Thursday, September 29, 2011

Origin of the Left & the Right

The following is a copy of an e-mail (author unknown) that was sent to me and also my reply below:

I have often wondered why it is that Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left."

By chance I stumbled upon this verse in the Bible: "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)

Can't get any simpler than that.

Spelling Lesson

The last four letters in American..........I Can

The last four letters in Republican.......I Can

The last four letters in Democrats.........Rats

End of lesson. Test to follow in November, 2012

Remember, November is to be set aside as rodent extermination month.

My Reply:
The scripture that came to my mind after reading the above is found in Matthew 25:32-46 where Jesus talks about the separation of the sheep from the goats - He will cause the sheep to stand on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you blessed of My Father [you favored of God and appointed to eternal salfvation], inherit (receive as your own) the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

I think the political term left and right lines up with the world mentality that Jesus talks about the difference of the way people think and believe. I am amazed at the number of professing Christians that cast their votes and their political beliefs with the mentality of the goats who use an ass as their political symbol.

If one has spent any time at all studying the Word one cannot logically agree with the agenda of the left. I can only conclude their eyes have been blinded from the truth.  My suggestion for anyone no matter what your political views are is to immerse yourself in the study of God's Word and He will reveal to you whether you are currently a sheep or a goat.  And, if you find yourself a goat then continue to study His Word and He will change your heart to a sheep ( the righteous in Christ Jesus).
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Saturday, September 03, 2011

Short Term and Long Term Investments

By Chet Nowlen

On August 14th of this year my pastor preached a sermon titled “First Love” and every since then I have not been able to stop thinking about some of the things he said about Short Term and Long Term Investments. Any material wealth or possessions we acquire in this present life are to be considered Short Term as these things are only temporary. In other words we will not be able to carry them with us into eternity. Long Term investments, however, are the good works we invest in this life that build treasures for us in heaven which are everlasting.

Pastor Glenn also stated that some Christians are like a man in a burning building and just as he is about to perish he dives out the window just in time. This man is saved and on his way to heaven, but his clothes have the smell of smoke on them as he barely made it. He made it to heaven, but he had little or no time to build any good works or treasures in heaven.

When I stop to think about building treasure in heaven I asked myself, “What have I done to build any treasures in heaven?” And, “How does one build treasures in heaven?” I remember feeling ashamed because I cannot imagine what good works that I’ve done that would be considered worthy of being called treasure.

Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” When I did a self examination of my life I discovered that the desires of my heart have been very selfish and more focused on the earthly treasures and pleasures of this life. I realized I had not done very much towards building up eternal treasures in heaven.

I made a decision I was going to change that, but I asked myself what could I do that would changes that? I struggled with this though for several days and then finally I remembered something Jesus said. He said, (see Matthew 25: 34-46 below) “I was hungry and you gave me food, I as thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me together with yourselves and welcomed and entertained and lodged Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me with help and ministering care, I was in prison and you came to see Me.” Jesus went on to explain that when we do these things for others we are doing these thing we are doing it to Him.

To know whether we have been building any treasures in eternity we must know the condition of our heart. One of the best heart condition test is found in the “Parable of the Sower” found in Matthew 13. The soil mentioned in the parable is the heart and the different conditions of the soil represents the different conditions of the heart. The conditions of the heart is what determines the harvest, or what I believe means rewards or treasures in heaven.

Conditions of the soil( heart):

• Roadside - this person hears the word when its planted in his heart, but the seed was laying on top of the soil and evil one cause the circumstances of life that steal the word and therefore not allow the word to take root.

• Rocky Gound – this person also hears the word and received it in his heart, but there was very little depth for the seed causing the plant to wither and die before a harvest could be produced. This person received the word gladly, loses his trust in the word because of the difficulties and stresses of life.

• Thorny Ground- this person also hears and receives the word, but loses his faith in the word because he is distracted by the cares of this life and the pursuit of riches therefore unable to build any treasure in heaven.

• Good Ground – this person hears the word when its planted in his heart and its planted deep because he understands the word therefore causing him to reap an abundant harvest of treasure in heaven.

What is the secret to building long term eternal investments or riches in heaven? The secret is to plant the word (scriptures) in your heart by saying what the word says. Faith comes by hearing and by hearing the word of God. When you hear yourself say the word out loud you are planting the seeds in your heart. The more you say it the more your seed will take root causing your faith to grow and faith comes through believing what the word says is true. When you have faith in the word, planted in good soil, the enemy cannot steal the word from you and cannot steal your harvest.

As the word grows in us faith grows therefore causing the harvest to come some 30, 60, and even 100 times the seeds that were planted. This is the law of sowing and reaping in that we reap what we sow. Whatever we sow in our hearts is what our hearts will produce. As the word grows we are not so easily distracted by the cares of this life, nor are we so concerned with how much money we can build up in this life. As the word grows in us the word transforms our hearts to love one another. This is the key to what we will harvest in that our treasure is built in heaven by the way we have shared our love one for another.

How does one know whether he or she has any treasures waiting for them in heaven? Jesus said in Matthew 7:20 “By their fruits you shall know them.” I think He is saying we will recognize those that have treasures accumulated in heaven by the fruits or love we display while hear on earth. What do people say about you? Do they talk about the fruits or love you have displayed to others? If they do then you know you have treasures built up in heaven.

What do people say about you?  Do they see Jesus when they look at you?
I would like for you to also hear the sermon I mentioned earlier: and then click on the “First Love” link to watch the video.