Preaching by Mike
I saw a post, so I had to ask, Hey Google, who is Jesus?
The answer given:
"Religion is complicated and I'm still learning."
Yes Google, religion is complicated and that is the very reason why ALL religion belongs in the nearest dumpster.
Jesus has NOTHING to do with religion. Religion was nailed to the Cross with Him.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved is NOT religion. It is access and a personal relationship with God THROUGH Him.
C'mon Google, its Christmas. Share the truth!
This was from a year ago (Dec 20, 2017).
I have recently been browbeaten by FB for a similar "infraction". What the powers at be of FB are not understanding is there no access to God other than the Lord Jesus Christ. PERIOD.
Secondly, allah is NOT God. It is a figment of Mohammed's imagination. Islam is a flesh driven religion and the end result is eternal torment in the lake of fire. I have no desire for ANYONE to end up there.
My motives are pure. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
FROM THREE YEARS AGO (Dec 20, 15)
I came onto FB and it immediately logged me out, saying my session had timed out. I was allowed to log back in but they showed me one of my recent posts and asked if I was the one who posted it. I acknowledged in the affirmative. They went on to scold me as it was contrary to FB standards. Okay, duly noted.
What was it? It was a repost that showed up on my "On This Day" ... from THREE years ago! The subject matter was that of someone who unfriended me because of my position on Islam. I tolerate them, yet I do not accept them. As a Christian, I cannot accept what most decidedly allows someone to go to everlasting torment. They have the right to make that choice, but I do not have to be accepting of it. I never will.
Be clear, I am NOT being intolerant, I am being unaccepting. FB, and whomever it was who reported me needs to learn the difference.
Thank you for allowing me to state my case.
The brand new pastor and his wife, newly assigned to their first ministry, to reopen a church in suburban Brooklyn , arrived in early October excited about their opportunities. When they saw their church, it was very run
down and needed much work. They set a goal to have everything done in time to have their first service
on Christmas Eve.
They worked hard, repairing pews, plastering walls,painting, etc, and on December 18 were ahead of schedule and just about finished. On December 19 a terrible tempest - a driving rainstorm hit the area and lasted for two days.
On the 21st, the pastor went over to the church.His heart sank when he saw that the roof had leaked, causing a large area of plaster about 20 feet by 8 feet to fall off the front wall of the sanctuary just behind the pulpit, beginning about head high.
cleaned up the mess on the floor, and not knowing what else to do but postpone the Christmas Eve service, headed home.On the way he noticed that a local business was having a flea market type sale for charity, so he stopped in. One of the items was a beautiful,handmade,
ivory colored, crocheted tablecloth with exquisite work, fine colors and a Cross embroidered right in the center. It was just the right size to cover the hole in the front
wall. He bought it and headed back to the church.
By this time it had started to snow. An older woman running from the opposite direction was trying to catch the bus. She missed it. The pastor invited her to wait in the warm church for the next bus, 45 minutes later.
She sat in a pew and paid no attention to the pastor while he got a ladder, hangers, etc., to put up the tablecloth as a wall tapestry. The pastor could hardly believe how beautiful it looked and it covered up the entire problem area.
Then he noticed the woman walking down the center aisle. Her face was like a sheet. "Pastor,"she asked, "where did you get that tablecloth?" The pastor explained. The woman asked him to check the lower right corner to see if the initials, EBG were crocheted into it there. They were. These were the initials of the woman, and she had made this tablecloth 35 years before, in Austria.
The woman could hardly believe it as the pastor told how he had just gotten "The Tablecloth". The woman explained that before the war she and her husband were well-to-do people in Austria. When the Nazis came, she was forced to leave. Her husband was going to follow her the next week. He was captured, sent to prison and she never saw her husband or her home again.
The pastor wanted to give her the tablecloth;but she made the pastor keep it for the church.The pastor insisted on driving her home. That was the least he could do. She lived on the other side of Staten Island and was only in Brooklyn for the day for a housecleaning job.
What a wonderful service they had on Christmas Eve. The church was almost full. The music and the spirit were great. At the end of the service, the pastor and his wife greeted everyone at the door and many said that they would return. One older man, whom the pastor recognized from the neighborhood continued to sit in one of the pews and stare, and the pastor wondered why he wasn't leaving.
The man asked him where he got the tablecloth on the front wall because it was identical to one that his wife had made years ago when they lived in Austria before the war and how could there be two tablecloths so much alike? He told the pastor how the Nazis came, how he forced his wife to flee for her safety and he was supposed to follow her, but he was arrested and put in a prison. He never saw his wife or his home again, in all the 35 years between.
The pastor asked him if he would allow him to take him for a little ride. They drove to Staten Island and to the same house where the pastor had taken the woman three days earlier. He helped the man climb the three flights of stairs to the woman's apartment, knocked on the door and he saw the greatest Christmas reunion he could ever imagine.
True Story - submitted by Pastor Rob Reid who says God does work in mysterious ways.I asked the Lord to bless you as I prayed for you today, to guide you and protect you as you go along your way. His love is always with you. His promises are true, and when we give Him all our cares we know He will see us through.
So when the road you're traveling seems difficult at best, just remember I'm here praying and God will do the rest.
When there is nothing left but God, that is when you find out that God is all you need.
Mankind is BORN bent away from God. We're born in the image of fallen Adam. There is a "piece" missing from God's original design. Adam and Eve were created in the image of God. Spirit. That is the missing piece.
When we put our faith in Jesus Christ we are credited with the absolute righteousness of Jesus Christ. We become born again, born of the Spirit.