EVERYONE WILL LIVE ETERNALLY SOMEWHERE!
Tuesday - Joyful Place, Reserved For Believers
John 5:24; Rev. 21:1-5
These two passages, and you have to read them both, clearly show that believers will enjoy eternal life. This is the passing from death (now) to life (then). John, in Revelations, goes into details about what we can expect when we arrive. In his visoin, John saw a place where there was no sea, and no tears or death, or crying and mourning, no pain for the old things will have passed away. The things, emotions, that haunt us in this realm will no longer impact us in the next. Heaven promises to be a very joyful place for those who arrive there. What we consider joyous in this age will be perfectly eclipsed in the next! Have you registered?
Pray For The Joy Of Heaven
Wednesday - Hell Is Real
Matthew 5:29; John 5:28-29
There are those today who want people to believe that there is no hell (Hades, Sheol, Gehanna). If there is no hell, then man would not be compelled to adhere to the directives of God. It is important to know that the devil wants you to believe that there is no hell. However, Jesus, in Matthew, calls it what it is and details what must be done to prevent arriving there. His words seem harsh and many churches are reluctant to gouge out an eye to save itself. In John, Jesus speaks of those who do evil deeds as being condemned (going to hell). Again, we must believe the Word or fall into a place that is not real ... joyous! Where will you spend eternity?
Pray For The Joys of Heaven
Thursday - We Have One Life, One Promise Of Salvation
The writer of Hebrews clearly states that man to die once. This one death is the conclusion of one life. It also points to a physical death only. It is surprising how many believers believe that they are not supposed to die. Paul believed that he would see the return of Jesus and wrote with that expectation in mind, but Jesus has not returned. It is recorded in 1 Thessalonians that some believers would not die before His return, but it also indicates that many would be sleeping at His return. With this one life comes one promise for salvation. Scripture is clear about the promise and to whom the promise is made. It, therefore, behooves us to live Godly lives, apt examples for the world that Christ is alive and well.
Pray For the Joy Of Heaven
After this life, believers will join God in heaven:
Friday - If We Believe Jesus Is The Son, We Have The Promise
1 John 5:10-13; Revelation 21:23-27
If we take a good look at these two verses two words jump out and grab you. The first is believe. John in his epistle points out that only those who truly believe will obtain the life Jesus has to offer. This means more than an mere "profession" but an actual "confession." A confession comes from the heart and has real meaning while profession is mere lip service and only sounds good. The other word, found in Revelation, is Pure. John, here says, that nothing impure will enter into this new realm. Will your lack of purity and/or unbelief keep you out. Now is the time to check!
Pray For The Joys Of Heaven
Saturday - Jesus IS Preparing Your/Our Eternal Dwelling
Before we enter into this slight dissertation, let’s clear something up. Jesus spoke these words, not as an encouragement, but as a near reprimand. The Twelve had been with Him for three years, plus, and they were unsure of His purpose and His Father’s plan. By now He had informed them and they should have known. NOW! He curtly reminds them that he is going to His Father’s house and there He would [personally] prepare a place for them, and all who would believe the Word they would leave behind. We, then, have the joy of knowing that by believing and striving to live pure lives, we have Jesus’ word that things will be in order when we arrive. Are you ready?
Pray For The Joy of Heaven
Sunday - Christians Have Citizenship In Heaven
Now, during an extremely patriotic time in our country, might be a good time to discuss citizenship. With all the hoorah about who belongs where, and who is more this or that, we believers know that our ultimate citizenship is in Heaven. Paul speaks of the gluttons in that age, and points toward the excesses of this one, and the fact that their glory is their shame. We strive for a place where there are no excesses. The real reward of this is that Jesus is capable and authorized to transform our lowly bodies into glorious ones like His. No matter how much America has to give us as her citizens, you can’t beat this.
Pray For The Joy Of heaven
Monday - With God When We Die
2 Corinthians 5:8
Paul seems to be extremely excited and no wonder. It seems that he discovered that when one leaves this body they are present with the Lord. Amazingly, we fear death. Death, which is the portal to eternal life, is shunned by most and feared by the rest. Paul tells us that we should actually prefer to be absent from this body. There are few people who desire to leave this age and enter the next, but Paul says that that should be our desire. Take time and review your life and lifestyle. Is it worthy of being in the presence of God when you leave your present body. Time to get serious!
Guard Your Mind
Television—what a wonderful tool. It can entertain us, educate us, and help us relax. But it can also welcome pure evil into your family room where children sit, ready to soak in whatever is offered. God will convict you when your children are small, and even when you are entertaining adults: If there are things in this (or that) movie of TV show that you don’t want them to see, why would you allow it into your heart and mind (2 Cor. 10:5)? Guarding your mind is valuable to those who strive to follow your every move. Guard against evil in your mind always, someone is watching you.
Pray to be a godly physical and ethical example
Go Against The Tide
Of all the terms we could use to describe Jesus when He was on earth, politically correct is not one of them. As Christians, we may feel that our job is to make peace and get along with everyone. Sometimes it is; sometimes it isn’t. People need to see us stand up for what is right and stand against what is wrong, even when it would be easier to just look away. Jesus had no trouble respecting the mores of the society into which He was born (Matt. 22:15-21), but He also didn’t hesitate to rock the boat when it needed rocking. There are times when we must take a stand and be prepared for the coming fallout.
Pray for strength to stand against the tide
Love The Unlovely
Isn’t it easy to love someone who’s just like you—who looks like you, thinks like you, and has the same priorities as you do? But “love your neighbor” doesn’t mean love the ones who are easy to love. Jesus told us to love the unlovely. What does unlovely mean to you? Maybe it involves excessive body mass, an obnoxious personality, or body piercings and tattoos. Whatever issue is making it hard for you to love someone, ask God (seriously) to help you see beyond that, to see the precious child He created. And let your children, and others, see you loving that person, no matter what is on the cover of his or her “book.”
Pray for divine love ability
“No Fear!” is the mantra of the present generation. But “No respect!” is more like it. Our admirers are being conditioned by TV, movies, and songs to dis—or disrespect—all forms of authority. 1 Timothy 2:2 instructs us to pray for those in authority. Our admirers need the example of a Christian who respects authority, whether it’s an employer, law enforcement, the pastor, the government, or a referee at the ball park. Followers who are taught to respect earthly authority will have a pattern in place to understand respecting godly authority.
Pray for healthy respect actions
Forgive With Abandon
There is something in some of our DNA that makes apologizing all but impossible for us. The other side of the coin is accepting a sincere apology when it’s offered. That can be just as hard. Yet we want to influence those who watch us in a manner that causes them to understand and truly believe that they can commit no sin so egregious that their Father in heaven can’t forgive it. The best way to make that point is to offer them the example by doing the same. Forgive them when they are truly repentant. This is not to say that there are no consequences for wrong actions. It just means that their apologies are accepted and respected, and the slate is wiped clean for them to do better next time.
Pray for a forgiving spirit
Obey Without Hesitation
If it’s foolish to believe that a baby could be born of a virgin, a man could walk on water, and the dead can rise, then I am happy to be considered a fool. Jesus instructs us to have the faith of a child. This kind of faith is unquestioning, and innocent. He reminds us that only those who approach Him as a child [would] will enter the kingdom. Those people who watch and imitate you must see you approaching Jesus with this child-like faith. Give them the gift of one who believes the Bible cover to cover and follows God’s statutes unquestioningly.
Pray for consistent obedience
Admit When You Are Wrong
1 John 1:9
We live in a gray world. There are no absolutes—no black and white. What’s right for you may not be right for me. What’s wrong today may not be wrong tomorrow. Hogwash!!! That kind of mentality makes it far too easy to excuse whatever offense we commit. Instead, let our “disciples” witness an example who humbly apologizes after offending them—or anyone for that matter. Give them the model for a humble, heartfelt apology—something they may never glean from the world at large.
Pray for transparency
Lesson Of The Pearl Oyster
HEAT AND HOLINESS
Why is it taking my hair so long to get dry? I wondered. As usual, I was in a hurry, and I didn’t want to go outside into the wintry weather with wet hair. Then I realized the problem. I had changed the setting on the hairdryer to “warm” instead of “hot” to accommodate my niece’s preferences.
I often wish I could control the conditions of life as easily as I can change the setting on my hairdryer. I would choose a comfortable setting—not too hot, not too cold. I certainly wouldn’t choose the heat of adversity or the fire of affliction. But in the spiritual realm, warm doesn’t get the job done. We are called to holiness, and holiness often involves “heat.” To be holy means to be set apart for God—separated from anything unclean or impure. To refine and purify us, God sometimes uses the furnace of affliction. The prophet Isaiah said, “When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned” (Isa. 43:2); he didn’t sayif. And the apostle Peter said that we should not be surprised by trials (1 Peter 4:12).
None of us knows when we’ll be called to walk through the fire or how hot the furnace will be. But we do know this: God’s purpose for the flames is to purify us, not to destroy us.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. —Keen _____________________________________________________________________________________________
God's Ultimate Plan
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Things were going really well for the Johnson family. Bryant, the father, had gotten a new, better-paying job in the suburbs, and the family had moved out of their city apartment into a new house in the suburbs. The world just seemed to move a little slower in the suburbs. There was less noise, fewer people, and apparently fewer dangers. In spite of this, Angela the mother, always insisted that the house's ultra-modern alarm system be turned on each night when the family went to bed. Brandon and Bree, the couple's children, constantly chided Angela for her "city phobia" regarding the alarms.
"Mom," they teased, "you can take the woman out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the woman."
Still, Angela remained firm in her insistence that before they retired to bed the alarms be turned on each and every night. One night, Brandon and Bree decided to stay up to watch a little TV after their parents had gone to bed. After the program, the two children turned out the light in the house and went upstairs. A few minutes after Brandon had gotten comfortable into bed, he remembered that they had forgotten to turn on the alarm system. He thought, "If we've lived here all these months without anyone trying to break in, surely leaving it off for one night is not going to hurt." With that, he turned over and went to sleep.
Late that night, Brandon was awakened by what he thought was a sound in the house. He lay in his bed and listened carefully, and then he heard the sound of broken glass. He climbed out of bed, tip-toed into his parents' room, woke his dad and whispered, "Dad, someone is in the house!"
There was another rustle of footsteps. Bryant pushed a nearby panic button wired to the alarm system. A blaring alarm sounded throughout the house. The intruder ran out the back door and car was heard screeching away. When the police arrived they asked why the family had neglected to turn on the alarm that night. Brandon confessed that he had gone to bed and was too lazy to go back downstairs to turn it on. He said that they had never had any trouble before so he felt that leaving the alarm off for one night would not be a problem. The policeman told Brandon that in his experience, thieves never showed up when people were least expected.
In today's lesson Paul explained to the Thessalonian Christians that because the Day of the Lord would come as a theif in the night, they were to live as though they expected Christ to return at any moment.
When He comes will be waiting and watching. That could be any day now.
Children Should Be In Church
There has been much discussion about whether or not children should be in church during Church Services, or whether they should be attending Church School or nursery for the very young. Should children be in Church. The answer does not lie in how the Church view it or what you want for your children. The answer lies in what God says about it.
Should children be in Church? Definitely. You can't teach about the life of Jesus if children are excluded from that part of life. Even with their twisting, noise and cries they should be in church. Are they a distraction to others? Sometimes. But they are Christians in the making. they will become regular Church Goers if they attend Church on a regular basis.
Proverbs 22:6 - Passage Lookup - New International Version
Train Or Start a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Any child will learn certain behaviors in certain situations if they are used to it and exposed to it on a regular basis. Why not exposed them to Church. A child at six can be expected to pay attention a little bit longer than one who is two. Of course, nine months will just look and take everything in and maybe let out a scream without hesitation occasionally. One may wonder whether it is worth it or not. Making tracks to the back of the church and the bathroom is not unusual. But that is all a part of training. When they grow up and ask what is meant by Amen, Mercy, and start clapping their hands to the ringing of choir songs Alleluia or "Lord Have Mercy." Learning Father, Son, and Holy Spirit rouses curosity which is the center of focus.
Is Church different now with children? Yes. Would it be easier for them to be in Children's Church instead of church? Yes, but that should not be what you want. You should want them to be involved with Jesus Christ and the Church. this is what you want for them now and in the future. If they are kept on the fringe now. they will be involved on in the fringes of Christ later. Being with your children during Church Services is your work for God and His future church. If you miss the opportunity to hear every word or miss the reading of the Scriptures, or even not be able to sing in the choir, you can believe that your job now is to raise you little children to worship the name of Jesus, and to know prayers are offered for them.
By regular attendance in church, children learn and notice even more that we will ever know. However, it is not without a great deal of effort and patience on the parent's part. Following are some suggestions that will help with your children as you make the life of Christ and His Church part of their life.
1. Sit as close to the front as possible.
2. Bring materials for them (picture books, snacks, crayons, switches, Let them know what is acceptable and what is not.
3. Prepare your children for Church
Psalm 127:35 ~ Psalm 113:9 ~ Matthew 21:15-16 ~ Matthew 18:26 ~ Matthew 18: 1-14
GOD BLESS YOU IN RAISING YOUR CHILDREN.THE BEST WAY TO RAISE THEM IS BY TAKING THEM TO CHURCH.
The Way To My Father's House
Make a Right turn to "Believeth Blvd". Keep straight
through the Green Light, which is "Jesus Christ." From there you must turn onto the "Bridge of Faith," which
is over the troubled waters. When you get off the bridge make a right turn and keep straight. You are on the
"King's Highway" Heaven - Bound.
Keep going for three miles, "One For The Father, One For the Son, and One For The Holy Ghost."
Then exit off onto "Grace Blvd." From there make a right turn on "Gospel Lane." Keep Straight and then make another Right on "Prayer Road."
As you go on your way, Yield Not to the traffic on "Temptation Ave." Also, avoid the "SIN STREET" because it is a "DEAD END."
Pass up "Envy Drive" and Hate Avenue. Also pass "Hypocrisy Street" , Gossip Lane, and "Back Biting Blvd., and Immoral Sex Avenue.
However you have to go down "Love, Patience, and Long Suffering Lane." Persecution, Trials, and Tribulations Avenue." But, that's alright, because "Victory Street is straight ahead.
Keep your eyes on the road and look straight forward to "Heaven's Gates" Jesus is waiting. Then you will be "Home" safe.
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