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Noose

He hid his face from all who surrounded him. His spirit broken—torn in two by the brutal attacks: sometimes adjectives, sometimes fists. Finally he became tired of it all. It was time to end the pain. The noose was ready, and so was the chair. Numb and without a tear, he felled the chair, and hung a foot from the ground. He kicked, he squirmed, he struggled to breath, and he regretted his decision. His life was over. The boy was only fourteen and he never experienced love, never had a job, never had a wife, and never lived. He now hung lifelessly. It was only later that evening, when his mother returned home from work to find him dangling. From her eyes came a river of sorrow polluted by regrets of not being there enough. She thought that only if she paid more attention to her only child he would still be here. Lucky enough for her, and lucky enough for her son, he did no go through with it. He planned to carry out his death and had everything ready to go, but he met a girl who showed hi…

Jesus Is

Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the bread of life. Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ. He was born of the Virgin Mary, and is God in the flesh. Jesus is the Lamb of God whose blood was shed on the cross for the sins of man, as prophesied in Isaiah chapter 53, saying,

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”

Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by him. Through Jesus we can find the straight and narrow path which leads to Heaven which is set apart from that broad road that leads to destruction, which the world follows.

Jesus is the reason that we can be satisfied with our lives. He has the ability to fill that void that is within all of us whic…

Why Am I a Christian?

I want to answer a very basic question today: “Why am I a Christian?”

First and foremost, it is not because I was raised to be a Christian. I admit I went to church when I was very young, but I stopped going when I was about ten. But even during the time that I went to church I didn’t think much, if any, about God. But when I finally became a Christian, it was not because I was forced. It was a choice.

When I was about five, I remember playing in my front yard. While I was playing, I felt a hand on my right shoulder. I turned around to see that no one was there, and the feeling of a hand on my shoulder was gone. I was left with a numbing feeling of security and love. Then, ten years later, after I became a Christian, I was thinking about that time I felt that hand on my shoulder and I felt it again in the exact same spot. It was a human hand pressing down. It was comforting, it made me feel secure, and it let me know I was loved. That hand on my shoulder said to me, “I am here.” That…

Avoiding the Sign

I don’t open my mouth because I don’t know what to say. At the same time, I don’t know what to pray. Although I live each day, I feel like I’m dreaming up a nightmare. A nightmare where the world is lost. And everyone has to pay their own cost. And that everyone includes me. How foolish of me to think I can see.
The future I cannot see; I don’t really know who to be. Because I see a sign that says, “Welcome to Hell.” Hell isn’t where I ever want to dwell.
I have sinned, and I will continue to do so. My spirit right now is so heavy and low. Sooner or later I always call your name, Without you, Lord, I’d go insane.
I’d go insane because I don’t have anything to gain, But I have plenty to lose. I never one to lose you. I’ve already pushed everyone and everything else so far away from me.
I don’t know how to feel anymore I said I’d do better, are you keeping score? Because I lost count a long time ago. And I’m just afraid that I will wind up below.
I imagine myself in the pits of Hell, g…

Explaining Matthew 10:34

Matthew 10:34 (KJV) states,
34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth; I came not to send peace, but a sword.
            For most people, this is a very troubling thing to read in the Bible. People tend to immediately assume the worst. But in order to truly understand what this verse is saying, we must look beyond the words. Jesus often spoke in parables to get his point across.
            Looking back at the creation of man, we were created with one key component that makes peace a very hard thing to acquire: free will. We all have our own pattern of thinking, and free will gives us the option to believe the truth, and to follow the truth. So when Jesus said, “…but with a sword,” that did not mean that he was here to slay anyone—it means that each and every day will be a battle, specifically for Christians. Christians will suffer struggles and persecutions for their faith, especially in a world like today. In saying that, Jesus couldn’t bring peace on Earth, unless he inf…

Loneliness

Loneliness feels terrible. Even when you are surrounded by dozens of people, inner loneliness causes you to feel like no one is there. But in reality, you are not alone. Loneliness comes from the feeling that no one cares.

No matter what you tell yourself, friends, family, and even complete strangers care. They may not always seem to care, but they do. Someone caresabout you. If something is weighing heavy on your heart, turn to someone to talk to. Life does not have to be suffered alone, and comfort can be found in others.

Sometimes friends and family fail to bring the comfort needed for whatever trial you are facing. When they are not any help, turn to God. God cares. He will always care, and he will always be there for you. God will always love you.

Take a look at Psalm 25:16-18, which says,
16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my p…