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The Lord’s Prayer

Is the Lord’s Prayer first and foremost a prayer for spiritual power? When asked where the Kingdom of God was, Jesus replied that it is within us. So, when We pray, “Thy Kingdom come”, aren’t we really asking that God’s kingdom be established within us as Jesus said. And when we pray, “Thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven,” aren’t we praying that His love, forgiveness, and healing should be manifested through us to the rest of the world?

Jesus referred to bread as the word of God many times. So, when we pray, “give us this day our daily bread”, aren’t we asking for God’s word. Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them with your truth. Your word is truth.” We are, then, asking to be sanctified through His word.

Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,” is easy to understand. Jesus made it clear many times that we could not be forgiven unless we forgave others, and in forgiving, then we are forgiven.

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” seems plain enough. We are asking not to be tempted into sin, or delivered into Satan’s bondage.

Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added unto you.” I believe The Lord’s Prayer has all to do with obtaining all our spiritual needs from God, and when we achieve that, all our physical or earthly needs will be met.

Paul wrote that, “In the latter days, men will be holding on to a form of Godliness, but denying its true power.” I believe that the bulk of Christianity has been put off by the antics of those who want, but only pretend, to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. For that reason many in Christianity shun anything spiritual, and only hold on to the promise of salvation.

I, too, believe that some people, in their quest for the spirit, simply pretend, in hopes that it will one day be real. But, I, also, know that you cannot enter into a spiritual relationship with God, without tears – tears of happiness, tears of shame, and tears of thanksgiving. Let all of Christianity, then, kneel before the throne of God in tears of praise for our Creator and our Redeemer. Let us all receive His spiritual power and blessings as He promised. And may the world be blessed by Him through us.

Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”

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Do You Love Jesus?

When I discovered that God was real, and Jesus was actually His son, I believed that I loved Jesus. But I wasn’t sure about my beliefs or my love for Him. I wondered if I had just intellectually accepted the gospel as truth, and because Jesus was so loving, yet so heroic, I believed that I loved him. I wondered if my words were just empty, well-meaning words or if Jesus was really in my heart. I wondered if I really and truly loved him.

Then I went with my wife to see The Passion of The Christ movie. I had read the reviews and knew that, in order to be truthful and realistic, there were some violent parts in the movie. I accepted it and believed that I would be able keep it in focus. And I did pretty good until Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane. The soldiers came to arrest Jesus, just as I knew they would, and things were proceeding accordingly. Suddenly, without warning, a soldier hit Jesus in the face with his fist. I muttered a foul name for the soldier, and was getting up from my seat to make him pay for hitting my Savior. But before I could get up, my wife put her hand on my arm, and at the same time, I realized that this was just a movie. It was a projector, projecting an image on the screen. It wasn’t real, and I remained seated. I heard the Holy Spirit say to me, “Peter didn’t understand the whole story and he acted to defend Christ, but you know that he had to suffer these things.”

I realized that my reaction to Jesus being struck, was the same as Peter’s reaction. It was then that I understood why Peter had cut the centurion’s ear off. He loved Jesus, and he would fight and die for him. I, also, finally understood that I truly loved Jesus. It was not simply an intellectual decision. My reaction was automatic and unplanned and came straight from my heart. I now knew that my love for him was real

When I realized these things, and knew that I could not intervene in the punishment that Jesus had to endure, I settled back into my seat. and resigned myself to simply being a witness. And then the tears began to roll down my cheeks. I didn’t sob, but simply sat there as the tears continued to flow. I still remember how hot those tears felt upon my face. I reasoned that it was because the theater was air conditioned. And still I sat, unable to stem the flow. But I still remember those hot, impassioned tears for him.

Jesus had to take the suffering of the world upon himself. Peter could not stop it, nor could I. Jesus had to take our sins upon himself, in order to forgive us and give us eternal life. He suffered because of my sins, and for yours. Not only could I not stop it, I was guilty of causing his suffering. It was for you and me, that his crucifixion had to happen. And it is because of our love for him, that we feel the guilt and repent of our sins; and that gives his death meaning.

His death was bitter-sweet for him. He loved us, yet he suffered unspeakable pain to take away our sin. It is our love for him that causes us to accept him and repent of our sins. Together with Jesus, we have found victory in the cross. For us, he has defeated the frailties of his body, he has defeated sin, he has defeated Satan, and he has defeated death. Those who accept him, share that victory with him. In his death and resurrection, we are born again, into ever-lasting life. Only God can change death into life, and turn defeat into eternal triumph. And it all begins with His love for us, and is completed with our love for him. Give Him your heart, and complete the circle. Give him your life, and find ever-lasting life.
Blessings, Andy
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Where Does Your Light Shine?

Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He said that we should not hide our light under a basket, and that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. Where does your light shine. Is it only in church where the light of God shines brightly and your light seems to add nothing and is hardly noticed?
Or does your light shine in the darkness outside of the church. Do you bring your light and the word of God into the sin and darkness of society? Does your light illumine the path for others to find Jesus? Or shine only in an already lit circle of friends? Is your light consumed by the light around you, or does it pierce the darkness of hopelessness in others? Is your light being used to its full potential? Is your light noticed as a source of hope for those in darkness?
Where does your light shine? Are you blinding yourself with your own sense of righteousness, or are you using your light to lead the lost to Christ? Where does your light shine?

Blessings, Andy
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An Old Goose

This morning I heard a goose honking. I looked up and a single solitary goose was winging its way northward. It may have been an injury that prevented him from leaving with the group, or he may have left with them, but just couldn’t keep up with them and fell behind. In his days, he flew with the best of them. He flew in the V formation and even took his turn at the head of the formation, but these days he just couldn’t keep up. I know, and I’m sure that he knows, that when he does make it to the gathering place up north, his friends and fellow geese will honk their approval and greet him. This thought of being wanted and appreciated keeps him going, and the lone goose keeps flying north to his destiny and reward.
If only we could see the youth and needs in older people, they wouldn’t feel so shut out of the mainstream by younger generations. They, too, flew with the best and took their turn at the helm, but today they struggle to keep up, and hope simply for approval and appreciation. God bless the sacrifices they made in their lives for our future, and may God bless them forever with love.
Blessings, Andy
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What A Newborn Needs

When a newborn enters the world, they have a world of needs. They need their mother’s milk, her nurturing and guidance. They need to feel needed and loved. They need attention and concern for them. They don’t want to be ignored or shoved to the side because their parents are too busy with themselves or their entertainment to give them the attention that they need. They need discipline, and to learn that there is a higher power that they must answer to. They need to know that they matter and have purpose for their lives. Yes, baby puppies and kittens need all these things. Think how much more a human baby needs the same things. We need to ask ourselves: Are we truly responsible and loving parents? Or have we lost sight of what is truly important in our lives? Our children are not only our future, they need a secure future too.
Blessings, Andy
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Why Have Morals?

Regardless of how good, enjoyable or beneficial a thing may be, there has to be limits. We have rules for everything, it seems, except morals, which we seem to think should be a personal choice.
We don’t allow drivers to set their own speed limits. Some would put others in danger. We don’t allow tax payers to donate to the government what they feel is fair to them. We would have no government, because who would pay taxes if others aren’t paying their fair share? We don’t allow the biggest and baddest in society to dominate and starve the rest of society. Every action must be accompanied by rules that limit self-centered excess, or our society would collapse.
Sin, in the short term, offers too much pleasure or satisfaction not to become compulsive or obsessive when carried to the extreme. There has to be boundaries or parameters that allow the enjoyment of an act , without it becoming the dominating force in one’s life.
Sin may be defined as using, abusing or harming another person for one’s own self-gratification. It really doesn’t matter if a person forces, coerces, or seduces the other person into being used, abused or harmed. Harming another causes oneself to be harmed. It is the Harvest Principle or Golden Rule: Whatever one does to another will be returned to that person.
Everyone is guilty of sin in one form or another, and, therefore, causes harm to come to them by their actions towards others. But when one allows a sin to become a compulsion or obsession that dominates their lives, then they are sowing the seeds of their own destruction. Whatever we do to another will be returned to us, and if our life is committed to using, abusing or harming others, then we will have a life where we are used, abused and harmed by others.
Yes, we were created to enjoy all that God has created for us. And God Himself has placed guidelines or parameters in which we can enjoy His gifts without turning them into weapons that we use against ourselves.
Morality has a purpose, not only to preserve a civilized society, but to protect us from ourselves. We don’t have to ponder and create a new set of laws. God has already written the rule book, called the Holy Bible. It’s time to get re-acquainted with His guidelines. It’s time to choose life, and not destruction for ourselves. It’s time to choose Jesus.

Blessings, Andy
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Body And Soul

“You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.” -C.S. Lewis

Good insight. To expand a little: You are a soul, that temporarily has a body while you decide where you will spend eternity. It’s time to decide, while you still have that temporary body. Once it’s gone, your decision has been made – with or without your conscious consideration. Don’t miss your chance to decide your eternity. Choose Jesus.
Blessings, Andy
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God DOES Control EVERYTHING (reprint)

Decades ago a six-year-old boy and his siblings went to the store with their mother. Jeff Taylor laid eyes on something that he just had to have. ”I saw this nativity scene and I really wanted it bad, so my mom bought it,” recalled Jeff. “It had sheep, a roof of straw and I just loved it.”

He was in love with this nativity scene so much that his mother bought it for the family. Jeff was infatuated with it, and his mother would catch Jeff tinkling with the Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus and scold, “Now Jeffrey, quit playing with those!”

Jeff’s mother eventually divorced and moved into a small apartment, some years later she fought cancer and passed away when Jeff was 27. It was just weeks after the funeral that Jeff’s mother’s long-time boyfriend suddenly packed her apartment and vanished. All of the family’s keepsakes were nowhere to be found.

“It was kind of hard; a lot of stuff I had as a kid was all gone,” he said. “But that was it and life moved on.”

Jeff eventually moved on with his life, he became a policeman like his father, got married to a beautiful woman named Ann, started a family, and moved 45 miles away from his home town.

One day while Jeff and Ann were shopping they discovered something very interesting. “There used to be a resale shop full of clutter,” Ann said. “We went in and Jeff spotted this little nativity scene. It’s not at all something I would pick. It was like the one he had from his childhood except the figures were glued in. He had to have it.”

The nativity scene was only ten dollars and Jeff got his way and they took it home.

Jeff fixed it up with an electric light and every Christmas he would carefully unwrap the old cardboard set and place the nativity scene under the tree. “I was like the ‘happy little me,’ ” Jeff said.

It took the couple nearly seven years to discover the truth about the nativity scene.

Each year Jeff would pack up the nativity after Christmas, but this year Ann did.

“As I was wrapping the cord end over end, I hollered out, ‘Jeff Taylor you dork. Why would you write your name on the bottom of this?’”

“I thought she was messing with me,” Jeff said. “But then she told me the address written there, ‘6524 Leschen’… That was my old address in Hillsdale!”

When Jeff was eight years old he wrote his name, address, and the year 1963, in pencil on the bottom of the set. It even still had the sticker with the price .98 that his mother had paid for it over 30 years ago. But to Jeff this nativity scene was priceless.

“I immediately started crying a little,” he said. “This is the only thing I have, besides photos, that my mom and I had together.”

Jeff immediately called his brother and sister to tell them the good news, and every time he thinks of it he gets a little teary eyed.

“From that Christmas on, we don’t pack it away in the attic anymore. It gets a special place in the hall closet. And we will pass it on to our son so it stays in the family.”

This wonderful story shows us that even though material possessions come and go, God still cares about the things that we care about too.
Blessings, Andy
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Did You Sleep Well Last Night?

Did you sleep well last night, knowing that you had expressed your life with love for God and for your fellow man? Did you sleep well knowing that the media had finally got so absolute ridiculous in their rationalizations that you finally broke with them to find your truths from other sources? Did you sleep well last night after realizing that all the gurus, quasi-religions, and self-help courses all borrow truths from the Holy Bible, and that the only way to find all truth and not just bits of truth, is to read the Bible itself? Did you sleep well realizing that God did not build a world simply of concrete and steel He created a world of living things that make up the beauty of the world, and gave us a spirit in order for us to relate to Him and the essence of His creation? Did you sleep well last night because you did your part in protecting young people from being brain-washed into any number of perverted philosophies? Did you sleep well, knowing that you had supported a planned marriage and family, rather than trusting in the laws of the street to determine how, when or where a person gets pregnant or married? Did you sleep well last night knowing that you may have prevented a baby from being murdered in their mother’s womb Did you sleep well last night, after thanking God for His love, grace, forgiveness, healing, and prosperity that He has blessed you with over the years? And did you sleep well, knowing that God knew how much you loved Him, trusted Him, relied on Him and depended on Him? Then, walk in love, sleep well, and avoid the night mares.

Blessings, Andy
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Strange, Isnt It?

There are two things a person can do to permanently change the world, and both have to do with life. A person can procreate and bring a new life into the world. And a person can abruptly and permanently extinguish a life. Both have been trivialized in order to undermine morality and the foundation of our nation.
Modern society would have us believe that sex is simply a game to be enjoyed as much and as often as possible, without having to worry about morality or pregnancy. They have trivialized the taking of life, if pregnancy should occur, and offer abortion in order to pretend that nothing of importance has happened, and party time continues.
It has not always been that way. Men revered women and put them on pedestals, because a woman could grant them the greatest reward life had to offer. Sex was the closest they would come to creation and the supernatural. Men respected women above all else in the world, and women returned their respect by only allowing themselves to become pregnant by their husband. Women respected themselves. They did not breed like alley cats and find a bread winner later on. The women respected their children, knowing that children with both a father and mother would become the most successful in life. They respected their children enough, not to want anyone but their father rear and protect them.
Yes, men respected women, women respected men, and men and women respected the life that they created. Where did all that respect go. I guess the same way that respect for new life and the taking of unwanted life went. Don’t ask the media or our politicians. They haven’t a clue what they’ve done to society.
Blessings, Andy
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America Find Your Sanity Again

Communists, fascists and dictators around the world have always found a reason to disarm the law-abiding citizen and bring them under submission. I hope that our nation and politicians are above that. I hope that they love freedom and will go after the true reason of our suffering in this nation. And I hope that our politicians won’t be black-mailed into voting against freedom because of skeletons in their closet.
I hope they will ban video games that teach our vulnerable youth to kill. I hope they will outlaw the broadcasting on the airwaves for all to hear, the hate-filled, angry, sick, demeaning insulting and depressing music that even small children can absorb. I hope that they ban the uncalled-for violence, death and destruction in the entertainment medias. I hope that they bring back talent that has been replaced by shock value. I hope that they end the discrimination against the one true God in every aspect of our lives. I hope they stop pretending to uphold the first amendment to the constitution when pushing forward with destructive legislation. I hope they defend the whole constitution, rather than picking and choosing what fits their agenda. And mostly I hope that the American people will realize that without God we are at the mercy of sick people who want to destroy us. Yes, I hope America finds God again and learns to love and serve Him as much as He wants to love and serve us. I simply hope that America becomes sane again.
Blessings, Andy
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