Be ready, because your day will come.

 

Great Joy

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
(Jude 1:24-25)

Photo by United States Marine Corps

Have you experienced Great Joy lately?  Your Savior has, whenever He considers you.

Trust Him today…. Eternity is a long time.

Faith or theory

Photo by NASA/JPL

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
(Hebrews 11:1-3)

 

Is it really that simple to explain?…
I could be OK with the “Big Bang”, if someone can explain… the before in a clear way.

Big Bang.
A cosmological theory holding that the universe originated approximately 20 billion years ago from the violent explosion of a very small agglomeration of matter of extremely high density and temperature. (thefreedictionary.com)

Is it Faith to believe theory?….

With God we believe that someone beyond our capability to understand how powerful He really is, was able to create matter from nothing and set it into motion for a purpose.

Or, we believe that everything created itself from nothing in a random explosion and set everything in motion for no particular reason.

Who knows, maybe God created the Big Bang…

Thoughts or comments?