How will you sleep?

Posted in Eschatology, Salvation with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

You have probably been asked, “How did you sleep?” But what about, “How will you sleep?” when it comes to death.

We have two choices:

  • One, we can sleep peacefully in Jesus – “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 4:14)
  • Or two, we can sleep miserably in our own bed of spiritual failures outside of Christ only to wake up unprepared on the wrong side of eternity – “[The return of Jesus] is like a manRIP going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:34-37)

The living must be prepared to choose which bed we’re going to sleep in because not all sleep is equal, once the bed is made we’re going to lie in it (Ecclesiastes 11:3), and the alarm clock that will awaken us all will ensure that quality will out-measure quantity. EA

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” (John 5:28-29)

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Piece of Mind or Peace of Mind?

Posted in Christian Living, Emotions with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 10, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Similar in only the way they sound, giving someone a piece of our mind and allowing Jesus to give us peace of mind are two completely different things. One comes from being fed up and the other comes from being filled up. And both are determined by our appetite (Galatians 6:7-8).

Focusing on one will keep us from focusing on the other regardless of which one we’re talking about. So…

Someone does us wrong – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Matthew 5:43-46)

Our spouse says the wrong thing at the wrong moment – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 5:33)

Our boss talks down to us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:22-25)

Our brother or sister in Christ lets us down – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Ephesians 4:29-32)

Our child does something that completely destroys our trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:21)

Our parent does something that completely destroys or trust – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Colossians 3:20)

Our finances, our health and our sense of belonging are getting the better of us – are we going to be fed up or filled up? (Job 13:15)

While it may not always be wrong to get fed up (Matthew 23:13-35), being fed up and acting out with the wrong motivation can keep us from being filled up with the peace that comes from having the mind of Jesus (James 1:19-22, Philippians 2:3-5).

So are we more interested in giving others a piece of our mind, or sharing our peace of mind in Christ with them? EA

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

Good Mourning?

Posted in Christian Living, Eschatology with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 2, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart.” (Ecclesiastes 7:2)

Did we hear that right? There’s such a thing as good mourning? Most would say good ridden to an idea like that, but Solomon says nothing reminds us of our destination likeGraveyard the visible departure of others. The sight of mortality often demands an examination of our own morality, and its effects can be downright sobering to a heart drunk with carnal fun and frivolity! So yes, there is such a thing as good mourning, because the mourning helps prepare us for the night to come, for the way we end our day determines how we will begin the next. EA

I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” (John 9:4)

The Jesus Factor

Posted in Doctrine, Jesus, Salvation, Sin, The church with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Often times when people make decisions concerning their attitude toward the church, their sin, their lifestyle, their prayer life and their eternal destiny they do so without considering the “Jesus factor” into the equation.

Many try to seek God without considering the church – the Jesus factor says that it can’t happen (Matthew 16:18).

Many try to seek God without considering the necessary atonement for their sins – the Jesus factor says that it can’t happen (Matthew 26:26-28).

Many try to seek an avenue to God without considering any constraint in their life choices – the Jesus factor says that it can’t happen (Matthew 7:13-14).

Many try to seek God through various mediators without considering the medium – the Jesus factor says that it can’t happen (1 Timothy 2:5).

Many try to seek an eternity with God without considering his eternal word – the Jesus factor says that it can’t happen (John 1:1; 14:6).

If we fail to add the “Jesus factor” into any equation of spiritual problems we will fail regardless of the problem we’re trying to solve. EA

Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:4-5)

Making Melody In Our Hearts To The Lord

Posted in Christian Living with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Sing, sang, sung or singing – when it comes to worshipping God through it, it’s a verb no matter how you say it.

When it comes to worshipping God in song there’s one thing that the religious world has either forgotten or it never knew and that’s that singing to God in worship is not meant to be entertainment any more than prayer, preaching or partaking of communion with the Lord. It’s meant to have a purpose, a direction and a result…from us to God. And looking for a beat that soothes His soul is the last thing that God is looking for from us as we sing to Him.

But before our worship in song can reach its goal it has to have a starting place – namely our heart!

It is true that there is also an aspect of singing in worship that is meant to capture, curtail and correct the wandering hearts of our brothers and sisters much like preaching, but even that aspect must begin and end with the Lord in our heart. According to the scriptures we are to: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16) The heart-strings of our brethren cannot be pulled in any direction unless we are already using our own (Ephesians 5:19). And twiddling our thumbs during the time that we should be singing does not constitute either.

Lastly, when it comes to singing in worship, our “talent” or the lack thereof to the ears of our neighbor does not do away with the admonishment or the desire of the Lord to hear us sing to Him. We don’t have to be “front and center” when the Lord is there. I mean think about it, have you ever thought about how the one who could solely listen to the voices of angels finds great delight in us singing to him? Just a thought.

Making melody in our hearts to the Lord will happen when He’s the Lord of our heart in life and in worship, for we cannot have one without the other. EA

But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24)

Renovated by God

Posted in Christian Living, The Holy Spirit with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Renovations done the right way are hard work! Planning, moving out the furniture, tearing out the old, putting up the new and bringing the furniture back in can be exhausting – but when it’s needed it’s worth it! This is important to remember because it’s easy to get disillusioned in mid-renovation, but the motivation to continue can from remembering the goal, looking at how far you’ve come and by finding a little help along the way. Come to think of it, a renovation is a lot like Christianity.

When someone believes in the gospel of Christ and they are baptized into Jesus, the Spirit of God begins renovating our soul. Paul said this much when he told Titus that our salvation came, “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5). We are washed, justified and sanctified from our old life by the work of Jesus upon the cross and work of the Spirit in our soul (1 Corinthians 6:11).

Once God begins this renovation we have to remember to make room for the improvements that he has in mind. A refusal to let go of the old can halt a renovation fast! God is patient with us, and he will even help us with the heavy lifting, but God will not provide new doors by kicking down the old ones! Just remember what Revelation 3:20 says. We have to keep our heart and mind open as God completes his renewal or the old will become ugly in a whole new way (Matthew 12:43-45). When we keep the goal in sight we can find the energy, finances and encouragement we need to get spiritually renovated. EA

For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavensTherefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

(2 Corinthians 5:1, 17)

Will God Bring Peace To My Family?

Posted in Christian Living, Family, Stress with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by Eugene Adkins

Few problems burden our sanity like family problems. When issues divide us from the people we’re closest to it hurts, and it can hurt really bad. And when we hurt like that we look for answers where we can find them, and more often than not the average person is more interested in drawing close to God when troublesome times draw near than at any other time – and this is especially true when family ties feel like they’re going to be cut. And a civil-war brewing under our roof can make a person want to know if God will bring peace to their family.

While I can completely and personally understand the want, most people ask the wrong question when it comes to God and family and peace. It’s not a matter of God’s will; it’s a matter of our own. The question that we should ask is, “Can God bring peace to my family?” Because the answer to that question is, yes! God wants families to live in peace with one another. But will God bring peace to every family? Sadly, the answer to that is, no. And he won’t because every family member won’t want the peace that he offers.

When family problems arise I encourage everyone to remember that just because you draw near to God doesn’t mean that others will follow with you, and Jesus said this much himself (Luke 12:51-53). So if we want the peace of God in our family we need to start by having it within our self – because we might be the only ones who know anything about it. EA

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

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