Extraordinary Neck-ware

Mike Tomlin, coach of the Pittsburg Steelers, wears a necklace. On that necklace is a cross expressing his faith in Jesus Christ. Some men wear an expensive gold-braided necklace. Many women wear valuable necklaces made of gold, silver, or platinum. Of course then there are the beautiful and cherished diamonds that often accompany these beautiful pieces of jewelry.
What you put around your neck usually means something important to you. Perhaps someone important loves you, or you want to display a symbol significant to you, or that you have success in life producing the ability to purchase such an expensive item.

The Bible tells us to bind around our necks the merciful loving-kindness and faithful love of God. Proverbs 3:3 says “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.”

The implications of what Jesus said are the two greatest commandments are indeed extraordinary! He said to love God with your entire being and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus’ followers must love him more than they love their own family, their business, their hobbies, and even more than their own lives.
The writer in Proverbs 3:3 says that not only are you to bind this kind of love around your neck but also write it on the tablet of your heart. So it is to be both external and internal.

The Scriptures says that this internal love is to be fervent, compelling, speaking the truth, and demonstrated by sharing with others your earthly possessions

So since what you wear around your neck is something usually highly valued, is this kind of extraordinary love highly valued by you? Do you bind around your neck and write on the tablet of your heart this love?
The only way to be able to produce this kind of love is to be totally stunned by the extraordinary love of God for you through his son Jesus Christ. Please believe him and receive him.
Worship with us this Sunday at 9am. Find Dr. Wright’s messages at BalboaBaptist.Church, click Media. Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity.

Whatever Life Throws at You

Painted in large letters on the side of an old building are the words “GOD IS LOVE.” Seeing it caused me to ask myself whether these oft quoted words are just a cliché or an overused platitude. For many people, I am sure it is.

But since these three famous words appear in the Bible in 1 John 4:17 and I take the Bible as the highest authority for what I believe, then it must be much more than an overworked phrase. If God is love, the question becomes, “So what?”

The most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, gives a profound answer. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (NKJV)

God loves you with a perfect love, “For God so loved the world.” God is flawless and infinite. Living in an imperfect world warped by every imaginable evil, let the perfect God perfectly love you. You are loved right now perfectly. It’s a scary world, but perfect love casts out fear.

God loves you with a sacrificial love, “… He gave His only begotten Son.” God is so serious about loving you and punishing sin, he sacrificed His only, one-of-a-kind Son for you. In this world of so many selfish humans, allow the sacrificial God who loves you to love you right now.

God loves you with an impartial love, “… that whoever believes in Him.” God is completely impartial. He loves “whoever.” The rich or powerful do not influence Him. The poor and abused are not rejected by Him. All people, including you, can come to Him through Christ because He loves you with an impartial love.

And God loves you with an eternal love, “… should not perish but have everlasting life.” God is eternally past, present, and future. His love for you wholeheartedly wants to give you eternal life. An eternal place of mansions, banquets, and no more tears await those who receive His eternal love in His Son Jesus.

Whatever life throws at you, God’s love meets your need. Permit God to love you today perfectly, sacrificially, impartially, and eternally.

Worship with us this Sunday at 9am. Find Pastor Denny’s messages at BalboaBaptist.Church, click “Media.” Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity.

Jogging through Life

Jogging bores me to tears. To play a vigorous game of Basketball or Pickleball with a goal to win thrills me. High school sports required me to do a lot of running to build stamina. Line drills, laps, and tromping up bleachers seemed to be my coaches’ favorite things.

I think what made it so difficult was not the physical exertion, but the lack of an obvious goal. We just kept running sprints or laps with no idea when the end would come.

But running with purpose changes everything. We don’t think of the drudgery of running if we are escaping an angry bear or gladly sprinting to the finish line to win a gold medal. Fleeing the bear or pursuing the gold are great motivators!

“But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” 1 Tim. 6:11

First, flee! Get as far away as you can. Don’t see how close you can get without getting burned. Run away!

Flee from any belief that contradicts what Jesus said in the Bible. The first test for any cult or false teacher is who they say Jesus is.

Flee pride. Conceit is vividly described as a “puffed up” or a “blowing smoke” attitude that leads to ignorance, quarreling, and controversy by minds clouded with selfishness.

Flee materialism. At the heart of the love of money is discontentment. How much is enough? Just a little bit more. But more never satisfies.

Fleeing is just half of it. The second half is pursue! This means to chase or hunt aggressively. Go for it!

Pursue righteousness. Live out the righteousness of God implanted into you when you trusted Christ, not just trying hard to do the right thing.

Chase godliness. The above mentioned three thing to flee leads to ungodliness.

Hunt for faith. Boldly step out and live on the promises of God’s word.

Earnestly love. Nothing matters without love. For God so loved you, he gave his only Son! Pursue love by loving others.

Run after steadfastness. Never give up, endure and be patient!

Be aggressively gentle. The meek are those very powerful people who humbly and gently use their power to help others.

Don’t just jog through life. Flee! Pursue!

Worship with us this Sunday at 9am. Find Pastor Denny’s messages at BalboaBaptist.Church, click “Media.” Our mission is to bring all people to the saving grace of Jesus Christ and help them grow toward Christian maturity.