True Gratitude April 2, 2020

“The most important factor in life is whether one takes life for granted or with gratitude.” Those are the words of one of the most original thinkers of the early twentieth century- G.K. Chesterton, a novelist, poet, critic and essayist. These are words of wisdom from a wise thoughtful man. We have so many things for which to be grateful. Our health, the beauty all around us, provision for our needs, friends, families, and more. But while we are giving thanks, let’s not forget our dear Heavenly Father, Who has given us the best gift of all- His Son, Jesus. John emphasized this in His gospel, writing, “…God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” And Paul encouraged people of his day with the words, “thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.” Indeed, gratitude is the best attitude.

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Fake News April 1, 2020

“Falsehoods are being spread by people who want to get the most clicks, not the most truth.” Those are the words of Apple’s Chief Executive, Tim Cook. And it’s true, “fake news” is becoming a major problem in communication circles today. By contrast, how reassuring to know that God’s inspired Word, the Bible has stood the test of time. The Psalmist, referring to God the Father, “the entirety of Your Word is truth and everyone of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” Much is said in the Bible about truth, such as Jesus’ words, “you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free Jesus words reveal Who He is- the only way to heaven. He reminds us all, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

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Real Compassion March 31, 2020

This is a true story. The two women had never met. Recovering from surgery in a Maritime hospital, both experienced significant pain. Linda and Jane (not their real names.) were having a very bad night. In the wee hours of the morning, Linda felt a refreshing cool washcloth on her hot forehead. Opening her eyes, she saw her roommate, Jane, herself in pain, standing by her bed. Then Jane took Linda’s hand and prayed with her. In her suffering, Linda was deeply moved, as Jane exemplified Her Saviour. In doing so, she illustrated in Matthew’s gospel, “When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them. And Paul wrote, “God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. The caring “Janes” of this world are a blessing. But only the caring Saviour is able to change our lives.

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Poor Rich Men and Women March 30, 2020

Jeff Bezos , believed to be one of the richest man in the world, recently purchased a large estate for 165 Million dollars. Cecil Rhodes, who lived from 1853 to 1902 was probably one of the world’s richest men of his day. A friend, General William Booth, Founder of the Salvation Army, once asked him- “Rhodes, are you a happy man?” “Me happy? Good heavens no.” Rhodes had discovered that rich men can be very poor. Jesus once rhetorically asked- “What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul? Are we ready to meet our Maker? We can be, because while “all have sinned” and “there is none righteous, no not one”, it is also true that “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ through Jesus Christ our Lord” for those who sincerely ask.

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Scientific Facts March 27, 2020

Science is much revered in our day. Sometimes though, what passes as scientific fact is not fact at all. For example, the mythical Piltdown man, once embraced by scientists as the missing link between men and monkeys, is now known to be a hoax. Then there was the embarrassing Chicken-Dinosaur discovery in China in 1999, trumpeted as proof that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Later it too was proven to be a hoax, made up by a Chinese farmer. Even scientists, it seems, can be fooled. It is reported that Albert Einstein once said, “Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe.” John Milton said, “The end of all learning is to know God.” And Jesus our Lord, said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. He also said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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The COVID-19 Virus and Fear, By Pastor Les Dennis

Scripture Reading: Psalm 56

When Afraid, Trust in God

When David wrote the words of Psalm 56, he had dangerous enemies. He was running from King Saul who wanted to kill him. David spent some time in Gath to get away from Saul, and while he was there he wrote, “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” (Psalm 56:3) Because of COVID-19, these are times of danger for us. Even though our enemy may be a virus, we too can practice the same principle. When we are afraid of the COVID-19 virus or anything else, it is time to trust in God. Our safety is in His hands.

Overcoming the Spirit of Fear

While fear of wild animals motivates us to get away or protect ourselves in the wilderness, we should not give in to a spirit of fear and live fearful lives everyday. In 1 Timothy 1:7, we are told that the spirit of fear is not from God. The same verse tells us that God has given us the spirit of power, love, and sound judgment. The COVID-19 crisis should make us cautious so that we follow the health authority’s recommendations but should not leave us in a state of constant fear. How should we deal with our fears regarding the current situation? We should take our fears to the Lord and leave them with Him. This is easier to do when we understand God’s love for us.

God’s Love Conquers Our Fears

1 John 4:17 makes it clear that understanding God’s love gives the believer confidence when he/she stands before Him. When our love is perfected, which means completed, fear is driven away. When we understand just how much God loves us, and when we understand that God is in control of all that happens to us, God’s love for us fills so us that there is no room for fear.

God Is in Control

If God loves me so much, why do I suffer sometimes? Everyone suffers sometimes. Believers and unbelievers have disasters in their lives. The difference is that believers have the Lord to go through hard times with us. We are accompanied by His love for us. We are promised that whatever happens to us, He will bring good out of it (Romans 8:28). Even if our suffering brings death, we win.

Will God Allow Me to Get the COVID-19 virus?

We do not know if God will allow us to get the COVID-19 virus, but we need not fear it. Most of us want to continue living and we will continue to live until the Lord’s appointed time to take us home. In Psalm 56:4 it is clear that we do not need to fear what man can do to us but let’s ask the question anyway—What can man do to us? The worst man can do is to take our life. If that happens, we immediately go to heaven where there will be no suffering.

Let’s apply this principle to the COVID-19 disease, which is our enemy right now. This means that we need not be afraid of getting it. As long as we do what we can to protect ourselves, God will not let us get it unless it is His will to allow us to get it. He is not the cause of it, but if it is His will to allow us to get it, He will work it out for our good, whether that good is it be on earth or in heaven with Him.
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© 2020 by Rev. Les Dennis. D.D. — Permission is given to copy this article, if it is copied in its entirety and distributed without charge.

The Electrocardiogram March 25, 2020

An electrocardiogram (or ECG) measures the electrical activity of the heart, detecting any abnormalities or danger signals. God also performs electrocardiograms of our hearts. Not on the physical heart, but on our inner man. The Bible tells us, “I, the Lord, search the heart…to give every man according to his ways….” Elsewhere in the Bible we learn that the heart of natural man is too spiritually diseased to be fixed. There can be no spiritual by-pass or stent. But God has promised, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” Jesus explained, “Except a man be born again, He cannot see the kingdom of God.” This new heart comes when we invite Christ into our lives to perform a spiritual heart transplant. That is what it means to be born again.

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