Thursday, July 19, 2018

All Bible Prophecies Always Fulfilled

The predictions of men, based on facts of the past and logical conclusions drawn from them, are sometimes right, but more often are in error. Even weather predictions, with all the sophisticated equipment and a storehouse of knowledge, often are wrong. But the difference in human predictions and Bible prophecy is that no man who spoke from God was ever wrong.

These men prophesied of men -- even their names -- and events hundreds of years before such events came to pass and concerning things which were obviously beyond the scope of human knowledge and wisdom at the time they were written. How could Micah know the Savior would be born in little, insignificant Bethlehem when he wrote 700 years before Christ was born? He could because God was with him. I want to encourage you to think on these things and put your faith and trust in almighty God who created us in His own image.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

The Bible is God's Moral Standard

Old Testament writers lived in a country surrounded by and influenced by heathen religions. New Testament writers were in the midst of the immoralities and vices of pagan Rome and Greece. Yet the moral standards which these writers set forth were far in advance of anything known at that time. This is again evidence that the Bible is from an omniscient God.

How can the skeptic account for the fact that the world's greatest literature and the highest moral standards came, not from the geniuses of Rome or the philosophers of Greece, but from a handful of Jewish fishermen who never went to college nor published a book. Christianity is the one standards that admits of universal application without destroying the world. No other religion elevates all mankind as does Christianity. The apostle Paul wrote, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). God wants us to be unified in His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. Are we really striving to practice New Testament Christianity based on the words of God's Son?

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Developing and Using Our Talents

Life is what we make of it. A Blacksmith takes five dollars worth of iron and makes it into horseshoes and gets twenty dollars for them. A machinist fashions the same iron into needles, and gets hundreds of dollars. The watchmaker takes the same iron and manufactures mainsprings, and receives thousands of dollars. Similarly, one person uses his time and talents to advance his own earthly interests. Another takes the same opportunities, and through wisdom and the counsel of God’s word, shapes and molds his life for eternity. He refines his character so that he is worth something to the world and God. It's entirely up to you and I whether we develop our lives into a noble accomplishment, our character into a thing of beauty, and our talents into a source of glory to God. A life without aim or purpose shows no intelligence or forethought.

What have we done with the life God has given us? How have we used our talents to the glory of God? With reference to the one-talent man, Jesus said, “And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” (Matthew 25:30). How will we answer God when we are asked what we have done with our talents? God has told us that He expects us to understand His will and do it. Ephesians 5:17 says, “Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 says, “...When the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power…” Let’s ensure that we developing and using our talents wisely.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Faith and Obedience

We read in James 1:21-22, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Thus, we must humbly receive the implanted word. The word must from the printed page be implanted into our hearts. The word must grow in good and honest hearts and bring forth fruit to eternal life. It does so when men and women hear the word and do what it says. Character building comes from doing, not just hearing. We are not changed by hearing good Bible messages only, but by hearing and applying those messages to our lives so that day-to-day improvements are made.

Hebrews 4:2 says, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” Galatians 5:6 says, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.” Hebrew 5:9 says, “And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him…”

How about you? Are you humbly receiving the word which is able to save your soul? How faithfully are you practicing that which is taught in the word? Are you both hearing and doing? James 1:25 says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Winning Souls -- A Joyful Experience

Have you ever given much thought about what is the real reason that we are here? In Mark 16:15 Jesus commanded His disciples to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” We have a responsibility to ourselves as Christians and to God our Father to teach Jesus to those we come in contact with. Leading souls to Christ is simple. It takes a love for God, love for the souls of others, and love for our own soul. When we have a true love for souls, then we will want to study the Bible more in order to find out what we can learn about our Lord Jesus Christ so we can be more effective in leading others to Him.

The best soul-winners are enthusiastic converts to Christ. You can’t teach someone how to be enthusiastic about Christ, it comes from putting on Christ “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Once an individual realizes that Christ really died for them, washed away all sin, and keeps God’s commandments “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15), they know they will have life everlasting with God the Father.

This is what really gets a Christian excited. Because of this enthusiasm an individual then seeks out others to try and teach Jesus to because they want them to experience that joyful feeling that they experienced when they were baptized, knowing that all their sins were washed away (Acts 2:38). Winning souls is truly a joyful experience!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Seeing as God Sees

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could see things as God sees them? If we could see as God sees, we would know that most fears never materialize. Most of the things we spend most of our time worrying over will never happen and, thus, we waste energy and weaken ourselves.

Surely this is why Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Each day has enough trouble of its own. If we could see as God sees, we’d realize that there’s no problem that we’ll face which is without resolution. In our gloomier moments of illness, financial stress, or personal problems, we ponder and study over questions which seem to have no answers. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” James 1:2-4 says, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” If we could see as God sees, we would understand that no trial comes without an attached blessing. Things can't be seen in advance and in our anguish we tend to doubt that anything good can come from a heartache.

If we could see as God sees things, we would know that nothing is more important than having a Savior. The ups and downs of life all lead to the end of life, and at the end lies the Christian’s moment of joyous triumph in Jesus. “O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

Friday, March 16, 2018

Unashamed of Christ

We read in Romans 1:16, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." What did Paul mean by the statement "I am not ashamed"? Paul, like all of us, had certainly done things in the past of which he was ashamed. However, he now lived in such a way that he would not be ashamed to face Jesus.

Paul had found the good news of salvation and told it openly--he wasn't ashamed. He wasn't embarrassed to speak of the Christ or to suffer for the faith that he held. He kept on repeating proudly, "Jesus is the Christ!"

Paul wasn't disappointed with Christ and His blessings. He trusted in Christ and Christ never forsook him. Paul just kept on proclaiming the good news of the gospel. He was never ashamed to proclaim that message. Paul was never embarrassed to speak the name of Jesus to those who did not know Him. Paul was never disappointed with the one who was His Savior and friend.

Are we ever ashamed of the story of Jesus? Do we hold back our confession of Him before men? Will Christ be ashamed of us on that judgment day? Jesus said, "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 8:38).

1 Peter 4:16 says, "But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter."

Let us unashamedly serve our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.