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The kingdom of heaven belongs to children

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

Jesus loved children during his earthly life, as seen in this verse. He was blessing some little ones and his protege's tried to stop him and then he said the statement recorded above. We can only imagine what must have prompted these guys to try to steer Jesus away from the children. Somehow they thought that Jesus time was better spent amongst adults and not children, but Jesus strongly disagreed. The idea that being under age would disqualify you from Jesus touch, his fellowship, his blessing, or his attention is a mistake.

Not only are children fully qualified to receive Jesus touch, but Jesus also makes the statement that to children belong the kingdom of heaven. The notion that children are too young to receive the kingdom of heaven and it's treasures is false. The truth may be the opposite.


How judgement comes

Thus says the Lord:“For three transgressions of Judah,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,
because they have rejected the law of the Lord,
and have not kept his statutes,
but their lies have led them astray,
those after which their fathers walked.Amos 2:4What is sad in this declaration is that Judah has become just as guilty of the same sins as the ungodly country, Moab. They have rejected God's revealed ways for living, have stopped following God's commands and begun following lies.
While it's true that all of God's wrath was placed on Christ at the cross, God also visits the church with purifying judgements (1 Peter 4:17). A person's belief in Christ may assure their eternal salvation, but they may or the people may corporately have sin that God must deal with when he visits. What I mean is that God who is completely holy and just must deal with sin. Sin that is placed on the cross is dealt with and God is completely satisfied with his forgiveness for i…

Vengeance

The God who gave me vengeance...
Psalm 18:47

God gives you vengeance. You don't take it out on people. God gives you vengeance on the enemy. Your brother or sister is never your enemy. Their is an enemy and God gives you vengeance on the enemy.

Hell is real

The realm of the dead below is all astir
to meet you at your coming;
it rouses the spirits of the departed to greet you—
all those who were leaders in the world;
it makes them rise from their thrones—
all those who were kings over the nations.

Isaiah 14:9

Isaiah here is talking about the reaction hell is having to the coming of the king of Babylon. I think that passages like this should give us sobriety about eternal separation from God and that those who do great harm and refuse to repent have themselves been decieved.

He is still born in a stable

I am going to do a small series of posts on Aspects of Christmas, the first one titled, "He is still born in a stable".

"and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them."
Luke 2:7 (TNIV)

Christmas is all about Christ's birth. He is God's gift to humankind. He was sent to reconcile us. He also showed us what God was like. Rather that transport into earthly life or appear, like an angel, Jesus was born to an obscure set of parents, under obscure circumstances, at an obscure time, and in a very obscure place.

He wasn't born in the finest hospital of the day, nor in a palace, and not on a mountain top. He was born in a room that western minded moderns think of as a stable, where animals lived and were sheltered for the night, just like you would find on most farms or ranches today. Actually, it was a room in the house where the animals lived and had shelte…

Have you experienced God's goodness?

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—
how good God is.
Blessed are you who run to him.

Psalm 34:8 (MSG)

Have you experienced God's goodness? The psalmist says that you've got to experience it, tasting and seeing God's goodness. This experiencing is the place from which we grow and go.

Those who have tasted the good have good taste. You'll see the good, do good, be an agent of good. God is good.

God is always good, God is always doing good, and no matter what happens, God is good. It's not a feel good, say-it-three-times affirmation; but pure fact. God is good.

When you know God is good, because you have partaken of God's goodness; you know that when bad things happen, God is still good.

You already have what you need to do it

I had this little accident with super glue. I was holding a tube of it and I accidentally squeezed it and since the cap was not on tight, the glue flowed onto my hands. My friend grabbed a piece of paper to set the glue tube on and I rushed to the sink to wash the stuff off with soap and water, but it was too late. The glue had dried all over my fingers. Soap and water did very little to dissolve it.

I got on the computer and read that nail polish remover would take care of it. I read more and found out that petroleum jelly also will dissolve super glue. I think realized that I had lip balm in my pocket that probably contained petroleum jelly. Yes, it worked.

I then thought of God's word to Moses: "What is that in your hand?", in Exodus 4:2. I realized that this experience was a metaphor for the fact that God prepares us in advance for work or problems. Many times, you've already got what you need when the moment of need comes.
Only a week or so before my in…