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On our own, we’ll never be good enough to get into heaven. So how do we get there?

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”              Matthew 11:28-30

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Never forget that Jesus was able to say “my burden is light” when He knew that Calvary awaited Him just a little further down the road.

 

Read your Bible every day. Pray. Don’t yell at the kids. Tithe 10 percent. No slang. No swag. No purple streaks in teens’ hair.

Do you ever feel suffocated by the things you need to do in order to be a “good person”?

The Pharisees loved to invent new rules and condemn people for not living up to their impossibly strict standards. In fact, they called their religion a yoke, which is a harness for restraining oxen and keeping them under control.

These holier-than-thou types bragged about their holiness, how many rules they followed, and how they made their yokes (and ours) even heavier.

 But then…

Then Jesus came and changed everything! He rescued those who had tried and failed to be “good people.” He said it was impossible to earn God’s love; instead, we should focus on faith and accepting God’s grace. God accepts us as we are. He’s not sitting in heaven with a checklist, shaking His head at us and waiting for us to get it together. He only wants us to avoid deliberate sinfulness and stay faithful to Him, obeying Him.  Remember, Jesus said “If you love Me, obey my commandments.”  His yoke is easy and light. When obeying Him comes from our love for Him and what He has done for us, following in His footsteps is almost effortless.

Today, don’t get depressed or overwhelmed by the things you should be doing. Think of what Jesus Christ has already done, and rest in His assurance by exercising your faith.

The eternal life that Jesus died to provide for us is going to be so spectacular and magnificent that while we are still in this life, we cannot even imagine what its eternal continuation is going to be like.

“Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”                 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

[From a daily devotional published on SARAHPALIN.com]

 

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NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
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“Let me tell you why Islam isn’t so terrible,” says Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast…

Just when you think that the man America elected to occupy the White House can’t look any dumber or sound any more like an apologist for Islam, he stands up at the National Prayer Breakfast and surprises us all one more time.

Remember, by the way, that this is a man who has told us he is a Christian. [He very obviously is not, because (1) he does not know the Bible at all, (2) he does not attend church (he’d rather play golf on Sundays), (3) he never speaks of his Christian faith in any context, and (4) he never misses an opportunity to stand up for Islam.]

His attendance at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast is a case in point.

This event would have been a wonderful opportunity for a Christian president to stand up and reaffirm how much his faith meant to him only a couple of days after Islam radicals confirmed for the world that they had executed a Jordanian military pilot by burning him alive and showing us the video to prove it. (Beheading, apparently, is too quick. Not enough suffering for the victim. Islam has now hit a new low in the estimation of most of the rest of the world and, in fact, in the eyes of most of the world’s Muslims, who are beginning to openly oppose radical Islam and all it stands for. Jordan is now promising to “eradicate” radical Islam.)

What did Obama say at the Prayer Breakfast? To paraphrase his remarks, he said “Islam really isn’t so bad. Let’s be sure to remember all the terrible things people have done in the name of Christ.” (Can you imagine a more off-putting theme, from the president of the US no less, at a Christian prayer breakfast?) Then he mentioned the Crusades (led by Catholics) of a thousand years ago, the Spanish Inquisition of the 1500’s, and slavery and the Jim Crow years in our own country.

The Spanish Inquisition was designed to rid Spain of both Muslims and Jews (guess that’s why Muslim-loving Obama remembers it), and it was people acting in the name of Christ who ultimately forced the abolition of slavery. Perhaps Obama has forgotten that it was Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., acting in the name of Christ, who led the battle here in the US for assimilation and equal rights.

Obama was not the main speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast. (Thankfully.) Darrell Waltrip was. You might know that name from NASCAR racing. Although Mr. Waltrip is now retired from racing, he spoke of a racing accident he had in 1993 which left him wondering what really might be awaiting him after death.  Then he seized the opportunity Obama missed. Darrell Waltrip said of Jesus, “If you’ve never gotten on your knees and asked Him to forgive you of your sins, you’re just a pretty good guy or a pretty good gal who is going to go to hell.

Darrell Waltrip understands what it is that sets Jesus apart from all other religious figures from creation to the present day: Jesus did not deserve to die, but He went willingly to that terrible Roman cross in order to make sure that all those who trust Him can have life beyond physical death on this earth. And then He rose from physical death to prove to every doubter from that day to this that He was really who He said He was, and that there can be life after death if we trust Him to guide us to it.

Islam’s Mohammad is dead and gone. Islam has no savior to offer the world. Islam has nothing to offer the world, in fact, because the Quran is not a holy book inspired by the God of love who gave us Jesus. The Quran tells Muslims to be sure to kill all the unbelievers they meet. The Bible tells us to tell others of the love of the Savior, the Son of God, who went to a death He did not deserve so that we could go to an eternal life we do not deserve. The difference between Christianity and Islam (and every other religion) could not be more clear, more stark, more black and white.

Darrell Waltrip made his choice, and you need to make yours.
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