The Good News

Father, I pray that You will open the hearts and minds of people who will happen to visit this blog. May they come to know Your love and forgiveness. Lord, thank You that today, Resurrection Sunday, reminds us that we will be in "paradise with you" when we believe in Jesus. Thank You for Your love and mercy. In Jesus' Name. Amen.





Hands raised, sometimes clapping to the powerful lyrics of Christian worship songs, everyone yelled, "He is risen! Indeed!" Our pastor talked about those two criminals crucified with Jesus. While the former deserved it, Jesus didn't. One kept on mocking Jesus, and the other had a change of heart, ending up believing that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

From Life Application Bible:

"One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, "So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself - and us, too, while you're at it!" [Luke 23:39]

"But the other criminal protested, "Don't you fear God even when you are dying? We deserve to die for our evil deeds, but this man hasn't done anything wrong. Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." And Jesus replied, "I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise." [Luke 23:40-43].

To have that faith in Jesus, even up to the last minute, saved that man's life and granted him an eternal life that replaced his destination of what would have been eternal anguish.

As I sang the worship songs with a joyful heart, part of me was sad for a lot of people still don't know who Jesus is.

Jesus is the reason why I'm writing today. Jesus is the reason why I'm sharing my life's adventures and songs I had written. Jesus is the reason why I know I have to share the "Good News" because I was once arrogant like you, thinking that I can do everything on my own. I don't need anyone. I'm able to provide for myself. I don't need to spend time with God because I know I'm going to heaven anyway because I'm trying to be a "good person" whenever I can.

Friends, don't be fooled by our own foolish wisdom and actions. There is nothing we can do in our own works that will save us and guarantee us that we are going to heaven. Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life. He said, "No one can go to the Father but through Him". [John 14:6].

If you have, even that littlest amount of faith, I pray that God will give you a heart of repentance and realize that you do need Jesus into your hearts. How do you get saved by Jesus and be given an eternal life? If the condition of your heart is willing to accept Jesus as your only Lord and Savior, kindly click on my side bar where it says "Roman Road to Salvation". It will direct you how this road leads to Jesus Christ.

It's great that a lot of people are trying to share the Good News, like my blog, but let's not forget that it is the Lord Who gave His life and without that sacrificial act, there wouldn't be any Good News in the first place."

Hands clapping, up in the air, voices singing and worshipping the only "God Who loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that we who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life; the God Who did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it." [John 3:16,17]. C'mon friends, join us and we will have a great celebration "with Him". God bless.

Psalm 98:1,2 -"Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has done wonderful deeds. He has won a mighty victory by his power and holiness. The Lord has announced his victory and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!"

The Good News

How will people know about You?

How will people know Your love is true?

How will they learn that the word is on their mouths

And hearts if only will believe...

Chorus:

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring

The Good News to all the ends of earth

You have done wonderful things for us Lord

And victory is ours when You opened Your arms and gave Your life on the cross

Lots of souls don't know You

Some don't care You're the Son of God

But when they surrender and place their faith in You

The Good News, their hearts will surely know

[repeat Chorus]

-RRRS 12/31/03

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Encouragers

The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

Friends