Thank God for air conditioning!

    By Kingsley Baehr

“Thank God for air conditioning! This August heat and humidity is so debilitating.”
I’ll say it again, “Thank God for air conditioning!”
On second thought, Why am I thanking God for air conditioning?
What does He have to do with it? In fact, what does He have to do with anything? Why, how can I even know, for sure, that He exists?
And considering all this, why am I using the name “God” anyway?
Where did that come from?
People use it all the time--
‘God, it’s hot!’
‘O God, I’m so sweaty!’
‘O-my-God, the power just went off! Now it’s going to be as hot as hell in this house!’
‘Could it be that somehow I believe that God exists without consciously realizing it?
Could it be that God really does exist and has created me with an innate awareness of Him— and I have been blowing Him off all these years?
O God, did I really say, “hot as hell"?
"O God, now I really am sweating!"
"O please, God, don’t turn Your power off yet; I don’t want to burn in hell!"
"O my God, deliver me from the heat of judgment for my dis-regard of You."
If these musings have caused you to stop and think, remember that a loving God Who tells it as it is has said to you,
“The wages of sin is death [separation from God forever in hell],BUT, THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.” Romans 6:23

TRUE FREEDOM

By Kingsley Baehr

Which of these freedoms would we willingly give our lives to protect?
Freedom of speech?
Freedom of the press?
Freedom to bear arms?
The rights of the unborn child?
Freedom of choice?
Freedom to pursue happiness?
Freedom of religion?
HERE ARE SOME FREEDOMS THAT JESUS CHRIST WILLINGLY GAVE HIS LIFE TO PROVIDE!
FREEDOM FROM SLAVERY TO SIN!
FREEDOM FROM A CONTINUOUS GUILTY CONSCIENCE!
FREEDOM FROM AN ETERNITY SEPARATED FROM GOD!
FREEDOM TO BECOME ALL GOD CREATED US TO BE!
FREEDOM TO LIVE A JOYFUL AND PRODUCTIVE LIFE!
FREEDOM TO GLORIFY GOD AS WE WERE DESIGNED TO DO!
Which of these freedoms will serve us best throughout eternity?
Which will be most satisfying to us in this present life?
Which will be most pleasing to our CREATOR?
THINK ABOUT IT!
First, would you not want to receive the freedoms that Jesus Christ died to give you--- the ones that begin in this life and last throughout eternity?
Then if you are ever called upon to give your life to preserve our country's freedoms, you will be able to do so, knowing that your eternal future is secure!
John 8:31,32,36 - Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son [of God] sets you free, you will be free indeed."
Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Romans 6:17,18 - But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin... you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
Revelation 1:5 b, 6 b - To Him [Jesus Christ] who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood... --- to Him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen!

JUNE! THE MONTH OF CELEBRATIONS!

By Kingsley Baehr

WEDDINGS! - When two voluntarily commit themselves to each other "until death parts us or the Lord comes again!"
Have you been "wedded" to the Lord Jesus Christ as the church's Bridegroom by committing yourself to Him forever? - Ephesians 5:25-27
GRADUATIONS! - When the past is put behind us, and future hopes are placed before us!
Can you look forward to your future with the confidence that you will be "graduated" to heaven some day? - Philippians 3:12-14
FLAG DAY! - When we celebrate the adoption of our flag as our national banner! [June 14]
Have you adopted the Lord God as your banner, your guarantee of victory as you serve in His army? - Exodus 17:15,16 (New International Version)
FATHER'S DAY! - When we honor our fathers for the love, support, and stability which they have provided to our families? [June 17]
Have you honored the Lord and Father of all people as your loving Father yet? - Ephesians 3:14-21
JUNETEENTH! - The oldest known celebration of the end of institution of slavery in America! [June 19]
Have you experienced the freedom from slavery to sin and Satan that can be yours through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ? - Galatians 5:1

MAYBE FLOWERS

By Kingsley Baehr

Flowers flower.
Talents flower.
Pubescent girls flower physically.
College graduates flower mentally.
Bible students flower spiritually.
Do you flower?
Are your ”roots" reaching deep into Biblical flower beds?
Are you "stalking" the Savior, wanting to be as close as possible?
Are your "leaves" drinking in the Son's shine?
Are your "buds" bursting into flower?
Are your "fruits" ripening under the Gardener's care?
Are you a planting from which God receives honor?
or
Are you chaff which the wind tosses away?
Are you wondering about these things?

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

By Kingsley Baehr

This old adage has more significance that just a statement about the weather.

Consider the following:

APRIL SHOWERS

MAY FLOWERS

Habakkuk 3:17 Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines... and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herds in the stalls.
Habakkuk 3:18 - Yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears.
Psalm 126:5 shall reap in joy.
Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My (Jesus') sake.
Matthew 5:12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.
2 Corinthians 6:10 As sorrowful, as poor, as having nothing,
2 Corinthians 6:10 yet always rejoicing; yet making many rich yet possessing all things.
Psalm 30:5 Weeping may endure for a night,
Psalm 30:5 but joy comes in the morning.
John 16:33 - ... In the world you will have tribulation...
John 16:33 - These things I have spoken to you, that in Me (Jesus) you may have peace... but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
1 Corinthians 15:19 - If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God Who give us the victory through our Lord

1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, ... be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

No one else had ever done it!

By Kingsley Baehr

No one else had ever done it!

That's why people had such a hard time believing it. His friends... His enemies too.

Frightened, cowering in a secret meeting place, his friends sat wondering what would become of them.

Frightened, wary, all over town His enemies were taking extreme precautions to insure that He couldn't do it.

No one really believed that He could. But then came the rumors!

Some woman said she had actually seen Him alive!

Two of His friends claimed that He had talked to them on their way home.

None of His enemies ever saw Him, but the rumors kept flying around.

Even some of their own men came with a very disturbing report, that had to be squelched with bribes and threats.

Then the mass meetings started!

Before large crowds, some of His known collaborators began insisting that He had done it!

...even when they met with skepticism and bias from the local authorities that quickly turned into vicious harrassment.

All the best evidence, which could have proved beyond reasonable doubt that He had NOT done it, mysteriously disappeared!

In fact, as years went by, and books began to appear, marshalling compelling evidence that He had done it, it became more and more difficult to insist that He had not, without seeming foolish.

Many decided that He had, and accepted His authority in their lives.

The rightness of their decision has been abundantly confirmed to them, because...

JESUS TRULY DID ARISE BODILY FROM THE DEAD, AND OFFERS HIS LIFE AND POWER TO THOSE WHO WILL ACCEPT HIS AUTHORITY IN THEIR LIVES!WILL YOU?

Are you experiencing February?

By Kingsley Baehr

FEBRUARY is frigid!

Temperatures below freezing, bedraggled by sneezing and wheezing! Its predominant color is gray.

Are you experiencing February? Huddling against the coldness of loneliness? Acutely conscious of spiritual sickness in your life? Color you gray?

But its central celebration is VALENTINE'S DAY! The winsomeness of wooing! The ardor of affection! The loyalty of love!

The LORD of LOVE is wooing you! This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. - 1 John 4:9 "I have loved you, " says the Lord. - Malachi 1:2 a

The LORD of LOVE longs to bring you to Himself! The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying:

"I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." - Jeremiah 31:3 "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. - John 13:1 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38,39

If instead of continuing to live a February gray life,you would like to become a VALENTINE belonging to the LORD JESUS CHRIST, then accept His loving offer of salvation from the penalty of your sins, bathe yourself in the wonder of His gracious love,and allow Him to turn your grayness into glory!

National Blood Donor Month

By Kingsley Baehr

The American Red Cross has designatedJanuary as Blood Donor Month. If you are free of disease, you can be a blood donor for someone who needs blood for a physical ailment.

JESUSis the greatest blood donor who has ever existed!

JESUS was completely free of the disease of sin sickness(1 Peter 2:22 a, 1 John 3:5 b), so His blood is totally effective in curing that dreadful and deadly disease which has infected the whole human race(Romans 3:23 a, Romans 6:23 a), because He donated His blood, free of charge, on the cross at Calvary(Philippians 2:8). Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.

JESUSdonated His blood for us when we were still sinners(Galatians 1:4 a).Some of us know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.

JESUSfrom the beginning of creation, knew that we would need Him to donate His blood to cure us of our sins(Revelation 13:8).

Since JESUSis GOD,His donated blood can completely cure sin sickness by providing forgiveness to anyone and everyone who wants it(Ephesians 1:7 a). So, the question is “Do you want it? Do you want Jesus’ blood donation to be applied to your sin sickness? If you do, here is what will happen:

You will be redeemed [cured of your sin sickness] …with the precious blood of Christ…(1 Peter 1:18-19)

He will be your Physician, your Medicine, your Medicaid, your Rehabilitation Center your Spiritual Security, and your Guarantor of Eternal Life!

What will you do with Jesus? Neutral you cannot be.Someday your heart will be asking, “What will He do with me?”

[Jesus] committed no sin…
– 1 Peter 2:22 a
… in [Jesus] there is no sin.
– 1 John 3:5 b
All have sinned…
– Romans 3:23 a
The wages of sin is death…
– Romans 6:23 a
And being found in human form [Jesus] humbled Himself… to the point of death, even death on a cross.
– Philippians 2:8
[Jesus] gave Himself for our sins…
– Galatians 1:4 a
…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8 b
… the Lamb [Jesus] slain from the foundation of the world.
– Revelation 13:8
In [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins…
–  Ephesians 1:7 a

Heavenly Destination

Heavenly Destination

By Dr. David Jeremiah

When we are united by faith with Jesus Christ, we are adopted into God’s family (Romans 8:15-17).

2 Timothy 2:1-3

2 Timothy 2:1-3

by Dr. Charles Stanley

In 1 Timothy 6:12, Paul calls on believers to “fight the good fight of faith.”