Bestselling author, Lee Strobel, recently confirmed what I have long believed concerning why people deny God.

In an interview on The 700 Club on April 7, 2017, Mr. Strobel says there were many reasons why he did not want there to be a God. And, he said this.  “I did not want there to be a God because I did not want to be accountable.”

There it is – as simple as it gets. If you deny God, somehow, someway, your actions will not come into account.  You will get a free pass to live your life as you choose, and you will not be confronted by a Holy God who will have any say over your eternal existence.

For two years, Lee set out to disprove the existence of God. Fortunately for him, God, the One he did not want to acknowledge, was merciful to him and saved him from himself.  So many people today are in the same mindset as Lee was.  They believe if they don’t know this God, then He will just excuse them.  Sadly, this is anything but Truth.

Romans 1: 18-23 says this:

“ The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.”

During this Holy Week, I implore you to examine where you stand with God. Do you seek Him?  Have you surrendered your life to His authority, or do you try to ignore Him?   Love Heart, He will not be disregarded.  Today is the day of salvation.  Gwen~

 

 

 


Hosanna~

April 8, 2017 — Leave a comment

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.  The recount of that long ago event in Matthew 21 talks about those who spread their coats and palm branches BV1 Date Palmbefore the King who rode into town on the colt of a donkey.  He, the King of Kings, came not as the mighty warrior He is, but as the gentle, humble servant He also is. Six hundred years before this day, Zechariah wrote these words.

 “Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion!
Shout, Daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king comes to you,
righteous and victorious,
lowly and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”

IMG_1347He entered through the Golden Gate (which is believed to be in its current state since 630 AD) and the people shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”

According to Luke 19:41-44, Jesus lamented over Jerusalem.

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”  The God Man, Jesus, wept as a human, and warned as God.

The tender, compassionate and complete love of Jesus is still there for all who will take it.  During this Holy Week, let the love of Christ fill you to overflowing!  Gwen~


Counting the Days~

April 6, 2017 — Leave a comment

                Dr. Mary Neal has written a book called To Heaven and Back. She died in a drowning accident, went to heaven, and returned. Of the things she said of her adventure, the one that struck a chord with me is, “Every day really does matter.”

I have lived approximately 23,474 days (including some leap year days!). If God should graciously give me another 20 years, that will be about 7,305 more days.

Now, there is nothing I can do to reclaim any of the 23,474. Not a single day of my wayward years can be recaptured. Not a day spent in sin and rebellion can be changed. However, of the 7,000 or so that might be left, each one of them can be lived to the fullest, but only if my focus is on God.

People have a hard time following after a god that holds them accountable for their lives.  The One True and Living God does just that.  He gives you all you need, and He holds you responsible for what He has given to you.  You are responsible for your actions!

With the world as crazy as it is today, don’t be swayed in your love for and devotion to Him.  Fix your eyes on Him, the One who is the author and finisher of your faith!

Love Heart, if you only have one day left, live it for the One who created you. You won’t be disappointed! Gwen~


No, Never Alone~

April 4, 2017 — Leave a comment

               Something amazing happened!  James Cameron spent three hours on the bottom of the Mariana Trench.  If you’ve never heard of this place, it’s located in the Pacific Ocean and it’s the deepest known place on the earth, 35,756 feet below the surface.  That’s nearly 7 miles down.

He spoke of his feeling of isolation from all humanity as he observed the barren desolate lunar-like landscape.

During His crucifixion, Jesus felt alone too!  He cried out to His Father asking why He had been forsaken while the very ones He had died to save also turned their backs on Him.

Tomorrow we will celebrate the resurrection of the Christ, our Redeemer.  He no longer is dead but is alive!

Listen to these beautiful words of comfort from Psalm 139:7-8.

 “Where can I go from your Spirit?  Where can I flee from your presence?

If I go up to the heavens, you are here; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”

             Love Heart, if you have accepted Jesus’s sacrifice on your behalf, you are NEVER alone!  Even if you’re sitting smack dab in the middle of the Mariana Trench, (or flying at crusing altitudes of 35,000 feet) our God is there.  Praise be to the Lord!  He’s Alive!

Credit for this amazing map goes to Daniel Feher.  You can view his original work at http://www.freeworldmaps.net/ocean/mariana-trench/map.html.  Thanks, Daniel!

Gwen~


Potter’s Hands

March 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seem best to him.” (Jeremiah 18:4, NIV)

JEREMIAH 18…~Debra