Sunday, August 31, 2014
LABOR DAY - LESSONS ON LABOR
The Gospel of Labor Day
I’m not interested in Religion, but I’m deeply interested in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Then what’s the difference?
I would not cross the street for another Religion, but I’d circle the globe for the Gospel.
Religions are man-made, the Gospel is God-given.
Religion is what man does for God, the Gospel is what God does for man.
Religions seek harmony with gods, the Gospel is God seeking us.
Religion is man climbing the ladder of self-righteousness hoping to meet God on the top rung. The Gospel is God coming down the ladder through His incarnation to meet sinners on the lowest rung.
Religion seeks good views, the Gospel shares “Good News.”
Religion might have some good advice, but the Gospel has a glorious announcement.
Religion is an effort to change man but it leaves him lost. The Gospel takes people from where they are to make us saved.
Religion leads to an outer reformation, the Gospel starts with an inner transformation.
Religions instill uniformity, but the Gospel has the unity of the Spirit.
Religion fails to give peace, the Gospel grants the peace that passes understanding.
Religions whitewash our sins, but the Gospel washes white as snow.
Religion will claim our merit, the Gospel embraces God’s mercy.
Religion says, “Do good and keep doing good, and eventually you will become good.” The Gospel says, “We are only good through the grace of God and then we’ll want to do good.”
Religion says, “Tell the truth and keep on telling the truth to be honest.” The Gospel says, “Surrender your sins to God, and then you will love the truth.”
Religions say you must try, but the Gospel says to trust!
Religions teach to develop yourself, the Gospel says to deny yourself.
Religions think we join with God to save ourselves, the Gospel is about being saved by surrendering to the Savior.
Religion says to attempt, the Gospel is to accept!
Religion wants us to attain, the Gospel is to obtain.
Religion gives requirements and rules too heavy to follow, the Gospel is the relationship to sustain us forever!
Religion may give you something to live by, but the Gospel will give what you need to die by.
Religions have speculations on the gospel, while the Gospel has the assurance to be saved (1 Cor. 15:1-4).
Religions have spread across the face of the earth, but only the Gospel can take you to heaven.
Religion holds the vanity of wasted lives, but the Gospel holds our victory through the power of the cross.
Religions bring change but while leaving us lost, the Gospel begins from we are to give us eternal life.
Religions say to “Do this and do that - and you might make it.” The Gospel says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved!”
There are many Religions, but only one true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Friday, August 29, 2014
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Saturday, June 21, 2014
This Father's Day, think of the influence of a man on souls of his descendants.
POLYGAMOUS FATHERS: A large hardbound book is about polygamous Jesse Smith, the cousin of Joseph who settled in Arizona. Jesse married five women and had 44 children. Now there are over 20,000 descendants, including the teachers at BYU. Think about when a family is so huge. He is in eternity, and sadly he has led them towards a tragic end.
CRIMINAL FATHERS: Ron Hutchcraft told of a criminal with over 1,200 descendants. Of these, 400 were wrecked by drugs, drinking, or sexual disease. 310 were beggars and 130 were convicted criminals. 60 were thieves, 7 murderers, and 20 learned a trade in prison.
CHRISTIAN FATHERS: The great preacher, Jonathan Edwards, was the president of Princeton. Following his linage are 100 college professors, 100 ministers, 100 lawyers and judges, 60 doctors, 24 authors and editors, and 14 college presidents.
Be careful about how our choices extend through the decades. Would we pass on a lukewarm faith to destroy who we love so much, our own children and precious generations to follow? God forbid! Be faithful to God! ~ C B
Saturday, June 14, 2014
"FATHERS, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4).
"85% of all youths in prison come from FATHERLESS homes (20x the national average)." –U.S. Dept. of Justice
"90% of all runaways & homeless children are from FATHERLESS homes (32x the national average)." –Justice and Behavior
"Girls without a FATHER at home are 711% likelier to have a teen pregnancy; 92% likelier to divorce." Need Biblical Fatherhood.
"75% of all adolescents in chemical abuse centers come from FATHERLESS homes (10x the national average)."
"71% of high-school dropouts are from FATHERLESS homes (9x the avg). But kids w/ involved FATHERS are 70% less likely to drop out."
"80% of rapists with anger problems come from FATHERLESS homes (14x the national avg)." –Justice and Behavior
"63% of teen suicides come from FATHERLESS homes (5x the national avg)." –U.S. Dept. of Health
"Teens in FATHERLESS households had a 30% higher risk of smoking, drinking, or drug use than those in all 2-parent households."
"Even in high-crime areas, 90% of children from stable 2-parent homes, where the FATHER is involved do not become delinquents."
"Children w/ involved FATHERS are likelier to get A/B's in school; more likely to enjoy school; engage in productive activities."