Coffee Tastes The Best When Its Free

Inspiration COFFEE Tastes the best when its free I know that it is difficult sometimes to look past your own problems to recognize problems other people are experiencing.  Several days ago, after leaving one of my frequent trips to the hospital, I decided to treat myself to a cup of my favorite coffee.  When I got to the window to pay, the young clerk informed me that the customer who was  ahead of me had paid for my coffee.  I was truly blown away by this strangers kindness because I had never seen this person in my life before.  Her kindness reminded me of a time that my dad handed me $2,500.00, instructing me to give it to a total stranger.  I took that money and placed it in the mailbox of an elderly woman who I knew…

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Hate in America

Inspiration hATE IN AMERICA I often wonder if the majority of America went to sleep one night and awoke the next morning with a new found animosity for others.  Arguably, our country has never been more divided than it is today.  Literally tens of thousands of people are uncharacteristically violently acting out against others who don’t share their same beliefs.  Political beliefs appear to be at the core of our current fighting amongst each other A Persons Political Beliefs Does Not Make Someone a Good or Bad Person The fact is that God has made us all unique.  We were all born as blank slates.  What we believe and how we feel about certain things, are often a direct result of our life experiences.  Our lives would be very boring if the people we have encountered in our…

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To Whom and or What am I a Slave Of

Most of us believe that our survival dictates that we must work to support our families, to save for our retirement, to pay for the things we enjoy in life and to attempt to be financially secure. Yet, Jesus taught us, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:19-20)Are the aforementioned teachings of Jesus contrary to what the world demands we must do to ensure our security and survival?  Let us consider what Jesus' was attempting to teach us.Jesus continued with his teaching stating that, " For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also...(Matthew 6:21).   Perhaps Jesus was…

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Tired of Pain and Suffering

Inspiration Tired of Pain and Suffering Frankly, serving God and the public as a pastor, is not always an easy commitment for my life’s work.  Daily, I receive tear jerking letters from people who are tired of the pain and suffering that their family, friends and themselves often endure.Very rarely, do such letters omit the question, ‘why does God permit so much pain and suffering to go on in this world?’It took me years to realize myself, who is actually responsible for the pain and suffering many of us have and or now experiencing. Who is the Ruler of This World?In answering who is the ruler of this world, we can consult God’s word, the Bible, which tells us that the world belongs to Satan.  Please consider how Satan attempted to sway Jesus in to turning away from his…

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Why is Satan Allowed To Rule This World

Inspiration Why is satan allowed to rule this world How did it come to be that God has allowed Satan to rule the world in consideration that the Bible informs us that “In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening passed and morning came.....”? (Genesis 1:1-25) The Bible further informs us that “Then God said, And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the…

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Who is Satan?

Inspiration Who is satan? As previously discussed the Bible states that Satan is currently in charge of this world.   Even Jesus Christ Himself, shortly before His arrest and crucifixion, acknowledged Satan’s authority: “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me” (John 14:30) Satan cleverly influences world events by injecting his evil ideas into the minds of human beings, much as a television transmitter broadcasts its signal into the air to be received in people’s homes. This analogy can help us see why Scripture calls Satan the “prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and…

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Will I Go To Heaven

Inspiration Will i go to heaven? Many people in my congregation ask me, “do you think I will go to heaven when I die?”  Although it would be interesting to text God for a list of those who may be on a heavenly approval list, should one exist, the Bible tells us, that no one but God knows who will be admitted.Only God knows what is in a persons heart.   Jesus tells us that “Only God knows our hearts, and only He knows whether a person has sincerely put his faith in Christ as his Lord and Savior.” (Matthew 7:1). Additionally, Jesus has told us that “the gateway to life (heaven) is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.”  (Matthew 7:14)Don’t Be FooledGoing to church every week, tithing and confessing our…

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