If You Were To Die Today, Where Would You Spend Eternity? The Bible says it is either heaven or hell.

How to know for sure you are going to heaven when you die

“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:22

The Bible says that we are eternal beings and that we will spend eternity in either Heaven or Hell and the decision is ours to make. What will your decision be? I hope it will be: “Yes I want to go to heaven.” If you want to find out how, just click here.

One believer says, “I have lived a long time at this point in my life and I can truly say that there has never been a time in all those years since I said, “Yes I want to go to heaven”, at the young age of 13, that I have regretted that decision. No quiet to the contrary, it has been the greatest decision of my life. I would not exchange it for all the money in the world. It has brought me peace in troubled times; it has given me reassurance in times when everything seemed hopeless. It gave me strength to go on when I lost the love of my life, my wife. It is the assurance that when I die, I will go to heaven to be with God the Father and my friends and family who have gone on before.”

If you have a desire in your heart to go to heaven, that is God’s invitation.

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Has Science Proved that the Bible is Untrue?

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Part-2-The Scientific accuracy of the Bible

Written by Jimmie Burroughs

I was at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts last summer sitting on a bench on the boardwalk, which ran along the Atlantic Ocean. Plymouth Harbor was before me. A full size replica of the Pinta Maria was docked to my right. I could imagine those early pilgrims as they sailed into the harbor and stepped onto the shore in the new world for the first time. They had risked their lives to come here so they could have the freedom to worship God of the Holy Bible.

As I sat there deep in my thoughts, a young man approached me and asked me a question concerning my little white West Highland Terrier, who accompanies me everywhere. After we talked for a while, I asked him if he had a relationship with God. He said, “OH, I don’t believe that anymore because science has proven beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bible is untrue.”

I knew it would be a waste of my time to argue the point with this man, so instead I gave him one of my business cards with a gospel presentation on it and said goodbye.

To use science as an excuse not to believe the word of God would require a person to know both science and the Bible, and the fact is that most of those who use that excuse probably do not know either. Once there was an atheist, who knew science, who sat out to prove that the Bible was untrue. He began to read and study the Bible and instead of proving the Bible untrue, his attitude changed with his newfound knowledge and he became a believer, a true story.

The primary difference in the books of science and the books of the Bible is that science is ever changing, and the Bible is always the same, the same yesterday, today and forever. There’s a half mile of science books in the Luve, that a great museum in Paris, France, but all of them are of no use today because they are outdated. They were the science of yesterday, knowledge that has been replaced with the new knowledge of the age. To depend on them would be kind of like your doctor telling you that you needed surgery and that they would be using an old outdated type of surgery. You would get out of there as fast as you could and find a doctor who used the latest medical science.

In 1981, the French Academy of Science published a list of 51 incontrovertible reasons why the Bible was not the word of God, and it looked bad for the Bible for a while, but the truth is that the today not one reputable scientist believes any of their 51 reasons.

Over the years, science has made some amazing claims that were supposed to be the accepted science of their day. For example, the ancient Egyptians believed that the earth was supported by five great pillars because it was not scientific in those days to believe that anything could remain suspended without some sort of support. The idea apparently came from the central support for the great architectural buildings that they built using huge pillars. Therefore, they assumed that pillars were needed to support the earth. They did not mention what the pillars sat on.

The wise ancient Greeks believed that the earth was sitting on the back of a giant named Atlas, and we still see that image from time of the earth sitting up there on the shoulders of Atlas.

The Hindus also had their scientific theory: they believed that the earth was sitting on the back of a huge elephant. Someone said, “What is the elephant standing on?” Oh, he is on the back of a huge coiled serpent and on and on they went. Of course, we know today that none of that is true. From the oldest book of the Bible, the book of Job, we read, “He hangeth the earth upon nothing…” Job 26:7. How did Job know that? The Holy Spirit of God told him long before science knew it for a fact.

We take it for granted today that the earth is round. Men did not always believe the world was round; in fact, in the 1400s, in the day of Christopher Columbus, the Science of that day was that the world was flat. There is a story that Columbus watched the ships come into the harbor, and he noticed that he could only see the top of their mast at first, then as the ship grew closer it seemed just to raise up out of the water as if it were coming over the hill. From that, Columbus assumed the world must be round. I have a feeling that he may also have known what the Bible says about the earth. Isaiah writing hundreds of years before Jesus was born wrote by the inspiration of God ( Isaiah 40:22), “He sitteth on the circle of the earth” and the word circle in Hebrew is not a flat geometrical circle like you have in plain Geometry but a sphere or globe. Isaiah said the earth was round. How did job and Isaiah know these things? Only God could have known and told them.

You and I know today that no one can count the stars, but men did not always know that. Hipparchus 150 BC counted the stars and then announced that there were 2022 stars. This stood as science for 250 years until another man whose name was Ptolemy, who counted the stars and said, “You mean old Hipparchus said there are 2022 stars” and he laughed and said, “There are 2026.” Now science was updated, and it lasted until a young man by the name of Galileo came along and invented a crude telescope. When he aimed it at the heavens, he gasped, for there were stars beyond what the naked eye could see, and then more stars. Now with the Hubble telescope, astronomers can see no end to the stars; they seem to stretch out to infinity.

We know today that there are more than 12 octillion stars. Just how many is that? There are more stars than there are grains of sand on all the seashores in the all the world, and if you think you can count the stars, just go down to Daytona Beach where I was recently and start counting the grains of sand.

I do not know where Hipparchus or Ptolemy lived, but it was not Cedar Key, Florida. I was there not too long ago. Cedar Key is considered the darkest place in the United States because it is so isolated from any other city. I stepped outside on a clear night, looked up, and could not believe my eyes because, in all of my life, I had never seen so many stars. The whole sky was white with them. God said in the book of Jeremiah 33.22, “The host of heaven cannot be numbered.”

Today we know that it is of the essence that you have blood in you veins if you are going to live, but men did not always know that.  It was not until the 17 century that a man by the name of William Harvey, around 1650, discovered that blood circulates through the Veins. Men believed for a long time that air was in their veins and arteries.

No one understood the purpose of the blood, and when someone got sick, they would say, “well bad blood” and they would bleed them. That is where the barber pole came from that you used to see in front of barbershops and still do in places; it represents the bandage. They would go to the barber, and he would cut them, let out some of their blood, and then bandage the cut.

George Washington got sick one day, and they bled him, and again the second time and a third, and actually bled old George to death, the father of our country. He probably needed a transfusion. We know today that the blood is a red river of life carrying food to the cells and carrying waste away from the cells and it maintains a constant body temperature. It also carries oxygen to burn food, it fights disease and mends the body and builds skin and bones. God said in the very dawn of history in the book of Lev. 17:14, “The life of all flesh is in the blood”. There is not one true scientific fact that controverts the Bible.

Don’t pay any attention when people say that the Bible doesn’t measure up to Science because they apparently don’t know science or the Bible. This is only one part of five parts on “How we know the Bible is the word of God; if you would like to read the other parts Click here for parts I, II, III, IV, V,

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Whitney Houston’s last song, “Jesus Loves Me”

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When a star falls like Whitney Houston, it gets our attention to the reality of death. It does not matter whom; death comes to all and often at the most unexpected time. Preparing for our death is the most significant thing we do in life. I want to tell you how to prepare for that time when death will also come to you.

Just one night before her death at 48 years of age, Whitney Houston, took to the stage for the very last time to sing, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me” at the Kelly Price & Friends party. These were also her final words of one of her last interviews. I believe that Whitney knew that Jesus loved her regardless of what she had been through, and somehow I really believe she did love the Lord. She struggled for nearly 20 years with the demons of alcohol and drugs. According to the most recent report, a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol took her life. She was never able to break free of their hold on her, regardless of how much she wanted to and tried. I hope I’m right, and I hope that today she is in heaven with God the Father, who will wipe away all the sorrow and tears that were in her life on this earth.

What a sad thing it is for a person to come to the end of life unprepared to meet the Lord. Nothing matters more in life than preparing for that final day when life on earth ends. It matters little what else that may have been accomplished if someone is unprepared to meet God.

Jesus does love us, and he wants us to come to where he is when we die. He said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. In addition, if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:1-6)

I must confess that it is difficult for me to comprehend what all it entails to die unprepared to meet the Lord. I do know according to Jesus, who could not lie, the only way anyone will ever see God is through him. Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life and no man cometh to the father but by me.” What exactly did Jesus mean? It is best summed up in one of the most known verses in Scripture, John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

What does it mean to believe in Jesus? It means to believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins, then was buried and rose again on the third day. By believing in him, we are forgiven and freed from the terrible consequences of our sins, which is eternal separation from God and his love.

Whatever else there may be after death for the unbeliever, separation is certainly the worst. It means to be separated from all love ones, all things and more importantly from God and his love, joy and peace; not just for a period of time but forever, age without end in utter darkness alone with nothing but one’s own thoughts.

The decision to believe in Jesus is yours to make; no one else can ever do it for you. I cannot begin to tell you how urgent it is. It is the most important decision I ever made and one I have never regretted. It is my prayer right now that you will make that decision also while there is life. I want to show you the simple three steps necessary to believe in Jesus. You can do it simply and easily right now. Please click here.

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What I Did to Recover When My Wife Died

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I have dealt with grief many times in my life, but the hardest grief I have ever had to deal with was the lost of my wife who was also my very best friend. Not only did I have to lose her to death, but I also had to see her suffer the pain and anguish of cancer and die a slow and agonizing death. All of us must experience grief at some point in our life. I want to help you if you are experiencing grief now, or when you do at some future time, by sharing what I did to recover when my wife died, and what I did that helped me the most.

Grief is a physical, emotional, and mental conditions experienced by the loss of someone close. It is the body’s natural ability of healing our emotional injury. Grieving can be extremely hard if there is a lack of understanding. Therefore, understanding grief should be your first step towards recovery. Normally grief is in three distinct phases, which lead up to a final acceptance and ability to continue with life:

  1. The first phase is Shock or denial of what has happened. This may last only a short time or can go on almost indefinitely. The sooner one can come to grips with the reality of what has happened, the better.
  2. The second phase is The Expression of Grief, which can take many different forms, such as anger, depression, or an overwhelming feeling of loss. This can last for several days, or for some even several years. I have known some who were never able to get past this phase.
  3. The third and final phase is Acceptance. The purpose of grief is to move a person gradually along through all three phases until finally they reach the point of acceptance. At this point, they are now ready to resume their life, or seek a new direction for their life.

Understanding grief and knowing how to Deal with it is extremely important. It is not that uncommon for people to grieve themselves to death. Sometimes when a person loses a loved one, they also die within a few months because of the stress it brings to their body. Even though grief is a healing process in itself, it if not understood it could be devastating. Grief must be allowed do its natural work. The objective is to deal with grief in a way as to bring healing in a reasonable length of time.

Different ways of responding to grief

Grief is a normal and natural response to any kind of loss, particularly to the death of a friend or loved one. Individuals respond to a loss in a variety of ways. Some ways are healthy, and others are not quite so healthy. Grief, itself, is a coping mechanism, but it is easy to hinder the grieving process by not understanding it and not knowing how to work through it. Grieving is not a matter of just forgetting, nor is it a process that needs to continue forever. Rather, it is to be recognized as a natural process that must not be restricted with drugs or alcohol but given due time to do its healing work.

Different people respond differently to the loss of a loved one. There are several emotions, which come to play. Each person will have a different experience; some will experience few emotions while others may experience many. I had only a few. The best way is to let emotions run their course. Here is primarily what I experienced when I lost my wife to cancer

  • A sadness in my heart
  • A feeling or sensing the loved one’s presence
  • An occasional need to tell and retell stories about my loved one and the death experience
  • An occasional feeling of restlessness

There are a number of other emotions that you might experience, which are normal. The bottom line is that each of us experiences grief differently.

Things I’ve done to help deal with my grief

  1. I tried to give myself an adequate amount of time to work through the grief process before making major decisions or changes in my life. The time factor is different for each person; some are able to get through it in a few months and others take longer. For the most part, I was at the point of acceptance and ready to move on with my life in a year. I do not mean to say it was completely pass in a year, but it was acceptable. I am not sure a person ever gets completely past it. I have not yet and it is nearly nine years since my wife died.
  2. After you have worked through the initial grief, it might be good to restructure your life, or to redefine who you are. Death of a close loved one, like a spouse, has a tendency to change our view of ourselves as well as life. This was true for me, and I found that I was ready to make some major changes in my lifestyle. It took nearly a year to work it out, but once I did, it opened up a completely new life that has brought a new purpose.
  3. I let go of objects that reminded me of my loss. I felt the need to give away most of my wife’s personal belongings. I kept some of her jewelry but plan to give it all away over time. You might want to keep a few mementoes.  For me, however, I feel I will need to let these things go little by little. I feel by doing so I will also be letting my wife go, and letting the grief dissipate even more. I know my wife would not have wanted me to waste my life pining away for her. She would have wanted me to carry on with my life as soon as possible.
  4. I found that writing about my experiences helped me to see through the bad and see the good. You can use a gratitude journal and make entries as they come to you. You will discover that this can do miracles in helping to overcome a broken heart. There is a lot of misery and pain in life, but there is also so much to live for that over shadows the negative.
  5. I started a new hobby. I began to learn how to play the guitar and sing county and gospel songs. It has added hours of enjoyment to my life. I take time each day to practice the new songs I have learned, and it gives me a challenge and is a good source of exercise for my brain. Sound has long been used as a source of healing. I know that music has been a source of healing for me.
  6. I joined a support group with those who also were experiencing grief. Usually the larger churches have an ongoing support group. I joined one in my church, and it was very helpful to learn how others were dealing with their grief.
  7. I accepted the help and support of others. I had a brother-in-law who helped me a lot by keeping in touch with me during the difficult times. There are those who love you that are concerned about you and they want to help you. Let them even if it does not turn out to help you that much, they need to know they are trying to help.
  8. I have a relationship with God. Of all the things that have helped me, my relationship with God has been the most helpful. God promises His grace to help us in all kinds of negative experiences, which includes the death of loved ones as well as when it is times to face our own death.
  9. I never used medication during my grief and would never consider turning to drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol only suppress grief; they keep the process from moving forward so that a person becomes frozen in the state of grief and are unable to let it do its healing power.
  10. I became a volunteer to help others, which is another thing that helped me tremendously. I joined an organization that did volunteer construction and maintenance for charitable institutions and individuals that could not afford to hire it done. It required me to travel in my motor home to the locations and spend several months there. This may not be suitable for most, but there are also plenty of opportunities for volunteer work in your own town or city.

Factors that hinder the healing process

  1. Never avoid or minimize your emotions. They are there for helping you work through your grief; let them do their job without resistance.
  2. Do not use alcohol or drugs to self-medicate Neither use prescription drugs if you are able to avoid it. They only delay the process of healing and never help move it forward.
  3. Do not avoid your emotions by using work, school or socializing as a distraction. Facing up to emotions allows us to deal with them and to get them behind you rather than having them hanging around in the background always to be taunting you.

Conclusion

I realize that each of us is different and have different needs, and to generalize the grief process is not going to satisfy all needs for everyone, but I do believe that a general understanding of how it works is beneficial for all. I hope that this post has been a help to you as you go through grief. If it has been a help, please share this article with someone else. If you are experiencing difficulty or you feel that you just cannot handle your grief, do not hesitate to get professional help.

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Your Success in 2014 is Determined by the Way You Think

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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:” Proverbs 23:7

Can you think your way to health and riches, and does it work the opposite: can you think your way to poverty, illness and death? I intend to show that there is an element of truth for both of those concepts.

Is success determined, by the way, a person thinks? Does the way a person thinks determine their life for good or bad, better or worse. The false doctrine, “Law of attraction,” of the new age movement has taken this idea to the extreme by saying we attract things to ourselves, by the way, we think, whether they are bad or good. There is no truth in that way of interpreting “As a man thinketh.” You certainly are not going to get a new Porsche by simply attracting it to you by your thoughts. It is going to take some hard work and saving your money, or good credit and making the payments.

Although the truth is, we do cause things to happen by our thoughts. For example, if your thoughts are those of bitterness and hatred, it is going to tear down your health, and you are going to die before your time. Experiments with animals and observation of humans has proven many times that stress, hate and anger are killers to the body.

The thoughts of the mind can cause psychosomatic illness.Psychosomatic illness is a disorder that involves both mind and body. In other words, the illness may be emotional or mental in origin but have physical symptoms. Psychosomatic illnesses are not imaginary. They are physical disorders in which both emotions and thought patterns are believed to play a central role, and usually develop when a person’s disease-fighting ability is weakened due to stress. After a particularly stressful event, like the loss of a loved one, for example, an individual might develop high blood pressure shortly afterward or even have a heart attack. In another person, the same situation might lead to a peptic ulcer or a series of asthma attacks. A third individual, equally as grief-stricken, might not get sick at all. For a psychosomatic illness to occur, a person must first be vulnerable in a particular body system. It’s important for these illnesses to be recognized and treated soon as they occur.” [1]

Positive thoughts create a positive attitude, which strengthens the immune system and wards off illness. Negative thoughts work the reverse. Napoleon Hill said in his book, “Think and grow rich” that our thoughts play a major role in whether we grow rich or not . . . Is that true . . . Yes, to a degree. We are able to do those things which we think we can do, or unable to do those things which we think we cannot and, therefore, do not even try. Henry Ford said, “If you think you can, or you think you can’t, you are right.” Therefore, yes, our thought patterns do play an important role in success or failure.

When William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, Jr. Inherited the 250 room Biltmore Mansion, (still the largest private home in the United States) after his grandfather’s death, George Vanderbilt, he was told that it was utterly impossible to make the mansion ever to be profitable as a privately held museum. At the time, the mansion was losing a quarter of million dollars a year. Nevertheless, Cecil believed he could do what the professional minds said was impossible, but it took years and a tremendous lot of hard work and millions of dollars. Today Biltmore Mansion shows a profit and is visited by around 900,000 people per year. He could have accepted what others believed but did not. He believed that he could and he did.

What we think does play a crucial role in all that we do. For the best results, we need to use precision thinking, which goes further than ordinary thought. It includes knowledge and wisdom. There is a way of thinking as prescribed by the Bible that goes even beyond the physical and includes the spiritual. The following verses outlines the course of thinking that truly does make the difference in how we live:

  • “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Phil 2:5
  • “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2
  • “Think on things that are pure and honest and of a good report.” Philippians 4:8.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” Phil 2:5

What kind of mind did Christ have?

There is no doubt today that Jesus is the most influential figure of history. However, how did he think? Did he think about getting rich? Did he think about becoming famous? Did he think about building his own earthly kingdom like his predecessors, King David and King Solomon? His actions did not bear out that he considered any of those things. His actions always were directed in helping others. He could have altered his message, included thousands of followers, and became wealthy, but he did not and consequently thousands turned to follow him no more. He primarily spent his time on earth teaching 12 men and one of those, Judas, betrayed him.

When Jesus died on the cross, he had only about 120 followers to show for 3 years of labor, and all he owned was the clothes on his back. Today, however, there are literally millions who know and trust in Jesus because of the time he spent teaching 12 men how to spread the gospel.

Jesus had a mind that wanted to serve and help others. What he did, did not make him rich but it does those who trust in him. Not rich in material things particularly, but in spiritual things which make life here on earth worthwhile, as well as the promise of eternal life in heaven where there will be mansions and street of gold.

Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and grow rich” recognized this truth that thinking of others and their needs does, in fact, also lead to material wealth. It is the premise upon which his book was written.

Be not conformed to the world

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

It is hard to be an individual and think for yourself and not as the world thinks. However, the concept of refusing to conform to the world plays an important part in our life and can determine what quality of life we live and in some cases how long, we live. I have known those in my life who would have still been living, probably, had they not conformed to the world’s standards. Some of them left this world at a very young age. This is seen quiet often in the drug-ridden entertainment world: Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, three of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century all died young of drug related deaths.

A definition of conforming is to yield to another’s pattern, a desire to be like someone, look like someone, act like someone, or dress like someone. A conformist is afraid to be themselves and does not feel like being who they are is good enough.

The danger in conforming is that it will cause you to do things you would not ordinarily do. Conforming to the world’s standards includes three things the Bible warns against:

  • Conforming to the lust of the flesh (immorality)
  • Conforming to the lust of the eyes (materialism)
  • Conforming to the pride of life (arrogance)

Paul encourages us to be transformers rather than conformists. Being a transformer is what personal growth is about: transforming into something better. The choice is ours to make. We can refuse to be driven like sheep to the slaughter, and instead stand on our own principles, even if we must stand alone, but that takes backbone.

Think on the right things

Think on things that are pure and honest and of a good report. Philippians 4:8.

We are only able to think one thought at a time, and we choose what it will be. It can be a stream of unproductive, negative thoughts, or we can fill our mind with things that have purpose and meaning, which leads to a productive life. Great thinkers waste little time on trivial thoughts of hate and anger, but instead think on those things, which make a difference.

Conclusion:

Since our thought patterns are so important, I challenge you to reconsider your own thought patterns. Be objective and determine if you are thinking your way to better things or if you are headed for a train wreck because of thoughts of hatred and bitterness or a combination of generally negative, unproductive thoughts. It has long since been my belief that my relationship to God has enabled me to rid myself of hate and bitterness and center my thoughts on the positive things in life. I do know for sure that it has brought peace and contentment into my life.

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5 Things That Won’t Make You Happy

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So what does it take to make us happy?  According to the experts, almost everything we think that would make us happy is dead wrong. Here are 5 Things That Won’t Make You Happy, five things that we may think will make us happy which fail the test:

      1. Happiness comes from having a good job, boss,  coworkers, and salary.
      2. Being famous creates happiness.
      3. Being rich makes you happy.
      4. Happiness comes from getting what you want.
      5. Being rich makes you happy.

The time in my life that I believed the material things would make me happy has long since gone. I have had enough to know they will not. They do create a little happiness at first, but it quickly goes away as the newness wears off, leaving you right where you started. Throughout my life, I have gotten most of what I wanted, but it has made little difference as far as happiness.

Happiness is based on external conditions outside the mind.

Is pleasure, where a person lives the house they live in, the car they drive or other things outside the mind what brings happiness?

I am writing to you today not only from research but also from personal experience of which I have had plenty. For example, when I was only twenty-two I got the car I had been dreaming of since high school.

It was my first new car, a beautiful red convertible with a white cloth top. I was in New York and had a good paying job, saved the cash and paid for it with hundred dollar bills.

I also bought a new wardrobe of clothes, took a sabbatical from work, went back to my hometown and for six months slept until I was ready to get up, went where I wanted, which was a crisscross of the United States from north to south and from east to west, 35,000 miles in one year.

I had a date with a new girl every night if I wanted it. I partied and went to nightclubs regularly throughout the week. I do not suppose I was too bad looking because I was voted the most handsome guy of my senior class. Therefore, I had just about all I ever thought would make me happy. Instead, I look back on those days as the most miserable of my life. It was only because of a beautiful 19-year-old decent, young woman who came into my life that saved me from self-destructing.

Happiness is in the mind and has little to do with external things!

Happiness comes from having a good job, boss, co-workers, and a decent salary.

There are so many who have trouble with their job and actually hate it. In the first place, many do not try to contribute 100%, and do not earn merit raises, and neither do they try to have a good relationship with the boss and co-workers. Even if all things at work did work out, you still cannot depend a job to make you happy.

Being famous creates happiness.

Fifty one percent of high school kids said in a recent survey that their ultimate goal was to become famous. Is happiness found in a celebrity status? Not really, because famous people are four times more likely to commit suicide than average people are. Even if it isn’t suicide, we all have seen famous entertainers self-destruct right before our eyes; most recently, the beloved Whitney Houston, and right prior to her, Michael Jackson and a whole string of others too numerous to mention. If anything, it seems much harder for movie stars and entertainers ever to achieve happiness than anyone else.

The public struggles of celebrities and performers are reported on TV and in the printed media almost daily. For instance, the number of movie stars who are addicted to cocaine and treated in rehab centers far outweighs the average per capita according to numerical statistics. These statistics makes movie star happiness seem to be almost impossible.

Famous people have to give up their freedom to go and come as they please; employ bodyguards to protect them, and endure an almost unending stream of false allegations and undesirable publicity. Even their families are not safe to go out alone.

Being rich makes you happy.

How much of happiness depends on material prosperity anyway? The answers will surprise you. Wealthy people are no happier than anyone else, according to survey statistics!

International studies conducted on happiness have produced surprising results. Where would you suppose the happiest people in the world live? Would you say The United States, Canada, Australia or somewhere in Europe? If so, you are very wrong! Sixty five nations were studied in 2003, and the results published in the British magazine, New Scientist. The survey discovered that the happiest countries in the world with the most satisfied and optimistic people are Nigeria, Mexico and Puerto Rico, with Nigeria leading the list as being the happiest country in the world. These are also among some of the poorest countries in the world.

Probably the richest man in history was King Solomon of the Old Testament. He writes of his pursuit to find happiness in the book of Ecclesiastes and determines that all is vanity. He lived in a mansion and had 900 of the most beautiful women of the kingdom. He planted beautiful gardens. He had it all.

So what does make us happy?

Here it is – learning to be content with what we have.

Conclusion

I am not a religious Zealot as if some misinformed would like to label me. I have no desire to try to cram my beliefs down anyone’s throat. I am just an ordinary human being who has seen a lot and experienced a lot, who has discovered that the most contentment I have ever known has come from my relationship with God. You can believe it, or not believe it. You can accept it or reject it; it will have no affect on me whatsoever. However, I would be greatly pleased if you did accept it and found the same contentment I have.

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Can You Completely Rely on Anyone or Anything?

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Each of us have those we rely on each day, at least to some extent, but can we rely on anyone or anything with one hundred percent confidence that we will never be disappointed or betrayed? I am afraid that the answer to that question is no, and the reason is because none of us are perfect. Only God is perfect, therefore, only God can be trusted completely. I will discuss that later.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “I trust my husband or my wife completely.” I am glad for you. I also trusted my wife for 44 years and we both remained faithful until her death, but still, can we really 100% trust anyone with all certainty? Do you think a wife should be able to trust her husband who is a man of God and pastors one of the largest churches in America? You would think so, right. The true answer is not in every case; several cases of which come to mind prove otherwise. Can we trust a man who holds the highest office in the land, the president of the United States? Let us ask former President Bill Clinton. Mr. President did you ever have sex with Miss Lewinsky? President Clinton: “No, I never had sex with that woman…”

Can you rely on your best friend completely? Do you remember the Shina Twain scandal when her best friend stole her husband from her? What about Miss Kitty, the famous barmaid from the long running TV show Gun Smoke, do you know how the actress died? She died with AIDs, a gift from her unfaithful husband. John F. Kennedy was allegedly enjoying an affair with another woman on a yacht at the time of the birth of his first child. Can you always rely on yourself to act in your own interest? Once again no.

Time and space would not allow us to mention all the other recent examples of infidelity and unfaithfulness of people from whom we would expect otherwise.

Neither can we rely on things. Wealth can vanish suddenly. Health can disappear in seconds. Homes and material possessions can be destroyed by fire or storms. What or who can we rely on with a hundred percent assurance that we will not be disappointed or betrayed, just one that is God but do we rely on God completely? I am afraid not if we have a choice.

A few days ago, a friend told me about a man he saw in a nursing home who could no longer feed, bathe or dress himself. Everything had to be done for him. My friend said he told his wife that he could not live that way if it ever came to it. He told her that if it did happen to put a pillow to his face. I am sure he was using hyperbole because no one would want to jeopardize their wife being charged with the murder of her husband. However, he continued to think about it and decided that he was wrong. If God brought him to that place in his life, he would have to rely on God. I thought that he made an interesting point but dismissed it from my conscious mind. Apparently, my subconscious mind continued to dwell on it and two days later the thought re-entered my couscous mind but in a different format. It was now in the first person rather than the third person. I envisioned myself in a nursing home, not a precognition but more as an epiphany. I could no longer feed, clothe, or dress myself. Everything was gone, my dignity, pride, privacy and everything else. I still had my beautiful home and cars and my $650 Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, but what good were they to me now. I could no longer live in my home or drive, and a $7 pair of dollar store, house shoes would do and maybe they would not be needed, perhaps just bed clothes.

Here’s the thought that came to mind: I now rely on God completely because all distractions are removed. Question: In my imagination, was I relying on God by choice or default? Obviously, the latter, I’m sorry to say.

Here is the bottom line: What if . . . what if I could rely on God now when I have everything just as if I had nothing; would that, please God? Not only would it please God, it is God’s requirement for being a disciple to start with. When Jesus called out the twelve original disciples, it was with the understanding that they deny all and follow Him. Later He said, in Matthew 16:24. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” In other words, Jesus said, you must be willing to rely on me completely just as if there were nothing else.

Is that just some kind of a New Testament theological concept? No, in fact, it is also an Old Testament one. In Habakkuk 3:17-19, we find these verses: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. . .” Habakkuk declared he would rely on God although everything else failed.

You may say, “That sounds good but how is it possible to rely on God completely as if there was nothing when, in fact, there still is everything?” Answer this question: How much of what you own is all yours? I will answer for you; absolutely nothing is yours. It is all on loan from God. How often have you seen a hearse headed for the cemetery pulling a U-Haul behind it? Is your house going to heaven with you, your car, and your clothes? How about your marriage, is it going to heaven with you? Jesus said that there are no marriages in heaven. What about your bills, your worries, troubles and tears, will they go with you? God says that He will wipe away all tears. I am wondering why we do not allow Him to do that now.

Do you still think it is impossible to rely on God as if there was nothing at all? If so, you must also think it is impossible to do what God commands you to do. It would be impossible to do what God commands if it were not for the fact that he also enables us to do His will.

There are two requirements for relying on God completely: We must train and discipline our mind to deal with all distractions that would otherwise hinder us from relying on God. Secondly, we must trust God for the faith to rely on Him completely. Here is a quote to keep in mind: “All that goes to heaven comes from heaven and nothing more.” What does it mean? It means that your salvation, your faith, your love, your peace and joy, along with a few other things, all come from heaven and are the only things that will follow you to heaven.

Conclusion

Yes, we can completely rely on God as if there were nothing else if that is our desire. Suppose that you do. What kind of impact will it have on your life? It will change your life from walking in the flesh to walking in the Spirit. Paul tells us in Galatians chapter five not to walk in the flesh and then describes walking in the flesh. However, Paul only list the darkest side of walking in the flesh which describes unbelievers:Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

There is a gray area, concerning walking in the flesh, that applies to believers although it includes lesser offenses; it is walking in the flesh. It includes relying on self instead of God, focusing on material things rather than spiritual, worrying instead of trusting God.

Paul also describes walking in the Spirit, which is living in God’s love, joy, and peace. Who, believing that, would not want not want to completely rely on God and live in His love, joy, and peace?

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What Has Happened to the Old Time Religion of the Cross of Christ?

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As far back as 2,000 years ago, the Apostle Paul was concerned about preserving the Old Time Religion; he charged his son in the ministry, Timothy, to be watchful of a false religion that did not include the preaching of the full truth of the Holy Bible and the proclamation of the gospel of the cross.

Little do most church people realize today that the marching orders for the new age religion, that is so prominent in the church today, comes directly from the first paragraphs of the humanism manifesto written by a Unitarian minister, James Bragg, back in 1933. It was Bragg’s purpose to try to create a new and improved religion. He wrote:Today man’s larger understanding of the universe, his scientific achievements, and deeper appreciation of brotherhood, have created a situation which requires a new statement of the means and purposes of religion. Such a vital, fearless, and frank religion capable of furnishing adequate social goals and personal satisfaction may appear to many people as a complete break with the past.”

Yes, indeed, it is a complete break from the old time religion of the past. It was what the Apostle Paul warned about nearly 2,000 years ago, and today we see it happening right before our eyes.

Paul said, “I charge thee, therefore, before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” II Tim 4:1-5

When Billy Graham’s early Crusade in Los Angeles was coming to a close, Time magazine (September 6, 1963) published an article by an Episcopalian rector, he said, and I quote, “His  ministry has set the church back 50 years.” Dr. Graham, who generally never responds to his critics, referred to the remark at the minister’s breakfast the closing week of the crusade. With humor and kindness he said, “I’m afraid I’ve failed. I had hoped to put the church back 2,000 years.”

In 1929, Billy Sunday preached a message entitled “A warning for America”. He said, “What America needs is a tidal wave of the Old time Religion.” I wonder what he would think today, 83 years later, when the church has moved ever so close to the world, so much, in fact, that it is difficult to tell the difference anymore between the believers and the unbelievers. They look alike; they talk alike; they do the same things, and go to the same places.

There has been a big change today because of the move away from the old time religion:

  • It has changed our nation
  • It has changed the church
  • It has changed people

It has changed our nation:

America has drifted away from God and the moral ethics of the Bible. An amazing story appeared in the news; sometime ago, concerning a statement Rush Limbaugh made on his talk show. This is an amazing story and is a strong indication of how far America has drifted from its roots. I make it clear that I am not a Rush Limbaugh fan and do not listen to his talk show. I believe Limbaugh was wrong in calling a young law student co-ed a slut. I’m against name calling and don’t do it, but is this just another matter of being politically correct when it comes to conservative talk show host? There was a time in the history of this country when promiscuity was morally wrong and would never be embraced by the media let alone the president of the United States. So have things changed so much morally in this country until it is now accepted as proper for a young woman to need $3,000 dollars worth of contraception in a three-year course of law school and request taxpayers to foot the bill? That is the point Limbaugh is making from what I understand.

I don’t know Sandra Fluke and certainly don’t know her character, but to request the lawmakers to include $3,000 worth of assistance for each college female for contraception for sex outside of marriage on the grounds of preventing unwanted pregnancies seems to me to try to right one wrong with another, which makes no sense. And since when is it too much to expect young women, to take the responsibility for their own health by avoiding sexual activity that put them in harm’s way of contacting sexually transmitted disease and unwanted pregnancies.

The question asked, “Is a woman a slut because she takes birth control pills?” Of course not, unless she is planning to have illicit sex outside of marriage and even then under the new morality she would not be considered a slut. However, regardless of the liberal media and liberal politicians, the moral code of ethics has not changed lest the American culture has become agonistic.

There are still some in our society who hold to the moral ethics of the Bible, and for them it does not go down well to be forced to pay the bill for promiscuity; it is an intrusion on religious freedom. It needs to be said also that it is not a matter of trying to force anyone to accept any moral code, but instead refusing to accept the responsibility of financing a moral code that is unacceptable according to Christian beliefs. How Miss Fluke decides to live her life is her business, but it becomes my business if I am asked to uphold and sponsor any actions I deem immoral.

America has also become a Liberal nation much unlike its conservative roots. Values have changed. Integrity of our ancestors is found missing today in most of politics. When you consider Washington DC today, it makes you wonder who is in charge of the Zoo, the keepers or the monkeys. According to one presidential candidate, the old time religion is under attack by the administration and the media. How different that is from the time when our Forefathers and diplomats depended on God for the guidance of this nation.

Ungodly organizations like ACLU have raised up to defy the very principles this nation was founded upon, using the separation of church and state as their reference in such a way never intended by our Forefathers. The move away from any reference to God, the removal of the Bible or prayer in our schools or on government property has had a devastating effect. It has taken us form a time when the greatest problem in the schools was throwing paper wads to having police officers on campus and metal detectors to protect the students and teachers from being injured or killed, but ironically with all the efforts school is still a dangerous place. In many places, teachers live in fear of being accosted by the students.

It has changed the church:

The emphasis,today,is on the new age gospel “The prosperity Gospel.” I for one am not against prosperity, but I am against substituting the prosperity gospel for the old time gospel of the cross of Christ and blood redemption through the death of Jesus on the cross. The eternal welfare of the soul is being exchanged for the present welfare of health and wealth.

Instead of remaining steadfast, the church has tried to compromise and become more attractive to the world. Rick warren influenced the direction of the church more than any man alive, even across denominational lines, calls it just modernizing the church. However, it is much more than that; it is a complete change from the old time religion of the book of Acts.

David Clowd In his article “A visit to Saddleback church” describes the three different services he attended on one Sunday morning. He classified the music a pure Rock and Roll. He said the dress was like the kind you would see at a sporting event, shorts, short skirts and tight fitting pants, which he termed immodest. Below are some excerpts of his observation of the worship service:

“The message, entitledThe Potential of a Single Life,’ was witty and a motivational challenge to single people to dedicate themselves to God. Rick Warren said, ‘You are as happy as you choose to be. … You can waste your life on vanities, spend your life on yourself, or invest your life for God. Mother Teresa was used as an example with no warning about her false gospel. There was no specific mention of the hard things of God’s Word such as sin, separation, judgment, hell, or repentance. These were replaced with general and vague references to biblical truth. No clear gospel message was given. Some of the things that were stated were good, but the error lay chiefly in what was not stated. This hallmark of the New Evangelicalism, characterized not so much by the heresy but by the truth that is neglected in an effort to present the Bible in a more positive light.”

According to Clowd, everything about Saddleback is shallow. Clowd says, “Truth has been boiled down to such a low common denominator that not much is left. For example, the Saddleback Statement of Faith has six simple points. Note the following statement on salvation, which we are quoting in full: “Salvation is a gift from God to mankind. We can never make up for our sin by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness are we saved from sin’s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our life by faith.”

Note that the gospel is not actually given in this statement. There is nothing about Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, nothing about His shed blood and atonement. Sinners are exhorted to trust Christ, but that is not explained in any sense whatsoever.

Rick Warren claims that he has not compromised the Word of God with his principles and methods that he has only modernized them, but when I look into the book of Acts and the Epistles I see a different kind of Christianity, a different kind of church there, than the one that Rick Warren has devised. Thus, I must reject Warren’s Purpose Driven methods, and I must warn those who have an ear to hear, regardless of how small that crowd may be that they do not heed the siren call of the contemporary church growth gurus. It is fearful that this church is influencing thousands around the world.” You can read the complete article here http://www.inplainsite.org/html/saddleback_church.html.

In his book “The dark side of the purpose driven, church,” Rev Noah W. Hutchings says, “There are several things that Rick Warren claims needs to be done to build a great church today.” The following are some that he listed:

  1. Change the music to a contemporary rock style
  2. Remove all hymn books and eliminate the choir as well
  3. Change Sunday evening services and Wednesday prayer meetings or even eliminate them.
  4. The word church can often be removed, and the church may be called a campus. Denominational names may also be removed.
  5. Crosses and other traditional symbols may be removed from both inside and outside of the church buildings. The pulpit may also be removed.
  6. Eliminate words like the unsaved, saved, sin, heaven and hell, use rather the churched and the unchurched as distinctions.

It has changed people:

Preachers departed from the preaching of the old time religion, and the result is many churches have become no more than social clubs teaching the health and wealth gospel and ignoring the weightier matters of the eternal welfare of the soul.

Preachers quit preaching on sin, hell and the cross of Christ, and people began to change their morals and become more acceptable of the world and its pleasures. Consequently, today it is hard in many cases to tell the believers from the unbelievers. They dress alike, talk alike and go to the same places. The old time religion teaches that we should keep ourselves unspotted from the world. Christians are to live holy lives.

Many folks,today,are concerned about unemployment, the economy, inflation, and ever-increasing tension around the world, the devaluation of money and a whole slew of other things. However, the greatest concern for America should be that it has departed from its faith in God. The only hope and salvation for America and its woes is a return to the old time religion that was taught and believed by our Forefathers, and also was first delivered unto the saints in the New Testament times.

Paul writing to Young Timothy, II Timothy 4:1-5, said For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” I believe Paul was talking about the last days. I am sure if Paul were here today he would say that this is the time I referred to nearly 2,000 years ago.

Things today are a million light years from the time I grew up when the old time religion was ailing, but still alive. When I was 3 years old, my parents moved into a 2-room vacant country store building; 2 years later, they moved into a nearby 3-room bungalow. There was no electricity or running water. The rent was $7 a month. Dad had no car and worked for himself picking up little carpenter jobs, farm work, or whatever. I was a happy kid who had nothing as far as material wealth. I did not know what it meant to be poor because I had no point of reference or anything for comparison, in my little world.

Ironically, the most common word used by the youth of today, who do have access to plenty, “I’m bored.” that word was not even a word that I knew and of course never used and still don’t use it even until this day.

When I was 13 years old, they had a revival a block down the street in a little two-room schoolhouse where I attended grades 1-6. The preacher’s name was Rev. Gilbert Morris, and he was an old time religion preacher. The Lord spoke to me that night in my spirit, and I went forward at the invitation and received Jesus as my savior. I have never regretted that decision, nor has it ever failed to influence my life in a positive way.

Today many would laugh at the way I grew up and think it to be a terrible way to live. Whoever needs the old time religion anyhow, they say? How wrong they are! I would not exchange my childhood experience for any kind of the so-called modern ways kids grow up today; nor would I exchange my relationship with God for all the world’s wealth and fame. We have lost our way in America and have been drawn into the idea, by Satan himself, that the good life is determined by how many gadgets a person can buy and how much money they can hoard. I read that, in the last 20 years, there has been a huge movement in this country toward secularism away from any hint of the old time religion. Today many think they are too educated, too intelligent and sophisticated to be concerned with a horse and buggy religion of the type our grandfathers and grandmothers trusted in to take them smoothly through life, even in the most difficult times.

Man’s sinful nature has not changed, even if man has visited space and traveled thousands of miles per hour, and live in mansions costing millions of dollars. Man has a sinful nature and has a need of the gospel of Jesus Christ and his promise of forgiveness and redemption through his shed blood on the cross. That is the purpose of the old time religion.

Sin is still the curse of humanity, the author of all wars, crime, murders, abuse, sickness and death. Moreover, the old time religion is the only cure. Our need,today,has not changed; it is still the very same as always. Sin is Satan’s enticement to destroy every good thing in our lives. On the other hand, the Bible teaches how to love our neighbors and ourselves more than things and how to live in peace. It centers in Jesus Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever. It is rooted in:

  • “His virgin birth” – “A virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Matthew 1:23).
  • “His virtuous life” – “He was at all points tempted, yet without Sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
  • “His vicarious death” - “Christ died for our sins” (Corinthians 15:3).
  • “His victorious resurrection” – “He is not here; he is risen” (Luke 24:6).
  • “His visible return” - “Behold he cometh … and every eye shall see him” (Rev. 1: 7).

Jesus is the central glory of the Old Time Religion. Paul said in Galatians verse one and chapter eight “If we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you let him be accursed.” Without Jesus, there is no old time religion, no forgiveness, no deliverance and no victory over sin. There is no gospel (Good News) without the cross of Christ.

Somewhere along the way America has lost its soul…what America needs today can only be found in the old time religion. Our philosophy seems to be, “If it feels good, do it; if you get caught, blame someone else.” Like the old hymn says:

“Give me that old time religion

Give me that old time religion

Give me that old time religion

It’s good enough for me

It was good for the prophet Daniel

It was good for the fiery furnace

It was good for Paul and Silas

It was good for our mothers

And it’s good enough for me.

Some would like to complicate the simplicity of the old time religion. W.A. Criswell, that famous old gospel preacher of yesteryear, tells an experience that happened to him which shows God’s simple way of salvation:

He told of a time when the little country church he pastored was having a prayer meeting, and on this occasion, the men went out into a grove beside the meeting place. Dr Criswell said, “I have never heard such testimonies. One man got up and said I was plowing in the field and a fireball came from heaven and knocked me to the ground. I don’t know how long I lay there. When he became conscious, he told how the plow and the mule and everything looked. Another man stood up and said, One day God sent an angel form heaven that told me how to be saved.”

Dr Criswell thought to himself. “I must not be saved because I never saw anything like that.” Therefore, he began to pray every day that God would send him evidence that he was a Christian. Therefore, one day God sent a miracle.

Dr Criswell had a dream that he was in a large crowd approaching the pearly gates of heaven when the Lord stopped him and said, “Why should you enter my heaven and walk on my streets of Gold?” Dr Creswell said, “I know I’m saved because a fireball came from heaven and knocked me to the ground.” Satan was there, and he laughed ha, ha, ha; “I sent that fire ball to deceive you.” Moreover, he took hold of him and dragged him down into the fire and brimstone of hell.

Again, Dr. Criswell found himself walking toward the gates of New Jerusalem, and the Lord stopped him and said, “Why should I allow you to enter and walk upon my streets of gold?” Dr. Criswell said, “I know I’m saved because an angel of light came from heaven and told me how to be saved.” In addition, Satan was there, and he laughed, and said, “I transformed myself into angel of light to deceive you.” And he took hold of him and dragged him down into a spiraling sheet of flames.

Once again, Dr Criswell found himself approaching heavens gates, and the Lord stopped him and said, “Why should I let you enter and walk on my streets of gold?” Dr. Creswell said, “One day I was in worship service when a gospel invitation was given, and my dear mother turned to me and said, ‘Son why don’t you accept the Lord Jesus as your savior today.’ And I did with all my heart and now I trust you to keep your word, and the Lord said, “Enter in thy good and faithful servant.”

Conclusion

“Eternity is too long to be wrong.” With all that is going on in the world today, it is easy to become distracted and overlook that which is most important. The welfare of your eternal soul counts forever, while all else is only temporal. I invite you to consider what the old time religion can do for your hope and your life. Jesus said, “I am come to give you life and give it to you more abundantly.” Learn how you can have a relationship with God.

About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website (Website Contents) in your personal growth.

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My Son, The Hero, Please Take Him

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Sometimes in life, we overlook real value or fail to recognize it when we see it, or just out of ignorance let it slip. The point I am making is clear in this story. Take time to read it. I think it will make your day! You will be surprised how it ends.

Take my Son…

“A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art…

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, There was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands…

He said, “Sir, you don’t know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly… He often talked about you, and your love for art.” The young man held out this package. “I know this isn’t much. I’m not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture… “Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It’s a gift.”

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. “We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?”

There was silence…

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, “We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.”
But the auctioneer persisted. “Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?”

Another voice angrily rings out. “We didn’t come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Gogh’s, the Rembrandt’s. Get on with the real bids!”

But still the auctioneer continued. “The son! The son! Who’ll take The Son?”

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long time gardener of the man and his son. “I’ll give $10 for the painting…” Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

We have $10, who will bid $20?

Give it to him for $10. Let’s see the masters.”

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn’t want the picture of The Son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel… “Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!”

A man sitting on the second row shouted, “Now let’s get on with the collection!”

The auctioneer laid down his gavel.  “I’m sorry, the auction is over.”

“What about the paintings?”

“I am sorry.  When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will … I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time.  Only the painting of The Son would be auctioned.  Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings.

The man who took the son gets everything!”

God gave his son over 2,000 years ago to die on the Cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: “The Son, The Son, who’ll take The Son?”

Because, you see, whoever takes The Son gets everything!”

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...

THAT’S LOVE

From: mrmom.amaonline.com/

About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website (Website Contents) in your personal growth.

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10 Ways That You Can Get Out of Debt and Stay Out

Written by Jimmie Burroughs

People usually dig themselves into a financial hole by their spending habits. If your debts keep piling up, you need carefully to examine your spending habits and make some corrections. If you follow these 10 ways to get out of debt and stay out, you should be able to dig your way out of the negative financial hole.

1. Plan a spending budget: Living above your means is unsustainable and will eventually bring you down. You cannot work for average wages and expect to live as if you are rich. Plan a budget based on your take home pay and stick with it. Remember, it is not necessarily how much you make but how well you spend and how well you save.

2. Increase your education: Good paying jobs require knowledge. Knowledge comes through experience or training. If you go for a college degree, expect to earn about a million dollars more over a lifetime. If you go for a master’s degree, expect to earn nearly three million more in a lifetime career of about forty years. Figures do not lie, so get the education; it pays big. Do not stop learning after college. Learning is a lifetime responsibility if you want to better yourself.

3. Set Goals: A goal is not just wishing you had something it is deciding what you want and then working hard to achieve it. Anytime is a good time to start setting goals but the best time is when you are young, even in high school and surely by time you are in college. Determine early what you want and where you are going. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do,” –George Harrison.I waited until I was 34, I am sorry to say, before I decided what my goal in life was. Nevertheless, when I decided, I worked the hardest I have ever worked to achieve it. I had a wife and two small children and a full time job. I started college and sandwiched it in with my work. It took six years to get my degree. I never studied until the kids were in bed, and I took time with my wife and still graduated college with honors and an “A” average. I am not a genius by any means, but I am a determined person and a hard worker. I know it sounds like a cliché, but if I did it so can you.

4. Learn to be content with what you can afford: Money and things do not equal Contentment it is learned. Living within your means is the way to contentment and peace of mind. Also, avoid the pitfall of trying to keep up with others; it is futile and can bring you to financial ruin.

5. Avoid bad habits that cost you an arm and leg: Bad habits like smoking, drinking, drugs, poor exercise and bad eating habits cost a fortune. For example, a pack a day of cigarettes, based on the average of $6 per pack, means that you are burning up $2,000 a year. You can also tack on an extra $35 per pack for additional health cost, according to the American Cancer Society; that brings your cost for smoking to around $12,775 per year and of course double it if your mate also smokes. Consider, also, that you can expect to pay with about ten years of your life. Ten years of life means $30,000 year forfeited, which is an extra $360,000 in lost wages.     Even moderate drinking can cost you over a $1,000 per year. Drugs can cost you everything you have and kill you to boot. The mild habit of regularly drinking coffee at Starbucks can cost hundreds a year. Bad food habits and lack of exercise will cost you your health plus additional medical bills. This should make a strong point of warning for you to deal with bad habits; if not, forget about ever digging yourself out of the hole, the dirt will eventually fall in on top of you.

6. Stop wasting your money: Never buy anything on impulse. If you want something badly, take time to think about it and decide if you really need it or not. If you then decide it is within your budget, and you need it, buy it. However, if you continue to make multiple, unplanned purchases, it will blow your budget big time. The best way to avoid unnecessary spending is to make a list of things you need and stick with it.

7. Never Play the Lottery: I can connect my toaster to the electrical outlet only one way, and I miss it over half the time, and that is one chance out of two. The odds of winning the lottery are about 1 in 175 million. If that were the case with my toaster, I would never have toast again. A $10 a week lottery expense adds up to $520 per year. People into the lottery average twice that or more. If you count on luck for your wealth, you are going to be disappointed big time. Financially successful people rarely play the lottery, the reason, they are to smart. The money some spend on the lottery alone if invested wisely could help build a good retirement for old age. If you spend $1,000 year on the lottery each year, stop and invest it; only at 7% it will grow to over $100,000 in 30 years; not a bad nest egg from just the one source.

8. Pay off credit cards: If you must use a credit card, pay it off each month and avoid finance charges. Never pay minimum payments unless you plan to pay for the rest of your life on a debt of a few thousand dollars. The average national credit card debt is around $16,000, which would be impossible to pay off making minimum payments. At 15% interest, it would take 32 years at minimum payments to pay off only $5,000 and your interest would be around $8,000. That could put you in a financial hole in a big way.

9. Pick your friends carefully: Your parents told you when you were growing up that bad company causes trouble. That advice is still valid if you are an adult. Friends who spend their money wildly influence how you spend. Pick friends that know how to make money and how to spend it wisely. Pick friends who will pull you up, not down. Pick friends who are more successful and smarter. Dropping old friends and making new ones is sometimes a smart move financially.

10. Work Hard: Financially successful people work their buns off to get where they are. Often when others are eating, watching TV, or sleeping, they are busy improving their skills or working multiple jobs.

Conclusion

The ten things that I recommend above are not easy. If they were, there would be a lot more debt free, successful people. I recommend them because I have done each of them and know first hand that they work. Nevertheless, you alone are responsibility for your life. Be assured, what you decide to do with it determine your quality of life. If you want to mess it away and achieve little, that is your business. However, if you want to achieve something worthwhile, you must be prepared to get started, and work hard to achieve it.

About the author: Jimmie Burroughs is a motivational speaker and author who has been involved in teaching Christian Personal Development for more than 30 years. There are hundreds of articles to help you on this website (Website Contents) in your personal growth.

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