Traits to Look for in a US President

What traits should we look for in a man or woman running for President of the United States? This question should be the million-dollar question. In my opinion, very few measure up to what I would want in the most powerful position in the world.

I have been thinking about this for a very long time. None of our previous presidents met the criteria and have fallen short. There has been many a President with immoral character that would put their own mother to shame. Many have said that we are not electing a pastor or a minister, but what does that say about our culture or professing Christians who say that?

 The Biblical standard for a Pastor or Minister is stated in these prescribed instructions found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

1 Timothy 3:1-7, refers to qualifications of an Overseer. Isn’t the President of the United States an Overseer of our nation? Let’s look at what the Bible says about their qualifications.

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.”

Let’s break this down a bit more. The person running for President will be overseeing a nation. The characteristic of an overseer is what I believe we should be seeking.

We should be looking for a well-respected leader who has a high moral standard. The man or woman will be a lover of God and respect God’s laws. They must be a person above reproach, sober minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money, they must know how to manage well, they must not be conceited, and they must be able to lead in the most respectable way. This man or woman must also be able to stand firm and take a stand for what is honorable even when faced with potential war or threat of war.

These are all traits of an overseer taken from God’s Word. These characteristics are what we should be seeking in men and women who aspire to lead our nation. Although these traits were meant for overseers of the Church, we all should subscribe to them in order to live out our lives in a manner pleasing to God.

When you go to the Ballot Box, will you vote your faith or will you vote for the better choice, the lessor of two evils?

I would like to challenge men and women of God to run for public office and fill the Congress, Senate, and the White House with people who love God with all their heart, soul, and mind, who will take a stand for God as well as those who cannot stand for themselves.

I pray that God will raise up men and women who will run for public office and take a stand for the Lord’s laws. I believe that God can change our nation by having leaders who respect His ways and His laws.

I will leave you with this passage from 2 Chronicles 7:14, “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

I pray that the people of our nation will do exactly that, from the top leaders down to the common laborer.

Copyright June 14, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

We Are to Forgive Seventy-Seven Times

Many times, Christians forget what Jesus told us in Matthew 18:21-22. “Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Seventy-seven times meant indefinitely. We are to forgive. The Bible says that we are to forgive, and it is referenced in the Lord’s Prayer. See Matthew 6:9-13, “9 Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread,12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

See verse 12. We are to forgive debts and the sins people commit against us. If we forgive, we likewise will be forgiven. But if we do not forgive, let’s see what the Word says a little farther in Matthew 6. See verses 14 and 15. “14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

There it is!!!  If we do not forgive others, our Heavenly Father will not forgive us. That is powerful and it speaks volumes. If we profess to truly love our Heavenly Father, we will also love our neighbor. But if we hate our neighbor, then how can one love God? 

How many times have you offended someone and then you ask and seek forgiveness and they say they forgive you but alienate you? That doesn’t seem like they have forgiven. It appears they have put up a wall or a boundary to where they might be trying to protect themselves from you. But if you are a loved one, that does not reflect the love of Christ to forgive. Certainly, if there is an unhealthy pattern, then all parties should seek a Christian counselor or pastoral counselor. But alienation does not solve the problem, nor does it allow for the other party to seek forgiveness from you or make amends.

Relationships can be very messy, but Christ Jesus gave us guidelines to live out our Christian lives to follow. I pray that if there are people who have broken relationships, seek the Lord and pray that God will forgive you of your part, then ask forgiveness of the party you have become estranged from. Jesus wants us to have healthy relationships through Him. I pray that you will seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness so that our Heavenly Father will forgive you.

Copyright June 10, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

As Believers, We Are Not to Forsake the Assembly

All of my life, I have heard preachers and teachers teach and preach on Hebrews 10:19-39. All of this teaching on the “Full Assurance of Faith” is excellent teaching material. There are three verses that have stood out from this teaching and that is taken from verses 23 to 25, which reads, 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Lets look at this a little more and unpack what this is saying. According to the notes found in the English Standard Version Study Bible, Verse 23, hold fast calls forth a faithful, unwavering embrace of the confession of our hope which is the Church’s assent to the teachings concerning Christ and His work. These teachings produce hope, for He who promised is faithful. We shall have confident hope in God’s promises which stems from God’s trustworthy character.[1]

In verses 24-25, “Let us consider call for serious thinking about other Christians with a purpose to stir up or provoke them in their love or service. Christian perseverance is therefore a community endeavor. We are to encourage one another in our assembly or church groups so that we will help to strengthen one another’s faith.”[2]

By strengthening one another’s faith through encouragement, this will help us to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ Jesus as depicted in Verse 25. We must not neglect to meet together as we can help build one another’s faith.

There is another Scripture that reads, “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” (Cf. Proverbs 27:17). This means that in order to become better at what you are or what you do, another person can mentor a person that may not be as strong in the faith.

I am seeing a trend that many people are no longer attending church or even attending Christian meetings. This trend can set a dangerous precedent. We all have excuses, but are those excuses valid? For example, a new Follower of Christ who is won to the Lord but never gets engaged in a group of like-minded Believers may soon fall away from the faith because they are not being discipled or mentored.

Failing to attend church can leave a Christian without any support and they are stuck at potentially being a “Baby Christian” only having consumed the milk but never advancing their faith to where they are consuming the meat of the Gospel of Christ. The only way to be sharpened like iron is to be involved in a Bible believing group or church which is also known as an assembly, meaning group.

Failing to attend anywhere is not following the teaching of the Church and that is to encourage one another in their faith walk with Christ Jesus. My question to you is this, are you encouraging other’s in their walk with Christ? If not why? I pray that you will get involved in Church and make disciples who make disciples. This would be what Jesus would want you to do.

References:


[1] The ESV Study Bible, Crossway, 2008, p. 2378.

[2] Ibid, p. 2378.

Copyright June 7, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day!

I want to thank those who have served in the military as well as those who chose to serve as First Responders such as Police Officers, Fire Fighters, and Emergency Medical Technicians, who lay down their lives every day for our nation, states, local governments, and communities. Thank you for those who have paid the ultimate price, who died for freedom.

I used to be a First Responder. I was a police officer for almost ten years. My Field Training Officer and I were almost killed in the line of duty by a deranged and drunk gunman. We were pinned behind our police car and was unable to return fire. Thanks to our backup officers, the suspect was taken into custody after a brief gun battle. The gunfire was so fierce that I suffered a hearing loss in my right ear and gun powder burns on my face. Another officer was grazed across his forehead by a bullet fired from the suspect. That night, I literally thought I was going to die, but God had another plan.

As you spend time with your families today, think about those who have paid the ultimate price, that they died in the line of duty for protecting our nation and protecting Freedom! Today is not a celebration of cookouts and the beach. It is a day to remember those who have served in our military as well as those who have served as first responders. Pray for our nation that God would heal our land and forgive us of our sins. Pray for those who are serving and standing on that wall to keep us safe.

Copyright May 30, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Lifeline

Most recently, my wife was hospitalized for a total hip replacement. She was admitted and had to be hooked up to monitors and oxygen. After a major surgery, the oxygen line as well as the IV for fluids and medication are like a lifeline to the patient. They administer lifesaving medications as well as help keep her oxygen levels up, after receiving anesthesia. These are necessary to help the patient recover faster.

In contrast, as Followers of Christ, our lifeline is Jesus, the Holy Spirit, God’s Word, and prayer to our Heavenly Father. I cannot even imagine living my life without Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, who came into the world to save the world and not to condemn the world. (Cf. John 3:17)

Once one has accepted Jesus as their personal Savior, He will fill you with His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will be your lifelong teacher and guide through God’s Holy Word. The Holy Spirit is also called the Comforter meaning that He will minister to you as you need it spiritually.

Faith in Jesus and the Holy Spirit is our spiritual lifeline to the Father. Living without Jesus is living a meaningless life that will end in physical death. But life with Jesus as the center will be an amazing life of godly experiences with the reward of eternal life after death.

Jesus is quoted in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.”  Won’t you surrender your life to Jesus right now? Why not ask Him into your life today? 

Copyright May 18, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Social Media Posts: Are You the Light of the World?

Most people by now have at least a Facebook account. I see a lot of people posting all types of posts, from food recipes, hobby video’s, to political posts. People can get passionate about the latter. 

The things that we post most about might be reflective of what is going on in our own spiritual hearts. For instance, I used to attend a pretty large church in my area. There was a man that asked me to be his friend on social media, who was very vocal on Facebook. There were times that he would get so angry on Facebook that he would post some horrific responses which indicated that he was suffering from an unrepentant hateful attitude towards people who did not agree with him politically. He would respond back with some of the vilest comments using profanity. Yet he was an usher in church and he apparently wasn’t going to change. 

This type of behavior is not what a man of God would do. This man had a sin problem of the heart and needed emergency surgery by the “Great Physician” as soon as possible. Jesus can change his heart but the man has to want Him to change it!

Regardless of your politics, responding to others with cursing and vile statements does not show the love of Christ in one’s heart. Posting meme’s belittling others is not a good trait. Praising God one minute and cursing your neighbor in the next minute shows that Jesus is not active in your life. 

We have talked previously about loving your neighbor, but one cannot love anyone until they repent of their own sin and unrighteousness. How can you love God with all your heart, soul, and mind, and yet hate your neighbor? How can one go to church, lift their hands, and praise Jesus, and yet they hate Black people, White people, Jewish people, Muslims, or anyone different from themselves? 

The point is this, stop posting rhetoric that will cause others to sin and create divisions in the Church. If you call yourself a Christian, then be a loving Christian who loves Jesus with all their heart, soul, and mind, so then you can love your neighbor as yourself. 

Stop looking for a political candidate to save you from whatever. These people are just people. Many of them may claim that they are Christians, but do not have any fruit in their lives to prove that they are. Let me be clear, Donald J Trump is not going to save you from a burning hell. Joe Biden is not going to save you from a burning hell. There is only one man in history that came into the world to save the world and His name is Jesus. He is the only person that is the Son of God, who died for your sins, and he was buried in a tomb, and on the third day of death, He rose from the grave. Afterwards, he was seen by over 500 witnesses. It is recorded in many non-Biblical records of His resurrection. 

I ask you instead of posting memes making fun of others and posting political rhetoric, make the difference for the cause of Christ by encouraging others in their daily walks with our Lord and Savior. Pray and encourage others to follow the risen Savior. Show the love of Christ in everything you write in response to unbelievers posts. You never know, you may be the only person that causes one to turn their lives over to Jesus. 

I leave you with this passage from Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world! A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Copyright May 17, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Spiritual Surgery

Have you ever been faced with a surgery in order to fix a broken part or organ in your body? I have and although the surgery was a success, the problem could possibly come back and you might need surgery again.

Most recently, my wife found out that she has to have a total hip replacement. She has one of the best doctors in the area operating on her. After, the surgery, she will be sore for a few weeks, but her body will heal, and she will be back to work. They say that this Titanium Hip will last 25 years. This is truly amazing.

In contrast, in our own lives, we may have heart trouble caused by a sin problem. If we were to accept Jesus into our hearts, He would send the Holy Spirit to come and minister to our hearts. Jesus would cleanse our hearts of all unrighteousness and save our souls from an eternity in hell.

Jesus is also known as the “Great Physician,” and He can heal us of all of our spiritual illnesses of the heart. He will perform spiritual surgery which will mold and make us into the men and women God has called us to be. Once we accept Jesus, He will cleanse our hearts. As we turn our lives and hearts over to Jesus, He will teach us how to live holy lives, that are acceptable and pleasing to Him through His Holy Spirit.

Let’s look in Romans 12:1-2, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 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.”

When Jesus, the “Great Physician,” heals us and fixes our problems, He wants us to live our lives like Romans 12:1-2. We are not to be conformed of this world. I pray that you will find Jesus and make Him Lord over your life. Pray and ask Him to come into your life and into your heart and you will be changed forever.

Copyright May 16, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Is Time Slipping Away?

On Friday, I turned 65 and I sat there wondering how I got here so quickly? Have you ever thought the same? How is it that time is slipping away?

I feel like it was just yesterday that I was getting married to the love of my life, Diane. We wanted children and adopted a beautiful little girl from Bethany Christian Services.

Over the last 25 years, our daughter has been the center of our lives, going to all her school functions, from kindergarten until she was a Senior in High School. We raised her in the Church to love God and both my wife and I were actively involved in parenting her. We invested our lives into her.

She graduated from high school and went on to college, and graduated within two and a half years, and was number 1 in her graduating class. She went on to law school and is now a successful lawyer with a city attorney’s office.

Both my wife and I loved every minute of being her Mom and Dad. She is now married and out on her own living in another state. She is soaring in her career and is very successful. We are both very proud of her.

But as I look back on the time I spent, from being a law enforcement officer to becoming an insurance agent and ultimately becoming a co-vocational minister, I grieve for the fact that I did not do enough for the cause of Christ.

I pray that God will give my wife and I many more years of life so that we can finish the race well. For me, it’s not about how much money I can make or about having the best of the best. It’s about people and the hearts that are lost without a savior. For me, my goal in life is to find as many people as possible to share the gospel of Christ Jesus with so that many will come into the kingdom of God.

We have choices in life. We become so engrossed in our work lives that we forget about the ones who matter the most to us. People need to invest time in their families, and teach their children about the love of Jesus. We need to be taking our children to church and being a part of the Church.

The Bible’s says in Job 14:5-6 that our days are numbered and that God sets the time of our lives. He knows exactly how many days, hours, and minutes we will live. Having this information makes time a very valuable possession.

The time we have left from this moment forward, spend it wisely. None of us will know what tomorrow will bring. If you are at odds with a loved one, ask forgiveness before the sun sets. Cf. Ephesians 4:26. Tomorrow may never come and it would be an awful thing that if you are at odds with a fellow Christian and you never made amends.

One other point I want to make is this. If time is now short, what are you waiting for in sharing your faith? Tell others about how Jesus saved you and changed your life. You may be the only person that will ever love your neighbor enough to tell them about the good news of Jesus Christ.

I pray that time will not run out on what you need to do. May the Lord lead you to step out on faith and just do it! God will be with you every step of the way.

Copyright May 15, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Calluses of the Heart

Has anyone ever hurt you so deeply that you felt like you had been stabbed in the heart? Over the course of my lifetime, I have been hurt so mortally that I thought I would never recover. Then, somehow, God restored me back to normal like He always does.

Going through this can be devastating especially if the hurt came someone who you considered a close friend. This hurt literally has crushed you to the point that you start building calluses of the heart.

I want you to know that you are not alone when these circumstances occur. If you are a Follower of Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior has already said that because of Him, we will be hated by the world. This very well could be a spiritual attack on you because of your faith in Christ.

Jesus said that if someone strikes you on one cheek, turn the other to them. If someone takes your coat, offer them your shirt. See Luke 6:29.

Jesus said that those who sin against us, we are to forgive them seventy times seven, meaning over and over again. See Matthew 18:21-22. We are to forgive indefinitely.

Yes, hurt feelings can fester and cause you to sin. When Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer, He said the following: “And forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Cf Matthew 6:12.

If you choose not to forgive others of their sins against you, our Heavenly Father will not forgive your own sin of unforgiveness. Cf Matthew 6:15. We are commanded to forgive one another.

Unforgiveness can lead you to have a problem in your walk with God. It will cause a spiritual division that can only be resolved once you repent from this sin and forgive those whom you have conflict with.

If someone has hurt you deeply, you need to share with that person what they did and how it made you feel. Then you should pray for that person and even if they do not ask for your forgiveness, still forgive them. Showing forgiveness is what our Heavenly Father has called us to do.

Forgiveness is not an option, it’s a mandate. Once you learn to forgive those who hurt you so badly over and over again, the calluses that you have built up over the years to protect your heart from heartache will soften. By forgiving others, this is no longer your problem but the problem of the one who continues to assault and be unforgiving. For them, it becomes a spiritual problem and only Christ Jesus can change them and their actions.

For you, forgiving others will set you free! If you forgive others, God will forgive you as well.

Copyright May 14, 2022. Marketplace Evangelism Ministries Inc. All Rights Reserved.


The Cane

Have you ever wondered about how a cane is used? The cane is a device that helps people walk who has physical impairments. In Bible times, it was also used by shepherds keeping watch over their flock of sheep.

A shepherd’s cane typically had a crook on the top which could be used to wrap around a sheep’s neck and pull it to safety. The shepherd’s cane could also be used as a defense weapon to ward off people who might be attacking them or to ward off wild animals going after the sheep.

One of my favorite Psalms is Psalm 23:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

I just love this promise. Jesus is our shepherd. When we are weary, He makes us lie down in green pastures. He leads us besides still waters. He restores our soul. He tends to us when we need it most. He loves us so very much. He anoints our heads with oil meaning that He cares for us to the point that our innermost being overflows in His love for us.

For me, doing life without Jesus is like walking on a broken leg without a cane or a crutch. It’s hard and painful not to have hope in Christ. Doing life without ever reading and studying the Word of our Heavenly Father is like being in a desert and thirsting for water but never getting a drink that would quench our thirst.

In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” If you are having difficulty in life with your faith, then pick up God’s cane, the Holy Bible. The secrets to a successful and happy life are written in that Book. Seek a relationship with the Father’s Son. Commit your life to Him today.

“As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!” Joshua 24:15b. I pray that you will  serve Him as well.