Sunday, September 6, 2015

Becoming a Christ Follower

Believe that God loves you
John 3:16 (NIV)  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Believe that you are a sinner who needs God
Romans 3:23 (NIV)  "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,"

Believe that God's Son, Jesus paid the price for your sin
Romans 5:8 (NIV)  But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Believe that God's gift to you is eternal life in Jesus Christ
Romans 6:23 (NIV) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Believe and Confess that Jesus has authority over everything, including everything in your life
Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Believe that you have been saved from sin and death and the punishment of hell. 
Romans 10:13 (NIV)  "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Believe and Follow Jesus everyday
Luke 9:23 (NIV) Then he(Jesus) said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

If you have questions about following Jesus, feel free to contact me.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Prayer of Confession

Lord, I am upset when You are disregarded and disrespected publicly like when the Ten Commandments are taken from public places, yet I violate them with my life choices...

You say, have no other gods before me, yet in my pride and selfishness, I exalt things, people and myself to god-ish status. Forgive me.

You say, don't make an idol, yet I am an idolater with a small screen, a big screen and an even bigger screen in the name of entertainment and I often serve money rather than You.  Father, Forgive.

You say, don't misuse Your Name, yet I watch and listen to programming that takes Your Name in vain condoning its abuse and I flippantly say Your Name in very inappropriate ways. I am sorry Lord , forgive me.

You say, remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy, yet I don't always set aside a day of rest, recreation and reflection with You. God forgive me.

You say, honor your father and mother, and in my lifetime I have dishonored them way too many times in too many ways. I regret my selfish arrogance, forgive me.

You say, you shall not murder, but I have condoned the sacrifice to Molech for personal and societal gain and I have spoken and wished ill on others in my anger, which Your Son says is the same thing.  Forgive.

You say, you shall not commit adultery, yet I have seen things that can only lead to impure thoughts and Your Son says that's all it takes, Father forgive.

You say, you shall not steal, yet I have taken what is not mine and I have forced others into slave labor stealing their livelihood so I can have nice things at a cheap cost.  Father forgive.

You say, don't give false testimony, yet I lie like there is nothing wrong with it for my own gain, image and convenience. Forgive me.

You say, you shall not covet your neighbors' stuff, yet I covet and envy and desire. Father forgive.

God you are right and I am wrong.  I have sinned against You, others, and myself in these and so many other ways. I am so grateful for your Grace and Mercy in saving me from my sin through the death, burial, and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for saving me from the kingdom of darkness. I am helpless to save myself from these sins.  I cannot ever act right, behave right, or be right unless it is in Christ Jesus.

So, before I speak out against those who disrespect You and distain Your ways and disregard Your Truth, I confess my sins against You. Father thank You for forgiving me.