Monday, August 6, 2012

Gold Metals and Vanity

No one can deny that Michael Phelps dedication and hard work has absolutely paid off in the last two Olympics. Michael has established himself as the Olympics greatest athlete of all time winning 22 metals, 18 of those gold! That is quite an accomplishment to top in one's brief existence here in time but the question at hand here is, do gold metals and men's great achievements have any ETERNAL merit and weight to them (Psalm 39:5, 1 Peter 1:7, 18-19, 1 John 2:16-17)? No offence to Michael on this thought or any others but while everyone throughout the world is paying attention, why not take the time and make people consider and think it through; for this little vapor called time is less than a drop of water in the ETERNAL bucket of FOREVER (Rom. 10:2-4, John 3:36, 1 John 16-17).  Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Jim Thorpe, Ted Williams, Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente, Jesse Owens etc, etc, have had their brief moment in the sun, greatly achieved and now are dead and gone FOREVER. If these could speak now from their ETERNAL habitation, what would their message be in light of all of their great achievements and fame?

That is quite an accomplishment to top in one's brief existence here in time but the question at hand here is, do gold metals and man's great achievements have any ETERNAL weight to them.

The Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes is the tragic biography of Adam’s fallen race (i.e., humanity) told by the wisest of all men, King Solomon. King Solomon possessed it all: wisdom, brilliance, discernment, authority, prestige, riches/ wealth, property/ possessions, power, fame, women and glory. Amazingly, as he was reflecting on his life in his last days, he made this very sobering and tragic statement: “Vanity of vanities…all is vanity” (Eccl. 1:1-15, 12:7-8).
In possessing all of this stature and achievement, it never satisfied the ETERNAL void of his heart. All of it did not - and could not - yield peace and contentment. In the end, all of Solomon's great achievements and pomp could never deliver him in the hour of his death. To Solomon, all indeed was truly dust in the wind...

Dust in the Wind, the title of a song released by the group Kansas in the late 1970’s, is a melancholy piece regarding the terrible uncertainties and brevity of earthly existence. There is no certainty, no hope, no expectation, no solution and no deliverance. The song is painted with pessimistic colors and presents a bleak and tragic picture with absolute abandonment and no salvation to be found. All we are is dust in the wind… without the Savior of the world
All we are is dust in the wind... without the Savior of the world.

What the majority of humanity (and the song) greatly misses is that WITHOUT Almighty God, our Creator and Sustainer and His righteousness, all is indeed an absolute tragedy, vanity and dust in the wind (Psalm 39:5). My friend, that was NEVER Almighty God’s plan and purpose for His creation (Rom. 5:12-21). It is Almighty God’s sincerest desire that all would come to the saving knowledge of His Son Jesus Christ and have ETERNAL Life. The Bible states:

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:16-17)

"Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die…?" (Ezekiel 33:11)

"For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost" (Matt 18:11)

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matt 11:28-30)

Jesus said, "The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10)

Your existence here in time does not have to end in vanity. Almighty God has a great future plan and purpose for your life.
But as it is written, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him" (1 Cor. 2:9)

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live" (John 11:25)

"And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:5)

Without Almighty God’s remedy for our sinful condition which is found only in the Person of His Son Jesus Christ, indeed all is truly vanity and dust in the wind.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? " (Matt 16:26)

"Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah" (Psalm 39:5).

"And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire" (Rev 20:11-15).
In the end, Solomon fully comprehended that Almighty God was absolutely essential for the existence of man. To know Him is life ETERNAL with great expectation and purpose!

"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13,14)

Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior? To know Him is to have ETERNAL Life and possess ETERNAL Hope. May it be your sincere desire to know the One that made it all possible for you to have all of God’s highest and best for your life - both here in time and also for ETERNITY.

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!


What Is True Beauty In Almighty God's Eyes

An Objective Look At The Michael Jackson Memorial Service in Light of God’s Word

Heroes of Vanity

No matter how noble, no matter how heroic, no matter how virtuous, no matter how selfless, no matter how passionate, no matter how courageous etc.. etc... When ANYONE leaves out the ETERNAL Creator from time’s hopeless dilemma and His ETERNAL absolutes of RIGHTEOUSNESS all is doomed and absolute vanity (Eccl. 12:13-14, Rev. 20:11-15)! There are absolutely NO utopias here in this world and there will NEVER be, yet the world in its subjective GODLESS delusion seeks to achieve this la-la land fantasy with relativism, lawlessness, decadence, unrighteousness and Machiavellianism (Prov. 16:25, Rom. 1:18-32, Jude 1:10-13). This world seeks true peace through the labors of unrighteousness and lawlessness, but in the end all they will find is endless war, tyranny, violence and oppression (Isa. 48:22, 57:21). History is full of the "Heroes of Vanity", valiant men and women who sought to make this fallen world a better place and in some ways they have and we thank Almighty God for them, but in the light of ETERNITY and Almighty God's required RIGHTEOUS they have rejected SALVATION and their earthly existence was ALL vanity and dust in the wind (Eccl., Matt. 7:21-23, Rom. 10:2-4, 2 Tim. 3:1-7). They lived only for the subjective earthly temporal while being willfully oblivious to the ETERNAL.

There are NO utopias here and there will NEVER be, yet the world in their subjective GODLESS delusion seeks to achieve this la-la land fantasy with relativism, lawlessness, decadence and Machiavellianism.

We need as Adam’s offspring (race) to see things from Almighty God’s ETERNAL perspective. We need to fully understand - as a human race (Adam’s offspring) - that this world is NOT our home (Rom. 5:12). For in the final end, ETERNITY is the final destination of ALL mankind. Whether rich or poor, black or white, man or women, saved or unsaved (Heb. 9:27), either a child of Adam HAS the required RIGHTEOUSNESS of Almighty God provided by His Son or He does not (John 3:16-17,36, Rom. 10:2-4). This is the ETERNAL crossroads of this world (John 3:36, 14:6, Acts 4:12). Either you will receive Almighty God’s pardon, propitiation and redemption spirit and in truth or you will not (John 3:3-7,3:36,  4:24, 17:3). It is just that simple.

In the light if ETERNITY there is only one TRUE HERO of Reality who put it all on the line to rescue a world from ETERNAL damnation and destruction (John 3:16-17, Gal. 1:4, Heb. 2:14-15, 12:1-3, 1 Peter 3:18, Rev. 20:10-15). That TRUE Hero of heroes is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ! He gave it all and laid down His life for ALL then arose VICTORIOUS from the grave to the right hand of Almighty God (Pslam 110:1, 1 Cor. 15:54-57, Phil. 2:5-11, Heb. 1:1-3, Rev. 1:5,18). All of His wondrous RIGHTEOUS labors and heavenly exploits for Adam's fallen race were NOT in vain but had ETERNAL merit and weight to deliver ALL from their transgressions against Almighty God and the ETERNAL prison called of the Lake of Fire (John 3:17-17, 36, Phil. 5-11, Heb. 2:14-15, 12:1-3, Rev. 20:10-15).
He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life (1 John 5:12)

When Jesus rose from the dead and defeated the King of Fears (i.e., death) and Satan and ascended to the Right Hand of Almighty God in Heaven's glory (Psalm 110:1, Rom. 5:18-21, 1 Cor. 15:24-28, Heb. 1:2-3, Rev. 20:14) and will come again to judge and the rule the world in RIGHTEOUSNESS, JUSTICE and PEACE FOREVERMORE (Isa. 11, Dan. 2:44-45, 7:13-14, Zech 14, Rev. 19:11-21)!

My dear friend, do you personally know this Hero of RIGHTEOUSNESS, the Lord Jesus Christ?

My dear friend, do you personally know this Hero of  Righteousness the Lord Jesus Christ? He has come to rescue YOU my dear friend from DEATH and HELL and ETERNITY'S hopeless estate (Rom. 7:24-25, Gal. 1:4). May you be sure that you personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. All of your ETERNITY desperately depends on it. May it be so my dear friend!!

The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!



Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Two Paths to ETERNITY

The coexistence of fallen humanity can only come about through the Person and Work of Jesus Christ (John 17:20-23; Romans 10:4). He alone is Almighty God’s solution and remedy for His lost creation and the unregenerate state and condition of fallen man (Acts 4:12; John 14:6). There are two choices and paths which one can go by. It is YOU choice in the END (Matt.7:13-14, John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
For any and all who place their trust in Him, Almighty God will deliver from the judgment, bondage and mortality of their fallen estate (Rom. 12:2; 1 Cor. 15: 42-44; Gal. 1:4; Heb. 2:14-15; 2 Peter 2:20).

The Bible states that in the near future in the Kingdom of Heaven that ALL the redeemed of the nations will "coexist" under the RIGHTEOUS reign of the Messiah -the Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years.

Forevermore in the Kingdom age to come and in ETERNITY future will the REDEEMED of CHRIST dwell in absolute RIGHTEOUSNESS to serve Almighty God in spirit and truth (John 4:23; Dan. 2:44; 7:13, 14, 18). These will be permanently delivered from the bondage and presence of a sinful nature and a cursed world (Rom. 7:24; 8:21-23; 1 Cor. 15:42-44; Rev. 21; 22:1-5). The Bible states that in the near future in the Kingdom of Heaven that ALL the redeemed of the nations will "coexist" under the RIGHTEOUS reign of the Messiah -the Lord Jesus Christ for a thousand years (Isa. 2:1-5, Micah 4:1-4, Zech. 14:16-21).

These will be permanently delivered from the bondage and presence of a sinful nature and a cursed world.

To those who choose to REJECT Almighty God's Saving solution and choose to "coexist" in a state of spiritual delusion, lawlessness, transgression and rebellion against the ETERNAL absolutes and natural laws of Almighty God will die (i.e., be separated) in their trespass and sin, and ultimately assigned to God’s ETERNAL prison called the Lake of Fire (Matt. 25:41, John 8:24; Roms 3:23; Rev 20:11-15, 21: 8, 27).
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
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