Category Archives: salvation
Rod and I were talking about a man he knew that would buy “hot items” from some not so nice characters and felt that as long as he was paying for the item and did not know where it came from that it was o.k. This man professed to be Christian, and well yes he had accepted Jesus in his heart, he wasn’t really applying the Word in his life. As we were talking about this concept and then even discussing what happens in an investigation of stolen items I had an epiphany.
In an investigation when police and detectives discover the items that have been stolen, whether you paid a middleman or not for the item the stolen item must be relinquished. You have no right to it, as it was not really for sale because it was taken or stolen from the real owner.
Here is my epiphany: When we accept Christ in our hearts Satan has to flee. Our soul has been bought and paid for. Period. And Satan in all his game scheming and conniving efforts has no jurisdiction with our souls. He may have promised you fame and fortune and money beyond measure in exchange for your soul. But when you repent of your sin, ask Christ into your heart, Satan must relinquish your soul unto the true giver of eternal life and breathe.
Pretty cool uh?
Consider who your soul belongs to and choose wisely my friend where you will be spending eternity.
Some verses to consider:
- John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life, no one comes unto the father accept through me.”
- John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
- Also in the book of John it says, that if we confess our sins he is faithful and just and will forgive us or our sins.
The Glory Spot
My husband likes to go to the “Glory Spot” and he had that opportunity yesterday. You may wonder what the “Glory Spot” is. For him it is located not too far from where we live here in Puyallup. He hops in the Blazer with his Bible and heads out to Wildwood Park off of 23rd and parks in one of two stalls that get good reception for his favorite Christian radio station 88.8 (he actually picks it up more clearly at 89.1) and takes some time to listen to what God has to say. Often times he will go for a walk and do even more pondering about God and his word. Yesterday was a great time for him because his natural gift of gab and evangelizing also took place. He was listening to the group Selah during one of the radio programs and had the volume turned up a bit. A gentleman got out of his vehicle and scowled at Rod indicating that the volume was too loud, so Rod politely turned it down. The gentleman continued to scowl and Rod turned it down some more. And then the man got back in his vehicle and drove off. Funny how easily people our offended. So Rod thought he would be left alone and get some devotional time to himself. Then another vehicle pulled up this time with a couple in it and they got out. The woman had a curious look on her face as though she was trying to focus and it became clear to Rod that she was interested in the song she could hear floating through the air so Rod turned the volume up a bit and she smiled.
The lady said who is that?” and he mentioned that it was the group called “Selah” and she said, “Oh I have heard of them I like them.”
They continued in conversation a bit and her husband did not seem too interested what they were talking about but was trying to be courteous at least. Rod began talking about how he likes to come here to his “Glory Spot” and spend some time in devotion and reading the Bible. The lady began to ask him questions about what do you mean by glory spot and how do you talk to God? Rod has a natural gift of evangelizing and so he just started sharing about his routine and life and having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and the lady continued to ask him questions and the husband again just stood there quietly yet a bit uninterested. As the dialogue continued the usual question came up, do you go to church and where?
So my question to you do you go to church and where? If not, why not? No time like the present to begin a good habit more than that to reestablish a relationship with Jesus Christ and become familiar again with the family of God.
How does the chorus from the Gaither song go: “I’m so glad I’m a part of the family of God, I’ve been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, for I’m part of the family, the family of God.”
So what is in a nick-name?
You may wonder why I go by Pastor Weenie and isn’t that kind of an irreverent name to call a pastor?
As a kid my sisters called me Weener and/or Weenie I guess because it rhymed with Jean and Jeannie. Dad called me bean. These names were given to me in jest but also spoken with affection. Have you noticed that nick-names usually come at the point of more intimacy in a relationship. I am speaking of when a relationship goes deeper than things like weather, traffic, news, etc. So the name Weenie has stuck with me and my close family and some of my friends call me by that. It’s better than when they were calling me the “Church Lady” from SNL fame.
Nick-names can come from personality traits and quirks or maybe physical differences we have.
My husband and his two sisters have given themselves Indian nick-names since they are of American Indian decent. Rod (my husband) his name is E.D.L.E.O. sounds like Ed-lee-O and means Eyes Don’t Like Each Other. He has exotropia: A form of strabismus in which one or both of the eyes deviate outward.
Rod also likes to give nick-names to things. He has three pans that he uses to cook stew in. (Another one of his nick-names is “The Stew King” ‘cause he makes a great stew!) Betty is the usual sized pan, one that you might typically boil potatoes in or cook pasta. Mabel is the medium sized one that feeds more than just the family, and well Bertha is the one that holds enough to feed a small army. I had to learn their names because it’s hard to co-operate the cooking experience without knowing things such as this when helping My Honey in the kitchen.
My Honey, that’s another nick-name I call my husband when I talk about him. I will say My Honey this or that. I refer to him as My Honey, when I pen him a note it is addressed to NM, and when I speak to him I call him Cutie. If he is in the doghouse well then it is like most every other woman/wife/mother does I quote his whole first, middle and last name.
So what’s the point to all of this? I was pondering about the different nick-names and got to thinking about God. (Most everything comes back to that if you know me at all.) God has many different names we call him. Some say, “The Man Upstairs”. Those in Christian circles might refer to him, as I do sometimes, as “Abba” which means father. Some say Heavenly Father. We speak to him through the name of his son Jesus Christ. We can sense his spirit when Holy Spirit is present.
Whatever name you call him, my question is do you know him and have relationship enough with him to call him friend? If not consider that right now…call out on the name of Jesus Christ, confess your sin and accept him as Lord and savior.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:10 (NIV)
Happy 1st Sunday ya’ll! Hope that church is a part of your regular routine. Not just going to go, but going because you know our Creator Father God and have relationship with His son Jesus Christ. What hope do you have for eternal salvation otherwise? What value is there in life if you have not this relationship?
To be a good person is one thing, to be good to others another. But truly if you have not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior in your life, well then you are going to hell in a handbasket as the saying goes.
Sounds a bit down and in your face I am sure. Know though that love is where it is at. Why else would Christ have said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” Not by our hatred or rudeness to one another, but by our love. So it is in the spirit of love that this be posted. So that you might know Him.
John 3:16~For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall have everlasting life.