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How To Live Debt-free

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Back in the day when Jesus walked the streets of Jerusalem, taxes were a hated part of life, especially by the Jews. It reminded them they were subjected to foreign (Roman) rule, just like God had warned them if they did not obey and follow him.

Nothing has changed over 2,000 years. No matter which country we live in, we still hate taxes. And woe to us if we don’t pay them on time.

In one incident the religious leaders tried to entangle Jesus in his words by asking, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus answered them, “Show me the coin for the tax.” They gave him the coin, and Jesus continued, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They answered, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Instead of trapping Jesus in what they thought would be an offense against the religious establishment or the Jewish authorities, depending on how he answered their question, they marveled instead at his answer and walked away. (See Matthew 22:15-22)

Come April 15, a collective groan goes up all over this country. Why do we resist paying taxes so? I think it’s because we were born to freedom. We know, deep down, we were meant to live without paying tribute to anybody except to the God who made us.

In truth, we owe much more than just taxes. We owe our very being to God. He gave us life and breath, but instead of acknowledging it, we resist Him with all our might and wills. Every newborn comes into the world with this predisposition, and lives and dies with it, unless some greater power from the outside invades that life and draws him to God.

That resistance is called sin and it has contaminated the human race. However, God has provided a way to come to Him, through his Son Yeshua (Jesus). Jesus lived a perfect life conforming to God’s laws with all his might and will, and also went to the cross as our sin bearer and died in our place. Anyone who believes this and places his faith in Yeshua’s finished work on the cross is declared debt-free in the sight of God.

We should heed what Jesus said to the religious leaders – we should pay taxes to our government, and also give to God the things that belong to him, namely ourselves in faith to him.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”John 8:33 ESV

Won’t you make April 15 the beginning of a debt-free life?

 

Written by Carolyne Rohrig

Original post: Debt-free Living

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Laodicea (A John Newton Poem)

 

Hear what the Lord, the great Amen,
The true and faithful Witness says!
He formed the vast creation’s plan,
And searches all our hearts and ways.

To some he speaks as once of old,
I know thee, thy profession’s vain;
Since thou art neither hot nor cold,
I’ll spit thee from me with disdain.

Thou boasteth, I am wise and rich,
Increased in goods and nothing need;
And dost not know thou art a wretch,
Naked and poor, and blind and dead.

Yet while I thus rebuke, I love,
My message is in mercy sent;
That thou may’st my compassion prove,
I can forgive, if thou repent.

Wouldst thou be truly rich and wise?
Come, buy my gold in fire well tried,
My ointment to anoint thine eyes,
My robe, thy nakedness to hide.

See at thy door I stand and knock!
Poor sinner, shall I wait in vain?
Quickly thy stubborn heart unlock,
That I may enter with my train.

Thou canst not entertain a king,
Unworthy thou of such a guest!
But I my own provisions bring,
To make thy soul a heavenly feast

John Newton

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2014 in christian poem, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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I Dreamed A Dream !!!!!!

Yesterday, I found myself humming the tune “I Dreamed A Dream” most of the day. I have hummed and sang it a lot since I watched Les Miserables on Broadway last month. I absolutely love the song and show but the lyrics burden my heart for the hurting. The words “I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that God would be forgiving” bother me because God’s love never does die, and God is always forgiving. He is Pure love, and only God can give true forgiveness.

We had a house full yesterday with most of our family. It was a very nice Thanksgiving with no problems at all which is a blessing when you get so many people of various ages and personalities together. But there was one here that this song fits perfectly. It absolutely breaks my heart that the love of God has never been accepted by this person. They have had the love and forgiveness of God shared tenderly with them many times but still have not accepted it.

The final stanza of the song also fits the person well:

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seems
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

These words make my heart cry for anyone in this condition, especially a loved one. There is always hope as long as you are breathing, but it is only found in the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way!! If you continue to live on your own in this hell-bound world there will be no peace or joy or hope. Jesus is the only remedy for our hopeless condition.

For any reading this that are without hope and are miserable, run to Jesus. Don’t walk, but run into His open arms and find true forgiveness. If you do, you will never be without hope again, because Jesus is our hope.

If you would like to hear something beautiful, listen to this 3 minute video and KNOW that there is hope in Jesus.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Coming In; Going Out !!!!!!

Coming In; Going Out !!!!!!

Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. (Deuteronomy 28:6)

The blessings of the law are not canceled. Jesus confirmed the promise when He bore the penalty. If I keep the commands of my Lord, I may appropriate this promise without question.

This day I will come in to my house without fear of evil tidings, and I will come in to my closet expecting to hear good news from my Lord. I will not be afraid to come in unto myself by self-examination, nor to come in to my affairs by a diligent inspection of my business. I have a good deal of work to do indoors, within my own soul; oh, for a blessing upon it all, the blessing of the Lord Jesus, who has promised to abide with me.

I must also go out. Timidity makes me wish that I could stay within doors and never go into the sinful world again. But I must go out in my calling, and I must go out that I may be helpful to my brethren and useful to the ungodly. I must be a defender of the faith and an assailant of evil. Oh, for a blessing upon my going out this day! Lord, let me go where Thou leadest, on Thy errands, under Thy command, and in the power of Thy Spirit.

Lord Jesus, turn in with me and be my guest; and then walk out with me and cause my heart to burn while You speak with me by the way.

 

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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God’s Love Is Better Than Life Itself !!!!!!

“Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee”. (Psalm 63:3)

 

David wrote this Psalm while he was on the run in the desert of Judah from his son Absalom. The prince had created a rebellion against King David and had captured Jerusalem. David was left alone, he had been deserted by his friends, and he had to leave his palace and his family and possessions. David escaped into the wild desert with only the clothes he had on his back. Can you imagine the despair he must have been in?

Perhaps you are in despair today, or most certainly you have experienced it sometime in the past. Did you feel like God had left you alone, that you had nowhere to turn? In these times know that you are NEVER abandoned by God. David cried out, “Oh God, you are my God”.

I see 3 things in this Psalm that David discovered.

 

First, he declares that he thirsted and was hungry for the presence of God.

“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is”;  (Psalm 63:1)

 

Secondly, he sought after God earnestly. He said he would seek God in verse 1.

The word he used has the word picture of a shepherd seriously studying the sky for the first glimmer of sunshine after a long night of protecting his sheep.

 

Lastly, David remembered a time in his life when he was prostate in the tabernacle and in the visible presence of God Himself.

“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary”.  (Vs. 2)

And finally in verse 3 that we started with David declares that God’s love is better than life itself.

 

Can you say like David that God’s love is better than life? When you are in the dark pit of despair, seek God, throw yourself into His loving arms, and remember the glory of His presence of days past. Only then, like David , will your soul be satisfied as we are with the most wonderful food (vs.5), and under the protection of His wings you can sing for joy (vs.7).

In your time of grief and despair I pray that you will be able to say that God’s right hand held you up and carried you through.

 

Shalom until tomorrow, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Fear Has It’s Place !!!!!!

Fear Has It’s Place !!!!!!

Happy is the man that feareth alway. (Proverbs 28:14)

The fear of the Lord is the beginning and the foundation of all true religion. Without a solemn awe and reverence of God there is no foothold for the more brilliant virtues. He whose soul does not worship will never live in holiness.

He is happy who feels a jealous fear of doing wrong. Holy fear looks not only before it leaps, but even before it moves. It is afraid of error, afraid of neglecting duty, afraid of committing sin. It fears ill company, loose talk, and questionable policy, This does not make a man wretched, but it brings him happiness. The watchful sentinel is happier than the soldier who sleeps at his post. He who foreseeth evil and escapes it is happier than he who walks carelessly on and is destroyed.

Fear of God is a quiet grace which leads a man along a choice road, of which it is written, “No lion shall be there, neither shall any ravenous beast go up thereon.” Fear of the very appearance of evil is a purifying principle, which enables a man, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to keep his garments unspotted from the world. Solomon had tried both worldliness and holy fear: in the one he found vanity, in the other happiness. Let us not repeat his trial but abide by his verdict.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 

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Perfect Coincidences !!!!!!

As my regular followers know, I was in NYC for a few weeks this summer working in the Jews For Jesus 2014 Outreach. After I returned home I stopped by the OSU Extension office to say hello to everyone. I typically work there at least a day a week as a Master Gardener. Most everyone knew where I had been and what I had been doing, but a few didn’t.

One of the fellows said “long time no see, where ya been?” I took a seat in his office and shared with him where I had been and what I had been doing. I could tell from the look on his face that he was dazzled. He looked up at me and said “why did you want to do that?” I told him that I have had a particular love and burden for the Jewish people for all of my adult life. I went there to tell them that Jesus was the only answer to them as well as everyone else.

He made a few comments and I began to share Jesus with him. He was willing to talk about Jesus, but not in a personal way. This was the perfect opportunity to share the Gospel with him, and within minutes he had tears in his eyes. It was right at that time that someone that had an appointment with him appeared and it ended our talk. He had given me about 30 minutes of his time. Or should I say, the Lord gave us 30 minutes together? That was 4 weeks ago.

I have been back to work at the Extension office 3 times since that incident, but no opportunity to speak with him during these times. A fellow Master Gardener asked me if I would take his shift for Friday afternoon, to which I agreed. There are typically 3 of us in the office that work the phones and take care of the walk- ins. On Friday, no one came to work but me. It rarely happens, but I have done it before and have taken care of the tasks, but I stayed quite busy. This past Friday it was only steady, and as I had everything caught up, guess who walked in?

In his hand was a big thick book name “Jesus” A Theography. I looked at the book but it was a 500-600 page book so I couldn’t do much but read the front and the back covers. What it did do was re-open the previous conversation. He began to tell me about the book and I listened to him. He was talking about everything but Jesus. He was talking about churches and religions and all kinds of stuff except the Subject of the book.

When he was finished, without a phone call or another person to distract us, I again shared the Gospel to him. He attentively listened and shook his head in agreement. I never once mentioned a church or religion; my subject matter was the Person of Jesus, the Savior, the only hope for mankind. Again, just as I finished my presentation, a person walked in with a half-dead tree branch wanting to know what it’s problems were. Before my friend walked out I handed him a Gospel of John to read. I asked him to read it and that we would discuss it next time.

The Lord has had too many “coincidences” with this gentleman. I say the hound dogs of Heaven are on his trail. Please pray for this gentleman that the Holy Spirit will quicken him and bring him to a saving faith in the real Jesus.

 

Shalom until tomorrow, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on September 8, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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