Perfection of Man

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In this present struggle of mankind against itself a striving for perfection out of imperfection is trying to be accomplished. We see this in the prevalent social movements of today. Most strikingly is Critical Race Theory, #MeToo movement and others. Mankind is reaching out and searching to deal with the sin nature that is in all of us. In a darker sphere, elements of these movements have darker motives to instigate their changes. But that has been the struggle since the fall of man. And that is the antichrist spirit trying to subjugate the Christ.

Man, through the influence of Satan have created so many different religions in the world that if it weren’t for the work of the Holy Spirit there would be no hope. But there is. For our Christ clearly declared:

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 

The Father Revealed“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
(John 14:5-7)

For there is no other way of Salvation other than through our Christ! Yet man, through has answer seems to think that if you work hard enough you can achieve something higher. But there is no assurance of this type of religion. For who sets the standard and how does anyone really know if the standard is met?

Yet if we have faith in Jesus Christ we do have assurance:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. (Romans 5:1-11)

Then if we have assurance in Christ through the Holy Spirit, what need have we of any other religion? There is only Christ. We have no need of any of these social movements either. It is easy to acknowledge the sinfulness of man. But it is only through Christ that man will be perfected.

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 

15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind. 

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:12-21)

Is that not enough to explain our world? Our only hope and our only escape is faith in Jesus Christ. Apart from Him we have nothing. May the God of Peace and Salvation find you. Blessings.

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Parable of the Seeds

It’s always amazing to me the different ways God can speak to us through the Spirit. Yesterday I was out walking the dog. He’s a big black lab named Diesel. He’s older now so he moves a lot slower than he used to. And he likes to take time to sniff around. So as we paused along the way I happened to notice a number of seeds piled up on the sidewalk. They were in the corner of one of the squares the way they would be after a rain would carry them to an uneven lower corner.

Looking down at them He reminded me of the parable of the seeds. In this way I considered how a tree produces thousands upon thousands of seeds. And those seeds are carried away by wind or water generally. Some grow, but get cut down or uprooted. Many don’t grow at all. A seed may not germinate for lack of light, water or soil. So not many will grow into maturity.

Consider the Scripture:
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Mat 13:3-9)

This shows our walk with Christ can at times be difficult. But where our faith can take a deep root we can produce fruits in His name. But again he said

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Mat 7:13-14)

Furthermore:

And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.’ 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Are you seeing this? We must remain focused upon Him, Jesus the Christ who died for our sins and declared “sin no more”. For He gave us a job to do in His name. To preach the Gospel and care for the poor and sick.

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The Greediness of Men

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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PARANOIA’S GONNA GET YOU

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, but there is hope in Christ.

Brothers and sisters, it’s no wonder this world is in a tail spin about this corona virus. I have waited to write anything about it until this time. But now is the time as we need to have patience in the Spirit as our Christ and Savior is calling out and drawing people near to Him in this time of desperation.

For this world is full of sickness and imperfection because of man’s sin. Our Father has laid out what these sins are in the Old Testament and made them clear in the 10 commandments. (Exodus 20) But over time He revealed Salvation through Jesus Christ as He laid down His life on the cross. His blood was shed so that those of us who are convicted of our sins can have faith that that blood has washed our sins away.

Much of this world rejects this message and so they are afraid of death. When man is afraid of death they will make absurd rules and laws thinking they will be protected. Even mandating masks on virtually everyone who breaths. For deep down they know that there is an appointed time of death for each and everyone of us.

Our Christ declared this:

34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? 37 Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:34-38)

Folks, we are called to take up our cross to follow after Christ! We are not called to get caught up in the paranoia of this world. We are not called to the fear of this world. For to give in to these mask mandates are the fear of this world. To give in to them are revealing our preference for the ungodly laws of man. So then let us have the mind of Christ. Let us take up this calling of Christ so that we will not lose our life. Yes, good news is if we take up His calling we will find life forever more in Him who gave His life for us. How much the more do we owe Him our very lives. Take courage brethren for Christ has declared:

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. (Mat. 10:27-33)

Therefore let us now be about the Lord’s business in this time of trial. For it is a light affliction. But the world now needs to hear the Good News of Salvation in Christ Jesus.

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Mat 28:18-20)

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Psalm 33

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You.

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Sacrifice, Another Take

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(I wrote a previous post title Sacrifice Here)

(Previous article on family Here)

Brothers and Sisters, there comes a time in a disciple’s life where we have to make hard choices. Especially with those who are near and dear to us. They may be a wife, a child, a father, mother or even close friends. For He who has purchased us through His own blood has called us to be separate from this world.

Consider for a moment Abraham. He was called to sacrifice the son whom God promised Abraham would be the father of many nations through.

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!”

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you. ( Gen. 22:1-2)

Whoa, wait a minute! God is asking this man to sacrifice the son He promised great things through? Not to mention the time Abraham had to wait for Sarah to conceive in her old age. For Scripture declares that Abraham was about 100 years old at that time. A miracle  in itself.

Yes. The good news is that God’s intentions were to test Abraham, for Abraham’s sake. God already knew that his servant would be obedient to the end. God did provide a ram to sacrifice in place of Isaac.

So it is that God will test each one of us in our obedience to His word. Will we follow Christ and carry our cross as commanded? Or will we compromise with disobedient family members caught up in their sins.

Let me warn you that there is a stark difference between ministering to those in need to help our loved ones away from sin and compromising by giving in to them.

Our Lord Jesus declared this:

49 “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! 51 Do you suppose that I came to give peace on earth? I tell you, not at all, but rather division. 52 For from now on five in one house will be divided: three against two, and two against three. 53 Father will be divided against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.” (Luke 12:49-53)

And yes His word does divide indeed. For Scripture also declares:

12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. (Heb. 4:12-13)

So then we must abide in His word but also teach and share His word to bring our loved ones to repentance. But even then as many of us know, people are people. There are many who will reject the solemn words of life and continue down their path of destruction. We can lead them to the Living Water, we cannot make them drink.

And so it is. There will come a time where we will need to make a decision. Do we heed the voice of the Lord, or do we heed the voice of our wife, our son, our mother or father in what violates God’s commandments?

I quoted from Luke 12 above, but let us look at Matthew 10. Same story, different context. I think Matthew portrays the Lord a bit more sternly:

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

If we abandon the Lord in His truth, then we have fallen away and risk our salvation. We must know when to sacrifice our relationships in this world, but cling to our relationship with Christ. He has promised us that whatever we lose here, we gain much more.

The Lord has said who we are related to:

31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You.”

33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.” (Mark 3:31-35)

So I encourage you brethren. Be faithful and focused. For we are in dangerous times with many distractions. We must be diligent in what we are called to do and not fall into complacency. Even with our own families. Even I and my wife have had to forsake brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers for the sake of Christ. Even those who claimed the name of Christ and have fallen away. Even unto death. The Lord means business. So  let us be about His business.

“Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. (Luke 12:8-9)

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When This World Comes To An End

29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. (Mat. 24:29-31)

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The coming death of just about every rock legend

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OK, so this is blog post is a departure from what I normally post. But it is a link to an article about the coming death of the rock stars who have not already passed. Many of us have idolized these people. Some still do. But now is the time for repentance if you have ears to hear. The Lord Jesus is calling out to you. He has died for your sins, but you must accept Him as a sacrifice for your sins and leave your former life behind.

The following link for your consideration:

https://theweek.com/articles/861750/coming-death-just-about-every-rock-legend

14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 17 For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18 Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar? 19 What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything? 20 Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord’s table and of the table of demons. 22 Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He? I(Cor. 10:14-22)

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Strange Fire

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Then Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:

‘By those who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified.’ ”

So Aaron held his peace.

Then Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Uzziel the uncle of Aaron, and said to them, “Come near, carry your brethren from before the sanctuary out of the camp.” So they went near and carried them by their tunics out of the camp, as Moses had said. (Leviticus 10:1-4)

IN the previous chapter of Leviticus the Lord God was teaching the nation of Israel how to worship Him according to the Law. Things were going along pretty well. Aaron had brought the burnt offering according to God’s will, and a wave offering. Then something went horribly wrong. Aaron’s sons took the censers according to Scripture and did what was not commanded of them. In essence they added to what to God’s commandment. Their disobedience cost them their lives.

We a very similar circumstance to what those who claim Christ this day have done. They have added to the words of Scriptures through their traditions and teachings. But God is a Holy and Righteous God. He is also a jealous God for His people. He continually cries day and night for His will to be done. Not just what we think is right by those who call themselves pastors and are not.

There is a higher calling for those of who claim to know Christ. We have one chance to get it right. We won’t get it right if we don’t seek Him and learn His word. Christ to this day declares to us all:

 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. (John 15:1-9)

Do not offer strange fire before the Lord. It may cost you your life.

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A Bible Believing Church?

Frequently I hear people write and talk about a Bible believing church and how hard it is to find. Frankly, for me, it is impossible to find. Much of the time the discussion is in the context of their vision of what man has taught them.

In context of Scripture, though there is only one “Bible” believing church in this world. It is not something you will see with your own eyes. It is not a group of people gathering in a building listening to one man preach the word. It is simply people around the world walking after Jesus in the manner that He has called us.

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. 19 Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 They immediately left their nets and followed Him. (Mat. 4:18-20)

18 And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”

20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”

22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” *Mat 8:18-22)

34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. 35 For I have come to ‘set[j]a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; 36 and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ 37 He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. (Mat 10:34-39)

Think about this. There are very few of us willing to lose our life for His sake. Literally and spiritually.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”(John 10:1-5)

“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much[d]grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. (John 12:23-26)

Let us then follow HIM who died for our sins and not those of the flesh. For there is only one who can save us. Jesus the Christ. One born of Spirit & flesh. Who died the gruesome death nailed to a tree. But who rose from the dead 3 days after.

What does a Bible believing assembly of believers look like? Paul describes this in his letters to the Corinthians. Bolstered by the other letters. I will exhort you to study that on your own.

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