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Christian Benefits in a Nutshell (adapted from Isaiah 65)


My servants shall eat.
My servants shall drink.
My servants shall rejoice.
My servants shall sing for joy of heart because their former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from their Lord’s eyes.

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The 5 Wisest Words


“One day at a time.” These words have got to be the 5 wisest words ever spoken. If you learn to heed them you’ll be well on your way to inner peace.

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September Update


I decided to enroll in an evening college HVACR program at Redstone College in Broomfield, CO starting in August.  Combined with working a full-time day job this has been the most daunting and exhausting task in my life to this point.  Because of this I’ve been tested to re-think what Jesus meant when He said, “My burdens are easy and light”.  However, He also said, “In this life you will have tribulation”.  Well, tribulation doesn’t sound easy.  I think what Jesus meant was that when you are busy doing what you were called to do, i.e., taking on Jesus’ burdens, the work seems easy and light, and the tribulations that come about are bearable and can be handled with a cheery disposition knowing that His victory over the world has been shared with us.
God commends perseverance.  Fight the good fight.  Keep the faith.  Don’t take on any burdens that aren’t His.
In Christ,
Brother Jim

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You Are Invited!


Our local church just replaced the sign on the corner.  Along with the name of the church and service times, it proclaims, "YOU ARE INVITED!"  Jesus makes this proclamation to the believer!  As a result of the work of Christ, through His death, burial, and resurrection, we are invited to go before the very throne of God!  Not only are we invited, but it is our privilege because we are the King’s kids!  There would hardly be a king, president, dictator, or national leader that would deny his children to approach him.  He would allow his children to petition him with requests of any kind and would not want to deny them any time they desired to spend with him.  Our heavenly Father not only exceeds our expectations for accessibility, but desires us to come to him with our requests and especially desires us to spend quality and quantity time with him in intimate conversation.
 
The scriptures, in the book of Esther, tells us a superb story that exemplifies this fact.  Queen Esther risked her life to approach her husband, the king of Persia and Media, without first being summoned or invited, even though she was made the queen, replacing the disrespectful Queen Vashti.  Those who do not know Jesus as their savior do not have the privilege of entering the throne room of God.  Only those who have received the invitation to become His children can.  We as believers can approach Him with confidence because we have been cleansed by the blood of The Lamb; we have been redeemed and adopted as His children.  Our heavenly King desires us to approach Him and is pleased to have the company of our presence, just as King Ahasuerus was pleased to see Queen Esther approach him, even going as far as offering to fulfill any petition or request she had, up to half the kingdom!
 
I don’t know about you, but the fact that God desires us to approach Him any time and as often as we desire changes my attitude towards prayer and seeking His assistance in any and all things.  We are the Bride of Christ and we have access to the very Creator of the Universe!  Is there anything too hard for our Father the King of all creation?  
 
Jesus invites you to take every opportunity to live, to actually live in the fullness of Him!
 
In Christ,
 
Brother Jim

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This is the Day


"This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it." – Psalm 118:24
 
Amidst these turbulent times in our nation and in our lives, God showed me that I need to have the will, or in other words to choose, to rejoice in the fact that God is in control and He is the one who has made this day in which I live.  God always was, is now, and ever more will always be in control!  I make it my will (I choose) to rejoice and be glad in it!  We are to be lighthouses in the dense fog of our day.  Just as millions of gallons of oil and gas are polluting the waters in the gulf, the world of unbelievers are pouring out millions of "gallons" of spiritual pollutants across our Lord’s planet.  Pollutants of sin, corruption, lies and deceit.  Yet for those who are despairing and searching for hope, we are the lighthouses that can be found with the hope of salvation!  We as believers need to remember who we are and trust in The Hope of Glory.  If we let the world system get us down and sulk in despair, our lights go dim and our neighbors will not find hope in us.  Let us live with passion in the hope Christ have given us, realizing our Father has and always will keep His promises!  If we don’t live as if we trust Him, we cannot expect those who are observing us (we are always being observed) to trust in Him for their salvation.  We are the unbeliever’s evidence of hope.  Pray for all of humanity, especially for those in our sphere of influence!  Let us give the lost world their only glimpse of hope!
 
Be Encouraged,
 
Brother Jim 

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