Endless life

June 26, 2019

He that’s a new creation in Christ is recreated for another world, a glorious, endless life.

Bruised, but not beaten

June 26, 2019

The New Testament likens a disciple of Jesus with a prize fighter. Now, such a one learns how to roll with the punches. If he’s bruised, he knows the wound will heal quickly, and he’ll be back in the ring. He accepts it as part of his profession.

 

Likewise, if you’ve been emotionally bruised and beaten because you preach the gospel, roll with the blows. It’s normal for disciples to get bruised. The wounds will heal, and you’ll be back on your feet. They heal faster if you pray for those who inflicted them.

New Era

June 26, 2019

This is the era of the non-thinking Christian.

Ideology and religion

June 26, 2019

Tell me how following an ideological framework is essentially any different to following a religious framework?

New Covenant

June 26, 2019

Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

 

Jeremiah 31:31-34

 

1. Jesus said He made the New Covenant by shedding His blood and dying.

 

2. It is made with Israel. Whoever believes is then grafted into Israel, and into the Covenant God made with them.

 

3. The New Covenant was established 2000 years ago. You can still enter it today by faith.

 

4. Salvation is to enter the New Covenant by faith. You can’t make an agreement or deal with God, you can only accept and agree with what He has already established.

 

5. The Bible says Christ died for all. Whoever you are, the Covenant has already been provided for you, you need to only believe it and start living in it by faith. You don’t need to beg God to do something for you. You need to believe what He has already done for you.

 

6. The signs someone has entered the New Covenant s they personally know the Lord, and His truth is engraved in their heart and mind.

Triune

June 26, 2019

The Bible says God is one God, and also that there are three distinct persons in Heaven.

 

Jesus said He came down from Heaven, where He was with the Father eternally.

 

When He came down, God’s throne in Heaven was not vacant. The Father was there.

 

When Jesus ascended up He said He sits at the right hand of the Father.

 

When Jesus bodily returns to earth there will still be the Father sitting on the throne in Heaven. The Father is not returning.

 

Ultimately, the Father, Son and Spirit are together with His children forever.

 

Glory!

Cathedral

June 26, 2019

Cathedrals, temples and suchlike are supposed to remind people of God, but they’re man-made, so no chance of that, rather, go out in nature and you’re in a God-made cathedral.

Megachurch

June 24, 2019

Would you ever see a megachurch that has no band, platform or lights, but a group of elders, and perhaps two or three scripture songs are sung, then two or three elders share from scripture, and do verse by verse studies, and after that any one can come forward for prayer or counselling…. something like that.

 

True Christians would be attracted, and nominals would go elsewhere searching for a “worship experience”.

Problems and answers

June 23, 2019

Some only see the problem.

 

Some only see the answer.

 

Fewer see both the problem and the answer.

Only one pattern

June 23, 2019

Only the New Testament pattern of church acknowledges, in practice, that all the saints are equal in Christ, that all equally share the same Holy Spirit, and that all have gifts of the Spirit. No other church pattern demonstrates this in actual practice.

Judgment

June 22, 2019

Approval and disapproval are both moral judgments.

Informal

June 22, 2019

Jesus’ life and ministry was the epitome of informality.

We have enough time

June 22, 2019

Twenty four hours in a day is enough if we live every minute of it in communion with Christ Jesus.

It’s personal

June 22, 2019

To reject Christ’s word is to reject Christ, period.

Not contrived

June 22, 2019

When the Holy Spirit directs a church there’s nothing that’s contrived.

Language

June 21, 2019

The Bible teaches that the Bible is God’s word, and that God is a Spirit, therefore, the words of God are a spiritual language only properly understood by those who have God’s Spirit. The words of God are God’s language, only understood by those who are God’s children.

 

Everything hinges on how words and terms are defined.

 

It’s not enough just to know words, we must know what they mean.

 

Can you imagine what you would be like if, somehow, you grew up isolated from people, and never heard any words spoken, only the sounds you hear in nature?

 

Could you think if you had no words to define your thoughts?

Entrance

June 20, 2019

This life is the entrance into the next.

 

Let’s live as if we believe this.

Grumpy old men

June 20, 2019

Had this thought yesterday. As we grow old our natural patience threshold diminishes, but, to counter that, as we grow old in the Lord, and grow more into conformity to Him, our patience threshold should increase and defeat the natural tendency to become grumpy old men and women.

Today’s theme

June 20, 2019

My heart is overflowing with a good theme….

 

Psalm 45:1a

The power

June 20, 2019

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

1 Peter 1:3-5

 

It’s the power of God which kept you today, if you were trusting Jesus.

 

Our faith must be in the power of God working in our daily life.

 

The power of man is nothing, and certainly can’t overcome sin, the world and the devil.