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I Am Blind

A blind man was sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: “I am blind, please help.” A creative publicist was walking by him and stopped to observe that he only had a few coins in his hat. Without asking for his permission, took the sign, turned it around, and wrote another announcement. He placed the sign by his feet and left. That afternoon the creative publicist returned by the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins. The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had re-written his sign. He wanted to know what he had written on it. The publicist responded, “Nothing that was not true. I just rewrote your sign differently.”

He smiled and went on his way. The blind man never knew, but his new sign read:
Today is Spring – and I cannot see it.

It is quite possible for one to have a great need, and not be able to pinpoint it, much less describe it. In fact, It is possible for one to be completely blind to his/her greatest need  (Revelation 3:17)  “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” In the Word of God, our greatest need is revealed before our eyes: salvation from sin.

Sin SEPARATES us from God, our Creator (Isaiah 59:1-2) “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Sin BLINDS us to the real purpose for our existence.

Sin DECEIVES us, taking us down the path that leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13) “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat“.

The Word of God also reveals the Solution to our greatest need: Jesus. Jesus is the Way to salvation and an eternal home in heaven (John 14:1-6). Those who place their trust in Him (Acts 16:31) “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house”.
Repent of sin (Acts 17:30-31) “And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”
Confess Him before men (Romans 10:9-10) “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
And are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38) “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” He heals them from their greatest malady: SIN.
Those who continue to follow Him in obedience to His will, He will continue to cleanse from all sin (1 John 1:7) “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

In John 9, we find the account where Jesus healed a man that was born blind. In healing this man, Jesus gave him DOUBLE VISION: his physical AND his spiritual eyesight. One may see in this account not only how this blind man received his sight, but also how he developed FAITH in Jesus as the Son of God. In the presence of the formerly-blind-man and some self-righteous Pharisees, Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind” (John 9:39).

Truly, there are NONE so blind as those who will not see! Do YOU “see” that Jesus is God’s Son, the solution for our spiritual blindness?

Won’t YOU respond to Him in trusting obedience?

God bless you!

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Washed in the blood of Calvary,
I’ve been redeemed,
He set me free;
Once I was blind
But now I see,
I’m washed in the blood of Calvary

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Alarms Ignored

In a late night experiment on April 26, 1986, two electrical engineers were conducting an unauthorized experiment in the control room of a nuclear power plant. They were trying to see how long a turbine would ‘free wheel’ when they took the power off it.

Now, taking the power off that kind of a nuclear reactor is a difficult, dangerous thing to do, because these reactors are very unstable in their lower ranges. In order to get the reactor down to that kind of power, where they could perform the test they were interested in performing, they had to manually override six separate computer-driven alarm systems. One by one the computers would come up and say, “STOP!DANGEROUS!GO NO FURTHER!” And one by one, rather than shutting off the experiment, they shut off the alarms and kept going.

Then at 1:21AM, it finally happened – the No.4 reactor exploded! The result?  Nuclear fallout that was recorded all around the world, from the largest industrial accident ever to occur in history – Chernobyl.

The instructions and warnings in Scripture are just as clear! We ignore them at our own peril, and tragically, at the peril of innocent others.

WARNING! “ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

WARNING! One day the Lord Jesus will be “revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who have believed” (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

WARNING! One day it will be too late to accept the Lord’s offer of salvation. “The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
Every moment that we have is an expression of the Lord’s patience, but one day, His patient waiting will come to an end.

WARNING! “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
“The way which leads to life” – is the way of faith (Hebrews 11:6), repentance ,(2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confession of Christ (Romans 10:9-10), baptism (immersion) in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38), and lifelong faithfulness to the Lord (Revelation 2:10).

Please DON’T ignore the warnings! Follow the way of life before it’s too late!

God bless you!

SALVATION IS FREE
By Chris Herd

Salvation is free…if you want to take hold of it today
The choice is yours…will you choose to obey?

 Salvation is waiting…but only you can save your soul
God wants you to be saved…but you are in control! 

God has the ability…but you must heed His call
To obey…be baptized…take heed unless ye fall!

Salvation truly is the most precious gift for man
So seek out your salvation…by following God’s plan! 

Salvation is wonderful…salvation is free
It’s yours for the taking…what will your answer be?

  

Philippians 2:12
“Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” 


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Your Reason for Living

A man had the good fortune and insight to take a chance with a credit card company in the Baltimore area several decades ago. He retired as a wealthy, high-ranking executive. In the course of his career, he put together a streak so impressive (35 years in which he never missed a day of work) that Cal Ripken wrote him a letter commending him for it. When he retired, the company gave him a classic car as well as many other lavish gifts. He had many benefits and perks, the admiration of peers and competitors, resort town houses, and considerable wealth. Yet, one day very soon after he retired, a doctor visit changed his life dramatically. He was found to have an aggressive form of cancer. Two or three months later, he was dead….

This is not a commentary on the morality or priorities of this man. Frankly, I know nothing about either. His story points out that his well-laid plans and successful career building could not forestall or avoid the inevitable end result common to every man. It also should provoke a question. For what are we living? Is our identity tied up in our career? Do we want to be known as the life of the party? Is it all about travel and adventure? Does life revolve around going to the river, the campground, the fishing hole, the beach, or the mountains? Is it sports, shopping, spending, or spirituality? Of necessity, all of us have a central focus. It is the thing that forms the bull’s eye at which we repeatedly find ourselves aiming.

The Scriptures reveal that Jesus should have the preeminence in our lives (see Colossians 1:18). Jesus is to be FIRST PLACE in our list of priorities. When it comes to our jobs, Jesus must take FIRST PLACE. When it comes to our recreation, same thing. When it comes to relationships, He deserves primary position. Whatever we say or do, Jesus must be at the forefront.

Only God knows the heart, but is it ever the case that we often choose money, sports, pleasure, recreation, hobbies, career, children, parents, spouse, or some other thing over Christ? The teaching of Jesus indicates that we often struggle in these areas. He warns that we may invest in the wrong kind of treasure rather than the true riches (Matthew 6:19-21). He implies that money can trump the Messiah as master of man (Matthew 6:24). He admonishes disciples to seek the kingdom first over “things” (Matthew 6:33). He warns against choosing family members over Himself (Matthew 10:37).

When life draws to a close, one will be confronted by the reality of what he or she made first place. Certainly, when one crosses the sea from time to eternity, there will be no denying, rationalizing, debating, or arguing about what one has chosen as his/her “bull’s eye.” But, in our heart of hearts, don’t we really know what’s most important to us… right now? It’s what occupies the greatest amount of our interest, time, energy, emotion, and effort. It is what we live for.

When we die, will what we live for help us live eternally or will it cause us to experience eternal death (cf. Revelation 21:8)? Let’s heed Paul’s urging to “set your affection on things above and not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2) by trusting God (Hebrews 11:6), repenting of our sin (Acts 17:30-31), confessing Christ (Romans 10:9-10), submitting to baptism (immersion) in the name of Jesus for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38), and living for Him for the rest of our lives (Revelation 2:10).

For what or for whom are YOU living?

Highs and Lows

If all the world were broad and flat
How dull the scene would be!
We’d wish instead for hills and vales
With changing views to see.

If all of life were free from care,
Devoid of tears and pain,
There’d be no failure or success —
No summits to attain.

But life is filled with ups and downs,
With happiness and woe.
Our joys are like the mountaintops;
Our sorrows lie below.

The Lord who made the lofty peaks
Designed the valleys too.
And He is there at every turn
To guide our passage through.

~ Amy Clarke Ellis ~


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What Do You See?

An elderly lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee, Scotland. It was believed that she had left nothing of any value. When the nurses were going through her meager possessions, they found the following poem. I think you will agree that contrary to what was first believed, she DID leave something of tremendous value!

What do you see, nurses, what do you see?
What do you see when you’re looking at me?
I’m a small child of ten … with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters, who love one another.

A bride at twenty, my heart gives a leap,
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.
A woman of thirty, my young now grow fast,
Bound to each other with ties that should last.

At forty, my children have grown and are gone,
But my man’s beside me to see I don’t mourn.
At fifty once more, babies play round my knee,
Again we know children, my husband and me.

I’m an old woman now, and nature is cruel;
Tis jest to make old age look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles; grace and vigor depart;
There is now a stone where once was a heart.

But inside this old container a young girl still dwells,
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain,
And I’m loving and living life over again.

I think of the years … all too few, gone too fast,
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, nurses, open and see,
Not a crabby old woman; look closer … see Me!

Here are some things that WE should see when we look at another person:
A person that is created in the image of God. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let  them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)

 A sinner! For ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

A sinner for whom Christ died! But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” (Hebrews 2:9)

A sinner that Christ wants to save! He will save those who place their trust in God (Hebrews 11:6), repent of their sins (2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Jesus (Romans 10:9-10), are baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of sin (Acts 2:38), and continue to follow Him for the rest of their lives (1 John 1:7).

What do YOU see?