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are Christians a bunch of hypocrites?

One of the more common reasons that people ignore the Bible and Christianity is Christians themselves. They are often the most flagrant sinners on God’s green earth. Prisons are full of Christians, bankers regularly write off bad debt incurred by Christians, and it is far too common to meet Christians who are ungodly, unthankful, mean spirited, jealous, liars, conniving, and just plain inconsiderate.

Of course there are people who call themselves Christians who are not—they go into a Church building but have never given their heart to the Lord. However, even Christians who have given their heart to the Lord can be overcome by their weaknesses and sin against God and man. Christ, speaking of his disciples’ failure to obey, commented that, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matt 26:41).

Scripture tells the truth about men’s faults and failures, and this is a reason to believe the Bible, not disbelieve it. Ecclesiastes 7:20 says, “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins,” and Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Even great Christians who try really hard to be godly cannot escape the weakness of their flesh. The great Apostle Paul wrote, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do, I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Rom. 7:15).

A great truth of Christianity is that God saves sinners, and a great blessing of Christianity is that we do not have to be perfect or even close to perfect to be saved. The Bible makes it clear that God saves sinners, not saints: “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). If we had to be holy before we could be saved, it would be like having to take a bath before we could take a shower. Jesus Christ saves the unholy. When unholy sinners do get saved, they still sin (ask any Christian, and he will tell you that is true). Christians should try to be holy, certainly, but they often fail. It is unrealistic (not to mention illogical) for those who are not yet saved to judge God or the Bible because of the behavior of His children (Christians). Instead, if you are unsaved and know a Christian who is living an ungodly lifestyle, it should give you comfort knowing that God will save anyone who comes to Him and asks for salvation—including you.

Christians should try to live exemplary lives, and God commands Christians to not lie, not steal, not commit sexual sins, etc., but that does not mean that any Christian will ever get to the point of perfect obedience. On the other hand, if you are a Christian, you need to be aware that your personal behavior can draw people to Christ or drive them away, and it is very important to the Lord that you walk in a manner that is worthy of your calling as a Christian (Eph. 4:1).

If you are not a Christian and are considering Christianity, but you are “turned off” by Christians who are hypocrites, take comfort in the fact that Jesus Christ was not a hypocrite, but lived a perfect life. A Christian makes Christ, not other Christians, his or her Lord. Also take comfort that Christ does save sinners. Being a disciplined Christian is difficult, and if you become a Christian it will not be long before you fall short of perfection. When that happens to you, you will want others to understand your human weaknesses, and you can be confident that Christ still accepts and loves you.

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Are women vain?

Some are of course and then some are not.

Today there are many men who are vain too. Look at the rise of
cosmetic products for men.

The cosmetics industry is a major money making industry this is itself
would reveal the fact that men and women do pay a lot of attention to
how they look.

It is important to look good especially when you are in the work
place.

In my seminars I always warn my audience to be wary of speakers who
say otherwise. When you hear speakers tell you that “beauty is not
important…I can assure you that the speaker is ugly.”

Of course beauty is important and we have to make ourselves
presentable.

The way we look represent the company we are working for.

But looking good is not as important as being good in person and
character.

I got me an article that deals with this issue.

The title is How Females Look in the Mirror.

Age 8: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping
Beauty.

Age 15: Looks at herself and sees herself as Cinderella/Sleeping
Beauty/Cheerleader or sees fat/Ugly. (Mom I can’t go to school looking
like this!)

Age 20: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too/short/too
tall, too straight/too curly” — but decides she’s going anyway.

Age 30: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/too thin, too short/too
tall, too straight/too curly” but decides she doesn’t have time to fix
it, so she goes anyway.

Age 40: Looks at herself and sees “too fat/ too thin, too short/to
tall too straight/too curly”- but says: “At least I’m
clean” and goes anyway.

Age 50: Looks at herself and sees “I am” and goes wherever she wants
to.

Age 60: Looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who
can’t even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers
the world.

Age 70: Looks at herself and sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes
out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn’t bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out
to have fun with the world.

That’s the way to live life.

But why wait until 80 to develop this great attitude?

Beauty is in the character not on the skin.

A wise guy says: Beauty always comes from within—within jars, tubes,
and compacts. That’s not what I mean.

A French proverb says: Beauty without virtue is a flower without
perfume.

True beauty is that which reflects the beauty of Her Maker.

A godly life and a great positive disposition.

Who can resist such charm?

You don’t need those low waist-hip hugging-panty revealing jeans to be
beautiful.

Show the love of Christ and exhibit His character by being a woman of
virtue and I can assure you you’re beautiful anytime all the time.

So relax. Be happy and be beautiful.

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im so desperate to know HIM… ikaw ba?

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why are there so many religions???

Answer: The existence of so many religions and the claim that all religions lead to God without question confuses many who are earnestly seeking the truth about God, with the end result sometimes being that people throw up their hands in defeat at the challenge of really reaching the absolute truth on the subject. Or they end up embracing the universalist claim that all religions lead to God. Of course, skeptics also point to the existence of so many religions as proof that either you cannot know God or that God simply does not exist.

Romans 1:19-21 contains the biblical explanation for why there are so many religions: “…what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.” The meaning of these Scriptures is clear. The truth of God is seen and known by every human being because God has made it so. Instead of accepting the truth about God and submitting to it, most human beings reject it and seek their own way to understand God instead. But this leads not to enlightenment regarding God, but to futility of thinking. Here is where we find the basis of the “many religions.”

Many people do not want to believe in a God that demands righteousness and morality, so they invent a God who makes no such requirements. Many people do not want to believe in a God that declares it impossible for people to earn their own way to heaven by their own good deeds. So they invent a God who accepts people into heaven if they have completed certain steps, followed certain rules, and/or obeyed certain laws, as least to the best of their ability. Many people do not want a relationship with a God who is sovereign and omnipotent. So they imagine God as being more of a mystical force than a personal and sovereign ruler.

The existence of so many religions is not an argument against God’s existence or an argument that truth about God is not clear. Rather, the existence of so many religions is demonstration of humanity’s rejection of the one true God and their replacement of Him with gods that are more to their liking. “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).

Do all religions lead to God? Actually they do. All but one leads to His judgment, and only one leads to His forgiveness and eternal life—Christianity. No matter what religion one adheres to, everyone will meet God after death (Hebrews 9:27). All religions lead to God, but only one religion will result in God’s acceptance, because only through His divine plan of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ can anyone approach Him with confidence. The decision to embrace the truth about God is an important one for a simple reason: eternity is an awfully long time to be wrong. This is why right thinking about God is so critical.

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surpresa!

I hope LOVE would take me by surprise
It will come when I least expect it,
When I am not waiting and looking,
When I am so busy serving God..
Because I’m sure He is always in the nick of time!

Someone I may have never considered,
A person too good to be true,
A person close in my heart,
A person I knew so well,
But most of all a person after God’s own heart!!

I know it will be “YOU”
When I am not struggling to have you
When I don’t need any effort just to get your attention
Because you are already given by God
It’s a blessing for me to receive!!

Someday you will come
When my heart is ready to receive you
When my hands are empty to be able to hold and keep you
When God knows I won’t be trading Him anymore
And will love Him above anything and anyone else in my ife…

It will all come in a SURPRISE!!!
Far better than I have dreamed and expected…..

Surprise because I’m busy doing God’s business..

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commitment not LOVE!!!

The most important, most critical component in successful loving is commitment. Not love.

It’s easy to love without commitment. People do it all the time. Easy to love, to give of oneself for a while. But commitment implies bonding in such a way that one promises to keep the fires of love burning indefinitely. It also means shutting one’s heart to the possibility of loving another who might even be more attractive, even more lovable. Not easy. This is why solid commitments are not at all as common as we are led to believe. In fact, more often than not, I think that the commitment two lovers make are not equal. What I mean is that the commitment of one might be a whole lot more or a whole lot less than the partner’s. We see it all the time. One loves more than the other and is more committed than the other. We have often seen lopsided love relationships where one partner is giving so much more to the relationship than the other.

But writers and poets seem to always indicate that love isn’t just a two-way street, but an equal two-way street. That hardly ever happens. It is impossible to determine exactly how much a man loves a woman or how much a woman cares for a man. Love cannot be measured and that can be a huge problem. You can love someone and tell him “I love you” and you’re telling the truth. But how much do you love him? Enough to let him court you? Enough to marry him? Enough to die for him? THE GREATEST TEST OF TRUE LOVE is commitment. And the greatest indicator of deep love is deep commitment. I have heard people say all the right words, make all the right moves and pledge undying love, only to walk away weeks or months later. Were they in love? Sure they were. But not enough to allow them to hold strong in their love. Not enough to keep a commitment regardless of the pain.

Lover gets this sinking feeling when there is a sense that one is more committed than the other. When
one is giving a lot more than one is receiving. When one’s love is a lot more solid than the creaky love of the partner. When a couple believe strongly that their commitment to each other is rock solid, there is a deep sense of security, a feeling that it’s OK to give all because the gift of yourself is safe in the hands of the beloved. If, however, there is doubt or, even worse, the conviction that one is engaged in one-way giving, in a one-way commitment that is lopsided, then there is a tendency to pull back and not give as much. And when that happens, love begins to fade.

In the countless counseling sessions I have had with troubled couples over the years, there has always been the problem of a failing commitment on the part of at least one of the partners. Unless there is the raising of the level of commitment, the relationship is doomed. It’s finished. Sooner or later the stresses will take their toll and the relationship will begin to fall apart. On the other hand, look carefully at couples who are still very much in love after 20, 25 years. Their commitment to each other cannot be shaken. Neither can their love.

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bakit nga ba? (think about it!!!)

Why is it hard to tell the truth? Yet so easy to tell a lie!

Why do we sleep in church? But when the sermon was over we suddenly wake up!

Why is it hard to talk about God? But easy to talk about nonsense!

Why are we so bored to read a Bible, yet so easy to read a magazine!

Why are churches getting smaller? Yet malls and coliseums are growing!

Think about it. What is happening to our world God has created for us?

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what WOMEN don’t know…

“Women are like apples on trees. The best ones are at the top of the tree. Most men don’t want to reach for the good ones because they are afraid of falling and getting hurt. Instead, they just get the rotten apples from the ground that aren’t as good, but easy…… So the apples at the top think something is wrong with them, when in reality, they’re amazing. They just have to wait for the right man to come along, the one who’s brave enough to climb all the way to the top of the tree.”

Hmmmmm… true enough! so read on! here’s a story for you to be inspired!

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