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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Romans 7:19

19 I want to do what is good, but I don't. I don't want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. (NLT)


This is what it means to be a slave to sin. It became our master when we willfully gave in to it. We may have experimented with it out of pure curiosity, or some form of childish rebellion, but from that moment we became its slave. We try to qut, but its hold on us is so thight that we continually find ourselves doing exactly what we are trying to stop doing.


We seits destructions in our lives. Yet, we are helpless against this evil taskmaster. There is only one way out of this bondage-to accept a new master. The Good King!


Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him. -C.S. Lewis


Prayer, Lord guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior.  My hope is in you all day long.

Posted on 01/12/2016 1:00 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Monday, 11 January 2016


1 Corinthians 2:14

14 But people who aren't spiritual can't receive these truths from God's Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can't understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. (NLT)


God is under no obligation to reveal anything to the natural man. Moreover, the natural man is at odds with God, and busy indulging himself in the pleasures of the world with every ounce of his selfish lust. From the world's point of view, nothing seems more foolish than what matters to the natural man, and the world always honors those things. 


These worldly gains are advertised as teh fulfillment of man's purpose for living. It is only whe we are left empty by the pursuit do we begin to question the futility of that lifestyle. 


To love someone means to see him as God intended him. -Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Prayer, Lord, reveal to me your will for my life. Let me seek you praise and not the praise of men.

Posted on 01/11/2016 3:00 PM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Sunday, 10 January 2016


Proverbs 3:5

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
    do not depend on your own understanding.


Our own understanding of any given situation is abased on a paradigm too often skewed by a flawed point of view. We cannot trust ourselves because seeing, we do not learn anything, and what we hear we do not understand. We live under this ancient curse that can be traced all the way back to the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We hear just well enough to think we understand, and we see just enough to think we perceive what is going on-all the whle we are a danger to ourselves as Satan whispers, "did God really say this?"


Our only hope is to trust in the Lord, even when His way defies our natural logic. We cannot see all ends.


"Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength" -Charles Spurgeon 


Prayer, Praise the Lord for all he has done for me! I call to you, take away all of my fears and cover me with your loving grace.


Posted on 01/10/2016 1:00 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Saturday, 09 January 2016

Isaiah 55:9

9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so my ways are higher than your ways
    and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.


Our first mistake comes with the thinking that we are smarter than God when it comes to knowing what is best for us. We my not put it so bluntly; however, our actions make it plain that we believe we know better than He does. Our lessons come hard, and often painfully until we learn otherwise. With each test we are amazed that His way was better. And yet, our stubborn pride rebounds again and again, convincing us despite the contrary evidence, that we can govern ourselves. Experience should have taught us the danger of relying on our own thinking.


"If you assert that there is no God, you are saying 'I conclude that there is no infinite God and I've arrived at this conclusion out of my infinite knowledge.'" -Ravi Zacharias


Prayer, Lord, don't let my heart be proud; keep my eyes upon you. I don't understand every matter, some are too great or too awesome for me to grasp. My trust and loyalty are in you to lead me when I don't understand.

Posted on 01/09/2016 1:00 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Friday, 08 January 2016

Matthew 7:13-14

The Narrow Gate

13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.


Only God could build a bridge from mankind to Himself. All of man's efforts at construction failed as miserably as the Tower of Babel. Unfortunately, most will not enter through the the narrow gate-through Jesus. Even those who should know better too often stumble over the Cornersone because the wisdom of God is foolishness to them. Yet, for those of us who enter through Jesus into the Kingdom, we did so only by the grace of the Almighty. We only begin at the Gate. We learn to walk afterward. None of us can boast that we made it through our own effort, only by faith.


"Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must be precedence over what I prefer." -Ravi Zacharias


Prayer, Father thank You for the grace You have given me, thank You for Son and my salvation.

Posted on 01/08/2016 1:00 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Thursday, 07 January 2016

Luke 13:24

24 "Work hard to enter the narrow door to God's Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail. (NLT)


Jesus makes this statement in response to the question, "Lord, will only a few be saved?" His answer raises another question for us today; am I taking the grace of the Lord for granted? Indeed, what is this narrow gate? And how do I strive to enter through it into salvation" There is only way for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus tells us plainly, " "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."* and "Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures."**


Our striving to get into the Kingdom by any other method except the cross of Jesus, is futile. Our strife comes in blocking everthing else out, and remaining focused on our King, our gate, the author and finisher of our faith.


"Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do." -Thomas Aquinas


Prayer, Father, it is only by Your grace that I can stand through my many trials. Open the doors of help for me and strengthen me to walk through them. 

Posted on 01/07/2016 6:00 PM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Wednesday, 06 January 2016

Matthew 6:33New Living Translation (NLT)

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.


How do we make this a real priority in our lives and not merely a pretense? So easily, we are distracted by the worries of the day. The pressure of anxieties bends our thoughts towards our problems and away from our problem solver!


Oh, how quickly we forget that we are children of the Almighty King, princes with ready access to the throne. It is not crisis that lures us away, but the dull daily drudgery of making a living. Soon we have forgotten His kingdom and are absorbed in establishing our own futile empire. Seeking His kingdom means setting our minds each day to laboring as His subjects, being a good steward of what He has given you, and being a faithful loving child of the Almighty Father. Do this and watch how He adds one blessing after another to you, and when the storms of life come, and they will, how faithful He is to carry you through them.


Prayer, I call upon Your name and I will make known Your deeds among all peoples. I sing to You praises and sing of all Your mighty works.


Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! I will seek Your strength and Your face always.



Posted on 01/06/2016 8:00 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Isaiah 55:6

6 Seek the Lord while you can find him.
    Call on him now while he is near. (NLT)


Mornings can be the best time to go in search of the Lord, while it is quiet and the busy day ahead is still a sfe distnace away. Call upon the Lord during thie early morning quiet time, before teh urgencies of the day begin calling upon you. It is during this foggy state of mind between sleep and awake that we can often find Him nearest. He does not move away from us later when the telephone is ringing and the television or radio is blaring, but we are no longer seeking Him because we are amidst so many distractions.


"Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us." -Charles Spurgeon

Posted on 01/05/2016 3:30 PM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Monday, 04 January 2016

Luke 5:8

8 When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, "Oh, Lord, please leave me-I'm too much of a sinner to be around you." (NLT)


This is not Peter's first encounter with the Lord. Already Jesus had healed his mother-in-law of a fever. Perhaps Peter suspected that the healing was merely coincidence. He had heard Jesus teach, but there have been plenty of wise teachers who come and go. It was common in that day for a Rabbi to have a group of disciples and wasn't this Jesus just another one to Peter? It isn't until Jesus trumps Peter at his own profession, fishing, that is suddnely convinced that this i no ordinary man. The revelation has the same effect on Peter as it did to the prophet Isaiah upon seeing the florious King: he became aware of his own sinfulness. Yet notice how gently Jesus calls Peter, and us all. "Do not be afraid. From now on you will be fishers of men (Luke 5:10).


"Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried." G.K. Chesterton


Prayer: Most Holy God, my limited view is getting in the way of truth. Even when I don't feel it, help me to know without a doubt Your goodness and faithfulness to me.



Posted on 01/04/2016 8:17 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Sunday, 03 January 2016

Isaiah 6:9-10

And he said, "Yes, go, and say to this people, 

Listen carefully, but do not understand.
    Watch closely, but learn nothing.'
10 Harden the hearts of these people.
    Plug their ears and shut their eyes.
That way, they will not see with their eyes,
    nor hear with their ears,
nor understand with their hearts
    and turn to me for healing." (NLT)


Jesus quotes this passage more than any other, always teaching in parables so that it may be fulfilled. and yet, through His spirit, He offers us the antidote to this ancient curse which still prevails over all of humanity. His ways are so mysterious that the world cannot grasp His truth without the indwelling Spirit. 


"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind." C.S. Lewis


Pray this day for wisdom, that your eyes may be open, your ears tuned to hear His voice, and your and ready to act.

Posted on 01/03/2016 8:45 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Saturday, 02 January 2016

Isaiah 6:8 (NLT)

Then I heard the Lord asking, "Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?"

I said, "Here I am. Send me.


Have you heard the call of the Lord? Do you have ears to hear it, or are there more pressing concerns urgently screaming for your attention? The invitation the prophet Isaiah heard wa very general; he merely volunteered. He could have remained silent, and the Lord would have found someone else. 


Is there something the Lord would have you to do this day? Muster the courage to step forward and offer yourself to His service without worring about your inadequacies. You will be strong because He is strong.


Pray, Lord God, teach me to embrace you and not to fight you, to recognize that where I am weak you are strong. All glory be to You and Your name.

Posted on 01/02/2016 8:37 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Friday, 01 January 2016

Isaiah 6:5 

5 Then I said, "It's all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. I have filthy lips, and I live among a people with filthy lips. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven's Armies." (NLT)


We live unaware of our own wretchedness until we see the King, the Lord of Heaven's Army. Then, instantly we are fully concious of our unworthiness. We discover our shame, that we are unable to clean ourselves up to present ourselves to His Highness. We are humbled by His glorious purity. Then just as the prophet Isaiah experienced, the Lord Himself cleanses us by divine rite.

"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." -C. S. Lewis

When you pray ask that He reveals to you those areas of your life that you have not completely surrendered to Him.


Posted on 01/01/2016 8:36 AM by Casey C. & J.R. Sloan

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

When You Die, God Gains Another Angel

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Plain and simple. humans are humans, and angels are angels. I hate to burst bubbles on this one and especially at Christmas time. Don't we all get a little teary-eyed when Clarence gets his wings? The fact is humans are created in the image of God and do not become angels when they die. So what do they become? Let's see what the Bible says.


First of all, humans are made in the image of God. In all of creation this only applies to humans. This is first mention in the book of Genesis and later in the book of Hebrews this is reinforced.


Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground." So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27)


Because God's children are human beings-made of flesh and blood-the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. (Hebrews 2:14)


Humans Can Be Forgiven

Though all humans and some angels sinned, there is forgiveness only for humans. 


We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. (Hebrews 2:16)


The angels who sinned are awaiting the day of judgment. 


Then He will also say to those on the left, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41).


We have the opportunity to conform to the image of Christ. Hebrews chapter 2 has much to say about this.


What we do see is Jesus, who was given a position "a little lower than the angels"; and because he suffered death for us, he is now "crowned with glory and honor." Yes, by God's grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)


Humans Will Be Exalted

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21).


There will come a day when humans will judge the angels. Specifically, those who have believed in Jesus will eventually judge angels. Humans will share in Jesus' exalted position because believers are a new creation in Christ. Consequently we share His exalted position. The final state of redeemed humans is far above angels - believers will be conformed to the image of Christ. 


Do you not know that we are to judge angels-to say nothing of ordinary matters? (1 Corinthians 6:3).


and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).


So it is true that humans do not become angels. You should take great heart over this matter. Our loved ones who are in Christ and have gone on before us are made greater than the angels! What a glorious future for those in Christ to look forward to. So don't cry for Clarence, rejoice that he was mistaken about there being more tests in heaven before you become an angel. Rejoice that a savior came, died for you, that you believed in him and you will raised up in glory with him-above the angels

Posted on 12/23/2015 8:00 AM by Jon-Roy Sloan

Thursday, 17 December 2015

God Won't Give You More Than You Can Handle

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Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed." -Dr. Samuel Johnson


Who hasn't felt the pressures of life? We all have and this is just another meaningless platitude. If you just do a cursory read of the Bible you we see all kinds of men and women from all walks of life being given more than they can handle. All of life is more than we can handle. 


King David committed adultery and then covered it up with murder. He turned to God and repented.  Daniel was thrown into a lion's den for not worshipping the king of Persia, Elijah was in so much fear he asked God to kill him, Jesus was under so much stress he sweated great doors of sweat and blood. All turned to God in prayer and God sustained them all.


God says: Isaiah 41:10, Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


Philippians 4:6-8, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.


There it is, think about these things, God wants us to turn to Him. Set your hearts and your minds on Jesus, not on your troubles, not on yourself, not even on friends and family. Like Peter walking on the water, when you take your eyes off Jesus you start to sink.


The point of living in a fallen world is not for us to try really hard to carry our heavy burden. God wants us to surrender everything to Him, that's what faith is all about. Every thing is more than you or I can handle, but not more than Jesus can handle when we rest in him.


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Posted on 12/17/2015 1:16 PM by Jon-Roy Sloan

Monday, 07 December 2015

Two years ago Moses Mukonjelo of Mombasa, Kenya let us know how proud he was to be a student at NationsUniversity. He told it how it grew his faith and his education. Moses tells us, "Only God can raise us from grass to grace, from obscurity to prominence."



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Posted on 12/07/2015 11:42 AM by Jon Roy Sloan

Monday, 07 December 2015

Report to NationsUniversity Donors 2015
Since you are one of the supporters of NationsUniversity, the following information is being provided to report the progress being made in bringing affordable college-level  Bible courses to people throughout the world. 
  Foreign U.S. U.S Prisons Total
Number of active students in the current academic year: 1,257 454 253 1,964
Number who completed one or more exams in October: 1,154 72 97 1,323
Number of new students registered in October: 59 26 17 102
Number of students accepted into graduate programs: 3 4 5 12
Number of students accepted into undergraduate programs: 6 5 2 13
Note:  When a student registers he can immediately begin his studies; however, he is not accepted into a degree program until he has provided credentials certifying his previous academic accomplishments.

Foreign activity by country: October 2015

  all countries with active students no. of students new registrants countries by degree program* 
1 United States  707 Algeria  Austria
2 South Africa  209 Austria  Colombia
3 Ethiopia  127 Cameroon  Ethiopia
4 Nigeria  107 Canada  Philippines
5 Kenya  83 China  Romania
6 Ghana  77 Congo Sierra Leone
7 Iran 40 Ethiopia  Trinidad and Tobago
8 Canada  36 France  United Kingdom
9 Zambia  36 Ghana  Zambia
10 Cameroon  31 Haiti   
11 Haiti  31 Iran  
12 Turkey  24 Kenya   
13 Uganda  24 Kyrgyzstan   
14 United Kingdom  23 Latvia   
15 India  22 Liberia   
16 Philippines  19 Malawi   
17 Malawi  15 Nepal   
18 Rwanda  15 Nigeria   
19 Tanzania 15 Philippines   
20 Zimbabwe  15 Poland   
21 Russian Federation  14 Qatar   
22 Liberia  13 Rwanda   
23 Sierra Leone  13 Sierra Leone   
24 China  12 South Africa   
25 Brazil  11 Swaziland   
26 Namibia  11 Tanzania  
27 Australia  10 Trinidad And Tobago   
28 Botswana  8 Uganda   
29 Austria  7 United Kingdom   
30 Mexico  7 Zimbabwe   
31 Egypt  6    
32 Indonesia  6    
33 Jamaica  6    
34 South Sudan  6    
35 Sudan  6    
36 United Arab Emirates  6    
37 Colombia  5    
38 Dominican Republic  5    
39 Finland  5    
40 Germany  5    
41 Côte D'Ivoire  4    
42 Denmark  4    
43 France  4    
44 Gambia  4    
45 Italy  4    
46 Korea 4    
47 Malaysia  4    
48 Netherlands  4    
49 Pakistan  4    
50 Romania  4    
51 Singapore  4    
52 Thailand  4    
53 Trinidad And Tobago  4    
54 Afghanistan  3    
55 Bahamas  3    
56 Chad  3    
57 Japan  3    
58 Nepal  3    
59 Tunisia  3    
60 Algeria  2    
61 Argentina  2    
62 Benin  2    
63 Congo 2    
64 Eritrea  2    
65 Greece  2    
66 Ireland  2    
67 Latvia  2    
68 Mozambique  2    
69 Nicaragua  2    
70 Niger  2    
71 Peru  2    
72 Poland  2    
73 Puerto Rico  2    
74 Slovakia  2    
75 Swaziland  2    
76 Sweden  2    
77 Togo  2    
78 Albania  1    
79 Angola  1    
80 Aruba  1    
81 Azerbaijan  1    
82 Bangladesh  1    
83 Burkina Faso  1    
84 Chile  1    
85 Comoros  1    
86 Cyprus  1    
87 Czech Republic  1    
88 Ecuador  1    
89 El Salvador  1    
90 Equatorial Guinea  1    
91 Grenada  1    
92 Guadeloupe  1    
93 Guam  1    
94 Guatemala  1    
95 Guinea  1    
96 Guyana  1    
97 Hong Kong  1    
98 Hungary  1    
99 Israel  1    
100 Kyrgyzstan  1    
101 Libya  1    
102 Madagascar  1    
103 Mali  1    
104 Mauritania  1    
105 Mongolia  1    
106 Morocco  1    
107 New Zealand  1    
108 Oman  1    
109 Papua New Guinea  1    
110 Portugal  1    
111 Qatar  1    
112 Saint Vincent And The Grenadines  1    
113 Serbia  1    
114 Sri Lanka  1    
115 Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic Of  1    
116 Viet Nam  1    

*countries where students were accepted into a degree program in October

Posted on 12/07/2015 10:58 AM by Jon-Roy Sloan

Thursday, 08 October 2015

Cleanliness is Next to Godliness

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you (Exodus 20:12)."


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This statement may be another one of those made famous by Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac. It is certainly is not biblical. It is quite possible that it goes back even further than that, at least the concept. In the Old Testament, God gave the children of Israel a list of cleansing rituals. One of the basic concepts is you could not come into the presence of the Lord unless you were ceremonially clean. Touching a dead animal, for example, would make you unclean, eating certain foods would make you unclean and the list goes on. There were many rituals associated with these in order to become clean again.
Today, many parents have used this saying to admonish their children to pick up there rooms or take a bath. A better suggestion is teaching them obedience. Being obedient and honoring your father and mother is next to godliness.
One of the purposes of the cleanliness rituals was to point out to mankind his sin. God stresses through the Old Testament that there is in outward cleanliness but what He wants more is inward cleanliness. When David sinned against God, he turned to Him for cleansing, for only He could wash away his sins:
Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Mark me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which Thou hast broken rejoice. Hide Thy face from my sins, And blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:7-10).
Through the prophets, God sought to point out to the Jews that they could not attain purity and cleanness. God spoke of Himself as being the One who would cleanse His people from their defilement. The annual day of atonement was an early prototype and picture of the "cleansing" which was to come: What the rituals were pointing to were the future. They were pointing to the promise of a cleansing to come, one accomplished by God for His people, a cleansing which the Messiah or Christ would make, a cleansing which would ultimately be by the shedding of His blood.
Have you experienced the cleansing which God promised in the Old Testament and which He has provided in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ?
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Posted on 10/08/2015 12:35 PM by Jon Roy Sloan

Thursday, 01 October 2015

We Are All God's Children...

In the broadest framework of reference all human beings are viewed as belonging to God. Yes, God is the "father" of all by virtue of the fact that he is the Creator of the human family. Humanity was fashioned in his very image (Genesis 1:26-27), and he exercises sovereignty over all. We all bear the image of God and that makes our very lives something to be valued.
However, the Bible is clear on who is and who isn't, in the spiritual sense, a child of God. What the Bible is talking about is relationally. Only those who have repented of sin, i.e. turned back toward God by placing their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and possess the Holy Spirit of God inside of them can claim Him as their Father. 
The bottom line is, God "owns" every person upon this earth, and we are His to bless or punish, depending upon how we respond to His will. Adam in Eve wanted to remain in the Garden but without God's boundaries. When they violated those boundaries they fled from his presence, they fled from that relationship, and that left a big stinking hole in their lives. Ever since we have tried to fill that hole with substitutes.
The evidence is ample regarding the Children of God. Through his spokesman, the prophet Ezekiel, the Lord declared: 
"For all people are mine to judge-both parents and children alike. And this is my rule: The person who sins is the one who will die. (Ezekiel 18:4). 
Also, take notice that even though the Jewish nation had been chosen by the Lord as a people for his own possession, set apart from other nations, For you are a holy people, who belong to the Lord your God. Of all the people on earth, the Lord your God has chosen you to be his own special treasure. (Deuteronomy 7:6), nonetheless, God warned that if they drifted (sin) from His law, He would disinherit them (Numbers 14:12). Eventually the Lord would say to the arrogant, idol-worshipping northern kingdom of Israel, "you are not my people, and I will not be your God" (Hosea 1:9).
The fact that those who are not saved are not children of God. This is also seen in 1 John 3:10: "By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God's will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] [a]love his [believing] brother." We become God's children when we are saved because we are adopted into God's family through our relationship with Jesus Christ (Galatians 4:5-6).
The richest and fullest sense of the "children of God" is best expressed during the Lord's conversation with Nicodemus, and supplemented elsewhere in the New Testament (see John 3 and Galatians 3:26-27). So please, enter in to this relationship if you have not already done so.
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Posted on 10/01/2015 8:21 AM by Jon Roy Sloan

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

God Wants Me to Be Happy


Happiness is a greatly sought after commodity and everybody will tell you they are selling it. Buy my product and be happy, find that girl/boy and live happily ever after, get an education to get that job you want and be happy, make more money and be happy. They tell you sex sells, but I don't think that is true, happiness sells. Happy stories sell, happy books sell-people looking for happiness sells stuff. (go here to read part 1)


I'm happy because I drink that beer, drive that car, went on that cruise or saw that game. Being cooler than you makes me happy too.

Getting new things makes us happy. I am reminded of a story my son told me in when he was in high school. A girl in his class was complaining about her phone. It was old, out dated and had become yucky to her. She hated to use it, much less even look at it. There was much eye-rolling and mock finger gagging going on behind her back. But she was unhappy with her six month old phone and that made her unhappy in general.


Before you criticize her stop and think. Happiness is an emotional response and can cloud judgement. When your school, job, marriage gets tough you tend to get unhappy. I'm not happy about that, you don't make me happy any more-I'm bored, where's the fun? How many times have you reacted that way? All of us have done it at some time or another. We may have quit school or a job or broken off a relationship or gotten a divorce because we weren't happy.


Many false gospels have been propelled by the dream of being happy. Come to Christ and you will be happy they tell you. All is forgiven! No more worries! No more cares! You are in the kingdom! They don't tell you front that if that is not happening in your life you must be doing it wrong and God cannot hear you. They treat God as if He, our Creator, was a wish-granting sky-fairy that comes when we are in trouble or unhappy and makes it all better. They become angry and disillusioned with Him when He says, "No."


When we reach that point we look inward, because after all, we know that money can't by happiness so we reason with ourselves.


Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.-Marcus Aurelius 

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. -Abe Lincoln 

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. -Valerie Bertinelli


In his book, Mere Christianity, British philosopher C.S. Lewis observed that it is a futile exercise to seek happiness apart from God. Man has been "designed" to find his purpose, indeed his happiness, only in his Creator. In fact, Lewis insists, "God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing" (54). We were made to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7), and apart from that thrilling enterprise, there is no real contentment in human existence.


How very foolish we are when we allow ourselves to be enticed from godliness by worldly and shallow emotions. They are only passing mirages that will prove to be nothing more than cruel illusions in the eternal order of things. No, the way of Christ is not easy, "take up your cross and follow me" he says. That should warn us all of the cost, but take heart, He has overcome the world and in Him you will be fulfilled. 


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Posted on 09/22/2015 9:57 AM by Jon-Roy Sloan

Thursday, 17 September 2015

There are many proverbial sayings that are popular in our culture and all too often folks believe they came from the Bible. So let us imitate the Bereans from the book of Acts 17:10-12.


"10 That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 12 As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men."


Every Bible believing Christian should be immersed in the scriptures. Daily Bible reading is a must, how else are you going to be able to discern what folks say is biblically correct or not? Daily Bible reading is like exercise, it can be difficult to start, but once you get going you develop an appetite that must be nourished. This will help you in so many areas of your life. 


Now mind you, I am talking about reading the Bible, not studying the Bible. Those are entirely two different things. To help me with this I use a yearly Bible reading plan. Every year now I walk leisurely through the Bible and just listen. I am not searching, I lay aside prejudices, and instead I am waiting to see what pops out at me, what is God trying to tell me? You will be astonished at what happens when you do this.


Now let us look at the first unbiblical statement I wish to discuss. We will look at others in the following weeks.


     1. God helps those who help themselves.


Can you tell what is wrong with that statement? First, it implies relying on the flesh. In Proverb 28:26 says, Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe. And the prophet Jeremiah tells us in Jeremiah 17:5, This is what the Lord says: "Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the Lord.


The origin of that statement is uncertain. It reminds me of an old Roman proverb often attributed to Virgil, Fortuna Audaces Iuvat, or Fortune favors the bold*. Fortuna was the Roman goddess of luck or chance. We are invoking her when we say "good luck" to one another. This is not quite the same and origin may go as far back as Greece and Aesop's Fables. 


Secondly, it really is all about you. The saying became popular in American culture when Ben Franklin used this phrase in Poor Richard's Almanack. Americans like this saying, our post-modern materialist culture is firmly steeped with the idea that we are responsible for our achievements in life, and if we are unsuccessful - i.e., healthy, wealthy, and wise - then it's our fault because we've been lazy: "Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth." Proverbs 10:4. 


The bottom line is this, you have to deny yourself, and this statement is anti-Gospel. It imbues self-reliance. Jesus tells us, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24. God has His plans for you and self-reliance puts self before God.



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Posted on 09/17/2015 9:05 AM by Jon-Roy Sloan

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