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Time is of the Essence

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Do you ever feel like you have enough time in the day? Are you a busy person? Are you a procrastinator? Does time seem to be moving faster and faster the older you get?

The other day my kids were watching a movie on Netflix. It was a kids show about some children who are spies (conveniently called “Spy Kids”). The dilemma in this show was that the bad guy was stealing time. He was making the clocks all around the world speed up.

The problem was that he was doing it for a good reason. He had lost his father and was trying to teach all people around the world to value the time they have with others. I think the bad guy had a good point.

We take for granted what becomes commonplace in our lives. Through the years we become accustomed to the idea that there will be tomorrow. We make decision based on plans for the future.

The other day I heard a sad story of a person who took the future for granted. This person had been studied with about Jesus and what He did to save us. This person believed the message and wanted to be baptized to give his life to The Lord, but in the end he decided to put it off until a later date.

Fast forward several years, and the person has still not dedicated his life to Christ. He out it off until a better time but that better time seemed to never come. When the decision was in the forefront of his mind he let other factors influence his decision to do what was right. Now he’s dead.

Death is finality. There is no more opportunity for the things you wished to do to come true. The decisions you neglected stay neglected. You are given one shot at living this life.

Hebrews says, “It is destined for man to die one and then to face judgment.” Reincarnation isn’t an option. There will be no time after death to undo the mistakes of your past. All of those mistakes need to be dealt with right now.

That’s why every time we read of someone being convicted of their need for Christ in the New Testament there was immediate response in baptism.

Time is of the essence. Time is fleeting. Now is the time to do what is right. Don’t put off till tomorrow what should be done today. All of these clichés are appropriate for you if you know you need to come to Christ but have been putting it off.

Have you been baptized? Have you been forgiven? Do you have the Spirit living in you? If not, then don’t wait until a better time to get that fixed. The time is now. God is calling.

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I Love Jesus Because… What about you?

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Do you love Jesus? Why do you love Him?

I love Jesus because He is Magnificent!

This week Hurricane Isaac is making landfall in South Louisiana. The force of the winds are nothing compared to His power and might. He makes mountains crumble and forms canyons at His will. He paints the sky with such an array of colors that it takes one’s breath away. He created the intricacies of nature such that we humans are daily discovering new things about His creation. He is Magnificent!

I love Jesus because He is Reliable!

Since I gave my life to Christ, there has never been a time when Jesus has not been near. I may feel like He is distant or that He may fail, but He never does, and it is usually me who has moved away. It is never Him who moves. Many times in my life there has been uncertainty, and time after time He provides exactly what I need. Does this mean times aren’t hard? No! Anyone who tells you that if you come to Jesus you will have an easier life is selling you snake oil. Jesus never promised you that. What He promises is that when the storms hit, He will be right there with you helping you along. If you want His help He is a prayer of faith away. He is Reliable!

I love Jesus because He is Gentle!

As I read the account of the trial and crucifixion recorded in Isaiah hundreds of years before it happened, I see how gentle Jesus was. He took all the accusations and abuse without saying a word. He could have called legions of angels to defend Him, but He chose not to because of his compassion and love for us. He has never shunned me, His child, because of my sin. He doesn’t kick me out at the first sign of insubordination. He gently reminds me through His word and the counsel of others of my need to come back in line with His example of humility and gentleness. He is Gentle!

I love Jesus because He is Liberating!

Many people think that being a Christian will lead to having more and more rules that you have to follow. This is not the case. In Christ there are only two rules: Love God (which is easy because He loved us first), and love everyone else as much as you love yourself (which is much harder because we are very selfish beings). I don’t have to have all my religious rules in place to follow those two rules. In fact, most of the religious rules that churches require their members to follow are merely traditions. Those traditions may help you follow those two rules, or they may not. Regardless, Jesus has not called you to tradition but to love. He wants you to do whatever you want to do. However, when you become His follower, hopefully you want to live in the example that Jesus set for you. He is not going to stand over you and force you to do good or condemn you the moment you do wrong. Jesus is no micro-manager. There is freedom in Christ. I am no longer a slave to sin. I am no longer a slave to unforgiveness or guilt or hatred. I am no longer a slave to anyone but Christ who calls me brother. He is liberating!

I love Jesus because He is Forgiving!

Jesus came to rescue the world from itself. He came to take away all the wrong you have ever done or ever will do. On the cross all the sins you have ever or will ever commit were placed on Him and nailed to the cross. They are there. We are the ones who want to continue to cling to those sins and continue to commit them. Jesus wants us to let them go so that He can truly forgive us. For we aren’t truly able to live in the forgiveness of Christ until we are able to forgive ourselves. He isn’t standing over us reminding us of all the wrong we have done. Jesus doesn’t shame us into submission. He loves us, and He shows us His love through His willingness to continually overlook our faults. Jesus is Forgiving!

I love Jesus. I hope you do too. Why do you love Jesus? I’d love to hear your story. You can comment on this article at http://www.mrdobbs.org or via email at jddobbs@verizon.net.

If you haven’t allowed Jesus to be all these things in your life, I’d love to begin walking with you as you seek that kind of health in you. I’d love to show you Jesus. Blessings to you, and may His love shine in us as we walk in His footsteps


What if there’s no hell

“Imagine there’s no heaven…it’s easy if you try…no hell below us…above us only sky.”
This Beatles song runs through my mind tonight as I write these words. Please forgive me if I got the lyrics a little off.

So what about it? What if there’s no hell?

As I learn more about God, I have less and less trouble believing in heaven. The God who is love seems to fit this picture of wanting to throw a party for eternity with His children. But I can’t shake the idea that maybe our idea of hell is not completely accurate. As someone once said, what kind of loving god would throw a party upstairs while people are being tortured in the basement?!

What if the pictures in scripture that we have of hell are just that, pictures? Images created to give us a literal image of the suffering that happens in the spiritual realm. We don’t have a problem with scripture using metaphorical language to describe heaven (pearly gates, streets of gold, etc…).

What if the pictures of hell are meant to describe that place where your soul is – the part of you created in the image of God – while you decide to live outside of God’s love?

Did u get that? Hell, then, would be a reaction…a state of being…that becomes a reality within us the moment we commit our first sin and thereby choose to live on our own…without God’s love.

This then relieves God of the responsibility of having to throw His children into utter torment. The children are throwing themselves headlong into that state of being by their daily choice to live apart from God. This reality, then, becomes even more evident when our mortality ends, and our souls are to continue the existence we have chosen for them while on earth.

I teach and firmly believe that eternal life that is promised in the bible begins the moment we surrender to God’s love. Why can’t hell begin for us the moment we choose to live outside His love?

These are just musings…I’m still trying to figure out my place in this. I would love to hear your thoughts to help me understand mine. Thanks in advance!

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