“The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ” 12/18/2016 written by bruce r. mills

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      “The Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ” 

                              (Revised from 7/11/2013)

Here is the truth about sin, and how God’s grace through saving faith alone in the Lord Jesus Christ is given by God, to those who understand and obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Romans 5:12… Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— (NKJV)

 

Most people believe sin began in the Garden of Eden, but it didn’t.  Sin began when God’s top angel Lucifer, decided to flex his power, and wanted to become equal to God…Isaiah 14:12-14

Sin, by its very nature, is born into every human being, since Adam and Eve fell in the Garden of Eden, to the serpent’s (Satan’s) temptations.  This natural sin nature is part of everyone’s natural make-up, from the time they are young children, until the time that they pass on from this life.

That 3 year old, who is told NO by their parents, goes right ahead and disobeys their parents at the first chance they get.  This rebellion against their parents turns into rebellion against God, as a child grows older.  God hates sin, because it is independent rebellion against God; and will devastate the lives of everyone that remains living in sin…in bondage to Satan and the ways of the world…1 John 2:15-16

The sad truth about sin, is that it blinds the unbeliever…

2 Corinthians 4:4… whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. (NKJV)   (More about “the light of the gospel” of our Lord Jesus Christ, later)

Satan is the father of sin (John 8:44), and a master of disguise.  The Apostle Paul warns us about false prophets, and Satan himself, in...

2 Corinthians 11:12-14… For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. (NKJV)

Thank goodness God sent His Son Jesus Christ, born to the Virgin Mary (Matthew 1:18)…who’s shed blood on the cross at Calvary, will cleanse the sins of those who are first drawn in by God…

John 6:44… No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. (NKJV)

Upon understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, the sins of the unbeliever will be replaced with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:9…&…2 Corinthians 5:21)…as God’s free gift of grace, through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ, fills the heart, mind, and soul of the new redeemed child of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9… For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. (NKJV)

There is nothing an unbeliever can do on their own merit.  No amount of good works done in the name of the Lord, can cleanse away sins.  All of our own righteousness is absolutely worthless…Isaiah 64:6…  Jesus warns those who falsely believe that their good works done in the name of the Lord (like going to church every week), will forgive sins…when Jesus warns those around Him (and us) about this, in.

Matthew 7:21-23… Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (NKJV)

Having one’s lifetime of sins forgiven, is pure grace given to the unredeemed sinner by God.  God’s grace is given by God to those who seek Jesus Christ to become their personal Lord and Savior, through a personal one on One relationship, that is established between the unredeemed sinner and Jesus Christ.

This is accomplished through saving faith alone in Jesus Christ, through obedience to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, when the sinner realizes they can in no way save themselves, and turns to the Lord to receive God’s grace… (More about obeying the Gospel of Christ later)

So why should you desire to become a redeemed child of God ??  Very simply, to be in-dwelt with the Holy Spirit by God, to be supernaturally empowered to defeat Satan’s temptations, and our own carnal fleshly desires constantly urging us to sin… 1 John 2:15-16

The Holy Spirit living with-in the “born again” Christian, has been given to them by God to guide and direct EVERY facet of the redeemed child of God’s life…  It is the Holy Spirit that helps the Christian grow and mature the fruit of the Spirit, which the Apostle Paul pens, in…

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  (ESV)

Look at this list of attributes the Holy Spirit will empower you with !!

Love, Joy, and Peace, are the most important of these 9 fruit of the Spirit…

How would you like to have a supernatural love that surpasses your mortal knowledge (Ephesians 3:19)…  A love empowered by the Holy Spirit that will enable you to love even someone screaming in your face, as Jesus tells us to do, in…Matthew 5:43-44

And how about having a supernatural  joy that enables you to go through life’s most difficult trial, and still be able to find joy…  The Apostle James tells us about this joy, in…James 1:2-4

 And wouldn’t you like to have a supernatural peace that will allow you to look upon your own death…knowing without a shadow of a doubt that you will be face to face with Jesus in heaven, the instant you breath your last breath here on earth !!  (2 Corinthians 5:8)

This supernatural peace surpasses our mortal understanding, as the Apostle Paul pens, in…

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God,which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

All of these God given blessings will be given to you by God, if you understand and obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…  How is this done ??  You must pray to God, with what some call “the sinners prayer”, that should go something like this…

“Father I am sorry for my lifetime of sins…  I believe with ALL my heart, that Your Son Jesus suffered and died on the cross, shedding His blood to cleanse away all of my sins…  I believe that Jesus was buried, and rose again in 3 days…  I repent and turn from my sins with godly sorrow and a repentant heart…seeking Jesus Christ to come into my heart to direct my life…  Father, hear my plea to receive Your grace…  Grant me eternal life with You…  Fill me with the Holy Spirit…and I thank You and praise You in Jesus’ most precious name…Amen”

I can only tell you from my own personal experience…that I made this prayer seeking salvation several times, before God graced me with salvation.  It’s not the prayer that saves us; it is a changed heart that is regenerated by God Himself…  God knows our heart, and He will only grant saving grace to those who seek Jesus with ALL of their heart, mind soul, and strength…

God finally graced me with salvation when I prayed with true godly sorrow and a repentant heart…and I absolutely knew beyond any doubt, that I was just then a redeemed child of God…(Romans 8-16) It is   God’s decision, and God’s perfect timing, to grace someone with eternal life with Him in heaven.

Failure to obey the Gospel of Christ before you die will result in eternal separation from God, and you will forever forfeit your place in heaven…

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,  (NKJV)

All Christians who are Walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), should absolutely, positively know for sure, that they are indeed a redeemed child of God.  The Apostle Paul tells us this, in…

Romans 8:15-16…  For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”  16 The Spirit Himself  bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, (NKJV)

There should be no doubts for the Spirit filled Christian about where they will be headed upon their death.  No wondering if they are good enough to get into heaven.  Because none of us are good enough…

Romans 3:23…  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NKJV)    

The power of the Holy Spirit can and will conquer sin, by those who without question, have placed their lives in the hands of the Lord.  The Apostle James says this best, when he penned this, in…

James 4:7-8… Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (NKJV)

My friends, these blessings of spiritual fruit are totally indescribable, and have to be experienced to be believed !!

For those who have been graced with salvation…we must do our best to remain walking in the Spirit…  We see this penned by the Apostle Paul, in…

Galatians 5:16…   I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.  (NKJV)

We as Christians can only remain filled with the Holy Spirit (as the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:18-20), if we live in obedience to God’s will and God’s ways…  Any unconfessed sin will leave us in a state of broken (or at least hindered) fellowship with God…

To become righteous again in God’s eyes (from a practical standpoint, because we are always positionally righteous before God), we must confess our sins before the Lord…repent of them…and turn from them… We see this very clearly, as penned by the Apostle John, in…

1 John1:9… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness(NKJV)

Living for the Lord, with the Holy Spirit in total charge of your life, is a blessing that I pray everyone will come to experience…

Heavenly Father, Your Word is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword…Hebrews 4:12-13… I pray Lord, that You would draw to Yourself those that don’t yet know You as their personal Lord and Savior…John 6:44…  And that the truth from Your Word through obedience to the Gospel of Your Son Jesus Christ, would set them free from Satan’s chains of bondage to sin and shame…John 8:32…  I pray for this fullness of Christ in all of our lives, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce r. mills

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P.S.  For those who still believe they can earn their own way into heaven, listen to John Piper’s audio on… “Can My Good Works Outweigh My Bad?

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“Your Foes Rear Their Heads” 11/28/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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Your Foes Rear Their Heads

27FridayNov 2020

 

Posted by davidkitz in PsalmsPsalm 83

 

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Reading: Psalm 83
A psalm of Asaph.
(Verses 1-8)

O God, do not remain silent;
do not turn a deaf ear,
do not stand aloof, O God.
See how your enemies growl,
how your foes rear their heads.
With cunning they conspire against your people;
they plot against those you cherish.
“Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation,
so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”
With one mind they plot together;
they form an alliance against you—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
of Moab and the Hagrites,
Byblos, Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia, with the people of Tyre.
Even Assyria has joined them
to reinforce Lot’s descendants
 (NIV).*

2020-11-04

Dark waters — photo by David Kitz

 

Reflection
Do you have enemies? Ancient Israel certainly did. Here in Psalm 83, Asaph lists ten traditional enemies of Israel. The psalmist clearly states the objective of these foreign powers. Their objective was the annihilation of Israel as a nation. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.”

 

In the spiritual realm every born-again follower of Jesus has a host of enemies who are trying to tear him down and annihilate his or her faith. Therefore, St. Paul gives us this advice:  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:11-12).

 

Though they may not have a physical form, our enemies are real. The trap called pornography is real. The idolatrous nature of greed is real. The crippling effects of resentment and bitterness are real. These sins and the demonic forces that continually prompt us to disobey God are real. They are constantly working to annihilate our faith.

Our enemies growl and like cobras they rear their heads to strike. But in our hour of need, if we call out to God, He will not stand aloof. He will deliver us. Lord, teach us to pray. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

 

Response: LORD God, we have a powerful opponent, but we have victory through Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. I call on Your awesome name. Give me victory over sin and the forces of evil that are out to destroy my life. My strength is in You. Amen.

 

Your TurnCan you identify the sins and snares the enemy has set for you?

 

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“49 years of marriage !! “Till Death Do Us Part” 11/27/2020 “God’s group” bruce r. mills

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“49 years of marriage !! “Till Death Do Us Part”

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Proverbs 19:14… Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the LORD.  (NKJV)

I wrote this 9 years ago today, as a tribute to my loving wife Madeline…who has truly been longsuffering by patiently putting up with me as her husband for the past 49 years !!  My wife is my best friend…my companion…and a blessing from God, that mere words on a page could never adequately describe…

I am reposting this again, with an even deeper love for Madeline…hoping that the Lord will use this opening scripture and today’s writing to change the heart and life of someone reading it, as it changed my life views about my dear wife forever !!

Today, as I celebrate my 49th wedding anniversary with my wife Madeline, I look around at young married couples today, with the divorce rates going through the roof…and I thank the Lord that my wife and I are still together after so many years…

No one ever said that being married was easy…that life would always be a bowl of cherries, so to speak… A successful marriage (in my humble opinion), takes a combination of love, trust, submission, and yes, hard work at times…to maintain a meaningful and long term relationship, with a love that continues to grow stronger over the years…

The Bible tells us that the husband is to be in charge of the household…

 1 Corinthians 11:3… But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.  (NKJV)

I have seen marriages fail because the husband demanded that the wife submits to the husband’s unfair or selfish requests…  Marriage is a give and take proposition… More importantly…one should always try to please their spouse before their own selfish desires… Is this easy?  Heck No !!  Our natural desire is to do what we want when we want to do it… But just like all Christians are to submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 5:18-20) I believe a successful marriage will more likely be accomplished, if we put our spouse and their feelings and needs ahead of our own…

When I read this opening scripture several years ago, God used this opening scripture to totally change my outlook of my wife…   If one stops and remembers that their spouse is a gift from the Lord, how can anything the Lord gives them to be looked at as anything other than being perfect… The natural tendency as we get older is to gain some weight, start to wrinkle and droop in places, and then have our hair start to turn gray… For me, realizing that my wife was a gift from God, let me look past her aging exterior…and to see a perfect gift from God that I will cherish forever !!

Any gift from God must be cherished; and just as we promised on the day we were married… I _____, take you ______, to be my wedded wife/husband…to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish ’till death do us part.

Heavenly Father, I pray that Your Word about a wife being a gift from You would touch the hearts and minds of every married individual, as it did for me… I pray Lord, that any married couple going through hard times, would first look to You for direction… And then Lord, I pray that they would humble themselves to putting their spouse’s needs and desires ahead of their own… I pray for this humility for all of today’s married couples…in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ, bruce

P.S.  Happy Anniversary Madeline  !!

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P.S.S.  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…    https://godsmanforever.com/2014/10/26/the-truth-about-sin-10262014-by-bruce-reposted-from-7112013/

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Happy Thanksgiving 2020

Read this great Thanksgiving post by my friend Mrs.Holliman, and be blessed !!

Blessings in Christ, bruce

https://godscourage.wordpress.com/2020/11/26/happy-thanksgiving-2020/

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“NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD” 11/26/2020 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD

 

Posted on November 25, 2020by atimetoshare.me

 

 

The image today shows the first Thanksgiving and the guests preparing to dig into a great feast from the bounty of their first year in the new world. The current trend is to think of these first pilgrims as invaders, with the idea of possessing land and savagely taking it away from those who were there first. It’s apparent that the newcomers were sitting down to eat and give thanks with their new friends, the natives.

As a young lady, I was taught that we are a nation of immigrants. An immigrant is one who is currently living under difficult pressure by his government, by church, by a feeling of persecution or hardship. Some other words for immigrant – expatriate, settler, evacuee, squatter and refugee. These immigrants endured a treacherous journey to escape the life they left behind to start afresh.

That journey across the ocean was bad enough, but when they arrived in the new land, they had nothing except a strong faith in God and a will to begin a new life. They weathered a difficult winter, disease, death and hardship.

We think about our own situations today – being held under mandates that forbid us to celebrate Thanksgiving as we once did. We live in fear of getting COVID19 and possibly dying from it. We stockpile what we can, so we aren’t left with enough of the essentials, like toilet paper. We hear about friends and acquaintances who are facing the consequences of this disease. We live in a divided country at the moment. Many of our freedoms may be taken away.

Perhaps we should ponder on how good we have it in comparison to our forefathers. We have become accustomed to having much. It is part of our society now to own more than one car, live in a nice house with beautifully landscaped yards, take expensive trips. Yet there is a part of our population that still lives in poverty.

Martin Rinkart ministered to the people of Eilenburg, Germany during the Thirty Years War.  Not only was the town the site of many skirmishes, but many lives were lost due to disease and poverty – a common malady of that time. Rinkart officiated over 4000 funerals, including his wife’s, during this difficult time.  He often buried as many as 50 in a day. Are we living in times like this?

It’s hard to imagine having such a strong faith in such great sadness, but in the next twenty years,  Rinkart penned the lyrics to the hymn, “Now Thank We All Our God.”  The words resonate with gratitude even in adverse situations.

God dishes out great bounty even when everything seems hopeless and bleak.  We don’t always see the blessings, but God is good and His mercy endures forever – even when times are tough.  Especially when things look their darkest.

 

 

Now thank we all our God
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom his world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
through all our life be near us,
with ever joyful hearts
and blessed peace to cheer us,
to keep us in his grace,
and guide us when perplexed,
and free us from all ills
of this world in the next.

All praise and thanks to God
the Father now be given,
the Son and Spirit blest,
who reign in highest heaven
the one eternal God,
whom heaven and earth adore;
for thus it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!  MAY GOD’S LOVE ABOUND IN YOUR LIVES.  HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Guaranteed Eternal life with Jesus” 11/25/2020 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

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Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend  @  https://www.facebook.com/louis.mize

“Guaranteed Eternal life with Jesus”

I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.
v.39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

If you check this list carefully in these 2 verses closing out Romans 8, you will conclude it covers everything we will experience in life. Sometimes life is more difficult to face than death, at least for the believer. History reveals to us that the early martyrs of the Christian church, when threatened with death, thanked their tormenters. For you see, death for the believer is the pathway to His promises of eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ. Death for the believer is VICTORY!

This year has been hard on people. But nothing that has happened or will happen to us can possibly separate us from our INSEPARABLE LORD. For you see believers are constantly accompanied by His presence. We are held close to Him by His very hands. We are in a perpetual state of fellowship with Him that NO POWER can sever. Romans 8 begins with NO CONDEMNATION. In the middle is the promise that ALL THINGS work for our good. It ends an inexhaustible list of things that cannot separate us from the Love of Christ. This morning I am giving thanks to our Heavenly Father for the absolute power of our Lord to hold us, to keep us, to secure us, and to save us from the sting of death, all which has been made to come to pass by the righteous blood of Jesus Christ. Praise HIS Name!

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Isolation” 11/24/2020 Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 24 years ago.

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Written by my friend Bill Sweeney, stricken with ALS 24 years ago.  He now writes by use of an eye-tracking computer, with only his eye movements.  Bill’s “Unshakable Hope” should give us all a reason to count our blessings !!  (bruce)

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Isolation

NOV 23

Posted by Bill Sweeney

Due to the pandemic, many in America and other parts of the world are living in isolation. As someone who has been living as a hermit due to ALS for more than twenty years, it didn’t take this pandemic for me to discover that living like a fugitive in a hideout isn’t good for you emotionally or spiritually. Living in isolation isn’t good for us physically, either. From what I’ve read, people are abusing food, alcohol, and drugs more often.

The Bible also tells us that isolation is not God’s plan for mankind. The first observation that God made after creating man was, “It is not good for the man to be alone…” (Genesis 2:18). He told Adam and Eve to be “fruitful and multiply.” God made us for fellowship with Himself and with others who are living for Him.

It didn’t take long for Adam and Eve to mess up God’s original plan. The very next chapter records the “fall of man.” Their disobedience introduced mankind to shame, fear, pain, sickness, blaming God and others for our wrongs, deception, spiritual and physical death, and hiding from God–the worst kind of isolation there is.

With a few exceptions, things went downhill from there. But then Jesus, “the second Adam,” came to show us how we can get everything back that the first Adam lost. He paired up His disciples and gave them the “Great Commission”:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Jesus never sent one of His followers out alone, not even on a simple errand. The only instance I can find of a disciple going out alone is when Judas went to betray Jesus. The night Jesus was arrested, Peter was encircled by an angry mob and didn’t have another disciple with him. When pressed three times, he denied being a follower of Jesus. When a lion hunts, it tries to isolate a weak member of a herd. I wonder if Peter was thinking about that night as he wrote this:

“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).

I didn’t attend church for three months after making a commitment to follow Christ in 1983. I still believed the “most Christians are hypocrites” lie. I was afraid that if I went to church, their hypocrisy might rub off on me. I set an all-time speed record for going from unworthy sinner to self-righteous hypocrite. Meeting in my small apartment, the Church of Me, Myself, and I wasn’t working out very well, and the pastor was not very good, either.

“Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.” (Proverbs 18:1).

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up…And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

The grandmother of a friend invited me to church and lunch after at their home. I agreed to go. Living in Texas, eleven hundred miles from my mother’s cooking in Illinois, the offer of a home-cooked meal was too good to pass up. I kept going back to that church and made many good friends, including my best friend, who I married thirty-five years ago this month.

There are hypocrites attending church, of course, but, from what I’ve observed, most of the people I used to classify as hypocrites are just churchgoers or sincere believers saying or doing something un-Christian. Regardless, the Great Commission is not merely for us to attend church, but for us to become disciples of Christ and to disciple others.

Because ALS has rendered me homebound, I haven’t been able to attend church in years. I miss going to church. Sadly, many of you now know what it’s like to be without your church family. With the death, economic destruction, political division, and the closing of churches and relief organizations, COVID-19 looks as if it was stirred together in a cauldron by demons over the flames of hell.

Where is God in all of this?

He is still on His throne. He is still assisting Christ’s disciples in fulfilling the Great Commission. And He is also working through them to meet the needs of the poor and suffering.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:23-25).

I know it must sound crazy to those who are not followers of Christ, but many of us believe that we are living in the last days. As the above passage tells us, it’s vital for disciples of Christ to gather together and strengthen one another’s faith. The passage ends by telling us that this is even more important as we “see the Day drawing near.” You don’t have to be a theologian to figure out that “the Day” is Judgment Day.

It’s great to attend church, but, as we now know, this option can be taken away. In these difficult days, be intentional to surround yourself with strong disciples. With COVID, we might have to get creative and meet over Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. You don’t need a large group; two or three will do.

“For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” (Matthew 18:20).

(Friends, I have been AWOL from the blogging world the last month or so. I have missed interacting with you. I have been dealing with breathing and exhaustion issues. As most of you know, I type with an eye-tracking computer. I’ve discovered that I have to keep my eyelids open for the computer to work :-)).

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“But I Like My Sin” 11/23/2020 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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But I Like My Sin

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 20, 2020 BY BETH ANDREWS

“I know the Bible says this desire is wrong, but why do I have to give it up?  Doesn’t God want me to be happy?”  Yes. And no. Happy in God’s vocabulary isn’t the same as our 21st-century “it’s all about me” understanding. In the Bible, the word “happy” is interchangeable with the word “blessed.” Happiness is a blessing from God. It is not something you can attain from circumstances, pleasures, or emotions. And especially not from sin.

In the last half-century, the church has flung the doors wide open and said, “You don’t have to give up anything – just come sing a few songs and sip some coffee and God will make you happy.” That is nothing less than an outright lie. Before you throw your Bible at me – yes, God accepts us as we are, but His purpose in accepting us is to conform us into the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29).  One who has no love for sin. A more conservative answer is, “You don’t have to give up your sinful desire, just don’t act on it.” It is an attempt to live in the tension between the holiness of God and your flesh. Two things will happen:  you will withhold the most important part of yourself – your heart – from God, and you will eventually give up the pretense.

Here’s the deal, God isn’t after your cooperation, He’s after the desire of your heart.  I Chronicles 28:9 says, “The Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought.”  He knows when your outward obedience masks a heart that still yearns for sin. Friend, the reason you and I fall back into sin over and over again is that we hold on to those fleshly, sinful, evil urges and don’t make Him the complete desire of our heart  That’s what the Bible calls “cherishing sin (Psalm 66:18).  It’s also called a divided heart.  And you can’t survive with less than a whole heart – physically or spiritually. Believe me when I tell you God is stomping all over my toes right now.

Beloved, you may think the sin you desire so much will make you happy, but that’s a lie. When God is your heart’s greatest desire sin cannot compare. When your heart delights in Him He will bless you. That’s true happiness.

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“Instruments of Peace” 11/22/2020 Written by Bill Crowder for “Our Daily Bread”

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November 21

Instruments of Peace

James 3

Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

 

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

James 3:13–18

When World War I erupted in 1914, British statesman Sir Edward Grey declared, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” Grey was right. When the “war to end all wars” finally ended, some 20 million had been killed (10 million of them civilians) and another 21 million injured.

While not on the same scale or magnitude, devastation can also occur in our personal lives. Our home, workplace, church, or neighborhood can also be shrouded by the dark specter of conflict. This is one of the reasons God calls us to be difference-makers in the world. But to do so we must rely on His wisdom. The apostle James wrote, “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:17–18).

The role of peacemaker is significant because of its harvest. The word righteousness means “right standing” or “right relationship.” Peacemakers can help restore relationships. No wonder Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9). His children, relying on His wisdom, become instruments of His peace where it’s needed most.

By:  Bill Crowder

Reflect & Pray

In what personal conflicts do you need the light of God’s wisdom? How can His peace enable you to be a peacemaker when people around you choose to fight?

Father, Your light penetrates the deepest darkness and Your peace calms the most troubled heart. Help me know Your wisdom and peace and carry it to others in their struggles as well.

Listen to Discover the Word, “Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?” at DiscoverTheWord.org/series/why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along/.

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“THE MATURITY CRISIS” 11/21/2020 Written by Pastor Randy Burbank for “Kingdom Pastor”

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THE MATURITY CRISIS

NOVEMBER 5, 2020PASTOR RANDY

 

crisis [ krahy-sis ]; noun: a condition of instability or danger, as in social, economic, political, or international affairs, leading to a decisive change.

dictionary.com

 

Much has been said and written about the current election cycle. But this morning I am choosing a different topic: Maturity. I’m not talking about age, but something that appears to be an endangered species: Wisdom. Some say wisdom comes with age, but I can cite you many examples that this isn’t true. Wisdom does not happen automatically, and wisdom doesn’t just show up. Wisdom is the result of a dedicated pursuit for wisdom. It takes years of pursuit for a person to model wisdom. And wisdom will never be found in the Ivory Towers of academia–though the Ivory Tower folks think they are full of wisdom. Many are full of it–but “it” isn’t wisdom.

However, there is a common thought the kids possess the wisdom to make many important choices in their lives. Psychologists, sociologists and parents believe that kids have the necessary tools to make important decisions in their lives–among which is gender and sexuality. They believe that kids today are born with the skill sets and wisdom to choose their own path without interference from any adult.

Turning kids, adolescents, and teenagers loose to make important decisions is another form of child abuse. They lack the skill sets, experiences, and wisdom to make adult decisions. Heck, I know adults who are not equipped to make adult decisions. So why would anyone think kids can make adult level decisions. We had a bishop who thought that teens and twenty somethings held the key to church growth and that all of us over 40 were the problem.

The current crisis, I’m not talking about the election, has been fueled by those who claim kids are capable of making adult decisions. I’m not blaming the kids–I’m blaming the adults who have allowed, even encouraged kids that they are free to make any and all decisions on their own. To all parents and teachers out there, I challenge you to stop this carnage. Can’t you see you are hurting those kids?

It is unfair to our kids when we allow, even expect them to make adult level choices in their lives. As adults, our role is to give them the tools of wisdom BEFORE they made decisions and draw conclusions that will impact them for the rest of their lives. But we adults can’t give the kids what we do not have. So, to all you adults out there, I have something to say to you:

  • Education is not enough. I know many highly educated idiots.

  • Parents, your job is not to be your kid’s friend. Truth Time: If you haven’t made your kids mad at you, you haven’t done your job!

  • Educators, don’t fill their heads with your beliefs, but create an environment that nurtures deep thoughts and even wrestling with the answers. You’re not a god with all the answers. Not sorry if I hurt your feelings.

  • Let kids fail at something. Then let them know that failure at some task is not final.

  • Teach kids that all decisions and actions have consequences, and sometimes those consequences are not pleasant at all.

  • And a final word to adults: Seek and pursue after wisdom for yourself. Kids won’t find wisdom until and unless they see it in you. Don’t forget there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. By the way, the best source of wisdom comes from God. Wait, scratch that! The ONLY source of wisdom is God.

The crisis we are facing is the lack of wisdom. The ways people are thinking has created and is fueling our crisis. Speaking of wisdom, a man noted for his wisdom once wrote:

There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.

Proverbs 14:12 (NLT)

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“Thoughts on Biblical Command for Church Attendance” 11/20 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “THE DOMAIN FOR TRUTH”

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Thoughts on Biblical Command for Church Attendance

November 20, 2020 by SLIMJIM

Here’s a comment/question that a brother asked that others have recently asked me something similar so I thought I write a post so it help others too:

I realized I didn’t have a good understanding of this, but the physical act of church attendance isn’t exactly commanded but more so a manifestation/fruit of a believer, is that correct?  I’m referencing to Acts 2:42

The brother made a good observation.  Some further thoughts:

  1. I think it is imperative believers should go to church.

  2. Some might wonder if there is any direct command to go to church.  I think the closest is Hebrews 10:24-25: “and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, 25 not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”  Note I said close since technically Hebrews 10:24 the verb “let’s consider” is a subjunctive and not an imperative.  Still the subjunctive mood is encouraging believers to do what is right.  Note in verse 25 it says “not abandoning our own meeting together.”  In the Greek it is a participle and I take it is stating the manner in which we are to encourage other believers involves not not meeting together (I realize its a double negative).

  3. Still it is not just Hebrews 10:24-25 as the case of the importance of the local church on Sunday.

  4. Remember Scripture has many other commandments for believers that involves how we treat others.  Some of those involves how we relate to other believers.  At the core of those commandments from God is to love one another.  This is commanded by Jesus to His followers in John 13:34, John 15:12, John 15:17. Jesus assume there is interactions and relations among believers for he said “By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35).  Here Jesus is talking about disciples are to love one another and it become so evident even to the lost and dying world.  This means at minimum believers are gathering and deeds done among believers public enough to the point that the unbelieves know about it, and know who are Jesus’ disciples.

  5. Yet what does that love of one another looks like?  The New Testament has many imperatives “one another” that assume believers will be at church with other believers to carry out these commands:

    1. Greet one another (Romans 16:16)

    2. Show hospitality to one another (1 Peter 4:9)

    3. Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)

    4. Admonish one another (Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16)

    5. Care for one another (1 Corinthians 12:25)

    6. Bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2)

    7. Forgive one another (Ephesians 4:2, 32; Colossians 3:13)

    8. Be patient with one another (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13)

    9. Comfort one another (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

    10. Encourage one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

    11. Exhort one another (Hebrews 3:13)

  6. Again from point 5 these commands are hard to live out if believers aren’t meeting.  Also to carry out these commandments to the maximum amount of believers would be when the maximum amount of believers gathering, which would be at Church on Sunday.

  7. Some of these New Testament “one another” commands are quite prominently practiced on church on Sundays:

    1. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19)

    2. Pray for one another (James 5:16)

    3. Confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)

  8. Another argument for believers going and being participants in local churches is from the Bible’s teaching about spiritual gifts.

    1. 1 Peter 4:10 tells us to use our spiritual gifts that God has given us for the benefit of one another: “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the multifaceted grace of God.“

    2. 1 Corinthians 14:12 states specifically spiritual gifts are suppose to be for the church’s edification: “So you too, since you are eager to possess spiritual gifts, strive to excel for the edification of the church.”  Note the word “church.”

    3. 1 Corinthians 12 also teaches us that every believer has a spiritual gift.

    4. If every believer has a spiritual gift and spiritual gift is for the edification of the church then to not be involved with the assembly of the church to exercise one’s spiritual gift would be to neglect one’s gift from God and also disobedience to the Lord’s commandments.

  9. Still another line of argument is also noticing what sins are committed when some people leave the church in an unbiblical manner.  Sometime people leave churches for reasons that actually goes against the “one another” that involve prohibitions of how we are not to related to one another, but notice it assumes the assembly and membership of believers to other believers:

    1. Don’t pass judgment on one another (Romans 14:13) I

    2. Don’t grumble against one other (James 5:9)

    3. Don’t bite one another (Galatians 5:15)

    4. Don’t  provoking and envying each other (Galatians 5:26)

    5. Don’t slander one another (James 4:11)

  10. Of course added to our case is the many examples found in Scripture of believers meeting such as in the book of Acts and the Epistles.

  11. Also there’s also the teachings of what is the Church in the New Testament that should compel believers to be part of a church, after all its relevant for believers to know doctrines of the church since they are members of the church.  One can’t study the Bible and learn about the nature of the church, with its spiritual origin, how its an answered “mystery” of how God brought Jews and Gentiles together (see Ephesians), its basis in the union with Christ, the ordinances, purpose and offices and spiritual gifts of the church without seeing that these truths are for us to BE the church and gather in its local manifestation near us.

  12. I think all the points make the argument that believers should be going to church and if a believer is saved and read the Word that would see the importance of attending and being a member of a church.  Yet I know some would still ask why aren’t there more verses on the importance of church in the New Testament: Maybe they wish it was stated a certain way, perhaps more direct, perhaps with a certain phrase such as “Go to church.”  But remember God is the one who dictate how He tells us to go to church.  Let’s say hypothetically there isn’t a lot of passages about going to church (which I think the points above already challenge); still, that’s not a good excuse to not say church is not important for a counterpoint would be the reason why the New Testament might not talk as much about the need to meet up with the church is that the believers who are reading the New Testament are already gathering to read the Word, since back then the Word of God was a church property rather than every individual having their own Bibles, a luxury we have today.  So if there’s supposedly few passages about going to church hypothetically speaking, it might because to have a lot of direct verses and commands to go to church is rather redundant, since its “preaching to the choir” of those already going to church.

  13. I realize some who read this are in difficult situations where there’s not a solid Christian church near you.  Nothing I’m saying here is targeting you.  I am praying for your situation; this is addressing those who don’t want to go to a sound BIble church even as its there near them.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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