Monday, June 9, 2014

The Heart Satisfier

As human beings we are created by God to be happy and to feel good about ourselves. As a matter of fact, we must feel good about ourselves, or eventually we will develop some sort of unhealthy, uncontrolled behavior to get the good feelings we crave.

Think about it. A person who is addicted to drugs probably began using them because his pain was so intense he felt compelled to get rid of it, even if only temporarily. The same thing is true of drinking, or using food as a comfort. If we do not get good feelings from the inside, then we attempt to create them through outside means.

God created us that way and He's the only one who can satisfy us. When we go to something other than God to make us feel good about ourselves, we're really just replacing something real with a cheap substitute.

Whatever your emotional needs are today, know that only God can meet them. He is the only lasting source of life. Go to Him today, He's the only One who can satisfy your heart.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter and Relationship

32 years ago I made a decision for Jesus Christ because I finally realized that there is a difference between religion and relationship with God. There are no religions in the Bible because they are made by man. God wants a relationship with you and not a religion with you. If God was behind religion he would be multi divided within himself. 

I have been ridiculed by some police officers that I have worked with and by family members because of my stance with Jesus Christ. They look at you cross eyed when you tell them that God talks to you. When you have a relationship with someone, don't you talk to them? What kind of God would not talk to you? God talks to you in many different ways and he will get his message across to you in whatever means he has to if you are listening. If you take time, you will be able to hear his still small voice. 

Easter is not about an egg laying rabbit. Easter is about relationship. It is about God's relationship with his son Jesus and Jesus' relationship with mankind. What Jesus did on the cross can only be comprehended by a relationship with him. All relationships take time. Which relationships in your life are priority? 

As an atheist I only believed in what touched my five senses. Then one day someone asked me if that was true, how do I know I have a brain since I can't see it? We know we have a brain by the product of our thinking. We can't see air yet we know it exists because of wind. We know that God exists because of what he produces and created.

If you died today where would you spend eternity? What would be the basis for your conclusion to that question? If there is a God who created this whole universe, don't you think he can create a relationship with you? A casket is not a place to find out the answer to that question.

This weekend take time to think about your relationship with God. If you're not sure, as I was, just call out to him. It's not about religion, it's about relationship.

Sunday, March 30, 2014


Most people to day have some sort of mechanism that can tell them what time it is. Do you remember the song from the group Chicago, "Does anybody really know what time it is?" I believe it was one of their first songs to hit the charts. But the concept was that we are all so busy that we really don't know what time it is in our lives. We're all so busy doing "things" and "stuff" that what really is important in our lives goes by so fast and you can't push the undo button!

The concept of time exists because everything that has life dies so we measure that existence in increments of time. If none of us died, time would have no value. But we will all die eventually, physically speaking, but our spirits live forever. But our physical bodies don't last forever. What would you do if you were told you had only a month or couples of months left to live? What would be your priorities? How would you view the various things in your life?

Friday, February 28, 2014

Conforming to the World

The world - those we know and deal with on a daily basis - is continually trying to conform us to its image. You see it everyday especially on TV and other media!  Hollywood decides what the morals of this country should be. The word conform means "to be similar in form or character; to behave in accordance with prevailing modes or customs." 

Romans 12:2 says, "Do not be conformed to this world, ." And 3 John 1:11 says not to imitate what is evil, but to imitate the good things of God.

In James it says, "You adulterers! Don't you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God."

People will always try to fit us into their mold, partly due to their own insecurity. It makes them feel better about what they are doing if they can get someone else to do it too. Very few people have the ability to be who they are and let everybody else be who they are.

Can you imagine how nice the world would be if we would all do that? If each person would be secure in who he is and let others be who they are? Then we would not have to try to conform and be imitations of each other. 

I want to encourage you today to believe you can be an imitator of Christ and break out of the world's mold!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

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Monday, February 10, 2014

The Power of Words

I'm not a man of many words. I'm not an eloquent speaker even though I'm asked to speak at various places and give my testimony. Some people just have that "gift of gab" and sometimes  you wished there was a shut off button! But as a Police Officer, I was always to the point. "Sir, I pulled you over for this reason. License, registration and insurance card, please". Right to the point.

Politicians, salesmen all seem to say much but with no substance but still convince you to do something. Some try to convince you that nothing is wrong and everything is OK yet some will make it seem like a country is about to nuke another country if not our country.

Yet words in music can be so appealing and bring forth much emotion. The same with poetry. The right words expressed can illuminate your mind with many visuals.

Look at TV commercials. Millions are spent to express a product or service and get you to buy it in 30 - 60 seconds! And do people buy? Sure! The power of words.

News reporters express many stories on TV and give visuals that help enhance what they are saying. In radio, words have to be expressed clearly to the listener will have a full understanding of what is being expressed. How many stories have you heard about being misled because what was expressed was not stated properly or truthfully? The power of words.

God has given of His words and warnings on what words can do. In James 3:6, "The tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." It's really not difficult to get the point here. And God give many more examples in the Bible.

I can delete or undo words here as I type but words that are spoken can never be deleted. Once they are out there, they can't come back. That's why we must be so cautious about what we must say to people. Has anyone ever said something to you that hurt? Do you remember those words? Probably because we tend to remember the bad words that people say to us and not remember the goods ones! Bad words cut to the heart and it takes a long time to heal those situations.

So today, take some time and think about how you speak to people especially at home to your spouse and kids. I have regretted too often what has come out of my mouth. Even as a minister, I am imperfect and let my anger get the best of me at times. We all do. Today, try expressing something positive to the people around you and then make a habit of it. What you sow, you will reap! The power of words.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Future and Hope

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
It's easy to understand why God spoke the words of Jeremiah 29:11 through the prophet to His people. Jeremiah wrote during the time when Jerusalem was under siege by the Babylonians. The Jews could see nothing but disaster on the horizon; they wondered if all God's covenant promises had become null and void. So God spoke through Jeremiah to tell the people that His thoughts were not evil toward them, that He had a hopeful future in mind. We may not look out our window and see invading Babylonians on the horizon, but we may see something that seems just as hopeless. We can cling to God's promise to Israel because it is a reflection of His character. God is the God of hope and the future. He "is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20). We are called in those moments to "trust in the Lord with all [our] heart," to "lean not on [our] own understanding," and to "acknowledge Him" in all our ways (Proverbs 3:5-6). If you feel besieged by life today, lean on the God of peace -- the God of hope and the future. The same God who has a plan for Israel has a plan for you. - Dr. David Jeremiah
To trust in God requires you to give up your normal methods of trusting you. As a Police Officer, it was quite difficult to learn to trust God. But I had the DESIRE to seek the truth about what I heard about God. I learn that you make mistakes. He doesn't!