Heaven Or Hell? Wheat And The Tares. Light Verses Darkness. Sheep And The Goats. Eternity Offers Only Two Destinations.

Revelation 14:11  King James Version (KJV)
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

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Those who reject God and His offer of salvation will have no rest forever and ever-a most sobering thought.  But this is the patience of the saints-that the grace of God gives them rest from working for their salvation, but they have an eternal rest and reward prepared for them.  Until then let us labour to enter into that rest, and let us not be weary in well doing.   -D. Pickup

Work, for the night is coming, work thro’ the sunny noon;  Fill brightest hours with labour, rest comes sure and soon.  Give every flying minute something to keep in store;  Work, for the night is coming, when man works no more.   -Annie Coghill

 

Ex Muslim Preaching Christ In Hyde Park, London

Kevin Clarkson, Host of Prophecy in the News:  “God hates Islam and He loves Muslims.”

Lost souls are not the enemy, they are victims of the enemy.

God always has His remnant, and this street preacher is living proof.  As I listened to him, it took only two minutes for me to realize he could preach rings around 98% of American pastors.  Why?  He has not only knowledge, but fears God and not man.  He is anointed, with unction, fervor, passion and zeal.  He loves Jesus and the truth.  He preaches the Bible with boldness and clarity, and does not focus on the latest program.  He is a soul winner.  May the Lord continue to anoint and use him.  He inspires me.  This preaching is what we need all over the world.  I will listen to him next Saturday night.

Blessings, <><  Pastor Steve

Pray For Revival In America!

The ABCs of Salvation

Some people think a personal relationship with God is something only theologians can comprehend.  Actually, God’s plan of salvation is simple enough for everyone to understand.  Here are the ABCs of salvation.

Admit

Admit to God that you are a sinner.  All persons need salvation.  Each of us has a problem the Bible calls sin.  Sin is a refusal to acknowledge God’s authority over our lives.  Everyone who does not live a life of perfect obedience to the Lord is guilty of sin.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”  (Romans 3:23).  Since none of us is perfect, all of us are sinners (Romans 3:10-18).

The result of sin is spiritual death (Romans 6:23).  Spiritual death means eternal separation from God.  By God’s perfect standard we are guilty of sin and therefore subject to the punishment for sin, which is separation from God.  Admitting that you are a sinner and separated from God is the first step of repentance, which is turning from sin and self and turning toward God.

Believe

Believe in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and receive Jesus’ gift of forgiveness from sin.  God loves each of us.  God offers us salvation.  Although we have done nothing to deserve His love and salvation, God wants to save us.  In the death of Jesus on the cross, God provided salvation for all who would repent of their sins and believe in Jesus.  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”  (John 3:16).

Confess

Confess your faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord to others.  After you have received Jesus Christ into your life, share your decision with another person.  Tell your pastor or a Christian friend about your decision.  Following Christ’s example, ask for baptism by immersion in your local church as a public expression of your faith.  “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation”  (Romans 10:9-10).

-taken from Open Windows devotional (LifeWay), Summer 2017

 

Sword Of The Lord ~ December 16, 2016 ~ Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor

Amen Corner

The preacher with fire in his bones does not only await an opportunity; he make one.  He must preach!  -John R. Rice

The prophet is a troubleshooter, not a troublemaker.  -Vance Havner

I would that I had a thousand bodies that I might devote them all to no other employment than preaching the Gospel to those who have never heard the joyful sound!  -A missionary

Through the blessed Holy Spirit, we may have strength for every duty, wisdom for every problem, comfort in every sorrow, and joy overflowing in His service.

A faithful servant of the Lord once said, “In coming to the Word of God, we do well to remember that we should add nothing to it (Rev. 22:18), take nothing from it (vs. 19), change nothing in it (Prov. 30:5).

A believer may feel the stroke of death, but he shall never feel the sting of death.  -D. L. Moody

Faith is the hand by which my soul touches God.  -Billy Sunday

Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.  -Abraham Lincoln

Crooked men get into office because honest men fail to do their duty.

It is better to shun the bait than to struggle on the hook.

There is no point in aiming at a target with no arrow in your bow.

Nothing is so convincing to ungodly men as to see Christians very calm in time of danger, very resigned in the hour of affliction, and very patient under provocation.  -Charles Spurgeon

I think most Christians would be better pleased if the Lord did not inquire into their personal affairs too closely.  -A. W. Tozer

 

 

 

 

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).

From Open Windows

A Guide For Personal Devotions

Fall 2016      Lifeway

 

 

 

 

This Passover ~ Holy Week 7

And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.   Luke 22:15

Not “the” Passover but “this” Passover-the last Passover before the cross.  The Lord fully knew what awaited Him after the supper; “before I suffer”.  He knew all about the arrest, the unrighteous trial, the mockery, scourging, thorns, cross and death that loomed before Him.  Yet there would be resurrection and joy too.  But before all of that, He earnestly desired this last supper with His own.  What about us?  Our Lord is alive and today may we say to Him, “Lord, with desire have I desired to eat this supper, to remember you, thank you, and worship you.  -Carl Knott

Break ye the bread and pour the wine, as ye have seen your Master do; This body and this blood of Mine, is broken and shed for you.  -John Pierpont

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Because of God’s love, we are never truly alone.

INSIGHT: The circumstances that took place on the night of Jesus’s betrayal seemed to be confused, chaotic, and out of control. But our Lord’s measured words in facing His betrayer showed His understanding of the big picture of God’s sovereign plan. Without the cross we could not be redeemed.     Dennis Fisher

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