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Today's Christian thought:

Life can be tough at times.

Wednesday September 10th, 2003

Yes, life can be tough at times. Just ask anyone, ask the president and I'm sure he'll tell you that some in congress and the senate make his life tough. Ask the bum on the street and he'll tell you that men and women in blue with guns on their hips make life tough for them. Yes, regardless of your station in life, life can indeed be tough.

But, it doesn't have to be. Life does not have to be tough, rough or anything else of a negative nature. It is only rough on those who insist on going it alone. Being a single parent would be rough on anyone, but, having a married dad and mom working together to make the family happy, successful and Christ centered makes raising children a lot easier and as a result a lot more fulfilling.

I know single parents raising one kid who never seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, I have a friend who has a wonderful wife, a wife who has given him ten wonderful children. They not only see the Light at the end of the tunnel, they know His name, Jesus. The difference is that in the first instance the single parent is trying to do it all alone, yet in the case of my friend, he and his wife work together, they work at raising their family together and they pray together. While the single parent tries to raise her child based on the good intentions of the secular world and it shows, my friend and his wife rely upon the word of God to raise their ten children and it shows.

I guess just as some who followed the Lord 1,970 years ago ran from Him and tried to do things on their own, so are many today. They would rather turn to books written by Dr. Spock than the Holy Bible written by the God who created all things including that baby, youngster, teen or young adult you call your child.

Then Jesus said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He(Jesus) which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

Then said they unto Him, "Lord, evermore give us this bread."

And Jesus said unto them,

I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen Me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me.

And this is the Father's will which hath sent Me,

that of all which He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

And this is the will of Him that sent Me,

that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise Him up at the last day.

The Jews then murmured at Him, because He said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. And they said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that He saith, I came down from heaven?"

43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, AND THEY SHALL BE ALL TAUGHT OF GOD (Isaiah 54:14 & Jeremiah 31:34). Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me. Not that any man hath seen the Father, save He(Yeshua) which is of God, He hath seen the Father.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This (Yeshua) is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this Bread, he shall live for ever: and the Bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?"

Then Jesus said unto them,

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no Life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.

As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me.

This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

These things said He in the synagogue, as He taught in Capernaum. Many therefore of His disciples, when they had heard this, said, "This is an hard saying; who can hear it?" (John 6:32-59)

From that time many of His disciples went back, and walked no more with Him. (John 6:66)

Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." (John 6:67-69)

So in verse 66 we see that many of the Lord's followers left Him and tried to do things on their own, just as that single parent is trying to do things on her own, without the help or guidance of the Lord.

But my friend and his wife and their ten kids are like the Apostles that stayed, for they, like Peter know that Jesus is truth and life, the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Don't be pig headed, stiff-necked or just plan stubborn, turn to the Lord and let him help and guide you, you'll find life a lot less rough.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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