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The Deal-Direction

 

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We are at times misinformed, filled with confusion as to our direction in life and challenged mightily to know the difference. This is our condition in life! Where do we go for direction? To the WORD, God’s word. The Bible includes a wealth of information, encouragement, and direction that is designed to lead you, guide you and comfort you.

When you are confused and challenged by life situations reach for God’s WORD included in the BIble. The WORD is our Guide and our shield.

 

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The Deal- Knowing God, Knowing Jesus Christ

We are all a work in progress…..Continually learning who we are in Christ!

I want to talk about God and His Son Jesus Christ today. Most people do not understand God because they do not reach out and make the effort. They do not love and embrace His Son Jesus Christ. Why because they listen to the world. They listen to a world that does not love you. They listen to a world that cares nothing about you.

I am not here to tell you what to do. But if you seek eternal life then here’s a good chance to turn your life around. Most secular people think that’s Christians, always preaching about Jesus Christ and preaching hate. Yes we preach about Jesus Christ, but a true christian does not preach hate. If they do, they are not christians. Jesus life was all about love, not money, love. Yes some christians cross the line, maybe some are not good people. This world is filled with imperfect people. There is a reason for that- they are human and they are walking within their own way and own thoughts, not the thoughts of God. God gave us all freewill to do what we want, go where we want, be who we want, live how we want to live, worship who we want, try anything we want. That is the will of God our Father and His Son Jesus Christ. You have free will. But that does not mean God or Jesus approves. He will never approve sin. But he readily forgives your sins over and over again because He is a loving God and is always there for you. God is not about Government. He is not about Government regulation. He wants us to respect Government and The Leaders He has put in place. But He gives YOU the right to choose.

You see no one comes to the Father God, accept through the Son, Jesus Christ.

If you don’t believe that , think about the choices you make everyday. They are 100% up to you, did the government approve those choices, did you ask God can I do this? No. Because He gave you free will. He is the way, the truth and the light. You must make the decision to ask His son Jesus Christ to come into your life and confess and forgive your sins. It is a simple decision like deciding to go to a playoff game or deciding to go on a vacation, deciding not to open the bible, deciding not to be a provider to your family. God is hands off. That is why all this turmoil goes on in this earth, because we make the turmoil with our own actions. We shape this world and everything that’s wrong with it is because of us. No it is is not because of God, it is because of us. We are in control and God will never withdraw that freedom from you. Know this we’ve lived in a fallen world because Adam and Eve disobeyed God a long time ago,we inherited sin from them.

Because we disobeyed God a long time ago, I am refering to Adam and Eve, he gave us all free will. It is a simple story, you probably know it. Pick up your family bible if you have one or go online to gotquestions.org. They have all the answers about God and His son Jesus Christ. You have the free will to do it. You can do what you want to do. God is not going to twist your arm. He’s not going to tell you to stop. He will tell you if you ask, because he loves you. It will come in the way that God sees fit. Not in a conversation. I can’t tell you how, because he talks to us all differently, thru His written word, through one of your friends, through me and this blog, through a tv show or hundreds of other ways. God can show up anywhere through all the things that we humans created and did not create (the things created by God). He probably want come to you like he spoke to Moses. Although we can’t rule that option out. But that is up to God.

So if you’re not believing any of this, all I can tell you is that God is real! What I am telling you is real!

If you are not believing in Jesus Christ, if you want to be in God’s kingdom you must accept Jesus as your Savior. You can do what you want. Keep on living that sinful life. All of us do sin. But are you willing to take a chance to really know Him? You might say all of us will die and that will be the end of it. No it want be the end of it. We will all be subject to God’s judgement. Ask Jesus to come into your life!

It’s up to you my friend. It entirely up to you. You’re in the voting booth and can pull that lever, you have many choices, you know that they are real. If I were you I would vote for Jesus Christ. You have choices, many of them. God is not debating and will not debate with you. He gave you free will. You’re debating with yourself. There is only one God and He gave His Son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for our sins. There is only one way to God, it is thru His Son and our Savior Jesus Christ.

Ask someone you know that is a Christian about these things, if they know Jesus they are more than happy to tell you. If you decide to know Jesus, it is a lifelong learning process. I am still learning, But the Holy Spirit compels me to put it out here so others will know. So you have free will and it is a beautiful thing! Vote for Jesus, confess and ask Him to come into your life. Then go to gotquestions.org, so that you can learn more about Him. The thing about this is it does not cost a thing. Just an open mind. But remember you must come to Jesus Christ alone, only you, not a friend, not your wife or husband, you must ask Him yourself, it is very simple. The benefit? You will have eternal life in Christ and live with Him in heaven. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, confess that you have sinned and accept that Jesus died on the cross to give you this opportunity.

You want find an “if you act now” call to action in this post. No one will ask you to be in a pyramid scheme. Not one will ask for your credit card number and continually charge it. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain! The beauty is once you do it, you’re in God’s Kingdom and you will receive benefits, however you must strive to live your life the way God wants you to. You will slip and sin, God will forgive you. He only ask that you accept His Son Jesus Christ. Get a good study bible and start reading it, when you start you will not understand the interpretation. Lots of people misinterpret the bible. That’s  why you should get a good study bible, called a commentary bible. Get one and the Holy Spirit will give you understanding as you read.

For God So loved the world that He gave His only Son, who ever believes in Him shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16 .

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


Suffering Servant- Our Savior Jesus Christ, Isaiah 55:3

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. 5But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed. 6All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.…

The Deal- The Wilderness

If you’ve ever been in the season of life called the “wilderness” you know what I’m talking about. Perhaps everything is going wrong and no matter what you do, its does not get better, things just get worst. It seems you will never find a way out of this circumstance. You grab hold of hope , but your time in this trial seems as if it is unending. If this is your reality, you’re in  the “wilderness”.  It often a season of despair  sometimes brought on to strengthen our faith in the Lord.  Sometimes the “enemy”, will try to tear you down to tempt you to reach for straws or do something that will alienate you from the Lord.

When you’re in this season, always look to the cross and look to the Lord Jesus. There are always lessons to be learned and God wants us to learn them to strengthen our faith and our resolve. Hunker down and stay in the word, there lies the answer.  The word builds us up and makes us whole and we can withstand attempts from satan to turn us around.  Because Jesus was tempted in the wilderness a long time ago He knows your need.  Stay in the word, found in the Holy bible. Jesus will see you through the storm. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

The Deal- On The Eternal Best Seller

We are big on self help books. We want to learn how to deal with relationships. We like to read “One Minute Manager”, or “The Art of War, looking for an edge. Sharpening our sword so we can slay an adversary at work. Ah work, the ultimate empire, how can I get the boss to like me? How can I get the boss to give me a raise? Don’t waste time and energy, or your money on these books. In your lifetime, you will eventually see its not worth the effort.

There is no boss, or co-worker that this book I am going to recommend you read cannot deal with positively. This book will give you a blueprint on how to attack any problem, and it gives you a companion who will walk with you through each step of the way. There a catch, and it requires no money, no commitment, just that you believe that the Author’s Son did something really special for you a long , long, time ago. Not in a land far away, but right here on earth.

You see the Author is God, His Son Jesus Christ died for you on Calvary, gave his life so that you would have forgivenness of sins, transgressions, and inequities, and by His Stripes we are healed! It’s a wonderfult thing. All you need to do is ask Jesus Christ to forgive you of your sins and ask Him to come into your life. Guess what? He will, then pick up the book called “the Bible”, it trumps any other book that you will ever pick up. Read it from cover to cover and The Lord Jesus will give you  strenght. He would love you to read it everyday, spend time with Him, Trust me, It is an eternal Best Seller!

Bible Verse

The sleep of the working man is pleasant, whether he eats little or much; but the full stomach of the rich man does not allow him to sleep. There is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches being hoarded by their owner to his hurt. When those riches were lost through a bad investment and he had fathered a son, then there was nothing to support him. – Ecclesiastes 5:12-14

Rick Perry Like All Of Us Has Fallen Short Of Our Interpetation Of The Bible

From Atlantic Magazine-  written by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

The Texas governor is running an openly religious campaign, but does he overlook the parts of the Bible that do not support his political beliefs?

America is a religious nation. Polls may differ, but most find that over 80 percent of Americans say they believe in God. Fifty percent also say they go to church on Sunday, while only half of those actually do. I guess this shows that we want to look better than we actually are, at least to the public — if not to God, who presumably knows what we’re really up to.

Most political candidates also profess their belief in God. At the same time, they rarely make a big deal of their devotion. They’ve probably read Matthew 6:1, which warns, “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who just announced he’s running for president, has taken a different tack. A week before announcing his candidacy, he led a prayer meeting for evangelical Christians in Houston. The Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit trying to stop him from participating in this rally, arguing that he was violating the First Amendment by using his position, stationery, and website to promote the event. The court dismissed the complaint, saying that the plaintiff didn’t show sufficient harm to merit the injunction.

I disagree with the court’s ruling. I think the governor misused his office to promote a particular religion. That might have been clearer to the judge if Perry had organized a rally in support of Islam rather than Christianity. There’s no difference as far as the First Amendment is concerned.

In any case, Gov. Perry’s decision to make his Christian faith a central part of his political identity opens him up to questions not usually asked of presidential candidates.

The press has traditionally been unwilling to question politicians about their religion. But in Perry’s case, Christianity is front and center on his platform. I hope David Gregory will ask him some of the following questions when he next appears on Meet the Press, and that other members of the media won’t shy away from them either.

First, are Rick Perry’s political positions in line with Christ’s teachings?

I see a fundamental inconsistency between Perry’s concerted opposition to government social programs and his promotion of himself as a Christian politician. When asked about the impact of Texas’s low-tax, low-service policies on the poor, he suggested that people who wanted more government services could find them in New York or California.

Christ teaches us to feed the hungry and care for the sick, not to abandon them. Perhaps Gov. Perry hasn’t read that part of the Bible where Christ admonishes us to care for “the least among us.”

It’s more likely that he knows that passage but reads it in a particular light. When I wrote Failing America’s Faithful, I interviewed Rick Warren, the evangelical Christian minister and author, about his bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life. Rick very kindly welcomed me to Saddleback, the church he had founded more than 30 years before. He and his wife were gracious to me. I was impressed by the thoughtfulness with which he reached out to his congregation, and his sensitivity to their needs and wants.

I had read his book, and coming from a different Christian tradition, I was struck by how much it focused on getting you to feel good about yourself rather than caring about your neighbor, which Christ had said was the greatest commandment.

Warren, who now runs many charitable programs and supports government efforts to help the poor and the sick, was forthright in explaining that his views had changed since writing the book. The evangelical church he had grown up in, he told me, had focused on the believer’s personal relationship to Jesus and pretty much ignored the social side of the gospel. He finally realized that he had “missed the 2,500 passages” in the Bible that called on him to care about other people, including those outside his church.

Does Rick Perry acknowledge those 2,500 passages? That’s the second question I’d like the press to ask him. Maybe he believes, like some socially conservative evangelicals, that these passages refer only to personal charity, not government programs. But I don’t see any place in the Bible that says we shouldn’t use all the tools we have at hand to help the poor, the sick, and the hungry.

The same conservative Christians claim that the Bible teaches them that the government should outlaw gay marriage and stem cell research. But why should the government carry out some Biblical injunctions and not others?

The Bible is certainly open to interpretation. For example, most churches in America today don’t require us to gouge out our eyes if we look lustfully at someone, or to cut off our hand if we use it a sinful way. And yet, right there in Matthew 5:27-30 are clear instructions.

How does Gov. Perry interpret the Bible? Even more to the point, I’d like to hear him explain how he arrived at his interpretations. If you’re running for president in a democratic country, it’s not enough to proclaim that the Bible says something is right or wrong. You must have reasoned positions. Catholics have been taught to inquire into God’s will by using our reason, examining nature, and listening to Church teaching — as well as by interpreting the Bible.

A last question for the governor: does he believe that God agrees with his reading of the Bible? I’m not saying he does believe this; I’m just wondering.

An alternative to assuming our views are aligned with God’s is to humbly acknowledge that God works in mysterious ways, and that our human nature may blind us to His will. In that case, our belief in God could lead us to question the infallibility of our own interpretations rather than making us proud. Pride, at least in the Catholic catechism, is one of the seven deadly sins.

No one has a monopoly on faith. In a democratic nation, simply saying you believe in Christ doesn’t mean you get a free pass and don’t have to explain your positions. The story of the Good Samaritan reminds us that it is our actions, not our public displays of piety, that make us good neighbors.