Sunday, May 27, 2018

In His Service - by Pastor Paul M. Sadler



 In His Service 
 by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” — Romans 12:1,2
At all times we should stand ready to serve the Lord in whatever capacity He has called us. Time is precious! Isaac Watts once said: “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away.” Unlike eternity, everything in this life has a beginning and an end, as Solomon reminds us:

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die” (Eccl. 3:1,2).
In the natural course of things, life and death are in God’s control. But what takes place between these two monumental events will have a bearing upon us throughout eternity. Life is the dash that appears between the dates on every tombstone. And that little dash speaks volumes. For some it marks a conversion to Christ and all the spiritual benefits that come with it. But for others it is a chronicle of rejection and rebellion against God, with no hope of reprieve. Which is true of you? If the latter, there’s still time to trust Christ and flee the wrath to come.

The question is, what will we do with the remaining time that’s left before our dash is etched in stone? Paul says, “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:13,14).

This passage has always amazed me. After 30 plus years of serving the Lord, Paul was still pressing toward the goal. He refused to allow the past to influence his life — whether it was past failures or accomplishments. God has done a wonderful work here at BBS through the years, but we must not dwell upon past accomplishments or failures.

Like Paul, we must press forward toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God.

May it be our desire that we might “know Christ,” that is, more fully, and experience the power of His resurrection. There is still much to be done, but with your help, we can leave a legacy of grace that will be long remembered after we lie in the dust of the earth.

 

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Thursday, May 24, 2018

God Is Central - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


God Is Central

by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

Paul’s Epistle to the Romans is the foundation book of Christian theology. It brings us face to face with facts we ought to know and must know to be saved. 

In the 16th and 17th verses of the first chapter, the apostle declares that he is proud of the gospel because therein the “righteousness”, or rightness of God is revealed. 

God had to deal righteously with sin before He could offer salvation to sinners. Sin is not merely an affliction; it is moral wrong and kindles the wrath of a just and holy God. 

The wrath of God is too little discussed by modern evangelists and preachers. They like to talk about the love and mercy of God, as though He were a Grand Old Man with a tolerant attitude toward sin. But they never fully appreciate His love and mercy because they do not understand His infinite wrath against sin. 

Much evangelism today has become sort of a “try God” gimmick. The pleasures of the world don’t satisfy? Try God. You can’t shake off some terrible bondage? Try God. When all else fails, Try God!
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But this humanistic approach is foreign to Scripture. God, His holiness, His wrath against sin and His love in providing salvation — these are central in Scripture, not man and his condition and his needs

We are not to look upon God as our servant, who will help us in time of need, but as the Holy One whose justice we have offended but who, in infinite grace, paid for our sins Himself so that we might be redeemed. This is why the Epistle to the Romans begins its mighty argument with almost three chapters on the subject of sin. Then follows the Good News of God’s grace in settling the sin question so that we might be “justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:24). 

And thus the same inspired writer declares in Ephesians 2:2-4 that we were “the children of disobedience” and therefore “the children of wrath”, but then goes on to show “God, who is rich in mercy” and “great” in “love”, saves believers by grace, giving them eternal life in Christ, who died for our sins.


End Time Prophecy

What is HAPPING in The MIDDLE EAST


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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The One Essential Thing - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



The One Essential Thing
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The place of the Word in the life of the believer is settled once and for all in the inspired record of one of our Lord’s visits to the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).

Commentaries on this passage generally point out that both Mary and Martha had their good points! This, of course, is true, but if we limit ourselves to this observation we rob the account of its intended lesson, for our Lord did not commend both sisters for their “good points.” He reproved Martha and commended and defended Mary with regard to one particular matter.

What, exactly, was Mary commended for? How often she has been portrayed as an example to us to spend more time with the Lord in prayer! But this is missing the point of the passage. Mary was not praying; she “sat at Jesus’ feet, and HEARD HIS WORD.” She just sat there, drinking in all He had to say. This was “the one essential thing” which Mary had “chosen” and which our Lord said was not to be “taken away from her.” Thus, while prayer and testimony and good works all have their importance in the life of the believer, hearing God’s Word is “the one essential thing” above all others. Indeed, let this “one thing” be given its rightful place and all the rest will follow naturally.

It is granted, of course, that we must study the Word prayerfully and with open heart, or it will have disastrous, rather than beneficial results, but this only goes to place still further emphasis upon the supreme importance of the Word of God, which we seek, by sincere and prayerful study, to understand and obey.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

GRACE AND MERCY - By John Baker


GRACE AND MERCY
John Baker


Scripture Reading: Romans 5:21

The first word we will consider is "GRACE." All that we have in Christ is by God's grace. Though grace is simple to believe, it is more difficult to understand. The characteristic of God's dealing since the cross is grace. Grace is now reigning. Where sin had at one time reigned, now grace reigns, through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 5:21). Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound (Romans 5:20). Grace overcame sin and death. Grace is the characteristic word for this present dispensation in which we are living. The apostle Paul was willing to lay down his life for this wonderful message of God's grace. "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received ofthe Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24).

The characteristic way God is dealing with men, though we do not deserve it, is by grace. It is because of the finished work on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, and what He accomplished there, that God now deals with mankind in grace. Grace is not some commodity that can be measured or portioned. Grace must be understood as an attitude in which God is dealing with the world. We have salvation and all the accompanying blessings by God's grace.

Scripture Reading: Titus 2:11

In the Bible the Greek word translated grace is "charis." In secular Greek, grace was the property of an act that  inspired joy, beauty, and gracefulness. It came to mean the  act itself - the grace, the favor, or the goodness. The act of  doing something beautiful became the grace. It was a favor  done without expectation of return. A simple definition of  grace is unmerited favor. But grace is much more than this.  Mercy can be unmerited favor. Grace is receiving from God  that which we do not deserve. Mercy is not receiving from God  that which we do deserve. God is merciful and loving. His righteousness cannot tolerate sin. Sin is between man and  God. God loves the sinner and would be merciful to us. But He  cannot be merciful to the sinner at the expense of His own  righteousness. So God acted in His grace and sent His Son to  pay for sin, and to take care of consequences of sin, forever.  Now He can be merciful to the believer because sin has been taken out of the way.

It is by the grace of God that the best as well as the  worst and every shade in between are saved. There can be  no salvation from the penalty, dominion, or presence of sin  apart from the God of grace and the grace of God. With  the apostle Paul we can say "But by the grace of God I am  what I am ... " (I Corinthians 15:lOa).

Scripture Reading: Romans 11:6

To better understand grace we can look at what grace is  in contrast to:

1. Grace is the opposite of debt (Romans 4:4-5). Debt is what someone owes. God is not in debt to anyone. He  does not owe us anything. The world not only fell into sin, but  murdered the only One who can forgive sin (the Lord Jesus  Christ). If I could do anything to earn salvation, then God  would owe it to me. That would be the opposite of grace. If I  work for wages - the wages are due as debt. But this cannot be  applied to salvation. No one ever obtained righteousness by  worth or work. Grace then is God giving to the sinner,  completely undeserved, salvation. Whatever God gives us inot out of debt, but out of the good heartedness of the Giver.

2. Grace is the opposite of works (Romans 11:6).  Works are what man does in an attempt to please God. If a  man is saved by grace, then he cannot contribute one thing to  his salvation. The minute one tries to add one work, as a  requirement for salvation, he frustrates the grace of God. It is  either all works or all grace. For if we add works to grace, it  isn't grace anymore. This is perhaps the most direct and  absolute contrast in Scripture. Grace is God acting according  to His purpose. Work is man seeking to present to God a  human ground for His blessing.

Scripture Reading: Romans 6:14

Grace is the opposite of debt and works and it is also the  opposite oflaw.

3. Grace is opposite of the law (Romans 6:14).  The law stands for all man can and should do to meet God's  righteous standard. Grace is the opposite. It is not what man  does for God, but what God has done for man, in His grace.  Grace takes away works legalism. We are not under law today,  but under grace.

In summary: Grace is the opposite of debt -- God does not  owe us anything. Grace is the opposite of works you cannot  obtain righteousness through good works. Grace is opposite  of law -- you cannot keep the law to be saved.

We aren't saved because of who we are or what we have  done. We are saved by grace. Grace is freely bestowed apart  from man's efforts. The believer is under the grace of God and  because of this, sin is defeated. Grace is based upon and  displayed by the finished work of Christ.

Grace is a way oflife. We live under grace. (Romans 7:5,6)  Upon this basis, sin shall not have dominion over the believer,  for we are not under law, but under grace. Grace is receiving  from God that which we do not deserve freely out of the love  and good heartedness of the Giver. Everything we have is by  God's grace - justification, redemption, salvation, hope,  glorification, etc. We should thank God every day for His grace.


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