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Saint Patrick, and being a saint (a thought on the Bible )

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I hope you are having a great one. 

       Did you know the real Saint Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland. Fact Patrick was a missionary, who was transformed by God.

   I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

          Yes, Patrick did amazing things for God. Did you know to be a saint you don’t have to do anything special, or does a priest have to declare you a saint. There is only one who can make you a saint ,and that is the Lord Jesus himself. John 1:12 reads. “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

     You and I become a child of God not by doing good works. It is not based on what we do, or don’t do.The Bible teaches we get a relationship with God, by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ. 

    So the meat of the matter is a saint, or child of God is somebody..

Who has realized their own sinfulness before a Holy God.

They are willing to turn away from sin, and change their mind about sin. That is called repentance. 

They know they can not become a Saint through good works, but they need to receive Jesus as their Savior, and Lord.  

So you can become a saint, like Saint Patrick though you may not have a day named after you. You will have the only thing you truly need, which is a relationship with God. That is a thought on the Bible. 

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Timothy Burke  Junior high kid I had ( a thought on the Bible. )

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He was just 38, and now he is dead.

 Hi: I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

      The other night I was in bed reading our local paper. I came to the death notices.

          As I read them. I came across a young man by the name of Tim Burke. 

            “No it is not the Tim Burke I know.”

                 I got up and checked Facebook. I was hoping it was not him. After checking Facebook I had to face the truth it was the young man I knew. 

     Who was Tim Burke. He was a kid I taught in third grade Sunday School, and then was a junior high leader to. 

      Burke was a neat kid. The kind of kid who you wanted to take home to mom, and dad. 

            Tim went through a lot of challenges in life. His own father passed away when young Timothy was just 9 years old.Then as a high school student he had to have brain surgery for a tumor. 

     He was a small kid, but what he lacked in size he had in a sweat spirit. I recall only having to correct him above behavior one time in junior high. 

 There are some lessons we can learn from this young man’s life. His mom said it was during his youth days that he committed his life to Christ. Tim’s mom also told me after his celebration of life service that he loved me. I hope he knew I cared about him. I believe he did.

    You never know who you are impacting. It could be that junior high kid in church. It could be that senior citizen who nobody visits at the home including her own family. 

   We who follow Jesus not only should share the good news with others, but also share our own lives with them.

    I am so thankful that God allowed me along with other youth leaders to love Tim, and teach him the word of God.

    1 Thessalonians 2:8 reads..

   “Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.”

      Above all I am glad Tim admitted he was a sinner,repented ( turned away from it ), and received Jesus as his Savior. Because of that I know Timothy Burke is in heaven. Which is the only way one can go to heaven.

Timothy Burke I love you, and I miss you. I am excited to go to heaven to be with the Lord one day, and to spend time with cool followers of Jesus like you.

Until I see you again.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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You got the power ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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   Romans 1:16 in the Bible reads, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”

 I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible. 

  A purpose of the message of God is to show us the Lord’s power. We often think of the power of God when a big storm hits. But God’s power is mostly shown to us when he comes into a person’s life, and changes him. Paul here in Romans is saying he is proud of the good news. This is the same guy who use to be called Saul who persecuted those who embraced the good news. Now Paul is following the Lord himself. He is a changed man. If a changed person doesn’t show us the good news is true, it is hard to believe anything will do that. The Bible says if anyone is in Christ he, or she is a new creation. It is the power of God which changes a person. It is not what we do. It is what God has done for us. It is not us doing good works, or something super big like going to another nation as a missionary. It is the power of the good news which brings about change in us. Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

  That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Lessons from the life of Castro ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

    What are we leaving behind in this world. What will people think of us , or say about us , when we are no longer living in this world.

    Those thoughts come to my mind as I reflect on the life of the former President of Cuba Fidel Castro, who passed from this life to the next life at the age of 90 a few months back.

  The western media said things like he loved the people of Cuba. In truth he put many souls from Cuba in prison for speaking out against the Cuban government, or following the Lord instead of following Castro. Other souls he had put to death. 

 I do believe there are things we can learn from the life of Castro.

       The first lesson is what are we leaving behind. What will people think of you and I after we are gone.The people of Cuba, and many souls in the world will not have good things to say about Castro. No matter what the media says. You may not have put souls in prison like Castro, but have you put your job ahead of your family. Have you not been honest with others in business matters. Have you treated others wrongly. 

         The second lesson while we are living we can always change. It is too late for Castro. However you, and I can change with God’s help. We can not change on our own. Philippians 4:13 reads , “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

     The last lesson and the most important one is we all are going to die. What will matter is what we did with Christ. The question is do you know him. If you don’t know him after death there is no hope for you. Before you die you can find that hope. All you have to do is admit you are a sinner, and embrace Jesus Christ as your savior. It is too late for Castro. One can only hope he repented of his sins and received Christ. God is going to say when you stand before him, well done good and faithful servant. Or he is going to say the most horrible words I never knew you. What decides what God says is decided by what you do with Christ.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson

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Give thanks to God not our opinions ( a Thanksgiving thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible on this Thanksgiving Day.

The Bible in Philippians 4:6 reads… 

6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

    Thanksgiving should always be the attitude for the believer in Christ. In our me first culture we have forgotten the need to say thanks. It use to be when you got a birthday gift, or a Christmas gift, or any kind of gift you would not think twice about writing a thank you note. Parents also demanded that their children, and teens wrote thank you cards to those who blessed them with gifts. Sadly that is not the case today.

Years ago in the funny papers there was a comic strip called Shoe. One year there was a talking animal in Shoe who was saying grace. He prayed God thanks for everything but the green beans they are not good for anything. This older animal told him to hold it. 

The mature one then told the younger one we are to give thanks to God not our opinions. 

 You might ask how are we to give thanks to God. Good question. You might do what I do around every Thanksgiving. I write a thank you letter to God in which I note how God has blessed me this last year.

 Most of all we can thank God for sending Jesus to us. Because without him there is no hope.

That is a thought on the Bible. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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The day after the election, God has not taken a holiday, or the day off ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

       Some of you hearing me today supported Mrs. Clinton for president while others of you backed Mr. Trump. Depending on how the election went ( I am writing, and recording this a few days before Election Day) some of you are happy, and some of you feel let down about yesterday’s voting. 

    One of the hardest verses to understand in the Bible is Romans 13:1 – “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.”

       God is the one who decides who is put in office, and when they are removed from office. Keep this in mind around every election. Yes, we should vote for the person we think can best lead our nation for the next four years, but even if the person we vote for doesn’t win, we should not take that as a sign that God has gone on holiday, or taken the day off. Some of the worst rulers in history were placed there by God to judge nations and to bring them to repentance.

In Matthew 6 we are told not to worry that would include about who is our president. And verse 33 says to seek God first. If we put Christ first we will not be disappointed no matter who was put in office.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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Preaching, and or praying the Word of God is not always popular ( a thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi: This is Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

The following prayer was delivered on January 23, 1996 by Pastor Joe Wright to the Kansas House of Representatives:

Heavenly Father, we come before You today to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. Lord, we know Your Word says, “Woe to those who call evil good,” but that’s exactly what we’ve done. 

We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism. 

We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism. 

We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle. 

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. 

We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. 

We have killed our unborn and called it choice. 

We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. 

We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem. 

We have abused power and called it political savvy. 

We have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition. 

We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. 

We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it enlightenment. 

Search us oh God and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.Amen.

It is not always popular to preach, or in this case pray the word of God.God has called us to do that.

2 Timothy 4:2New Life Version (NLV)
2 Preach the Word of God. Preach it when it is easy and people want to listen and when it is hard and people do not want to listen. Preach it all the time. Use the Word of God to show people they are wrong. Use the Word of God to help them do right. You must be willing to wait for people to understand what you teach as you teach them.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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God’s Love ( A thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible. 

How do you show somebody you care about them. Do you just tell him you care. At the start of August I went with a group from my church on a mission’s trip. We went to North Platte, Nebraska. We went there to do a daily vacation Bible school for some children who parents are missionaries. 

How did the team I was on show the MK’s we cared about them. It was not just the words we used, but our actions. Do you think it might be the same way with God’s love for us. 

1 John 4:10English Standard Version (ESV)

10 “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

 Did you read that in 1 John. The key is God loved us. How did he display his love?By sending his only son Jesus to die on a horrible cross. God proved his love for us. Even those who reject him, he loves. Love is spelled action and that includes the love of God.

    You see friends the question is not does God love you. He already has proven that. The question is do you know God’s love which comes through Jesus.

That is a thought on the Bible.

Until next time,

I am Billy David Dickson

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Best thing believers can do for Mr. Trump, and Mrs. Clinton ( a Thought on the Bible ) 

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Hi I’m Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible.

   I have a question today for us who are believers in Jesus. What is the best thing we can do for Mrs. Clinton, and Mr. Trump. 

    You might say to vote our Christian convictions. Yes we should do that this November and every election period. 

   However I am convinced it is to pray. Pray for Trump and Clinton. Pray for America. Ask God who you should vote for. Pray the church would keep proclaiming the good news no matter who is elected. 

      It tells us in the Bible in the book of 1st Timothy to pray for our leaders. Here is what it reads. “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior.”

     When God’s people pray he moves. The Lord doesn’t doesn’t need us to pray but we need to pray. 

    For the sake of our leaders, future leaders, and for the sake of our nation lets turn to the living God.

What do you think?

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Until next time,

I’m Billy David Dickson 

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You have a fan ( a thought on the Bible )

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     Hi: I am Billy David Dickson with a thought on the Bible. Do you have a favorite sports team or teams. I live in Omaha, Nebraska so I get excited watching the local college the Creighton Bluejays. I love to watch them play basketball in the Big East. So who is your favorite team. Do you like to see them win and do well. Of course you do. You can only image the excitement in Cleveland when they won the NBA title this year. Their fans were excited. Just like any fan would be after their team was crown the best in their sport.

     Did you know you have a fan. God is for you. Romans 8:31 in the Bible reads What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be[a] against us?

That verse is not saying you won’t have any trouble or bad things happen to you if you are a follower of Jesus and in a right relationship with God. It is saying it does not matter because God is all you need. We know God is for us because even when we wanted nothing to do with him, God sent his only son to die for us. Even if you have rejected God and keep rejecting him he is for you. He proved it at the cross. The question is are you for God. 

What do you think?

That is a Bible thought,

Until next time

I’m Billy David Dickson 
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