Cost

February 11, 2018

If it costs your conscience then it costs too much.

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Not our business

February 11, 2018

Jesus defined true Christians as “sheep” who follow Him. So, these “sheep” just follow Him, and whatever the religious world does is their business, not the “sheep’s” business.

Is this where your friends will be soon?

February 11, 2018

“...I am tormented in this flame...”

said the rich man in hell

(Luke 16:24).

A word to modern, liberated man

February 11, 2018

“But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother without a cause will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ is in danger of being sent to fiery hell.”

(Matthew 5:22)

His children are manifest

February 11, 2018
Remember, the greatest thing in life is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and mind.
 
And this greatest command is not unreasonable if you consider the immensity of His love for you.
 
God never commands us to do that which He does not already do. And, thus, His children are manifest.

Entertainment for the devil

February 10, 2018

If you’re a compromising Christian, can you hear the devil laughing at you?

Liberation

February 10, 2018

Jesus offers liberation from sin, everything else offers liberation from Jesus.

There’s your choice.

Home and Office

February 10, 2018

Heaven is our home, earth is the office where we work.

Open Home Concept

February 10, 2018
If you’re a mature Christian and you are blessed with a home of your own please prayerfully consider opening your home at a convenient time to other Christians to have fellowship and study God’s word. You don’t need to be affiliated with any organization, you only need to be faithful to Jesus and meet these qualifications:
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(I Timothy 3:1-7) This is a true saying, If a man desires to serve as an overseer, he desires a good work. An overseer then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy for money; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover he must have a good report from them which are outside; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Love

February 8, 2018

Love for God and love for fellowship with His people are inseparable.

It is well

February 8, 2018

When things are not going well, it is well if we trust God.

Role of a false prophet

February 8, 2018

Re-post:

The role of a false prophet is as a source of comfort for those who refuse to face reality.

Notes on Predestination

February 8, 2018
(Ephesians 1:9-12 [KJV]) “Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.”
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a) In Paul’s life the revelation of Jesus Christ was “according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself” – when Jesus appeared to him on the Damascus Road his traveling companions were unaffected, God singled him out from the group, for that was His purpose and good pleasure to do so.
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b) In the same manner God “gathers together in one all things in Christ” – which is parallel to Jesus’ declaration, “I will build my church”. “All things”, in context, are all called “according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself”, so, His sheep are gathered together in one, and the goats or tares also gathered together to be judged and removed so that what remains is exclusively His Kingdom of Light, with no darkness or sin in it.
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c) “We” are “predestinated according to His purpose” and also “according to the foreknowledge of God” (1Peter 1:2a) who “works all things according to the counsel of His own will” – which is primarily in regard to the subject here of those whom He foreknows will believe on Jesus. “Working all things” does not mean He is to blame for evil – He is not the author of evil in men’s hearts, ALTHOUGH He sovereignly has the power to turn man’s evil around for good, as in the case of the betrayal of Joseph, “you meant it for evil, but God meant it for good, to save many lives” and preeminently in the betrayal and crucifixion of the Lord Jesus Christ – man meant it for evil, God meant it for good.
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People go ahead and “make babies” anyway, don’t they, whether they have any respect for God or not. We would not say that this is God’s plan, that the wicked keep breeding and producing untold babies who come into a hostile environment, where they are not loved or instructed in the truth, and only experience evil from  infant-hood, and then go on to live their lives according to the pattern they have learned.  Scenarios such as this are surely not what Paul had in mind when he wrote,  God  “works all things after the counsel of His own will“.  
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So, when we discuss predestination we should take such scenarios into account, and not think that it is God who is breeding these hordes of savages just so that He can send them to hell to “fill His predestined quota”.

No explanation owed

February 7, 2018

God does not owe man any explanation for the things He does or allows to happen.

Forever

February 7, 2018

The things of the world, however good they are, they are not good enough to last forever.

Practical problems with Calvinism

February 7, 2018

If people think that God’s sovereignty over-rides or takes away their freewill then they will not be able to exercise their freewill to the glory of God. For example, a Christian begins to backslide, goes back to an old sin, so, if he does not believe he has a freewill his only conclusion must be that he is not one of the elect of God, he must be a “dog returning to its vomit”  (2 Peter 2:22)  because, according to his thinking, God should have controlled his will and not allowed him to sin, so, it’s his fate, as it were. Every time he fails he has to resign himself to the thought that his failure must be because he is not one of the elect, for he has been taught that man has no freewill. He thinks, because God did not stop him sinning maybe he’s not a child of God after all. At the very least he will be double-minded.

Therefore, believing that man has no freewill would have to be one of the most destructive things a man could believe. We have to repent by faith, and God backs up the decision with His power and grace. We can’t put it back on God and say, if He wanted me to repent He would have stopped me from sinning. No, God is not going to repent or decide for us. Everything is God’s grace, but not apart from our will.

Two wills

February 5, 2018

No one is saved by or on their own will alone, yet no one is saved apart from their will or against their will. And it follows the same is true for all aspects of the Christian life – there is God’s will and there is our will – they are distinct, yet also inseparable.

Circumstances

February 5, 2018

For the faithful follower of Christ, our difficult circumstances are never as bleak as the devil paints them.

Amen

February 5, 2018

“...Nevertheless I am continually with you:

you have held me by my right hand.

You shall guide me with your counsel,

and afterward receive me to glory.

Whom have I in heaven but you?

and there is none upon earth that I desire beside you.

My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.”

(Psalm 73:23-26)

Greatest joy?

February 4, 2018

Spending time alone with God should be the greatest joy of our life.

And, yet, John said he had “no greater joy than his children walking in truth“.

Definitely, our Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, and His Spirit in us should be the joy of our life.