Happy Birthday Louise?

Today, Louise Joy Brown is 32. The origin of life for Louise is a milestone marker in medical history. She was concieved in a glass tube, and is the first successful IVF baby. Medical science has come a very long way since 1978, now many scientists actualy believe we have incapsulated and defined the origin of life in listing the entire human genome. Genetical Engineering is the next huge development in making our species stronger. But have we really improved? Are we winning the battle? In 2009 we broke the record for treating HIV with new medicine by dosing over 5.2 million people. But now in 2010, full blown AIDS from HIV is risen by 2.9%. What is going on? This is what is happening. Yes we are getting smarter, but knowledge does
indeed “puff up” as the Apostle Paul instructs in 1st Cor. 8:1. Worldly people are quick to replace God with their own knowledge and tend to neglect giving God any recognition for our advancements. So the smarter we get in solving our own problems, who needs God? Louise Brown needs God just as much as the scientists who helped her parents concieve. Every person with HIV needs God just as much as you and me. The conclusion? Being smarter doesn’t make us better, but if we glorify God, it certainly makes us happier. “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice”…, for He has blessed us & Louise !

Targets or Treasures

1,946 years ago today, a fire began to burn in Rome. It burnt for 6 days and we only have two contemporary historians that tell us about it, Tacitus and Pliny. No one really knows why Rome burnt, but for whatever reason, Christians got the blame because they had been the named group at the center of an argument amongst enemies of Rome, the Jews! What happened in Jerusalem by Pilate, was already having an ill effect beyond another continent. Although the Christians were targeted by Rome for being instigators against Roman authority, they had no idea that the love of God would turn them into TREASURES. Sometimes even today, Christians feel like they are being targeted, we may feel like our whole society has turned against us and the exclusive values of Christ. Most worldly people want to tolerate everything and anyone, except Christians, but never forget this: God has made us treasures even when we feel like we are targets. Jesus said, Everyone will know by this, that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35). The love of God that His Spirit pours into our hearts is to be shared, (Rom. 5:5) Why? So that when fires burn around us, we can respond with His love. What better way to put fiery temptations out, than with love? When Jesus was made a target by his critics, He spoke the truth in love. Look for ways to do this and God will use you to overcome evil with good, no matter how hot it gets!
The greatest blessing we have in being a Christian is the forgiving presence of God Himself in the Spirit of Christ, read 2 Corinthians 13:5, and Romans 8:9. Both of those verses point out the necessity of Jesus being within our body. A great treasure, placed within jars of clay. 2nd Corinthians 4:7.

10 Excuses for NOT Washing?

Very apt and adapted…
1. Washing for special occasions is enough, Christmas, Easter, funerals or weddings.
2. When I was a child, I was forced to wash.
3. People who wash are just hypocrites, they think they are cleaner than anyone else.
4. I used to wash, but it got too boring.
5. There are so many brands of soap that choosing the right one is too difficult.
6. I’m still young, when I get older I might consider washing.
7. The toiletry industry is just after your money.
8. None of my friends ever wash.
9. I’m so busy, I only have one day to sleep in, who has time to wash?
10. I don’t believe in washing, there’s really no such thing as soap anyway!

A couple of these excuses, I’ve actually heard people use for opting out of going to worship at church. One thing is for certain, Satan is real and working hard to convince people that washing isn’t needed. Jesus said, “…whoever believes and is baptized will be saved…” (Mark 16:16). However, it is the Devil that wants us to believe a lie and convince us that baptism isn’t really a necessity. Read Acts 22:16 and think again!

Righteousness Exhalts Any Nation.

Solomon wrote that before any of us did, (Proverbs 14:), and it’ll inspire more people than any of us ever will.

The USA is now 234 years old! Still a baby brother in the eyes of nations around the globe. But then again, so was David, in the family of Jesse. That little brother grew up to kill a giant and lead a nation to produce the greatest Savior the world has ever known. When Jesus Christ comes again, he has asked the question, “When the Son of Man comes will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:8). The answer to that question lay in the future of the church of Christ as we know it. The USA seems to be where the Lord Jesus Christ may be feeding the majority of his siblings, and if we do not regard righteousness as the number one priority for our nation, we can lose so many opportunities to help other nations grow in righteousness. God’s righteousness is what our nation and other nations need. But what will our nation produce in the coming years? When Jesus comes again, where will the bulk of the church be? The church will be exactly where God wants it to be, and whether that is in China, Africa or the USA should not really matter to us, what should matter most, is that we promote righteousness in everything we do. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied!

– Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:6)