Is There Such a Thing as a Good Person?

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This morning I drove by a warehouse with a large sign posted near the entrance that pronounced in big read letters, “LOOKING FOR GOOD PEOPLE.” As I made my way down the winding road and past the building I hoped the need wasn’t too urgent, because if the hiring manager truly is set on finding good people in the purest sense of the word, it is an impossible task.

Biblically speaking no one is good. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We’re all born into sin, and live with our sin-filled flesh each day. How long has this been going on? This started some six thousand years ago when Eve took a bite out of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:6).

To be good implies we, on our own accord, have some ability to remove the sin from our lives independent of a higher power. This would be a righteous task, and the bible tells us both, God’s people – the Jews, and all the rest – the Gentiles, are not up to the task.

Romans 3:9-10

9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

This is where real good shows up. Since we can’t fix our sin problem on our own, God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, as the atoning sacrifice. God sent the spotless lamb to remove our sin debt and wipe the slate clean forevermore. By Jesus dying on the cross we, those that accept Him as Savior, are no longer bound by sin. We are given new life on this earth, and our names are written in the lamb’s book of life never to be blotted out, allowing us to live forever with Him in heaven.

But are we good? Hardly. In the book of Luke we are told that we must deny ourselves, as in crucify the sin nature, daily to follow Jesus. Luke 9:23 – And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

There are none righteous enough on this earth to solve the sin problem, and make us good in any sense of the word, that’s why God sent Jesus. As long as we accept Him we are made righteous by Him. Once we accept Him, then God only sees the perfect Christ Jesus when he sees us, with our flaws covered by the blood.

Do you know Jesus as your savior? If the answer is no, It’s not too late. The bible says today is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

But how specifically can you be saved you might be wondering? The bible answers this question clearly in in the book of Romans.

Romans 10:9-10

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

That’s all there is to it. You can’t earn your way in. You can’t find a way to be good enough to get in. You can’t sing your way in, or dance, or work, or anything else. You simply have to confess Jesus as Lord, and believe it in your heart that He was raised from the dead (resurrected), then you are saved.

You can ask Jesus into your hearts right now by praying this prayer:

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

If you made a commitment of faith please let me know so I can pray for you!

 

Three Cheers for Christmas

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The holiday season can be a rollercoaster of ups and downs for Christians. From the highs of considering the monumental birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to the cold dreary days slugging through a seemingly endless list of tasks. Here are three reasons straight from the bible for Christians to have great cheer this holiday season.

1) God So Loved The World That… 

In opposition to what the Calvinists might think, scripture shows God wants all to come to a saving knowledge of Him.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

-John 3:16 (KJV)

I’m so glad I’m a whosoever. And you are too. The verse doesn’t read the appointed, anointed, preselected, unconditionally elected, rich, poor, American, or any other prerequisite. It reads whosoever believeth in him should not perish. God’s willing to save ‘em all, folks. We just have to be willing to be used by God to reach ‘em all. Opening up, letting God use you and the gifts He’s given you for His glory is the greatest single thing we can do this holiday season, or any time for that matter. And it should excite you today to read this. To know that you too can be used to reach the lost, and that means anyone that has yet to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. No one is left out. God wants us to reach all, and He is counting on us Christians to be His hands and feet.

If we give proper attention to what God’s put us here on earth to do then whatever is dragging us down should deteriorate in comparison. We’re called by the great King. We’re called to be His servants. What better a calling is there in this life or the next?

2) We’re called to come to Him boldly 

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

-Hebrews 4:16 (KJV)

I love the word of God. With a single sentence the Lord shows us that we should not just timidly, or quietly, or regretfully call His name, but boldly come to Him for mercy and grace in our time of need. Earlier this week as I wrestled with bad asthma throughout the night and struggled to sleep, I went to God in prayer. I prayed boldly for healing, for relief from my restlessness. I cried out to God! And nearly as soon as the words left my mouth my body calmed. My breathing eased. My soul was at rest.

Friends, you have the greatest advocate in the history of the universe on your side. And He says, come boldly to the throne for mercy and grace. How awesome is that? If you aren’t coming boldly to Him with your needs, with your problems, and with all that brings you down, isn’t it time you started?

3) Preparing a Place for Us – An Eternity of Peace 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

-Revelation 21:4 (KJV)

If thinking about a never-dying body that feels no pain, has no sorrow, and is with Jesus for a eternity doesn’t get you excited, I think you need to give it all some more thought. All the ‘if’s’ of life, if I didn’t have this disease dragging me down, if I just had someone to help me, or if I could just ask Jesus why He made things this way. All the ‘if’s’ will be gone, and you’ll be free (from all the physical and emotional baggage) to praise Jesus in the company of the saints of God forever more. I don’t know about you, but that excites me. To think of how much of God’s word is focused on us, on how He sent His son to die for us, so we could have life forevermore. And one day we’ll be able to meet God, the one that gave His life for us. We’ll be able to stand tall for an eternity with the One that loved us more than anyone ever has or will.

Thinking about peace begets peace. In Philippians 4 we’re tasked to think on the virtuous things. Have you ever tried this exercise? I have, and I can tell you this is such an effective way to build your faith up on a solid foundation both in the moment, to receive peace, and for the future eternal home we’ll one day call home. Give it an earnest try, and see if it doesn’t calm you too. Here’s the verse:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

-Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

To sum it up, if we keep our minds stayed on Jesus as the book of Isaiah prompts us to, and come to the great comforter, our Lord and Savior, boldly with all our sorrows and pains, and keep the amazing end prize in mind, we can truly enjoy this holiday season like never before.

Why We’re Here

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What are we doing here? That’s a loaded question, isn’t it? As a world, as a country, as community, as a people, and as a person, curiosities arrive, waiting to be quenched by an answer that makes sense.

So much of this world makes no sense at all. We as a people are so similar, yet we fight wars as diverse as they are prevalent. Peace is as difficult to maintain on the battlefield as it is in our living room. Death is inevitable, yet it arrives far too early for far too many people from disease, drugs, and crimethree things popular culture promotes the most.

A very few control virtually all the wealth in the world, and the vast majority of it’s inhabitants are left suffering, poor, and seemingly left for dead.

In a world where information is so rapidly and easily shared, we have yet to effectively quell any of the ills listed above. Could it be that the information shared today is wrong? Might there be a solution to all the world’s problems right in front of us the whole time?

Life is complicated, and at many times unexplainable. And we’re not here to try to explain it in worldly terms. We’re here to show, share, and spread the holy word of Jesus Christ our savior (Romans 1:19).

Jesus delivers us all from a broken world to a home He has built for us in Heaven (John 14:2). And life with Jesus on earth is better in every way. True peace can only come through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

We have but one aim, to spread the gospel (Mark 16:15) through vigorous prayer, sharing of testimony, open and lively discussions, reading of His word, and profiling those doing His work today. All this delivered utilizing the latest internet technology.

Think of us as a holy outpost in the vast ocean of information that is the internet for those to come to know and grow close to the Lord. We are here to deliver God’s word, and it’s our prayerful hope you’ll receive it.

 

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