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FROM THE DESK OF THE PASTOR:    

 

WHEN YOU HAVE GOT ALL YOU WANT, DO YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED.

 

 

          Most people spend all their life worrying about making money  to feed their families, to put clothes on their back, to buy a beautiful home in a good neighborhood, to buy that nice car to park in their driveway, and to take those nice families vacations, but do you every stop to think about your soul?  When you have got all you want….Do you have what you really need?  Without Jesus, all those other things are nothing.  The Bible tells us to first seek the kingdom of God, then all these other things may be added to us. 

         

          In providing for one’s future and happiness, one has plenty to think about.  Their retirement and their children’s education, making enough money to pay their mortgage on that beautiful home, and to have money for emergencies, but there is more to think about than material things.  There is the spiritual side of life. Where will you or I spend all eternity? 

 

          Jesus spake a parable to show us that riches do not secure one from evil. “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, what shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruit?  And he said, this will I do, I will pull down my barns, and build greater, and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years, take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”  Luke 12: 16-19.

 

          WHEN YOU GET ALL YOU WANT…DO YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED?  One should be sure, very sure, for one never knows at what moment you may be called from this earth, that you may go to, and not from, your treasures.

 

 

 

 

          One of the mistakes of this rich man was, he had the goods, but the years he could not claim, he forgot that life is uncertain, and like so many others, he tried to satisfy his soul with food, drink and merriment. He had all he wanted, but he did not have the thing that he really needed.  

 

          God said unto him, “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee:  then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?  So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.”  Luke 12: 20-21.

 

          It may be a harsh saying, but men and women act the part of a fool, not realizing that their soul could be required of them at any time and they will have to give an account of every deed done while in this body.  In trusting to riches for their happiness, which can only come from God, they are laying up treasures on this earth, and not in heaven.

 

          The rich man thought he had many years ahead of him, but God said, “This night your soul is required of thee.”  This he was unprepared for, he had all he wanted, but he did not have what he needed, and all his goods on which he had set his heart were delivered over to others.

 

          Covetousness is a sin that all people need to be warned against for happiness and comfort do not depend on the wealth of this world.  The things of this world will not satisfy the desires of the soul.  Do not be misguided by thinking that God does not know your thoughts.  Think about it, if you have all you want do you have all you need?  And be truthful with yourself, for your soul salvation depends on it.  Are you like the rich man, laying up treasures for yourself, that is folly in the eyes of God.  If you are smart, or if you think, you are wise, then you should be laying up treasures in heaven for Luke 6: 24 tell us, “Woe unto you that are rich! For ye have received your consolation.”

 

          Jesus tells us,  “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”  St. Matthew 6:19-20.   If you have, all you want….do you have what you need?  Now is the time to ask your-self theses questions.  Do not wait until it is too late.



 

WHAT DOES JESUS MEAN TO YOU?

 

 

“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live, therefore, or die we are the Lord’s.” Romans 14:7-8.

 

We need to search our hearts, and ask ourselves, what does Jesus mean to me, as an individual. That is, if we consider our self a Christian, but if we are a sinner, I don’t guess Jesus ever crosses our mind. Is Jesus just someone you read about in the Bible? Is he just someone who was crucified on the cross at Calvary? Is he just a figment of our imagination? Is he just a man that our Pastor talks about on Sunday morning? Do we leave the church house and forget about the man called Jesus, until next Sunday when we pick up our Bibles again? What does Jesus mean to you?

It’s easy to thank God when he does what we want. But God doesn’t always do what we want. Job, getting no comfort from family or friends, goes straight to God and pleads his case. His head hurt. His body hurt. His heart hurt, and he can’t tolerate anymore half-baked answers. “Why is this happening to me?“ God owes no one anything, no reason, no explanation. Nothing. But Job stayed loyal to God.

Job said, “Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

What does Jesus mean to you? If we call him Father, do we honor him, give him praise for what he has done? Did you ever stop to think, he woke you up this morning, and blessed you with another day? Father’s day has just passed, how many showed love and honor to our natural father’s. Does not Jesus deserve as much or more? He gave his life that your soul might be saved. What more could he give?

Don’t we know and don’t we understand, that all we have, and ever hope to have, all belongs to God. “All things were made by him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” St. John 1:3.

We have to become obedient to the Lord, and humble ourselves at the foot of the cross. For many this is hard to do, almost impossible. But remember, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.

“All soul are mine, as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine. The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezek. 18: 4.

God gives us life, he can take it from us. What ever we have in this life, God has allowed us to have, and it all belongs to him. We came into this life with nothing, and we will not take anything with us when we leave this life. What ever we possess, God allows us to enjoy for a while. Then it will be passed on to someone else.

If God were to ask an angel to open up the chest, containing our prayers, our giving glory to the Lamb of God, what would he find in there? Would the chest be empty? When was the last time we told Jesus how much we love him for dying on the cross for us? Are we too embarrassed to say, “Jesus, I love you for what you did for me at the cross of Calvary.

The Bible tells us, that unless we become as a little child, not be one, but as one trusting in the Lord. A little child will trust its parents, to love him or her, a little child is not afraid, for they know that their parents will take care of them. We as adults must trust and lean upon Jesus the same way, not as a child, but trusting in him as a child does his parents.

We don’t give God glory, but he is in complete control, of the weather and all else, not some unknown Deity called “mother nature.” Ever deed that we do is under the ever seeing eye of God. You may think you are doing things or saying things that no one knows but you, but you are only fooling yourselves. God has a book, and on that judgment day when you stand before God almighty, every deed and ever idle word you have said, will be made known, whether it be good or bad. We must need ask ourselves, what does Jesus mean to me? Is he worth giving up our old ways of life, our old habits. Just how bad do we want eternal life? Jesus has to be the center piece in our life, there is no other way. He is our everything, the very air that we breath, he is our life. 



THE BOTTOM LINE:

Pastor. John B. Neal

Why do we walk the tight rope between heaven and hell? Is it the adrenalin? The closer we walk to the edge of the Abyss, the more daring it makes us. In other words, why do we try to see how much we can get by with, and not get caught by the Lord? Or how little we can get by with, and still be in favor with the Lord?

It’s like people are playing a game of Russian roulette, with their spiritual life, and one of these days, when they least expect it, the gun will go off.

The bottom line, is what would you do, if Jesus came today? He is coming, make no mistake. It may not be today or tomorrow, but he is coming, and there will be many playing Hide and Seek, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. But don’t fool yourself, God’s eyes are ever where, beholding both the good and the bad.

We all have a tendency to want God to see our good points, but when we do something wrong, we try to hide it from him, but that don’t work. Just like Adam, he tried to hide from God, but God knew just where he was and what he had done, and neither can anyone hide.

Do you ever ask yourself, “Why do we go to church? Why do we pray? Or read the Bible? Why do we half-step in our walk with the Lord? We need to be honest with ourselves. Is it just to meet old friends at church, or to catch up on the latest gossip, or maybe to see what your neighbor is wearing. Are we committed to Jesus? He that suffered and died on the cross of Calvary, that we may have life. Do you really love him? If you brought Jesus to church with you, then you know that he is there, and you don’t have to worry about the hypocrite sitting next to you.

Every body seems to think that getting drunk, or shacking up, is okay. Everybody is doing it these days. But I want to tell you, it is sinful. Adultery, fornication, molesting little children, disobedient to parents, without natural affection. People seem to love the things of this world more than they love God, they seem to have a form of godliness, but they are denying the power there of, the power that only comes from knowing Jesus Christ, and having Him in your life. The word of God tells us, from such as these turn away. Don’t have anything to do with them.

We are living in a time that is as wicked and evil as Sodom and Gomorrah, and God destroyed those cities. The world has invaded our churches, and set up shop in them, for Lesbians and Homosexuals are now preaching in our churches. May God help us, and these United States of America? They can’t be preaching the word of God, for God’s word tells us that it is a sin. They seem to be flouting their sin right under the nose of God.

 

There is a place for them in the church, but it is not behind the pulpit, handling the Holy Word of God with unholy hands. It is an abomination to God. That means it makes Him sick. The place for them is kneeling before the altar of God, and asking God for forgiveness of their sin.

 

I can’t put anyone in heaven or hell. Every one does their own thing, they do what they want to do, be what they want to be, go where they want to go, in other words, do your thing. But just remember, the Bottom Line, when you close your eyes in that eternal sleep, and the next thing you know you wake up in hell, it will be too late. No one, but I mean no one, will get by mocking God. God will not be mocked. Pay-day is coming for all of us.

Religion is not something you just think, you have to live it. Most people live their lives as though neither heaven nor hell existed. What do you believe in? That our good times, our parties and fun will go on forever. Pay-day is coming, and it’s not as far away as one may think.

No, religion is something you have to live every day. It is time to become serious about our soul; we do have one you know. Everyone has two choices; either they spend eternity in heaven or hell. Both places are very real. But God has given us those choices. Are we ready to face God on his throne? Will you stand up in God’s face and try to lie your way out of the things you have done here in this world? The Bottom line, God has a record book, and everything we have every done is recorded in that book. And a liar he will not even allow to stand before him. Sin, of any kind will not enter back into heaven.

Religion seems to be just a game to many; they live their life any way they want to. They go to church on Sunday Morning, and say I’m a Christian. They give one day to God and the other six days for themselves. I don’t have time to pray, to thank God for my family or for waking us up this morning, nor for my health, nor for my food. I can’t take the time to read my Bible, to see what thus saith the Lord. I have to take my children to football practice, or basketball practice, etc. Just going to church on Sunday morning seems to be enough. People don’t seem to realize that God wakes us every morning, and watches over us during the night while we sleep. How many takes the time to say “Thank you Jesus, for being able to get out of bed this morning.” Do you? Don’t people realize that Jesus holds life in one hand, and death in the other. Our breath, our life, comes from Him.

The Bottom Line, Jesus is coming back for his church. The one true church. Jesus don’t care for the title over the door, He’s not going to say I think I’ll pick the Baptist or Catholic, Holy Trinity, or Bethel house of God, etc. He’s not coming back for a building, but a people that have made themselves ready to go back with him. Jesus picks the church, we don’t. His church that he died for is one church. The church that he purchased with his blood, bearing his Spirit. A people bearing his name.

 

It is time we stopped putting our head in the sand like an Ostrich, and start facing reality. God has got a love, and he shines his love upon us each and every day, but God has also got a wrath which the world is soon to behold. Read the Old Testament if you want an example of God wrath. Read what he did to his own people the Jews, because they chose to worship other gods. Don’t fool yourselves. The only safety we have is in Jesus Christ.

Psalm 4: 8 “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Jesus is coming at the appointed time for his church, and nothing is going to stop it. People can get out here with their machine guns, cannons, bombs, germ war, missiles, what ever they want, but they are not going to stop Jesus from coming back for his church. Are you ready?

The Bottom Line, Get right with God, or get left behind, and go through the seven years of tribulation like this world has never known.