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, 



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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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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, that’s HISTORY.
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.


 How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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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.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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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.



How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4


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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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Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Godliness In An Ungodly Day - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam



Godliness In An Ungodly Day 
 by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


:  It is an interesting fact that the words “godly” and “godliness” are not found in Paul’s writings until we come to the Pastoral Epistles, the very epistles that have so much to say about evil days and evil surroundings.

In the epistles to Timothy we read about the “perilous times” with which this present dispensation of grace will be brought to a close, while in the letter to Titus we read of “unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,” of “liars… evil beasts… lazy gluttons,” whom Satan would use to neutralize the work and witness of God’s servants.

To Timothy and Titus, these young men of God, the Apostle had much to say about godliness, and we must not forget that Paul’s words to them are also God’s Word to us, believers in Christ, who indeed appear to be living in the closing days of the dispensation of grace, surrounded by a steadily-rising tide of evil and an ever-growing number of wicked, godless men.

We do not mean to imply that the Apostle does not deal with the various phases of the Christian life in his other epistles, but rather that here in the Pastoral Epistles he wages a sort of campaign for individual godly living in the midst of increasing apostasy and godlessness.

May God help us, in our character and conduct, to exhibit “the power of godliness,” the spiritual power that comes from putting Christ first in all things.



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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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THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS – By Robert E. Hanna


Scripture Reading: I Timothy 3: 16

The mystery of godliness might well be defined in human terminology as an incredible paradox. To be both God and man, to be both visible and invisible, to walk guilelessly among men and reign supreme in glory—surely this is a mystery beyond comprehension. Even though this mystery has been divinely revealed, it remains nevertheless incomprehensible.

How then can mankind possibly acknowledge such a seeming impossibility? In the realm of mortality, we think of “solving” a mystery. That this is impossible becomes immediately self-evident. One alternative exists—only one. Only BY FAITH can we accept and possess such profound spiritual truth. And even that very faith is itself of God; it cannot be self-generated. We can exercise the believing faith only because He has enabled us so to do.

“By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9). In the words of Matthew Henry (in his commentary), “Both that faith and that salvation are the gift of God. God has ordered all so that the whole shall appear to be of grace.”

God’s mysteries cannot be discerned apart from faith. And precisely what IS faith? “Faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen … Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed [ages were planned] by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:1,3),


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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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TOTAL FORGIVENESS - By Robert E. Hahha


 Scripture Reading: Colossians 2: 13

"You, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses" (Colossians 2:13). "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins" (Colossians 1:12-14).

What greater comfort can we experience than the assurance of these words of unqualified release from the bondage of iniquity! Unregenerate man suffers constant fear in his state of guilt and shame. His hope lies only in the one "in whom we [who are saved] have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7). "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9). "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (2 Corinthians 9:15).

Once possessed, one's salvation can never be lost. The apostle explains the process of judgment when the departed saints appear at the judgment seat of Christ. "If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon [the foundation, Jesus Christ], he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire" (I Corinthians 3: 14,15).

We can neither earn nor deserve salvation. "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5).


 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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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

WHEN CHRIST SHALL APPEAR - By Robert E. Hanns


Scripture Reading: Titus 2: 13

"When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory" (Colossians 3:4). When He shall appear to whom? The writer of this statement is the apostle Paul. He addresses the saints who are members of the church--which is the body of Christ. He assures us that "Our conversation [our citizenship] is in heaven; from whence we look for [expect] the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Philippians 3:20). "Looking for [expecting] that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" (Titus 2: 13).

The apostle is not speaking to the nation of Israel, the people of prophecy and promise. They have been set aside, and in this present dispensation "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). In other words, the Jew has no identification per se as a member of the body of Christ Ergo, the appearing which Paul defines is not the returning of the king of Israel.

Sadly, many saints today are anticipating the wrong appearing. They are missing the joyful expectation of eternity in heaven-which is the portion of the members of Christ's body. "For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first; Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (I Thess. 4: 16,17).


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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The Holy Spirit And The Pentecostal Believers - By Pastor C. R. Stam



he prophesied work of the Holy Spirit in connection with His people Israel should be clearly understood if we would understand His work today in connection with the members of the Body of Christ. In Joel 2:28,29 God promised to supernaturally cause them to prophesy, etc., but in Ezek. 36:26,27, He also promised to supernaturally cause them to do His will:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. AND I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, AND CAUSE YOU TO WALK IN MY STATUTES, AND YE SHALL KEEP MY JUDGMENTS, AND DO THEM.”
Thus God would show that the only way in which even His own people can perfectly obey Him is when He takes possession of them and causes them to do His will. Indeed, He is still demonstrating this. Though we today have all the advantages and blessings of the dispensation of grace, and though we desire most earnestly to obey and serve God as we ought, we still continually fall short.

This is because, contrary to popular opinion, none of us has been baptized with the Spirit (See Acts 1:5 and cf. I Cor. 12:13). We must be careful to notice the immediate change that took place in the behavior of the Pentecostal believers, now that the Holy Spirit had come to take possession of them. Not only did they speak with tongues and prophesy and work miracles, but they all began living for one another.

“And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul; neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common” (Acts 4:32).
We have not observed this way of life among those who call themselves Pentecostalists today.

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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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False Teachers In The Last Days - By Laura Feldick Tomas


Laura is the daughter of Les and Iria Feldick
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 The apostle Peter warns us that there will be a lot of false teaching in the last days and that we are to be on guard against such things. There is a teaching that has emerged just in the last 2 1/2 years based on a report by one atheist scientist named Dr. Eran Elhaik. He tries to say that the vast majority of the Jews of the world are not really Jews at all. This false teaching suggests that only the Sephardic Jews are "real Jews" and the Ashkenazi Jews are not. (These are the two major groups with a few subsets) The Sephardic Jews originated in the Middle East and then ended up in Spain and Portugal and then most seemingly migrated to North Africa after ousted from Spain in 1492. The Ashkenazi Jews are comprised mostly of the lighter skinned Jews that either live in, or descended from, eastern Europe, (Germany Poland Ukraine etc.) or western Russia.

In researching, (about 15 different articles) most of the DNA studies/data referred back to the dispersal of the Jews during the time of the Roman Empire. A couple of them mentioned the Babylonians taking Judah captive in 597, 587, and 582BC but not one "scientific study" took into account all those Jews taken captive by the Assyrians in 740-722 BC. According to ancient Assyrian records, the Assyrians took 200,150 captives. It is interesting to note that God said those taken by the Babylonians would be allowed to return while never giving the same promise to those taken by the Assyrians. The ancient Assyrian empire extended almost as far north as the Black Sea and it is easy to see that people could have migrated to the west/north or gone east of the Black Sea and gone north into Western Russia as the Assyrian Empire fell. It is absolutely amazing that not one study brought the Assyrian captivity in as a factor. Considering that the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities took a large portion of the Jewish population north, the scientific studies did not seem very scientific to me. However, the studies did all agree that the Ashkenazi population had a "more homogeneous genetic background compared to the general population,", meaning they do not have the ethnic diversity (in their DNA mapping) that other people have – because for 4000 years a majority have followed God's command not to intermarry with Gentiles.

The bottom line is that only one study concluded that Ashkenazic Jews did not originate in the Middle East but rather originated in the Caucus and thus concluded they were not Jewish. The false claim is that this large group of people just happened to embrace Judaism in the 700s to circumvent accepting Islam or Christianity. Many feel that these claims are an attempt to disapprove the Ashkenazi ancestral claims to the land. Whatever the reason, it is another false teaching of the end times. It also goes to show that the scientists do not know their biblical history or certainly they would have taken into account the Assyrian captivity. Above all, there are several verses in God's word telling us he will bring back His people from the north. Example: Jeremiah 16:15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers. 

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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Rightly Dividing the Scriptures - By Les Feldick


 To some of you I will sound like a “broken record” (33 rpm), but if my phone calls are any indication, very few, even Bible students, understand what we mean by Rightly Dividing the Scriptures according to II Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

As introduction, I would like to share a phone call. The gentleman had a question on one of the Parables. I responded “So you are a Pharisee?” He said “No! I am not a Pharisee. Why do you ask that?” I told him to look up Matthew 21:45 (And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.) and to read it to me. He read it and in stark shock he exclaimed, “I‘ve never seen that that before! The Parables were addressed to the Pharisees?” That is a perfect example of Rightly Dividing. When you read the Parables, realize they were intended primarily for Israel’s Religious leaders!

Consequently, we cannot mix them in with Paul’s Epistles! Another good, plain example is Leviticus 5:5-6 And it shall be, when he shall be guilty in one of these things, that he shall confess that he hath sinned in that thing: And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord for his sin which he hath sinned, a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats, for a sin offering; and the priest shall make an atonement for him concerning his sin. That is what the Bible says. But do we obey verse 6? Of course not! It is not addressed to us Gentiles and neither are the 4 gospels or the first 8 chapters of Acts. It is all addressed to Israel. Acts 2:22 “Ye men of Israel…” Acts 2:23 “Let all the house of Israel,” and in Acts 3:1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour and Acts 11:19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only.

Now let’s see the stark difference in the language of our Apostle. Acts 9:15 But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel and Romans 11:13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: Lets start with Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. Read it carefully … Whose Gospel? My Gospel and how long did God keep Paul’s gospel secret? Since time began, until Paul’s revelation. And how does Paul put it in the very next verse? BUT NOW! So here is the great Divide!


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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Twofold Purpose - by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


Have you ever noticed the wording of the majestic statement with which the Bible opens?

    “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).

It does not say that God created “the universe,” but “the heaven” and “the earth.”

This is because God had a special purpose for the earth quite distinct from His purpose for the rest of the universe. This purpose concerning the earth and the nations to dwell upon it is progressively revealed in the Scriptures. We look forward to its glorious consummation when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” — when the Christ who was crucified here shall come into His right, reigning as King of kings and Lord of lords.

But God also had a very special purpose concerning heaven which He kept hidden in His own heart of love until man’s sin and rebellion had reached their climax. Then He stooped down, saved the “chief of sinners” and used him to make known the wondrous secret of His purpose to offer to sinners everywhere, salvation by grace through faith alone, reconciling them to Himself in one body by the cross and giving them a present position and a future prospect in the highest heavens.

God’s purpose concerning the earth and Christ’s reign upon it is the subject of prophecy (Luke 1:68-76), His purpose concerning heaven and our exaltation there with Christ is the subject of “the mystery” (Ephesians 2:4-10; 3:1-4). Into these two great subjects the Scriptures are basically divided.

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PAUL'S SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE - by Dr. E. R. Campbell


An Overview of Philippians 3


It is my desire that all of us believers might be identified with the message that the Lord Jesus Christ revealed to and through the apostle Paul, and how it controlled his thinking and living, I begin this by quoting from my literal and conservative translation of Philippians.

vv.12-14 "Not that I have already obtained or already have been made perfect, but I pursue, if also I may lay hold upon that for which I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not count myself to have laid hold, but one thing, on the one hand forgetting the things behind, and on the other hand reaching out unto the things before, I pursue the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

The apostle Paul never claimed that he had reached the spiritual status unto which end the Lord had laid hold of him. On the one hand, Paul and all those who believe that Jesus Christ died for their sin, are counted sinless and righteous in Christ Jesus for good works, which God previously prepared, that we should walk in them" (Eph. 2:10).

In the context surrounding the preceding verses, we need to identify with Paul in that which is all-important: the pursuing of "the surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus the Lord" (Phil. 3:8). We need with Paul to be found having "the righteousness that is through the faithfulness of Christ" (Phil 3:9). We need to also be reaching out "unto the end to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death" (Phil. 3:10).

In the third paragraph above, I have explained how God changes a sinner into one fit to serve Him. Also, in the light of what is said in this portion of Philippians, I indicated that salvation by grace should result in our living according to the good works prepared by God. The Pauline Epistles certainly make it dear, while the Apostle was focusing on the future, he was preparing for the reward which would accrue to his account (2 Cor. 5:9-10; 1 Thess.1 :9-10).

After bathing my mind in Philippians 3:5-21, I have concluded that the apostle Paul is sharing with us an overview of his spiritual pilgrimage, beginning with his deliverance from the Law, and ending with the acquisition of a body of the same form as Jesus Christ's glorious body (Phil. 3:21).

I want you to observe an important aspect of Paul's spiritual pilgrimage with which we all can identify. He says, "but one thing," then proceeds to mention the focus of his ministry, what he concentrated on. He says that, on the one hand, he was "forgetting the things behind." The Greek word translated forgetting is a present participial and means that Paul continually forgot and obliterated his past blasphemous conduct from his mind, for he had received mercy and forgiveness because he did it when he was an ignorant unbeliever (1 Tim. 1:13). We should identify with Paul in not doting on things we did in ignorant unbelief.

It is interesting that the Apostle links together the negative forgetting and the positive reaching out as one thing. Negative doting on the unalterable past has the potential to have a deleterious effect on our minds. Apparently, the apostle Paul is looking at it as that which stymies spiritual growth, maturity, and progress.

Summarizing we all need to be more closely identified with Paul in his intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. He wanted to know experientially the power involved in His resurrection; he wanted, in a deeper sense, to feel His sufferings leading to the Cross; also, he wanted to be progressively molded and conformed to the death of Christ.


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Burning Hearts - Charles Wages



Burning Hearts  
Charles Wages


And they said one to another, 'Did not our hearts burn within us, while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the Scriptures?'" (Luke 24:32)

Eating too much of the world's food might give us "heartburn," but partaking of the spiritual food of God's Word makes our hearts to glow with warmth. The Emmaus disciples experienced this when they walked and talked with the Lord Jesus after His resurrection.

Let's consider together some very important truths associated with this wonderful passage from Luke, chapter 24.
The Method Used by the Lor

The risen Christ knew what was needed to open the eyes of these disciples (vs. 31), as well as what was needed to open their understanding (vs. 45); and He certainly knew how to go about accomplishing this.

He Talked with Them

The Lord Jesus talked to them about things they were familiar with, beginning with Moses (vs. 27) and then proceeding to the prophets. However, He was quick to "... expound unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." He not only talked to them, but He opened the Scriptures in order to really help them. First, their "understanding" needed to be opened, in order for them to understand the Scriptures.

"Then opened He their understanding that they might understand the Scriptures." (vs. 45)

He also helped them to really know Him by the fact that,

He Walked with Them

"And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and He made as though He would have gone further."

He walked with them and talked with them even though they did not fully recognize Him. Later on, after they were fully aware that He was the risen Christ, after He had eaten with them and expounded the Scriptures, we are told that

"He led them out as far as to Bethany, and He lifted up His hands, and blessed them." (vs. 50)

The Message Used by the Lord

It has already been stressed that the Lord Jesus used the Old Testament Scriptures to show the wondering, wandering disciples that He was the prophesied One. This startling message was gotten across to them and they exclaimed,

"The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon." (vs. 34)

They now understood that He was not just the crucified Christ, but the risen Christ. This message led to a personal testimony that must have warmed the hearts of the other disciples. We are told that they,

"... told what things were done in the way, and how He was known of them in breaking of bread." (vs. 35)

What were the results of our Lord's way of dealing with those whom He loved? Well, it stirred them to action for one thing. Verse 33 tells us that,

.. they rose up the same hour and returned to Jerusalem ...

Secondly, we are told that they returned to Jerusalem. It is significant that they returned to Jerusalem. They returned right where their enemies were the strongest! We are also told they found the eleven gathered together. Trust enjoins us to desire to be with other believers and share the blessings of revealed Truth.

Yes, this is a heart-warming account of believers whose hearts were burning within them. This warmth was from within. What a contrast to an earlier experience of Peter where we are told he sat down among unbelievers and warmed himself at the fire they had kindled (Luke 22:55). This temporary warming was from without, from the world's fires. God speaks to our hearts. He wants to kindle a fire within us by teaching us His Word. This creates a desire to serve Him, to testify of His wonderful Person and purpose. When the Lord Jesus is the center of our lives, when He rules in our hearts, it is truly a heart-warming experience.



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Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
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