PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: VIOLENCE

From John Collins Ministries:

“The Lord tests the righteous, But the wicked and the one who loves violence His soul hates. Upon the wicked He will rain coals; Fire and brimstone and a burning wind Shall be the portion of their cup.” Psalm 11:5-6 (NKJV).

Does anyone take notice of the violence in our children’s video games, the violence in movies and the violence in our streets? Violence is entertainment and violence is a way of life. People want to say that guns are at fault, others want to blame the parents, or the schools, or the gangs, or the mob, or the terrorists, or the government and of course they want to blame God.

People don’t value life. People take life for granted, become embittered, nurture hatred and ponder violence and then act on it. People don’t care about consequences. People don’t want to hear about the judgment of God. People have lost their way.

Life is precious and can be good. Life matters and God wants each of you to value life and to seek the kingdom of heaven. God is loving and compassionate and God is wrath. There is a limit to His longsuffering and judgment does come and in the end God always wins. God is the one who always wins. When people show utter contempt for His creation it is an offense to Him and He notices.

Before it is too late, turn and learn to do righteousness, learn to love forgiveness and learn to seek God every minute of every day and teach that to your children. It is time to turn this thing around and time to stand up for all that is righteous and good and learn to walk in the ways of Christ.

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright.” Psalm 11:7 (NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

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So you’ve sinned….a LOT!!! PASTOR JOHN COLLINS

At what point do you give up and believe that you are not savable? At what point do you believe that God would not forgive you, that only the devil will have you and that you are not worth saving anyway? ~ Pastor John Collins

From John Collins Ministries:

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” 1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV).

Okay, so you have sinned, A LOT!! At what point do you give up and believe that you are not savable? At what point do you believe that God would not forgive you, that only the devil will have you and that you are not worth saving anyway? This is more common than you may think. As many as justify their sin and take Jesus for granted, there are just as many who don’t bother to call on Jesus because deep down they don’t believe that they are worthy of walking the streets of heaven and living in eternal bliss.

Satan has done his work well. He has planted doubts and he has spread so many lies that many have come to believe that they are truth. God is not a cruel dictator in the sky and Jesus wants to forgive you and died for you before you even knew that you needed Him. God is merciful and compassionate and has forgiven the murderer in David, the whore in Solomon, the rebellion in Jonah, the persecutor of the church in Paul, the doubter in Thomas not to mention the sins in the twelve sons of Jacob and He is willing to forgive your sins too.

God is waiting for you to recognize your worth to Him and for you to honor that worth by believing in Him and His Son. The Christian must believe that they are worthy of forgiveness and work to submit to the will of God and to obey the commandments of Christ. It is important that your hope be true and your commitment to living the gospel be complete. You are not supposed to live in sin and just not care and you are not meant to give up on yourself because God does not want to give up on you.

You matter and the proof that you matter was given on the cross while Jesus gave His last breath for you. The Lord says that you matter so do not give up on you and do not give in to the devil.

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:12-13 (NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS! PASTOR JOHN

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: STRIVE FOR PERFECTION

Just because you believe in Jesus does not mean that you will go to heaven and just because you see yourself as a good person does not mean that you will go to heaven ~ John Collins, Evangelist

From John Collins Ministries:

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 (NKJV).

Does God really expect perfection from you? No, but, God does expect you to strive for perfection. God wants you to want to go and live in heaven with Him. God wants you to make the effort to become holy as He is holy and show Him that you choose to follow His Son in this life.

Just because you believe in Jesus does not mean that you will go to heaven and just because you see yourself as a good person does not mean that you will go to heaven. God wants the soul that is thoughtful of Him, that makes time to pray to Him and tries continuously to do His will. God wants the soul that honors Him, praises Him, worships Him and glorifies Him. Whether a person wants to admit it or not, that is God’s right and He is worthy. It is interesting that some people want what they refuse to give to God, validation and acknowledgement.

Do you forgive those who have wronged you, truly forgive? Do you gossip among friends and family? Do you lie? Do you sleep around? Do you get drunk and do drugs? Do you hate? Do you judge? Do you love your things too much to give them up? Are you vain? Are you full of pride? Are you self-righteous?

God wants you to work on these things while you still can and not to wait until your youth has fled you and these things no longer drive you. God wants you to sacrifice for Him. God wants you to want to please Him. God wants a relationship with you that is based on love and is loyal and true.

“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Matthew 4:17 (NKJV).

 

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: THE CROSS, IDOLATRY, AND SYMBOLS

From Pastor John Collins: Believe it or not, God is protecting us from our own nature by commanding us to never make carved images in any likeness. Never place such value on any object. Worship the Lord with a pure heart and trust in that.

From John Collins Ministries:

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image-any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” Exodus 20:4-6 (NKJV).

 
Idolatry has always been a problem in this world and God knows our weaknesses. People like pretty things and they also like what they can see and touch. There is a reason why people were told not to carve images because God has always known that people would end up honoring the ‘thing’ that was created by them.

 
People give power to objects, even those objects that are not considered ‘holy’ but may be merely sentimental. People place value on things and when something is created that is said to be ‘holy’ then people will begin to revere it and ‘bow down’ to it. Carved images and golden objects such as Gideon’s ephod become stumbling blocks to people. It is easy to see how people are led astray by statues and such.

 
Paintings of our Lord or crosses that are decoration should be seen as physical reminders of our faith to God and Jesus Christ and never as something to worship and bow down to. Our homes should reflect our faith not with creepy statues of Mary but with our bibles, possibly a cross hung on the wall, a picture of a biblical story or scripture that fills us with joy. We should not be fearful of worshiping the Lord in spirit and in truth which never includes bowing down to a portrait or sculpture or worshiping some carved image.

 
Believe it or not, God is protecting us from our own nature by commanding us to never make carved images in any likeness. Never place such value on any object. Worship the Lord with a pure heart and trust in that. We don’t need statues but a framed piece of scripture is lovely to look upon and ponder.

 

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

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John Collins Ministries spreads hope not by asking for support to purchase big ticket items for the ministry but to give a hand up to those who are in need: fighting the heroin epidemic and other addictions, food to those who are in need, impacting communities and individuals by showing people just what it means to be Christian. Giving of oneself is a way of life for a Christian. If you would like to help support John Collins Ministries, you may do so through the donate button found at www.johncollinsministries.com.

PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: EXCUSES, EXCUSES

From John Collins Ministries:

“The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor.” Proverbs 21:25 (NKJV).

“He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!” Proverbs 28:19 (NKJV).

Procrastination is a problem for many. There are many reasons to procrastinate and all of them come with excuses that we make up in our heads. You can’t find the time to work out because you are always at work which is why you can’t find the time to get to your kids’ games or events. You can create an excuse for putting off anything that you feel guilty for avoiding but in the long run it just creates more guilt.

Life is complicated and we set goals for ourselves and when we don’t meet those goals we end up punishing ourselves mentally. Procrastination becomes a habit and a way to hurt ourselves when we don’t feel that we deserve to meet the goals that we have set, whatever those may be.

God does not want you miserable or hating yourself. You should always ask yourself if what you want to accomplish is in line with the will of God and then you should seek to accomplish those things that would please God and provide your life with a greater sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

The time is going to pass, regardless of what you do. Each day is going to continue to go by whether you get off the couch and begin to get healthy, get a job, get educated, get out into the community that you belong to and make a difference in a positive way which is what Jesus wants for each of us to do or if you do nothing at all. But none of us are guaranteed tomorrow and none of us knows when our time is up so it should be spent in doing what we mean to do and in meaning to do good.

“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 9(NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

John Collins Ministries spreads hope not by asking for support to purchase big ticket items for the ministry but to give a hand up to those who are in need: fighting the heroin epidemic and other addictions, food to those who are in need, impacting communities and individuals by showing people just what it means to be Christian. Giving of oneself is a way of life for a Christian. If you would like to help support John Collins Ministries, you may do so through the donate button found at www.johncollinsministries.com.

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Tomorrow is not promised

From John Collins Ministries:

“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 (NKJV).

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 (NKJV).

We live in dangerous times, as have all of those who ever walked this earth. It is a perilous thing to live without faith and it is more dangerous to live without belief in the Son of God than it is to live in a land filled with terrorists and civil unrest. People pay attention to what they can see and people will fear what they can sense can cause them harm but people don’t fear what they can’t see and when people walk without faith then they are blind and without the ability to perceive the danger to their souls.

It is not a time to be casual in your faith. It is time to wake up and get right with God. God doesn’t fool around and God will not cease from being God but He will continue to be that great and almighty Lord that sees everything and everyone as they truly are and He will be the one who has the last laugh. It is not okay to take your life, your actions, your words and your feelings lightly. They all matter and they all will be taken into account when it comes to judging your soul. Each person will be judged and each person will either go up or go down and it really is that simple.

You have no guarantee of tomorrow and you only get this one chance at life so take it seriously and don’t put off until another day your relationship with God. God sent Jesus to die for you and you should be thanking Jesus for the strength and obedience that was in His soul so that your soul could be saved. You should cherish and nurture your relationship with Jesus and praise God always. Come to know what is expected of you and do that. The rules are not going to change and the gospel must be obeyed just as Jesus has said. There will not be favorites given a pass because they are just so cute or so charming. There are lots of good people in hell today and there will be many more that follow. Do what you must so that you are not one of them.

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” John 14:23-24 (NKJV).

 

Love that Cross!! Pastor John

 

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: HONESTY

From John Collins Ministries:

“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” John 3:20-21 (NKJV).

Honesty is a necessity if you wish to see the kingdom of God. It is not always needed for you to discuss your past with all those who cross your path, but it is needed for you to be willing to acknowledge your past with forthrightness.

When you are no longer the person that you once were and you are that new creature and a man or woman of God then you can easily speak of who you were as I have done and as Paul so easily spoke of the man that he was. There is not any shame in admitting where you were when you know where you are. It does not need to be the main focus of your life but it should not ever be something that you hide from either.

Each person that is born on earth will have a testimony that will be able to help another with the light of God shining on them. Each person needs to look at who they are, who they were and who they want to be. God is willing to forgive His children and that will only happen when you can admit your sins and stop sinning. I know that many will say that it is not possible to not sin but it is possible to attain righteousness in life and that does not include sinning.

Righteousness is possible when you make every effort to please God, to not sin and to monitor your heart and mind continuously to keep from backsliding. A liar should no longer lie, a thief should no longer steal and a cheater should no longer cheat. Those words should sound familiar and each person who believes in Christ should never make excuses for their sin but should make the effort to go and sin no more.

Be willing to be open and honest about who you have been, trust in who you are and look forward to who you will become, in Christ.

“John answered and said, ‘A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.’” John 3:27 (NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: RESURRECTION DAY

From John Collins Ministries:

“But the angel answered and said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.’” Matthew 28:5-6 (NKJV).

What makes Christianity so special? Jesus! He was crucified and He was resurrected, seen by hundreds of witnesses and left His ministry in the hands of His apostles to take to the masses and tell of the miracle of His death and His rise from that death into life. Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus died for the sins of this world and was resurrected from death into life as the proof of the gospel and good news. This is what is celebrated with eggs and chocolate. This is what is celebrated with bunnies and ham. This is what has been confused with pagan rites and heathen practices in the church.

Jesus is not about bunnies and chocolate, ham and eggs or any paganism and yet it is what this world has chosen to associate with the miracle of the resurrection. Jesus is the proof that God has chosen to forgive the sinners of this world through the sacrifice of His beloved Son. The blood of Jesus was shed and His body was hung on a tree to be wracked with pain until the life left His flesh. Jesus came back to His people to prove that there is indeed life after death, there is a heaven to go home to and there is hope.

Christianity is the belief in the sacrifice of our Lord, it is the only way to the Father and it is not open to compromise. To have faith in the Son is to desire the Father and to seek to be obedient. To know who you worship is to trust in God and to know that the only way to achieve salvation is through Jesus. We need to let go of the traditions that do not honor the Son of God and to cling to the cross. It matters. The decorations and origin of the symbolism that is thought to be benign is foolishness indeed. Where traditions begin matters. Many choose to ignore the history of these pagan beliefs and think that the traditions that they have become are irrelevant. I know differently. It does matter because it is just another deception and lie that has been inherited by people who claim to know Christ and claim to love Christ above all. But, ask these believers to give up their traditions, give up the symbols and pagan ideas that represent their ‘holiday’ and see if they are willing. Too often, people cling to what comforts them and brings them joy and toss aside the beginnings with declarations of denial by claiming that, no matter the origin, they are worshiping in spirit and truth through the eggs and bunnies and chocolate and ham.

Christianity and paganism, paganism and Christianity. It is all mixed up. There is a lack of desiring purity in worship and a lack of desiring righteousness in faith. I choose to reject the trappings of this holiday and to honor my King with truth. The resurrection is a day of mourning for this world as too many have taken it for granted and too many have rejected the gift that has been offered. I will mourn for this world and yet give thanks to the humility of the King who obeyed His Father unto death and was resurrected unto life to sit down at the right hand of God.

“Then He said to them, ‘Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things.’” Luke 24:46-48 (NKJV).

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NO FEAR-PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, JOHN COLLINS MINISTRIES

John Collins, Evangelist: When you find yourself struggling with fear or anxiety just stop and say a little prayer and move forward. Trust that He will see you through the day and that is just what you need to know, that day by day He has got you and you have nothing to fear.

From John Collins Ministries:

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV).

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NKJV).

Some people are driven by fear. They are afraid of failure, of success, of others’ opinions, of death, of life, of pain, of happiness and on and on. It is natural to experience fear in this life. There are times when it is appropriate and there are times when it is paralyzing.

The faith that we have and the trust that we have in God and in Jesus is meant to help us overcome our insecurities and ourselves. We need to know that we do not belong to this world but we belong to God. That truth, when it is planted in your heart, will banish your fears and fill you with hope.

The apostles and prophets were killed in terrible ways and yet they held on to their hope and the love of God and the power of Christ to get through the suffering. Whatever may bring fear to your door is never going to be bigger or stronger than God and the promises that He has made. When you find yourself struggling with fear or anxiety just stop and say a little prayer and move forward. Trust that He will see you through the day and that is just what you need to know, that day by day He has got you and you have nothing to fear.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.” Psalm 56:3 (NKJV).

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV).

LOVE THAT CROSS, PASTOR JOHN

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John Collins Ministries spreads hope not by asking for support to purchase big ticket items for the ministry but to give a hand up to those who are in need: fighting the heroin epidemic and other addictions, food to those who are in need, impacting communities and individuals by showing people just what it means to be Christian. Giving of oneself is a way of life for a Christian. If you would like to help support John Collins Ministries, you may do so through the donate button found at www.johncollinsministries.com.

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PASTOR JOHN COLLINS, LOVE THAT CROSS: GUNS, GOD, BIBLE, CHILDREN AND SECULARISM

From John Collins, Evangelist: Faith in this country is frail and failing and parents are looking to schools and laws to educate their children. Unfortunately, secularism is a failure if faith is weak inside of a home. Children must be taught the priority of rights and wrongs and that will not come from anywhere but the Bible.

From John Collins Ministries:

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.” Luke 12:35-36 (NKJV).

 

This world is at war. It is not only terrorism, school shootings, murder and violence at every corner. It is a war on humanity at every level. Faith is fading and with that is a loss of the value of a human life. People are meant to be precious, not only to God but to each other. We are meant to find compassion and a willingness to be kind to our fellow man within ourselves. How is that possible if we, as a human race, do not hold the word of God as truth? How can children learn to get on their knees and thank God for their very lives if they don’t believe?

 

Communities want to talk about gun control and laws. I want to talk about what makes it possible for so many to be willing to pick up a gun and kill others. That is only possible if a person does not fear the retribution of God Himself, if a person does not value what God values and if a person does not have the faith that is required to not only bring about hope for themselves but to bring about submission to the will of God. Without faith and hope in God and the work of Jesus Christ, the worth of a human life is lost. Faith in this country is frail and failing and parents are looking to schools and laws to educate their children. Unfortunately, secularism is a failure if faith is weak inside of a home. Children must be taught the priority of rights and wrongs and that will not come from anywhere but the Bible.

 

The Bible is not some archaic book filled with stories but is a guideline to our lives. Prayer is not something that you casually engage in when you encounter illness or misfortune in your life but it is an open line of communication with your Creator and with Jesus as your intercessor. We should not have to continuously pray for those who suffer such tragedy but should come to recognize that more needs to be done to prevent these tragedies and that will only happen when this world chooses to recognize the need for God every moment of everyday of every life. It needs to start within each home and people should not wait for the miracles to show up at their door but should begin to educate themselves and their families in preparation for the miracles to come. This world has lost the fear of God and it is the fear of God that will save souls.

 

“Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.” Luke 12:37 (NKJV).

 

LOVE THAT CROSS PASTOR JOHN COLLINS

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John Collins Ministries spreads hope not by asking for support to purchase big ticket items for the ministry but to give a hand up to those who are in need: fighting the heroin epidemic and other addictions, food to those who are in need, impacting communities and individuals by showing people just what it means to be Christian. Giving of oneself is a way of life for a Christian. If you would like to help support John Collins Ministries, you may do so through the donate button found at www.johncollinsministries.com.

See more about Pastor John Collins and John Collins Ministries at www.johncollinsministries.com.