Sunday, August 5, 2018

New Kingdom People

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)

I love the image above. 

A man set free who was previously in chains. His hands are raised proclaiming his new found freedom. And he stands atop a hill, the sun rising at his back. Glorious. Grateful. Free.

I can easily see myself in that photo.

Our Savior, Jesus, called us out of darkness, and into His marvelous light.

So why do so many of us live like we're still in chains? Bound by the things of this world?

An old preacher once said to me, "You can't live with one foot in God's kingdom, and the other foot in the world." That's sort of like straddling a barbed wire fence.

We have to be all-in. 

We are ineffective and of no use if we still have one foot in the world—the kingdom of darkness.

 Prayerfully contemplate the following passages of scripture:

“Then Jesus said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23)

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:33)

Those are just three of many extremely challenging passages from God's Word that require us to be all-in if we want to be disciples of Jesus Christ, and used by God.

We cannot serve two masters.

“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:13)

We have been delivered from the power and kingdom of darkness, into the kingdom of Jesus Christ.

We're no longer old kingdom people—we're New Kingdom People now.

Think of all the things that rule, divide and consume the kingdom of this dark world: political bickering, the lust for power, material things, idolatry, covetousness, sex, drugs, alcohol, wicked entertainment, perversity, pornography, inappropriate relationships, pride, position, money, greed, dictates of the immoral culture, etc.

And yet, so many people who claim to be God's people—New Kingdom People—are ruled, divided and consumed by the exact same things as the kingdom of darkness.

We will never truly be free if we try to live with one foot in God's kingdom, and the other in the kingdom of darkness.

There are a lot of things that Christians today hotly defend or pursue. But I see no such things defended or pursued by Jesus or His disciples in the New Testament.

I believe God is sending the Church today a wake up call to each of us, to examine our own hearts, and repent of the things that are holding us back, keeping us bound, and preventing us from being all-in.

The Apostle Paul wrote:

“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

We argue over, debate, defend and pursue so many worldly things that will be absolutely meaningless and forgotten once we leave this earth and stand before Jesus. Just let them go.

Be all-in.

We're New Kingdom People now.



—God is Love and Love Never Fails.




Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Letter From My Father

“All scripture is God-breathed.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Too many people treat the Bible like a college text book. 

And they seem to know a lot 'about' God. 

But I wonder if they really know God personally, intimately? Like a child knows his own father?

So I prefer instead to look at the BibleGod's Wordas a Letter from my Father.

Here's how a note from my Dad might have looked when I was younger:

"Mark, don't forget to take out the trash. And be kind to your Mom and your brothers and sister. Take care of the house while I'm away. I'll see you when I get home. Love, Dad."

That short note says a lot.  

First, I know that my Dad loves me. Nothing can ever change that. He's my Dad. I'm his son. The foundation of my childhood was my parents incredible love for me. I will never forget that.

Also, nothing in his note is merely a hypothetical suggestion. These are all my father's directives. They must be carried out. And even though my Dad loved me, if I ignore his directives, there will be consequences. He could be a very strict disciplinarian at times. And I had the utmost respect for his authority as my father. Taking out the trash was one of my chores. It was not negotiable. And though I did obey his directives knowing there would be consequences if I disobeyed him, more than that, I loved my Dad and wanted to please him. 

And more than anything else, if I was not especially kind and respectful to my Mom, but also to my siblings, there would be swift consequences. You simply were not disrespectful to my Mom. There was never any excuse for that. And retribution was very painful. Not that I wanted to be disrespectful to her. She was such a wonderful mother. She loved us so much. And she constantly gave of herself for our good. But I was an obstinate and rebellious little sinner. And when I mistreated my Dad's wife... oh boy, look out! Punishment was soon to follow. And you always got what was coming to you. "Just wait till your father gets home young man!" Those words instilled fear into us when we were disrespectful brats to my Mom. 

As the oldest son, Dad put a lot of responsibility on me to look after the house while he was away hunting, or camping with his friends. "Take care of your Mom while I'm gone" was something I heard from time to time as a young teenager. And I did my best to honor the trust and responsibility he placed upon me to do so. 

But within all of this, I always knew my Dad would come home as he said he would. And though he was not a perfect husband or father, I never once doubted my Dad's love for me, or for our family. He was a man with true integrity, and was always faithful to love us, protect us, and provide for us. I always felt safe with my dad. And that always instilled a peace and assurance in our hearts as a family that Dad was always there for us. There was never a doubt about that. My Dad was absolutely trustworthy.

So when I read the Bible as a Letter from my Father, I see in page after page, His incredible love for me. I see His absolute faithfulness and trustworthiness. I see His amazing grace, forgiveness and mercy towards me. I see His care, protection and promises to me. And I see that He will, just as He has promised to do, come back to take me Home, where I will be with Him forever, in the place He has prepared for me, and for all those who love Him and call Him; "Father."

Jesus said:

“Let not your heart be troubled; you 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. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” (John 14:1-4)

In the Letter from my Father, I see many commands and instructions. I see lots of teaching and correction. I see admonishment. And I see even more encouragement. I see many examples of how I am not to be. And I see many more of how He wants me to be. I see warnings. I see edification. I see His face and His heart in the pages of this eternal Letter to His children. I see the loving sacrifice He made for us all by dying on that cross. I see His power as God in rising from the dead and defeating death, hell and the grave. I see His glory as He ascended back to His rightful throne in Heaven. I see sin and the devil ultimately defeated and thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity. I see myself and billions of His other children in the new heaven and the new earth He will make one day. I see us all as His eternal family living in the New Jerusalem that comes down out of Heaven, adorned as a bride for her Husband. For her Divine Groom; Jesus.

And I see in His Love Letter to us, a bright shining place where His glory shines so bright that there is no need of the sun or the moon. I see a place where there is no more death, no more pain, no more sorrow, and no more sickness, forever. I see perfect peace, joy, happiness, and satisfied contentment, with Him, forever and ever.

You can't get that from a college text book.

But you can get that from Jesusthe Living Word. He is the way, the truth, and the life; and no one comes to my Father in Heaven except through Him.



—God is Love and Love Never Fails.



Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Ripple Effect

“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." 
(Mark 16:15)


The Ripple Effect:

“The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.”

It's been my observation over almost sixty years that people rarely consider fully, the consequences of their actions and choices.

A couple of years ago a high school kid from our community was busted for drug dealing on a scale never before seen in this area. He had several employees working for him in what turned out to be a multi-million dollar operation. He's now serving a well deserved ten year sentence in a federal prison. 

I've read a few comments by people who know him, including one person who said, "I am sorry that this has happened to him." 

Like he's the victim here?

What about the hundreds, possibly thousands of lives that have been destroyed by this incredibly selfish criminal? What about all those people who are now Oxycodone and/or heroin addicts, who have lost virtually everything; their jobs, their income, their homes, their families, some even their very lives? I don't hear anyone who knew this kid saying how sorry they feel for all his victimsfor an entire community that will be affected by this criminal for many years to come. The consequences of his crimes and selfishness are more far-reaching than he could have ever imagined. God can save and forgive even the most notorious drug dealer. But the long term damage to this community has been done.

The divorce epidemic is out of control today. People are throwing away their spouses like yesterday's garbage. Tearing their families apart. Some divorces are sadly unavoidable. But most are not. People simply do not want to forgive each other. Selfishness reigns in this self absorbed culture. And people have no idea how far-reaching the effects of divorce are on their children. They have no way of seeing twenty to thirty years into their child's future, and see how emotionally scarred their children will become from the toxic fallout of their parents divorce. I can speak from experience on this topic.

On the positive side I see the ripple effect of my late Mother's love for God and for people. She shared the love and Gospel of Jesus with me when I didn't think I needed it and didn't want to hear it. She prayed for me for many years until I surrendered my broken heart and life to Jesus. She risked my anger by loving me enough to point me to the only answer to my shattered marriage and broken soul. She loved me unconditionally when I wasn't being very lovable.

“The continuing and spreading results of an event or action.”

Two thousand years ago the humble Son of God named Jesus came to take away the sins of the world by allowing Himself to be brutally nailed to a Roman cross, taking the guilt and shame of all sin upon Himself. He paid for my sin crimes against God by giving His life that day for meand for that drug dealerand for you. 

Will you believe that? 

That "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)

Without the life-changing, soul saving, heart transforming love and grace of God, my marriage would never have been saved. I would still be a bitter, unhappy man. I would still be lost and dead in my sins. I would still be without hope. I would still be utterly broken and ashamed. 

But God reaches down and offers all men the free gift of salvation in Himself. Often times, when we least expect it. Or want it.

If you're reading this message, He is reaching down to you today, offering you eternal life in Himself. He is the way, the truth, and the life, and no one can come to God the Father except through Him.

Will you let him?

Will you invite Him in?



God is Love and Love Never Fails.





Thursday, June 7, 2018

Can Your Gospel Get You Killed?

“For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 
(Romans 8:36)

Jesus' Gospel got Him killed. 

Same with most of His disciples, many even to this very day. 

However, most of today's so-called 'modern gospel' is anemic, sugar-coated, watered-down and seeks to be politically correct and non-offensive at all points.

But this won't save anyone's soul. 

So the $64,000 question is: 

Why?

Why did Jesus' Gospel get Him killed?

Jesus was the most loving, kind, grace-filled, good, merciful Person to ever walk this earth. He was after all, God in Human form. The Divine in the dirt.

He certainly wasn't arrogant, offensive, or a jerk about Himself. So why kill Him?

"Oh, He challenged and threatened the Jewish religious power structure of His day and they refused to let Him overthrow them" you may say. True, in part.

But you're missing the much Bigger Picture.

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

“And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

“There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)

“Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.” (Romans 3:19)

“And you shall call his name Jesus: for He shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

All have sinned. Men love darkness, our deeds are evil. Not one person is righteous. All the world is guilty before God. The entire human race needs a Savior to save us from our sins.

That Savior is Jesus Christ, and Him alone.

And that's why we humans killed Him.

Because we all are dead in our sins but we won't admit it and He told us so. We don't want this Man ruling over us. We're the captains of our own salvation. We think we're good people. We're arrogant, prideful, self-righteous hypocrites, but we'll be damned if we'll humble ourselves and confess that.

Exactly.

Jesus Christ the Lord of Glory didn't leave the splendor of Heaven and come down to save a world that doesn't need saving.

All will stand before a righteous and holy God on Judgment Day. We all need a Savior. Jesus Christ came in love to save us, to be judged in our place, paying the penalty for our sins against God. He took our sin debt upon Himself. He paid a debt He did not owe because we have a debt we can never pay. He died in our place on that Cross, was buried, and rose again on the third day. He ascended back to His place of Glory in Heaven. He will come again and judge a Christ-rejecting, sinful world. So, repent now, confess your sins, and believe on Jesus Christ as your Savior and your Lord, and you shall be saved.

That is the Gospel Jesus Christ was killed for. 

Much of the so-called "christian" message you hear today is: "We're just supposed to love people."

What they mean by "just" is: "Oh, never talk about sin and repentance, that will offend people. That's not politically correct!"

And in so doing, they will just love someone to Hell.

"Gospel" means Good News.  And good news is truly good news if you hear the really bad news first.

If a brain surgeon tells you, "Well Billy, I have some really bad news for you; you have terminal brain cancer and you have two months to live." You cry out to the physician, "But isn't there anything you can do to save me!"  Your physician says, "Yes Billy, there is hope for you today, because there is a miracle cure for this cancer, but you will need to follow my instructions exactly, if you want to be saved."  You exclaim, "Oh, yes, Doctor! Please tell me what it isI'll do anything to be saved!"

Terminal brain cancer is really bad news. But the good news of a miracle cure wouldn't mean much if the doctor didn't first give you the bad news that you actually have the terminal disease.

Sin is terminal soul cancer and we all have it. 

Jesus Christ is the Great Physician who is the cure. But you have to admit you have the terminal soul cancer and want Him to heal you.

It's really that simple.

But many people get so angry if you try to tell them they have the terminal soul cancer of sin, they may even kill you for it. Jesus Christ's disciples have been killed and martyred for the last two thousand years for simply showing people the cure for sin, and their need for the cure.

"Modern Christianity" doesn't want to be the bearer of bad news. So they just try be nice to people and may even say, "Jesus loves you and has a plan for your life!"

No one has ever been killed for just being nice.

Speaking to the intellectual 'post moderns' of his day, while in Athens the Apostle Paul preached:

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man (Jesus Christ) whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31)

God commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness... i.e. Judgment Day.

Repent means to change your mind, turn from your sin and go a new direction. To turn to Jesus Christ and be saved from your sin. This is not the message that the unbelieving world wants to hear. But they need to hear it.

The question is, do you love people enough to tell them the whole Truth, even if it may potentially cost you your life? 

Can your gospel get you killed?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)



God is Love and Love Never Fails.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Violence in America

“Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15)

America has a spiritual problem. 

So this post is not political. This is not for, or against, the 2nd Amendment. This is not about gun laws or politics at all. So don't make it about that.

This post is about why kids are killing kids in schools across America.

And that's what is not really being talked about in this nation, especially by kids. Why are kids killing other kids? They want to make it all about guns. And find someone to blame. The administration. The president. The NRA. Whoever.

Almost all these school shootings are being committed by kids. Adults are not sneaking into schools and killing our children. Children are committing the murders.

Why is this happening?

This week's mass killing in a Texas school was committed by a kid who reportedly was interested in a girl and she rejected him. So he later came to school and killed her, a teacher, and several other classmates. 

I was rejected by a few girls when I was in school. I certainly didn't go home and get my dad's guns and come back and shoot my classmates. Neither did any other kids in all the schools I went to. 

Ever.

So what has changed?

When I was a kid, I was taught respectfor my parents, for my teachers and principals. For all adults. 

I was also taught respect for the laws and for the police. We were a family of hunters and as kids we were required to complete a local hunters safety course. Safety, awareness and respect for people were number one at all times.

We also didn't have video games back then. The movies and television shows we did watch were not ultra violent and graphic like they are today. We didn't have violent lyrics, scenes and images programmed into our impressionable little minds from earliest childhood like today's kids are subjected to. 

More importantly, my parents closely monitored the shows we did watch or the music we listened to. They taught us right from wrong. And we learned that there were tough consequences to breaking the rules. If we did wrong, there was real punishment attached to it. We learned many painful lessons. My dad had a belt that he spanked us with when we deserved it. The principal's office at school had a big wooden paddle hanging on the wall with holes drilled in it for higher velocity. We learned there were very real consequences for our actions at home, and at school. 

This kind of discipline is virtually non existent today.

Also different in my youth was there were very few people in my school that grew up in a broken home. I think I knew one kid whose parents were divorced. He lived with his mom and he could stay out late and basically do whatever the heck he wanted to. Back then we thought he was super cool. But now I feel sorry for him. He was always getting into fights and into trouble. He never mentioned even knowing his father.

My parents also spent plenty of quality time with us. They took an interest in us as young people, and as individuals. They paid attention to who we hung out with. When my grades suffered, my dad and mom helped me with my school work. Dad grounded me from the things I liked, like fishing, if I was blowing off my homework and getting bad grades. 

My dad and mom loved us. They didn't give us lots of stuff to occupy ourselves with just so we wouldn't distract them from their own interests. My parents love for us was sacrificial. They could tell when something was not right with me and they would talk to me about it and find out why I was sad, or angry. 

I can only recall one or two kids who were bullies in school. But they were typically dealt with severely by the assistant principal with his big wooden paddle. Their parents were called and they were usually suspended when they acted poorly. Again, there were consequences.

My mom was a Christian all of her life. My dad had no interest in Christianity until much later in his life. But my mom's godly influence and love for Jesus was the glue that held our family together. I never had any doubt of my parents love for me. And I think that is what's missing in many people's lives today. I meet so many single parents. Broken homes are the norm. The traditional 'family' is out of style. Spiritually, the culture in America is circling the drain. Christianity is a joke to many, especially young people. So many parents are spiritually lost, many addicted to drugs and other things, and their kids are only following their lead. Mental and spiritual illness is epidemic in America.

So back to the kid in Texas who killed the girl who rejected him... Although he was certainly spiritually ill, and probably mentally ill as well; at the heart of it all he simply wanted to be loved. To be wanted. To be accepted.

And isn't that what we all want?

Jesus Christ said:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed.” (Luke 4:18)

To heal the broken hearted.

Much of the world today is dying from a broken heart.

And only Jesus Christ can heal our broken hearts. Our empty lives. Our aching souls. Our oppressed minds.

Jesus said:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

The loving Savior Jesus was the only hope for humanity 2,000 years ago. And He is still the only hope for humanity today. The only solution to violence in America. 

The only hope for our children.



—God is Love and Love Never Fails.





Thursday, May 10, 2018

Created Equal

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” (U. S. Declaration of Independence 1776)


Having watched hundreds of 'Cowboys and Indians' movies throughout my life, what I have seen in many instances are the native American Indians vilified as "bloodthirsty savages" and the white settlers and U. S. Calvary were the "good guys" who were the ones being attacked by the "savage" Indians.

But in reality, the native American Indians—who were here first by the way—vastly outnumbered, over time, had their lands stolen, property confiscated, were killed off, and those who remained were herded like cattle and contained onto Reservations.

This is how the West was won.

How is your conscience with that?

From the beginning of the European colonization of the Americas, Europeans often removed native peoples from the lands they wished to occupy. The means varied, including treaties made under considerable duress, forceful ejection, and violence. 

The first effective Indian reservation was established for the Powhatan tribes in 1658.

It has been said that for much of North America, the American Revolution was more of a battle against the Indians than a war against the British. So when the war was brought to an end with the 1783 Treaty of Paris, the treaty was generally understood by American officials to strip the Indians of all property rights east of the Mississippi River. The treaty was seen by Americans as a confirmation of their conquest of Indian land.

The passage of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 marked the systematization of a U.S. federal government policy of forcibly moving Native populations away from European-populated areas.

One example was the Five Civilized Tribes, who were removed from their native lands in the southern United States and moved to modern-day Oklahoma, in a mass migration that came to be known as the Trail of Tears. Some of the lands these tribes were given to inhabit following the removals eventually became Indian reservations.

In 1851, the United States Congress passed the Indian Appropriations Act which authorized the creation of Indian reservations in modern-day Oklahoma. Relations between settlers and natives had grown increasingly worse as the settlers encroached on territory and natural resources in the West.

Reservations were generally established by executive order. In many cases, white settlers objected to the size of land parcels, which were subsequently reduced. A report submitted to Congress in 1868 found widespread corruption among the federal Native American agencies and generally poor conditions among the relocated tribes.

Many tribes ignored the relocation orders at first and were forced onto their limited land parcels. Enforcement required the United States Army to restrict the movements of various tribes. The pursuit of tribes in order to force them back onto reservations led to a number of wars with Native Americans which included some massacres. The most well-known conflict was the Sioux War on the northern Great Plains, between 1876 and 1881, which included the Battle of Little Bighorn. Other famous wars in this regard included the Nez Perce War.

To this day there are approximately 326 Indian Reservations in America.

And yet our own Declaration of Independence proclaims; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

"All men are created equal."

But our nations history seems to prove otherwise.

Now imagine a completely different history.

Imagine that you were here first. And a much larger population of foreigners started immigrating here from a distant land. And they kept coming, and coming, by the tens of millions. Taking your land. Seizing your property. Killing off you "savage natives" who were only protecting your land and homes and families. Herding you into reservations meant to contain you so they could enjoy what was once yours.

Two thousand years ago Jesus said:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)

And,

“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (Matthew 5:44-45)

The history and actions of America are hotly defended today as that of a "godly Christian nation."

How is it then that our forefathers left an oppressive nation and came here to live as free men and freely practice their religion apart from tyranny, and yet they themselves became the oppressors?

There will be accountability for this someday.

“Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10)






—God is Love and Love Never Fails.


Monday, April 9, 2018

The Great Divide

“But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 
(1 John 2:11)

I watched a program on PBS recently and they were showing pictures of African American men and women who had been lynched in the early south. I had seen programs before reporting how small groups of menmostly in white hoodshad performed lynchings in the past in this country. But this program had photos of practically an entire town of 9,000 people who turned out in the public square, in their Sunday best, to witness the lynching and burning of a black man. White men, women, and children were in attendance. And they were celebrating it.

I had no words.

How can people be this evil, this twisted, this heartless, this hateful, this cruel?

The author of the story said that in order to end racism in the country we first have to talk about these atrocities. He said there also has to be repentance.

And he was mostly right. There does need to be repentance.

But the answer is not simply man repenting to man of his wicked deeds, or the wicked deeds of his ancestors.

All men must first turn to God and repent of their sins against Him.

And then admit that we cannot fix ourselves. We cannot create global peace. We cannot attain enlightenment. We cannot end racism. We cannot end wars.

We cannot save ourselves.

Look at the broken condition of the entire planet. Look at how our global society has devolved over the millennia. Hatred, division, murder, genocide, addictions, immorality, corruption, etc, are worse now than ever.

Can anyone really claim that our society has evolved into being more peaceful, loving and kind?

No, mankind has proven time and again that true repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation are not attainable through ourselves.

The solution is first realizing that our problem is a spiritual problem—an issue of the heart.

I've learned and experienced, that what comes out of a man is only what was already inside him. Hatred, vengeance, even murder—are in the heart of all human beings. 

Jesus said murder begins in the heart.

"For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." (Matthew 15:19)

Maybe you’ve never physically killed someone. But to Christ, hating someone is the same as murdering him. Lusting after someone who is not your wife or husband is just the same as actually committing the physical act of adultery.

Man looks at what is on the outside of a personbut God sees the heart.

So what is the answer?

Jesus said,

“A man must be born again.” (See John 3:7)

The nature or ‘spirit’ of mankind is sinful and fallen. We need a spiritual re-birth—a new heart. And only God through Jesus Christ can give that.

The last six thousand years of world history is proof enough that man on his own does not possess the power or goodness within himself to solve the world’s problems of hatred, racism, division, and war.

If you really are open, and are searching for truth, for the solution, for the spiritual re-birth that only Christ can give, then you will find it through Him.

And you start by crying out to God. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

If you genuinely want to know Jesus He will open Himself up to you. Through Him you will know true peace, forgiveness and reconciliation.

Jesus is the only solution to the world’s heart problem.





God is Love and Love Never Fails