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God is only a prayer away.
Everyone of us have had, are having or will have problems in life. I know that’s not too encouraging. But it is the truth.
There are two other truths about having problems. The devil will tell you that you can’t work things out. If your marriage is bad, he will tell you it stinks and you need to file for divorce. If your finances are bad, he will tell you to file for bankruptcy. But there is also another truth and here it is: Any problem you have can be solved by the Word of God and with God’s help. Now…that is good news. In fact, every answer to every question we will ever have is answered in the Bible.
On April 13, 1970, the lunar module, Apollo 13 was orbiting some 20,000 miles from earth, 55 hours into itsr journey. Suddenly, an explosion rocked the spacecraft. The lights went out and so did its oxygen supply. Worse yet, the on-board Co2 filters didn’t operate and the crew had two hours of fresh air to breath.
What were they going to do? Well, fortunately, a lot of brilliant minds went to work and remedied the situation and NASA was able to bring them home safely.
Apollo 13 is a lot like life and life is a lot like Apollo 13.
Many times, we’re sailing along in life with, whistling “Zippidy-doo-Dah” and Mr. Bluebird is on our shoulder.
Then, out of nowhere…a “storm of life” blows in. Your spouse tells you “I want a divorce.” The school calls and says “We found drugs in your child’s locker.” Or the doctor’s office calls with the news, “There’s a spot on one of the X-rays, we need you to come in.”
Then what? Where do you turn to when your world comes crashing in?
Could I suggest that, during those “storms of life” you look to God, the Creator of your life? He made you. He wired you up and put you together and He knows you. He also loves you and wants the best for you.
Why, if God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.He’s there for us and He will help us through any situation.
So the next time you’re going through a difficult time, remember…He’s only a prayer away.
Take your problems to Him and watch Him work it out for you.
Remember, God loves you just like you are, but He loves you too much to leave you like that.”
Pastor Thad Gifford is lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church of Madison County, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at (740) 852-7800, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org or at their website http://www.3c-church.org.
How good is good enough?
A preacher friend of mine wrote a book “How good is good enough?” and in it he asks some pretty interesting questions. I thought I’d paraphrase those thoughts and questions this week to give you something to think about.
One thing I don’t worry about is waking up to a smoke-filled bedroom with little or no time to escape. Why? Because we live in a house with smoke detectors. We also have fire extinguishers. We are safe. Unless, of course, our builder forgot to install batteries in the smoke detectors. If that’s the case, we might have a couple of Frisbees attached to our ceilings. By the way, when is the last time you tested your smoke detectors? I’ve never tested mine, I stare at them, but I don’t know if they actually work. As far as I know, they might be filled with shaving creme. Yet, in spite of my lack of investigation, I go to bed every night with the assumption that my family and I are safe from fire.
I talk to people all the time that have shared with me their belief that “good people go to Heaven.” Besides, Christ died for the sins of all mankind, didn’t he? I know why many people believe that. Most of us are just too busy to sit around trying to unravel the mysteries of the universe. It just makes good sense that good people go to Heaven.
But here’s my question. How good is good enough? Does God grade on a curve? Is our goodness based upon the amount of good work we do here? Is it based upon how religious we are? Or on the fact that we go to church? Or that we tithe? Or that we have the preacher over for Sunday dinner? What is God’s measure as to how good is good enough? If Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, does that mean that Hitler and Mussolini and Stalin and murderers and adulterers and rapists…does that mean that everyone goes to Heaven no matter what you do or what you believe because Jesus died for the sins of all mankind?
Listen…if Heaven were full of “bad” people, it wouldn’t be Heaven. And God wouldn’t be God. Because His Word clearly tells us that unless we are “born again” we will not spend our eternity in Heaven. Jesus did die for the sins of all mankind. But eternal life is a gift that must be received. Believe it if you will. Dismiss it if you want. But one of these days, you will find out the truth. It might be too late though. Which reminds me, I’ve got to check those batteries in my smoke alarms. More on this topic next week. Now…you’ve got something to think about.”
HOPE you enjoyed it! I’ll have more next week. God bless, and attend the Church of your choice THIS Sunday. Remember…God loves you just like you are…but He loves you too much to leave you like that!”
Over 2000 years ago, Jesus died on a cross for our sins and the Bible tells us that if “we call upon the name of the Lord, we shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
Jesus died so we could live now and for eternity. We were guilty, He was innocent, yet He died for us. And three days later, He was resurrected from the grave. Someone has said that the Resurrection is not only the Good News, but it is also the “best news imaginable.”
That is because the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a promise that death will not have the last word. Paul tells us in II. Corinthians 5:8 “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” That is “Good News” and it is also “the best news imaginable.”
If I were to ask you to describe Easter without using any words, and you could only use punctuation marks, which would you use to describe Easter?
Many people would use a “question mark” because to them, they have no idea of why Christians remember Good Friday and celebrate Resurrection Sunday.
Some might say a “period.” Because they haven’t received the free gift of eternal life and they believe when this life is over, it’s over. Others might use a “comma.”
Easter causes you to pause and think back about what Jesus did, but for you, Easter is little more than another holiday.
While some would use an “exclamation point” because they know why Jesus died, they have accepted Him as their Savior, they have received the gift of eternal life and they are Heaven-bound. Someone told me that Jesus died for “the sins of all mankind” and that if you believe that, you will go to Heaven. And yet, Paul tells us in Romans 10:13 that we must “call upon the name of the Lord and we will be saved.”
So I hope that this Easter, if you haven’t done so already, you would call upon Jesus and receive what He did on Calvary’s cross. Accept the gift of eternal life and be born into the family of God.
That’s why the Resurrection of Jesus Christ was and is so important. He gave us victory over death, hell and the grave.
Remember, God loves you just like you are, but He loves you too much to leave you like that.
ASK…and You Will be Saved!
One particular incident brought eye-popping clarity to what Jesus believed about good people and hell. Following His arrest and trial, Jesus was beaten and forced to drag his cross toward the place of execution.
Once Jesus was nailed to the cross, Luke also records an exchange that took place between Jesus and the thieves being crucified on either side of Him.
This is what Luke records: “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at Him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and save us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing.” (Luke 23:39-41)
Notice anything about what the second criminal said that is relevant to our topic of discussion? As horrible a death as crucifixion was, the second criminal readily admitted that his life was so horrible that he was actually getting what he deserved. Then…he did the unthinkable: he asked Jesus for a favor. He asked Jesus to have mercy on him in spite of his worthless life. He said, “Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
This was a “dead man talking.” He had no opportunity to do good. He had come to the end of his miserable life, and hours away from death, he asks for mercy. Now…if Jesus had believed that good people go to heaven and bad people don’t, what would you expect Jesus to have said to this man? “Sorry, Charlie. You are a bad man and you will spend your eternity in hell.” What would you have told him?
What if he had murdered your wife, or sister, or you had been maimed because of this man’s reckless behavior? None of that mattered to Jesus. Pushing up on that nail that pierced his feet for leverage, he uttered these words: “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Do you realize what that means? It means that Jesus not only didn’t believe that good people went to heaven, he believed that bad people do. One of his last acts before dying was to promise this criminal a spot in paradise.
Because this criminal asked for forgiveness, Jesus forgave him. He will be in heaven for all eternity. The other criminal? Hell will be his eternal abode. Why? Because, even though Jesus died for the sins of all mankind, the Bible clearly teaches that eternal life must be received and one must ask for and receive the free gift of eternal life. (Romans 10:9-10:13) Believe what you will, reject it if you must, but one day you will understand that God’s Word is indeed His Word and God means what He says.”
Remember, God loves you just like you are, but He loves you too much to leave you like that.”
We “BUSTED” another one today! We busted the myth “Does God Bring Good Luck?” If you were with us, you’d know the answer! Next Sunday…we will “bust” another myth. What will it be? More info to come before next Sunday. Listen… if you don’t have a church in or around London,Ohio…come and check us out. We have Growth Groups at 9:30 am and Contemporary Worship at 10:30am. The dress is casual, the music is contemporary and the messages are relevant. We’d love to have you worship with us.
Feb. 17, 2012 – Check out this week’s newspaper article at: http://www.madison-press.com/columnists/thad-gifford/be-careful-what-you-say/
Oprah is Satan’s Mouthpiece.
This should get some people to begin thinking. Jesus said that in the last days there would be false prophets, bringing a false doctrine and MANY would be deceived. Well, Oprah is doing a great job leading people astray. Is she leading YOU astray? If you watch her, you have been exposed to he false beliefs and false doctrines and false teachings. You might not have been aware of it, but you have. I’d like to encourage you to click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJahV_AJqUU&sns=em and when you have listened to the entire story, ask yourself if this is what YOU believe? If this is not what you believe about Jesus, then my question to you is “Why would you continue to watch and support Oprah Winfrey? There might have been a time when she was a good person making a good difference in the world. But those days are over. She IS now the “Mouthpiece of the devil.” She is spreading false doctrine and is making an attempt to “strip Jesus of his Deity” by proclaiming He is not THE only way to God. Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. NO man comes to the Father except through Me.” WHO are YOU going to believe? Oprah or Jesus?
Teaching Points – will be updated soon. Pastor Thad has recently had surgery and is “on the mend.”
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