Are You Sure?


Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13-14

Sometimes it is easy for us to become frustrated trying to figure out God’s will for our lives. Doubt can plague our thoughts, even to the point of wondering if we missed the call of God. Even Moses responded to God’s call on his life with a question, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11b)

Paul encourages the Philippians to respond to the call of God in Christ Jesus by leaving the past behind. If Paul had allowed his past as a persecutor of Christians to dictate his future, his ministry and witness would have been stunted. Instead, our sinful past should inspire us, like Paul, with an ever greater fervency. God desires to use ordinary men and women so that He might receive the glory. Paul also reminds us that our calling is not complete until we reach heaven.

The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude.
Oswald Chambers

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Love Through the Ages


Jesus replied, “You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
Matthew 22:37, NLT

Two wings of a bird; two halves of scissors; two sides of a coin. Sometimes two things go together so well that, alone, they are only part of the picture. That is true of the Old and New Testament revelations of God’s love.

In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word hesed—“loyal-love” or “lovingkindness”—illustrates the central theme of God’s love. God’s loyalty to, and compassion toward, Israel was demonstrated by His hesed toward them. But there were conditions to be met: the requirements of the Mosaic Covenant. By the time we get to the New Testament, Israel’s failure to walk in God’s covenant resulted in discipline. God’s loyal love was then extended to all the world in an expanded way. Agape is the New Testament word that means unconditional, sacrificial love—love “in spite of.” Even while we Gentiles were sinners, Paul wrote, God loved us unconditionally and sent Christ to die as payment for our sins. Loyal, unconditional, sacrificial love—that is the full expression of God’s love for us.

Toward you, God is loyal and faithful and unconditional. Meditate on how life-changing His love is and what your respond should be to Him.

God’s love for his people is infinite and unconditional.
John Blanchard

Bloggers you might ❤ 27/02/2017


I have a promote your blog link on my site where I encourage people to leave a link to their blog and a short description about their site or themselves.

“Hint: Please write something interesting”

These are a few blogs that I would like to feature today

ItsBond007I hate Once upon a time tales, And I don’t go beyond the first phrase, Those stories boast of joy often, Which I used to have, Once upon a time. I’m a girl of 17, would appreciate any sorta support cause I love writing stuff!

J. Mark Fox:  I am a pastor and college professor, husband to one, father to seven and grandfather to five (so far). My blog is mostly a re-post of weekly columns I write for the daily newspaper in our town, where I reflect on church and culture from a biblical worldview. Mark is a native of Winston-Salem, went to school at UNC (B.A., M.A.) where he met his wife, Cindy. They have been married for 33 years (as of June 2015) and have seven children, ages 30 to 15

CMOAS: I am fairly new to the blogging world, and I must say that it is growing on me!! I am an aspiring writer, my journey has been a unique one thus far. I figured that I use my voice to inspire others! I welcome all readers and feedback it will only assist me with growth! I am Just an Average Individual Shedding Light to Life’s Journey.

Tamira (https://tipsbytee.wordpress.com/): My name is Tamira and my blog is about healthy living, beauty and self care tips. I feel that overall health is extremely important and I am here to give as much health and beauty tips as I can. Feel free to stop by my blog.

Vince700I was born in the USA and had the blessing of living 20 years in South America and Spain. It amazes me when thinking of the many experiences and yes miracles I’ve seen. You see I was a missionary, and on so many occasions the other missionaries and me had no idea how Jesus was going to work out our situation, but He did. I love sharing about how God leads us and cares for us, many times when we miss seeing His hand. (Please support my ministry)

PseudonymHi, my name is Pseudonym and I’ve been writing poems and short stories on my blog. It’s usually somewhat melancholic with a hint of romance in them. Apart from that every now and then, I use my voice to talk about things I need to be talked about more often. I would love it if you checked out my blog. ❤ ^.^

Joe RodriguezBlessings! I have been blogging for about a year now. As a lighthouse aficionado, I visit, collect, and write about the inspirations I receive from these amazing beacons of hope. But these inspirations would be meaningless if they did not bring glory to the Light of the World, our Savior Jesus. You can read about some amazing lighthouse facts and their biblical applications at my Lighthouse Devotions blog.

 

Do All Religions Lead to Heaven?


Let us consider, that, in matters of religion, whatever is different is contrary; and that it is impossible the religions of ancient Rome, of Turkey, of Siam, and of China, all of them, be established on any sound foundation
DAVID HUME

Perhaps you’ve heard the statement, “Getting to heaven is like climbing a mountain. Both have many paths, but they all lead to the top.” While that may be true for climbing a mountain, it’s not true for getting to heaven. Heaven’s architect, Jesus Christ, clearly stated, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus’s claim runs counter to the pluralistic contention that all roads lead to heaven. He said, “I am the way to heaven.” If there were another way to heaven, Jesus would’ve been a fool to die on the cross. The cross shouts out, “Pluralism is false.”

If you read Scripture, you will quickly see that God’s never been a pluralist. He’s never said, “Just pick a god and head my direction.” In the Old Testament the Israelites got themselves into trouble when they started collecting the gods of the nations surrounding them. As a result, they were sent into captivity. That’s because God’s not a fan of pluralism. He knows that no other gods exist—that He alone is God.

The belief that pluralism is true crumbles once you juxtapose the other faiths against Christianity. Hindus and Buddhists believe in samsara, a continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation whereby they hope to one day be set free. Muslims believe that Allah will weigh our works, and if our righteous acts outweigh our unrighteous acts, we may have a shot at getting into heaven. Atheists believe that death is the end. It’s lights out and there is no heaven.

So, which is it—samsara, scales, or no heaven in the first place? This mere sampling reveals the contradictions. Not all of these beliefs can be true. They may all be wrong, but they can’t all be true. When Jesus was asked about truth, He claimed, “I am… the truth.” On the cross Jesus became heaven’s visible GPS. It turns out that He’s our true north after all. He is the only way to heaven.

Now, this may produce a secondary question for you. If religious pluralism is false and Jesus is the only way to heaven, then what’s the fate of those who’ve never heard about Jesus? This is one of the most difficult, if not the most difficult, questions for me personally. And there’s no easy emotional answer. Nevertheless, no worldview comes without its hard questions. This happens to be one of our hard questions as Christians. And I think we need to admit it. It’s hard. Nevertheless, here are some principles that I’ve tried to remember when I find myself struggling to cope with the fate of those who’ve never heard:

  • God passionately loves the world (John 3:16)
  • God’s not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9)
  • God’s nature is just and He will do what is right (Genesis 18:25)
  • God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Ezekiel 18:23)
  • God went to great lengths to save us (Romans 5:8)
  • God has provided both general and special revelation (Romans 1:20; 2:14-15)
  • None of us will have an excuse (Romans 1:20)

While these principles don’t eliminate the question, they at least cultivate a biblical view of God’s character and remind me that I can trust Him to do what is right.

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

One-Minute Apologist Video: Erwin Lutzer, “Why Is Jesus the Only One Qualified?”

The Royal Law


If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well.
James 2:8

President William McKinley grew up in a devout Methodist home, and he was close to both his parents. His mother’s faith was like an umbrella over his entire life, and her humble service for the Lord became a model he followed in public life. McKinley’s biographer wrote, “Nancy had charge of the Niles Methodist Church, keeping it clean and well maintained as if it were her home. A neighbor remembered she ran the church, all but the preaching. Mother McKinley (as she became known) tended to ailing friends and boarded traveling ministers and teachers in the family’s home. She also served as the small town’s peacemaker, resolving quarrels and neighborhood disputes.

Sitting at her feet watching it all was a future President of the United States.

We never know how our influence for Christ will change the world. God calls us to love others by encouraging and building each other up. When we raise our families, serve our churches, and make peace in our neighborhoods for Christ’s sake, we’re letting God’s love flow through us.

This record I want to be left behind, that I not only fell as a soldier for my Country, but also as a Soldier of Jesus.
William McKinley