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Wedding of our daughter, Shmita

October 22, 2021

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Today’s Tweets

October 19, 2021

What an incredible privilege that we can live with Him forever.

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Whatever your problem or difficulty, the Lord is the answer.

Whatever your sin, the Lord is the answer.

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We are your people forever, Lord.

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You can’t help God out, but you can be His instrument.

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Conformity to Christ is the conformity we need.

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“…How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?” (Heb. 2:3a)

Salvation is great:

  • Great was the cost of Calvary to Christ and the Father.
  • Great was Christ’s suffering to accomplish our salvation.
  • Great was the transaction within the Godhead to reconcile man.
  • Great is the One who died for sinners.
  • Great was the Incarnation, which was necessary to accomplish our salvation.
  • Great is the love and mercy which saved us.
  • Great glory to God for saving sinners and transforming them into the image of His Son, for salvation is His work.
  • Great is the sin we are saved from.
  • Great is the punishment we are saved from.
  • Great and eternal benefit for those who are saved.
  • Great is the transformation from sinner to new creation in Christ.
  • Great in its magnitude and reach: a great multitude is saved.

“Saved” is a great truth and a great proclamation for those who know they are saved.

It seems surreal for many today to hear about being “saved”.

But if you are indeed saved, there’s nothing surreal or unreal about it.

I once was lost, but now am found.

“…You turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thess. 1:9b-10)

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Someone says, “Only Jesus can judge me, because He alone is perfect!”.

Jesus said: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him— the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48)

So, those who reject His words will be judged by those same words they reject.

So, whenever anyone hears God’s word, it is life to them now, if they believe it, or, judgment to them later, if they don’t believe it.

And, telling people what Jesus said is the same as Jesus telling them, and it is Jesus telling them, by His Spirit.

He said, ‘Go in my name’, which means, ‘Tell them what I said, give them my teaching’.

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Do you have an alternative to living by faith?

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What is the “spirit of antichrist”, “antichrists” and “the antichrist”?

Two elements: It opposes the real Christ, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, AND it does this by substituting the real Jesus for a fake Jesus, a counterfeit.

Fake concepts of who Jesus is do not represent Him, they are substitutes for Him.

A fake “gospel” message represents a fake Christ.

You have to know whether the “Jesus” that is presented actually exists, and is not a different kind of “Jesus” than the one described in the Bible.

You will have to spend much time in the Gospels and the whole Bible to know how to tell the difference between the real Jesus, the real Gospel message, and a counterfeit.

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The false christs (which Jesus said would come) don’t necessarily call themselves Jesus or the Messiah, but they take the place the real Lord Jesus should have in people’s lives.

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What if you had the power to make people believe stupid things are cool?

This is how the world works.

Today’s Tweets

October 17, 2021

Follow Jesus. Be His disciple. Keep His word.

How is this complicated?

It’s only complicated if one doesn’t want to do it.

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God didn’t create the human race because He needed to or was lonely. He was getting on fine without us.

God has always existed.

Mankind is a recent creation – newly arrived on the scene.

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If you trust the Lord, He knows that you do.

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God’s blessing is automatic on any stance which honors Him.

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If you don’t like sin, know that God REALLY doesn’t like it.

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Is Jesus easy to please?

He is certainly easy to displease.

But who is conscious of whether their thoughts, words and actions are a delight to Him?

His love toward us never wavers, yet we have the capacity to grieve Him.

Live in what is well pleasing to Him.

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It’s impossible for Jesus to fail the one who has put their trust in Him.

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Captain Kirk got the ride of a lifetime last week, and yet the Bible says that all who love Jesus will get a much better ride, as they are caught up into the air to meet Him at His coming, so it’s kind of like a rocket trip but without the rocket. It’s real, and it’s true. Heaven is better than science fiction because it’s real.

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“God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.”

(Acts 17:24-25)

God giving you every breath you take should not be filed under the heading of ‘religion’. It’s a little closer to home than that.

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Look around you. All the people you see will soon pass over into eternity, and be either in Heaven or Hell, forever.

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No, we can’t change the world, but we can change our own life, and, in doing so, our small corner of the world has been changed.

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In true Christianity, in a multicultural setting, living at peace with non-Christians has nothing to do with accepting or condoning their beliefs, because, if you did so, you wouldn’t be a true Christian.

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If parental rights keep being eroded then it will come to the point where the children of Christians will be taken from them because of their beliefs. This is the path Joe wants to take you down, as well as other western leaders.

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Iran has it’s Religious Police.

And you will have your friendly local ‘Thought Police’ knocking on your door in the middle of the night checking whether your social media comments are compliant with the state.

Today’s Tweets

October 14, 2021

In Christ, God imputes His perfect righteousness to us, and, on this basis, and with this knowledge, that God counts us as perfectly righteous in His sight because of Christ, we are to do what is right, good and pleasing in His sight.

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Salvation was and is entirely God’s idea and plan.

It did not originate with man, even though man has made his own futile schemes to try and attain salvation.

What do you think?

God has offered salvation to YOU, in Jesus Christ, His Son, so you would be wise to accept the offer.

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The devil can energize people to pursue their dreams, but, in the end, leave them washed up when they realize it was just a dream they were chasing.

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Was wondering this morning if Wuhan is making any new viruses, then later saw a news report that it is.

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We believe Jesus Christ, therefore we’re full of hope.

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“…And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Rev. 21:21b)

Kind of symbolically significant that gold is finally under our feet.

And, if, while walking down this golden street, you happen to see your reflection, will you recognize yourself?

Because you’re going to be a glorious person, who looks something like the glorious Son of God, Jesus Christ.

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)

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Today, if you’ve beheld the LORD on His Throne and worshipped Him, think of His rightful claim on your life.

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Everything which exists had to be conceptualized, designed and engineered.

There also had to be a reason and purpose for it to be created.

Have a look around you.

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In these last days, spiritual survival is more important than physical survival.

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One of the great paradoxes of life is that a person can be highly intelligent, and yet lose their own soul. Or, achieve great things, and yet lose their own soul. Or, amass wealth and popularity, and yet lose their own soul. According to Jesus.

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If you are a servant of God, what does that relationship look like?

And if you’re not a servant of God, why aren’t you?

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Trust Him, because He loves you.

Love Him, because He loves you.

Obey Him, because He loves you.

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Huge asteroids frequently whiz by our planet. So many near misses. Of course, it could never happen, right!? Maybe God deflects them? What if God decides not to deflect one?

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Bible prophecy is indeed a “doomsday” message for those who don’t follow the only Lord and Savior there is, Jesus Christ, for they are indeed doomed unless they repent.

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Don’t let another sinner cause you to sin.

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We always pray according to the purpose of our life. If our purpose is the Kingdom of God, then we pray accordingly. Or, if our purpose is our own kingdom and glory, then we pray accordingly.

So, we just need to know what the purpose of our life really should be, and pray and act accordingly.

The reason and purpose we are here on earth should define our approach to prayer.

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What we do with our time constitutes our life… …and it’s over in no time.

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Teaching: explain and apply scripture.

No need, necessarily, to refer to theological paradigms or vocabulary which didn’t exist when the scriptures were written.

They have to see it in the word of God. If they are taught by God, they will.

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Even the one who has the outward appearance of being the most saintly person on earth has repeatedly broken God’s moral law: both in the letter of the law, and in the spirit and intent of the law: that we should love God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourself. And therefore they will be judged by the law, unless they have fled to Christ for refuge, and He is their Advocate and Savior.

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This pandemic has demonstrated that the fear of death is still a dominant trait in the human psyche, and governments can cash in on it, as religions have done in the past.

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We pray daily, “…Thy will be done!”

That’s pretty exciting, to see Him work His will.

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“Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.” (1 Peter 4:19)

God’s faithfulness is never in question.

Can you commit your soul to the One who created you, knowing He loves you as only your Creator can?

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Our identity should be in Christ: dead to sin, and risen with Him (Rom. 6:1-8) so, therefore, is it valid to have two identities: one, in Christ, as well as keeping your own separate identity?

Identity is who you are, and who you are defines everything else in your life.

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The love of God is a good meditation, and an endless one.

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No true Christian has to tolerate being oppressed by evil spirits.

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Language has become much cruder over the course of this generation. Fifty years ago cussing and expletives were quite different to now. The quest was to become as vulgar and offensive as possible. You want others to identify with you in your sin, a kind of perverse fellowship.

But surely it must plateau off at some point, when all the vulgar words are so common that no one thinks them vulgar anymore, and it gets harder to offend anyone, and this futile quest begins to be seen as the idiotic exercise it is.

Today’s Tweets

October 8, 2021

The Rock of the Church

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”

(Matthew 16:15-18)

Peter is not the rock on which Jesus will build His church.

It is the action of the Father revealing to men who Jesus is which is the rock or foundation on which Jesus builds His church.

When the Father reveals His Son to people then that is Jesus building His church.

It shows that church can only be based on a shared revelation of Christ and nothing else. Culture, tradition, social class, economic class, ethnicity, language, shared interests, favorite doctrines, theological specialty, etc. are no basis for a church. Such would be a man made church.

For a church to be birthed and sustained and mature it can only be because it is firmly fixed on the revelation of who Jesus is. This is the vision. It is Him.

Therefore, the revelation of who Jesus is should be the central part of any church: the focus in teaching, in preaching the gospel, in praying for folks.

And the gates of Hell cannot prevail against such a church.

“…Teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…” (Matthew 28:20a)

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No one can save their own soul. They have to look to the Lord Jesus to save it.

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It’s quite normal for those with eternal life to think often about eternity.

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Spending time alone with God should be our first priority in life – the most important thing we do with our time – the greatest experience of our life, and the source of our power and joy.

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If we’re faithful in prayer, we’ll be faithful in all else.

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Sanctification

“They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17:16-17)

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

Jesus is not of this world, He is of another world. His nature is different to the nature of fallen mankind, He is holy.

His people, likewise, belong to Heaven, not to this world. God has made them holy by the Blood of the Lamb, and God is making them holy in all their thoughts, words and deeds.

These principles and characteristics of the world are not to be found in a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth, because they are not found in Him.

Sanctification is the daily work of the Holy Spirit, by the word of God, separating us from the things of the world, and uniting and establishing us, instead, in the things of the Kingdom of Heaven, the things which conform to nature of the holy Son of God.

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Everything has its proper place, except for those things which should have no place.

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The Arts might have meaning in relation to the human experience, but rarely have meaning in relation to God, though often hostile to Him.

I have always liked Bob Dylan’s work.

It has meaning in terms of the human experience.

The artistic quality is amazing.

But in relation to God it has no meaning, except for some of His gospel songs.

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The Christian religion can’t give eternal life, but Jesus Christ can and does.

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A true Christian is never running out of time because they have eternal life.

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People are either seeking God or trying to avoid Him.

Any unbeliever who was genuinely seeking God would have found Him.

God has never failed to reveal Himself to any genuine seeker.

Religious devotion or spiritual fascination is not the same as genuinely seeking God.

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Learn to trust Him more.

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How can a person say they believe in Jesus but not believe what He said?

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Patience is always more fruitful than impatience.

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The Bible says, the fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom. This means it is the gateway to the love of God and the glories of Christ’s Kingdom. If someone doesn’t fear the Lord it means they think they can sin against God and get away with it, or they pretend that sin is not sin at all. Either way, they are openly defying God. Therefore they are fools and don’t have the fear of God, and therefore can’t begin to understand the amazing love of Christ.

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The church is a people, not an organization, and these people are supposed to be the expression of the Kingdom of God on earth. That is, how these people live, function, represent the Lord, proclaim His word, and relate to one another is how the Kingdom is expressed in the world.

“…That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21)

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If God the Holy Spirit is living in your body then why can’t you have revival right now?

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If someone could see into Heaven, and also into the fire of Hell, surely they would then understand what salvation means, as in what is at stake for them personally? That is, if they had thought salvation is merely some religious concept.

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Without holiness no one will see the Lord. (Ref. Heb. 12:14)

If we are not holy, we won’t be seeing the Lord.

Salvation is a gift, it is not earned, however, even if a person says they believe they are saved by grace, through faith, yet, without holiness they won’t be seeing the Lord.

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After you’ve been reconciled to God by faith in Jesus Christ, you can talk to God and He listens. It’s so wonderful. Fellowship with God is the greatest thing, because it’s what He created us for.

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“Salvation is not making a good person better. It is making a dead person alive in Christ.” unquote

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Can a person self analyze and know how much faith in God they have?

See:

Mark 11:22-24

James 1:6-8

1 John 3:18-23

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Jesus created the universe, and yet still people don’t accept Him, so it’s not such a big deal if people don’t accept you.

G3

October 8, 2021

Seeing on social media there’s been a big evangelical conference this last week called, G3. It appears to represent the “non-charismatic”, or even “anti-charismatic”, sector of the body of Christ.

These people are rightly against the false “prosperity gospel”, yet the emphasis on merchandising, and the huge amounts these people are making from selling their message, seem to stand as a contradiction and as hypocrisy. There is big money in refuting the “prosperity gospel”.

Now, why can’t we be against the “prosperity gospel ” and the “fake prophetic”, and yet still have supernatural gifts of the Spirit, and also honor the Lord by not selling His message for profit?

And as well, return to the Biblical pattern of church?

Let’s be honest, where in evangelicalism today can we see anything resembling the New Testament church?

Is this too much to ask?

Today’s Tweets

October 3, 2021

To have an unbiblical view of Jesus is to have a false christ.

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Satan is the original counterfeiter, and he specializes in counterfeit love.

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Are people really happy without God?

Can they honestly look up at the sky and shout, ‘I don’t need you!’ ?

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“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:1-3)

How does one know that God has spoken to us by His Son?

Because, “it is written” here in scripture that this is so.

Jesus is the final word from God.

And God has preserved His words so that we can know this by an objective means, and no longer be at the mercy of the subjective opinions of man.

Therefore, scripture is the final word on who Jesus is, and He is the word of God, which means the revelation of God, and the sole source of God’s authority.

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We cannot divorce what God has said from who He is.

Therefore, one’s attitude to scripture reflects one’s attitude to God.

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If you truly get alone with God you discover you’re not alone.

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“The truth does not mind being questioned.

A lie does not like being challenged.” unquote

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Christian,

He is a great big Father God.

And you are His little child.

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A superficial understanding is synonymous with a superficial life.

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“Spurgeon once invited a man over for dinner who was boasting of “sinless perfection”.

During dinner he splashed the man’s face with water. The man was livid!

Spurgeon then said: “Ah, you see, the old man is not dead. He simply fainted and could be revived with a glass of water!” ” unquote

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If you are doing God’s will you never have to worry about God’s provision.

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Big Gov having access to your personal data is potentially the same as the Mafia having it.

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If you were God, would you have loved a world which had rejected you?

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Does the state own your children?

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It’s becoming unusual to encounter a person who does not prevaricate.

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Love existed before the human race did.

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“What does God want from me?!”

To believe Him.

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Freedom truly only has meaning in relation to God, because everything derives its true meaning in relation to God.

Therefore, those estranged from God will have a false understanding of freedom: they will be deceived into thinking freedom means to be free from God.

Whereas, true freedom is to be set free from anything which hinders you obeying, glorifying and bringing pleasure to God.

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A friendly reminder:

“So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14:12)

And…

“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.” (Romans 3:28)

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No one knows the long term effects of mRNA. It is still under trial. There may not be significant long term health risks, and yet there could be, time will tell. Seems foolish to inject the whole world at one time with an experimental substance. But people should be free to decide whether they take it or not.

A little piece of meat

October 2, 2021

The thinking process is, in itself, a great wonder. The fact that a little piece of meat can, within itself, contain great thoughts, dreams and concepts, and contain a conscience and a moral compass, is a miraculous phenomenon, and another evidence of a wonderful Creator. An amazing piece of meat.

Today’s Tweets

September 29, 2021

If you’re saved it’s because Jesus saved you.

No one has ever saved himself.

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God is a Father to His own children – those who live in His Son, Jesus Christ.

He is the true Father, and only His true children know and understand this, with all it entails.

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When Jesus of Nazareth called His disciples to follow Him did they get the impression this was a means to become wealthy?

If any did have dreams that this could make them wealthy, before too long they realized that was not to be.

So… if Copeland (or suchlike) had started their “ministry” around the same as Jesus of Nazareth, then, perhaps the disciples may have been tempted to do some “church hopping” and leave Jesus ministry to join Kenneth’s, because Kenneth promised wealth, whereas Jesus didn’t?

Nothing has changed.

The choice is still there today as to whose ministry one will follow.

Jesus of Nazareth?

Or, Kenneth of Fort Worth?

Or, Joel of Houston?

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“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

We request our Father to work His will this day because we believe He has the power and authority to work His will this day, and that He WILL work His will this day.

His will is intertwined with His Kingdom.

His Kingdom is the expression of His will.

Something is a representation of the Kingdom if it serves the purpose of the Kingdom.

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Desire that others receive the same mercy you’ve received.

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Spiritual weakness is always the result of spiritual neglect or compromise.

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God knows the thoughts of every person on earth, the Bible says.

He knows what you’re thinking about this right now.

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Has He reconciled you to God?

Would you consider God reconciling you to Himself as a religious belief? Or the greatest reality there is?

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Does the state own your body?

Does the state own your mind?

Who owns Joe Biden’s body?

Or Putin’s or Xi”s body?

“Think, While It’s Still Legal”

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In the most simplistic terms, the Kingdom of God is, for the present time, the sum of what Christ is working in the hearts and lives of people worldwide. It is His Kingdom, it is the reach of His authority, touching and transforming lives in every nation, conforming them to His nature, in love, preparing them to live forever in His eternal Kingdom.

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Democracy only has value if the majority have some fear of God, otherwise, it’s meaningless.

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It is satan’s job to make evil appear beautiful.

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How can one know Jesus Christ?

Well, where will you go to get the answer to this question? Who has the answer?

He has. Go to Him for the answer.

He said, who ever believes on Him has eternal life.

He said, He will reveal Himself to anyone who keeps His words.

“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.” (John 14:23)

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When you hear someone speak God’s word be careful to pay more attention to the actual content of the message than to the personality of the one giving it.

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For a person to live in total spiritual darkness all they need to do is keep shutting out the light of God’s word anytime it starts to shine into their gloomy world.

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“… I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave His life for me…”

Is this also your testimony?

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There are no great people, but the Holy Spirit can and will do great things in anyone.

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To Tucker Carlson:

Keep taking the high moral ground.

Don’t lower yourself to their level by using foul language.

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The Pharmaceutical industry is certainly not interested in helping create a society which no longer buys or needs its products.

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Over the history of science, scientists have often questioned the science. Thank God they did.

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How much money did Jesus need to fulfill His ministry? How did He get that money?

(Just some questions, of which the answers explain a lot to us about how we can fulfill our personal ministries, which God has given each one of us)

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In only a matter of time every one you know will be dead, and they’ll be either in Heaven or Hell.

It may sound bleak, but it’s the truth, and we should play our God-given part in seeing that folks go to Heaven.

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“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Therefore, if the old things have not passed away, and all things have not become new, then that person is not a new creation in Christ.

And… if anyone wants to become a new creation in Christ, it follows, then, that they must want all the old things to pass away, and for everything in their life to be made new.

A new creation in Christ is, therefore, an entirely new kind of creature, a new species of being, entirely different to the creature they were before – a creature who bears the image of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, because they have been recreated in His image.

“…And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…” (Col. 3:10)

“…And that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:24)

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Serving God is honor and reward in itself. It doesn’t look for any other reward or recompense.

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A lot of Christians would perhaps like to freely congregate together in their localities or towns for relational, participatory church, but they can’t agree on how it will work, or don’t believe it could work without an organizational structure. In other words, they don’t have the faith for it because it is something unknown to them in their experience.

If they agree on the purpose for gathering, which is to allow all the gifts to have a voice, to build up the body of Christ, then it “works”.

So why doesn’t it happen?

Because individuals don’t have personal practical experience in building up others with the word of God on a personal level, so they can’t do it in a gathering.

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Worship of God, in Spirit and Truth, is, by definition, a person’s response to revelation from God. He reveals to us something of who He is, and we, either, appropriately respond to that revelation, which is to worship, or we ignore Him.

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Another sign of Christian maturity is to have a clearer understanding of the difference between the Holy Spirit and your spirit, and soul.

Today’s Tweets

September 25, 2021

Mark 4:14-20 is the explanation of the parable of the sower.

There are four types of soil.

Only one of those soils bears lasting fruit.

At the beginning of a person’s commitment to Christ, and for quite some time, it may not be obvious which type of “soil” they are.

But time will always tell, according to this parable.

If you have doubts about which type of “soil” you are, because you struggle with besetting sin, then you’ll need to clear that matter up.

Do you want to be “good soil”?

Is that what you want with all your heart?

Then you probably are good “soil”, by the grace of God.

“Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble” (2 Peter 1:10)

The scripture is still inspired and is the seed of the Gospel, which, when sown in the right soil, bears the fruits of salvation, regardless of the authenticity of the church setting.

And yet, out of honor and respect for the Lord Jesus Christ, we should be very vocal respectfully pointing out expressions of church which misrepresent Him, and explaining how they misrepresent Him.

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“Dead Babies Matter”

Yes, Joe?

There’s presently a congressional bill to allow full term abortions nationwide.

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There’s an eternal difference between being saved or not saved.

Are you saved?

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Aussie, peaceful protest is great, but weren’t these suckers democratically elected? What if the majority want a tyrannical government?

But there’s a vacuum of moral leadership.

America has far more potential good leaders.

Aussie is lacking.

Spiritually, Aussie is a bizarre place.

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Look at a full xray of yourself and know that the real you is more than simply a skeleton covered with meat. Am I getting religious now?

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To those who have a problem with God: be more concerned whether God has a problem with you.

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To speak out about something doesn’t necessarily mean you think you can change the world by speaking out. It could simply mean you think it’s wrong to keep silent.

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Serving God is forever.

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If someone has the Holy Spirit living in them you would think they would have the same standard of holiness as He does?

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In the New Testament, “church” describes the body of Christ, and it is also describes the action of gathering and relating between the members of His body. The Greek word means “an assembly”. An assembly describes a company of people, as well as the act of assembling. In other words, we are the church, and therefore we assemble or “do church” together. Assembling or gathering, regardless of the number, or the time or location, is church, because that’s what church is, an assembly or gathering. The purpose and function of the gathering defines it. Just gathering doesn’t make it church.

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“God is the sweetest friend, but the worst enemy.”

—Thomas Watson

He is an enemy of those who refuse His friendship and His terms, and insist on being His enemies.

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TRUTH BOMB

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Rom. 5:1-2)

You can’t be half justified before God – You either are, or you aren’t.

Make sure you are.

Make sure He has justified you by His death and resurrection, and not you trying to justify yourself.

Afghanistan

September 23, 2021

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“My Christian brother and his family are hiding in Afghanistan. They take turns staying awake and praying, while others sleep, as they’re being hunted. They have no passports, no visas, and very little of what they need most of all – hope.

Time is running out. They live in fear of a single knock on their hiding place door from the Taliban. They were sharing the gospel with others. Now, they’re just trying to survive. Even that is increasingly difficult. The small population of Christians in Afghanistan is rapidly vanishing.

Some have fled to the hills, others have retreated into the shadows, turning off their phones and hunkering down in whatever undisclosed locations they can find. Some have just gone missing completely. People are going missing and getting killed every day. I’m hearing harrowing stories of desperate parents. Children are being shot and beheaded.

The Taliban are taking the kids. “If you’re hiding, and they find your family, they’ll put the word out that ‘we’ve got your brother or son or daughter.’ They’re cutting off the heads of boys that are nine and ten.”

Two little girls managed to hide after their parents were murdered, but eventually, they got so hungry that they ventured out to the market. The Taliban found them, raped them, and beat them.

The Taliban are now going door-to-door taking women and children. People must mark their house with an ‘X’ if they have a girl over 12 years old, so that the Taliban can take them. If they find a young girl and the house was not marked they will execute the entire family.

Fathers are handing guns to their wives and daughters so that they can kill themselves if the terrorists come. Even hiding is a double-edged sword. “Every day,” one Christian recently reported, “I receive a phone call from a private number. A soldier warns me that if he sees me again, he’ll behead me.” The Taliban are tracking them, stalking them, warning them they know where they are.

Many believers have simply gone completely dark. My Christian brother hiding in Afghanistan is risking his life to communicate with me, as he huddles with his family in an undisclosed location, listening to the manhunt outside. But he’s running out of options. He knows the Taliban are killing the Christians to spread fear.

Christians hiding in Afghanistan are wondering if this night will be their last. My friend and his family are not afraid to die. Like many there, they are more afraid the world will forget them. “Pray for us,” he asked. “Pray that the Lord will put his angels around us.” “

Today’s Tweets

September 23, 2021

The world thinks that it can continue to survive and succeed without turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ.

Think again.

God’s judgments will bring the greatest plans of man crashing down.

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It would be wise to make plans for eternity.

Understatement??

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Who ever you are, your life is redeemable.

There is a Redeemer.

Jesus Christ.

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I’m sure God would fill you with His Spirit if that’s what you REALLY want – if that’s the kind of life you actually want, and no other kind of life.

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“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand”

(Matthew 7:24-26)

Rock or sand foundation?

A rock is immovable, but sand shifts with the times.

A rock is unchangeable.

Sand is always changing.

If Jesus ever loved you, He still loves you. He remains the same.

If Jesus ever spoke, what He spoke still remains true.

But without doing what Jesus said your life will be destroyed.

Not because He doesn’t love you, but because you built on sand.

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God will not hear our complaints about people, but He will hear our prayers for them.

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Better to be unembarrassed about Jesus now than embarrassed to face Him later.

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To justify anything the Bible calls sin is to not have the holy fear of God, and this holy fear or reverence is the beginning of wisdom, scripture says, therefore, if we justify any sin we are fools, and lack the wisdom of God.

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Our attitude to prayer is a great indicator of our actual attitude to God. How seriously we take prayer indicates how seriously we take God.

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Gandhi defeated the British by peaceful protest. He said that if protest is violent then you’re no better than those you are protesting against.

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When a Christian’s emotional state doesn’t match what they believe, or contradicts what is true in Christ, instead of then buckling under the pressure of that emotional state, they push into God by faith and stand, having done all to stand. It drives them deeper into God, and not away from God.

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore…” (Eph. 6:13,14a)

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X – Which organization do you belong to?

Y – I don’t belong to an organization.

X – Then you must be an Independent?

Y – I’m not spiritually independent because I’m in fellowship and relationship with many Christians.

X – Then, who are you accountable to?

Y – The Christians I know, and who know me. If you want to know what kind of person I am you can ask them.

X – How does that work without an organization?

Y – It works because we have genuine friends whom we have known over many years, and who will question us and correct us if we stray from the truth, either doctrinally or morally.

X – But what if your friends are wrong, themselves, and therefore aren’t able to correct you?

Y – .That would be assuming my friends are lesser Christians, or less mature or knowledgeable than those in organizations. How would you know that for a fact?

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The starting and ending point of Christianity, the beginning and the end, and everything in between, is the fact that Christ lives in us, and we in Him. Everything stems from this fact. Everything hinges on our response to this fact, and what we do with this truth, and how this truth and reality impacts our life, the way we live, and what we do with our life.

Today’s Tweets

September 20, 2021

Those who gamble with the grace of God will lose the bet.

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The skill or art of Christian dialogue is to speak with grace, while not dancing around the truth.

What’s the point of speaking graciously if what you’re saying is false or dishonest?

That would be deceptive, smooth talking.

While, on the other hand, speaking the truth without grace is just as bad, as per 1 Cor. 13, and the clashing cymbals.

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Some random signs of Christian maturity:

  • You’re quick to forgive.
  • You pray for everyone you are in contact with.
  • Your conscience is more at peace than ever before.
  • The world has lost its attraction and pull on you.
  • You’re not in the least shocked or surprised by the state of the world.
  • You love the Lord more, now, than when you first believed.
  • You live a more victorious life over sin than ever before.
  • You have more genuine, inner joy than ever before.
  • You are less susceptible to distractions than before.
  • You’re wiser to know if you are being baited.
  • You are less impressed with anyone, including yourself, than previously.
  • You only want to do the will of God and faithfully finish the work He gave you.
  • You are more interested in Heaven and eternity than previously.
  • You eagerly look for the Lord’s return more than ever before.
  • You genuinely love to wait on the Lord.
  • You’re less interested in, or troubled by, people’s opinions of you.
  • You have more genuine love and care for people than before.
  • You have better control over your tongue than previously.

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“It has come to my attention that your educators are distributing essentially what is child pornography in the classroom…”

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You can’t do better than the Holy Spirit, or improve upon Him, so be led by Him.

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Is our world and God’s world two separate worlds?

As in the sentence, “Jack is living in his own world”.

Obviously, I’m not implying there is a separate world where God is not there.

The private world many people create and live in is their own world: a world without God.

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For genuine Christians, they don’t believe their feelings establish reality, because reality doesn’t hinge on how they feel – reality doesn’t change with how they feel, it doesn’t conform to our feelings, because genuine Christians believe in the reality of Christ regardless of their feelings, knowing that reality is reality, and it has nothing to do with fickle emotions.

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Not one religious figure in history has been able to save even one soul. They were not able to get even one person to Heaven. Nor could any of them save their own souls.

…Except for Jesus.

There’s a great multitude in Heaven today all because of Him.

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“Covid hysteria is greater in Democrat states/cities.”

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“Vaccine Bullying”

The latest form of abuse.

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The Good News/Gospel of Jesus Christ is the ultimate reality to cling to, because He is the ultimate reality.

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“It is foolish to preach a gospel of grace without repentance. There is no salvation without repentance. Jesus said, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15).”

“…Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations…” (Luke 24:47)

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Seeing instances where anyone who disagrees with the Liberal narrative is falsely labeled “right wing”. This disingenuousness is a fundamental problem with that narrative.

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Some of my non-Christian friends might think Christianity means cathedrals, costumes, boring rituals…

Or, joyless, monotonous religious duties and obligations…

Or, dudes on TV flashing their pearly whites so you’ll throw some money at them…

But I ask you to open up the Bible to the New Testament and check if you can find any of these things in the life of Jesus, or in His disciples.

Jesus calls us to follow Him, and it is to Him all will one day give an account.

So, the rest is irrelevant.

Today’s Tweets

September 18, 2021

“These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13)

John doesn’t tell people they have eternal life just because they identify as Christian. He is not giving his assurance to people who might not have assurance (As is so common today. Many are trying to reassure those who have no assurance).

What he does do, however, is give them the tools, the right questions to ask themselves, so each person can determine, themselves, whether they have eternal life.

There’s a set of questions we are to ask ourselves – a test.

Only if those questions are truthfully answered in the affirmative can we be sure we have eternal life.

For example:

“We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.” (1 John 3:14)

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Sometimes we comment on topical issues simply because we have a sense of justice, and that sense comes from God.

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What is eternal life like?

“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:3-5)

In Christ’s eternal Kingdom there will be no crying, sorrow, pain or death because the CAUSE of these things will no longer exist – sin will no longer exist.

Scripture describes the ultimate utopian society, in the Kingdom of Christ.

It will be a society just as real as the present one, in a physical landscape, with real houses, real jobs to do, real friends.. life goes on.. FOREVER.

And yet everyone you meet in this society knows you and loves you. And you will know and love them.

An unkind word is never again heard, for all eternity.

For all eternity you will not encounter even one prideful or selfish person.

Such things will be ancient history.

Their memory only existing because the memory of Calvary will never be erased, for all eternity.

Christ Jesus, the King, will bear the scars for eternity, and this reminder will forever be before our eyes.

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Heaven is as hi-tech as you can get.

But YOU will be the hi-tech, you won’t need any devices.

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Self glory is the pathway to a meaningless life.

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Call and Response

A disciple is a responder to the call of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He calls, they respond to His call.

This is how they live their life, answering and responding to the call of God.

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Selective outrage is one of the inequities of this world.

It’s closely allied to selective morality.

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Do we understand how the Holy Spirit worked in the ministry of the Lord Jesus?

There was no program.

It was relational.

The Holy Spirit’s ministry was according to real encounters with people.

Jesus didn’t come and just deliver a stage-managed sermon to Israel and then go.

The ministry was fluid, based on whom He was meeting, encountering and dialoging with at the time.

But it wasn’t confusion. The Holy Spirit orchestrated everything, even though nothing was planned like a human program.

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A journey is one thing.

And a journey with God is another thing altogether.

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Read something about Governments suppressing effective treatments, fearing they will interrupt the vaccine rollout. That is, if people know they can treat themselves cheaply and effectively at home, then they will be less willing to get jabbed.

It’s a special kind of stupid.

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There is no “spiritual” apart from true faith in Jesus Christ.

Unless you count communing with evil spirits as “spiritual”?

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No one (except Jesus) chose to be born. Our existence was not our idea. But here we are, and we had nothing to do with it.

For me, it’s a profound thought to ponder, that only a few short years back I did not exist.

(But an even more profound thought is that I will live forever in Christ Jesus.)

Now, since we had nothing to do with our existence in the first place, doesn’t it seem fair and reasonable to cheerfully acknowledge and yield to God’s claim on your life?

In this light, how could His claim be unreasonable?

Christians believe their existence is God’s idea, before and above it being the idea of their parents.

The fact that Jesus Christ promised eternal life for His disciples should settle any questions one has about their existence.

You’re here, and you can have eternal life.

Life, itself, is a miracle and a profound mystery, and eternal life an even greater truth.

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The greatest thing the world has taught me is that it is nothing.

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Mandates are a step closer to a totalitarian state.

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After six thousand years of war it’s not realistic to think that wars will cease, considering human nature has not changed. It will be more of the same.

But Jesus Christ will return and put an end to war.

Until then, they are here to stay.

The people who start wars laugh at pacifists. If only they would cooperate, eh?

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“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20)

Our bodies belong to God and not to us. We are stewards or caretakers of His property.

Everything of which our life consists was bought at a price: the redeeming death of God’s Son on the Cross.

Our mind, our tongue, our desires, thoughts, our strength and abilities: they all belong to God.

For us, it’s a glorious truth, but for the world, it’s an affront to man’s arrogance.

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Shine the light! ??

Shine the light of His word.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”

“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.”

(Psalm 119:105, 130)

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“God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

God so loved the world.

The world has not loved Him back.

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“You’re not forcing ME to take it!” That is, the jab.

Today’s Tweets

September 14, 2021

There’s nothing this world can give a disciple of Jesus because they don’t belong to this world, and live in another world.

Heaven is the real world.

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Many choose and prefer popularity rather than the stigma of identifying as a Christian – more interested in whether people like them than in what Jesus thinks about them.

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The presence of antibodies provides a degree of immunity, however, a strong immune system is the best defense.

This is the truth, and it’s almost totally ignored.

Why?

  • It doesn’t control people.
  • Big Gov and Big Pharma can’t profit from it.
  • Perhaps society is too dumbed down to understand it.

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Loveless correction does not correct, because the one giving the correction also needs correction.

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Left alone with your thoughts.

Is it just you and your thoughts?

Or, left alone with God?

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The love of Christ:

  • Constrains us
  • Moves us
  • Motivates us
  • Inspires us
  • Supports us
  • Corrects us
  • Guides us
  • Directs our thinking
  • Directs our actions
  • Defines our life
  • Makes us live
  • Defines our relationship to the world
  • Answers our questions
  • Removes our doubts
  • Gives us peace
  • Makes us confident
  • Causes us to overcome sin
  • Causes us to overcome the devil
  • Causes us to overcome the world
  • Causes us to love God
  • Causes us to love people

Etc…

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If you want to keep democracy from dying, ditch the voting machines and use paper ballots.

Democracy is a gift to be valued, so you wouldn’t want to be personally negligent in supporting it as you might regret that later if or when all your freedoms are taken from you.

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Oratory is nothing before God.

But it impresses people.

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“The meek shall inherit the earth”, Jesus said.

Just the opposite of how people presently inherit the earth.

And, how can they inherit the earth?

Because Jesus is returning to rule the earth.

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The God who made the trillions of stars lives inside the disciple of Jesus Christ.

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In the text below there are perhaps two possibilities:

a. They were Liberals and did not believe the sins they were practicing were actual sins.

b. They believed God’s grace would cover their unrepentant behavior.

Either way, they thought they were okay with God.

They are terrified to find out they never knew Jesus and were never saved.

“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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ (Matt. 7:22-23)

See: https://julieroys.com/george-barna-survey-biblical-worldview/

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Have you been to the Throne of Grace today?

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Who ever you are, Jesus Christ can give you a new life.

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Have more faith in answers to prayer than in what you can achieve on your own.

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No matter how cruel or evil the actions of people are, a true Christian desires they come to repentance and receive God’s mercy in Jesus Christ.

The Taliban disgust us. We can’t imagine how people could be so inhuman, and yet Christ died for them just the same. We would be inhuman if we didn’t desire they receive the same salvation which we have received.

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Our joy comes from Heaven, via the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven, and is manifest in this life we live in this world. It’s a joy which comes from Heaven, it doesn’t come from this world, but it enables us to overcome this world by faith, and keep our eyes on the Lord Jesus Christ, who will return from Heaven.

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The Holy Spirit is never threatened by someone using their brain.

And He never contributes to dumbing down.

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If you have the Holy Spirit, do you fully grasp the PURPOSE
the Father and the Son sent Him to dwell in you?

His mission, in being sent into us, is to take us to glory with Him, a transformed-into-the-likeness-of-the-Son people.

He came from Heaven. He will return to Heaven with us. We will be the fruit of His mission, for we, the Redeemed, are the purpose of His mission to earth.

From the first convictions we had about God, to our conversion and regeneration, to our empowering, to teaching us the scriptures, sanctification, encouragement and correction, love, joy and gifts… …He has been the agency through which the Father and the Son have done all this.

He is taking us to glory, therefore may we not grieve, quench or resist the HOLY Spirit, but live and walk in the Spirit.

“In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)

” …The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom. 5:5)

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If the va _______ ne works, why do va ______ nated people need to be, supposedly, protected from the unva _______ nated?

And, as both groups are equally able to transmit the vi _ us, what difference does it make who the vac _____ nated come into contact with?

I’m not anti – v _ x, I’m anti Mandate.

Today’s Tweets

September 10, 2021

Love is a gift from God.

And, once received, it is our joy and responsibility.

” …The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Rom. 5:5)

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“In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God.” – Bible

In whatever suffering or hardship we are enduring, there is still so much to thank God for.

I don’t want suffering to make me lose sight of how much abundant grace is showered upon me daily.

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Prayer is the extension of your faith, the voice of your faith, the expression of your faith, and a manifestation of your faith.

(Obviously, I’m referring to genuine prayer)

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Prayer was, and always is, God’s idea.

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Commented

What do you do with this statement:

“God told me to tell you!”

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The issue is, it is for the hearers to rightly discern by the word of God whether any message is from God.

At all times we need to discern whether God is speaking to us or whether its merely a message from man.

So, adding “God told me” , apart from being narcissistic, it discourages people from discerning, it’s as though they would be guilty if they did indeed test the message, because if God was speaking, how dare we question God?

So, it’s very manipulative.

So, encountering narcissism, manipulation, self glorifying, merchandizing… etc.. are all signs it is cultic.

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The person to whom God has freely imputed the righteousness of His Son loves and practices righteousness and hates evil, and doesn’t confuse the two.

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“…And they shall be all taught by God…” (John 6:46)

This is the best thing we can hope for in anyone, that they be taught by God, for, if so, they’ll be okay. This should be our prayer for folks.

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“…almost all biblical Christians tend to treat precedent as having normative authority to some degree or another.”

  • Fee & Stuart

(The precedents in the NT record have authority in themselves. If we ignore the precedents we ignore God’s authority to some extent. Much of church today totally ignores the precedents of NT church life and function)

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Commented

Jesus is returning bodily and physically as a Man. The Man who is God, and who has a glorified physical body, with the nail scars still showing.

He will sit in a physical temple in Jerusalem and rule this world for a thousand years.

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If Biden sends special forces in on a rescue mission then its a testament to his incompetence.

Leave them behind, then, find out that the voting public is not too happy about that, so quickly organize a rescue mission to rescue those you callously left behind?

So its highly unlikely he would embarrass his administration even more.

Its tragic but not surprising that the same admin which approves of murdering babies treats its citizens as expendable.

Appeasing Muslim voters in the US was surely a factor in Biden trusting the Taliban.

There must be many thousands of Muslim voters who support both Biden and the Taliban.

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Christian, how much has God, in His Son, forgiven you?

Can you estimate the magnitude of that forgiveness, personally, for you?

You might, to some degree, be aware that, all your life, you broke the commands of God and tread His laws contemptuously and defiantly under your feet.

Okay, with that degree of awareness, can you comprehend the magnitude of such forgiveness required to forgive such an exhaustive list of offenses and transgressions against God?

God’s forgiveness would be useless if it were in part. A partly forgiven person is no better off than the one who has found no forgiveness.

The only basis by which God can forgive our sins is that His Son, Jesus Christ, bore the penalty of those sins, which was death in our place, washing us from our sins in His own blood, the just for the unjust.

Therefore, as Christ’s work on the Cross is perfect and was accomplished in full, God’s forgiveness is perfect and in full. It can never be dispensed in measures, only in full.

“Blessed is the man to whom God will not impute sin.”

So, are you forgiven?

Or are you still guilty?

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What is the advantage for despotic governments to suppress information about effective and proven Covid treatments?

It draws the focus away from vaccination, and that would weaken their plans to gain more control over peoples personal lives.

If they promoted the treatments very few would die. This is proven.

But that is not an option because it means people won’t be controlled, and the pharmaceutical industry would lose.

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Are you just a skeleton covered with meat, or is there more to you than that? Do you have a soul? Do you have a spirit?

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Bible prophecy warns us things are going to get a lot harder for real Christians. I’m glad for the warning.

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“REMEMBER: 97% of scientists agree with whoever is funding them!”

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You would think that if a person is a Christian they would believe everything Jesus said, be captivated, joyful and excited by what He said, and act upon it?

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Me – “Church should be along the guidelines of the New Testament example and pattern.”

Institutional pastor – “And do you think you follow the New Testament pattern and we don’t? Do you think you are better than us?”

Me – “How does what I do, or don’t do, have any bearing on what you believe and do? I’m asking you to follow the New Testament pattern, not me. It has nothing to do with me.”

(The word of God does not stand or fall on what Christians do or don’t do. It does not rest on man. Man can neither add or subtract from its authority.)

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If Jesus Christ has given you eternal life, how could He be just part of your life?

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There are approximately 7 to 8 billion people alive right now.

Many are in desperate circumstances.

Some are all alone in this world.

Some are surrounded by people but still all alone.

Many are in deep pain, either physically, emotionally or spiritually.

But the Lord Jesus Christ sees every one of these folks – the forgotten people whom no one sees.

The Bible says He is near to the broken hearted.

If you are one of these, or even if you’re not, NOW IS YOUR TIME, for Jesus Christ is calling you to come to Him.

Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.

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If you know Jesus, no matter what happens, you can’t lose.

And the converse is also true.

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“Ridiculous rhetoric”

Describes so much of the spin we hear.

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Nature is God ‘right in your face’, so to speak.

But, no, nature is not God.

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The Holy Spirit who lives in a disciple of Christ is the same God who is seated in Heaven. There is only one God.

When the Holy Spirit teaches, convicts, instructs, comforts, encourages, warns or guides you, that is God the Father speaking from Heaven , through His Son, by His Spirit in you. It’s a message from Heaven, from another world, not of this world.

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Whatever you really need, ask the Father.

And we can also ask for our friends as well.

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“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

(2 Corinthians 5:21)

Jesus took our place and suffered in our place.

And on this basis, by faith, we are accounted as having been crucified with Christ and risen with Him.

“knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” (Romans 6:6)

On this basis satan no longer has power over us.

To be freed from sin’s power is to be freed from satan’s power.

Jesus died for the sins of the whole world.

Satan can only have power over you while sin has power over you.

Only the new creation in Christ by the Holy Spirit – only this person has power over sin and is truly free.

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A suggested prayer, if this is what you want:

‘Father, please make me a man/woman of prayer. In Jesus name.’

If this is what we truly want, then it’s ours.

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Why does so much modern “worship” have an emphasis on creating an emotional state through cheesy, emotional, repetitive tunes?

Its designed to touch the emotions of the “worshiper”.

It’s great to get emotional about God, but not because you were manipulated into feeling a certain way by overtly emotional tunes.

It’s like a drug for people.

The truth makes me emotional, or stirs my deepest being.

Cheesy, pathetically bad music does not.

Actually…

The philosophy behind it is that cheesy songs attract Gods presence.

If you play the cheesy music, He will come.

Then… they interpret the manipulation of their emotions to mean that God’s presence has come into the building.

Then they are trapped on a treadmill.

They have to perform the ritual every time to get Him to come.

But the Gospel is the opposite.

The Gospel is Christ in you, 24/7.

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A “worship” where self is the theme must be a worship of oneself.

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Would really like to see a survey done on violent offenders in the US to see their political leaning.

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Concerning Paul:

“But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” (Acts 9:15)

It truly sounds like God had a plan preprepared for Paul. A very precise plan. You just can’t walk in before kings and preach to them, but, if it’s God’s plan, yes, you can, and Paul did. And his sufferings, also, were integral to fulfilling that divine plan.

Paul also said that he must be obedient to the heavenly calling and be diligent to walk along that planned route, preplanned by God.

Are we different?

Do we follow anything we can imagine we want to do?

Or are we aware, like Paul, that God has already planned our route and we should seek His plan?

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Sometimes I look up at the stars and say, ‘This all belongs to my Father!’.

“Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11)

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Try to reconcile these two truths:

a. There are degrees of morality: some people are more wicked than others.

b. Even the most moral person has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. That is, every person must bear the wages of their sin, which is death – separation from God. …Unless they believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and are redeemed by His grace.

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Quite a number of Christians are in survival mode, rather than being focused on fulfilling and finishing their ministry.

If we are about the Father’s business we need not be concerned about our survival.

This is what Jesus taught. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”.

The early church was not survival focused, but focused on doing the will of the Father.

Refer to Matthew 25:24-30.

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Bible believers already know what will happen in the future, but they don’t know the timings of the prophetic events foretold in Scripture, so this is the tension: they know what will happen, but not when it happens, therefore, they keep pushing ahead by faith, resting in the knowledge that the times and seasons are in the Father’s hand.

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Commented:

It just doesn’t sound real to profess your love to someone when you have no idea who they are, and also no real inclination to know them in real life.

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

(1 John 3:18)

People living in unreality is the real pandemic.

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Someone writes, “Hell is merely Gehenna, a rubbish dump outside Jerusalem”.

Reply: That is where Hell got its name from.

In that rubbish dump the fire never went out.

This was demonstrative of the fact that the torment of Hellfire is a fire which never goes out.

Jesus said the fire which torments in Hell will never be extinguished (Mark 9:42-48).

Which underlines the urgency of His message.

So, don’t follow cult teachings.

Believe what the Lord Jesus Christ said.

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Today’s Tweets

September 5, 2021

Jesus paid it all on the Cross.

Now, what are you going to do with this information?

If you believe it to be a fact, what are the implications and ramifications for you?

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Jesus said, “When you see all these signs, Look up! for your redemption draws near”.

The natural tendency is to look around at everything going on and not look up to where the real business is going on.

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There is only one Father.

There is only one Lord Jesus Christ.

There is only one Holy Spirit.

The church universal is all the people who have this same, one and only, Holy Spirit in them.

It’s a people who share the same Spirit, and are in Christ.

And we need to understand it’s always been this way.

If you are truly born again, then the same Holy Spirit which descended onto the Son of God at His baptism, and the same Spirit which descended upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost, and who dwelt in the Apostles and Prophets and all who live godly in Christ Jesus ever since, dwells in you.

The same Spirit which inspired the scriptures.

The same Spirit which blooded over the waters when the earth was created.

The same Spirit which raised Jesus Christ from the dead.

He dwells in the true believing saint, who is looking for the Lord’s return.

What is He doing in your life today?

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The people who truly love you, these are your treasure on the earth. Treasure them.

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Thank God He doesn’t require us to earn our salvation, otherwise we would have no chance.

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Are you what the Lord Jesus calls a “good and faithful servant”?

My guess is that the truly good and faithful servants won’t be self aware that they are good and faithful servants.

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True Christianity is salvation: to be saved, justified and sanctified, and salvation is, both, a belief, and a spiritual experience or encounter. Our faith is real, and, as well, the power of the Holy Spirit in us is real. Therefore, our salvation is not merely a belief we have.

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Self-importance suggests a person doesn’t walk with Jesus Christ.

Because only He is truly important.

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A woman can’t say that the human being in her womb is “her body”.

Therefore, she has no right to murder him or her.

An unborn baby is obviously a human being.

People have been brainwashed into believing otherwise.

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For the nominal or cultural Christian, their own ideas are more important to them than God’s word.

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Without God, would your life mean anything?

Because, if God doesn’t exist, then, what does your existence amount to?

It would mean you are here by accident, not purpose, and in a few short years you will cease to exist, and everything about you will be gone and forgotten, forever, because all who knew and loved you would also have ceased to exist, and time goes on, and it’s as if you never existed.

Is this the future you believe in?

Do you believe this to be true, or do you believe in the existence of God?

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There has always been immorality, but in times past it had shame attached to it and it was socially unacceptable. Things gradually changed so that it became socially acceptable, the shame removed, and it didn’t stop there, it developed to the point where it’s more than merely accepted, but the preferred and enlightened way of life, even to the extent that those who are not immoral are excluded and no longer fit into society.

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Wherever the Holy Spirit is, and in whomever He is dwelling, we can be sure He is building the Kingdom of Christ there.

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A note on Covetousness:

To covet wealth is to compromise and distort the truth of the Fatherhood of God, and our sonship.

Why wasn’t Jesus covetous?

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”” (Hebrews 13:5)

“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”

(1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

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When it comes to standing by faith, facts are more important than feelings. Our faith rests on the facts concerning who the Lord Jesus Christ is, not on how we feel at any given point in time.

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Man’s greatest enemy is himself.

And man’s greatest friend is Jesus Christ.

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What Jesus understood about His Father, we should also understand, because we have the same Father.

What kind of father is He?

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Genuine faith in Jesus Christ is always in step with His word and Spirit.

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“I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean (no unclean food) of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” (Rom. 14:14)

So, some people are convinced that certain foods are unclean, but Jesus does not consider those foods to be unclean.

Their conscience is bound to something which is not true.

This tells us the conscience is fallible.

“But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage?

You observe days and months and seasons and years.

I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.”

(Galatians 4:9-11)

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It takes gradual, progressive and incremental social engineering to bring the masses to a point of blind faith in the government, and, ultimately, to an Orwellian state.

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No matter how evil something is, someone could write a speech which makes it sound quite okay.

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In leaving its citizens behind, the US Government is showing the same callousness it shows toward the unborn who are murdered in the womb.

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Wouldn’t we want our faith to be as real as the Lord is?

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Jesus came on the scene and announced, to a stunned audience, that God was His Father.

And then He said that if we believe on God’s Son we can also call God, our Father.

When God made mankind in His image He was taking on the role of Fatherhood.

He was already the Father to the Son from eternity.

Now, He was Father to creatures which He made, but special creatures because they bear the image of God, so He could call them His children.

And, then, the Son even came down from Heaven and became a Man.

So, God the Son became one of us, yet still remaining God.

He could become one of us because we bear the image of God.

Now, we are not to think of ourselves as children of the Father merely because we are creations of God.

This is because our sin cut us off from God.

But Jesus, the Son, reconciled us to the Father by suffering, shedding His blood, dying and rising again.

So, now we who believe are true children of the Father by virtue of being in the Son.

We are now sons if we are in the Son.

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The love of the Father is the love of a true Father.

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Morality is not a dirty word.

Ask, ‘Hey! What does God have to say about that in His word?”

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“By grace you are saved, through faith in Jesus Christ.”

This means, if you are saved it’s because Jesus Christ saved you.

Believing is sufficient because Jesus Christ is sufficient.

That is, if we truly believe He is sufficient to save us. For only then do we truly believe.

“You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble!” (James 2:19)

James is addressing superficial belief.

James is not suggesting that demons have true faith.

Whereas when the Lord Jesus promised that those who believe in Him have eternal life, He obviously meant TRUE FAITH, and not superficial believism.

True faith always produces a holy life.

Truly believing, as in the sense that the Lord Jesus used the word “believe”, such as, “whoever believes on me has eternal life”… in this sense, believing precedes doing the will of the Father. A person has no chance to do the will of the Father unless they first believe.

Believing is the CAUSE.

Doing God’s will is the EFFECT.

Cause and effect.

Refer to Romans 4.

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Current Stuff

August 29, 2021

Nutrition is FAR more important than vaccines.

As is exercise and fitness.

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Covid jab protection wanes within 6 months – UK researchers.

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“As the Aug. 31 evacuation deadline looms, millions of Afghans face the risk of starvation, disease, and human rights abuses.”

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Vaccine mandates are not based on hard science, but are purely a pretext and a means to a political end, which is to force everyone to have some form of universal ID by which each individual’s life and everything they do can be monitored and fully controlled by the government.

So, the success of this plan hinges on how many have blind faith in the government.

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“The vaccine debate really is not that complex. You either believe that the government should have full control of what is injected into you and your children, or you don’t. There are plenty of other things we can talk about, but the core is medical tyranny vs medical freedom.”

  • Dr Ben Tapper

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Interesting point of view:

“Vaccination is not about health, it’s about giving every world citizen a QR-CODE and a Covid-19 passport, in order to be able to control them. Vaccination is part of the Great Reset, initiated by the Partners of the World Economic Forum.”

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Woke ideology denies the basic human right or freedom of disagreeing with it.

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How come it’s “Biden’s fault” and not the fault of those who voted for him?

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The debacle in Afghanistan was partly caused by the naivety and rose colored glasses through which the Democrat party views Islam, as US Muslims support the Democrats. Biden has implied that the Taliban could be trusted to some extent. It’s dangerously naive.

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Tremendous results with Ivermectin, to prevent severity taken prior to infection, and to treat infection.

Ivermectin dosage:
0.2 to 0.4 milliliter per kilogram of body weight

Also: Vit D and Zinc

Today’s Tweets

August 29, 2021

You would think that with the wave of Liberalism engulfing Christendom that Legalists would also have been swept up by it, abandoning their legalism for the new “freedom” of redefining sin into something natural and good.

But, no, the legalistic demons don’t give up easily. The devil doesn’t care whether you are a Liberal or a Legalist, he’s got you either way.

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If you’ve served the Lord for many years and then start thinking, ‘What did I get out of it? What’s in it for me?’

The Lord might ask you, ‘What did you expect to gain for yourself by serving me?’.

It could then be time to actually begin serving Him, and no longer serve yourself.

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God is infinite.

The Psalmist asked Him,

‘What is man that you are mindful of him?’

Know that the infinite God is mindful of you.

Believe it, even if you find it hard to believe.

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Commented

Under grace, not under law.

Those who are born again and filled with the Spirit know how “it works”.

The Holy Spirit leads them to live a holy life.

But without the Holy Spirit you can’t live a holy life, no matter how much you try and keep the law.

The Holy Spirit EMPOWERS holiness.

The law, in itself, does not give us the power to fulfill it.

The purpose of the law is to show us we are sinners and need a Savior.

The law is powerless to set us free from sin.

Every legalist you meet is still bound by the power of sin.

Legalism doesn’t produce victory over sin.

So… we obtain the Holy Spirit and His power by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ.

“The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

(1 Corinthians 15:56-57)

“What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.”

(Galatians 3:19)

“Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. But we know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully, knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.”

(1 Timothy 1:5-11)

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Every single thing that God has made is a marvel in itself.

Have a look around.

The wonders are there to produce wonder in us.

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The glory that people can give you is utterly worthless.

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Christ is all sufficient.

So, if you’re in Him, and He is in you, then you’re more than okay: you’re more than a conqueror.

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Wisdom is to understand what wisdom actually is: its importance, its purpose, and our need for it.

When we’re young we lack experience, so we tend to underestimate its value.

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Love for God can and should find expression in a hundred facets of how we lived this very day.

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The source and object of joy is Jesus Christ, Himself.

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”

(Romans 8:28-30)

“All things work together for good” means God is ruling over all situations and circumstances, and ruling over the devil and his power.

His rule over everything does not mean He is the cause of evil, or makes people commit evil, but it means, concerning His elect, that God will work what happens for good, as He is able to do this, whether people have the faith to believe it or the understanding to comprehend it.

Every atom is held together by His word.

He is greater than anyone can possibly imagine.

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‘In God we trust’ has to be, in God ALONE we trust, and not hedge our bets. This honors Him.

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“And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years”

(Revelation 20:4-6)

This is proof the rapture and resurrection doesn’t happen until after the Beast is in power.

If the rapture and resurrection took place before the Beast comes, then there would need to be a second resurrection for these mentioned here who are martyred by the Beast.

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Eternity is a long time.

It’s a long time to be in Heaven.

And it’s a long time to be in Hell.

Eternity never ends.

The human soul is the real you, and the soul can’t cease to exist, so you can never cease to exist.

Be reconciled to God today through believing on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us fear God, and repent of our sins.

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Even if Republicans come back into power it doesn’t mean anything has changed regarding the sin of America and God’s judgment of it.

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The Left hates Larry Elder because he is living proof their narrative is false.

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We are what we are, in Christ, purely by the grace of God, and, if we sin it’s not because the grace of God failed us. We failed, not God. Jesus never loses sheep. If you sin and backslide it doesn’t prove you never knew Jesus or were never saved or never had the Holy Spirit. It doesn’t mean Jesus failed to keep His sheep. It means we have a choice every moment as to whom we will serve, and we can either surrender to the power and grace of the Holy Spirit, or resist the Spirit.

Reconcile these two truths:

  1. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” (1 Cor. 15:10)
  2. “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27)

(By the way, “discipline my body” doesn’t mean self flagellation or asceticism. It means to be in control of the body’s demands)

The point is, self control, choice and responsibility can’t be abdicated to the grace of God. If we sin, we can’t say the grace of God was not sufficient to keep us from sinning, we are responsible for what we do or don’t do.

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We never know if someone is able to be taught the truth unless we actually try to teach them. So let’s try.

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Christian, if you don’t belong to this world, then, where do you belong? Figure out where you belong and you’re on the right track.

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Deliverance from deception and deliverance from demons are often the same thing, because demons deceive people.

Therefore, without the truth in Jesus there is no deliverance.

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First century Christianity would seem bizarre in today’s context.

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The Military Industrial Complex is evil…. except when its products save you from a grisly death.

Sarcasm here.

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If we care about the people of Afghanistan we should at least pray for them.

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

This suggests that if we are anxious about something, then, instead of remaining anxious about it we should talk to the Lord about it and ask Him to take away the anxiety and provide grace or a solution to the problem, and replace the anxiety with His peace.

But it doesn’t suggest that we should only pray if or when we are anxious.

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It’s not scientifically plausible or defensible to believe the universe created itself.

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“…How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him… ? ” (Heb. 2:3)

To anyone reading this:

How will you escape if you neglect so great a salvation?

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If you want to live you need to be connected to the One who gives eternal life.

Now, who could that be?

Notes on the Rapture

August 23, 2021

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1 Cor. 15:51-52)

“For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep (who died).

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:15-17)

Here is the order:

  1. The last trumpet sounds.
  2. The resurrection of the righteous.
  3. Believers caught up into the sky (‘Rapturo’ in Latin) to be with those resurrected and with the Lord.

a. The “last” Trumpet indicates there are others preceding it, but no others after it. Seven Trumpet blasts are described in Revelation chapter 8.

d. There is only one resurrection of the righteous. It simultaneously occurs when the believers are caught up in the sky. The resurrection of the unrighteous happens after Christ rules the earth one thousand years: Rev. 20:4-6.

e. In Rev. 20:4 we see that those martyred during the time of the Antichrist are included in this first resurrection, which happens when believers are caught up into the sky. This is proof the catching up will not take place until after the Antichrist has killed believers (but not all, for many remain until the catching up).

f. If there were a catching up into the sky before the Antichrist, then, that would mean there are two resurrections of the righteous. But there is reference to only one resurrection of the righteous in scripture.

(Just presenting notes here. Not claiming to fully understand the Book of Revelation and how the very last days will pan out.)