Show me the one, show me the way, help me to know just how to share the love You gave.

Look around you! There is probably someone who could use some love! All too often, we find ourselves surrounded by people who are going through some difficult times. Perhaps you are! Whether it's unemployment, family problems, health problems, depression, loneliness, or whatever, all of us would like some relief from what we are going through. We need to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel!

And there is! The Light of Lights, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is willing and more than able to lift us from our darkness, into His pure and safe haven of light. He promises His love and presence to heal and deliver, to strengthen and help, all those who call on Him.

Like the beam from the mighty lighthouse, that directs ships safely back to harbor, His Light is there to show us the way to Him, for Jesus is truly the Way, the Truth and the Life.

It is my prayer that this site encourages you to reflect His light to those around you who need to know Him. Let Him use you to share His love. And as you embark on this remarkable journey, please share your experiences so that all of us can grow together in our quest to reach all the world, lest anyone should perish.

May God richly bless you!

"For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do You Understand What I Have Done For You?

This week is Passion Week, when we reflect on the events that happened to Jesus from the time He entered Jerusalem on a donkey, heralded by people worshipping Him with palms, to His horrific suffering on the cross, where He died, and was buried in another man's tomb. Three days later, as He promised, He rose from the grave, bringing death and Satan to defeat. He ascended into heaven, and He promises to return for good as the King of kings and Lord of lords!
This morning as I was reading in the book of John, chapter 13, verse 12, this shouted at me:
Do you understand what I have done for you?
Jesus was modeling servant hood by washing His disciples' feet. He wanted them to do the same for others, so He asked them this question. But this morning, His statement had a different meaning for me. A bigger meaning. That I sense He wants me to share with all of you.
For some of us, we have heard this Easter story most of our lives. Jesus is God's Son who came down from heaven to demonstrate the Heavenly Father's love for us. We are all sinners, which separates us from being in the presence of God. He is holy and will not tolerate sin. The only way He could have His beloved children whom He loves passionately, to be with Him forever after we die, was for Him to provide that perfect, spotless Lamb who would bear our sins for us. Which was Jesus, His Son. He suffered on the cross for us, though He was sinless. He died for us, and rose again, defeating sin and Satan. He ascended into heaven, and soon will return to gather His saints, who are those of us who have truly accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.
Does this story touch you? Or have you become numb to it? There is a movie called Passion Of The Christ, which clearly reveals the suffering Jesus went through for us. Some of us can't bear to watch it, because it's so gory. Makes us feel uncomfortable. But it should!! We need to remember what He did for us. We need to remember the sacrifice He made for us, so we can spend eternity with Him.
To me, remembering what He did for us, magnifies the love He has for us all the more. I can never save myself from hell. And neither can you. Nothing I can do can wipe out the sinful nature that I was born with. It is only through Jesus Christ that I am saved. It is only through a personal, love relationship with Him that I can know without a doubt that my destiny is heaven after I die.
How about you? Do you understand what Jesus has done for you? Really? Place your name below in the blanks to help you remember.

For God so loved ____________
that He gave His one and only Son,
that if __________________ believe in Him
I will not perish but have eternal life.
- John 3:16


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Terror In The Sky

This week we learned that a copilot who had mental issues locked the pilot out of the cockpit and proceeded to crash the jetliner, killing over a hundred passengers and crew. Despite his doctor writing an order for him not to fly, he ignored that warning. The families and loved ones of these people are now mourning and grieving. No one who boarded that plane knew of their fate.
Which brings me to this: what role did God play in all of this?
The Bible tells us many things about life and death.
O Lord, You have searched me and You know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
You perceive my thoughts from afar.
For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother's womb.
All the days ordained for me
were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.
~Psalm 139:1-2,13,16
God is all-knowing and in control of all that happens. Jesus tells us in Matthew 10:30 that the very hairs of our head are numbered. He knows when we are going to be born... and when we are going to die.
For some of these people on this plane, their souls went on to be with Jesus in heaven. For others, they didn't. Which makes hell their eternal destiny. They don't have another chance. It depended on the decision they made beforehand whether they were going to make Jesus their Lord and Savior.
How about you? Have you made that most important decision to accept Christ and make Him your Lord? If you haven't, why not? Some of you may have been putting it off, feeling you have some time. You want to "sow your oats" first and aren't ready to give up your earthly pleasures. You think you have time. But do you really?
God already knows what your last day of life will be like. You may be alone. Or you may be with other people. He also knows when your last day will be.
Do you?