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The Gospel in Christmas

Posted in following Jesus, God, Holiday with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2010 by rylanreed

Jesus Christ, the gospel, has given us a chance to live with Him in eternity, if we just take a step of faith and believe that He is God and came to save us from our sins.  We think of Jesus as a baby boy, and that is what He came to earth as, but His main purpose was living a life for us to follow (knowing that we aren’t perfect and don’t have to be) and dying on the cross to take the punishment of our sins on His shoulders so that we could have a close relationship with Him and God the Father.

Here is a Christmas card that spells the gospel out in a beautiful way.

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Heaven and Joel Osteen

Posted in following Jesus, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2009 by rylanreed

This continues the Heaven talk with the actual video of when Osteen and Larry King talk. This quote is from the guy that put this video up on youtube.  I don’t really like the tone that he uses in these first few sentences or even some of the words that he uses, but there is a way that we can be sure that someone is not going to heaven and that is because they don’t have Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour and pronounce Him to be that for them to anyone that they meet. So I do agree with him on some parts, the main and basic ones!

ATTENTION NON-JUDGMENTALISTS!  PLEASE READ THIS:

For Osteen not to say that the unbeliever is on his/her way to burn in hell for eternity, when the vast majority of Larry King’s viewers are unsaved, atheists, heathens, etc., is one of the most egregious sins a so called ‘man of God’ can commit.

For those that don’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and are not living for Him, but living for themselves, they will be sent to Hell for all eternity, alone and lonely.  Jesus will be the final Judge and we are suppose to love and continue to share to good news with everyone, but some will not hear and will not be with Him forever if they try and go “their own way.” And in those kinds of situations, you can sometimes tell from the actions where someone’s heart is at and who is in control.

To say that Jesus told us not to judge another person’s heart is an out right lie. Jesus said that “every tree is known by his own fruit.” Luke 6:44; “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.” Mat. 12:34. Jesus told us to “judge righteous judgment.” John 7:24. “Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.” 1 Tim. 5:20.

If you look at the Context of John 7:24, Jesus is talking about work on the Sabbath and how the Jews are following rules that will hopefully make God happy with them, while Jesus healed a sick man on the Sabbath because of the work that God was doing. Jesus did that miracle on the Sabbath because it was glorifying to God and as Jesus said in verse 17 of Chapter 5My Father is working until know, and I am working.”  So for us to use this and seeking our own righteous judgment, we can look to see if the actions of others are not just about appearances, but that they are focused towards the glory of God.

Jesus said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:” Rev. 3:19.  John said, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God,” 1 John 3:2. (read the whole verse, this is just a part)

In Revelation 3:19 and the whole context of 3:14-21, is a letter to the Church in Laodicea stating that they were lukewarm and in need of some reproof and discipline  for what they were not doing for God. They had money and everything else and decided that they didn’t need anything else, as Jesus “For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Rev.3:17 Pretty harsh statement to make, but with the condition of all of us, it is good to hear and understand.

Paul said, “But if ye be without chastisement… then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Heb. 12:8.

Hebrews 12:8, in the ESV Bible, says this “If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.” (I am not sure where he got that translation.) This verse as well as the context or verses 3-17, talks about how God disciplines us, not becuase He hates us or likes to see us hurting and weak, but to bring us back to Himself where we can find all the strength we need to live on and fight for Him.  Please read all of Hebrews 12, but especially verses 3-17 becuase it explans so well the things that we will go through and why they come to be in the first place.

Jesus said to “repent.” Rev. 3:19 This is not ‘condemning’ a person (Heb. 4:12).

Hebrews 4:12 says “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The Bible doesn’t condemn a person, it shows the way to eternal life! It doesn’t condemn a person, it help in their growth towards the Creator! It doesn’t condemn a person, it brings new life to those that believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the only way to get to heaven. If people, those that don’t believe in Jesus and Him being the only way, try and go their own way or do their own thing, then they have condemned themselves and no body else is to blame.

When Jesus said, “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matt. 23:33;

The whole chapter of Matthew 23 talks about the Scribes and Pharisees, and how they were not allowing people into the kingdom because of the wrong things that they were saying. “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so practive and observe whatever they tell you–but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.”  Matthew 23:2-3 Jesus called the Hypocrites because they said one thing and did something totally different. It was not a way of showing others how to live for God, instead they were showing others how to live for themselves, that is why Jesus called them what He called them.

And when Paul said, “thou child of the devil,” Acts 13:10;

Paul,who in that time was still named Saul in Acts 13:4-12, meets a magician, a Jewish false prophet that was lying and pushing people away from God with the incorrect things he was saying.  This magician was trying to turn another man that Saul and Barnabas came to talk to away from the faith. This man was very intelligent and probably in a high position, so that if he did believe, which it says in verse 12, he could be able to spread the gospel further.

And when John said, “all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire” Rev. 21:8;

John, in Revelations 21:1-8, saw a vision of the New Heaven and the New Earth, the time when Jesus would return to place judgment on all.  As you read that passage, you see that those who are believes will rejoice when Jesus comes back, because He will make everything new, but for those that don’t believe, the end is a dreaded place.  “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexual immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, there portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Rev. 21:8 For those that are Christians and are a little freaked out about this, don’t worry; if you have repented of your sins and continued to live your life for Christ, He will and did take all of our sins on the Cross and has forgiven us of everyone that we committed and repented of. Really He has forgive us, children of God, of all our sins, because He loves us so much and wants us to be close to Him so we can be able to glorify Him more and more.

they were not condemning anyone! They were warning us!

Football without God

Posted in following Jesus, God, Sports world with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by rylanreed

What a tragedy if someone is like this, and I know of plenty that are in this position.  I saw a really good quote from someone on this subject and it caught my interests. He said that if he didn’t have Christ in his life, he would have probably killed himself after the tragic defeat that happened against the Husker football team Yesterday, the 19th of September, 2009.  (I won’t post a link to inflict more pain, its OK) I love sports and I love football, but I especially love Husker football.  Back in the day I would have flipped out with the loss that we had, but as I have grown older and a little more knowledgeable on how important the eternal perspective is for my life and those that are committed to Christ, not just the importance of one single football game.

Yes it was a tough loss to take, but where you will go in eternity matters with not just your life or death here on earth, but for an eternal life and eternal death.  Instead of what this loss against Va Tech, pretty much inflicted by our team, means to your week, what does spending eternity without Christ in Hell, lonely and in darkness, mean for your life right now?

Michael Jackson and Death

Posted in Culture, God, Video with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2009 by rylanreed

I know there are a lot of Michael Jackson fans out there depressed and wrecked that he is gone now, but don’t stop to think that it can and will happen to each and everyone of them sometime in the future.

What do you think of life after death? What happens? And where will you go?  Just like the lady said in this video, “When I think about Michael Jackson, my first thought is ‘was he right with God. As a Christian that’s going to be my top question, ‘where is he going to be for Eternity?” Where will you be for Eternity?  Check it out:

What’s the Point

Posted in Culture, God with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 23, 2009 by rylanreed

This was passed through a couple of emails and I thought it would be good to share with anyone that would like to read it. It’s a good way to look at life…

Regardless of where you are spiritually in your life, the following is inspirational.

You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales. This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren,
‘Purpose Driven Life ‘ author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California.

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren, Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life?
And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were not made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body– but not the end of me.
I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act – the dress rehearsal.. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense.
Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you’re just coming out of one, or you’re getting ready to go into another one.
The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort; God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life but also the toughest, with my wife, Kay, getting cancer.
I used to think that life was hills and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountaintop, back and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s kind of like two rails on a railroad track, and at all times you have something good and something bad in your life.
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on.
And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for..
You can focus on your purposes, or you can focus on your problems:
If you focus on your problems, you’re going into self-centeredness, which is my problem, my issues, my pain.’ But one of the easiest ways to get rid of pain is to get your focus off yourself and onto God and others.
We discovered quickly that in spite of the prayers of hundreds of thousands of people, God was not going to heal Kay or make it easy for her- It has been very difficult for her, and yet God has strengthened her character, given her a ministry of helping other people, given her a testimony, drawn her closer to Him and to people.
You have to learn to deal with both the good and the bad of life.
Actually, sometimes learning to deal with the good is harder. For instance, this past year, all of a sudden, when the book sold 15 million copies, it made me instantly very wealthy.
It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don’t think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease..
So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence. He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72.
First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit.. We made no major purchases.
Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church.
Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free.
We need to ask ourselves: Am I going to live for possessions? Popularity?
Am I going to be driven by pressures? Guilt? Bitterness? Materialism? Or am I going to be driven by God’s purposes (for my life)?
When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn’t put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He’s more interested in what I am than what I do.
That’s why we’re called human beings, not human doings.
Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD.
Painful moments, TRUST GOD.
Every moment, THANK GOD.