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If this was the last one...

If I knew I had one last message to share with the world this would be the one...

There will be no cowards in Heaven!

Okay, so let's be sure we are the same page
Are we called to be disciples?Are we called to proclaim the gospel?Are called to be set apart? We have to be careful of the gospel we proclaim!
We can't sugar coat the truth Being a cross follower is difficult!

In fact, the gospel tells us over and over again only a few find the path.  When you press into Jesus the goal is to make you a new creature.

2nd Corinthians 5:
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal throug…

Napkin reflections...

So, here I sit with a mind racing to understand the complexity of life and the gravity of my decisions.  I am a sinner in desperate need of a loving savior.  I like many who will read this have grown up in church. The words aren't new, but somehow they feel different these days.  Have we missed truth while seeking truth? In our passion for the lost, have we missed the most important component of salvation which is repentance?  If there is no sign of fruit...there is no repentance...if there is no repentance....there is no salvation.  We simply can't have the relationship we long for with Christ without a heart of repentance.  
Luke 13:3  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness …

Day breaks across the African sky

Jessica, Shannon, and Emmanuel, 
I came across this tonight while cleaning out some old files.  The emotions are raw and deep.  Please know how much I love you! Thanks for allowing me to live out the journey of my salvation in front of you!

Day break comes across the African sky A mother awakens to the gazes of her children’s eyes across the room. She tries to smile, yet the reality of the moment seizes her and fear falls over her.
She bows her head and begins to wonder as tears fall from her eyes It is the gaze of her children which breaks her heart she searches for what she knows is not there
A nibble of bread, a few pieces of rice will do none for her she professes Just enough to feed her children will do she searches for what she knows is not there
What is she to do? A mother’s heart once filled with joy Is now filled with sadness the new born baby who brought joy Is now starving in desperation
What is she to do? She searches for what she knows is not there men come and go professing their devotion Only…

It's not another day...

Today is not just another ordinary day!  Today is a day God made and ordained to be unique and different, our responsibility is to live and pray like it matters
Read the following verses and stop and think about they say to us as Christ followers.
Colossians 1:16 16 For byhim all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Ephesians 2:4-10 4 ButGod, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,9 not a result of works, so th…