Possible Does Not Mean Permissible

Each of us have wondered at some time, “Why is it that God answers some prayers and not others?”  Many great preachers have taught great sermons on this matter.  Sometimes the most simple explanation suffices in place of deep theological exhortations.  This is one possible simple explanation.

Everyone loves to hear a scripture like Mark 10:27 where it says, “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.”  This is good for our faith.  To know and believe that God can do anything should give us strength and hope.  That same scripture can be a problem when we have a need for something seemingly impossible and God does not come through for us.  Read the rest of this entry

Jesus Has Your Back

Everybody likes to have someone in their corner; someone who believes in them and is backing them.  To be honest, people like to support and encourage other people.  Look at the size of our stadiums.  Thousands and tens of thousands, even over 100,000 people will join together on a given day and time to cheer on their team.  On a much smaller scale, people in general, when they see someone down and out, reach out to try to encourage or help them.  Whether it is when things are good or bad, we all like someone supporting us.

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He Is Not Here

“He is not here.”  Those words are only used 3 times in the Bible.  Each instance was from 3 versions of the same story.  It is a group of ladies who were looking for Jesus.  That is not normally the phrase you would hear when you are looking for Jesus.  We actually are told to believe the opposite. Paul said that Jesus started from scratch and “he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near” (Acts 17:26-28).  If you seek for God you will find Him.  Read the rest of this entry