Another perspective 

After viewing the post below, I quickly jotted down some thoughts. I’m not a fan of Joel Osteen and this is not about him. It’s about the remarks made before getting to mentioning him. 

It is his view about Hell as motivation which caused me to jot down a few notes. Here are mine. 

HELL IS A REAL PLACE WITH ACTUAL FLAMES: Agree. Luke 16:19-31,  

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 NASB 

1. The number one reason why anyone should ever want to be saved can be summed up in one word – Hell. This is an opinion. It is not scripturally based. My opinion? Salvation b/c of God’s love. 

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 NASB 

“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”” Mark 8:34-38 NASB 

2. Because of Hell, Jesus went to the cross and made a payment to set you free if you would only take it. It was not b/c of hell. The motivation for Jesus Christ going to the cross was love. John 3:16! 

John 10-10b – I have come that you might have life and it more abundantly.  

3. Because of Hell, God commands believers to take the message of salvation to a lost and dying world.  It is not b/c of of hell. Matthew 28:18-20. The Great Commission.  

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20 KJV 

4. What sends you to Hell? Unpaid sin in your life. The only sin which sends a person to hell is their own decision to refuse Jesus Christ as their Savior

That my brothers and sisters is the unpardonable sin. Rejecting the Holy Spirit. ALL OTHER SIN IS A BY-PRODUCT 

Look at it like this. It is against the law to not wear a seatbelt. yet many people do it. A common result is being ejected from the car whenever a bad wreck takes place. Speed may have paid a factor. Alcohol or drugs may have paid a factor. The intoxicated state, being ejected are by-products of the decision to drive unlawfully. No seatbelt, drugs, and being thrown from the car. All by-products of a selfish decision. 

Until next time

Hoss

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Blessings

You’ve heard the expression, ‘Can’t see the forest for the trees.’ What does it mean? It’s an expression used of someone who is too involved in the details of a problem to look at the situation as a whole. 
If you were to word it in a spiritual way one might say, ‘can’t see the blessings for the burdens.’ It is our challenge as God fearing Christian people to not get so lost in the burdens that we don’t see the blessings. 
Why do I say this? It is because we all experience trials, troubles and tribulations! Our lives are filled with so much stuff clothed in troubles we can’t see the gifts God sends our way. 
It’s been said you can look down every aisle and on every pew of the church and there you will find someone going through their trials, their tribulations, and their temptations. 
Psalm 84 describes the journey of a lone person experiencing the trials and troubles of life. 
“Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.” Psalms 84:6 NASB
I. Blessed in His House. 1-4

“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.” Psalms 84:1-4 NASB
Amiable = lovely=dear (1)

Fainteth=yearn=pine=to long for (2). It was a loud cry for the House of the Lord. 

House=home=place of pleasant hospitality. (3)

Blessed=happy (4)
Why is he blessed in the house? He found Shelter
II. Blessed in his Heart. 5-8

“How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, Every one of them appears before God in Zion. O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.” Psalms 84:5-8 NASB
Happy takes on a new direction in verse (5). This passage moves from shelter to strength. 

Baca=weeping=they make it a place of springs. The tears of those who have gone on before have found a resting place where their tears have created a spring of refreshing. (6)

Baca=Balsam trees/Aspens. 

Strength to strength=faith to faith. The exercise of our faith produces more faith. (7)

God may choose to send the rain. Refreshing rain for a lonely pilgrim. (8)
Why is he blesses in his heart? He found Strength.
III. Blessed in His Haven. 9-11

“Behold our shield, O God, And look upon the face of Your anointed. For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalms 84:9-11 NASB
The pilgrim calls attention to a new focus – the anointed (9)

This pilgrim is anointed and declares his desire to be in church! (10)

Sun/shield=all that is positive/protective (11)

No good thing withheld=all good and perfect gifts comes down from the Father of light.
Why is he blessed in the haven? He found a Sanctuary!
IV. Blessed in His Holiness. 12

“O LORD of hosts, How blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalms 84:12 NASB
Why is he blessed in the holiness? He found the Savior!

It is our challenge as God fearing Christian people to not get so lost in the burdens that we don’t see the blessings. 

Until next time,

Hoss

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A Real Challenge

“It is our challenge as God fearing Christian people to not get so lost in the burdens that we don’t see the blessings.”  W. M. Jones

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I Can’t Count The Times

I’be seen on television and have heard of the times when a person would be walking down the street in a state of deep reflection when they turn to go up the steps into the building. 

They would go into a church and wander into the sanctuary. Maybe take a seat in one of the pews. Nothing really said. Not a whole lot done. Yet much was accomplished. 

Many times I, as a pastor, would go into the church alone and reflect. I did this often. Questions filled the air as I spoke to God. Tonight is one of those times when, if I were a pastor, I’d go to the church. I’d find some solitude and a place of refuge. I would seek answers in the quiet of the room. Commune with God. This is one big reason the church worship center ought to be a sanctuary and not an auditorium. 

I read once where Christians were accused of using God like a crutch. Truth be told, I do. Just like the time I broke my leg in three places, I needed and I used crutches to lift me up. Likewise, when my heart is broke or heavy, I go to God to sustain and lift me. If any should regard that as a crutch then so be it. 

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭91:1-4‬ ‭NASB‬‬ http://bible.com/100/psa.91.1-4.nasb 

 
Until next time,

Hoss

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The Conclusion of the Whole Matter

The Conclusion of the MatterGod’s Answer to Man’s Search – Ecclesiastes’s 12:13-13
“I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.” Ecclesiastes 3:14 KJV
“For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.” Ecclesiastes 5:7 KJV
“It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.” Ecclesiastes 7:18 KJV
“Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.” Ecclesiastes 8:12-13 KJV
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 

14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NASB)
I. A Divine Revelation. 

  1. There is a God in Heaven before whom all men should fear. 

To fear the Lord is to consider God above everything and everyone else. 

To fear the Lord is to do what is right in God’s eyes, even if it means that the outcome will likely not be in our best interest. 
If we do fear the Lord, we will ask ourselves:
What does the Bible say?

What godly people can I seek for wise counsel?

How can I best glorify God in this situation?

What does God want me to do?

2. The guilt if we do not fear the Lord, is that we fear someone else instead. This is what Proverbs 29:25 means saying, 
“Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.” 
To fear people is to hold a person or group of people (parents, friends, spouse, coworkers, etc.) above everyone and everything else. 

To fear people is to do what other people want you to do, demand that you do, or pressure you to do even if it’s not what God wants you to do. 
If we do fear people, then we are ask ourselves questions that cause us to make ungodly and unwise life decisions:
What do other people say?

Who can I find to agree with what I want to do?

How can I hide this from God and godly people?

What do other people want me to do?
There is a God in Heaven whose commandments all men should obey. 
The the whole duty of all mankind is to obey the commandments of God with a reverential fear of Him. 
II. A Divine Judgment 

God is a Holy God
God shall bring every work into judgment
God shall bring every secret act into the Light. 
Jesus tells us that both our comforts and our efforts find their real meaning and their place as we submit our entire lives to God. 
“Seek he first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ” Matt. 6:33

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Leave the Stump: A Sermon

There’s a parcel of land I drive pass on my way to work and back home. For the last few months I’ve watched as it is being cleared. 
Trees are cut down. A single bulldozer moves from tree stump to tree stump. It digs around each stump preparing each one for the day they will be pulled from the ground. 
I’ve had my own experience digging up stumps. Not tree stumps but bushes and not with a bulldozer but with a shovel, a mattock, and an aching back. 
Ground was broken up. The roots were exposed. The mattock was flung on the roots cutting them in two. Finally, the pulling, rocking back and forth working it loose until up it comes. That’s how it is with sin. Not until the ground (your heart) is broken [by the Convicting Power of the Holy Spirit] and the root of the sin exposed [by the Loving Power of God] will the stump (your soul) be saved [by the Saving Power of Jesus Christ.] 

🎼 There’s still power in the blood of the Lamb! 🎼

Daniel 4:1-37

Background Daniel 4:4

King Nebuchadnezzar was resting. He had

 conquered the known world

 put down all his enemies

 demolished the Holy City Jerusalem 

 destroyed the Holy Temple

Confiscated the golden vessels

Taken prisoner the princes of Israel
King Nebuchadnezzar had built a wall around himself

He lived in a magnificent palace

A giant wall surrounded the city

A giant moat encircled the wall with guards patrolling day & night

He shut out all his enemies and relaxed in his lazy boy recliner, resting. 

But in spite of all this he could not shut God out! 
I want to point out four absolutes if you are to rightly understand the will of God. 

I. You must have the right man. 6-9 Daniel

King Nebuchadnezzar is said to have had a dream we would call it a nightmare. 

He reached everywhere to everyone to get the meaning. 

Verses 10-18

Somehow king Nebuchadnezzar knew the dream had something to do with him, not just his kingdom.

He was afraid! (5) Reference Hebrews 10:31 

He’s not resting now!

II. You must have the right meaning. 19-27

 Many interpretations but only one meaning

For a solid hour Daniel couldn’t speak. He knew the meaning. 

The tree is king Nebuchadnezzar 

The stump is the least of king Nebuchadnezzar that is left after the judgment of God 

Repent! Repent! Break off thy sins!

III. You must have the right motive. 28-33

 Why you do what you do? 

King Nebuchadnezzar did it for himself. His own glory! 

The judgment of God was a year in coming. 

Maybe the king felt God had forgotten. 

The warning of God’s prophet went unheeded. How long are you going to push aside the warnings of God? 
How long are you going to put off the warning and the call of God on your life? Ignore the preacher, the Word, ignore God. But I promise you there will come a day of reckoning, a day of judgment, a day of accountability. 
Here we see the king’s Madness!! 

While the words of pride were being spewed out of the mouth of king Nebuchadnezzar…. ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’ 
Then there was the voice from heaven that rang out against King Nebuchadnezzar. It was a seven-fold judgment. 

Your kingdom is departed from thee.

They shall drive thee from men. 

Your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field.

You shall be made to eat grass as oxen.

Seven times (years) shall pass over you.

Until you knower that the most High rules in the kingdom of men.

And the Most High gives it to who so ever He will.

IV. You must have the right mindset. 34-37

 His reason returned. 

King Nebuchadnezzar served every hour of his seven year sentence. 

He lifted up his eyes to heaven in prayer

He acknowledged the supremacy of Jehovah God!!! 

His reasoning was restored.

Until Next Time,

Hoss

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Trading Licks & Tricking Teacher

It’s a true story. I lie not. 

The high school student was in the eleventh grade. The building was out the back door of the high school down a breezeway lined with classrooms. In one of the rooms was a young teacher doing her internship. 

 Ms. Bellamy was a twenty one year old beautiful woman. She garnished the attention of the young male students. Little, if any, schoolwork was actually done in the class. A couple of the guys sitting in the back of the class began their own amusing past time by trading licks. 

Now if by chance you don’t know what the game ‘trading licks’ is then I’ll enlighten you. It is where one person hits the other. If the other person chooses he can stop the game or take his turn hitting back. They go until someone gives up. 

The teacher saw one of the guys hit the other. She yelled out at him and called him to the front. She wrote a pass for him to go see the principal for fighting in class. The principal had to sign the pass. It was to prove the student saw the principal. 

An offense like this meant suspension from school, discipline at home to include the lecture from parents and an ole fashion butt whooping. None of which the student wanted any part of!

Somehow the guy had to get out of this mess. It was going to be hard enough but knowing the principal had to sign his pass made it almost impossible. What was he to do? 

The guy reached the school office without a plan or story or scheme to get out of this trouble. Then it happened. There; standing in the school office was the principle. So the guy went into the office and straight to the principal, reached in his pocket and pulled out a nickel. ‘Principal McMillan, he said, I need to buy a pencil.’ With that the principal signed his pass along with giving him a pencil. 

As the student made the long journey back to class, he rubbed his eyes. Over and over again. The hallways were empty because class was still going on. Just before going out the back door, the guy stopped by the water fountain wetting his finger tip and dampening his eyes. 

The guy walked back into the classroom and up to the teachers desk with his head bowed and laid the pass on her desk. She looked up at him with the eyes still damp and red. He walked back to his desk slowly and deliberately without saying a word.

Very shortly after that the bell rang to end class. As the students got up to leave Ms. Bellamy called out the guy out and motioned for him to come to her. The guy just knew he’d been caught. When he reached her desk she told him she was sorry to have to send him to the principals office but the class was getting out of hand and she had to make an example out of him in order to regain control. The guy told her it was okay.

So the guy didn’t get punished at school. There was no lecture and most important, No Whooping. He fooled the teacher. And still won the trading licks!

It’s a true story. I lie not for I am one sent to the office. I tricked the teacher. Hooray!!

Until next time,

Hoss

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