Living By Faith

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Photo by Ryan, Snow capped Rockies at sunrise, 1-20-20

The 4 day weekend is over and we are back at it today.  It was great spending time with my wife and kids.  It was also a bit of a serious weekend as my wife and I had to make some hard decisions regarding our finances.  We worked through the issues by God’s grace and we are living by faith.  The Lord is in control and we trust Him with all the details.  That is what believers in Jesus do.  We lift it up to Him and say Your will be done.

My wife doesn’t want me to share the private details of our finances, so I will honor her request.  We always appreciate your prayers.  The Lord knows what we need and He will provide.

I also wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me.  I know many of us don’t agree on certain things and I appreciate that most of you have never slandered me or sent me hateful messages, even if you disagree with me.  I love all people and I don’t care what color your skin is or what culture or nation you are from.  It is a great honor to have people from all over the world reading my blog.  There are even people from almost every country in the Middle East.  So far, there are people from 140 nations in the world visiting this blog.  May God bless, heal, and save every single one of you and may He bless all of our countries!  I love you all in Jesus’ Name!  Jesus loves you and He died for all of us!

I am humbled and honored that any of you would take the time to read what I write.  I appreciate the messages of encouragement and I enjoy chatting with everyone.  I know that sometimes I can be very passionate.  I do not want to be harsh and I do keep in my heart that I need to speak the truth in love with gentleness and respect.  I will always speak boldly with passion as that is who God made me and that is the fire of His Spirit inside me, but His gentleness is also inside me and there must be a balance.  I understand that.

It really is ridiculous for anybody to call me a racist.  They have no idea how I grew up.  They don’t know about the violence I encountered and the homies I rolled with.  They don’t know about true friendship and love.  My best friend in Middle School was black and I consider him my brother still to this day and I have great love for him.  We were so close that everyone called us Salt and Pepper.  I know what it’s like to have real friends who will back you up and even bleed for you if necessary.  I know what it’s like to have friends who will lay down their lives for you.

It’s not about skin color with me.  It’s about heart and character.  That’s what I care about.  Who are you inside?  Do you have integrity?  Do you hunger for righteousness or evil?  Are you trustworthy?  Are you filled with love or hate?  Your skin color is not going to tell me any of that.

Most of my friends growing up in Littleton, Colorado were black, Latino, or Native American.  I dated Latina girls and I ended up marrying a woman with Spanish heritage.  I also worked landscaping for many years working under the hot sun with the guys from Mexico.  I was out there doing everybody’s landscaping and golf courses and I spoke Spanish with the guys all day 40 hours per week.  They work very hard and I have great respect for those men.  I am very blessed to have worked with them and I will always remember their life stories.  Don’t ever tell me I am a racist.  People who are obsessed with race are the racists.  Divisions of the flesh come from the evil one.

The link below is to a post I wrote when I first started blogging back in 2018.  It is a story about how my friend Damien saved my life in Middle School when I was being choked out in the stairwell.  It also shows what I think about racism.

Salt and Pepper

Whether it comes to our finances or this blog or fighting Celiac or any other thing in my life, I am living by faith.  We don’t know what’s around the next corner, so we can’t walk by sight.  We must trust God and He will always make our paths straight!  The Lord is always faithful and He won’t let us down!

Grace and peace to you all!

“We live by faith, not by sight.”

2 Corinthians 5:7

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:17

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart

and lean not on your own

understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make your paths

straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

Slander Saturday

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Photo by Ryan, Pike’s Peak

Boy, oh, boy!  I don’t usually do two posts in one day, but it has been quite a day!  Today is Saturday and I have been dealing with hatred and slander all day.  Not only that, the hate and slander has been coming from someone who claimed to be my sister in Christ who I have known here on WordPress for over a year.  She did not like my post, “Strong Disagreements & Parting Ways” and let me know by slandering me.  It was actually pretty crazy and shocking, especially since we shared fellowship for a long time.  You never know who someone really is and what kind of hatred they may harbor against you.  Also, just because someone claims to know Jesus doesn’t always mean they really know Him.

The hate and slander I received today was actually the worst I have ever encountered on WordPress.  Pretty crazy that it came from someone claiming to know Jesus.  Still shaking my head on that one.  We have to be careful with who we share fellowship with.  Not everyone that claims to be your friend is actually your friend.  Sometimes a person that even claims to be a brother or sister in Christ is actually false and will eventually try to tear you down.  That is what happened to me today.  Not a real fun way to spend a Saturday.

If you would like to see the conversation, please click the post below and scroll through the comments (the link will open in a separate window for your convenience).  I have blacklisted her (Lady Quixote) from my blog because of her hateful slander.  She is actually the 4th person I have blocked from my blog since writing that post.  I appreciate God weeding out false people who surrounded me.  It’s good to know a person’s true heart and God will always protect me.

Strong Disagreements & Parting Ways

Be careful who you trust out here in the blogging world.  Like I tell my kids, salvation is a free gift from God through faith in Jesus Christ, but you have to earn trust and respect.  The second you lie about me and slander me, I lose all respect and trust for you.  I forgive her, but somebody with that much hate in her heart cannot be trusted, so I am parting ways.  Don’t let anybody ever harass you here on WordPress and don’t ever be afraid to speak the truth!

“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Grace and peace to you all!

Quick update Saturday 8:31 p.m. MT:

I am going to turn off comments on my blog through the weekend.  I won’t be reading blogs either.  I’m going to spend quality time with my wife and kids.  I will catch up with everybody in a couple days.  Have a blessed weekend everyone!  God bless you all!

A New Day To Rejoice

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Photo by Ryan, Sunrise 1-18-2020

It has been a rough week and I am very thankful we have a 3 day weekend.  I have had many disagreements this week and I wrote several posts that were very strong.  People who have been reading my blog for a long time know that most of my posts are not political, but sometimes I do speak truth to power regarding political issues.  I am moving forward from the issue I have been talking about the last few days, and today I just want to leave you with a verse and a prayer.

Today is a new day the Lord has made full of possibilities!  God is in control of this day and He has been since before the beginning of time!  Today is a fresh start full of hope!  We have breath in our lungs and we are alive!  May we make it count and make the most of every opportunity God has given us!  May we rejoice and be glad!

“This is the day the Lord has made;

let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Psalm 118:24

“Lord Jesus, please encourage our hearts and deliver us from evil.  Lift us up and fill our hearts with Your joy!  Make Your love increase and overflow in our hearts for each other and for everyone else, and may we please You in everything we do.  May Your will be done, Lord, amen!”

Have a blessed and peaceful weekend!

Grace and peace to you all!

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Strong Disagreements & Parting Ways

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Photo by Ryan, Rocky Mountain Front Range

Sometimes we have strong disagreements with people.  Sometimes there are even strong disagreements between Christian brothers.  After following Jesus since 1996, I can tell you it is a normal and healthy part of the Christian walk.  Disagreements can reveal a person’s heart and what they believe and sometimes those disagreements are so strong that we have to part ways.  We even see this in God’s Word among the disciples.  Even as we disagree, we are still brothers in Christ and reconciliation is always possible.

I recently had such a strong disagreement with a brother that I parted ways with him.  I want to be clear that I have no fellowship with someone who claims to be my brother in Christ, but then turns around and writes a post accusing American Christian conservatives of being racist, xenophobic, misogynistic, and fear mongering because we support Trump and believe in protecting our country that we love.  Don’t claim to be politically neutral acting like you are advocating for reconciliation, then in the same post spew the same divisive liberal lies and accusations we here from liberals every day in our country.  Give me a break, that’s called hypocrisy!  You can’t say, “Hey, I mean no disrespect or anything, but just so you know, you’re a racist.”  Ridiculous!  Oh no, you didn’t intend to be offensive.  Because pointing your finger at a fellow brother in Christ and accusing him of being racist couldn’t possibly be offensive, right?

Of course those accusations are meant to be disrespectful and offensive!  They are the same vicious lies we hear everyday from the anti-American liberals who hate Trump, Christians, and our country!  Those lies are designed to whip up hate against us!  Why would a brother in Christ want to spread such lies?!

My advice to every blogger out there is this:  If you are not American, you probably shouldn’t be talking about American politics.  Furthermore, if you don’t like being challenged by American Christian conservatives after writing a disparaging post about American Christian conservatives, then my advice would be to not write posts accusing American Christian conservatives of being racist, xenophobic, misogynist, and fear mongering.  If you write a post like that full of those lies, you will be challenged.  People outside our country don’t understand the fight we are in and you have no idea how truly evil the liberal agenda is and how badly they want to destroy our country.  We are fighting for the very soul of our nation!

This is not about Republican versus Democrat anymore.  We are well past that!  This is about freedom versus tyranny!  This is about righteousness versus evil!  Socialism has and always will be a bridge to tyranny and that is exactly what the liberals want!

Just look at what is happening in Virginia with their globalist traitor Governor trying to take their guns by passing illegal laws (with the help of Bloomberg’s money) in violation of the Second Amendment!  The liberals are trying to destroy our Constitution and make us slaves in their new world order!  Bloomberg tried to pull the same schemes against our guns here in Colorado and our Sheriffs stood with the people and shut it down!  Only tyrants want to disarm the people!

The Sheriffs are our last line of defense against tyrannical politicians.  Liberals would do well to remember that we also have the right to form a Constitutional militia and fight back anytime tyrants try to enslave us, and that is a fight liberals will lose badly.  You just try us and you’ll be sorry.  You will regret the day you tested the resolve of American patriots and you will find out just how hot the fire of freedom burns within us!

Liberals have stirred up so much hatred and violence in our country that they cause actual violent attacks on American Patriots in the streets!  If it’s a Civil War they want, believe me, I am ready to rack a mag and fight for my country anytime, and I have the training to back it up!  Those violent socialist Antifa thugs don’t scare me!  That pathetic liberal proxy-army will be taken down in the first wave!  They are real lucky we have been very patient in our non-violent stance as we work through the political process.

I am ready and so are the millions of my Patriot brothers and sisters that stand with me!  Even if only 3% of us stand up and fight, it will be enough!  Yes, I am a 3%er and I have the patch on my American militia uniform that I will wear if I am ever called to defend my country against enemies foreign or domestic.  I have two words for all the socialist liberal traitors who want to take our guns and our freedom: Molon Labe!

I don’t understand why any Christian would believe the lies of the God hating leftist Democrats and then use those same lies against another brother in Christ.  I forgive my brother for his ignorant hateful words based on the ignorant hateful lies the liberals spread around the world.  Just like I said in my post, “Don’t Fear Conflict,” Trump is not racist and neither are the American patriots who support him.  I am not racist, I am not xenophobic, I am not a misogynist, and I am not fear mongering, and neither is Trump.  Those are very strong accusations and a person, especially a brother in Christ, better be very careful about how he judges, especially judging another brother in Christ.  Nobody has any basis to call me a racist or any of those things just because I love my country and believe that love always protects just like the Bible says.

Just like Paul, I am parting ways with that brother.  Maybe someday we will once again share fellowship and be reconciled like Paul and Mark and I pray we can.  For now, I don’t want to read anything written by someone who falsely accuses American Christians of racism, xenophobia, misogyny, or fear mongering.  It really does blow my mind that a believer in Christ would believe the same hateful lies of the liberal media!  Does the Holy Spirit not show you it is false?  Does the Holy Spirit not show you how evil they are?!  If you believe in Jesus, don’t go around spouting the evil lies of the liberals!  Give me a break!  If you do spout those lies, you might want to check yourself to see if you are even in the faith.

“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.  Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord.”

Acts 15:39

So, there you have it.  If you are not American, it’s probably best to stay out of our politics, especially if you don’t want to be challenged by Americans about it.  If you are a believer in Christ that believes liberal lies, it’s time to turn off the liberal dominated news and do some praying.  Ask the Lord to reveal the truth to you about the leftist liberal agenda.  Don’t tell me you are a Christian and then tell me you are a liberal too.  Those are not compatible.  You can’t tell me you love Jesus and then tell me you agree with murdering babies, the gay agenda, and atheistic socialism.  Good luck explaining that to God.

Don’t go pointing your finger at me calling me a racist.  Go look in the mirror and get that big liberal plank out of your eye.  Christian Democrat?  What an oxymoron!  What a joke!

The Democrats kicked God out of their party and all they support is sin and death!  The Kennedy Democrats are long gone folks.  Now it is the party of socialist violence and immorality!  The party of killing babies after birth, the gay agenda, which even includes pedophilia, and the party of tearing down our Constitution and our borders!  That is literally all they run on, hating America, sin, and death!  I pray God smites their wicked agenda and I’ll be here to fight them every step of the way!

If you hate Americans, Christians, American Christian conservatives, or America, you will not like talking with me.  I love Jesus Christ with all my heart and I love my country with all my heart and I am willing to lay down my life for both!  I am a Christian American Patriot and I believe in and stand up for God’s Word and the Constitution of these great United States!  If you come at me with lies about God, His Word, Christians, my country, or any other lies, I will cut down your lies with the truth.  I will stand up boldly and I won’t back down.  I don’t fear man and I am not here to please man.  I fear God and I am here to please Him!

I am here by God’s calling to preach the truth of the Gospel and God’s Word to the world and that is what I will continue to do for the glory of God.  Nobody is going to get in my way or stop me.  I will just wipe the dust off my feet and keep moving forward.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

1 John 4:14

Grace and peace to you all!

Don’t Fear Conflict

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Photo by Ryan, View from deck, 1-13-2020

People who know me know that one thing I absolutely refuse to do is back down from speaking the truth.  That strong stance naturally brings with it a great deal of conflict and I have experienced plenty in my time following the Lord since ’96.  Most of us don’t like conflict, but we should never be afraid to speak the truth and debate issues.  Whether it be social, political, theological, or whatever other topic there might be, we need to be able to freely discuss what we believe and why.  Our freedom of speech here in America is a precious right that we should never forsake!  Use that freedom for God’s glory and don’t be afraid to speak the truth!

The last few days I have been blessed to have conversations with several people that do not agree with me on theological and political issues.  Not only have these conversations given me the opportunity to speak truth to crucial issues regarding the Gospel and politics, but it has also sharpened me.  Conflict produces pressure and out of that fire of disagreement we grow in ways that we can’t without conflict.  Out of the one disagreement I ended up writing from 4 p.m. Friday afternoon until 2 a.m. Saturday morning, then I got up before 8 a.m. and edited it for another 2 hours before finally publishing it.  That post was titled “Jesus Died For The Sins Of The Whole World,” and it is possibly the strongest post the Lord has ever written through me in defense of the Gospel.  I might not have ever written a post like that had I not experienced the conflict, so I praise God for that disagreement!  By the way, that is why I have been resting the last couple days, but I’m rested now and today’s post is also going to be bold (and a bit longer than usual).

The photo below is what it has felt like the last few days.  Our daughter got a great photo of three bucks butting heads the other day.  Great shot sweetheart!  I’ve never seen three bucks go at it like that!  Hilarious!

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Photo by our daughter

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to conflict.  Just read his letter to the church at Galatia. It is a bold admonishment and he knew it would produce conflict, but he also knew it was necessary conflict that would help the church grow in the truth.  Paul was fully aware that his letter was going to shake things up and he was not afraid of displeasing men.

“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Galatians 1:10

Just like Paul, we should speak the truth and not fear being challenged.  Preach the truth of God’s Word boldly and don’t back down!  God’s Word will defend itself and He will give you the words to say by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit the Lord gave us is powerful, not timid!  I feel the Lord inside of me like a lion!  Jesus is the Lion of Judah and when He comes back, which will be very soon, He will not be riding on a donkey!  He will be coming back in great power and glory and every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, amen!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7

We are in a tremendously crucial election year in 2020 and I will continue to speak bold truth to power regarding political and social issues in my country.  I am not ever going to just lay down and let evil win.  We must fight the good fight and stand firm in God’s Word!  We do not need to fear conflict.  We do not need to fear being challenged, disliked, or even hated.  Jesus told us the world would hate those who believe in Him.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.  That is why the world hates you.  Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.”

Jesus speaking in John 15:18-21

It’s no surprise that the world does not want to hear the truth of God’s Word spoken over societal issues and it’s no surprise when they hate us.  Keep standing up and speaking the truth anyway.  Our Lord has commanded us to go, so we go!

Never back down from speaking the truth!  Yes, we must speak the truth in love, but please remember that those who hate God are doing everything they can to label God’s Word hate speech.  They are doing everything they can in our country to label anyone who speaks God’s truth as hateful, even when it is spoken in love.  God’s Word is not hate speech and those of us who preach His Word are not hateful.  God is love and His truth is loving.

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

1 John 3:16

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.  If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”

1 John 4:14-16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

Saying abortion is murder is not hate speech.  It is loving truth to protect our beautiful babies!  Saying there are only two genders, male and female, and marriage is only between one man and one woman is not hate speech.  It is loving truth that leads to a moral and healthy society in harmony with God’s order.  The gay agenda is depraved and immoral and it has caused great sin and confusion in our country.  We will not ever agree with their sin and it should not be forced on our children in the schools!  Homosexuality is a sin and we must warn society that those who live that way will not inherit the kingdom.

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

I’m also going to speak boldly about my support for Trump.  I am well beyond fed up with all the lies from the left!  It is not racist to protect your borders and it has nothing to do with xenophobia!  Please stop listening to the filth on CNN!  Trump is not a racist and never has been.  Like Floyd Mayweather Jr. said back in 2017, “You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president.”  That’s because liberals and their liberal media created that lie!

Trump doesn’t hate women either.  That was another lie to stir up hate.  That’s all they ever say!  They don’t have any truthful facts to back up their lies, so they shout, “Xenophobia!  Racist!  Misogynist!”  That is where all your race baiting hatred is coming from.  It’s not coming from Trump or the American patriots who support him!  I am not a racist, never have been, and I would never support a racist!  The hate is coming from a liberal media that hates Trump, our Constitution, and our country.  What’s sad is that even some Christians have fallen for their lies and they go around saying the same lies.

The liberal media, with CNN at the helm, whipped up hatred and violence with all their lies and they continue to lie about Trump every day.  They refuse to report the truth about the great things he has done for our country even when the healing and progress is staring everyone right in the face!  CNN is nothing but a liberal anti-American propaganda machine that spews lies and hatred 24/7 365 days per year.

Trump is not a racist for protecting our country.   Praise God he is strengthening our borders!  God’s Word says, “love always protects.”  Every country must maintain its national sovereignty.  We must resist the globalists and their one world government!

Yes, we know the last days are near and we know eventually there will be a global government that is ruled by the anti-Christ, but that does not mean we just give up!  No, we press on in Jesus and fight for righteousness!  We don’t know the times or dates of the end and to the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day, so we must keep fighting the good fight in our time!  Nothing is impossible for God!  He can give us more time to push back evil and give our children a peaceful future!  I have two children that I love with all my heart and as long as I’m alive I will do everything I can to fight for their freedom and right to live in peace and righteousness in this great country we love!

There is nothing xenophobic about protecting our borders!  Normal immigration is not the issue.  America has always welcomed peaceful immigrants looking for a better life.  The globalists (like Soros and his NGOs) are working to tear down borders and they are using mass immigration from hostile countries as a Trojan horse invasion because they want to cause chaos and destroy our country and Europe.  Why?  Because they want a one world government that will be run by the devil!  That is the real issue and we must stand against it!  It’s about the spiritual war we are in between Heaven and hell!

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:12

Socialism and communism are an atheist scourge on the earth and it must never be allowed to rule America!  The globalists are using socialism to achieve their new world order goals.  The liberals who are pushing so hard for socialism with all their anti-American rhetoric better take a long hard look at California.  That is what they want for the whole country and it’s sickening!  We can’t have socialists running America!  They had their shot for 8 years and they just about ruined our country!

I pray the Lord spreads revival in our great country!  I love my country with all my heart and I will continue to fight for righteousness and fight the good fight in 2020!  I will be voting for Trump again because he truly loves this country and he has been a man of his word despite all the lies and attacks from the liberal dominated anti-American leftist media.  I didn’t vote for Trump because he is some super Christian.  He is learning and growing in his knowledge of the Lord and he is an imperfect sinner saved by grace just like the rest of us.  I voted for him because he honors God, he is a real American who loves our country, he speaks the truth about the globalists and he has the grit to fight them, and he speaks the truth about what America needs and can actually get it done!

I pray for our President daily.  The Lord is using him as a battering ram against the new world order and I love it!  Praise God we have a president that is a real American President who is actually fulfilling promises and making moves that benefit our country!

Like how he got rid of the globalist scheme to de-industrialize America called NAFTA and he wrote up a new deal called the USMCA that actually re-industrializes America, creates jobs, and makes trade fair for our country for the first time in almost 30 years!  We don’t need the globalist “free trade” that was designed to crush our economy!  We need Trump’s fair trade plan!  Look at how many companies and jobs have come back to our country since he was elected.  He is fixing everything that the last president tried to destroy, but you will never hear any of this in the leftist controlled mainstream media!

Trump also fixed the healthcare disaster that the last president caused!  He protected our pre-existing conditions and he terminated the unconstitutional and very socialist individual mandate.  The last administration flat out lied and it ended up that it was all a big insurance scam to make them all rich.  Not only could we not keep our doctors, they flat out ruined our healthcare system!  We lost our doctors and the prices went sky high!  Don’t ever forget how terrible socialist healthcare truly was!  Praise God that He used Trump to fix it!

Socialism does not work!  Socialism is not about “sharing the wealth” as they say.  It is a scheme to consolidate and control all the wealth into the hands of tyrants who desire to inflict poverty and suffering on the people.  It has and always will be a bridge to tyranny!  America is not a socialist country and by God’s grace may we always fight to keep it that way!  This is the land of the free and the home of the brave and the socialists are never going to take this country as long as real American patriots stand up and fight back!

I also greatly appreciate that Trump has strengthened the economy, and he appointed judges that will uphold the Constitution!  He also strengthened the military and he is letting them do their jobs.  No more Benghazi’s on his watch!  We are also energy independent and America is now the number 1 producer of oil and natural gas in the world!  We have never needed Middle Eastern oil and should have never used it in the first place.  Praise God we are free of it!  The Lord has blessed our country with a leader who honors Him, and our country in turn is being blessed!

Trump even recognized Jerusalem as the rightful capital of Israel and he moved our embassy there!  Talk about honoring God!  Praise God!!!

“Looking around and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see.  If you want freedom, take pride in your country.  If you want democracy, hold onto your sovereignty.  And if you want peace, love your nation.  Wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first.

The future does not belong to globalists.  The future belongs to patriots.  The future belongs to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.”

-Donald Trump speaking to U.N. General Assembly in New York Sept. 24, 2019

Trump is not a globalist traitor like the last president.  He is a real American who truly loves this country and he is fighting hard to uphold our Constitution and keep us a sovereign nation!  He has honored God and given Him glory in the White House, he invites Christians to the White House for prayer and discussion, and it was awesome when he rebuked the last president by declaring that America is indeed a Christian nation!  The last president is a traitor and he had some wicked audacity speaking death over America like he did!  Praise God we have a President who is not afraid to speak the name of Jesus and give Him glory!  Seriously, we should be praising God and praying for the man!

The impeachment was a total hoax filled with lies and false accusations!  They can’t move forward with their phony articles of impeachment because the whole thing is a lie!  They have done everything they can to stop and remove our President and they have failed miserably at every turn.  Trump is in office by God’s hand and power and he isn’t going anywhere!  The impeachment has become so pathetic that even top Democrats are saying it’s time to give it up and move on now.  Amen to that!

We must honor God to retain His hand of blessing on our country!  Going down the dark road of atheism and socialism only leads to destruction and death.  People must repent!  For example, stop murdering babies and passing laws to even murder babies outside the womb!  How is that any different than King Herod or Pharaoh?  It’s not any different!  It’s the same sin and same evil causing it in our time and our country is even worse with it!  Our country has institutionalized murdering babies even to the point of selling their body parts!

Trump de-funded Planned Parenthood!!!  Praise God!!!  We have a President who stands up for God and protects our beautiful babies!  What an amazing difference from the evil stance of the last president!  Praise God we have a President who is seeking righteousness and bringing blessing on America!  May the Lord bless him with wisdom to continue leading our nation in a way that honors God, may the Lord protect him and his family, and may the Lord bless our country and keep him in office for 4 more years!

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the

Lord,

the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Psalm 33:12

The liberal agenda is full of sin and death and we must fight against it!  We must fight the good fight and never give up!  We must pray for revival in our country and fight for our country to be righteous!  Let us show God that we love Him and we desire His guidance and blessing on our country!

“Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

1 Timothy 6:12

This country and the whole world needs to hear the truth of God’s Word.  They need to hear it spoken over every issue we are dealing with in our time.  People must hear the truth, or else all they will hear are the lies coming from those who hate God!

“Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”

Jesus praying in John 17:17

I’m not going to back down from speaking the truth.  It’s not wrong for Christians to speak truth to power and I strongly disagree with anyone who says that Christians should stay silent on political issues.  I greatly appreciate people like Franklin Graham who speak God’s truth to power.  John the Baptist was arrested and beheaded because he told King Herod it was not lawful for him to have his brother’s wife.  Talk about bold!

I don’t fear conflict.  Jesus is Lord and I am ready to die for Him if necessary.  In fact, that would be a great honor!  I trust in God and pray that He will use me to speak the truth in love for His glory.  I hope you do the same!

Grace and peace to you all!

 

 

Jesus Died For The Sins Of The Whole World

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Photo by Ryan, Rocky Mountain Front Range, Daniels Park

There is a theology that has been circulating since 1619 called “Limited Atonement.”  Those that believe in the doctrine prefer to call it “Particular Redemption.”  I call it false teaching and blasphemy because it falsely teaches that Jesus Christ did not die for the sins of the whole world.  Let me be clear here, that is exactly why Jesus died!  Jesus died for the sins of the whole world, and anyone who tells you that He didn’t is not preaching the truth!

The Gospel is the message that God has offered the whole world forgiveness of sins and salvation through faith in His Son Jesus Christ, and anyone who believes in Jesus will be saved.  God accomplished this through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus when He died for the whole world on the cross.  There is nothing limited about His atonement or particular about His redemption.  His atoning sacrifice is all sufficient to cover all sin and anyone who believes in Jesus will have their sins forgiven and be redeemed!  Salvation by faith in Jesus is available to the whole world!

First off, this post will be a bit different and, fair warning, it will be my longest post ever.  I usually don’t get bogged down in theological arguments over doctrine, but this debate is over the very core of the Gospel and I must speak truth to it.  I never went to Seminary and I am not a Pastor, nor do I pretend to be.  I don’t go to a denominational church nor do I claim any denomination.  I am not religious nor have I ever been.  I didn’t grow up going to church.  I was an atheist who loved to party and get drunk before I came to faith in Jesus.  I just believe in Jesus.  I follow Him and He leads me by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I have the gift of evangelism and I preach the Gospel just as the Apostle Paul preached it.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

I came to Jesus in October of 1996 at the age of 18 my freshman year at the University of Northern Colorado.  I came to Jesus at that time because I had just spent the last four years all through high school living in a house possessed by a demon.  My Mom, Dad, younger sister, and I all experienced poltergeist type torment and it was terrifying.  After I accepted Jesus, I went back home two months later that Christmas break and rebuked the demon out of our house in the Name of Jesus!  I had no knowledge of doctrines or denominations or theology.  I just knew that Jesus died to forgive our sins and give us eternal life, I came to Him by faith, and then I received power when I was filled with the Holy Spirit.  I understood I was covered in His Blood and I had real power against evil!

I received discipleship training in the Bible and evangelism through Campus Crusade for Christ my entire four years in college.  The Lord put me in a leadership position quickly and I began preaching sermons at the weekly fellowship meetings just about every Friday night from the time I got saved until the time I graduated.  I also preached on campus daily, and led a Bible study my sophomore through senior years.  My brothers in Christ and I were also blessed to baptize many of our fellow classmates and the Lord took me on three spring break mission trips to the inner city of Denver.  For my senior year mission trip, I was chosen to be the leader to help coordinate the ministry efforts and watch over the younger brothers and sisters.  All of that training provided a solid foundation for studying and preaching God’s Word for the last 23 years that I have followed and served the Lord.

I came running to Jesus because my family lived with a demon!  I didn’t run to a denomination or a doctrine.  I just came to Jesus by faith and He saved me and filled me with His Holy Spirit!  He gave me the gift of evangelism and I have been preaching the Gospel and sharing my testimony ever since!  I preach the true Gospel that God has offered salvation to the whole world by His grace and anyone can be saved through faith in Jesus!

“When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.  For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-2

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

People who believe in the doctrine of limited atonement do correctly believe that only those who believe in Jesus will be saved.  However, they misunderstand and misinterpret that truth when they say it means Jesus only died for a select few.  His death on the cross covers the sins of the whole world, not just a few.  Of course there will be people who reject Jesus, but He still died for their sins.  It does not limit His atonement when people refuse to repent and choose to reject Him.  It is not His fault if people choose to reject His forgiveness and salvation.  His atonement is available to everyone, but we have to receive Jesus by faith in order to receive the forgiveness of our sins.

“For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.”

1 Peter 3:18

“And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”

Hebrews 10:10

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Romans 1:16

The main argument limited atonement preachers use to say Jesus only died for a few is the Scripture that says only those who the Father gives to Jesus will be saved.  Saying Jesus only died for a few is a complete misunderstanding and misinterpretation of Scripture.  Yes, only those who believe in Jesus (the ones the Father gives to Jesus) will be saved, but salvation by faith in Jesus Christ is available to the whole world because Jesus died for the sin of the whole world.  Anyone can believe in Jesus and become one of the ones the Father gives to Jesus!  He didn’t just die for a select few only to let everyone else perish!

Let’s look at the entirety of what Jesus said when He talked about “All that the Father gives me”:

“All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Jesus speaking in John 6:37-40

Do you hear that?!  Jesus is inviting everyone to come to Him and He promises that all who believe in Him will have eternal life and be raised up at the last day!  It is God’s will that everyone who looks to Jesus and believes in Him will have eternal life!

Remember what John the Baptist said when he saw Jesus coming toward him?

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:29

The sin of what?  Just a few people?  No, John said, “who takes away the sin of the world!”  Limited atonement preachers will mince words about the word “world,” and they will say it doesn’t mean the whole world.  They are also incorrect about that.  The New Testament was written in Greek.  The Greek word for “world” used in the context of John 1:29 is “Kosmos,” which means “the inhabitants of the world, the universe, creation.”

It is used again in John 3:16 and 1 John 2:2:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16

“He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

1 John 2:2

God’s Word couldn’t be any more clear!  Did Jesus say God so loved the few that he gave his one and only Son?  No, He said, “For God so loved the world,” kosmos, the inhabitants of the world!  God loves everyone in the whole world and He gave the whole world His Son Jesus Christ, so we can be saved and go to Heaven through faith in Him!  Jesus said so Himself!  Limited Atonement preachers are arguing with Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Lord and Savior of the whole world!

The Apostle John clearly states that Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for all sins, not just the sins of a few.  John specifically takes the time to make it clear that Jesus didn’t just die for them, “but also for the sins of the whole world.”  He even adds the word “whole” to it!  The Greek word he used for “whole” is “holou,” which means “all, the whole, entire, complete.”  So when he wrote “for the sins of the holou kosmos” he was saying for the sins of all the inhabitants of the world!  Anyone can become one of God’s elect by believing in Jesus Christ and that offer is for the whole world!  John 1:29, John 3:16, and 1 John 2:2 completely refute the false limited atonement doctrine!  If all I gave you were those three verses, it would be enough to understand the Gospel and understand that Jesus died for the sins of the whole world!

“Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”

John 1:12-13

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 10:9-13

There is no urgency to preach the Gospel in the false doctrine of limited atonement.  In fact, if you believe in limited atonement, then why preach the Gospel at all?  If you truly believe that Jesus didn’t die for the sins of the whole world, then you must believe that God creates some people just to be condemned and go to hell, and that is not what the Bible teaches.  God does not want anyone to perish!  He wants everyone to repent!

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

2 Peter 3:9

I preach the Gospel because the Lord commanded us to preach it to the world.  Why would Jesus do that if He had only died for a few people?  Jesus told us to go into all the world because He died for the sins of the world and He wants us to share that good news with the world!  There is no good news in the limited atonement doctrine because it is false and has nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Jesus speaking in Acts 1:8

“Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20

“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”

Jesus speaking in Matthew 24:14

That is all the authority and power I will ever need to preach the Gospel to the whole world!  Jesus even said the end will only come once the Gospel is preached in the “whole world (holou kosmos) as a testimony to all nations.”  Jesus clearly would not have commanded us to “make disciples of all nations” if He had only died for a few.  By the power of the Holy Spirit we are His witnesses to the ends of the earth!  Don’t ever let anybody lie to you and tell you that Christ’s blood doesn’t cover the sins of the world.  Jesus Christ is the perfect and final atoning sacrifice for the sins of the whole world!  God does not want anyone to perish!  God does not want anyone to be condemned!  That is why He came to earth to die for us as the man Christ Jesus!

Just like Jesus said:

“For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through him.”

John 3:17

There is that word “world” again.  Don’t let limited atonement preachers tell you it doesn’t mean the whole world.  Yes it does!  God sent His Son into the world (kosmos) to save the world (kosmos) through Him, and He does not want anyone to be condemned!  God is love and He so loved the world that He gave us His Son.  He gave Jesus to all of us in every nation of the world!

“And they sang a new song:

“You are worthy to take the scroll

and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your blood you purchased

men for God

from every tribe and language and

people and nation.”

Revelation 5:9

Jesus purchased men for God from all over the world because He was slain for the sins of the whole world!  How could Jesus have purchased people from every tribe, language, people, and nation, if He had not died for the sins of the world?  Again, Christ’s atonement, which is the forgiveness of our sins by His sacrificial death on the cross, is available to every single person in the whole world through faith in Jesus Christ!

Look at how the Apostle Paul preached the Gospel:

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Romans 3:22-26

Paul said all have sinned and all who believe in Jesus are justified freely by God’s grace.  God justifies anyone who has faith in Jesus!  Why?  What kind of sacrifice did God present Jesus as?  That’s right, “a sacrifice of atonement through faith in his blood.”  The blood of Jesus is all sufficient to cover the sins of the whole world and anyone who believes in Jesus will be redeemed and stand forgiven before God!  Jesus is the final and perfect sacrifice of atonement and His powerful blood covers all sin once and for all!

“He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.”

Hebrews 9:12

The doctrine of limited atonement was a source of controversy and debate even among those who issued the five points of Calvinism.  Calvin did not even believe in limited atonement!  He believed that Jesus died for the whole world and that anyone in the whole world could receive salvation through faith in Jesus!

Here is a quote regarding the history of limited atonement doctrine:

“Limited atonement has always been a controversial belief.  The Synod of Dort in 1619 issued the points of doctrine now known as TULIP; however, several theologians at the synod rejected limited atonement while accepting the other four points of Calvinism.

Long before the Protestant confessions and synods, though, the early church father Athanasius was describing universal atonement.  In his “On the Incarnation of the Word” (2.9), Athanasius writes that Jesus’ death was “a substitute for the life of all” and that, because of Jesus’ sacrifice, “the corruption that goes with death has lost its power over all.”  Note the word all.  Athanasius’ point is that Jesus’ death atoned for all of humanity.

Ironically, Calvin himself may not have placed much value on the idea of a limited atonement.  After all, the five points of what is called “Calvinism” came from a synod in the Netherlands almost 60 years after his death.  Calvin had this to say about John 3:16: “It is a remarkable commendation of faith, that it frees us from everlasting destruction…And he has employed the term whosoever, both to invite all indiscriminately to partake of life, and to cut off every excuse from unbelievers.  Such is also the import of the term World;…he shows himself to be reconciled to the whole world, when he invites all men without exception to the faith of Christ, which is nothing else than an entrance into life” (Commentary on John, Vol. 1).”

-GotQuestions.org

Athanasius and Calvin were right!  The death of Jesus is a substitute for the life of all people and God is reconciling the whole world to Himself through Christ!  He is inviting all people in the whole world to come to faith in Jesus because Jesus died for the sins of the whole world!

Just as the Apostle Paul said:

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.  And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.  Though once we regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Just like Paul, I too am convinced that Jesus died for all and that God is reconciling the world to Himself in Christ!  He has committed to every believer in Jesus that we are to share this message with everyone, that God will not count our sins against us if we believe in Jesus!  Believers in Jesus are His ambassadors to share the good news of the message of the Gospel with the whole world!  I urge you with all my heart, come to Jesus and be reconciled to God!

Jesus loves you and He will forgive you!  He died for the sins of the whole world and anyone in the whole entire world can come to Jesus by faith!  That includes you, no matter where you are in the world!

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“But the gift is not like the trespass.  For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many!  Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification.  For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.  For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

The law was added so that the trespass might increase.  But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:15-21

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

Don’t ever let anyone tell you that Jesus didn’t die for your sins! Yes He did!  Just as sin came to all people through Adam, justification is available to all people through faith in Jesus Christ.  Many will be made righteous, not just a few!  Jesus died for the sins of the whole world and that is exactly what God’s Word teaches!  Someone who is preaching a gospel that says Jesus didn’t die for the sins of the whole world is not preaching the True Gospel.  That is no gospel at all!

As Paul warned:

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!”

Galatians 1:6-9

There is only one Gospel of Jesus Christ and the gospel of limited atonement is not it!  Limited Atonement is a perversion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Paul’s bold statement serves as a warning to anyone who would pervert the True Gospel.  Limited Atonement is a false teaching that blasphemes the perfect atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of all mankind!  The atoning sacrifice of Jesus’ death on the cross is final and complete to pay for the sins of the whole world and there is nothing limited about it!  That is the True and only Gospel of Jesus Christ!  Jesus died for all of us, all the inhabitants of the whole world, and if you call on the Name of Jesus, your sins will be forgiven and you will be saved!

“Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Acts 13:38

“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”  And let him who hears say, “Come!”  Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

Revelation 22:17

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:13-14

Grace and peace to you all!

A Powerful Prayer

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Photo by Ryan, Rocky Mountain Front Range, Long’s Peak (center), Bison herd below, Daniels Park

I was reading Colossians this morning and I was very encouraged by the prayer the Apostle Paul wrote in the introduction.  I prayed the verses over myself and my family and I would like to share the prayer with you, so that you can do the same.  We who believe in Jesus have great power by the Holy Spirit to pray to Him.  Jesus intercedes for us and He answers our prayers in accordance with God’s will.  This powerful prayer is definitely the will of God for us as we walk with Jesus, and it will help every believer live a life that pleases God!

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men–the testimony given in its proper time.”

1 Timothy 2:5-6

“And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”

1 John 5:11-12

Here is the prayer Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:

“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”

Colossians 1:9-14

Amen!  Man, that is one powerful prayer and sermon right there!  Jesus has rescued us from the darkness of sin and death!  We have been redeemed and our sins are forgiven!  May the Lord answer this prayer for all those who believe in Jesus and may we live a life that is worthy of Him!

If you do not believe in Jesus, please know that He did not come to condemn you!  He died for the whole world to save us, not condemn us!  He died to forgive our sins and set us free!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”

Jesus speaking in John 3:16-18

Jesus wants to forgive you!  Jesus wants to give you eternal life!  Jesus wants to fill you with His Holy Spirit and give you wisdom and understanding and power to live a righteous life that pleases God!  Do you want that?  Do you want to be saved and be at peace with God?  Do you want His joy flowing through you?  Do you want your sins forgiven and cleansed from you?  Do you want to receive the great inheritance of the Kingdom of Heaven?!  I truly hope so and if you answered yes, then come to Jesus!  Only He can save us from our sins!  It is by faith in Jesus alone that we can stand redeemed before God!

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.  He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”

Romans 3:21-26

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23

You receive Jesus by faith.  Our sins are forgiven by His blood alone.  There is nothing you could ever do to earn salvation.  Your sins must be forgiven and Jesus is the only One who can forgive your sins!  Jesus is the sacrifice of atonement that God provided for our redemption and He did not provide any other sacrifice.  There is no other way to Heaven.  We cannot work our way to Heaven through good works.  We will always fall short of God’s glory because of our sin.  God only justifies those who have faith in Jesus and that is a free gift of His amazing grace!

“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation.  Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

“Where then is boasting?  It is excluded.  On what principle?  On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.”

Romans 3:27-28

“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6

If you know Jesus, I pray you rest in His grace and the fullness of the assurance of your salvation!  If you don’t know Jesus, I pray you come to Him today and cross over from death to life!  Jesus loves all of us and He is our only Lord and Savior!  He is the only One who died for us to save our souls!  Take Jesus at His Word!  He is the only Way out of sin and death!  He alone is our salvation and eternal life!  May all of us who love Jesus live a life that is worthy of Him and what He has done for us!

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Acts 4:12

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Jesus speaking in John 5:24

Grace and peace to you all!