BORN MALE OR FEMALE SAYS DNA

For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman, and everything comes from God. —I Corinthians 11:2

Confusion… wow, that is what it is when it comes to gender today. There has only been one woman that came from a man and that was when God formed Eve from Adam’s rib. Ever since then only women naturally bear children. It is amazing that DNA is utilized to solve all kinds of mysteries in crime, but it is not mentioned too much when talking about gender. DNA cannot lie. It tells whether a person is a male or female. Where’s the science in this debate? http://www.sexchangeregret.com/Things-Ive-Learned. When the argument is that a person is “born gay” it is not considering the DNA that determines gender. Homosexuality comes down to a choice— DNA does not lie. That is why it can stand up in a court of law as evidence. It is amazing how DNA has solved crimes that occurred decades ago before the use of DNA http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/507693/The-godfather-of-DNA-30-years-Alec-Jeffreys-revolutionized-crime-fighting. So, homosexuality is a choice and there are many factors that go into that choice.

God’s design is not flawed, man’s mind is! Emilee Danielson challenged Bruce Jenner’s claim to identify as a woman http://godfatherpolitics.com/23983/an-open-letter-to-bruce-jenner-from-a-real-woman/. Here’s some of what she said.

“For instance, you will never know what it is like to wake up every 28 days with searing stomach pain so bad it doubles you over, yet still trot off to work or school as though everything is fine. You will never know what it is like to have your car break down on the side of the road and when a couple men stop to help your prayer is that their intentions are good because there is no way on earth you have the ability to physically hang let alone overpower them. You have no idea what it is like to long to have a child only to have your third miscarriage, yet still manage to be able to share in the joy of all the other young mothers in your life. You will never know what it’s like to get pregnant, gain 40 lbs (1/3 your total body weight), hurl all morning long for 4 months straight, yet still care for your other two toddlers, and not drive your husband to the brink. You will never know what it is like to give birth to a 10 lb. baby boy with absolutely no medication!!! You will never know what it is like at the age of 50 to be walking down the streets of Phoenix and popping in the Dairy Queen for a cool refreshing treat only to be gripped at that moment with your fourth hot flash of the day.”

No, God does not make mistakes. It is impossible for him to do so. The problem is with man’s mind. The problem is with deprave, fallen, sinful man and the problem will not be resolved until man yields to God’s design regardless of the sinful tendencies we have… whatever they may be ( I Corinthians 6:9-11).

Dear Father, I thank You for the design of marriage, of male and female. Thank You that You transform people regardless of the sinful tendencies we may have. You change people and make them new. For this I am grateful! May I live as You desire in the authority of Jesus.

BE UNSELFISH

I, too, try to please everyone in everything I do. I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. —I Corinthians 10:33

Me…me…me… Mine…mine…mine… and so goes the way of a 2 year old. Not all, but many. They are self focused and are only looking out for their own interests. There are exceptions, but the norm is that think they are the center of the universe and they want everything to revolve around them. By nature they are selfish.

But so too it can be true and often is that adults are the same way. Instead of looking out for the best interests of others, often we are just looking out for our own interests. In the above verse the Apostle Paul says that he looks out for the best interest of “others that many may be saved.” He is talking about looking out for the best interests of the lost! When is the last time you or I were looking out for the best interests of someone who does not know Jesus? Oh, that we would do so today!

Dear Father, today help me to look out for what is in the best interest of those who do not know Jesus. May that be the case today in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

THE GREATEST IS LOVE

But while knowledge makes us feel important, it is love that strengthens the church. Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn’t really know very much. But the person who loves God is the one whom God recognizes. —I Corinthians 8:1-3

There is a vast ocean of knowledge and nobody understands each and every drop. Those who would claim to know how many drops are in the ocean would be considered someone who really doesn’t know too much.

So it is with a person that claims to know the answers to everything. In reality, they don’t know very much. What is of first importance is if a person loves God. Then of second importance is if a person loves people (Matthew 22:37-40). This is a love that puts others interests above our own. It is a desire to honor others and not be concern about myself being honored.

There are some people that think they know it all. According to the verses above this happens in a person’s life to make them “feel important.” What is it that makes you “feel important?” Do you wand to strengthen the church? Do you really want to do what God truly recognizes? Then love Him and love people.

When those in local churches (those who sincerely know the Lord Jesus and gather together) truly love each other, then not only is that local church strengthened, but the universal church (those who sincerely know the Lord Jesus all over the earth) is as well.

Love as a verb is an action word. How will you and I act to show love toward God and others today? May we do so to strengthen the church for whom Jesus died and rose again for.

Dear Father, may I truly show my love for You and for people today. Please give me guidance in this by the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

SLUGGARDS AND SENSIBLE SOLUTIONS

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly. —Proverbs 26:16

My daughter was in the city recently and a man came up to her open window and asked for money. She told him she did not have any cash, but he persisted. Finally he left. I am not sure of this particular man’s situation, but being aggressive as he was is not how you ask for help. Was this man really needed, was he a drug addict or was there some other difficulty happening in his life?

There are those who do use the system. They seek to get something for nothing. They are able to work but in their own mind they think they are wise to “milk” the system and “bilk” the taxpayers. I know of those who do this. One day I overheard one woman talking to another and mentioned where she could get “free money.” For those who are truly needy, the system is there to help them, but then there are the sluggards who won’t listen to anyone who encourages them out of their laziness and to get a job.

Star Parker spent 7 years on welfare and she has quite the story. It is quite unfortunate that the government is a very large part of this dependency problem. They should listen to sensible solutions! https://www.urbancure.org/starparker.asp & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqtE-f0yZoA

Work for Welfare encourages those who can work to do so. The State of Maine saw a “significant drop from 12,000 enrollees to just over 2,500” after it started this Work for Welfare program http://www.usherald.com/maine-welfare-recipients-must-work-for-their-benefits/. This is what the government should be doing to help people out of their dependence on government and not to give people an easy excuse not to work by just giving government aid. Again, for those who sincerely need help, let’s help them. But for those who are just being lazy, let’s help them to fend for themselves. We are talking about people who are able to work but are just making the choice not to— “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat” (II Thessalonians 3:10). Laziness is destructive — “Laziness leads to a sagging roof; idleness leads to a leaky house” (Ecclesiastes 10:18).

Surely the church— all those who have truly trusted the Lord Jesus Christ— are to set the example of not being idle and lazy— “Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business” (II Thessalonians 3:11) and again as stated in II Thessalonians 3:10— “Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.” Unfortunately, there are those who just won’t listen and think they are wiser than the seven who encourage sensible solutions. But let us keep seeking to encourage because there are those who will listen as Star Parker did after seven years of government dependence.

Dear Father, oh that I would not be lazy, but faithfully about Your business day by day wherever I am. Please help me to be a faithful servant of Yours for Your honor and glory. Oh, that I would honor the Lord Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit. May it be so.

YOUR DEBT HAS BEEN PAID— WILL YOU ACCEPT THE GIFT?

YOUR DEBT HAS BEEN PAID— WILL YOU ACCEPT THE GIFT?

God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. —I Corinthians 7:23

Carl was a slave to sin and there was nothing he could do about it. Satan had ensnared him and was holding Carl captive to do his will (II Timothy 2:26). On occasion Carl’s conscience would bother him about the sinful things he was involved in, but most of the time he enjoyed the pleasures of sin. But then Carl found the answer to his captivity. There was a way out…

Sin can be pleasurable for a season (Hebrews 11:25), but it is short lived. Even if a person enjoys a sinful life for his whole existence of this life, what is 100 years compared to eternity? What profit would there be in enjoying all the sinful pleasures of this world just to forfeit your soul in Hell? (Mark 8:36).

The Lord God Almighty paid a high price so you could be set free from the power of sin, Satan and death. This tremendous price was paid to enable us to be transferred from the imprisonment in the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of Jesus (Colossians 1:13)— “from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me” (Acts 26:18).

What is the Way out? Jesus said, “I am the way…” (John 14:6). It is the Way of the cross and all Jesus accomplished there. He paid the penalty and took the punishment for our sin (Isaiah 53:6; Hebrews (9:26; I Peter 3:18) and then rose on the 3rd day proving Himself to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4). Jesus sets us free (John 8:31-36; Romans 6:22-23; Galatians 5:13).

Carl heard about the way out of his imprisonment to sin, Satan and death. When he heard about what Jesus had done to free him, he accepted the free gift of eternal life. His sins were forgiven and he was no longer guilty before God. He was free to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and that is what he did (Galatians 5:13).

What about you? Have you trusted Jesus and been freed from the power of sin, Satan and death? Today, if you hear Him calling you… trust Him now! Then connect with a local church (group of people that loves Jesus) that is seeking to honor the Lord God Almighty as revealed in His Word.

Dear Father, thank you for freeing me from the power of sin, Satan and death. Out of loving gratitude may I be the person You desire me to be and to serve You according to Your plan for my life. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit.

CALLING GOOD WHAT GOD CALLS SIN AND EVIL

Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. —I Corinthians 6:9-11

“Are you going to heaven when you die?” When that question is asked of people they typically say, “Yes.” Then when you ask why they think they are going to heaven usually the response is “I’m a good person. I have not killed anyone and I am as good as anyone else.” But when are asked according to God’s standard, things change. “Have you ever hated someone? Well, God puts that on the same level as murder” (I John 3:15). “Have you ever lusted after another person?” God says that is committing adultery with that person in your heart” (Matthew 5:28). “Have you ever stolen something, even something small?” That makes you a thief.

See— we all have sinned against God. We all have broken His laws, the Ten Commandments. We are all headed for judgment in Hell. But, the Lord Jesus Christ provided a way so we do not have to be judged and to know Him. He took the judgment for us at the cross.

According to the verses above those who “indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” These are people that are unrepentant and who have not trusted the Lord Jesus Christ to have their sins forgiven. These are people who have no problem with committing these sins. They are OK with it.

But God says that “none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” People can tell themselves and believe that they are going to heaven, but if they have a lifestyle of indulging in sin then that is not the case! Instead, Satan has ensnared them and they are being held captive by him to do his will (II Timothy 2:26). The end result will be judgment in Hell.

There is good news in the verses above. Some of these people in the Corinthian Church “were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Those who were practicing sexual sin, or who were worshipping idols, or committing adultery, or were male prostitutes, or practiced homosexuality, or were thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or were abusive, or cheated people were not living those lifestyles anymore because Jesus changed their lives!

We live in a time when people are calling good what God calls sin and evil. But it is He who will have the final word. All of us will appear before Him after death— either at the judgment seat of Christ for believers to give an account of how we lived for Jesus and will be rewarded for faithfulness (II Corinthians 5:10) or at the white throne judgment for unbelievers whose own actions or inactions will judge them before being thrown into the lake of fire… forever (Revelation 2:15-20).

Out of gratitude, Dear Father, may I live faithfully in the authority of Jesus & by the Holy Spirit.

SEEN AS TRASH OR TREASURE

Yet we are treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash—right up to the present moment. —I Corinthians 4:13

Today is “dump day.” I will take the trash to the transfer station in our town and thrown away everything we have put in our garbage cans that don’t have value to us. I will throw it in a large dumpster and that will be that. I will never see it again and I will not miss it at all.

The Apostle Paul said that he and his colleagues were “treated like the world’s garbage, like everybody’s trash.” People saw them as having no value. They were throw away people that would not be missed. At times people sought to destroy them, snuff them out.

At the transfer station where I go there is a shed where you can leave “stuff” that you do not want anymore. Others can take it if they want. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

There are those who think the gospel and those who live by it are “trash.” But then there are those who do not think that. When you engage them in conversation they have questions, sincere questions. They are considering trusting Jesus but have not crossed that line yet. These people do not think you are trash but are very appreciative that you would talk with them about such important things.

Have you been treated like trash? Well just remember that God sees you as His precious child, His heir, joint heirs with Jesus and you are precious to Him. Now that is what really matters! Don’t stop speaking about His Awesomeness. Don’t stop sharing the Good News. There are those who don’t think that the Gospel or you are trash… they will be grateful for your willingness to share what is really important to them.

Dear Father, please help me not to forget who I am in the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank You for being an heir of Yours and a join heir with Jesus. May I live in great gratitude by the Holy Spirit’s power.

PLANT AND WATER

We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. —I Corinthians 3:5-9

We put some pumpkin plants in this year that were given to us. I transplanted them once before we put them in the ground. We broke the ground in five spots and put 3 plants in each spot. As I look out at them now there have all grown together to form on lush green pumpkin patch with some nice sized pumpkins hidden under the large leaves. Yes, we planted and watered, but there was no way we could make the plants grow. Only God can do that.

So it is with sharing the gospel. We can plant and water the seed of God’s Word, but we cannot make it grow in a person’s life. Only God can do that! But, we are to be planting and watering… Are we? Who are you sharing the gospel with and encouraging toward Jesus? God gave us this work to do. Whether we plant or water we are working together for the same purpose as God’s workers and He will reward us for the work. May we be faithful to plant or water today!

Dear Father, help me to be sensitive to those around me today and be about Your business of planting and/or watering. May it be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

GOD’S WISDOM OR FOOLISHNESS —Your Answer Determines Your Destiny

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. I Corinthians 1:18-23

From God’s perspective the worldly philosophers, scholars and brilliant debaters, the wisdom of man, look foolish. “In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a “moderate” college budget for an in-state public college for the 2014–2015 academic year averaged $23,410. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $46,272” http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064. Instead of teaching the wisdom of God these schools for the most part are anti-God and teaching worldly wisdom. It is a “low” education and not a “high” education that students are receiving for these prices!

Those who will never trust the Lord Jesus Christ and are headed for Hell believe that the message of the cross is foolish. They do not understand it and do not what to accept it. But for us who have trusted the Lord Jesus and for those who will, we understand to some degree the power of God that took place at the cross and through the resurrection, proving Jesus to be the Son of God (Romans 1:4; I Corinthians 12:1-9).

To me this is truly astounding. One sin is an eternal problem. Just one sin, apart from trusting Jesus, would keep a person out of heaven, would keep a person from having a relationship with God. Jesus took the punishment and penalty for ALL sin when He died on the cross— past present and future! Think about that. “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world” (I John 2:2). Jesus died for all the rebellious, wicked, evilness of mankind “so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16) and “There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son” (John 3:18).

Do you see what took place at the cross of Christ as foolishness or the wisdom of God? Your answer will determine your destiny forever!

Dear Father, thank You so much for Jesus’ willingness to go to the cross for my sin. Oh, I truly want to live in such a way that honors You and shows forth my gratitude. May I do so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.

PLUG IT!

And now I make one more appeal, my dear brothers and sisters. Watch out for people who cause divisions and upset people’s faith by teaching things contrary to what you have been taught. Stay away from them. Such people are not serving Christ our Lord; they are serving their own personal interests. By smooth talk and glowing words they deceive innocent people. —Romans 16:17-18

Water is so powerful when moving. Typhoons, tsunamis, tides, hurricane surges, flooding rivers and torrential downpours all can be so very destructive as told in the tale of The Little Dutch Boy— “Dutch legend has it that there was once a small boy who upon passing a dyke on his way to school noticed a slight leak as the sea trickled in through a small hole. Knowing that he would be in trouble if he were to be late for school, the boy pocked his finger into the hole and so stemmed the flow of water. Some time later a passerby saw him and went to get help. This came in the form of other men who were able to effect repairs on the dyke and seal up the leak.”

“This story is told to children to teach them that if they act quickly and in time, even they with their limited strength and resources can avert disasters. The fact that the Little Dutch Boy used his finger to stop the flow of water, is used as an illustration of self-sacrifice. The physical lesson is also taught: a small trickle of water soon becomes a stream and the stream a torrent and the torrent a flood sweeping all before it, Dyke material, roadways and cars, and even railway tracks and bridges and whole trains.”

“This tale originates from the American writer Mary Mapes Dodge and is in fact not a real myth, although many people believe it is. She published this tale in ‘Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates’ in 1865. The Little Dutch Boy is a very popular myth in the United States (and other countries), but is not well known in the Netherlands and has probably been imported there by American tourists.” http://www.pantheon.org/articles/l/little_dutch_boy.html

People that cause division, according to the above verses, do so for their own personal interests and not those of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are self-serving and not Christ-serving. Just as rushing water causes instability, so to the words of a person causing division, stirring up conflict. It starts as a drip, then a trickle, then a stream, then a river and then an uncontrollable flood that brings destruction. “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him… a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (Proverbs 6:16, 19).

This principle is true among God’s people, but the principle can be seen in the world as well whether it be national, state, city, town, business or school level. Those that cause division are bringing instability at any level because of their personal interests. How should these things be dealt with? We are told in the verses above to “stay away from them” and that will “plug the leaky dyke.”

Dear Father, oh please may it be my motivation to speak and act according to Your desires. May I not cause division, but encourage your people to move forward united. May this be so in the authority of Jesus and by the Holy Spirit’s power.