Friday, July 22, 2011
Chorus: I'll live for Jesus day after day, I'll live for Jesus; let come what may. The Holy Spirit I will obey, And live for Jesus day after day.
-notes from I'll Live for Jesus
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Everyday, we murmur at least once. If we are late to school, we might complain that the alarm clock didn't go off. Our complaints may also lead to blaming others. "My alarm didn't work because Sis unplugged it for her cell charger!" And when we point fingers, it leads to anger and we start bickering with each other. We should just be content and understand that God is taking care of our lives and that it's His will. Maybe, He allowed our alarm clocks to be off so that we could avoid a car accident on the way to school.
Usually, we complain about our outward appearance and the material things we have. Have you heard the story about a girl who complained that her shoes were too worn and old? Well, when she saw a man without legs and feet, she realized that she was being selfish and that she should be content about her old shoes.
Imagine yourself in her place. What if you're complaining about you're ears being to big and then you see someone who can't even hear and speak because of their lack of hearing?
It's good to have ears that can hear right?
We should really be content with how God made us!
I Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
On earth we have a home where we live, laugh, and sleep in, but did u know that we also have a home after we pass away?
We can either live happy lives in heaven or a life of torment in hell.
Which would you choose to live in?
You would choose heaven.
To get to heaven you don't have to be worried about different highways, exits, speed limits, car wrecks, gas prices, or even need a GPS.
There is only one way to get there and it is through Jesus Christ.
All you need to do is understand and believe that He died a terrible death on the cross for all of your sins. Confess that everyone was born a sinner including you and repent of all of your sins.
When we all get to heaven, we will receive rewards. To earn these glorious crowns, we need to use the talents God has blessed us in our every day lives. We also need to honor and bring joy to our Father.
Monday, July 04, 2011
I remember so vividly the flag
that hung in my classroom as a child. How I loved to stand, hand on heart, promising my loyalty to the stars and stripes. My heart still thrills to see our beautiful flag fluttering over schoolhouses, raised after athletic victories, and waving festively during parades. The red, white, and blue remind me of the strength, the courage, and the sacrifice of those who have fought to maintain freedom for the American people. But there is a greater freedom that has been won for all people, a freedom that I also remember when I gaze at our beloved flag.
The white stripes of the flag shine so brightly, uncorrupted by any dark stain. But no person can boast of such purity. The Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). This sin leaves a deadly stain on our hearts that separates us from God, a stain that cannot be wiped away by any human effort. Only Jesus Christ, God's Son who became a man, has ever lived a pure, sinless life. And this perfect man is the only one who can remove the stain of sin from our hearts and make us pure in the sight of a holy God.
Red stripes remind me of the result of sin. The Bible says, "without shedding the blood is no remission" of sins (Hebrews 9:22). Moral living, charity, good works, even baptismal water cannot wash away the stain of sin. Because of His great love for us, God sent His Son to earth to accept our sin upon Himself and be punished for it in our place. Thus, it is this blood, "the blood of Jesus Christ...[that] cleanseth us from all sin" (I John 1:7). The book of Isaiah in the Bible puts it this way: "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5). But Jesus' human body did not stay bruised and broken. He rose to life again, conquering death.
Like standing under the evening sky, gazing at the star-scattered blue of the U.S. flag reminds me of Heaven, a place of ultimate freedom-from sin, sickness, and death-and a place of eternal communion with God. The Bible promises that in Heaven we will shine like stars forever (Daniel 12:3). But Heaven cannot be entered just by wishing, or by working, or even by chance. Instead, you must believe in Christ's sacrifice for you, turn from your sins, and live wholeheartedly for God. The Bible tells us that "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him" (John 3:36).
Would you like to experience the greatest freedom of all-the freedom from sin and death? Does your heart yearn to live forever with God in Heaven? If so, pray something like this:
Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I have sinned. I am truly sorry and repent from my sins. I believe that Your Son Jesus took my punishment by dying on the cross, the conquered death by rising to life again. Please purify my heart from the stain of my sin and help me to live to please You. In Jesus' name, amen.
Remember, just saying a prayer won't save you. You have to believe and mean it.
-taken from The Flag I Love Gospel tract
We should thank God for America's freedom.
God is the One who helped us gain independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.
We can live today without worrying about going to jail for sharing the Gospel or by going openly to church.
In the future, there will be the greatest famine of all. It won't be concerning food or water.
It is the famine of God's Word.
Amos 8:11-14 says,
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
While we have God's Word freely in our hands, we need to share it openly.
Sunday, July 03, 2011
God is Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, meaning that He is eternal.
God can save you if you let Him and accept Him.
He can keep us as His children.
He can cleanse us ever time we repent and confess our sins.
God can do anything but fail.
-notes from the Wild's Singing hymns
Does God know how we feel?
Hebrews 2:18; 4:12-16
2:18, For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Meaning: God knows how we feel when we are tempted or are suffering because He has gone through the same things. God can truly do anything. He even knows how we feel!
Music should be used to praise our Father.
Some of the music in churches today meet this generation's wants instead of bringing glory to the one true God.
Psalm 100:1-5 says,
1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Meaning: This verse doesn't say "Make a satisfying sound unto the people". It says that we should make a joyful noise unto God, not the people. Even if we don't have amazing voices, we still need to praise God!
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Meaning: As we serve the Lord everyday, we need to have the right and glad attitude.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Meaning: God made us and as His people we need to honor and glorify Him.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Meaning: We should be thankful for everything He has done, not in our lives only but in others'. When we go to church, we should clear our hearts and minds from any distractions and meditate on His Word and bring praise to Him.
5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. Meaning: The Lord is truly good, merciful, and truthful. To acknowledge all these things we must praise and thank Him. When we sing a solo beautifully or play an instrumental offertory at church and people compliment us, we need to say that it is God who gave us that talent and that He should be the One to be praised.
The music we listen to affects our attitude and how we praise the Lord.
We don't want to be listening to rock music and feel rebellious when we worship God.
So, is the music you're listening to and singing glorifying to God?