3 Reasons People Commit Suicide

and how to stop them

Suicide is a tragedy that takes place far too often. Don’t let it happen to you or your loved ones.

Every human is created with a desire to live. Self-preservation is the first instinct of mankind. Even satan knows that most people will do anything to save their own skin.

Job 2:4
“And Satan answered the LORD, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.”

Why then do some people choose to take their own lives?

Years ago we had a young man start coming to church sporadically. He was in and out of jail and had a daughter that would ride our bus occasionally or come with a family member. He stopped interacting with us, and I lost track of him until the day my phone rang with the news that he hung himself in his parent’s garage. The family was devastated. Everyone that knew him was hurting deeply.  It was a difficult funeral.

Most people give the quick answers of depression, anxiety, and mental illness. Is it really that simple?

Suicide is too complicated to cover thoroughly in one article. Today, let’s look at a few reasons people take their own lives and learn how to help them before it’s too late. (more…)

Remember to Remember

We are a forgetful people.  Dedicate yourself to remembering the important things in life.

Memorial Day is set aside for us to remember the sacrifices of those who gave their lives serving in the US armed forces.

Remember that freedom isn’t free.  It is bought with blood and protected by sacrifice.  I thank God for the freedoms that we enjoy in America.  I acknowledge those who died so I could live. I appreciate every family that has sacrificed to protect us.  Thank you for your service!

Have you ever forgotten something important?  We all have.

Commit to remembering the significant things in life. Set up reminders.  In the Old Testament, they would erect altars to commemorate important events.  What systems do you have in place to remember important things?

Mark 6:51–52  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.

Mark 8:16–21  And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread. And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among five thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among four thousand, how many baskets full of fragments took ye up? And they said, Seven. And he said unto them, How is it that ye do not understand?

The disciples’ hearts were hardened because they forgot the recent miracles of Christ.  We are prone to the same mistakes.  Forgetful people are ungrateful people.

We tend to remember the bad and forget the good.  Make a conscious decision to reverse that tendency.  Remember the goodness of God.  Remember the Cross.  Remember the sacrifices of others for your good.  Remember the Truths that make you free.  Thank God for salvation.  Thank Him for the good things in your life.

Remember to remember!

3 Elements of Powerful Faith

Do you wish you could make a more significant impact for God?  You can!  Add these elements to your faith and watch your power with God and men increase.

There is little doubt that the Apostle Paul is one of the most effective Christians of all time. His inspired teaching makes up much of the New Testament. His powerful preaching changed the lives and destinies of Jews and Gentiles alike. His missionary efforts are legendary. God used Him to shake the world with the Gospel.

The same God wants to use you to make an impact on your world. You too can be a force for good and God. We can find three elements of Paul’s powerful faith in Acts chapter 26. How will you apply them to your life?

Personal

Paul gave his testimony often. He recounts his personal faith to King Agrippa in Acts 26.

Acts 26:4–6
“My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:”

Acts 26:9–12
“I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities. Whereupon as I went to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests,”

Acts 26:13–15
“At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me. And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.”

Powerful faith is personal. New life begins when you (more…)

How to Be 100% Sure You are Going to Heaven

Can you know for sure that Heaven will be your eternal Home?  Yes!

There are not many things in your life that you can know with 100% confidence. There are just too many variables and things out of your control. Circumstances change, and people let you down. Life is changing all the time, and we learn to live with uncertainty. However, the Bible says that there are some things you can know for sure.

1.  You Can Be 100% Sure That God Can’t Lie.

Titus 1:2 “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;”

You are lied to every day and have learned to be skeptical. God is not like humans who lie. He says what He means and means what He says. His promises will be fulfilled beyond your expectations, and His judgments will be executed exactly as He warns.  Many unbelievers will be shocked in eternity to find out that God keeps His Word. (more…)

Five Supernatural Benefits of Soul Winning

We are not in the business of making speeches or giving presentations. We are instruments of God to change eternal destinies!

Acts 26:18  “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”

Our mission to preach the Gospel is supernatural. The commission comes from God.  We must be empowered by Him to accomplish it. Good organization is not enough. A sound plan is sufficient. We are in God’s business. He must energize our efforts to make the difference.  Acts 26:18 gives us a five-point outline of God’s work in individual lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

1. Open their eyes

Unbelievers are blind to the Gospel. They are lost not knowing their way to God. Their lives are filled with sin and their hearts with doubt. Often, they are in bondage to a false religion. They serve phony gods from paganism to atheism and everything in between. But the God of Heaven can open their eyes!! God can (more…)