Who’s Morality?

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Who’s Morality?

So, do you think you know what is morally right?  Is it okay to lie? How about just a small lie or a lie that really helps someone. How about having an affair? What about lusting over someone or something? How about abortion? Here’s one in the headlines, what about same sex marriage?

So what do you think?

What you will find is that some people agree with these things and others do not. No matter what the subject you are always going to get two sides that disagree. Which side is right? That is the question.  There really cannot be a correct answer when it comes to humans. Morality begins with the character of God.  There is no other foundation for it.  If humans try to set the moral law it will not work!  In our society today everyone is leaning toward whatever works for you as long as it does not hurt anyone else. This also will not work. The only one who can make moral law is God!

He has done just that with the Ten Commandments.

  • You shall have no other gods before me
  • You shall not make for yourself a false idol
  • You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
  • Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy
  • Honor your father and your mother
  • You shall not murder
  • You shall not commit adultery
  • You shall not steal
  • You shall not lie
  • You shall not covet 

 

On the Sermon on the Mount Jesus takes this even further and tells us that “You have heard that it was said to those of old, “you shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.”  But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. Then again Jesus states “You have heard that it was said to those of old, “You shall not commit adultery.” But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for here has already committed adultery with here in his heart.   Wow, Jesus told us it is not even just our physical responses but our thoughts also!

Yes, lying, stealing, lust, living together, wanting what others have these are all sin. No human can overcome this, and that is why you need Jesus Christ as your savior.

Morality, there is only the morality of God that is true and correct.  The only morality we can count on and know that it is right!  Do not rely on human thought, trust in God for your moral compass and all things, “He will never leave you or forsake you”.

The God we are talking about is not any old god such as humans have dreamed up over the centuries. It is the God who created this universe, who has made himself known through His dealings with chosen people through history and supremely through coming Himself into our human existence in the person of Jesus Christ.

This God that Christians believe in is, first of all, personal.  In other words, He is not just some impersonal “force” behind the universe.

Get to know Jesus! Have a personal relationship with God Almighty. It is politically incorrect to say that Jesus Christ is the only way, the only truth, and the only life, but it is the TRUTH. Only His truth changes lives and unlocks the beauty of our full worth as men and women who ae made in His image.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5

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John Rudich

 

Michael’s Monday Meditations

MICHAEL’S MONDAY MEDITATIONS
An important historical event occurred this week with the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, giving us incredible images of the outermost planet, Pluto, and changing forever the manner in which we look at this small, distant world. Compare the first images of Pluto in 1930, when Clyde Tombaugh first deduced that the little white dot in the photographic images was indeed a planet and not a distant star, to what you see on the computer before you today, 85 years later.
God is like that, too. Maybe you see Him as something or someone who is distant or perhaps boring. Just think, if astronomers had decided Pluto was not worth a second, closer examination, wouldn’t our initial impressions of the planet be much the same as was commonplace in 1930? So it is with God. If we attempt to place Him in a cubicle of our own thinking or fail to take a closer look at Him, as the scientist did with Pluto, are we not committing an error on a grand order and actually shortchanging ourselves?
The evidence of the existence of God is everywhere. Even the casual observer can clearly see an order to the universe, from the manner in which a simple flower is constructed to the complexity of the animal kingdom and the balance of nature. And who has not looked up to the heavens on a clear night and marveled at the manner in which the stars and galaxies are held in place? To many, Pluto was envisioned as a simple ball of rock and ice. But look what closer examination is revealing! A planet that is alive with activity, great differences in geology across its surface, five moons, all different!
And so it is with God. If we are willing to take the time to examine Him up close and personally, we can have our initial simplistic impressions of Him completely wiped from our vision. And how can we take a closer look at God? For starters, by reading His Word. The Bible is the place to begin, for we not only come to understand how our world and people were created, but we come to know the character of both God and man, and the struggle of individual men and women with and without God. We also see how God provided a means through Jesus Christ, through which sinful man can be reconciled to God through repentance of sin and belief in Jesus’ death on the cross, burial and resurrection, symbolic for the death, burial and resurrection of our sin to new life in Jesus!
No doubt, as the days and weeks pass, astronomers and physicists will continue to draw important information about Pluto from visual images as well as other sensing equipment aboard New Horizons that will enable them to better understand the planet. So it is that in order for us to understand God, we must spend time reading His Word, praying, and taking time to be in His presence. James 4:8 proclaims, “draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you…” After careful study, and time spent in relationship, then, and only then, can we begin to understand God, His character and nature, and how obedience and trust not only saves us from hell, but gives to each believer a peace, a joy, an understanding that defies the comprehension of those in the world. Today, friend, if you are on the outside looking in, won’t you take a closer look at God, the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord? My earnest prayer today, and every day, is that you won’t place God on a shelf and say to yourself — I don’t need Him — and dismiss Him forever. That would be the most critical error any human being can make. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “…today is the day of salvation…”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft snapped the first high-resolution photographs of Pluto and its moons this week. The images reveal the planetary system in unprecedented detail — highlighting mountain…
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Which Jesus Do You Believe In?

Which Jesus?

If a stranger approaches you and says he knows your buddy “John,” but all the facts are wrong concerning him, you could safely conclude that he is referring to a different John. With that in mind, there are many religions that claim they know and believe in Jesus, but that does not mean they are referring to the same Jesus Christ of the Bible. For example:

Mormons believe Jesus was the spirit brother of Lucifer. That is not the Jesus of the Bible.

Jehovah Witnesses believe Jesus was Michael the Archangel. That is not in the Bible!

Muslims believe Jesus was just a prophet. That is definitely not what the Bible teaches.

Baha’ I teaches Jesus was simply a messenger.

Notice how none of these religions teach what the Bible says, that Jesus was God in human flesh.

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You see, the real Jesus sparked more controversy than any other religious leader in history. He made radical claims; He spoke, not from, but with authority; and He forgave people of their sins, which was and is something only God alone can do.  Jesus healed without medicine, fed thousands from a boy’s lunch, and calmed the raging sea.

He claimed to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and said that no one would come to the Father, but through Him.  He claimed to be the Bread of Life, the Light of the world, the Good Shepherd, the true Vine, and the Resurrection and the Life, and He was ultimately crucified because He claimed to be God. He was able to conquer death by rising from the grave as He said He would. How is that possible? Because He is the Christ, the Savior of the world, He is God!

So, if someone comes to you talking about Jesus, but he doesn’t sound like the Jesus of the Bible, That’s probably because he isn’t.

Get to know the Jesus of the Bible and turn your life over to God and begin a relationship with the Almighty God of the Universe, He wants that above all things, just accept the gift of Salvation.

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John Rudich

Teaching What Counts

Teaching What Counts

It is obvious from Scripture that God requires us not only to preach to sinners, but also to teach them.  Don’t forget we are all sinners! The servant of the Lord must be able to teach, be patient, and be humble correcting those who oppose them (timothy: 2:24, 25). For a long time I thought our job was only to dive in and plant a seed and run!  But our responsibility goes further. We are to bring the sinner to a point of understanding their need before God. Psalm 25:8 says, “Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He teaches sinners in His ways.” Psalm 51:13 adds, “Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, so that sinners shall be converted to You.”  The Great Commission is to “make disciples of all the nations….teaching them to observe all things” (Matt. 28:19,20). The disciples obeyed the command.  They did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ” (Acts 5:42).

The “good-soil” hearer is he who “hears…and understands” (Matthew 13:23).  Philip the evangelist saw fit to ask his potential convert, the Ethiopian, “Do you understand what you are reading?”  Some preachers are loud and strong like a shot gun that misses the target.  It may sound right and effective, but if he misses the target, then his efforts are not effective and he has wasted his time.  If people leave the meeting failing to understand their desperate need of God’s forgiveness, then the preacher has failed. He has missed the target, which is the understanding of the sinner.  This is why the Law of God must be used in preaching. It is a “tutor” to bring “the knowledge of sin” (Galatians: 3:24; Romans 3:20). It teaches and instructs. A sinner will come to “know His will, and approve the things that are excellent,” if he is “instructed out of the Law” (Romans 2:18).

 

“Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Deuteronomy 31:6

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John Rudich

Christmas in July?

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For the Jesus follower:  Christmas in July? YES! When you know Jesus, each and every day should be a celebration! This at a time when my beautiful wife shared with me how, professionally, her heart has been broken, and mine was broken this past week as well. As I was riding my bicycle into work today, I became aware of the great joy that Jesus has brought to my heart despite all the brokenness that surrounds us! And the Joy to the World hymn, Chris Tomlin version, entered into my head and I had a wonderful time praising my Savior as I rode. I hope you’ll watch this video. Listen closely to the words of the chorus and grasp onto those truths! Look around us! The world is in absolute chaos! Economic uncertainty, grief, self-centeredness, political turmoil, conflict, sexual revolution and disobedience to God, all of the same types of issues that have been with us since the creation of man are manifesting themselves greatly today, and because of a 24/7/365 media, all of us have all of this information at our fingertips at the press of a button. Yet, we as Jesus followers, have something that the world does not have: the hope, peace and full joy of knowing Jesus, and we know through Him that we have forgiveness from God the Father for our sins and we know not only that our real home is in heaven, but we know we have eternal life in fellowship with and worshiping God! So we, as Christians, rather than being lost in hopelessness or looking to political solutions realize both fall short. Our home is in heaven and the only solution to our problems on this earth is Jesus and being in relationship with Him! Praise God! Let us learn the lesson of Peter:

Matthew 14:22-33

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

So long as Peter kept his eyes affixed to Jesus, he was able to do the seemingly impossible and overcome the physical. When Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to look at the mere temporal things of this world, he began to lose his footing, even though he was on the way to Jesus. May we learn that what applied to Peter 2,000 years ago applies to us today. In right relationship with Jesus, there is nothing we cannot accomplish with God’s help. And when we let Him lead us, we will indeed have unspeakable joy! God bless you brothers and sisters, and take heart, for with God, all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26) Won’t you share your faith and reason for your joy today with those around you who do not know Jesus?   For the unbeliever:  My message to you today is brief and to the point. This joy I speak of, can be yours as well if you are only willing to, maybe for the first time in your life, step aside. Placing Jesus on the throne of your life will be a joyful experience for you, too, as you for the first time see your life as God sees it. The Holy Spirit will indeed open these spiritual eyes for you and suddenly, the world around you, and why what is happening today is happening, for the first time makes sense. And knowing God is faithful and will keep His promise to you regarding salvation and eternal life, is a bedrock you can rest upon, when the lost are tossed about upon their tiny boats in a violent and chaotic sea. Unbeliever, today is the day of salvation. John and I are praying for you to make your decision to invite Jesus into your life as your Savior and Lord today, for we do not know what tomorrow may bring or whether we may even be alive. Please, friend, do not delay and won’t you make this commitment to Jesus Christ today?

Michael S.

 

Let Love Motivate You

You should always be checking the spirit in which you talk to people about your faith. Be careful not to be or come across as sarcastic, condescending or self-righteous. It is easy to get caught in a sinful manor when people react as they sometimes do, with a negative response to what you are saying. You must always let love be your motivation. Only the love of God in us can give us the strength to talk to others in a proper loving way. It is not our nature. It reveals something about us in that we have to be told to go out and spread the Gospel. So many are in need but we come up with excuse after excuse. This just reveals our sinful character.  It show our lack of love.  As Charles Spurgeon said, “We must be ashamed at the mere suspicion of unconcern.” So if we lack enough love to talk to others or we lack love when witnessing, we need to get on our knees and ask for help from God, who will give it to us.

“If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and brokenhearted, for we shall often meet with more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love to God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.” Oswald Chambers

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36

 

One

Most people, and I will say non-Christians have no idea that the Bible is compiled of 66 separate books, and when they are put together you have the Bible. Even more incredible is that there is one story about one Person from the beginning to the end, from Genesis to Revelation. That Person is Jesus Christ.  It tells us that He created everything seen and unseen.

The Bible tells us that He is God the Son, eternally preexistent before the incarnation, and is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15).  He created a body for Himself and became a Man to suffer and die for the sin of the world.

In the New Testament Jesus had a few different titles, first it calls Him “Lord” nearly 250 times. His is the one that all humanity will bow to one day. He is also called the “Christ” well over 500 times.  This is because “Christ” (“Messiah,” or anointed One) is a title rather than a name. He is called “Son of Man” over 80 times, because He truly was a Man who had the ability to feel pain, experience thirst, and know the torment of fear. He is called “Son of God” more than 40 times, because He was truly God in human form.

There has never been anyone like Jesus Christ and there never will be.  Take the time to open the New Testament and read about Him, who He was, who He is and who He will always be and what He did for you!

If in this life you refuse to humble yourself and bow the knee to Him as Savior so that your sins can be forgiven, you will bow the knee to Him as Lord on Judgment Day so that justice will be done. That will be a fearful thing, with terrible eternal consequences.

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You owe it to yourself to at least be informed with the truth.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised”. Hebrews 10:3

 

Playing it Safe?

Playing it Safe?

Okay, the title could be anything but the real subject is trust!  Not just any trust but trusting in God.

So do you trust in God? Or do you just trust Him for the little things? Or do you really think He is not really listening?

The big problem for most of us is that to trust you really need to give up control. I don’t mean just saying that you trust someone, but I am saying really fully trust God with everything from your relationships, your money and everything in between. A relationship that is done by God will be the greatest of relationships, and as for money God truly will provide! Giving up control is something that each of us really has a problem with. But to really start to have that deep relationship with God, that He wants, you must give up control.

In doing this you show that you trust that God will take care of everything, but you must also understand that God’s plan may be different than yours.

The closer you get to God the more your plans, wants and desires will line up with His.  Don’t ever think that your plan is better than God’s because it is not. His plan is perfect, ours are always flawed.

This kind of trust does not come easy and it does not come overnight. This type of relationship can take years to really develop.  But when it does, you will find that His Word is true and what He tells you will happen 100% exactly as He has said. Your worry and fear and everything else that is negative will leave you because you understand that God is in control and that His plan is perfect.

Now God may tell you something that will happen in the future and most people would think that is great but remember this, although that is a blessing, usually it involves growth, teaching and lessons to be learned by you, and that can be very difficult! If you do receive this kind of prophetic word you are most likely going to be taught patience, endurance, and trust.  In the end it will be fantastic, but the journey may be tough.

Trust, how much do you trust God?  It should be 100% with everything,  and if not then start working on that right now, without that trust you will miss out on just how deep and beautiful your relationship with Jesus Christ can be, and that is something you do not want to miss!

“Trust in the Lord with all you heart and do not rely on your own understanding”. Proverbs 3:5

John Rudich