Tuesday, June 28, 2016

STOP, THINK, LIFT - By Mel Flogel


We see these words on boxes in large bold print, reminding us to bend our knees and keep the back straight as we lift the heavy box. Prepare yourself, brace yourself and use correct strategy or you might be paying for a thoughtless action afterward.

For many of us, active lives can hinder our thinking. Sometimes by accident our activity, even good activity, crowds out and limits the amount of thinking we do. This can be very detrimental to our lives and souls for God does not by-pass our minds in communicating to us human beings. He has very crucial truth to convey concerning our everlasting destiny, so if we fail to stop, think, and lift our thoughts to what God has revealed through Paul's gospel, we could pay for this by spending eternity in the "Lake of Fire", and in "everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord". (II Thessalonians 1: 9)

Our Lord Jesus Christ communicated this principle through a parable when He ministered to Israel saying, "The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully, and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, THOU FOOL, THIS NIGHT THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF THEE, then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (Luke 12: 16-21)

Failing to stop, think, and lift his thoughts to our Creator this man died leaving his acquired possessions to new owners. But worse than this, he was not rich toward God before Whom he now stands.

Later, our Lord Jesus Christ revealed much more about the dilemma mankind is in. Man is under the condemnation of God and is pronounced guilty of coming short of the glory of God. Stop for a moment and consider the righteousness of Jesus Christ. In Luke 23:41, we read of His sinless life, it says "but this man hath done nothing amiss." In II Corinthians 5: 21, it says He "knew no sin". Hebrews 9: 14, says He was "without spot".

You may have heard and understood this, but now through Paul it is revealed that the righteous of Jesus Christ is the only acceptable standard for everlasting life, and that we all come short of it. Paul wrote "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; EVEN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD which is by faith OF JESUS CHRIST." (Romans 3:21) Please take note of those two words "but now". They denote a change from what was previously revealed.

Paul goes on to explain and declare why we all come short of God's newly revealed holy righteous standard by saying, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23) God's standard is perfect, sinless, and holy. He revealed His holy standard in giving the Law to Israel. People often are not informed that there were many more commandments and ordinances than the ten commandments initially given. There were at least six hundred and thirteen (613) which we can find in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. And out Lord Jesus added commandments to that number as He ministered to Israel. He perfectly fulfilled all righteousness in living a sinless life but also in that" he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father". (Philippians 2: 8-11)

So then now with Paul declaring the righteousness of Jesus Christ to be God's only acceptable standard and that we all come short of it, this places us in quite a dilemma. But with this new declaration, Paul also is chosen to declare imputed righteousness. This is the good news that God will impute to us the righteousness of Jesus Christ when we believe the good news concerning the cross of Christ. The good news is that Jesus Christ made complete satisfaction to God for our sins by His shed blood once for all. The word for this is propitiation. Paul said, "But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets, even the righteousness of God which is by faith OF Jesus Christ UNTO ALL AND UPON ALL THEM THAT BELIEVE: for there is no difference. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath set forth to be a PROPITIATION through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God, to declare, I say at this time his righteousness, that he might be just and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. " (Romans 3: 21-26)

So Paul's gospel is a message of imputed righteousness, the righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to our account the moment we rest by faith in His death as the only payment for our sins. Paul writes, "But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4: 24-25)

This is God's gracious provision for our dilemma of falling short of the righteousness of Jesus Christ and the condemnation that came with this declaration.

May I also ask you to STOP, THINK, and LIFT your thoughts to another reason God can impute His righteousness to us. Paul's gospel declares that Jesus Christ died in our place. He died our death at Calvary. The word for this is vicarious. The righteousness of Jesus Christ not only shows us that we come short, it also shows us that we are guilty and are under the penalty of sin which is death. Our sins place us under the curse of the law. Paul wrote, "For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them." (Galatians 3:10)

Paul was chosen to reveal that now the law is not of faith and that "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, BEING MADE A CURSE FOR US: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree." (Galatians 3:13) This means He died in our place, He died the death we deserved because of sin. He paid it all.

This seems to imply that all men needed Jesus's death in their place doesn't it? Read Paul's words, "For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them and rose again." (II Corinthians 5: 14-15)

This also seems to imply that the world as a whole stands at emnity with God, but through the death of Jesus Christ in our place reconciliation is made for us if we will believe it. Again, read Paul's words, "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." (II Corinthians 5: 19-21)

I would just ask you to please stop and take a moment out of your busy and active life to think on these truths. Lift your thoughts to the One who came to earth, His creation, and endured the death of the cross in your place making complete satisfaction to God for your sins and mine, and rose again from the dead showing that His offering was accepted. Believe this message of God's grace and receive it for yourself and never regret it. Don't let thoughtless activity rob you of God's gracious offer, for we now live in His" accepted time". Paul wrote, "we then as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation)". (II Corinthians 6: 1-2) 



 How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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FIVE THINGS THAT OCCUR BEFORE THE RAPTURE - Author Unknown


1)   (1 Timothy 4:1)  But the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons,

2)   (2 Thessalonians 2:7)  For the mystery of lawlessness is already working, only he is now holding back until it comes out of the midst.

(2 Thessalonians 2:8)  And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the breath of His mouth and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming,

3)   (2 Timothy 3:2)  For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

2 Timothy 3:3)  without natural affection, unyielding, false accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good,

(2 Timothy 3:4)  traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

(2 Timothy 3:5)  having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.

4)   (Ephesians 5:15)  See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
(Eph 5:16)  redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

5)   ( 1 Thessalonians 4:16)  For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first.

(1 Thessalonians 4:17)  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 so we shall ever be with the Lord.



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Monday, June 27, 2016

GOD-CENTERED OR SELF-CENTERED - By Paul Hume


Scripture Reading:
Ezekiel 44:15-31; 2 Corinthians  5:14-17

For centuries men believed that the sun was not the center of our solar system. They thought that the sun revolved about our planet, and the Earth was the center of our universe. Since the 16th century and the discoveries of Copernicus, men have recognized that the sun, not the Earth, is the true center of our solar system. The Earth, as everyone now knows, revolves once a year about the sun. We have a system which is "sun-centered."

By nature we are intensely self-centered. Even after becoming saved, we still tend to be self-centered. Only as we "grow in grace," and experience the working of the Lord in breaking us from our innate selfishness do we gradually move from being self-centered to being Son-centered! This is why the ministry of the sons of Zadok in Ezekiel44:15 is so unique. Did you notice it? "They shall enter into My sanctuary, and thy shall come near to My table, to minister UNTO ME, and they shall keep My charge."

The Apostle Paul therefore declares that as the result of the "new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17), "they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but UNTO HIM which died for them, and rose again." This is God-centered living: living to please HIM; living to know more of HIM; living to make HIM known to others; living to do HIS will. Is this your heart's desire? Or are you still in "prison"--the prison of self?


"0 the bitter pain and sorrow,
That the time could ever be,
When I proudly said to Jesus,
All of Self and none of Thee.
But He sought me, I beheld Him,
Dying on the accursed tree,
And my feeble heart said faintly,
Some of self and some of Thee.
Higher than the highest mountain,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered, 



 How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

NOW AND FOREVER FREE! - By Miles Stanford


"Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians1:7,8).

We can trust Him for our matriculation here, and we can trust Him for our examination and graduation in Glory!

"That word, 'blameless,' may be translated 'unimpeachable' or 'unaccusable.' In other words, when we stand at last at the judgment seat of Christ, God Himself is going to see to it that no charge can stand against any believer, because the Lord Jesus Christ has atoned for all our sins with His own precious Blood. Every failure in life will be dealt with there, and all the wood, hay, and stubble will be burned in the fire of that day and we shall stand before our Lord unimpeachable, unaccusable." -H.A.I.

"Instead of my sins being between myself and Him, as before, it is Himself who is now between me and my sins; and the One who has thus interposed has given me to know that in the doing it He has brought me to Himself, and tuned my heart to His own praise.

"He has borne the judgment due to my sins, and condemned sin in the flesh; in the Person of my Substitute I am clear from, and carried beyond, the judgment forever; the power of death is annulled, that of Satan finally broken."

"Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's. elect? Shall God that justifieth? Who is he that condemneth? Shall Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us?" (Romans 8:33,34).

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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Mother Mary's Advice - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it” (John 2:5).

When, at Cana’s wedding feast, the mother of Jesus had seen that the wine had run out, she had at first approached Him for help, but had received a reply which all the theologians of the centuries have not been able to soften: “Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come” (John 2:4).

She must learn the painful lesson that as Son of God He must deny the claims of any who would boast a closer relationship to Him on grounds of physical birth.

Mary must not think of Him as “My son”. She must, like every one else, learn to know Him as Her Lord and Saviour.

Humble, believing Mary could take the lesson well, however. Before this, when He had spoken in similar fashion she had “kept all these sayings in her heart”. Now she goes to the servants and says: “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it”.

Mary would do the same today. If she could speak she would direct her worshippers to the Lord Jesus Christ, and say: “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it”.

Strangely, the vast majority seem to think of His words only as the words which He spoke while on earth. They have forgotten or have never known that our Lord Jesus spoke again from heaven by revelation to the Apostle Paul and that in his epistles we have the words of the Lord Jesus to us today (See Galatians 1:11,12; 2:7-9).

Paul was, in a special sense, the ambassador of the rejected Lord. To him was committed “the gospel of the grace of God” (Acts 20:24) and the mystery of God’s “eternal purpose” (Eph.3:1-11). In bringing his first Epistle to Timothy to a close, he wrote: “If any man teach otherwise [than he had been teaching] and consent not to wholesome words, EVEN THE WORDS OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST…he is proud, knowing nothing…from such withdraw thyself” (ITim.6:3-5). Likewise, to the unruly Corinthians he wrote: “…If I come again, I will not spare: SINCE YE SEEK A PROOF OF CHRIST SPEAKING IN ME…” (II Cor.13:2,3).

Mary’s advice today would be to believe the gospel that Paul preached, “…how that CHRIST DIED FOR OUR SINS according to the Scriptures…was buried, and…rose again the third day…” (ICor.15:3,4).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Friday, June 24, 2016

RAPTIJRE OR REVELATION? - By Robert E. Hanna


 Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:29-31

Characteristic of the nation Israel is that "The Jews require a sign" (I Corinthians 1:22). Consistent with this trait is the fact that God has always provided all necessary signs, relative to His commands and prophecies and the fulfillment of those prophecies. On the other hand, all dealings with themembers of the Body are based solely upon faith without evidences or manifestations.

We know that the Rapture of the Church is imminent. It could happen at any moment because no event or series of events has been stipulated as leading up to it. Conversely, Christ's second coming (to the earth to set up His kingdom) will be preceded by specific signs and wonders. "The sun [shall] be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken." Further, when He raptures the Church, it will be a meeting in the air. (Refer to I Thessalonians 4:16 & 17.) But when He comes to set up His kingdom, He will descend to the earth.

"And His feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east ... " (Zechariah 14:4a). His purpose at the second advent is to establish the promised earthly kingdom for Israel. His purpose at the Rapture is to establish the Church in the promised glory in the heavenlies. The contrast is consistent with all other aspects of earthly Israel's promises and the heavenly position of the Church which is His Body. In neither event will the exact moment of occurrence be predictable; but the Rapture can take place at any time from this moment on, while the Second Coming must await preliminaries.


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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TAKEN WHERE? - By John N. Baker


. Scripture Reading: Matthew 24:17,18

These verses are often quoted in reference to the catching away to Heaven of the Church which is the Body of Christ. This is in error for two reasons.

First, the Church for today had not been revealed at the time the Lord spoke these words. Therefore, the catching away which we refer to as the Rapture of the Church had not been revealed either. For this reason alone, this passage' could have nothing to do with the Body of Christ. The Church, whichis His Body, as well as the secret catching away was revealed to and through the Apostle Paul alone (Ephesians 3: 1-9;  I Corinthians 15:51).

There is, however, a reason within the context which shows that this taking away mentioned by the Lord is not even for believers. The example given in verses 37-39 is that of Noah's experience in the great flood. It is stated that "the flood came and took them all away." Those taken away were taken by the judgment of the flood. Note Luke 17=26,27 which relates the same example; "and as it was in the days ofNoe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that N oe entered into the ark and the flood came, and destroyed them all." With this example, the Lord illustrates that at His second coming,
 some will be taken to judgment, just as those taken by the flood. A remnant will remain to go into the Kingdom, just as Noah and his family remained, passing through the flood.

 Neither you nor I, would want to be included in the company of those which are here taken. We can be assured that we will be in the company which is caught away to Glory, as revealed by the Holy Spirit in I Thessalonians 4:16-18, by putting our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The moment I believe that He died for my sinand was raised on account of my justification, I have my ticket for the catching away to Glory.

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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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IS TIllS A NEW BEGINNING? - By Harold Steinbron


Scripture Reading: Acts 2:1-4

According to most of the commentaries now available on the book of Acts, something new and revolutionary be- gan on the Day of Pentecost. Other writers draw a line at Matthew 1:1 and say the so-called New Testament marks the beginning of a new something in God's program. They seem to forget that events in the four Gospels and Acts are clearly predicted in the so-called Old Testament and are all in fulfillment of promises made to David in the matter of a kingdom and a King, cis well as the fulfillment of prophecies by many of the prophets. When our Lord began His public ministry, He said He was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. He cured a leper and commanded him to go to the temple and offer the gift prescribed by Moses. Jerusalem remains to this day the center of Jewish religion and is still that in the book of Revelation.

Wouldn't it be more accurate to say the four Gospels complete the so-called Old Testament, and the Book of Acts records the start of that kingdom so long anticipated by God's People?

God was ready on the Day of Pentecost to bring in the kingdom; but His people said, "Nothing doing!" So, God set them and the kingdom in abeyance, raised up the one apostle-Paul--and with his name change we are told by the Holy Spirit that something new was beginning. Remember, Abram became Abraham, and Jacob became Israel? Let's let God, rather than men, tell us when something new is be- ginning.



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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WHAT A MESS THIS WORLD IS IN! - By Laura Feldick Thomas





WHAT A MESS THIS WORLD IS IN! 
By Laura Feldick Thomas

Laura is the daughter of Les and Iria Feldick


What a mess this world is in! Oh well. I keep telling myself not to let it get to me because someday in heaven everything will be perfect! :-). Not only will we have perfect bodies and perfect love one towards another but our environment is going to be absolutely perfect. I don't know if we will stay busy keeping things nice like Adam did when he was put in the garden or if things will just automatically stay nice... Either way, I know things are going to be absolutely lovely. Don't you wonder if heaven is going to have some of the things that earth has – like green grass and green trees??? I certainly tend to think so because I believe the garden of Eden was a small copy of heaven – something God found good enough to enjoy every evening when he came down to walk and talk with Adam and Eve. But, who knows? All we know for sure is the Bible tells us it is going to be good and we have to take that by faith. It takes alot of faith to believe every word of the Bible, doesn't it? I mean really! To believe in a God who knows everything, to believe in a heaven and a rapture and everything else that is in God's word!!?! It definitely takes a lot of faith! And yet, I thank God that , somehow, I do have the faith it takes to believe – not only that he died for me, was buried and rose again, but everything else that is written in HIs word. And so, I believe in the rapture and the heaven that waits for me – it is my blessed hope :-).

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