Can You know God personally?

Can You know God personally?

The answer is yes. In the beginning Adam walked and talked and fellowshipped with God every day. That was how God intended life to be for every person ever born; to actually know God personally. Unfortunately, Adam sinned when he disobeyed God’s one and only rule. Sin then separated man from God.

The “ good news” is that placing one’s trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord restores that relationship so a person can actually know God personally. God has a wonderful, exciting plan for everyone’s life.

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 – ESV)

Life’s grandest adventure is discovering that plan and living it to the ‘Max’. There is only one way to God. There is no path as some religions claim. Jesus said,

I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father (God) except through me. (John 14:6 – ESV)

God is a personal God. He desires relationships with his creation. He has given man the free will to say I want to know you or I don’t. The choice is personal. The choice is ours. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.

If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

If God is love, how could he condemn anyone to hell?

God doesn’t send anyone to hell. People choose to go there when they reject Jesus Christ.

Surprised by that answer? you shouldn’t be. God is both loving and just. He won’t force anyone to love him. In fact, he allows all to to pursue the longings of their lives. People who want nothing to do with God in this life will be granted that desire for eternity. That results in eternal separation from God who is the source of all love, joy and beauty.

But God’s desire is for all of us to enjoy Him. He wants everyone be saved from the torments of an endless pursuit of that which will never truly satisfy–an eternity devoid of love and beauty. One of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, reminds us :

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.  (2 Peter 3:9)

He has provided a way to much better eternal life, one in which there is no more sadness or disappointment or loneliness or war or pestilence or pain or death. It comes though a personal relationship with His son, Jesus Christ. God is patient and long-suffering, but eventually all must choose.We all will die and meet God the Creator face-to-face; no reincarnation and no second chances. When we do, we may discover that our choices in life lead to an eternity in hell. Choose wisely.

Is Hell a real place?

Is Hell a real place?

The simple answer is yes. The Bible makes more references, over 65, to hell than to heaven. It is described as a place of eternal torment, utter darkness, constant weeping, no water to quench one’s thirst and a place of eternal fire.

There are personal true testimonies of people who had out of body experiences and were headed through a dark tunnel to hell. The pain they reported to have experienced was unbearable. The book, Dante’s Inferno, paints a realistic picture of what hell would be like only it will be much worse and there is no escape. Why is the Bible so graphic about hell? Because God does not want anyone to go there.

God gives all mankind significant warnings about the destiny of those who reject God’s offer of salvation in Jesus Christ. The choice is clear heaven or hell both are real places.

What will it be like on earth the moment after the Rapture?

What will it be like on earth the moment after the Rapture?

This question seems to arise more frequently now as the global culture and morality continues to deteriorate. It is also a timely question given that the nation of Israel is celebrating its 70th anniversary of statehood on May 14, 2018. Most Bible scholars note that the last significant prophetic event needed to be in place before the Rapture was the founding again of Israel as a nation after it’s 1900 years of dispersion.

Christians do not agree on every detail of what will occur in the final events of this world’s history.  We don’t know the timing of “The Rapture” — the moment that Jesus Christ returns to earth–is described in the Bible in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17. Jesus comes for believers, both living and dead.

Jesus said when asked by the apostles about this event, “only the Father knows the day and the time.” (Matthew 24:36) Jesus also said, “that it would come like a thief in the night or when it is least expected.” We tell you a truth, this warning needs to be heeded. Now is the time to accept God’s gift of redemption and forgiveness and eternal life as no one would want to be left behind on earth immediately after the Rapture.

Now to the question of what it will be like on earth for those left behind. If, as many believe, the Rapture occurs before the “time of tribulation” described in the Jesus’ Revelation to John at the end of the Bible, three little words describe what’s coming; panic, chaos and mayhem with a great amount of fear thrown in for good measure. Accidents will occur on a scale never imagined or experienced before and with that millions upon millions will die. Just think; planes in the air without pilots, cars without drivers, trains without engineers, etc. True believers in Jesus in every profession and place on the planet will disappear in an instant. Christian doctors, EMS crews, policemen, soldiers, and the like will no longer be there to provide care or protection.

Lastly, at that moment, the primary restraining forces of evil, the Holy Spirit and the Christian church will have departed planet earth. Just use your imagination on what earth will look like.  Evil forces will be unchecked. Finally, with the Christians gone it opens the door for the Antichrist to make his appearance as a false peacemaker that the world will embrace during the Tribulation. For more of the story, read the book of Revelation in the Bible and just be sure that you know Jesus as your Savior so you won’t have to experience any of this horror.

What does it mean to have God’s Spirit in you?

What does it mean to have God’s Spirit in you?

Great question and the answer can be very lengthy, so let’s start. We all are one in body, soul and spirit. However, when we place all our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit comes into and indwells us. Mark 1:1-8 and many other verses.

Yes, it is part of that mystery of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son Jesus Christ, and God the Holy Spirit, and yes, the Holy Spirit is NOT an ‘IT’ but a ‘HE’ and has all the attributes of a personality. Once this commitment to Jesus Christ is made, many changes occur as a result of the Holy Spirit indwelling us. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and calls us to repentance. Previously, sinning did not bother us and often we were not even aware of them. He enables us to be free from our slavery to sin.

The Holy Spirit through His Word, the Bible, and speaking directly to our minds gives us inner peace and contentment in now knowing for certainty where we will be when this life on earth ends. The Holy Spirit will change our desires and what we think is important. Previously, perhaps earthly gains, fame or money were our objectives. Now it is to grow closer to our Savior every day of the rest of our lives. God’s Spirit will reveal His plan for your life as a Christian, giving it real meaning and purpose.

Friends will change because our interests and priorities will differ from theirs. The Holy Spirit will guide you to seek fellowship with fellow believers who will help each other grow in the knowledge of His Word. Love for one’s children and family and our ‘neighbors’ will become stronger when we personally experience the love of God in Jesus.

The Holy Spirit will additionally open our eyes and hearts to the needs of others that includes their physical and daily needs but also and more importantly their need to say ‘yes’ to Jesus and experience this new life too. There are many more benefits to elaborate on but suffice it to say, having God’s Spirit in you is the greatest thing that can ever happen to you.

We pray that you may experience this indescribable new life TODAY. Just invite Jesus in. He is waiting at the ‘door’ of your heart. Open it wide and His Spirit will come in and reside with you forever.

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What is Biblical living Hope? Hope in Whom or What?

What is Biblical living Hope? Hope in Whom or What?

The word hope is commonly used to denote a deep desire, as in “hope I get that promotion” or “I hope he proposes” or things of that sort in the temporal realm here on earth. The word hope for the Christian has a very different meaning. Christians’ hope is in the Lord. It means the absolute assurance that God’s Word is true and can be fully trusted now and for eternity.

God has given Christians absolute hope for heaven and eternal life through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians’ hope is in the Lord’s unfailing love. It enables our souls to rest in God because Biblical hope comes from Him. (1 Peter 1:3) Faith and hope go hand-in-hand as faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not yet see. (Hebrews 11:1) Hope in Christ gives believers boldness to both defend and contend for the Christian faith.

The world puts out many ideas about what happens after death, but a Christian has the ‘hope of heaven’. This hope is the absolute, unwavering CERTAINTY of eternal life through Jesus Christ in a realm where there is no sickness, sin or death. That’s really good news. One who has this hope can face uncertain times and even death unafraid, for the knowledge of “LIVING, though he die’ is at the bedrock of his or her hope.

God has promised Christians a place that is even more perfect than any of us can ever dream or imagine and one that fulfills our greatest hopes and deepest longings.(1Corinthians 2:9) When we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit in us quickens our spirit to have this wonderful assurance. Have you surrendered to him? There is no better time than now.

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Does sin matter if you are basically a good person?

Does sin matter if you are basically a good person?

The simple answer to the question is YES! Sin does matter because any sin separates one from an intimate relationship with God just like the sin of adultery destroys the trust between a husband and wife and most often leads to separation. Sin also creates feelings of guilt and shame and can lead to depression or worse.

The real question to consider is; by what standard or definition is a person “good”? The Bible says no matter how good or righteous we think we are by God’s standard of holiness and perfection our righteousness is like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6) So, it is clear by God’s standard that you are a sinner even when you believe you are a “good” person.

Therefore, if you are only a good person and do not believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you will not be able to experience God’s love and forgiveness.

The good news is that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) Jesus paid the penalty for our sins at the cross. So now we can experience forgiveness and relief from sin that God offers when we put our trust and faith in Him. That also means that when we stumble into sin again we can seek God’s forgiveness and restore our relationship with Him. When we abide in Christ and walk in the light of God’s Inspired Word we are able to overcome sin and its power in our lives.

Are you a follower of Jesus so you can enjoy God’s forgiveness and the abundant and eternal life that is available only in Him? If not, why not do it today.

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

What will Christian Resurrection Bodies Be Like?

This is a very familiar question and the same question that the apostle Paul answers in 1 Corinthians 15:35-52. He uses the analogy of the seed and the flower. Our earthly bodies are like the seed. Our heavenly bodies are like the flower. The seed and the flower are very different as our earthly bodies and our heavenly bodies will be. The seed is buried in the earth and a beautiful flower emerges. A beautiful analogy.

Our present bodies are appropriate for this life on planet earth but God is going to give us new glorious spiritual bodies suited for the life to come. We do not know all the details of our resurrection bodies because quite frankly they are beyond our human understanding. As Paul wrote,” Lo, I tell you a mystery… we shall all be changed in the twinkling of an eye.”

That said however, we do know that we will recognize each other in our new glorious bodies. They will be without sin, sickness, sorrow, weakness, and will never die. Our resurrection bodies will be eternal and nothing can ever again separate us from the love of Christ, our Lord. We will be united with those believers and family members we have loved and been apart from for awhile.

This is all we really need to know about what our resurrection heavenly bodies will be like. The rest we can leave to God. Jesus said, “When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 NLT) Jesus will be coming only for those for whom He is Savior and Lord. Jesus is coming again. (1 Thessalonians 4:16) Are you ready for His return?

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Who are the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11? What is their purpose?

Who are the two witnesses mentioned in Revelation 11? What is their purpose?

The short answer is the Bible does not tell us who they will be. Therefore only God knows the answer. However, this does not stop many theologians and others including us from speculating.
The one most common suggestion is that they will be Moses and Elijah, since they were present on the Mount of Transfiguration with Jesus and the three disciples; Peter, James and John. (see, Mark 9:2-4)

The next most common speculation is that it will be Elijah and Enoch, as these are the only two who did not experience physical earthly death. Others say they will be two new unknown individuals specially chosen by God. The honest answer is that we do not know whom but we are certain that they will be real men.

As to their purpose, it is to prophecy. Now to prophecy means two things; to declare the Word of God and/or to declare what is going to occur in the future. Picture two Billy Graham types proclaiming the Gospel.

In addition these two men will have supernatural powers, and their testimony to Israel, Jerusalem, and the world will be true and profound. Anyone that tries to harm them will themselves be reduced to ashes by fire from heaven. (See Revelation chapter 11 for the rest of the story)

This will occur in the Tribulation Period probably during the first 3.5 years or 1260 days. Remember that all who believe in Christ will have been taken out previously. The interesting aspect of this prophecy is that the entire world will be able to witness these two men. 100 years ago it was a mystery and thought impossible but today we have global satellite television. And just remember that the Apostle John was given this vision over 1900 years ago, confirming once again that the Bible is the inspired Word of God since God alone knows the future.

Now how about you? Have you already committed your life to God?

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

What is the difference between an Atheist and an Agnostic?

These terms come up regularly in our secular world and it can be confusing to distinguish between them. In short, atheists are the ‘attack dogs’ targeting Christianity in the world today while agnostics are generally passive resistors.

An Atheist believes positively that there is no GOD, no SUPERNATURAL, and that there is just life on this earth and then nothing. In other words, when it’s over its over. Hence, if God does not exist, then there can be no divine or outside moral compass to live by. They believe we humans are simply products of random chemical processes and natural selection, called the evolutionary theory, ET. The implications of this belief are far reaching, as one no longer has a divine purpose for living or behaving.

Atheism is growing in popularity in America due to the influence of our liberal progressive culture and the aggressive tactics of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. ET is being taught in colleges and many new books are being written and are on the best sellers list. Their content is very untrue and misleading as evidenced by the Bible, creation itself, billions of changed lives in Christ and now so much more evidence of an Intelligent designer, God.

Atheists decide not to believe in God so in effect they can be their own god setting their own standards of morality and ‘hope’ that there is no judgment day. As such, for them men and women are not any better than the animals. They do not believe they are sinners in need of a savior.

The joy of living in Christ is simply missing in their lives. So, they live experiencing temporary happiness but never find true peace, grace and unconditional love that only is found in a personal relationship with Christ.
Agnostics say, “I’m not sure whether there is a God or not.” Hence, agnostics are generally looking and searching and can sometimes be open to discussions on the subjects of God and Faith.

How great it is to know Jesus the Savior and the certainty of eternal life. Do you know HIM? You can. Just ask. He is waiting for you.

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