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!

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…)

A Christian response to those who say they want more than “Thoughts and Prayers” after school shootings.

Do you want more than thoughts and prayers? Then get out of our way.

Matthew 23:37
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

It seems that an increasing number of politicians and public figures say they are tired of hearing that “our thoughts and prayers” are with the families of school shootings. They say that more needs to be done. I agree.

Prayer is part of the solution. I believe in the power prayer. It moves the hand of God in the world and the heart of those who pray. We will continue to pray for the families affected by these tragedies. It is our right and privilege to do so. However, the same people that say they’re tired of our thoughts and prayers are usually the same people that are keeping Christians from doing more to help.

It is well-documented that the secular coup of the public school system has been disastrous. Public schools began in church buildings. The first school books were filled with Christian concepts and Bible verses. There has been a concerted effort to remove God from the classroom and public arena. In 1963 the Supreme Court established a prohibition on “state-sponsored prayer” in US schools. That decision has been the foundation of the continued effort to remove any positive influence of Jehovah and His Son in schools. The school system has been in decline since they kicked out the Bible and prayer. The US school system is now a mission field.

Some of you are jumping out of your seat right now citing the Establishment Clause. Sit back down. A nonsensical and unhistorical interpretation of the First Amendment of the Constitution has become the weapon of choice among the enemies of God to remove His influence from our government. Study genuine US history. This amendment was not added to protect the government from churches, but to protect the churches from the government. Christianity was not only allowed in American government; it was clearly preferred over other religions for much of our history. You don’t hear that very often do you?

We would tell children God loves them, but you insist on teaching them that there is no God.

God cares more for these children than we can conceive. He wants them to be protected. Yet, He has been (more…)