Born Again 3

“Ye must be born again.”  John 3:7

“Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”   John 1:13

The new birth does not come through human descent (“not of blood”), nor does it come through human desire (“the will of the flesh”), nor does it come through human determination (“nor of the will of man”).  The issue is, have you put your faith in Christ?  Have you been born of God: have you been born from above?  Apart from this you will never enter the kingdom of God (John 3:3).  Believe on Christ now, tomorrow may be too late.   -W. Ross Rainey

Children of men, attend to the word, so solemnly uttered by Jesus the Lord; And let not this message to you be in vain, “Ye must be born again.”  -William T. Sleeper

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Let us contrast the beautiful aforementioned summary of true salvation with that of Rick Warren, founder of Saddleback Church in California.  The following quotation is taken from page 220 of the Purpose Driven Church:  “Anybody can be won to Christ if you discover the key to his or her heart.”

Sorry Rick, as it states prior to your man centered apostate statement, salvation does NOT come through human desire or determination.  It comes from ABOVE, and you and I are not big enough to find keys to anyone’s heart.  Do not be deceived- Salvation has everything to do with becoming born from above.  It has NOTHING to do with finding keys to people’s hearts.

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Are you a Berean or a Laodicean?  Do you believe the Bible or Rick Warren?  Rick Warren is a litmus test and a referendum of Biblical illiteracy.  Unfortunately he is plum out of line with how one becomes saved – the most important issue that anyone will ever face this side of eternity.  In the following video, John MacArthur succinctly and thoroughly exegetes the scriptures, comparing the impotence of Rick Warren’s “Gospel,” with the true and Biblical Gospel that saves.  Warren totally ignores the doctrine of repentance, without which one cannot be saved.  [Luke 13:3,5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”]  In a mere three minutes, the following video beautifully summarizes what true salvation is, and what it is not:

 

Born Again 2 ~ The Newsboys

John 3:1-3 King James Version (KJV)

1There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:

The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

“Born Again”

I found myself looking into the mirror
Knew I wasn’t who I wanted to be
I was living life the way that I wanted
But my eyes reminded me I’m not free
Believed a lie so everything that I know
Says I gotta go, tired of going solo
But I’m never gonna go there againThis is what it is, this is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born againI see ya walking like you’re living in fear
Having trouble even looking at me
Wishing they would give you more than words
Sick of people telling how it should be What’d ya download? Where’d ya get your info?
You saw that I’m sure, now you’re in the in though
Gonna tell you what I believe This is what it is, this is who I am
This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born again We are the ones they call by name
I’m never gonna look back
Let go, let go, the guilt, the shame
Said, I’m never gonna look back
This is who I am This is what it is, this is who I am

This is where I finally take my stand
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born againThis is who I am
I didn’t wanna fall but I don’t have to crawl
I met the one with two scarred hands Giving Him the best of
Everything that’s left of
The life inside this man
I’ve been born again
I’ve been born again

Born Again 1

Have you ever wondered what the phrase “born again” means?  The Bible records that Jesus used the phrase in a conversation with a man named Nicodemus.  Nicodemus approached Jesus at night.  He was curious about Jesus and the kingdom of God.

Jesus told him: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).  Nicodemus responded, “How can a man be born when he is old?” (John 3:4).

Nicodemus was a highly moral man who obeyed God’s law.  He was a respected leader of the Jewish community.  No doubt he was a fine man.  Yet something was lacking.  Like Nicodemus, many people today confuse religion with new birth in Christ.  Phrases like “I pray regularly” or  “I believe there is a God” often are confused with a real new-birth experience.

New birth begins with the Holy Spirit convicting a person that a person is a sinner.  Because of sin, we are spiritually dead.  For this reason, spiritual birth, as Jesus described it, is necessary.  God loves us and gives us spiritual birth when we ask Him for it.

The Bible says all persons are sinners (see Romans 3:23).  Jesus died on a cross and was raised from the dead to save sinners.  To be born again means that a person admits to God that he or she is a sinner, repents of sin, believes in or trusts Christ, and confesses faith in Christ as Savior and Lord.  Jesus told Nicodemus that everyone who believes in (places faith in) Christ would not perish (see John 3:16).  Jesus is the only One who can save us (see John 14:6).

To believe in Jesus is to be born again.  Confess your sins and ask Jesus right now to save you.  “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved”  (Acts 2:21).  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person, and following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith  (see Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:6).

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The Only Savior In The World ~ Holy Week 5

And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues.   Luke 7:21

 

What if a doctor examined you and gave you the news that you were terminally ill?  You are, spiritually!  You were born with the congenital disease of sin, and it is fatal (Romans 6:23).  No doctor, medicine, diet, philosophy, or religion can cure this plague.  The Lord Jesus Christ is your only hope.  If you repent and call on Him in faith, He will save you in that same hour.  He alone has the power to cure you of sin and its deadly effect.  Come out of denial, recognize your condition and need, and call upon the Lord.  Time is running out.  Do it now!  -Carl Knott

Time is gliding swiftly by, death and judgment draweth nigh, To the arms of Jesus fly, be in time.  -Charles H. Mason

Salvation: Don’t Leave Earth Without It

He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.   Proverbs 29:1

When the Liberian tanker, the Arrow, ran aground and broke in two off Canada’s east coast, it polluted 125 miles of shoreline.  Confessing it to be his error, the Captain said, “I did not believe the message of my electronic depth sounder.”  Friend, if, on the sea of life, you ignore the warnings of God, your soul will be lost on the shores of eternity.  -Arnot P. McIntee

O, turn, while the Savior in mercy is waiting, And steer for the harbor light; For how do you know but your soul may be drifting, Over the deadline tonight?  -Virginia W. Moyer 

30 BRITAIN FIRST VS 3,000 MUSLIM EXTREMISTS, CHARLIE HEBDO PROTEST, LONDON

 

Britain First faces down leftwing and Muslim extremists in Burton

Muslims attack Christians in UK streets “we’re taking over” “we hate you”

The Islamic infiltration of Europe is creating scenes like this everywhere.  Praise the Lord for courageous organizations like Britain First and people like Jayda Fransen.  These are great films for liberals and the uninformed who believe that President Donald Trump has a prejudiced and bigoted approach towards Radical Islam.  Radical Islam has no desire to homogenize with people and respect the law of the land.  They say England is now “our country,” and they desire to implement sharia law throughout.  Note the continual use of the “F” Bomb by Radical Islamists, as well as their spitting and throwing eggs at Britain First demonstrators.  The politicians in Britain have foolishly given their nation away to people who despise Britain and their laws.  Will America follow suit?

Pray For Revival In America!

TobyMac and how his song “Love Broke Thru” reveals how he came to know and believe in Jesus

DC Talk, is a Christian rap and rock trio. The group was formed in Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia in 1987 by Toby McKeehan, Michael Tait, and Kevin Max Smith.  Michael Tait is now lead singer with the Newsboys.  Toby McKeehan (Mac), has long been on a solo career, and the following song and testimony allude to his salvation at a summer camp.  Countless children and youth have been saved at summer camp and Vacation Bible School (VBS).

 

Saved At Summer Camp

Love Broke Thru

TobyMac’s Life Changing Experience And Testimony  ~  The Story Behind “Love Broke Thru”

“Go Ye.”

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”     Mark 16:15

We construct beautiful buildings for worship, then struggle to get people in.  We have eloquent preachers but often no unsaved are there to hear them!  We seem to have things back to front.  The Lord’s final message before He ascended was “Go ye.”  Use your feet to go into all the world to preach the gospel.  He is saying to the church today, “Go ye into the high street and market; go to the homes and playgrounds; go to your friends and neighbors.  Whatever else you do please go.  I am waiting to make you a blessing if only you will go.”  A conference held some years ago was entitled, “Go Out or Die Out.”  How true.  Is yours a dying assembly?   -David Croudace

Go then and tell them of Jesus, it was for them He was slain

Give them, O give them the Gospel, let not their cry be in vain!  -O. Smith

Devotional: Preparing to Celebrate Christ’s Birth ~ Billy Graham Evangelistic Association ~ Fourth Advent Sunday

Billy Graham’s Advent Devotion: Week 4

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Virgin Mary illustration

Are in the middle of your darkest hour? Billy Graham’s fourth Advent meditation focuses on the light of Christ.

Week Four: December 18–24

For this week heading into Christmas, read Luke 2:11, 13-14.

The greatest sermon ever preached was delivered by angels on this historic night. It has always been interesting to me that this message was delivered at night. It wasn’t night because the sun had gone down. It was night because the world was surrounded in spiritual and moral gloom.

People were driven by greed, intolerance and lust for power. Religion had become a device for the rich in the exploitation of the poor. Men robbed and swindled and profiteered under the cloak of religion; they even fought wars in the name of religion. In every arena of life, it was night when Jesus came.

Things haven’t changed. Today, there seems to be a moral night that has settled over our world—sexual immorality, pleasure-mad people, lusting for money and power—the same as it was in the days when Jesus came 2,000 years ago.

It is in the darkest hour that Christ often comes. He brings the joy, the thrill, the peace and the glory such as you have never known—when you and your loved ones give your lives to Him.

How has Jesus shown Himself to you in your darkest hour? Reflect on this for Christmas.

>> Read Week 1 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 2 of the Advent devotion

>> Read Week 3 of the Advent devotion

Have you given your life to Christ?

 

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  1. adim says:

    Please send me the devotions daily, it’s such a blessing. Thanks