WITH HIM, WITHOUT HIM
Jesus died, was buried, and rose again so YOU could be WITH HIM always!
1 Peter 1:3 (NLT) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation.
Life is WAY better WITH Jesus!
Romans 1:19-20 (LOVETT) The knowledge of God is readily discernible to the minds of all men. God Himself has seen to it that evidence of His existence is plainly manifested to everyone . . . . They are revealed in the things He has made. Therefore no man has any excuse for failing to acknowledge Him . . . .
- If things are made, you have to have a Maker.
- If things are created, their must be a Creator.
Science’s Explanation: The beginnings of the world reach back to about 4.6 billion years ago in a solar nebula. This is a cloud or ring of dust and gas that over time began to implode due to its own gravity. As the cloud collapsed, it began to spin. Eventually, the sun ignited in the middle of the cloud. When the sun ignited, the dust around it began to form clumps that grew larger and larger. The sun’s own wind blew away lighter elements such as hydrogen from the clumps closest to it and left heavy elements to continue to stick together until small, rocky worlds such as Earth formed.
- But who created the cloud?
- Who created the ring of dust?
- Who created the gas?
- Who created the law of gravity?
- Who created the solar nebula?
If I told you this TV actually started out as a bunch of parts in a box, in which I shook around and boom; out came my TV, would you believe me?
Romans 1:21-31 (LOVETT)Yet people have refused to acknowledge Him . . . . Having deliberately traded the truth about God for a lie, they offered their worship and service to created things, instead of the Creator . . . . Consequently they have become full of all kinds of wickedness, greed and hate . . . . They become back-biting slanderers, who speak evil of each other . . . . They are without any loyalty to their parents . . . . Their word means nothing. Incapable of love.
- This world’s love is “eros.” Eros is passion, lust and pleasure. It is never fulfilled. It always craves more.
- God’s love is “agape.” Agape is selfless, gracious, unconditional, and secure. It fulfills the deepest need in man.
1 John 4:7-8 (LOVETT) Everyone who displays this agape love is born of God and knows God. This love flows from God and there is no other place to get it.
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG) Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
. . . I am gentle and humble; I am willing to relate to you and to permit you to learn at your own rate; then, in fellowship with me, you will discover the meaning of your life. My fellowship will release you, and my companionship will direct you on your journey. – JOHN
I know every one of us has that crazy family member. They are a constant voice for God in your life. This is why they do it:
1 John 1:3-4 (K&L) To you we proclaim what we have seen and heard, that you may share our treasure with us. That treasure is union with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. I write this to you that you may have joy in the fullest measure.
They are not trying to make you religious. They’re trying to help you build a relationship with your Creator. With Him, without Him.