Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Are We Near an Economic Collapse?

I’m not a prophet, nor am I an economist. But could we be heading toward a huge economic collapse? Some people predicted a collapse in the 1980's but nothing happened. I remember my dad saying, “Pretty soon the national debt will reach one trillion dollars.” He would turn over in his grave if he could see that the nation’s debt is now over $18 trillion. Here is article showing 10 charts that explain the state of our economy. Will we one day reap the consequences of reckless spending? There are three ways to respond to this information:

1. Denial—stick your head in the sand and pretend everything is just fine. But ignoring the problem doesn’t solve it and usually makes it worse.

2. Panic—store up 10 years of food and build an underground safe house. It’s wise to prepare for emergencies within reason, but I’m not sure anyone really knows what would happen if the world’s economy were to fall apart—or how to prepare for it. Besides, God doesn’t want us living in a constant state of fear of tomorrow.

3. Trust God to guide and provide for you. Instead of panicking, place your life in the hands of the Lord and trust Him completely. You cannot worry and trust God at the same time. Trust forces out worry. The Lord promises to provide for His people during times of famine (Psalm 33:18-19, 37:18-19). My book The Sure Cure of Worry gives proof that God knows the future and is in control of it. The book shows how He will guide us and provide for His people even during an economic depression.

In the meantime, remember we can only live one day at a time, so enjoy today. “This is the day which the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Did Jesus Die for ALL Sins?

Did Jesus die for every sin that will ever be committed? Did He die for everyone or only for those who will believe in Him? These theological questions have been debated for centuries. Those who believe in “Limited Atonement” teach that He only died for those who will be saved. Those who believe in “Unlimited Atonement” teach that He died for everyone. The answer becomes clear when we examine the Scriptures.

1. Jesus died for all sins for all time. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). “The world” means everyone in the world and not just believers. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all…but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God” (Hebrews 10:10,12).

2. Jesus is potentially the Savior of everyone. “We have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe” (1 Timothy 4:10). He is potentially the Savior of everyone because He died for all sins, which makes it possible for anyone to be saved. He is the actual Savior only of those who put their trust in Him and have received the free gift of salvation. If I bought you a gift and offer it to you, it’s potentially yours but it doesn’t actually become yours until you receive the gift from me.

3. God wants everyone to be saved. “God desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). The Lord is “not willing that any should perish but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Although the Lord wants everyone to be saved, each person must choose to receive the free gift of eternal life.

4. Everyone who repents and calls on Him will be saved. Jesus said, “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:5). “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

You can receive salvation by praying this with a sincere heart: “Heavenly Father, I realize I am a sinner and need to be saved. I am truly sorry for my sins. Jesus, come into my heart and save me. I give my life to you. I ask the Holy Spirit to empower me to live a life that’s pleasing to you. Thank you for giving me eternal life. Amen.”

If you sincerely prayed that prayer, you have been born again and Jesus has come to live inside you. Welcome to the family of God!

BIBLE STUDY: Calvinism vs. Arminianism vs Evangelicalism  This is a more detailed study of “Limited Atonement” versus “Unlimited Atonement.”

SONG OF THE MONTH “Forever Live” by Kari Jobe.  This powerful song (begins at 1:58 mark) describes the moment Jesus rose from the dead.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Can You Answer 10 Bible Questions?

Imagine going to college for four years and never learning anything. If that happens, something is wrong with the teacher, the student, or both. Now imagine going to church for years and never learning what’s in the Bible. Sadly, this is happening all over the country. If you’ve been attending church for 5 years, you should be able to supply the missing words below.

1. The sons of Adam and Eve were _________ and __________. (Genesis 4:1-2)
2. Moses received the 10 Commandments on Mount _____________ (Exodus 31:18)
3. King Saul threw a spear at _______________ (1 Samuel 18:10-11).
4. Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find ___________ on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).
5. Jesus said, “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their __________?” (Matthew 16:26).
6. Jesus said, “Lay up for yourselves ________________ in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20).
7. Jesus said, “Unless you ___________ you will all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)
8. “It is the _________ of God that leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)
9. “It is by _____________ you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8).
10. Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice and I know them, and they __________ Me, and I give eternal life to them.” (John 10:27-28).
Answers: 1.Cain, Abel  2.Sinai  3.David  4.faith  5.soul  6.treasures  7.repent  8.kindness  9.grace  10.follow

If you couldn’t answer these questions, the solution is reading small sections of the Bible every day on your own. Here is a good Daily Bible Reading Plan to follow. If you cannot read all the verses each day, continue following the plan even if it takes you two years to read through the Bible.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

BIBLE STUDY: “How Do We Know the Bible is True?”  Why would you want to read the Bible unless you believe that it’s true? This article will help you decide.

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Why Prayers Aren't Answered Like You Asked

Romans 8:26 says, “We do not know how to pray as we should” but the Holy Spirit will help us in our praying. This means He will reinterpret our prayers and the answer may arrive differently than the way we asked for 3 reasons:

Reason #1  I’m asking for something that will produce harmful consequences.
We ask can for things that are not God’s will, which would sooner or later make us regret it. Sometimes we ask without any consideration of how it will affect ourselves or others.  

If I keep praying for something and God keeps saying no, it means that He must know something that I don’t know. Since God knows the outcome of everything (and I don't), I’ve learned to let Him determine how the answer comes. I’ve learned to thank Him for His “NO” answers because He’s simply trying to protect me. He loves me so much that if I ask for something that will hurt me, He will deny the request. 

Reason #2  I’m asking with the wrong motives.
A pastor asked a little boy if he prayed every night. The boy answered “No.” The minister asked, “Why not?” He answered, “Because I don’t want something every night!” Prayer isn’t just for asking for toys and candy. James 4:3 tells us that if we ask for something with the wrong motives, He won’t let us have it. Although the Lord wants to bless us, He wants to do it when our motives are correct so that it won’t increase our selfishness.

Reason #3  God has something better for me than what I’ve asked for.
Many times when God says no, it’s usually because He has something better for us than we asked. Andrew Murray said, “God reserves the very best for those who leave the choice with Him.” If you have surrendered your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, you need to remember God’s promise:  “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). He will give you His best but you might need to wait for a period of time for it to come. However, when it does arrive you’ll be so glad you waited!  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

BIBLE STUDY: How did we get the Bible?  Do you know how the Bible was compiled?

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Either God is Real--Or He Isn't

Do you wonder if God is real? Maybe you are doubter or unbeliever because no one has given you enough proof to believe. A jury doesn’t need to have every question answered before it can reach a verdict. They just need to examine the evidence to convince them beyond a reasonable doubt. Here are three pieces of evidence to consider. (Click the links for a more detailed explanation)

Item #1  Fulfilled Bible Prophecies The Biblical prophets wrote down numerous predictions in the Scriptures which came to pass hundreds of years later exactly as they prophesied. Fulfilled Bible prophecies provide proof that God knows the future, can control earthly events, and the Bible is true. Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies. The probability of one man fulfilling 48 prophecies is one in 10157.

Item #2  The Amazingly Complex Human Body When you look at your computer with its many complex parts, you know that it required an intelligent designer to coordinate each part so that it would function. Even though you didn’t see the computer being designed and built, you have no doubt that someone, somewhere, made it happen. When you examine complexity of the human body you know it could not have come into existence by accident.

Item #3  Near Death Experiences This is when someone dies and is resuscitated, and the person claims they either went to heaven or hell. While I don’t believe many of the testimonies of those claiming NDE’s, I do believe some people’s experiences are real. I hope you will take the time to watch this incredible video interview of a former atheist was dead for 15 minutes. (If you don’t have time to watch the entire video, fast forward to the 35:45 mark)  

If you’ve read the information on the linked pages, I hope you’ve been convinced beyond a reasonable doubt. The good news is that God is not just real but He loves you and has a purpose for your life. I hope you’ll continue your search for truth.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com   www.makinglifecount.net

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Consequences

If you wanted to shut down an airport, how would you do it? Just go back for your camera. In 2001, a man who had passed through security screening at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Airport realized he had left his camera bag behind. Rather than going through security a second time, he hurried down the up-escalator instead of going through the check-point.

Security personnel noticed the man on the run and were forced to take preventative measures. They immediately halted all departing flights and rerouted planes that were destined for Atlanta. Delta cancelled over 147 flights, 10,000 people were evacuated from the airport, and many were scrambling to book hotel rooms. Suitcase conveyor belts were stopped, keeping passengers from claiming their bags. The breach in security cost “tens of millions of dollars” according to the Hartsfield operations manager.

His foolish decision created enormous problems that cost millions of dollars. Sometimes we don’t realize that our decisions will create either good or bad consequences. It’s true when it comes to getting married, handling our money, and thousands of other decisions. Sooner or later everyone will sit at the banquet of consequences (see Proverbs 1:29-31).

In many cases, an impulsive decision is usually a wrong one. It’s best to take your time and think ahead about the consequences of your decision before making it. God’s Word has much to say about how to live and make correct decisions. But you will need to have the guts to take the right path when it seems like everyone else is going in the opposite direction.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net


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Friday, January 30, 2015

Having Two Identities

You know who Clark Kent is, don’t you? He’s the mild-mannered newspaper reporter for the Daily Planet. But he also has another identity. He’s Superman. (Forget about those other guys in the movies who tried to play him. That’s the REAL Superman in the picture.)

I loved the disguise he wore—a pair of glasses. Once he put on those glasses, no one knew that he was actually Superman. He had an identity as a newspaper reporter on planet Earth but had supernatural powers because he came from the planet Krypton. Whenever he needed to rescue someone, he ran into a phone booth or alley, took off his glasses—and I guess he must have worn that outfit under his clothes—but he came out with his new identity as Superman.

Clark Kent and Superman is just a story, but in some ways that’s a picture of a Christian’s dual identity. We have an identity here on earth through our physical birth, but we also have a heavenly identity though our spiritual birth, which gives us supernatural power. Romans 8:11 says “The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.” Jesus was raised from the dead by the Holy Spirit and that same Spirit lives inside of you. That’s supernatural power.

Here’s another fact about your identity as a believer. “If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation. Old things have passed away and new things have come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Although people may recognize you by your physical appearance, God sees you as one of His children.

Two identities—you have an identity from earth and an identity from heaven. See yourself as God sees you. Believe everything that God says about you. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy. As you grow as a child of God, you will learn more and more about who you really are. And that’s the truth that sets you free!

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