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Bold As A Lion

“The righteous are as bold as a lion” — Proverbs 28:1

Jesus is likened to a lion (Rev. 5:5). A lion is bold and backs down from nothing. When you spend time with Jesus, His boldness will rub off on you (Acts 4:12-13).

Peter Cartwright was a rugged and fearless circuit-riding preacher in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. When he arrived at a new town to preach, he’d ride up a nearby mountain to look over the town.  He would turn to his associate and say, “I smell hell!”

In October, 1818 Cartwright was invited to preach at a conference in Tennessee.   The church was full to overflowing—Standing room only. After the song service, Cartwright got up to preach. He announced his text—“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Just then General Andrew Jackson entered the crowded church. With no place to sit, Jackson stood in the aisle and leaned on a post to listen.

One of the city’s more refined pastors pulled Cartwright’s coat tail and whispered, “General Jackson is here!” Cartwright writes in his autobiography what happened next:

“I felt a flash of indignation run over me like an electric shock, and facing about to my congregation, and purposely speaking out audibly, I said, ‘Who is General Jackson? If he don’t get his soul converted, God will damn him as quick as he would a Guinea negro!’”

That kind of talk won’t get you invited to speak to the local Ladies Aid Society. But nobody laughed at Cartwright, like the world laughs at Christians today. Maybe we should be a little more bold as we speak up for Christ!

I Love Jesus

I love the LORD, because… Psalm 116:1

This is a personal testimony. I want to glorify the Lord Jesus by testifying why I love Him in hopes that you will also love Him.

First, I love Jesus for what He has done for me in the PAST. As it says in 1 John 4:19, I love Him because He first loved me.  He loved me while I was still in my sin (Rom. 5:8). He loved me so much that He paid the debt of my sin by shedding His blood for me at Calvary! He saved me from hell and sealed me with His Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!

Second, I love Jesus for what He is doing for me NOW.  He intercedes for me at the right hand of God.  He strengthens me to live in a hard world.  He hears when I call for help. He comforts me in my sorrows. He provides for all my needs. He promised never to leave me or forsake me. He is with me wherever I go. He is conforming me into His image! Glory!

Thirdly, I love Jesus for what He is going to do for me in the FUTURE. He will keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.  He promised to come again and take me out of present evil world to be with Him forever.  He will transform my vile body to be like His glorified body.  Praise God!

Because of these great truths, how can I help but love Him!

Don’t you love Him to?  Does it show?

My Closest Friend

My Closest Friend

There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. —Proverbs 18:24

Recently I read how Martin Lindstrom, an author and speaker, believes that cellphones have become akin to a best friend for many.  Lindstrom’s experiment using an MRI helped him discover why. When the subjects saw or heard their phone ringing, their brains fired off neurons in the area associated with feelings of love and compassion. Lindstrom said, “It was as if they were in the presence of a girlfriend, boyfriend, or family member.”

I wonder how many link being in the presence of God when they are reading their Bible or attending church?  With all the things vying for our affection and attention, we must constantly refocus our lives on what is most important—Our relationship with God and His people.

The best friend you have is the Lord Jesus Christ. You have no one who loves you more and desires what is best for you.  If you pay more attention to your cellphone than you do to the Lord, your cellphone has become an idol.

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen” (1 John 5:21).

Jesus of Nazareth

Jesus of Nazareth

Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth. —Acts 22:8

Jesus was referred to as “Jesus of Nazareth,” but never “Jesus of Bethlehem” or “Jesus of Jerusalem.”

Nathaniel asked, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?”  Since then, Nazareth has been considered special because of its association with Jesus Christ.  Whatever Jesus identifies Himself with becomes special, no matter how small and infamous it may be in the sight of men. Palestine is called the Holy Land. Why? Because Jesus walked there.

A sinner may also become holy when he comes into contact with Jesus. If Nazareth lost its bad reputation through the Name of Jesus, so may you and I.