Sunday, June 25, 2017

Get Out of Debt!

Many people have never been taught how to manage their money. They’re crippled with debt and don’t know what to do. A recent survey revealed 44% of Americans don’t have enough money to pay an unexpected $400 expense. Another survey showed 75 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Americans have now accumulated over a trillion dollars credit card debt, over a trillion dollars student loan debt, and more than a trillion dollars car loan debt.

If you’re in trouble with debt, you’ll never get out of it unless you follow a plan. Write a budget and stick to it. To be debt-free, you’ll need to increase your income (if possible), reduce your expenses, and pay extra on the principal.
1. Increase your income. Perhaps you can get a part-time job. Sell things you don’t need and use that money to pay extra on your debt. Use your income tax refund to pay off debt or save it for unexpected expenses.

2. Reduce your expenses. Quit dining at restaurants and eat at home. Downgrade your cell phone plan. Most people don’t need a smart phone but can use a flip phone instead. Drop cable or satellite TV. You can buy an antenna and still pick up many stations free. Drive a reliable used car instead of a new one. I recently sold my 20-year-old car and upgraded to a “like new” 2008 Camry with only 92,000 miles.

3. Pay extra on the principal. With the money you’ve saved by reducing your expenses, pay more than the minimum amount by adding the extra money to the principal on the debt. Get rid of your Payday Loans first because you’re paying up to 400% interest! After you pay that off, put extra money on your credit card debt, with is typically 15% or more. Again, you must pay more than your minimum payment. When that debt is eliminated, pay off your car and home mortgage ( Read 10 Secrets to Life’s Biggest Challenges pp.131-151).
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Proof the Bible is True!

Many people attack the Bible because they think it isn’t true, but what if it can predict the future?

In the movie Back to the Future part 2, Marty McFly gets in his time machine and travels 30 years into the future. As Marty walks down the street, he sees a sports almanac in an antique store window, which lists all the scores from the year 1950 to 2000. Marty buys the book and takes it back to 1985 so he can bet on all the games. Since the outcome of every game has already been determined in history future, he would win every time. The plan backfires when his enemy, Biff Tannen, steals the book and places the sure bets, making himself rich instead of Marty.

The prophecies of the Bible can be compared to the sports almanac that Marty bought. Just as the scores of future games were recorded in his almanac, God’s predictions of future events are recorded in the Scriptures. We’re not talking about the end-of-the-world prophecies that are still waiting to be fulfilled, but the hundreds of predictions by the Old Testament prophets that have already come to pass.

How is it possible to predict the future when it hasn’t occurred? The prophets received specific information directly from God, who told them to record in the Scriptures what would happen in the future. The prophets would die long before most of their predictions would come to pass.

Time has proven the prophets to be correct. The prophet Micah (5:2) predicted the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem over 700 years before Christ was born. Zechariah (11:12) looked over 500 years into the future and foresaw the Messiah would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Psalm 22 describes the crucifixion of Jesus 1,000 years into the future, prophesying His hands and feet would be pierced and lots would be cast for His garments.

God made sure these prophecies were recorded in Scripture so that we would be able to verify them after they came to pass. Jesus said, "I am telling you before it comes to pass, so that when it does occur, you may believe that I am He" (John 13:19, 14:29).

Jesus fulfilled more than 300 prophecies made hundreds of years before He was born. The probability of one man fulfilling just 48 prophecies is one in 10 to the 157th power. This gives us indisputable proof God controls earthly events and the Bible is true.
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Monday, June 12, 2017

How Did We Get the Bible?

How did we get the Bible? God inspired over 40 prophets to write the original manuscripts, which were later copied. Because they didn’t have copying machines or duplicating presses, each manuscript had to be copied by hand. This task was done by scribes, who patiently copied the Scriptures when the scrolls became too worn and had to be replaced. The material they wrote on only lasted about 40 years, so they had to keep making new manuscripts over the centuries to preserve the text from being destroyed.

The Jewish scribes valued the Scriptures so much that they counted every letter on every page they copied. The word for scribes, sopherim, literally means, “the counters” because they counted, not only every word, but every letter. The middle letter of the manuscript was marked, as was the middle word of each major section of a book. If the letters of the copy didn’t match up with the original, they destroyed the entire page and started over.

By the time of Jesus, the most recent Old Testament book, Malachi, had been copied and recopied over a span of more than 400 years. The books of Moses had been copied for more than 1,400 years! Imagine copying the book of Exodus without making a mistake.

Today we have over 14,000 manuscripts: 5,000 Greek manuscripts, 8,000 Latin manuscripts, and 1,000 manuscripts in other languages. Compare this with the non-biblical manuscripts—we have 7 manuscripts of Plato’s writings (380 BC) and 5 manuscripts of Aristotle (350 BC).

Over 3,000 years, thousands of scribes spent their lives carefully copying manuscripts so that we could have a Bible today. They did all that work for you—and have you read the Bible through even one time? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Evolution Can't Explain This

You were probably taught in school that evolution is a scientific fact. It isn’t. It’s only a theory that takes a great deal of faith to believe. If you think evolution might be true, here are three things you must believe.

1. To believe in evolution, you must believe that life arose from non-life. Evolution can’t explain how this happened. Brilliant scientists have tried to create life in a laboratory with the purpose of proving life arose by accident—and that no intelligence was required to do it! But they’ve failed to make it happen.

2. To believe in evolution, you must believe that all life on earth originated from a molecule in a “primordial soup.” Isaac Asimov said, “Once upon a time…perhaps two and a half billion years ago, under a deadly sun, in an ammoniated ocean topped by a poisonous atmosphere in the midst of a soup of organic molecules, a nucleic acid molecule came accidentally into being that could somehow bring about the existence of another like itself.”

Evolution claims that all life on earth—every elephant and every ant, every fish and every bird, every person and every gnat, every tree and every blade of grass in the entire world came from this one molecule. It takes a great deal of faith to believe that a single molecule eventually produced every living thing on the entire planet.

3. To believe in evolution, you must believe every part of the amazingly complex human body coordinated itself by accident. All 206 bones, 600 muscles, respiratory system, circulatory system, etc. are fitted in the right places and coordinated to work together. This makes it an irreducibly complex system, meaning that each part is useless without being coordinated with the other parts. For example, take away the spring of a mousetrap and the trap becomes useless. All the parts of the human body had to come together at the same time, which can’t be explained by evolution.

There’s a better answer for how we got here. The intricate design of every living thing must have come from an Intelligent Designer. Your computer has many complex parts that work together as a unit, and you know an intelligent person designed and coordinated each part so that it can function. Even though you weren’t there to see the computer being designed and built, you have no doubt that someone, somewhere, made it happen. The same can be said for the human body.

Romans 1:20 says God’s “eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through that has been made, so that they are without excuse.” Life on earth didn’t come from a primordial soup but a supernatural God. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Monopoly Game

Dr. James Dobson once played the Monopoly game with his family where he won the game by collecting all the houses and money. After the game ended, he tossed all the pieces back into the box and realized this is exactly what many people do with their lives—collecting houses and money as if that’s all there is to life. Then when they die, everything they own is thrown back into the box and someone else plays with what they owned.

You can’t take anything with you when you die (1 Tim. 6:7), but you can send it ahead. Jesus said, “Lay up for yourselves treasure in heaven” (Matt. 6:20-21). If you are a follower of Christ, God has entrusted things for you to manage during this life. When you give to His kingdom and help others in need, you are laying up treasure for yourself in heaven. Your earthly resources are being transformed into something much more valuable that will last forever. This earthly life is simply a temporary world to get us ready for what we’ll be doing in His eternal kingdom.

It takes faith to let go of money and lay it up as treasure in heaven because you won’t see what you’ve laid up until after you die. But according to the promise of Jesus, whatever you’ve sent to heaven during your life on earth will be multiplied and waiting for you in heaven. I believe that “treasure in heaven” will be rewards, which are our eternal assignments according to our faithfulness.
      Your life doesn’t have to end like a Monopoly game. You can start today preparing for the next life by faithfully managing what God has given to you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net 
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Why You Feel the Way You Do

Your feelings follow your thoughts like a caboose lags behind a locomotive. If your "thought locomotive" goes into the valley, then your "feelings caboose" will follow it into the valley. But if the locomotive goes up a mountain, the caboose lags behind the train at first but it will eventually follow it up the mountain

Here’s a test to show how thoughts affect moods:

1. When I’m happy, I’ve been thinking _______________ thoughts.
2. When I’m sad, I’ve been thinking ________________ thoughts.
3. When I’m angry, I’ve been thinking _______________ thoughts.
4. When I’m depressed, I’ve been thinking _____________ thoughts.

The answers are: 1. happy 2. sad 3. angry 4. depressing
Do you see the correlation between the way you think and the way you feel? What you think about produces the mood you are in. Your thoughts tell your emotions what to do. Emotions simply respond to the information that is fed to them.

If you watch a horror movie, you’ll be afraid even though you know the movie isn’t real. If you watch a sad movie, you’ll cry. A comedy will make you laugh and put you in a happy mood. If you’re depressed, it’s because you've been dwelling on depressing thoughts. Some depression is caused by other factors, but it’s primarily caused by dwelling on negative thoughts, which produces the feelings of depression.

What you think about is the problem, but it’s also the solution to the problem. If your thoughts affect your emotions, then your moods can be reversed by changing the way you think. Philippians 4:8 tells us to dwell on positive, healthy thoughts. Paul says, “Rejoice in the Lord always; I will say it again, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). Thinking positively releases endorphins that correct the chemical imbalances caused by depression. Although God didn't explain to us the medical reasons for rejoicing, He did tell us "a joyful heart is good medicine" (Proverbs 17:22). (Slaying Your Giants, pp.179-180)

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Calming the Storm

Jesus was on the Sea of Galilee with His disciples when a fierce storm hit. Waves were crashing over the side and the boat was filling up with water as Jesus slept in the stern (Mark 4:35-41). The disciples panicked because the ship would soon go under. Jesus was in the stern, the lowest place in the boat and the first to fill up with water. He’s covered with water—but He’s sleeping!

This is the only incident in the Bible where it specifically states Jesus is sleeping. The disciples are screaming in fear but Jesus is at perfect peace. The disciples woke Him up yelling, “Don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” From their viewpoint, it looked like God wasn’t in control and didn’t care about them. But this was a laboratory experiment to teach His disciples—and us—that He’s in control, even when our world is falling apart.

If they hadn’t awoken Jesus, He would have slept through the entire storm. I can’t imagine Jesus waking up and saying, “Whoa! I had no idea this storm was about to sink the boat. Why didn’t you wake me up sooner?” Jesus could sleep because He knew His Father was in control even when He wasn’t awake.

Jesus commanded the winds to be still and the sea became perfectly calm (Mark 4:39), which proved He was in control of the storm. The disciples were amazed He could actually calm the storm simply by speaking words. And He can calm you as well. He says to your heart, “Peace, be still. Do not be troubled. Don’t be afraid.” Listen carefully, and you’ll hear Him whispering those words to your heart.

You’ll never be able to sleep through the storm like Jesus did until you first rest in the fact God is in control. God is still with you, even if He appears to be sleeping and unconcerned. If the Lord doesn’t calm the storm you’re going through, He will keep you calm as you go through the storm. Either way removes fear and brings peace.  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Claiming God's Promises

It’s not enough just to know about God’s promises. We must receive the Scriptures for ourselves to make them a reality in our lives (Heb. 11:33). When prospectors discovered gold during the California Gold Rush in the 1800s, they had to “stake a claim.” Staking a claim meant they had to drive posts into the ground to claim the marked property as their own. This illustrates what it means to claim God’s promises.

You can’t see God, but you can see His promises recorded in the Bible. He wants you to stake a claim on them, which means to receive them by faith as your own personal property. Many people in the Bible chose to believe what God had promised, even when their situations looked impossible.

God promised Sarah she would have a child—and she gave birth at 90 years old. She was the first woman in history to go through menopause before she got pregnant! “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11). Her husband Abraham was “fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Rom 4:21).

Staking Your Claim: For example, if you aren’t sure God will forgive your sins, you can pray, “Lord, I receive your promises for myself. I’ve received Jesus and claim your promise that I’m your child (John 1:12). You’ve promised to forgive my sins (Eph. 1:7) and remember them no more (Heb. 10:17). You became sin for me and gave me your righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21). I stand in your righteousness, not mine (Rom. 4:5)."

The fulfillment of each promise is God’s responsibility, but it’s up to us to trust Him to come through. He fulfilled every promise He made to Israel. “Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:45) Have you staked your claim? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Shake It Off!

“Shake it off” means don’t let certain nagging thoughts bother you. For example, you’re bothered because you can’t please people who will never like you. If you follow Jesus, the Lord wants to guard your heart and mind with His peace (Phil. 4:6-7).

Jesus told His disciples, “And whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet” (Matt. 10:14). He told them not to let rejection bother them, but to shake it off and move on. If we let rejection stick to us, we’ll carry it with us wherever we go. That’s why we must shake it off.

The apostle Paul was on a ship that struck a reef. The passengers were stranded on the island Malta, and the natives built a fire to keep them warm. As Paul placed a stick on the fire, a viper came out the woodpile and fastened itself to his hand. He shook it off into the fire and suffered no harm (Acts 28:5).

Satan is a snake (Rev. 12:9) and wants to attach himself to your spirit so he can inject his venom. When the snake bites, you can either let it hang on—or you can shake it off. People who are bitter are full of venom because they didn’t shake it off when it first bit. When Paul shook off the snake, he suffered no harm. And if you’ll shake it off, you won’t either.

When people hate and reject you, shake it off. Don’t let condemning thoughts that aren’t from God to bother you. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on You in perfect peace because it trusts in You.”  www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

What Did Jesus Write in the Dirt?

Some Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus and asked if she should be stoned to death (John 8:3-11). Instead of answering, He stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger. He told them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” He stooped down again and wrote on the ground. Beginning with the oldest man, they all left one by one. So what did He write?

Since the Bible doesn’t record what He wrote we can only speculate. Scripture tells us they left “one by one” starting with the older men. Whatever He wrote convicted them. He probably wrote individual messages to each, from oldest to youngest. Since He addressed “the one without sin” He probably wrote their own specific sins, including adultery.

Some scholars speculate He wrote the names of women with whom they had committed that sin. Could it be that the Pharisees didn’t accuse the man caught in the act because he was in their group? It’s possible they were all guilty of adultery, which meant they would have to stone each other!

After her accusers left, she called Him “Lord” (v.11). Jesus replied, “Neither do I condemn you.” Many people quote this verse saying “don’t cast stones” and “I don’t condemn you,” but they omit the rest of the verse, “Go and sin no more” (8:11). Jesus didn’t want her to keep committing adultery but told her to live a godly life. He says the same to us when we come to Him—He cleanses us from sin but also calls us to live a life that’s pleasing to Him. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

IF Jesus Rose From the Dead, THEN. . .

So what difference does Jesus’ resurrection make? If He rose from the dead, then…
1. It verifies that everything Jesus taught is true. Heaven is real, Hell is real, Angels are real, Satan and demons are real, etc.

2. It proves that Jesus is the correct spiritual leader to follow. Jesus is the only way to heaven (John 14:6)—not Mohammed, Buddha, or anyone else. “There is salvation in no one else; there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12)

3. It establishes the fact that Jesus is more powerful than death. “But now Christ has been raised from the dead” (1 Cor. 15:20).

4. It means He’s still alive today in heaven. He ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9). He lives in an eternal kingdom beyond this world (John 18:36).

5. It means everyone will stand before Him to be judged. “For we must all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:10)

6. It gives assurance to all His followers there’s no need to fear death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25)

7. It means everyone who believes in His resurrection will be saved. “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom. 10:9).

Out of all the events that have occurred in the history of the world, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important. And that means those who trust in Him have a reason for living.
If you aren’t sure that Jesus rose from the dead, I encourage you to watch the movie Case for Christ (NOW IN THEATRES). Click to WATCH MOVIE TRAILER. Based on a true story of an atheist investigative journalist, Lee Strobel, who set out to disprove Jesus’ resurrection.
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

How Do We Know Jesus Rose from the Dead?

Is the resurrection of Jesus fact or fable? If it’s a fable, you can live any way that you would like. But if it’s a fact, it changes everything about our reason to live:

1. Old Testament prophets predicted the Messiah would rise from the dead (Psalm 16:10, 30:3, Acts 2:27-31, 10:43, 13:33-35, Matt. 12:40). The prophecies were recorded hundreds of years beforehand.

2. Jesus predicted His own death and resurrection. (Matt.16:21, 17:9,23, 21:19, 26:32,56, John 2:19,21). Even the unbelieving Pharisees remembered His prophecies about rising from the dead (Matt. 27:62-64)

3. Jesus’ disciples, who fled when He was arrested, were so convinced He rose from the dead they were martyred for Him. They remembered Jesus had prophesied His own resurrection (John 2:22). Peter, who had previously denied Him three times, boldly preached He rose from the dead (Acts 2:24,32, 3:15, 4:2,10, 5:30, 10:40-41).

4. Pontius Pilate ordered Roman soldiers at the tomb to keep His body from being stolen. (Matt. 27:62-66). The Roman guards reported to the chief priests that He rose from the dead (Matt. 28:11-15).

5. After Jesus rose from the dead He appeared to over 500 people. (1 Cor. 15:4-8)  

6. Paul, who had murdered Christians, was changed after met the resurrected Jesus and preached for years about His resurrection. (Acts 9:1-6, 13:30,33-37, 1 Cor. 15:8)

If you aren’t sure that Jesus rose from the dead, I encourage you to watch the movie Case for Christ (NOW IN THEATRES). Click to WATCH MOVIE TRAILER. Based on a true story of an atheist investigative journalist who set out to disprove Jesus’ resurrection.
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

What REALLY Happened on the Cross

Two thousand years ago, people watched Jesus die on a cross. But what really happened on the cross couldn’t be seen by the people watching Him die because it occurred in the spiritual realm. What happened? Every sin that’s ever been committed from Adam and Eve until the end of the world was placed in His body--including every sin that you and I will ever commit. 
   Sins are bad thoughts, words and deeds that separate us from God. Dying for all sins is a hard concept to grasp, but Scripture reveals that it’s true:

***  “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24)
***  “(Jesus) offered one sacrifice for sins for all time” (Heb. 10:12)
***  “He Himself is the propitiation (satisfaction) for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world” (1 John 2:2)
***  “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18)

Even though Jesus paid for all sins for all time, it doesn’t mean everyone has been forgiven. He made forgiveness and salvation available to all. Since forgiveness is in Jesus, we must receive Him into our lives to receive forgiveness for all sins. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). “He who has the Son (living inside you) has eternal life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:12). No matter what evil things you have done, God will cleanse you if you’ll receive Jesus Christ into your life.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Your Provision Changes

When the Jews were slaves in Egypt, their provision came from their masters. But when Moses led them through the Red Sea into the wilderness, they needed a new source of provision. God sent them food from heaven during that time. “The Israelites ate manna for 40 years, until they came to an inhabited land. They ate manna until they reached the border of the land of Canaan” (Ex. 16:35).

They changed locations again and needed a new source. “The manna ceased on the day after they had eaten some of the produce of the land, so that the sons of Israel no longer had manna, but they ate some of the yield of the land of Canaan during that year” (Joshua 5:12).

When a famine hit, God told Elijah to go to the brook Cherith and commanded the ravens to bring him food (1 Kings 17:4-7). When the brook dried up, God told him to change locations and go to Zarephath for food. (If God Knows What I Need, Why Should I Pray? p.184)

One day your provision will change. Many people have lost their jobs. Many go through divorce and must find new provision. Others can’t work for various reasons. When your provision changes, keep three things in mind:

1. Remember that God is your provider. When you surrender your life to Jesus Christ, He takes responsibility to be your provider. He may provide through your job or in other ways.
2. If your brook dries up, you may need to change locations. When you lose your source of provision, God can show you like He did Elijah where to go to find new provision.
3. No matter how bad your situation, trust God to provide. He’s aware of what you’re going through and has a plan for your life. Ask Him to reveal what to do.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Parable of Two Houses

One man said, “My realtor sold me a two-story house. He told me one story before I bought it and another story after I bought it.” Jesus told a story about two houses, which explains a truth about two types of people.

The wise person built his house on a rock foundation, while the other built on a sand foundation. Both houses were fine for a while, but then a storm came. “The rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew, and burst against that house (Matthew 7:25,27). The storm came from above (rain), beneath (flood), all sides (winds). The house built on sand collapsed and “great was its fall” (v.27), but the house built on rock withstood the storm. Here are three observations about this parable:

1. Both people built houses but the difference was where they built. The wise person built his house on a rock foundation and “dug deep” (Luke 6:48) because he prepared for the future. The foolish person only thought about enjoying the present and built on sand because it’s much easier to sink posts into sand.

2. Both houses experienced the same intensity of the storm. The rain, floods and wind hit both houses. Just because you’re a follower of Jesus doesn’t mean you will escape trials. God will give you the grace and strength to endure the storm.

3. Both builders heard the words of Jesus, but only one obeyed. (7:24,26) Think about it this way: Jesus told both of them to build their house on the rock (Himself), but only one obeyed and did it. And that’s the point. Many people disobey what Jesus clearly said to do. They attend church but they live immoral lives. Jesus said you will know true believers from unbelievers by the fruit they produce (7:17-20).

Shady real estate agents (false prophets--7:15) will try to sell you sandy sites to build your life. Don’t listen to them. Jesus said the person who doesn’t obey Him will one day be destroyed. But the one who hears and obeys will stand. Are you obeying what Jesus said? www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com  www.makinglifecount.net
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