Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Psalm 56

Psalm 56



1 Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.

2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.

3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.

6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.

7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.

8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?

9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.

10 In God will I praise his word: in the Lord will I praise his word.

11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.

13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Think up, Reward

What are you working for? 


If I ask you, most people, "How is your 401 K?" you, and most people, would be able to tell me. Pretty good. Lost some but building back. Could be better. ETC. Most people are fully aware of their financial status looking ahead to the future.

We have people whose entire career is to manage your money today, so you have the most possible for tomorrow. Our Stock Market and Banks have become like Churches for most. Money is their God. The worry of tomorrow has some paralyzed in dealing with today. People tell you all the time that you must do this or that. Set 10 percent of our salary aside. 20 percent. 30 if you can. You need to save as much as you can now, while you can, while there is income coming in so when there is not, we will be OK. That is thinking down.

Now? Let's think Up. You seem to have your 401 K down pat. What about your 401 E? Your Eternal Retirement Plan. Oh, there is such a thing. Remember what Jesus taught us? Luke 12:16-21
"And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
Why would Jesus tell us this? Turn to Matthew 6:19-21
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Have you ever thought about that? "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also?" Sounds like this. Does it not? Matthew 6:24
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
There will be a very distinct difference in Reward. But there will be a Reward. Look at John 5:28-29 again.
" Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forththose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation."
Wait. Have you ever heard it put this way? "those who have done good, to the resurrection of life and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." Oh tthere will be a Resurrection for all. Some Translations say "Rise" "Those who have done good will rise to experience eternal life, and those who have continued in evil will rise to experience judgment."

We will all "Rise." We are all Eternal Beings. There IS a Resurrection for every Man, Woman, and Child. Are you thinking Up? Planning for your Eternal Retirement Plan? Or are you thinking down? Are you storing up for yourselves treasures in heaven, or, are you trying to build Barns?

According to 2 Corinthians 5:10
"For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad."
John gives us a behind the scenes peek at this in Revelation 20:12-13
"And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. According to his Deeds."
You see, the choice is yours. You can think about yourself, and today, and or, you can Think Up. This next story I would like to share with you is a tough one. It really is. Jesus told us this story in Luke 16:19-31
"There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormentedAnd besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."
Now that is a harsh story. It really is. But it is simply a matter of choice. The Rich man saw Lazarus every day. He never concerned himself with anything more than himself. Also, the Rich Man knew the Word of God. He chose to not accept it. Lazarus was obviously faithful enough to be Saved by God. All about choices. Which direction do you choose to think?

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray...

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"


That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Psalm 55

Psalm 55


1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.

2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;

3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.

4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.

5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.

6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.

7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.

8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.

9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.

11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.

12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:

13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.

14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.

15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.

16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.

18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.

19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.

20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.

21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.

22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Think Up, Strangers

We are Strangers in a Strange Land.


Last time we talked about the fact there is a God. That we must Think Up, in other words, realize that He, God, is in charge. He created all things and in all things, He is in charge. The World will tell you that there is no God. Why the Movement in the Religion Realm of No Devil? Why no Hell? Same reason for all. No Hell, No Devil, No God, No Sin. No reason for a Saviour. Live as you will. As a Society we still attempt, at least as of this second, to tell people not to Harm anyone, but we tell people to live as you will. Anything Goes. If it makes you happy, do it.

However, we know there is a God. We know that it does not matter what the World says or thinks, all that matters is what God says or thinks. Once you stop Thinking Up, thinking about God, you WILL fill your head with the things of the World and the things of the World are Enmity to God. The more and more you stop thinking of God, I'm talking to Children of God here as well, the more you stop thinking about God, the more the World WILL come in and separate you further and further from God till you get to a place where you start to call Good Sin and Sin Good.

As we are no longer of the World, we must continue to Think Up, just to keep our Minds pure and Holy.
"For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:" {Philippians 3:20}
Oh, the World will say many things. The World WILL tell you that Sin is Good and Good is Sin. They will have all kinds of nice conversations with you, attempting to convince you that compassion means accepting the Sin with the Sinner and that we must never offend anyone. Think Up. They will tell you all kinds of things. Think Up.

Simply put, if what the World is telling you, no matter who it is that is telling you, is not in the Bible or is contrary to the nature of God, then what they, no matter who they are, are saying, they are LYING to you. We are Strangers in a Strange Land. The World does not represent us. We are no longer members of the World. We are no longer owned, if you will, by the World. Think Up.

Peter warns us in 1 Peter 2:11-12
"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation."
You were once one of them. You were once just like them. You once thought the way they did. But now you must not. Now you are a new Creature and you are now a Child of God.
" And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." {Romans 8:17}
An Ambassador of Heaven. Set your Minds on the things from above.
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth." {Colossians 3:2}
Why?
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." {Romans 12:2}
Remeber Romans 8:5-8
"Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires, but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God."
God says;

1 Have no other god before God.
2 Do not commit Idolatry.
3 Do not take the Name of God in Vain.
4 Remember the Sabbath.
5 Honor your Father and Mother.
6 Do not commit Murder.
7 Do not commit Adultery.
8 Do not Steal.
9 Do Not Bear False Witness.
10 Do not Covet.

The World says;

1 Any god will do. All are equal.
2 Statues of Saints, Mary, and Jesus, can and have worked Miracles.
3 It is only belief and Language. No big deal.
4 Who cares? We live in a 24-7 Society we want everything NOW or yesterday.
5 Nursing homes and Retirement Centers
6 Abortion.
7 No big deal.
8 Depends on reason. Maybe justified.
9 Gossip. Even entire entertainment venues about Gossip.
10 Greed is good. Keeping up with the Jones is normal, healthy, and good.

See, the World will tell you all kinds of things. They will give compassionate arguments and even twist subtle truths to convince you that this is simply the Wisdom of all in the World and if you disagree with it, then you are simply foolish. However, we know what the Word of God says about the Wisdom of the World. 1 Corinthians 3:19
"For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,"
We are Strangers in a Strange Land. Whenever what the Strange Land tries to tell you, Think Up. Ask your Father. Read the Word. Think on things from above. If they come together in unity, great. If you have to choose between what you know God says, and what the World says, God is ALWAYS right. His Word is ALWAYS Truth. Good is ALWAYS Good. Sin is ALWAYS Sin. He is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forevermore. Remember to always Think Up Stranger. 1 John 2:15
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"


That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Psalm 54

Psalm 54


1 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

4 Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.

7 For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Think up, No Excuse

But I did not know. 


Many seem to think that some will go to Heaven, stand in front of God, and plead that they did not know He was real. Well? That is not going to Save them. The Word declares this in Romans 1 Starting at Verse 18
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse."
Stop there for a second. Read that part again. "his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made." Who? God. "His eternal power and divine nature," God. The Creator of all there is, was, or ever will be, God, "have been clearly perceived," Not maybe. Not could be. But rather "have been clearly perceived," When? "ever since the creation of the world," Not, this Past Tuesday. Sorry, you missed it. "ever since the creation of the world," How? "in the things that have been made." What? His Creation. So that what? "So they are without excuse."

One of my many problems with the Theory of Evolution, along with the Obvious, it is Scientifically and Mathematically IMPOSSIBLE to get something from nothing, they refuse to even suggest that those they are attempting to teach, Think Up.

So how do you reconcile the whole something from nothing? "I don't know. We do not know everything. However, there is no possibility that there is a God." Why? "Just Shut up. You ignorant, Hateful, Racist, Bigotted, Chauvinistic, Homophobe." I'm just having a conversation with you. You say you do not know where that first something came from, nor can you answer the fact that it is ALSO Scientifically impossible that all things, Trees, Flowers, Fish, People, Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, ETC, all came from a single Cell that came from nothing. Yet? You completely denounce even the Possibility that the first Something was God, who in turn, Created all things. "Shut up. I'm done arguing with you. There is a Scientific Consensus that Evolution happened and that there is no God." Atheist storms off.

For the very reasons I stated, it is Scientifically and Mathematically IMPOSSIBLE to get something from nothing, Creation screams out that there is a Creator. Just like looking at a Work of Art, you know there was an Artist, looking at the World, you know there is a God. Back to Romans 1
"For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen."
Once you stop Thinking Up, thinking about God, you WILL fill your head with the things of the World and the things of the World are Enmity to God. The more and more you stop thinking of God, I'm talking to Children of God here as well, the more you stop thinking about God, the more the World WILL come in and separate you further and further from God till you get to a place where you start to call Good Sin and Sin Good.

God tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Think UP! Forget what the World thinks. Paul warned us of this in Colossians 3:2
"Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
So why the Movement of No God? Why the Movement in the Religion Realm of No Devil? Why no Hell? Same reason for all. No Hell, No Devil, No God, No Sin. No reason for a Saviour. Live as you will. As a Society we still attempt, at least as of this second, to tell people not to Harm anyone, but we tell people to live as you will. Anything Goes. If it makes you happy, do it. However,
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge." {Psalm 19:1-2}
God did all this. He Created it. Turn to Psalm 90:2-4
"Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You return man to dust and say, “Return, O children of man!” For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night."
There comes the time when this Creation will End.
"Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forththose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation." {John 5:28-29}
We are not here by Accident. We are not a Happy Consequence. We are not Children of a delicate and fragile Mother Earth. No Asteroid, Tsunamis, Vulcano, Aliens, or Sorry, Zombies, I know some of you were hoping for the latter, are going to wipe out the Earth. Turn to Revelation 20:12-13
"And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works."
This is the first reason we need to Think Up. There IS a God. He IS in Charge. We ARE His Creation and we can be His Children. There is Free Will, but there is No Excuse.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray...

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Psalm 53

Psalm 53


1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

2 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God.

3 Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread: they have not called upon God.

5 There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them.

6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Every Knee

Jesus IS the Narrow Gate.


We have been talking about the Narrow Gate. Jesus said this in Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
We talked about the three questions some have about this, and the fact is the answer is "YES."

1- You must first believe

2- There is only ONE Way, Truth, and Life.

3- Yes, even some "Christians" will find their way through the Wide Gate.

Last time we talked about the Fact that even though you may USE the name Jesus, you may indeed not be on your way to the Narrow Gate. Why? Jesus IS the Narrow Gate. I know, I know, many people have an issue with this. It's like I am saying Jesus IS God. I am. Without haveing a one on one relationship with Jesus, you will NEVER have a Relationship with God.

"But what about all those other Religions out there? What about those that feel there are many ways to God? What about this statement? 'we are all Gods Children.' I think you saying Jesus is the Gate and he is the only way to God is Narrowminded and even Racist. You just don't like people that look like you."

{Sigh} I get so tired of stupidity like this all the time. I use to get mad. Now? Look, the simple fact is this.
"so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
I understand some do not like Passages like this. But it is what it is. Romans 14:11
"For it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”"
Also this in Zechariah 14:9
"And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one."
So why is this? Because Jesus IS Lord. All of the old Testament points to Jesus. Jesus said this.
"You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me," {John 5:39}
And in Luke 24:27
"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself."
Just as one example, all of Isaiah 53 speaks of the coming Jesus, Isaiah 53:5 tells us this
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed."
Several places in the New Testament, it talks about Jesus always being here. John 1 we see He was with God in the beginning. John 1:3 "All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made." John 1:14. "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." John 8:58 Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” Colossians 1:16, Ephesians 3:9, Hebrews 1:2, ETC.

Jesus Himself told us that He is the only way. John 6, John 10, John 14:6, 7, ETC. All throughout the Word, we see that Jesus was here from the beginning. He was with God, and He IS God. He laid down His Godhood and came to Earth to Die for us, as a final Sacrifice, and He has Risen and is alive forevermore.

God made the way EASY. He did it Himself. He opened it up to ALL People. John 3:16 declare "that whoever believes" Peter 3:9 "not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance." ETC.

By saying all you have to do is accept Jesus and you will inherit Enteral Life with God is NOT Exclusive nor is it Closeminded, Hateful, Racist, or anything else negative. He made the way simple. ALL inclusive. Open to ANY that believe and accept.

Philippians 2:5-11
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Jesus IS the Narrow Gate. Without Him, you will never enter Heaven. There is no other way. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Psalm 52

Psalm 52



1 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

2 The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

3 Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

4 Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

5 God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

6 The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

7 Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

9 I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Narrow Gate, Part 3

Just using Jesus's Name?


Jesus said this in Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
"What does this mean? It almost sounds like He is saying that unless you accept Him, you will not go to Heaven. It sounds like He is saying that ONLY those that accept Him will go to Heaven. It almost sounds like even some of those who profess Jesus IS Lord, will not go to Heaven? Really? What is this all about?"

The simple answer is YES. Yes. To all those questions.

1- You must first believe

2- There is only ONE Way, Truth, and Life.

We have discussed One and Two, but what about Three? Could this really be true?

3- Yes, even some "Christians" will find their way through the Wide Gate.

Wait, what does that mean? Even some people that do things in Jesus's Name, will NOT go to Heaven?
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." {Matthew 7:21-23}
Who is Jesus talking about? "Workers of Iniquity?" They were most likely NOT Adulterers, Murderers, Drunkards, Extortioners, nor Thieves, or any other openly profane Sinners. No, simply put, they did the work of the Lord deceitfully. They Preached themselves, and not Christ. They sought their own things, and not His Plans and Purpose. Whatever they did, they did with a wicked mind, and not out of a Pure Heart and an open living Relationship with God Himself. Jesus tells us of these people starting in Matthew 6:1
"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven."
He goes on to describe many like Practices
"2 Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."


"5 And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."

"16 And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."
He tells us to do all these things,
"in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
These are they that Jesus is talking about in Matthew 15:7-9
"You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men."
Why? They had no true love to God, nor faith in Him.They did not even fear of Him. They were not at all concerned with his Presence with them, or for communion with Him. They did not have a one on one relationship with Him. They were not seeking His Honour and Glory, rather their own. Their Hearts and Mind were in the World. They made Religion a tool to their Secular Purposes.

People still do this today. Many start their own Religions in the simple hope of Power and self-gain. This is why Religion is NOT Salvation. Religion is nothing more than man-made Traditions, that may or may not, have anything to do with God. Even if they tell you that what they are doing they do in the name of God. Look at John 8:38-47
"I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God."
He was not talking about or to normal every day believing people. He was talking to Priests and Rulers of the Synagogues. He is talking to Religious Leaders. People that were doing things in the name of God and Religion, yet Jesus called them the Children of the Devil. Remember this as well. The Devil knows Jesus is real. He knows that Jesus is Lord. He was there when the Bible was written and can quote it Chapter and Verse. Does this make Satan a Saved Being? Of course not.

So who IS going to enter in the Narrow Gate?
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’" {Matthew 25:34-36}
These are those that not only do the Works of God, but they do it out of Love for Jesus. They do so because the have Faith in Jesus. They do so because they have a one on one relationship with God Himself. They have been Adopted into the Family of God through the Holy Spirit and they are truly Following Jesus. Remember, if you say you are following someone and or something, yet no one sees you actually moving, are you truly doing anything?

You tell someone that "God loves you, and Jesus died for you." Yet? They see you living Worldly and doing nothing more than talk, are they going to believe you? As The Word says in James 2:15-16
"If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"
No, my friend, Jesus IS. He has always been. John 8:58
"Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am."
Get to know the REAL Jesus. Get to know the REAL God. First, be Adopted into the Family, then enter into and grow in a one on one RELATIONSHIP with God. This is what He wants from you. He wants to be your Daddy. He wants you to BE His Child and do His Work. Then, and only then, will you have any Hope in finding and entering in through the Narrow Gate.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Psalm 51

Psalm 51



1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Narrow Gate, Part 2

There is only one Way.


Jesus said this.
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." {Matthew 7:13-14}
Last time we discussed the three things that are essential to finding it.

1- You must first believe

2- There is only ONE Way, Truth, and Life.

3- Some "Christians" will find their way through the Wide Gate.

Last time we talked about the simple fact that before you accept the Truth, you must first learn what the Truth is. In order to accept God, Jesus, Salvation, ETC, you have to first hear, then believe in these things.

What we are talking about today is the second Truth and Key to the Narrow Gate. There is only ONE Gate. One Doorway. One address. One entry point. One. There are not many paths to Heaven. God is not whatever you chose to think of Him as. He is who and what He is.

Look, I am Peter. I am who and what I am. Now, you can call me something else, my name is still Peter. You can pretend that I am 7 foot tall. I'm not. You can pretend that I am Blonde with Blue eyes. I am not. You can pretend and even believe that I am a Rocket Scientist. I am not. No, my friend, when you get to know the REAL me, you get the real me. I am who and what I am regardless of what you like, dislike, believe, or not believe. None of that EVER changes based on your conception or acceptance.

God is who and what He is regardless of what you like, dislike, believe, or not believe. None of that EVER changes based on your conception or acceptance. He is a very REAL Person and has a very REAL plan for YOU. He has made the way simple and all inclusive. See, there's the rub. This Fact, has been totally twisted and changed to say that saying Jesus IS the only "way, and the truth, and the life," you are called Hate-filled, Narrow Minded, and a Fool, trying to exclude all other beliefs besides yours. None of that changes the Fact that
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." {John 14:6}
None of that changes this Fact either. In John 10:1-11
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
Pretty clear cut? Is it not? There is no other way. Sorry. Being good will not get you there. Simply believing in God will not get you there. Religion will not get you there. There is only one way. Jesus. He is the Way. He is the Door. He is the Gate.

Last time we talked about the Restaraunt Biljane's. I never went there because one, I never heard of it. Then when I heard of it, I never went there because no one ever told me how to get there. Now they have told me that I have to go through the Tunnel named Jesus and go straight up Salvation Way. I still do not go. Why? Because I do not like the name of the Tunnel? I do not like the Straight Road? I figure there must be another way? But there is not.

Now Biljane's is there. Sitting there. Waiting. It does not care if I am Rich, or not. It does not care if I am Black or White. It does not care what Restaraunt I usually dine at. It does not care if I believe it is there or not. It does not judge me. It does not condemn me. It is just there waiting. Either I go, or I do not. The way is there. The Choice is Mine.

God is the same. Saying you must accept His way is NOT discriminatory. It does not exclude anyone other than, those that CHOSE to be excluded. God is "no respecter of persons" {Romans 2:11} {Acts 10:34} He does not care if you are Rich or Poor, Male or Female, Black or White. He does not care what Religion you grew up in. He loves YOU. He is waiting for YOU. All you, ANYONE, and EVERYONE, have to do is accept that Jesus IS the WAY. The TRUTH. The LIFE. and what?
"No one comes to the Father except through me." {John 14:6}
It does not matter if you were a Muslim. If you were a Buddhist. If you were a Jew. None of that matters. ALL that matters is that you accept Jesus. All that matters is you go "Through Jesus to the Road of Salvation." Remember what Jesus taught us in John 3:16-21
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”
So first you have to believe in God. After all
"And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." {Hebrews 11:6}
Then you have to accept that the only way to get to God is through Jesus because that is the Way God set up. That is the Location and the Directions. That is where God is waiting for you to arrive. Oh, and by the way, He does not Condemn you if you chose not to go. Remember,
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."
Simply put, you do not go to Heaven because you chose not to. You chose to live in the World? Romans 8:5-8
"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."
Or you chose that you do not like this whole Jesus Concept or Idea and you become offended thinking there must be another way? John 14:6
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
What about those that accept there is a God, claim Jesus, and try to go to Heaven based on Works they do and how man sees them? That is what we will be discussing next time. The fact that even some "Christians" will find their way through the Wide Gate.

We are almost there. Look up. Can you see it? The Narrow Gate is straight ahead. Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray.

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com
The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.
{2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Psalm 50

Psalm 50



1 The mighty God, even the Lord, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.

3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about him.

4 He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that he may judge his people.

5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.

6 And the heavens shall declare his righteousness: for God is judge himself. Selah.

7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

8 I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me.

9 I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.

11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine.

12 If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?

17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee.

18 When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers.

19 Thou givest thy mouth to evil, and thy tongue frameth deceit.

20 Thou sittest and speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.

21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

22 Now consider this, ye that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

23 Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Narrow Gate, Part 1

True Faith


Jesus said this in Matthew 7:13-14
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
"What does this mean? It almost sounds like He is saying that unless you accept Him, you will not go to Heaven. It sounds like He is saying that ONLY those that accept Him will go to Heaven. It almost sounds like even some of those who profess Jesus IS Lord, will not go to Heaven? Really? What is this all about?"

The simple answer is YES. Yes. To all those questions.

1- You must first believe

2- There is only ONE Way, Truth, and Life.

3- Yes, even some "Christians" will find their way through the Wide Gate.
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Today we will look at the most obvious. Hebrews 11:6
"And without faith, it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."
Kinda makes sense. Does it not? I mean, if I am going to accept the Gift of Salvation, I must first believe that there is Salvation, and I have to accept the WAY to accept Salvation. Romans 10:14
"How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Simply put, you can't.

Bill and Jane start their Dream. They open their own Restaurant. They love cooking and only produce the best using the best ingredients. The Restuarant itself is beautiful. People fall in love just walking in the door. Bill and Jane themselves are great people. People that become like Family after the first time you meet them. I, however, have never been there. Why? I did not know that Bill and Jane opened a Restaurant.

Now? Someone told me about this GREAT new Restaurant, They told me the Food was some of the best they ever had and they highly recommended it to me. They told me about the Beauty and the great people Bill and Jane are. I still have never been there. Why? They never told me how to get there.

Just like there is only one address and one way to get to the Restuarant, there is only one address and one way to get to God. More on that next time. But the first step is simple, I have to first hear about it. Romans 10:17
"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
I have to hear that,
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." {John 3:16}
You must hear these truths before they become a possibility of you accepting them as Truth. Now someone told me about Bill and Jane's Restaurant. They told me the Address. Gave me Directions even. Now it is up to me to go or not to go. But NOW the Choice is mine.

I chose not to believe them. I chose to not follow the Directions and I decide not to go. I do not meet Bill and Jane. I do not see the beauty. I do not try the food. I totally miss out on what could have been the best dining experience I have ever had. Who's fault is it? Mine.

Bill and Jane did not shut me out. They did not deny me a meal. They did not say to me that I cannot enter in because it is a punishment of my disbelief. Simply put, Bill and Jane do not even know who I am. They do not really care about me. You know who they do care about? Those that DO come to see them. They serve those people. Not punish those that do not come. Back to John 3, verse 18
"Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."
Again, more on this next time, but read that again. "but whoever does not believe is condemned already," There is nothing you have to do other than, simply, not believe. There is nothing God is going to do to you. Nothing the Devil is going to do to you. There is no Punishment as we see Punishment. Simply put, you are condemned already. Just like the Restaurant, "Biljane's," I will not go to Heaven if I hear about it, the Directions on how to get there, and I chose to not believe or not go.

I chose to believe what they tell me. I follow the Directions and go down the ONLY road that leads to "Biljane's" I arrive. I go in. I meet Bill and Jane. I see the beauty and I sit and order my meal. It comes. I do enjoy it immensely. I'm in the Heaven of Restaurants. Why? Because I heard about it from others. AND, because I went. I followed the Directions.

Now that I have been there, I want to share it with others. So I start telling people about it. Now, they like me, have heard about it, and now they will decide on their own, for themselves, if they are going to go or not. You have met your obligation and told them the truth. Now it is, like it was with you, totally up to them.

So before you can even hope to find Heaven, God, Jesus, the Narrow Gate, you must first hear that they exist. That we are not here because of some kind of cosmic accident that produced something from nothing, then EVERYTHING came from the first something that came from nothing, which is Scientifically and Mathematically impossible. You have to HEAR the Truth. ACCEPT the Truth. BELIEVE the Truth. Then, and only then, can this apply to you.
"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." {John 8:32}
Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh Heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"

That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Psalm 49

Psalm 49



1 Hear this, all ye people; give ear, all ye inhabitants of the world:

2 Both low and high, rich and poor, together.

3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.

4 I will incline mine ear to a parable: I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the multitude of their riches;

7 None of them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him:

8 (For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth for ever:)

9 That he should still live for ever, and not see corruption.

10 For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish, and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.

12 Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish.

13 This their way is their folly: yet their posterity approve their sayings. Selah.

14 Like sheep they are laid in the grave; death shall feed on them; and the upright shall have dominion over them in the morning; and their beauty shall consume in the grave from their dwelling.

15 But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me. Selah.

16 Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;

17 For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away: his glory shall not descend after him.

18 Though while he lived he blessed his soul: and men will praise thee, when thou doest well to thyself.

19 He shall go to the generation of his fathers; they shall never see light.

20 Man that is in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts that perish.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Faith and Works Reward

Why Works?



"Why bother. It's not like we are getting paid to do these things. We are not Priests. We are not certified in Ministry. Why would we do these things? Not to mention what people are going to think of us?"

The last one first. Who cares? Seriously, Why do you care? You have just become a Child of God. You are no longer part of this World. The Word declares in 1 Peter 2:11
"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul."
In Hebrews 11:13
"These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth."
Once you become a Child of God, some in this World WILL hate you. They will fight against you. They may discriminate against you. They may abuse you. Why? You no longer belong to the World, but you now belong to God. James warned us this in James 4:4
"You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."
Jesus Himself warned us of this in John 15:19
"If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you."
He also told us this.
"I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has the authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!" {Luke 12:4-5}
So we should no longer have any concern over what anyone thinks of us. We answer to only one. That is God. Most that will fight against you are already lost and condemned. You should more likely feel sad for them than be afraid of them.

Also, think about this. Are you afraid of those you love the most, thinking bad of you? So in this case, you decide it is a good idea to remain silent about the Fires and Sorrows of Hell that awaits them?

No, no, no. Do not dismiss this. The person you claim to love is walking right to an open Pit. A Fire that will burn the flesh from their bodies. Not once, but forever more. You say nothing? You just watch? Do you let your Kids play in traffic? Do you let them play with Matches? Do they sometimes think you are mean and over protective? Why? Because you love them and want to keep them safe. You do not care what they think at the time. At least they are safe. How much do you TRULY love those you are afraid will think bad things about you?

As for this "We are not Priests." Actually? We are. Turn to 1 Peter 2:5
"You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
Continue in Verse 9
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."
Believe it or not, you ARE a Priest. You ARE a Sower of the Seed. You ARE a Teller of Truth and a Shower of The Way. You ARE an Ambassador of Heaven to the World of the Lost. So this IS what you should be doing.

What about "We are not getting paid." Actually? That is not true either. According to the Word, we are not only going to have our needs met, but we will also have an abundance of reward. If not here and now, most definitely in the time to come. However, Jesus did say this in John 10:10
"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
What happens if you lose something for Jesus's namesake?
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my names sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life." {Matthew 19:29}
So we have nothing to lose. Not really. Not in the long run. Forget for a second the fact that we are talking about Salvation and being Saved from the Pits of Hell and eternal suffering. That alone should be enough for us to WANT to try to Save as many of those we claim to love, that we should feel so grateful that we should WANT to do God's Good Works while we are still here, let's talk about Reward.

First, God DOES see you. He DOES see the Work you are doing. Hebrews 6:10
"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
WE are so concerned with our Worldly Jobs and ensuring that we have enough Money to reach an age, where we do not have anything to worry about. Three Problems with this thinking. One, and the biggest, Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Jesus addresses this very topic in Luke 12:16-21
"And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.” But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
Jesus told us that we should rather store up Treasures in Heaven.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Too many People spend their entire lives working and saving, trying to stay one step ahead of the Grave and that is in part, what actually puts them there. They miss so much that this life has to offer. I have never heard of a Deathbed confession of regret for not making more money. Rather many crying out for more time with Loved Ones, and time to spend just loving Life itself.

Remember, Jesus takes it PERSONALLY, every time we do or do not, serve others. He told us this in Matthew 25:34-40
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’"
So to answer your question, YES! You DO get rewarded, or paid, for your good works. YES! You ARE a Priest. YES! As a Child of God, you are REQUIRED to actually DO Good Works. Then again, why would you not WANT to? Look what God did for you, why would you not want to help others to get to understand the Truth, there is most definitely a better way. His name is Jesus.

Do you know Jesus as your Savior? Have you been adopted into the Family of God? If not, say this Prayer. Right now. Wherever you may be. Say it in your own words, and do not doubt in your heart. God will hear you. He will send the Spirit of Life to you. Let us Pray..

"Oh heavenly Father, Lord God. I am a sinner. I know this. I know there is nothing I can do to change that. But I know you can. I accept Jesus's sacrifice for me. I repent my sins. Please send the Spirit of Adoption into my life. Help me to get to know the real you. Save me. Please. In the name of Jesus, Amen!"


That's it. It really is that simple. Now go tell someone what you have just done. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." {Romans 10:9} You need to find a Church that God leads you to, and be Baptized the way Jesus said to be. You are now a Child of God. A new Creature. You "have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." {Colossians 3:10}

If you want to tell me, or comment, question, give testimonials, or just say "Hi," the Email is opntalk@gmail.com

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. {2 Corinthians 13}

Until next time, be Blessed, be a Blessing, and Jesus IS Lord!