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John is a PA/NJ Architect with his own practice in its 41st year working on a wide variety of projects. He works on churches, convenience stores, residences, and academies as well as industrial projects. He has helped in numerous property acquisitions and worked with real estate investors. Acutely interested in politics since a teenager with many articles published over the last 55 years, he served as a guest on a Talk Radio show discussing race relations and on "It's Your Call" TV show with Lynn Doyle dealing with the subject of interethnic marriage. John is a "Tentmaking Evangelist" (Architect). An Evangelist with the Anchor Bay Evangelistic Association (non-denominational). Co-Founder of Kingdom Gospel Ministries, a ministry now in its 35th year with a mission to reconcile people of different racial, ethnic, and economic situations, and the producer of three weekly radio programs - a Sunday morning verse-by-verse Bible Study on Radio Delaware Valley, a weekly message from current events in California, and a weekly radio drama on the Wilkins Radio network. He also has archived many, many radio programs and written articles on the Internet.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

HE'S ALL THAT!

Date: Sun May 23 19:21:45 2010

When a woman meets a man, she is often swept off her feet. She is blown away by his charm, his knowledge, and the wonderful way he treats her. Often that feeling is short-lived and changes when reality sets in. In some cases, the woman is fortunate enough to see the truth before getting married. Other times, the charade lasts only long enough to tie the knot and then bitter reality sets in.

On the other hand, some people meet the Lord ñ sometimes at an altar when the appeal is to come for salvation. A free ticket to eternal life. A more fulfilled life and a release from the burden of sin is great and euphoric and "all that".

If the relationship does not progress, and if the love freely given by Jesus is not reciprocated by the person, there can be real disillusionment. A life that doesnít bear fruit brings guilt and the relationship with the Lord can decline and become unsatisfying. We like the benefits of a relationship, but we starve the relationship by not reciprocating his love. We believe he will be a great provider for us, but arenít thrilled about all that he expects from us. Often, we begin to pursue other love interests without divorcing him, and believe that his benefits remain intact. We mistake his longsuffering for acceptance of our ungodly lives.

I want to propose a better solution. Rather than trying to milk Christ for what you can get out of him, have a straight-up relationship with him. Come to him and let him have full reign in your life. After all, the Bible teaches us that we are the bride of Christ. Christ is our husband ñ our provider, yes, but more than that our lover, our protector, our FRIEND. Jesus Christ is perfect and he is the only one worth committing ourselves to. HE'S ALL THAT! He's the Rose of Sharon, the Bright and Morning Star, the Fairest of Ten Thousand. He's Wonderful, He''s Counselor, He's the Mighty God. He's the everlasting Father, He's the Prince of Peace.

What more could ANYONE want? Yet MOST people chose a lying chameleon, the Prince of the Power of the Air. They chose as their lover the one who inspires Howard Stern, Britney Spears, Osama Bin Laden and others. The one who expressed himself best in Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Saddam to name just a few. The one who has billions of children of disobedience. The one who set sin and death in motion on the earth. What a loser! Why would any sane person listen to such a deceiver? Simple, he doesn't cross the human will, at least not initially, that is. Drugs? OK. Sexual lust? For sure. Money lust? By all means. Pride? Like Father, like son. They exchange the treasures of God for empty and hollow promises and certain destruction.

Yet, some who have come to know Christ still like to date the devil. They want the benefits of God, the stability of a solid husband while still engaging their desires on the wild side with the Prince of Darkness. This ought not to be. Donít you know you adulterous people that to be a friend of the world is to be an enemy of God?

Our God IS all that. Our Lord and Savior is ALL we need. We are only truly happy when he is the head of our home and we are satisfied with what he gives to us. He WILL cross our will and ask us to sacrifice for him. He has that right, since he sacrificed for us. Yet, we want the benefits of his sacrifice without reciprocating, without truly identifying with him in his death and resurrection.

I say, forsake all other lovers! Throw away the pictures from all other suitors.
Tear up their letters and be set free from the grip they have on your soul. Throw yourself only into the arms of the Lord Jesus and forsake all others. You will swoon at the love he will shower on you. You will be filled with inexpressible joy and gladness. You will be ecstatic in his love. I have known the Lord for over 55 years. I tell you this, and so will millions of others if you will only listen to them, HEíS ALL THAT!

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