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“How Much Do You Know?”

 


Just exactly how much do you know? This is a common question on people’s minds quite frequently. When we are buying a car from a salesman, we often wonder “Does this guy have a clue what he is talking about?” When we are getting an estimate from a repair man, we often wonder if he/she truly knows how to fix the problem, or if they are just giving us the run around. If we are having medical problems, we want to go to the doctor with the highest reputation in this area so we know we will be cared for in the right way. If our favorite football team doesn’t win a game for 3 years we start looking for a new coach, and ask if this coach has the knowledge that it takes to raise our program to a different standard.

 

We understand all of these things. Now let me ask you very seriously, “What do you know?” sure we may have some statistics memorized dealing with our favorite athletes or sports teams. We may have some knowledge of how to play the financial market, and we have our retirement plan mapped out before us. We may know what is takes to be a carpenter, plumber, mechanic, salesman, oil field worker, CEO, or a janitor, but here is the true question, the most important question you will ever answer, “Will I be in Heaven?”

 

Most of us would answer this question this way: “I hope I will be” or “I think so”. I want you to consider this question very seriously as we examine a couple of scriptures.

 

Matthew 7:14- “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Jesus said that it is HARD to get into heaven, and that “few” will make it there.

 

1 John 5:13- “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life” We read in this verse that getting to heaven is not a “guessing game” it isn’t something that will happen by chance, and no one will get to heaven by accident.

 

However, you can know you have eternal life. Do you know? If not, would you study the Bible with me?

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Posted by on September 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

“Would Jesus Want To Follow You?

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First of all, I would like to apologize for the lack of posts recently, things have been extremely busy! But things are good. I just wanted to share a quick thought with you…

Our world has certainly been changed forever. Changed by a ground breaking, earth shattering invention.. Facebook. Yes, Facebook. Social media has taken over the lives of many. We wake up, grab our phones and check for notifications on Facebook. The we periodically check throughout the day, we browse our friends status’ and photos. All while trying to upload our own.

Facebook turned into such a hit many other social networking sites have taken their turn in trying to share in the social networking fame. I must admit, the only two Sites I use is Facebook and twitter. I am still new to twitter (@troyrogers156). For all of you non- twitter users, every time someone decides to subscribe to your status updates they click a button that says “follow” then you will receive a notification that “John smith” is following you. (Kinda creepy huh?:)

The other day I was cleaning out my inbox and I came a crossed a notification that really caught my eye. The title of my email was “Jesus Christ is following you on twitter”

I (obviously curious) opened the link. I found that someone created an account that just posts words of Christ from the New Testament. And because I had “tweeted” a scripture, it linked our accounts as similar.

I share this with you for this purpose…

How are we using our Social media? It is a great way to stay connected with friends. It is a great stress relief from time to time. But, it can also be a terrible weapon. We have all seen the posts from our “friends” that trash talk others, complain about their lives, curse, and stir up drama and controversy.

I am blessed to have many friends who continually encourage me, help me refocus, and just give me a good laugh because of their posts. We have so much garbage in the world around us (especially digital) it is time that those who follow Christ use their social media in a way that Jesus would enjoy “following them”

In Him,

Troy

1 Corinthians 10:31- So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

“Done Any Remodeling Lately?”

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Sometimes, that word (remodel) can be harder to say, and even harder to think about than many four-letter words today. You see, for some, remodeling is fun, exciting, and a pure joy. For others, it is a hassle, expensive, and often times painful.

When my wife and I bought our first home, (as with most “first homes”) there was plenty of remodeling that needed to be done. There was a lot of old things that needed to be taken out of the house before any progress could be made (moldy carpet, cheap paneling on the walls etc..) once we got all of the old, dirty, and nasty things out of the house, we could then turn it into what we wanted it to be.

How about us in a spiritual sense? The Bible says in Hebrews 3:6 that we are “God’s house.” You see, just like me and my wife, just like you, when God moves in He wants to make it His home. He wants to make His home into something big, functional, and beautiful. However, before He can truly make it what He desires, He must first get rid of the old. He must get rid of the old, dirty, and nasty things (sin) out of our life, so that we can become an acceptable place for Him to dwell. The question then becomes, “Will you let Him?”

When Meagan and I were going through our house on various projects we would sit down and make a list of everything that needed to be done. We did this for two reasons.

#1. To keep us on track
#2. To remind us that there REALLY WAS an “end” in sight. (Though it rarely felt like it)

I do not pretend to have a comprehensive list even for my own “remodel project” so I do not intend to give you one for your life. However, I hope that the lists below serve as a good starting point.

“Out With The Junk”

1. Pride
2. Selfishness
3. Laziness
4. Harsh Words
5. Worldly Priorities

“In With The New”

1. A Heart And Mind For The Lost.
2. Daily Bible Study
3. Daily Time In Prayer
4. Humble Spirit
5. Willingness To Work In The Kingdom

In Him,

Troy

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2011 in Uncategorized

 
 
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