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Stand up – Stand up Ye Soldiers!

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , on May 29, 2017 by mclmuskrat

The Creator will one day judge the creation. The last portion of verse 10 in Psalm 96 states, “He will judge the peoples with equity.” And again in verse 13,”He will judge the world with righteousness.” So, we Christians are to do what? The “Great Commission”…spread the Good News of the Gospel of Christ Jesus! Psalm 96:3, “Declare His glory among the nations,…” Oh, but the world does not want us to do this; our own country controls where the Gideon’s are allowed to hand out a New Testament. We are shut down from proselytizing; however, we are also charged with caring for the lost, to tell them there is hope, forgiveness, mercy and grace. Are we afraid of standing up for the truth we know in our hearts and minds; the truth proven by historical events, eyewitness accounts and revealed within creation itself? Are we like Peter before He was empowered to be a great preacher for Jesus…you know…that Peter that denied that he even knew Jesus…that Peter who claimed he would die for Jesus and soon denied him three times?

The world is hurting! Not all religions are the same. Some religions kill those not in their group…some will not invite others to their Communion Table. There is plenty of hate and division all around us. We Christians are to love our enemies, to love and protect the innocent, and to share the love of Jesus Christ with the lost…regardless of the hate from the world. Shall we not follow George Duffield Jr.’s famous lyrics in the second stanza of his hymn “Stand up, Stand up for Jesus!”:

Stand up, stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey:
Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day;
Ye that are men now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

Who Will You Follow?

Posted in About the Book with tags , , , , , , , , on March 21, 2016 by mclmuskrat

I love to think about the Apostle Peter. He shoots from the hip; speaks before he thinks and has passion…much like the rest of us! He made mistakes and learned from them; this is the usefulness of mistakes…to learn from them. The selfish disciple Judas, a thief, only thinking of himself (much like many of us) realized he made a mistake in betraying Jesus, and instead of learning and growing from this mistake, he hangs himself…another sign of his selfishness.

Peter, with a focus on Jesus can walk on water, but one who worries about a storm, starts to sink. We who worry about the waves crashing against us will also sink if our focus is not on Christ Jesus. One evening, long ago Peter proudly forcefully tells all that he would die for Jesus, but within hours, he denies he even knows Christ. What can be gained from such a stumble from a man who walked with Christ for three years?

If we learn from our mistakes, we will grow; if we will follow Jesus, we will grow! Peter gained perspective…on who he was and who Jesus Christ was; throw in the Holy Spirit at Pentacost, and you have a great Apostle Preacher! The kind of preacher that strongly enters the Jewish Temple and lays down a hard-hitting truth on the guilty, as we read in Acts 3:13-15:

“The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murder be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”

Peter was indeed an eye-witness for a truth he did in fact end up dying for. This is Holy Week, what can we learn? Will we too stand up for Jesus? Who will you follow?

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