Sharing Christ on and After Resurrection Sunday

10246741_656099187759187_4993094512424587484_nAs Christians, we look at Resurrection Sunday as the most pivotal moment in life.  It’s when Jesus took our sins upon His shoulder, as it were, to guarantee our eternal life with God.  We were given the gift of salvation. What a remarkable gift! It marks something no other religion can say.  It marks our Risen Savior.  His thoughts and deeds didn’t stay in the ground as others.
 
Instead of talking about the typical things that come during this season, I’d like to focus on the “What’s next?”  You may ask, “Why this approach instead of the normal one?”  Good question.  Christians must make this real in the lives of others and ourselves.
 
You’ll undoubtedly see and hear a lot of white noise from those who feel they can doggedly eviscerate our beliefs.  Ironically, some of those individuals espouse “tolerance.”  Continue reading this article at http://www.thewriteroomblog.com/?p=1997.  This is just a portion of a guest post I wrote for The Write Room Blog.  Check them out and let me know what you think about the article.

 

Blood Moons, So What?

The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover)

The moon looks red during an eclipse, as shown in this photo taken during the total lunar eclipse Dec. 21, 2010. (photo by Robert Grover)

There seems to be some concern about the Blood Moon or “Tetrad” that will appear on April 15, 2014 or the other upcoming dates.   Scholars and pastors are divided on its meaning and significance. Some pastors are quoting Scriptures that may be reference to this event. While others are claiming doomsday. I’m not seeking to inform you on which side is right.  I am, however, seeking to encourage you to look at this pending event with another set of lenses.

The following Scripture reference has nothing to do with the Blood Moon. Yet it can provide a good word picture for us.  Take a look at 2 Kings 1:9-14. Elijah asked for fire from heaven to come down on King Ahaziah’s men who were sent to bring him back to the king. What would the world be like if a man of God could call down fire from heaven and consume evil people? Obviously the chance for repentance would be gone.  My point is this, if God wanted to destroy us or this planet…it wouldn’t be a problem for Him.

I want to ease your mind on one other point. Some prophecy theorist are claiming the Blood Moon will begin the Rapture.  I’m uncertain of the validity of their revelation.   I do know Jesus stated, “that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Mark 13:32)”  We don’t have to live in fear of impending doom.

In the earlier Scripture we reviewed, we saw how fire can come from heaven and destroy us. I think that situation would be more fearful than speculating that a natural occurrence is now a symbol for the Rapture.  In either situation, the key for us is to be prepared.  We don’t want to be like the virgins who were unprepared for the coming of the Lord (Matt 25:7).

This is a great opportunity to show an often skeptical world how to live for Christ.  This is a perfect time to evangelize to those you know.  Some people may be fearful.  If they’re fearful about their future, why don’t you inform them on how they can be assured of eternal life with God (that’s basically what evangelism is all about).  God wants us to fear  (reverence) Him not fear (afraid).

Amazingly, the numbers of people who believe in God is on the decline.  Yet, many become interested in our Father when catastrophe looms or happens.  This is your time…this is your opportunity to let them know all the things your pastors and ministers have been teaching you about living a Christ-like life now and being assured of eternal life with Him later.

I honestly don’t know if any of these things are a part of prophecy.  If it is–good.  If it isn’t–good. In either case, lets celebrate God’s wonders.  If He can make the moon appear Blood colored, He can do anything. Lets also remember God is in control on whatever happens on April 15, 2014. On April 16, 2014, we will either be on earth showing people how to live for Him or we’ll be with Him.  Both situations are quite appealing since “He will never forsake us.”  I encourage you to be strong and of good courage for God is with us.”  This is the lens I hope you look at this event through.

Yves

A Prayer We Should Remember

images1 Kings 8:57-61 (NIV)

57 May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 58 May he turn our hearts to him, to walk in obedience to him and keep the commands, decrees and laws he gave our ancestors. 59 And may these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be near to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, 60 so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is no other. 61 And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

Solomon gave this beautiful and powerful benediction after he prayed a dedication to the new Temple.  The words are worth remembering so that we know Who to focus on and how to live.

Sin Lurks Around Every Corner

 

 

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I saw this picture on Facebook.  It reminded me of how we are in a constant fight with sin.

The cat represents sin and how its looks at you. It sits and waits patiently until you’re vulnerable.

Obviously we aren’t rats.  We’re much higher on the food chain.  Still, this pictures represents how weak or vulnerable we may feel when we face sin.

The cat is cute and cuddly.  Just like sin, it appears innocent.  Stay strong. Stay in the Word.

Yves

BTW.  I must be sleepy to be thinking about this scenario as an object lesson on the Christian faith. I think I’ll sign off for the night.

God Is The Center of My Life

IntertwineLife2How would someone observing your life know that God is at the center of it?

Share your thoughts and take the poll.

Thanks.

Yves