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Who Is God & What Does He Want?

Who is God?
He is the Creator of all things (Genesis 1:1).  
He is the Lawmaker and Judge of the universe (James 4:12).
He is absolutely and indivisibly One (Deuteronomy 6:4). 
He is the only One and there is no God other than Him (Isaiah 45:5). 
He is the only Savior (Isaiah 43:11).  
He is the Lord Jesus Christ (John 10:30).  

What Does He Want?
He wants to make an agreement with you (Jeremiah 31:31).  
He wants to do for you what the Law of Moses couldn't do (Romans 8:3).  
He demonstrated it by coming in flesh as the only Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19).
He proved the power of the agreement by rising from the dead (1 Corinthians 5:3-4).  
He wants you to accept the agreement by being "born again" (John 3:1-5).  

What Does Being "Born Again" Mean?
He wants you to believe on Him (John 8:24).  
He wants you to turn away from our sins in repentance (2 Peter 3:9). 
He wants you to be born of water and Spirit (John 3:5).

He wants you to be baptized in wat…

Hymspirational Moment #9

Come ye sinners, poor and needy, Weak and wounded, sick and sore; Jesus ready stands to save you, Full of pity, love, and pow'r.
Chorus I will arise and go to Jesus, He will embrace me in His arms; In the arms of my dear Savior, O there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye thirsty, come and welcome, God's free bounty glorify; True belief and true repentance, Ev'ry grace that brings you nigh.
Come ye weary, heavy laden, Lost and ruined by the fall; If you tarry till you're better, You will never come at all.
Let not conscience make you linger, Nor of fitness fondly dream; All the fitness He requireth Is to feel your need of Him.
"I am a sinner."  These words are far more easily said than meant.  They often come from the mouth of an individual who, in reality, desires carnal justification rather than spiritual reconciliation.  It is the catchphrase of those who are caught in wrongdoing and are often followed with the alibi, "but so are you." …

The Unsung Heroes

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving." - Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

One of the more difficult things I had to endure as a Foreign Missionary was not the living conditions, the occasional odd foods or the inhospitable climate.  It was returning to the United States, visiting Churches and hearing the word "hero" applied to me.  Of all people, why would someone apply that word to me?  There neither was nor is anything heroic about me or anything I have done.  I've done my duty; nothing more or less.  It was hard to hear myself being called a hero because the comparison seems so absurd.

The reason behind the appellation was because I was doing a work that a lot of people never have the opportunity to do even if they have the desire.  But I can assure you that, among the other Foreign Mission…

Ode To My Wife - And The Ministers' Wives Like Her

"Every man who is high up likes to think he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.  It's our only joke.  Every woman knows that."  -  Sir James Matthew Barrie

A lot of times my wife goes undeservedly unnoticed. I'm the one in the pulpit. I'm the one preaching, teaching, so forth and so on. I'm the one who will have his name on the revival flyer. It becomes very easy for anyone in that position to begin to feel like their role is somehow less important.

For me, there's a reason I always try to honor my wife when I step into a pulpit or in my conversations with other Ministers. It's not that I couldn't preach without her. I've Pastored a Church as a single man, I've traveled alone and I've even managed to cook a few meals without either burning the meat or leaving it so raw as to give myself food poisoning.

Could a man survive with only one hand? Certainly. But what kind of a pianist would he make? Oh, yes …

Dead Rabbits & Dumb Questions

"Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels."
- 2 Timothy 2:23 (ESV)
Once there were two rabbits hopping carefree through the forest when, suddenly, two dogs came running after them.  The dogs were ferociously barking, their lips curled and their teeth snarled with every beat of their paws on the ground.  The rabbits, knowing the forest very well immediately took shelter in a thicket of trees where they were confident of safety.  There between the trees the two rabbits begin to converse.

"My, wasn't that an adventure!  I never expected to be chased by two such vicious English Coonhounds," said one.

"It was quite an adventure," replied the other, "but I must correct you.  Those dogs were American Foxhounds.  In fact, I have never been so sure of anything as I am that we were chased by a pair of American Foxhounds."

Puzzled by this statement the first rabbit protested, "You are quite mist…