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Post  Admin on Wed 07 May 2014, 4:36 pm

*WARNING*
*The Tribulation is Coming! *
*Part 2 of 4*
*BY S. Lee Homoki *
*Because They Have Sinned Against The Lord *
*
Our text (Zeph. 1: 14-17) tells us plainly that Israel "sinned against 
the Lord." It is not that the nations and peoples of the world have not 
sinned; of course they have and they are accountable to God {Ps. 9:17; 
Provo 14:34). Sin is man's worst blunder. Sin must be punished no matter 
where it is found (Gal. 6:7-8). It is entirely possible that God's 
judgment of the awful, wicked conditions of today's world will prove to 
be the final setting of the stage for the Tribulation Period - the "Time 
of Jacob's trouble." However, the specific, pointed, simple reason for 
the Tribulation Period is that Israel, as God's chosen vessel for the 
execution of His plan, had sinned.

The "fire God's jealousy," spoken of in our text (vs. 18), is Israel's 
"baptism of fire" (Mal. 3:2-1; 4:1; Mt. 3:11- 12). (God uses this fiery 
baptism to cleanse the land of sinners and to prepare the way for the 
Lord Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.

Many people speak about the "baptism of fire" as though it were some 
spiritual experience to be desired for themselves and others. Well, 
nothing could be further from the truth! The "baptism of fire" is 
associated with judgment and is a synonym for the Tribulation Period! It 
would be foolish for one to pray, "0 God! Baptize me with the Holy Ghost 
and fire" - he had better hope that God doesn't answer that prayer! A 
little time spent running Bible references to the "Day of the Lord" will 
manifestly prove just how terrible this "Time of Jacob's Trouble" really 
is and how desirable it would be to avoid it.

*What Was Israel's Sin? *
*
Israel's sin - how sad! Herein, as we have said, lies the reason for the 
Tribulation. It will not suffice to say simply that Israel sinned. What 
we need to do is to see and learn what the sins are, for which cause 
there must be a Tribulation. At the same time, this is no time for us to 
be pointing an accusing finger at Israel, when many of these same sins 
have been amplified in the professing church today. As I see it, there 
are several sins that bring the judgment of God.

Israel had:

(1) Rejected the Word of God (Jer. 13:10; Zech. 7:4-14). One of the most 
damaging indictments against Israel is that they were "destroyed for 
lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6). Knowledge must come before application. 
You can't use what you don't know! This principle is so basic. In fact, 
I considered it so important that when I began this evangelistic and 
literature ministry 25 years ago, I named it "Bible Doctrines To Live 
By. " Knowledge of the Word of God is the foundation upon which we build 
the structure of our lives and ministry. Israel had rich blessings at 
their disposal. God had said, "What advantage then hath the Jew? or what 
profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that 
unto them were committed the oracles of God" (Rom 3:2). More than 
anything, Israel's neglect and refusal of Bible doctrine is at the heart 
of their trials and tribulations. The knowledge and application of the 
Word of God would have strengthened and stabilized the nation.

(2) Abandoned the Lord (Jer. 35:13-15; 2 Kgs. 17:13-23). If a person 
rejects the Word of God, as surely as night follows day, rejection of 
God will follow!

(3) Deserted the Sabbath (Ezek. 20:12-24; 22:8,26; 23:38). The seventh 
day, like the seventh year, taught a lesson in grace; namely, that God 
rested from the work of creation on the seventh day, and, thus, hallowed 
the Sabbath day/year. The intent of the Sabbath is that the believer 
should rest his soul entirely on the completed work of God. The reason 
we do not set aside the seventh day or year in this Dispensation of 
Grace is because God's plan was for man to rest the eternal welfare of 
his soul entirely in the redemptive work that Christ finished on the 
cross (Rom. 10:4). For the Grace believer in this dispensation, every 
day is a Sabbath! The rejection of the Sabbath was tantamount to the 
Jew's saying, "Please God, we'd rather do it ourselves, " or "We reject 
Christ!" or "We reject grace!"

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Post  Admin on Tue 06 May 2014, 8:15 pm

*WARNING*
*The tribulation is Coming! *
*Part 1 of 4*
*BY S. Lee Homoki 
Text: Zephaniah 1:14-17

War! War! And more war! The storm clouds of war hang heavy over many 
other parts of our world today. The prospect of having "peace on earth" 
seems to be an impossible dream. Since September 11, 2001, the 
terrorists continue to lurk in the shadows awaiting another opportunity 
to strike. Each day's news brings an update of their damnable design to 
plant the seeds of fear in the hearts of men setting the stage for the 
time when "the powers of Heaven shall be shaken, "and men's "hearts will 
fail them for fear. "Warning! The Tribulation is coming!

Regardless of the outcome of this current reign of terror, we know, 
according to Bible prophecy, war will eventually encompass the entire 
Middle East and the whole world. I speak, of course, concerning the 
Tribulation and the great culminating battle of Daniel's "Seventieth 
Week" (Dan. 9:24-27) - the Battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16).

If your thinking is along the same lines as mine, then you will be 
asking, "Why? Why? Why must there be bloodshed and war? Why must there 
be a Tribulation Period and a Battle of Armageddon? Why is the world in 
such a mess? How did it get that way?"
*It's A Long Story! *
*
It didn't happen overnight. Nor can all the blame or responsibility be 
placed upon one person or nation. However, if we view the world's 
history through Bible spectacles with the understanding that a major 
part of history and the role for world peace lies directly in the hands 
of God's chosen people Israel, then we know the why of the coming 
Tribulation Period. The fact is: It is impossible to understand history 
or where the future will take us by ignoring God's dealings with Israel. 
Israel was the "apple of God's eye" (Deut. 32:10). They were the "head" 
nation (Deut. 28:13), and as such, they were God's "witnesses" (Isa. 
43:10). They dominated the Gentile world. They were the "kingdom of 
priests. " We can say with certainty, "The ball is in their court, " 
concerning the outcome of world history. Israel had a chance to impact 
the world for God's glory, but little by little they abdicated their 
responsibility and privileged position in the world because of their sin 
and unbelief (Rom. 3:1-2; 9:3-4). Gradually the "chosen people" became 
"not my people" (Hos.1:9).

Please note their steady decline:

(1) Israel's military superiority was lost with the blinding 
of Samson (Jud. 16:21).

(2) Israel's political superiority was lost with the blinding 
of King Zedekiah (Ezek.
21:25 with Jer. 52:I I).

(3) Israel's spiritual superiority was lost with the blinding 
of Barjesus (Acts 13:4-13).
At that time Paul declared, " ... we **turn to the Gentiles" 
(vs. 46). Gradually, **
the Gentiles' domination over Israel was complete. This 
"Times of the
Gentiles" (Lk. 21:24) will continue until the end of the 
Tribulation and Christ's return
to establish His Kingdom. Then, regenerate Israel will be 
restored to a place of power
and glory (Isa. 2:15; Mic. 4:1-7).

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*EN-GRACED IN THE BELOVED ONE *
*By Ivan Burgener*
*

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1: 6

God has chosen us in Christ "before the foundation of the world, that we 
should be holy and without blame before Him." It was "in love," on God's 
part, that He predestinated us according to His will, placing us as sons 
(full grown sons) by Jesus Christ. This grand plan was "to the praise of 
the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the beloved 
(One)."

This word "accepted" (khar-ee-to'-o) in our verse is the word 
"EN-GRACED" in our title because that is exactly what it means. 
Literally, God en-graced us in His grace! Did He do this apart from the 
Lord Jesus Christ? By no means! We have been "accepted (or en-graced) in 
the beloved (One)." But Christ is not merely the agent or instrument 
whereby God has shown this grace to us. We are en-graced "in the 
Beloved." It is "in Christ" that we receive this grace as we are placed 
in Him, baptized into His One Body, vitally identified with our risen 
Head in heaven! It is "in the Beloved" that we enter into this favor. 
Apart from Christ, we have nothing of God's grace, or any spiritual 
blessing!

We were chosen in Christ "before the foundation of the world," but we 
are "en-graced in the Beloved One, in Whom we have redemption through 
His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His 
grace!" And that is just how rich His grace is. Every spiritual blessing 
in the heavenlies is ours in Christ, and the riches of His grace is not 
one bit impoverished by such-sharing!

The "glory" of this grace might be taken in connection with God's 
revelation of this grace. One of God's glories is that He can and does 
reveal Himself. This "grace" was ever in the heart of God. Thus Paul is 
led into one of the most wondrous doxologies of all his letters as he 
contemplates the revelation of this grace, by which grace we have been 
en-graced in the Beloved One.
Should this Inspirational series has been a blessing and encouragement 
to you, why not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one who 
maybe defending the USA. The Word of God is so needed in our troubled 
world. It is our heart at GRACE AND THE TRUTH and mission to reach as 
many people as we possibly can TO SHARE with them the Word of God and 
all that the Lord Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.

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Post  Admin on Sun 04 May 2014, 7:46 pm

Liberty In Christ

In God Believers have liberty, going beyond what the eye can see,
We get this liberty in Jesus Christ, liberty gained through New Life.
Freedom from sin and The Law, bestowed upon the believing soul,
This freedom we have in God's Son, is available today to everyone.

The liberty that we have from sin, gives Believers peace within,
As sin's desire died on the cross, God now purges remaining dross,
And God replaces old sinfulness, with Jesus Christ's righteousness.
Even though we are tempted by sin, in Christ we have victory in Him.

As Believers we use our liberty, to point the entire world to Calvary,
Where New Life for all the lost, begins for all at The Savior's Cross.
As God judged sin and shame, on the cross bearing Christs name,
Where we left the bondage of sin, and freedom we received in Him.

This liberty we receive in this life, is used for honoring Jesus Christ,
Not for pursuing our own desires, but His will which is much higher.
We have been freed from religion friend, to point souls to a better end,
With Gods Truth that sets men free, with Gods Promise of Eternity.

My friend, The God of all Eternity, desires to give all men this liberty,
A liberty found only in His Son, who upon the cross said. It is done.
Finished is the work of Gods salvation, by His Son, for every nation.
So all men can receive this liberty, with Gods assurance of Eternity.

(Copyright ©11/2006 Bob Gotti)
Used with permission

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
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Post  Admin on Sat 03 May 2014, 8:00 pm

*Resting in God's Promises*
*by Anabel Gillham*

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Though the earth should change,
And though the mountains slip into
the heart of the sea;
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains quake at its
swelling pride. Selah.
Psalm 46:1-3

What does this mean to me--today?
How can I grasp it and say "this is mine?"
Step by step--let's claim it together.
God is my place of safety, my fortress, my hiding place, my shelter. 
Therefore, I am safe.

I accept this Truth as mine.

He is the Source of my power, my Enabler, my ability to perform and my 
ability to persevere. He is my tenacity, my strength. My very Life. I am 
not to meet any crisis in my own strength.

I accept this Truth as mine.

He is a very present help. He is here. And He isn't so involved with 
gigantic world problems that He doesn't have time for mine. He is 
interested. He is never away from me, especially when I am in need, 
hurting, weary, perplexed, or in a troublesome setting of any kind. I am 
never by myself. He is always with me and He understands.

I accept this Truth as mine.

Now, because I have accepted this as Truth, because I believe this, I 
will not fear. Fear only for myself? No, I will not fear for those who 
are dear to me, either. So I will not allow anything that might result 
in my experiencing apprehension, anxiety, or confusion to cause me 
alarm---because I can depend on Him.

I accept this Truth as mine.

Even if the earth around me (my environment) should be thrown into a 
state of upheaval, and even if the very mountains quake (those things I 
presumed to be unshakable), and even if the sea around me (the world and 
its multitudes) should become hostile and fierce and cause violent 
unrest, I will not fear.

I WILL NOT FEAR. This does not mean that my emotions won't go haywire, 
that my knees will never get weak, that my heart will never beat like a 
trip-hammer, or that my hands will never tremble. I cannot control my 
emotions or the effect they have on my body. I control my thoughts and 
rest in His promises.

I accept this Truth as mine.

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Thy consolations delight my 
soul.
Psalm 94:1

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Anger Management *
 * by Paul M. Sadler, *
 Scripture Reading:
 "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 
 Neither give place to the devil." -- Ephesians 4:26,27

 Around the turn of the century, the Church was graced with an array 
 of great preachers, but none were more tenacious and outspoken than 
 Billy Sunday. He seemed to have a way of driving home a point. It is 
 said that a woman once approached him after one of his meetings who 
 was well known for her bad temper. She sought to defend her actions 
 by saying: "But Mr. Sunday, although I blow up over the least little 
 thing, it's all over in a minute."

 The evangelist looked her straight in the eye and said, "So is a 
shotgun blast!! It's over in seconds, too, but look at the terrible 
 damage it can do."

 God created us with a wide range of emotions, each of which serves a 
 purpose. Yes, even anger can be good. Contrary to popular opinion, 
 anger itself is not sinful. Notice how the apostle words his above 
 statement, "Be ye angry, and sin not." In essence, Paul is saying 
 that we are well within our rights to be angry over an injustice or 
 unrighteous circumstances.

 The recent debate over "partial birth abortion" is a good example. 
 We should be incensed by "abortion" in general and horrified by 
 "partial birth abortions" in particular. Any procedure (usually 
 performed at 7 or 8 months gestation) that allows the infant's head to 
remain in the birth canal while the abortionist forces a surgical 
 instrument into the base of the skull to suction out the little one's 
 brains is nothing short of first degree murder. Here a righteous 
 anger is perfectly justified. In fact, there are scores of times in 
 the Old Testament where the anger of the Lord is said to be kindled 
 against His enemies (Num. 25:1-9; Jer. 12:13).
 Surely our Lord is a prime example that anger itself is not 
 necessarily sinful, for He knew no sin. Thus the Lord was well within 
 the boundaries of godly behavior when He exhibited a righteous anger 
 toward those who had made His Father's house a den of thieves (John 
 2:13-17). In the future Tribulation Period those who reject God's 
 anointed and worship the beast and his image, "the same shall drink of 
 the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into 
the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and 
 brimstone" (Rev. 14:10).
 Carefully note, Paul adds to the phrase "be ye angry" a warning, "and 
 sin not." Unbridled anger can easily turn into a fit of 
 uncontrollable rage which normally leaves a path of destruction in its 
 wake. Unchecked, anger that overflows into resentment almost always 
results in some form of retaliation. This may take the form of verbal 
 attacks, threats, or even physical abuse.

 In a worst case scenario, it is much like a volcano that builds 
 pressure over a period of time and finally erupts. Whenever you watch 
 a news report of a lone gunman who enters his former place of 
 employment with a semi-automatic weapon and kills his supervisor and 
 three other fellow workers, you are witnessing the eruption of pent-up 
 anger. Another example is the believer who allowed his anger to get 
 the better of him and shot an abortion doctor outside a clinic down 
south. With one pull of the trigger, this young man disgraced the 
 name of Christ, labeled all Christians as radicals in the eyes of the 
 world, destroyed his personal testimony, and ended up with life in 
 prison. These are both cases where anger spun out of control with 
 tragic results.

 How to Deal with Anger

 We are living in a day when philosophy says, "express yourself 
 openly," "tell it like it is," "open up," "let it all hang out." 
 However, the Scriptures counsel us to exercise restraint.

 The fruit of the spirit is "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, 
 gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there 
 is no law" (Gal. 5:22,23). As we walk by grace through faith, 
 temperance will enable us to keep our anger under control. But how 
 does this work out in a practical sense? Those who fly off in a fit 
 of rage permit their anger to take control of them. Consequently, the 
 energy emitted from this emotion is usually misdirected at someone or 
 something. Sinful anger tears down. Thus, in the heat of the moment 
 things are often said and done which cause irreparable damage to 
 relationships.

 Paul adds here in Ephesians, "let not the sun go down upon your 
 wrath." We should never allow our anger to simmer overnight. This 
 will only cause it to become more deeply seated. "Neither give place 
to the devil" (Eph. 4:27). You see, if you fail to handle things in 
 the proper manner, you may well be giving Satan an opportunity to 
 drive a deeper wedge in your relationships with others. Surely, we 
 are not ignorant of his devices. Always remember, Satan is an 
 opportunist.

 *THOUGHT TO THINK ON*
 *Life is easy when you’re up on the mountain*

 *and you’ve got peace of mind like you’ve never known*

 *But then things change and you’re down in the valley*

 *Don’t lose faith for you’re never alone*

 *For the God on the mountain is still God in the valley.*
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Post  Admin on Thu 01 May 2014, 8:26 pm

The Christian's Prayer Life
by Pastor C. R. Stam

Prayer to God manifestly must hold great importance to those who would 
be truly spiritual. While God's Word to us is always to have first place 
in our lives, prayer must certainly have second place; indeed, we must 
even study God's Word with prayer for understanding and willingness to obey.

The Scriptures everywhere exhort God's people to pray, and in the 
Epistles of Paul we find greater cause, greater reason and greater 
incentive than ever to pray --- to pray "always," "in everything," 
"without ceasing." The example of our Lord and of His apostles --- 
particularly Paul --- is a call to prayer.Every need, every anxiety, 
every heartache is a call to prayer. Every temptation, every defeat --- 
yes, and every victory is a call to prayer.

Yet, merely praying, or even spending much time in prayer, is not in 
itself evidence of true spirituality. Many carnal Christians, 
still"babes in Christ," and even many unsaved people, spend much time in 
prayer. But the truly spiritual believer will join the Apostle Paul in 
saying: "I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the 
understanding also" (I Cor. 14:15). "With the spirit":earnestly, 
fervently, pouring out to God my adoration, my supplications and my 
thanks. And "with the understanding also": intelligently,with a clear 
grasp of what the Scriptures, rightly divided, say about God's will and 
His provisions for my prayer life in this present dispensation of grace.

Rom 8:26-27 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we 
know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself 
maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And 
he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what [is] the mind of the Spirit, 
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to [the will of] God
*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and 
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till 
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son 
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, 
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we 
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new 
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become 
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by 
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.
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*PERSONAL SAFETY IN AN ATOMIC AGE *
*by C. R. Stams
The neutron bomb, they tell us, will not wreck buildings, but will 
destroy all life, easily penetrating concrete walls three feet thick. 
Yet we are also being advised to build fall-out shelters for the safety 
of ourselves and our families! These can be erected for only a few 
hundred dollars -- obviously not with walls three feet thick!

As General MacArthur once rightly said: "There is no security on this 
earth." No man can count on physical safety, for the simple reason that, 
apart from bombs and death rays, "it is appointed unto men once to die" 
(Heb. 9:27). The moment we are born we begin the race with death, and 
death always finally wins.

But physical safety is not most important anyway. It is not so much 
death that men fear as the thought that death might usher them into the 
presence of God (Heb. 9:27; Rom. 14:12).

But even this need not be feared if we have "peace with God through our 
Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). The Apostle Paul, once a self-righteous 
Pharisee, came to trust the Christ he had persecuted and now proclaimed:

"This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ 
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief" (I Tim. 
1:15).

Having thus been saved from sin by faith in Christ, he had no fear of 
death. Indeed, he could say: "For, to me to live is Christ, and to die 
is gain" and "to depart and be with Christ... is far better" (Phil. 
1:21,23).

Why then, should we Christians shudder with fear at those things which 
are so frightening to others? Our Lord said to His disciples: "I say 
unto you, My friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and 
after that have no more that they can do" (Luke 12:4). No, the true 
believer need not fear, for he is safe in Christ, not only in this life, 
but forever. "He that believeth on the Son [of God] hath EVERLASTING 
LIFE" (John 3:36).

*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK*

*Rest means to trust Jesus Christ
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depending on Him to empower
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Jesus Christ has done for members of the body of Christ.
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His Plans are Good*
*by Anabel Gillham*

*"For I know the plans that I have for you,"*
*declares the Lord.*
*"Plans for good and not for evil*
*to give you a future and a hope."*

*
We were sitting on the patio trying to relax after a very 
frustrating day of house hunting. Our moving had turned into a much 
bigger event than we had bargained for. The new job was secure but 
that's all that was secure in our tired minds. The house we had 
tentatively planned to purchase had been inspected and found wanting; 
the house we had for sale back home was still on the market; the realtor 
was enjoying our company but not showing us any prospective homes as far 
as we were concerned so Bill, especially, was feeling pretty down. Our 
hosts were gone for the evening and we were alone for just a while. Bill 
was trying to put up an "it's okay" front, but inside was wondering if 
we had made the right decision. He was the "bread-winner", the "decision 
maker", the "responsible" party, the "man of the house", the husband and 
the dad, and nothing was going as we had hoped.

He had his Bible with him and was reading. Suddenly he 
looked up and said, "God just showed me the answer!" I was eager to hear 
just what God had told him that could possibly clear up our uncertainty. 
He said, "Let me read to you." Fine. I needed to hear. Then he read 
Jeremiah 29:11: Bill and Anabel, I know the plans that I have for you, 
declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future 
and a hope. "That's for us, Honey! That's what He's doing. We have to 
believe those words!"

Well, that was a long, long time ago, and God's Word proved 
true. Oh, not immediately. We had some pretty harrowing experiences to 
face that were nestled in between the "plan He had for us"' almost 
losing our youngest son, five of us crowded into a very small house, 
serious illnesses, extreme financial frugality, our job security getting 
shaky' and other "stepping stones." But we began slowly resting, 
trusting that His promise would come true at His "appointed time." And 
what a plan was wrapped up in that promise! A plan far beyond our 
wildest dreams, expectations or hope (Eph. 3:20).

As His children, as Believers, His words are for us and to 
us. He promises to care for us. He tells us over and over that His love 
for us is unwavering and that His plans will come about despite the time 
lapse and the events that come in the "in-between" times. Was it easy to 
"endure" the "stepping stones" as I called them" No. They were more like 
huge, scary boulders with tumultuous water swirling around them. But 
"retrospect" is a gift from God. We look back and see so clearly that 
His plans definitely were for "good and not for evil: to give us a 
future and a hope."

I know. That isn't always clear for us, but He says, 
"Anabel, My ways are so much higher than your ways! Higher than the 
heavens from the earth! You can't possibly understand them. Just trust 
Me" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

I have no idea what is going on in your world right now. 
Mine has some big, scary boulders scattered around complete with the 
raging waters! But I know 'yes I know' that beyond those boulders I will 
discover His plan for me. Do the boulders go away? No. But I have 
learned to trust Him who says to me, "Anabel, I know the plans that I 
have for you, dear. They are good plans for your future and to give you 
hope." If you listen carefully, you will hear Him saying the same thing 
to you.

Oh dear, dear Lord. I know this, but my emotions zoom right 
up to the top of the ladder and I find myself feeling totally inadequate 
and scared. That's all right, isn't it? My emotions run rampant without 
a great deal of urging and I AM totally inadequate! But You are not, and 
You live in me to face these scary "Caution: Boulders Ahead" times for 
me. Help me to remember this, please, to cling to these words of 
encouragement from Someone incredibly strong and powerful and who loves 
me dearly. Then, too, He knows every "baby" step I will be taking.
*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.
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*THE KNOWLEDGE AND JOY OF SALVATION *
*Part 2 of 2*
*Pastor J. C. OHair*
*

If righteousness could be gained by works or religion, then Christ died 
in vain. Galatians 2:21. For many centuries man, under the law, was a 
miserable failure. Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to 
every one that believeth. Romans 10:4. Last night I heard a very 
interesting conversation between two well-dressed, intelligent-looking 
men. Among other remarks, one said to the other, I really believe 
religion is a good thing for a man, if he doesn't get too much of 
it.The other replied, Not for me. Morality is a splendid thing; but I 
balk when it comes to religion. Of course, the question that came to my 
mind was, just how much religion is too much, or how much is too 
little, or how much is just right? Then of course, my heart went out in 
sympathy and pity to both of them, a little bit more for the man who was 
satisfied with his own morality. He should read Isaiah 64:6 and Ezekiel 
33:13 and Romans 3:19 and Romans 8:8 and Romans 4:4 and Romans 7:18 to 
24. In these Scriptures we learn how utterly futile are mans best 
endeavors and religious labors to even help to save him. When a lost 
sinner turns to religion, instead of to Christ, for pardon and 
salvation, he is twice dead, plucked up by the roots, and then he needs 
to be saved from religion as well as from sin. In Romans 3:24 to 26 we 
read that because of the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who 
was both God and man, God can be both just and merciful in His dealings 
with the believing sinner. He can be just and the justifier of the 
believer, and can declare him righteous without a cause, by His grace. 
God is a great Giver. Man is a poor receiver. Man is incurably 
religious, and Satan is accused of the crime of deceiving the whole 
world. He deceives the religious, unsaved man, causing him to believe 
that if he needs Christ at all, it is as a helper and a teacher, but not 
as the Saviour. Christs once-for-all sacrifice on the cross is mans 
one and only hope. If we are to reach Gods heaven, we must come to 
God in Gods way, by Christ and Calvary.

It is well for every saved person to become identified with some group 
of believers and assemble regularly for worship and hear the Word of God 
expounded, but no one is saved by joining the church. Salvation is of 
the Lord; and by grace; the gift of God. Before God will accept a 
persons work, that person must first be the workmanship of God. 
Ephesians 2:10.

Hear these two wonderful verses of Scripture:

These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the 
Son of God, that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life. I John 5:13.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that 
ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans15:13.

How sad to know that many conscientious, sincere religious people feel 
satisfied and secure, although they are headed for a Christless and 
hopeless eternity, because they have never been regenerated by faith in 
the crucified and resurrected Christ. Christ, by His own blood, entered 
once into heaven, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Hebrews 
9:12. It was this Christ Who said, marvel not that I said unto you, ye 
must be born again. John 3:3 to 7.

It is likewise sad to know that there are many fearful saved people, who 
have not the assurance of their salvation. They are trusting in the 
finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, but they doubt and 
fear because of the wrong interpretation of some Scripture or because 
they think they have to supplement the perfect work of Christ, or 
because they are depending upon their feelings. No person and nothing 
can ever separate the believer from the love of God which is in Christ 
Jesus. Romans 8:38 and 39. Every believer should be careful to maintain 
good works and should know that Jesus Christ gave Himself for us, that 
He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar 
people, zealous of good works. Titus 3:14 and 2:14. But no believer 
should trust in himself for salvation, but in the glorified Christ, Who 
is able to save unto the uttermost all who come unto God, through Him, 
seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25.

God cannot lie. God will have all men to be saved. Gods Word 
says,believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. These 
things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of 
God, that ye may KNOW. God wants every believer to KNOW. KNOW that he 
has eternal life. That is why it is so important to know that we are 
living in Gods grace dispensation; that believers are saved by grace, 
and not by religion, nor by any mixture of religion with Christ and 
grace. If you are a believer, do not discredit or dishonor God by 
doubting. Endeavor each day, by Gods grace and power, to walk worthy of 
the calling where with you are called, and thus behave as becometh 
saints. But keep in mind the truth that you are not saved by behaving. 
You are saved by believing. Then you are to behave, because you believe. 
So far as the adults on this earth are concerned, there are just two 
classes, dead sinners and living saints. When the dead sinner 
believes the gospel of grace he passes out of death into life and 
becomes a living saint.

If your trust is in the Lord Jesus Christ and you are relying upon Him 
and His redemptive work, say from your heart, with the lad, God said 
it: Christ did it: I believe it: that settles it.

Now, concerning the joy of salvation, let us think of the five F's of 
salvation; The Fact; the Faith; the Fruit; the Feeling; the Future. The 
great fact is, that Jesus Christ, the God-man, obtained eternal 
redemption for us. This salvation is appropriated by faith. By grace 
are ye saved, through faith. The end of your faith is the salvation, of 
your soul. I Peter 1:9 to 12. Christ said, herein is my Father 
glorified that ye bear much fruit. John 15:8. Christians or saints 
are Gods workmanship created in Christ Jesus, unto good works which God 
before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10. Believers 
are told to rejoice because their names are written in heaven. They are 
to be filled with all joy and peace in believing. Then think of the 
glorious future, when Christ shall appear, we are going to appear with 
Him in glory. Colossians 3:3 and 4. So shall we ever be with the Lord. 
Wherefore comfort one another with these words. I Thessalonians 4:17and 
18. Surely believers have a glorious future; eternal bliss and eternal 
glory, with the eternal Lord. Believers are to be rewarded for their 
labor of love. Believers are to receive crowns. Their labor in the Lord 
is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58 and I Corinthians 3:11 to16. Surely 
we have a wonderful and glorious future. Note Ephesians 2:7; That in 
the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace, in His 
kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.

While we are waiting for Gods Son to come for us we are told torejoice 
in the Lord always . . . and the peace of God, which passeth all 
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:4 to 7.

So we are to be filled with all joy and peace. How? In believing. Who is 
to fill us? The God of hope. The love of God is shed abroad in our 
hearts by the Holy Spirit Who is given unto us. Romans 5:1 to 5. By this 
indwelling Holy Spirit we are to abound in hope. We have a hope laid up 
in heaven. We are looking for that blessed hope, the glorious appearing 
of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Titus 2:13. He is our hope. 
He is our peace. We are to experience eternal joy, because we are in 
Christ Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.

Surely you have decided that you will receive Gods free gift, eternal 
life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

* The sooner we get over the illusion that *
*more stuff means more peace, *
*happiness, and self-fulfillment,*
* the better off we will be.*
* And then the more able we will be to find *
*the longed-for peace and happiness the*
* true good life that only Jesus can provide.*
*Joe Stowell*

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privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.
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The purpose of this ministry * *"Grace and the Truth" is to be a 
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are committed to the truths in the Word of God. It is not the purpose of 
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*THE KNOWLEDGE AND JOY OF SALVATION *
*Part 1 of 2*
*Pastor J. C. O€ ¢Â’²Hair*
*
Of course you know that once upon a time a man by the name of Jonah 
spent three days and three nights in the belly of a big fish. € ¢Â’³Then 
Jonah prayed unto the Lord his God out of the fish€ ¢Â’²s belly.€ ¢Â’´ € ¢Â’³Salvation 
is of the Lord.€ ¢Â’´ Jonah 2:1 and 10. Jonah was sure that no one but 
almighty God could save him from his awful predicament. € ¢Â’³Salvation is of 
the Lord.€ ¢Â’´

The whole world today is full of trouble and sorrow. All men everywhere 
should agree with Paul€ ¢Â’²s statement or question, € ¢Â’³hath not God made 
foolish the wisdom of this world?€ ¢Â’´ O, that every human being would cry 
out with Jonah, € ¢Â’³salvation is of the Lord.€ ¢Â’´ Today how true are the words 
uttered more than nineteen hundred years ago, € ¢Â’³a man can receive nothing 
except it be given him from heaven.€ ¢Â’´ John 3:27. Every man on this earth 
should lift up his head to heaven and thank God for the truth of Romans 
6:23, € ¢Â’³the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our 
Lord.€ ¢Â’´ But he should do more than thank God. He should, by simple faith, 
receive that free gift by receiving the Lord Jesus as his own 
individual, personal Saviour. Hear the wonderful words of that 
Saviour, € ¢Â’³And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only 
true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.€ ¢Â’´ John 17:3.

Perhaps you have heard the testimony of the simple but wise lad after he 
had heard a gospel message on John 3:16, € ¢Â’³For God so loved the world, 
that He gave His only begotten Son, that who so, ever believeth in Him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life.€ ¢Â’´ The lad thus summed it 
up: € ¢Â’³God said it; Christ did it; I believe it; that settles it.€ ¢Â’´

We have undoubtedly been greatly impressed with the statement in 
Titus1:2; € ¢Â’³In hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, promised 
before the world began.€ ¢Â’´ God cannot lie. Eternal life is God€ ¢Â’²s free gift 
for receivers. And of course with this profound and glorious Divine 
truth we link the good news of II Timothy 1:9 and 10: € ¢Â’³God, Who hath 
saved us, and called us with a holy calling not according to our works, 
but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ 
Jesus before the world began; but is now made manifest by the appearing 
of our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who hath abolished death, and hath brought 
life and incorruptibility to light through the gospel.€ ¢Â’´

God calls sinners to trust and rest in Christ€ ¢Â’²s perfect work.

€ ¢Â’³For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who 
will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the 
truth. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, The 
Man Christ Jesus Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in 
due time.€ ¢Â’´ I Timothy 2:3 to 6.

Has any servant of the Lord testified this saving message to you? 
Perhaps you have heard it many times, but you have ignored or repudiated 
it. This is very good news for all men, women and children. As an 
ambassador of the Lord Jesus Christ, may I beseech you, persuade you, 
plead with you to hear this all-important truth, to consider it 
seriously and diligently, and to believe it for yourself even unto the 
saving of your precious soul? Surely it is one thing to know that Jesus 
Christ died on the cross of Calvary to be the Saviour of the world; but 
it is quite a different thing for you to know that He is your personal 
Saviour. Salvation is very personal. Are you saved? Will you believe 
this Divine truth, a message from the holy God in heaven to 
unholy,ungodly sinners on earth: € ¢Â’³by 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. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ 
Jesus unto good works, which God hath be, foreordained that we should 
walk in them?€ ¢Â’´ Ephesians 2:8 to 10. And note this blessed truth in the 
same chapter: € ¢Â’³But now, in Christ Jesus, ye who sometimes were far off 
are made nigh by the blood of Christ.€ ¢Â’´ Ephesians 2:13.

Almost every person will say, € ¢Â’³I am a sinner.€ ¢Â’´ But so few are 
sufficiently exercised concerning their precarious spiritual state to 
say, € ¢Â’³I am a lost sinner.€ ¢Â’´ God€ ¢Â’²s Word plainly states that no unrighteous 
man shall inherit the kingdom of God. The same Word plainly declares, 
€ ¢Â’³There is none righteous, no not one.€ ¢Â’´ But over against this sad news 
God€ ¢Â’²s Word declares some good news for sinners; for God€ ¢Â’²s Word tells 
plainly how an unrighteous, lost sinner can be saved and become righteous.

We learn, in I Corinthians 1:30, that Jesus Christ is the believing 
sinner€ ¢Â’²s righteousness, holiness and redemption. We learn, in Ephesians 
2:14, that Jesus Christ is the believer€ ¢Â’²s peace. We learn, in I Timothy 
1:1, that Jesus Christ is the believer€ ¢Â’²s hope. We learn, in Colossians 
3:3 and 4, that Jesus Christ is the believer€ ¢Â’²s life. We learn, in 
Colossians 2:10, that the believer is complete in Christ. We learn, in 
Ephesians 1:3, that the believer is blessed with all spiritual blessings 
in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus. We read, in Acts 13:39, that 
believers are justified from all things through Jesus Christ the 
eternal Son of God. How wonderful to stand in the presence of the Holy 
God with all our sins pardoned, forever put away, and as though we had 
never committed one sin! This is good news; the gospel. This is the 
grace of God. This is what the precious shed blood of the Lord does for 
the guilty, condemned sinner when that sinner, by simple faith, receives 
the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personal Saviour.

In II Corinthians 5:21 we read that God made Jesus Christ, on the cross, 
to be sin for us; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. 
We read, in Romans 4:4 and 5, that ungodly sinners can be justified by 
faith without working for salvation. Believers should abound in good 
works after they are saved by grace through faith in the good work of 
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.€ ¢Â’³With the heart man 
believeth unto righteousness.€ ¢Â’´ Romans 10:9 and 10.

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*FREE*
*Part 1 of 2*
*By Charles Mays*
*Associate Pastor*
*Free From Righteousness*
*
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from 
righteousness. (Rom. 6:20)

We don't anticipate free being used in the negative, but here it is. In 
our natural condition, we are void of righteousness. In Romans 7:18, the 
Apostle Paul wrote that no good thing dwells in the flesh. Also, 
consider the fact that God never calls the unbeliever to change his way 
of life. For the unbeliever, his daily conduct is not the issue. His 
need is salvation. The unbeliever is free from subjection to the will of 
God. In his commentary on the book of Romans, Ernest Campbell stated it 
this way:

The truth revealed for the members of the Body of Christ is never 
superimposed upon (lost) sinners. God never tells (the lost) sinners how 
they are to live. They have no obligation to live righteously and holy. 
Gods sole interest in (them) is their salvation and not their lifestyle.

The lost are free from any responsibility to be conformed to the image 
of Christ. This is the condition in which we are born. This gives a 
whole new meaning to free born and not in a good way. Matthew Henry 
wrote: Freedom from righteousness is the worst kind of slavery. When you 
are free from righteousness, you are a slave to sin. There is no middle 
ground.

We live in a culture of self-improvement. In fact, its big business. All 
types of physical and mental fitness products are peddled to us on a 
daily basis through every type of advertising possible. Self-improvement 
is not bad. Its good for us to keep an eye on our physical and mental 
health, but there is no self-help remedy for sin. Romans 3:9-19 paints a 
dismal picture of mankind, ending with all the world being guilty before 
God. This is reinforced by Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come 
short of the glory of God. The end result is that we are all condemned 
to death (physical and spiritual); For the wages of sin is death (Rom. 
6:23a).

*
*The Free Gift*
*
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Rom. 6:23)

Death is the sentence. Death is what we deserve. Death is our just 
reward; Not only physical death but spiritual death, which is eternal 
separation from God. But God offers us a gift. A gift is something that 
is free; it cannot be earned by merit. Sinners merit hell, but saints do 
not merit heaven. Eternal life, therefore, is a gift that cannot be 
earned. Romans 4:1-5 is just one passage that makes it clear that grace 
is how we are accepted by God, not by works. Clearly, as Christians, our 
conduct should demonstrate to others that the Holy Spirit is working in 
our lives, but God does not save our soul based on our conduct. He does 
so based on our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross 
of Calvary. Notice this eternal life is through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
For contemporary Christian music fans, Stephen Curtis Chapman summed it 
up well when he penned the song Jesus is Life.

Salvation through the cross of Christ is not a popular message in our 
society today. In fact, it never has been. But that's exactly what the 
Word of God teaches. Consider the following passages:

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; 
but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Cor. 1:18)

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, 
and unto the Greeks foolishness. (1 Cor. 1:23)

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus 
Christ, and him crucified. (I Cor. 2:2)

These passages, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, and others make it clear that Paul 
taught salvation through faith in the death, burial and resurrection of 
Christ. Paul was not ashamed of this gospel message (Rom. 1:16). And he 
made it abundantly clear that Gods provision for salvation through the 
cross of Christ is offered as a gift, meaning FREE. Romans 3:24 says we 
are justified freely by (Gods) grace through the redemption that is in 
Christ Jesus. How could it be stated any clearer than Ephesians 2:8,9? 
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.

When we are born, we are identified with Adam. We inherit death. But 
when we accept salvation by believing that Jesus Christ died for our 
sins (faith), we are no longer identified with Adam but with Jesus 
Christ. These two conditions are contrasted in Romans 5:12-21. In 
describing our new position in Christ, the word gift is used six times 
in four verses (15-18, KJV). It is hammered home that God wants nothing, 
nay, will accept nothing as payment for our salvation. Its all or 
nothing. Take it or leave it. Its a free gift.

Many have the image in their heads of a repentant sinner reaching toward 
heaven while God reaches down. Its a beautiful picture, but its poor 
doctrine. It presents the idea that we somehow meet God halfway in 
changing our destiny. Romans 5:6 says, For when we were yet without 
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Without strength 
means we are totally powerless to change our situation. Picture an 
athlete as he lifts weights from the floor. The weights do nothing to 
aid him. They have no power to do so. The athlete does the lifting of 
this dead weight on his own. In our natural condition, we are dead 
weight dead in our trespasses and sins. God reaches down, doing all the 
work, and lifts us to a new position in glory through Jesus Christ our 
Lord (Eph. 2:1-7). Next time you sing such hymns as He Lifted Me or Love 
Lifted Me, I hope you remember this illustration and sing it with a new 
zeal and understanding.

*THOUGHT TO PONDER*

*IF WE WOULD SEE OURSELVES AS GOD SEES US,
IN ALL THE PERFECTIONS OF THE BELOVED
IN WHOM WE HAVE BEEN ENGRACED SO FULLY
AND IN WHOM WE ARE LOVED SO DEEPLY,
WE WOULD BE REFLECTING MORE
OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN MADE TO BE IN CHRIST
*Should this Inspirational be a blessing and encouragement to you, why 
not send to a friend, coworker or, to your loved one. The Word of God is 
so needed in our troubled USA. We are loosing a great many of our 
privileges the founding fathers of our great county have protected us by 
the Constitution of America, there is no country in the world as great 
as America. Let's stand up and take back our roots.
*Our Purpose and Mission

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
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Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ
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*LEARNING THAT LASTS*
*By Charles W. Wages*
*
"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been 
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a 
child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee 
wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Tim. 
3:14-15)

It is generally accepted that all of us are products of inheritance and 
the things we have experienced in our environment. However, if the 
spiritual relationships are ignored, we are nothing more than natural 
born sinners. We inherited our natural or sinful nature, and the 
environment of this world system is certainly not conducive to a life 
for God. Our Scripture text teaches us that Timothy had heard and known 
of the Lord through the Scriptures. This is clearly shown in 2 Timothy 1:5,

"When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which 
dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois and thy mother Eunice; and I am 
persuaded that in thee also."

One thing we can be assured of, salvation does not come by acquired 
inherited factors from our parents, neither do we come into this world 
knowing the Scriptures. We learn the Scriptures after salvation by 
hearing, reading, and studying them diligently. If we reside in the 
right atmosphere, have the right attitude, and give proper attention to 
all that God says, we can grow in grace and knowledge of Him and His 
Word. Paul admonished Timothy to,

*
*Continue in Things Learned*
*
Learning that lasts is enhanced by a real perseverance or steadfastness 
in things already known. Many have the mistaken notion that if they have 
heard a truth one time, they know it forever. Truth, to really be known, 
must be thought about intensely and lived or practiced seriously. This 
principle is clearly stated in James 1:22-25.

"But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own 
selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like 
unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholdeth 
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of 
man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and 
continueth therein, he, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the 
work, this man shall be blessed in his deed."

We learn from Paul's statement to Timothy that we should,

*
*Continue to Learn Thing*
*
The Word surely informs and encourages believers to grow. 1 Peter 1:2 
admonishes,

"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye 
may grow thereby."

In Ephesians 4:12, we are instructed that God has given dedicated men 
(4:11) for,

"The perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the 
edifying of the body of Christ."

There are always things to be learned. Old dogs can be taught new 
tricks. The Word of God is inexhaustible. When a person sees that we are 
to rightly divide the word of truth, and their eyes are opened to 
dispensational study, new vistas of learning arise on their horizons, 
and they really take off in mature growth.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to 
be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Tim. 2:15)

There is a great impetus to learning when a believing person is sure, 
not only of their salvation, but of the Scripture knowledge they have 
attained. It should be noted that 2 Timothy 2:14 says,

"But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been 
assured of ..."

Secure people tend to secure more and more truth. It has often been 
noted that children who are continually upset and confused at home, 
learn far less than children coming from a stable home. There is so much 
religious confusion in the world, so much false teaching, that it is 
absolutely imperative that we be assured of our salvation, assured of 
the infallibility of the Scriptures and that they are real and relevant 
for our lives.

Finally, we should see the importance of knowing

*Of Whom Thou Hast Learned Them*
*
Reference has already been made in this article to Timothy's mother and 
grandmother. No doubt, others were instrumental in helping Timothy. 
However, the person most responsible for teaching him the truth for us 
today was the Apostle Paul. In 2 Timothy 1:13-14, Timothy is told to,

"Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in 
faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was 
committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us."

The fair and honorable trust (that good thing) was the mystery revealed 
to Paul by special revelation. He was passing this great truth for our 
age on to Timothy to be committed to faithful men, who shall be able to 
teach others also (2 Tim. 2:2). We should know that the Apostle Paul was 
the divinely chosen and appointed servant of God of whom we learn our 
position and walk for today. No doubt Timothy acknowledged this, do we?

Learning that lasts depends on a lot of yielding to and wielding of the 
Word of God. If we heed the instructions of the Word, we will learn at 
last the learning that lasts.

* Prayer for America *
*
"Heavenly Father, thank you for my country, the United States of 
America, the only country in the world founded upon religious freedom 
and your Word. Thank you for our founding fathers, Lord, who looked to 
you for guidance to develop the kind of government that would be 
pleasing to you. We need your wisdom to safeguard our freedom. May the 
light of your word run swiftly throughout our country, and your love 
burn brightly in our land. Give us a rebirth of freedom, in the name of 
the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen."

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*WHAT GRACE IS *
*by C. R. Stam *
Never let the devil deceive you into supposing that God planned sin as 
"a gracious means to a glorious end," for then salvation from sin would 
be simple justice, not grace. No, you cannot legitimately charge God 
with your sin. It is to the guilty, the undeserving, far and wide, that 
God offers "the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His 
grace" (Eph. 1:7).

There are two significant phrases in Eph. 2 which shed clear light upon 
the character, the nature, of grace. They are found in Verses 2 and 3, 
which speak of the unsaved as "children [Gr., huiois, full-grown sons] 
of disobedience" and "children [Gr., tekna, born ones] of wrath."

Meditate for a moment on these phrases: "Children of disobedience" and 
"children of wrath." It is against this dark, black background of 
deserved wrath, that we read further:

"BUT GOD, who is RICH IN MERCY, for His GREAT LOVE wherewith He loved 
us, "Even when we were dead in sin, hath quickened us [given us life] 
together with Christ (BY GRACE ARE YE SAVED), "And hath raised us up 
together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 
"That in the ages to come He might show THE EXCEEDING RICHES OF HIS 
GRACE IN HIS KINDNESS TOWARD US THROUGH CHRIST JESUS" (Eph. 2:4-7).

Somehow it takes a load off one's heart and mind to come to the end of 
his rope, as it were, and admit that he is a sinner, deserving God's 
wrath. How sweet to the ears of such is the wonderful message of 
redemption by grace, through the finished work of Christ at Calvary. We 
were all the "children [full-grown sons] of disobedience": and therefore 
"by nature the children [born ones] of wrath": "But God!" When hope 
seemed gone, He intervened and now offers salvation to all by grace, 
through faith.

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31).
*
*At times all of us experience fear. *
*But don't allow fear to keep*
*you from being used by God. *
*He has kept you thus far; trust Him*
*for the rest of the way.*

*-- Woodroll Kroll

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*THE GRAVE CLOTHES - CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF RESURRECTION *
* by Russell S. Miller*
When Peter and John had come to the sepulcher, John outran Peter, but 
Peter rushed immediately into the tomb upon his arrival, "...and seeth 
the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about His head.... They 
went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the 
sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew NOT the 
Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead" (John 20:6-9).

But what was it that "he saw"? What had they seen in that sepulcher? 
It must have been some very convincing evidence! What was this evidence 
in that tomb that caused them to believe apart from the Scriptures? And 
what exactly was it that they had believed?

The napkin, or handkerchief, a head-dress, "that [had been] about His 
head, [was] not lying with the linen clothes, but [was rather] wrapped 
together in a place by itself" (John 20:7).

When the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, he "came forth, bound hand 
and foot with grave clothes: AND HIS FACE WAS BOUND ABOUT WITH A NAPKIN" 
and Jesus told the Jews, and Mary and Martha,"Loose him, and let him go" 
(John 11:44). The Greek word here, "luo," to loose, unbind, release, is 
used by Christ. So they took the grave clothes from off Lazarus, and 
unbound him, allowing him to go free.

The evidence in Joseph's tomb was remarkable. When Christ arose from 
the dead the head-dress or napkin and the linen clothes remained just as 
He lay in them, undisturbed. This is more than remarkable, rare, or 
extraordinary, it was most astonishing and miraculous evidence of the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Clearly He was not there, and that no 
"gardener" had taken Him away was also so obviously evident. That the 
grave could not hold Him is manifest proof that He possessed "the Spirit 
of holiness" (Rom.1:4; Heb.7:26). There was no sin in Him to hold Him in 
the grave---NOT a chance! The angel rolled the stone away from the door 
that the disciples, and the women, might see the empty tomb. Indeed, the 
Lord had already come forth, and He came through that solid stone door 
much as He had done, "where the disciples were assembled for fear of the 
Jews," in John 20:19.

"He is not here, but is risen; remember how He spake unto you when He 
was yet in Galilee" (Luke 24:6)

*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK!

Greetings on this wonderful day that the Lord has
given us. J. Sidlow Baxter reminds us that "God is the
greatest of all mysteries and the greatest of all
realities." He is Majestic! Yet, as Tennyson notes, He
is "closer than breathing, nearer than hands and
feet." He is there, He cares.*

This is fabulous you must watch
the resurrection painting

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Resurrection Power

Jesus Christ has risen my friend, now, life through Him has no end,

For witnesses who saw Christ die, saw Him risen to ascend on high,

To the women, the angel had said, Christ has risen, He is not dead,

Indeed many others came to see, the tomb of Christ, is now empty.

Even those guarding the tomb, seeing that angel, felt a dark doom,

Seeing the wonder of The Lord, God’s power could not be ignored,

From that angel, white as snow, all those present, now would know,

Christ has risen just as He said, so now joy had filled them instead.

On the road they heard His voice, so all together they would rejoice,

Told to go and tell their brothers, so today, like them, we tell others;

Unlike those elder, Jewish Priests, who wickedly conjured up deceit,

To explain away The Risen Truth, changed lives are His Living Proof.

Changed through The Resurrection, we now share God’s Revelation,

Now sent forth as Christ’s disciple, with our Lord’s mission to fulfill,

So as we herald God’s Salvation, we make disciples in every nation,

Teaching them to obey all He said, spreading His Truth in His stead.

To be a disciple you must first, become a member of God’s Church,

Not that building with a steeple, but, His Body of born again people,

Saved by Christ, as sinners lost, through God’s Power of The Cross,

Now raised by God to New Life, by The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(Copyright ©03/2013 Bob Gotti)

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*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of 
Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See"Â Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
546 8866, Paris

Would you like to help this ministry? Consider trying to get one other 
person to subscribe to the GRACE DAILY INSPIRATIONAL. This worldwide 
ministry asks for no funds and is sent to glorify our precious Lord and 
Savior, Jesus Christ, AND TO HELP YOU TO GROW IN GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE.

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*THE GRAVE CLOTHES - CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF RESURRECTION *
* by Russell S. Miller*
**
*
When Peter and John had come to the sepulcher, John outran Peter, but 
Peter rushed immediately into the tomb upon his arrival, "...and seeth 
the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about His head.... They 
went in also that other disciple [John], which came first to the 
sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew NOT the 
Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead" (John 20:6-9).

But what was it that "he saw"? What had they seen in that sepulcher? 
It must have been some very convincing evidence! What was this evidence 
in that tomb that caused them to believe apart from the Scriptures? And 
what exactly was it that they had believed?

The napkin, or handkerchief, a head-dress, "that [had been] about His 
head, [was] not lying with the linen clothes, but [was rather] wrapped 
together in a place by itself" (John 20:7).

When the Lord raised Lazarus from the dead, he "came forth, bound hand 
and foot with grave clothes: AND HIS FACE WAS BOUND ABOUT WITH A NAPKIN" 
and Jesus told the Jews, and Mary and Martha,"Loose him, and let him go" 
(John 11:44). The Greek word here, "luo," to loose, unbind, release, is 
used by Christ. So they took the grave clothes from off Lazarus, and 
unbound him, allowing him to go free.

The evidence in Joseph's tomb was remarkable. When Christ arose from 
the dead the head-dress or napkin and the linen clothes remained just as 
He lay in them, undisturbed. This is more than remarkable, rare, or 
extraordinary, it was most astonishing and miraculous evidence of the 
resurrection of Jesus Christ. Clearly He was not there, and that no 
"gardener" had taken Him away was also so obviously evident. That the 
grave could not hold Him is manifest proof that He possessed "the Spirit 
of holiness" (Rom.1:4; Heb.7:26). There was no sin in Him to hold Him in 
the grave---NOT a chance! The angel rolled the stone away from the door 
that the disciples, and the women, might see the empty tomb. Indeed, the 
Lord had already come forth, and He came through that solid stone door 
much as He had done, "where the disciples were assembled for fear of the 
Jews," in John 20:19.

"He is not here, but is risen; remember how He spake unto you when He 
was yet in Galilee" (Luke 24:6).

*
**

*THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK!

Greetings on this wonderful day that the Lord has
given us. J. Sidlow Baxter reminds us that "God is the
greatest of all mysteries and the greatest of all
realities." He is Majestic! Yet, as Tennyson notes, He
is "closer than breathing, nearer than hands and
feet." He is there, He cares.*

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the resurrection painting

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Provision for Growth in the Church
By Chuck Schiedler
-- Part Five--

6) “one God and Father of all, who is upon all and through all and in all.”

“One God” is the final unity-supporting-one mentioned. In New Testament 
times, a major contributing factor to disunity among believers was the 
hostility existing between Jews and Gentiles. Since Israel was God’s 
chosen people during the administration of the Law, how could unclean 
Gentiles now have the same God and be equal with Jews before Him? Paul 
alludes to this issue when he writes; God is the “Father of all”. This 
same matter is addressed in Romans where it states there is “one God” 
who is equally the God of Jews or Gentiles and justifies both of them by 
faith (Rom. 3:29-30; 10:12-13). This same “one God” desires “all men to 
be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4-5).

When God saves men He intends for all fleshly distinctions to be 
discarded and replaced with the commonality we have around Him as our 
Father and the Savior, Jesus Christ. We need to incorporate the mindset 
prompted by our “one baptism” into Christ which is illustrated by the 
phrase “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” 
(Gal. 3:27-28). Recognizing all believers have the same God, who 
permeates our being as He is “upon all and through all and in all”, is 
another foundational factor for harmony. When Body members are 
controlled by this equality, unity can and will result. Then, we can be 
prompted from Spirit-central to engage in the work for which He “called 
us” (Gal. 5:18; Eph. 5:18).

Having briefly considered the seven unity-producing-realities God has 
furnished, why is there still so much division in the Body of Christ? 
This discord is a byproduct of not adequately applying these 
foundational truths upon which unity is built. The Church, which the 
Bible defines as “one body”, is too often replaced by organizations, 
churches, denominations and movements built by men. The Body’s “one 
hope” is sometimes mitigated to a belief that certain Christians look 
forward to a superior place in glory. This view is based on a perception 
they practice a purer form of Christianity. The “one faith” given by God 
and recorded in His Word is habitually replaced by doctrinal statements 
or writings of men. We should always be aware that anything compiled by 
saved members of the human race will be far inferior when compared with 
Scripture and is not energized by the Spirit.

The convicting role of the “one spirit” can easily be usurped by men who 
wish to control believers, greatly minimizing the possibility for these 
Body members to be individually led by the Holy Spirit. In this same 
regard, when the intended master-position of our “one Lord” is taken 
over by any leader, God’s children are discouraged from developing a 
direct connection with their Head. To be effective for the Lord, each 
believer needs to personally give Jesus Christ His rightful “first 
place” in his or her life (Eph. 4:15-16; Col. 1:18; 1 Pet. 5:3).

The “one baptism” described by Paul is mostly misunderstood and commonly 
taught to refer to a water ceremony. As a result, what this spiritual 
“one baptism” has already accomplished in the lives of believers is 
seldom drawn upon to enhance “holiness” in their walk (Rom. 6:3-4, 19, 
22). Finally, when unifying truth about the “one God . . . of all” is 
ignored, men place value on worldly distinctions rather than the team 
spirit all should share in Christ. Thus, a vital component is omitted 
which we need to perform the “calling” for which He “called” us (Eph. 4:1).

However, when Christians integrate these unity-producing influences, a 
climate of harmony is created between individual members and bodies of 
believers. For, in the first six verses of this chapter, God presents us 
with a formula for unity, which automatically doubles as an antidote for 
division. Each of us will be held personally accountable not only for 
proclaiming unity, but also for acting in such a manner which maintains 
the foundation God has established for successfully working together. 
When our works are examined by our Judge, Jesus Christ, only what we 
actually do on earth will matter. Rewards or suffering loss will not be 
based on what we know or believe (Rom. 14:10-12; 1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 
5:10).

When you see () it means a Greek word belongs their, however my computer 
does not have a Greek word program, Mary

to be continued . . .
Chuck Schiedler
chuckschiedler@yahoo.com
Written: February, 2014
Old Testament quotes are from the KJV.
New Testament quotes are original translations by the author from the 
Greek text.

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
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Provision for Growth in the Church
By Chuck Schiedler
-- Part Four--

5) one Lord, one faith, one baptism;

Our one Lord is the next unity-supporting-one God has provided. 
This Lord†is none other than Jesus Christ. The word Lord(s) means master 
or owner. Just as slaves in Roman society had earthly masters, in the 
same way, we have been bought with the price of Jesus precious blood; 
and because of this celestial transaction, we are called His servants 
(Rom. 6:16-22; 1 Cor. 6:20; Eph. 6:5-9). All believers have the same 
Lord who desires us to follow the same set of directions. If we want 
to comply with our Lord's wishes we will seek to receive all believers 
with pure motives and do what we can to eliminate interpersonal 
stumbling blocks. We will seek to build up others in the Body knowing 
our every action will come under the scrutiny of our Lord (Rom. 
14:1-23). When Christ is allowed to be Lord in our lives, we can truly 
act in a manner pleasing to Him (Col. 2:6). So, His Lordship position 
over us is a significant factor helping to unify the Church so we 
together can carry on the work He assigned for us. Our mutual submission 
to His will also forms the foundation for an un-hypocritical testimony 
to non-Christians (Titus 2:5, 8, 10; 1 Pet. 2:11-12, 3:15-16).

The fifth unity-supporting-one presented is “one faith†(s). This cannot 
refer to our personal faith, as the word is often used, because our 
human faith is imperfect and jaded. Since Paul is talking about things 
which prepare believers for ministry, this “faith†must refer to the 
body of truth toward which our faith is directed (Gal. 3:22-26; Col. 
2:7). This faith is found in the mystery truth contained in the 
administration of God which is in faith (Eph. 3:2-3, 4:13; 1 Tim. 1:4, 
3:9). Basic to this word is the concept of trust. When we recognize 
God's Grace is the basis of our trust and believe the divine philosophy 
contained within it, the Holy Spirit can validate it as truth in our 
minds as well as give us power to obey it. This one faith is the only 
physical entity present in this world which encompasses God's recorded 
will. It also provides unlimited unity-causing direction so the Body of 
Christ, the Church, can properly conduct our spiritual job.

One baptism is the sixth unity-supporting-one noted. The word 
baptism () is consistently used to describe a state resulting from the 
interaction of two or more things.** In First Corinthians 12:13, the 
effective result of His Holy Spirit acting upon us is “we were baptized 
into one body we assumed the state of being members of the Body of 
Christ. In order to be qualified as God's children, we must be fully 
acceptable to Him. So, Romans 6:3-4, explains how this was made possible 
when we were baptized into Christ Jesus and buried with Him through 
baptism into death. This passage teaches how the Holy Spirit identified 
us with Christ's death on the cross in such a real way that it resulted 
in us possessing a righteous standing before God and becoming morally 
alive (Rom. 6:5-11; 8:15-16). Another outcome of our baptism “into 
Christ†is described by the phrase, we “have put on Christâ€. This means 
God sees us fully clothed with the living qualities of Christ in our 
newly acquired position (Rom. 13:12-14; Gal. 3:27; Col. 2:12). In 
summary, the “one baptism†applying to the Church involves our spiritual 
association with Jesus Christ's death, burial and resurrection; with His 
Body; and with His holy character.

Since believers have experienced this effectual identification with 
Christ, we possess an actual source from which we can maintain unity 
with one another. This is possible not only because we are spiritually 
alive in Christ, but also as a result of the indwelling Holy Spirit who 
empowers us to make unity-producing choices. When we walk in the Spirit, 
we can put to death sinful actions and facilitate spiritual fruits
enabling our bodies to accomplish relational oneness (Rom. 6:12-23; Gal. 
6:16-26; Eph. 2:1-5; Col. 3:5-17). Christians who take advantage of this 
baptismal transformation add one more piece to their 
character-repertoire, which helps them keep the unity of the Spirit. 
When we do not use the Spirit's power, either because of ignorance or 
disobedience, we default into being governed by our flesh with the 
consequence of division causing actions.
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** Examples confirming this meaning for  New Testament: Jesus’ 
interaction with the cross resulted in His death (Mark 10:38-39); 
Israel’s contact with God's miraculous power, which caused the red sea 
to part through Moses, prompted them to cling to him as their leader (1 
Cor. 10:2); Jews who would not accept John the Baptist's proclamation of 
the coming Messiah will suffer the baptismal fire of judgment (Matt. 
3:11-12); As a type of baptism, Noah and his family were protected in 
the Ark from perishing through the flood (1 Pet. 3:20-22); Various 
baptisms (cleansings) under the Law atoned for the sins of Israel (Heb. 
6:2, 9:10); and Kingdom believers who were water baptized in conjunction 
with repentance obtain forgiveness of sin and resultant signs (Mark 1:4; 
16:16; Luke 3:3; Acts 2:38; 19:1-6; 22:16). Septuagint: Isaiah, in a 
vision, comes to a state of being overwhelmed (baptized) as he faces 
his transgression (Isa. 21:4). Apocrypha: When Naiman dipped himself 
seven times in the Jordan River he was cleansed (baptized) from his 
leprosy (4 Kings 5:14).

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Provision for Growth in the Church
By Chuck Schiedler
-- Part Three --

4) â??there is one body and one Spirit, according as you were also 
called in one hope of your calling;â??

Having encouraged the Ephesian believers to preserve spiritual concord 
as one of the building blocks necessary to fulfill our â??callingâ??, 
Paul now presents seven ones in the next three verses which God has 
provided as foundational certainties so this unity can become an 
enduring reality. The word translated â??unityâ?? () in verse 3, 
actually means oneness, and it is from the same Greek root as the seven 
words translated â??oneâ?? in verses 4-6.

The first unity-supporting-one recorded is â??one bodyâ??. Paul is 
referring to the Church, the Body of Christ (Col. 1:24). This is the 
spiritual organism into which God has placed all those whom He has 
chosen and gifted (Rom. 12:4-5; 1 Cor. 12:12; Col. 3:15). For, Scripture 
says, â??God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body 
according as He willedâ?? (1 Cor. 12:18). Chapter twelve of First 
Corinthians graphically teaches if we demean the value of any member in 
the Body, we are rejecting Godâ??s purpose for which He saved them. 
Furthermore, God has given us the practice of the Lordâ??s table in part 
to celebrate this divinely crafted indivisibility which we are to 
treasure in our communion as members of one another (1 Cor. 10:16-17)."

Therefore, as members of the Body, we should be â??striving to keep the 
unity of the Spiritâ??. Anyone who endorses the idea their church, group 
or organization is better than others is not encouraging Spirit-prompted 
unity but instead are practicing Sectarianism. In New Testament 
assemblies, all believers in every town, to the far reaches of the 
gospel, are unconditionally associated with Godâ??s one Church, the Body 
of Christ. When Christians support thoughts or practices which cause 
division among themselves, this action is not in keeping with the 
Word-standards of Acceptance, Tolerance and Building Up (Rom. 14; 1 Cor. 
8 â?? 10; Eph. 4:2-3).

â??One Spiritâ?? is the second unity-supporting-one listed. Paulâ??s 
clear reference is to the Holy Spirit. He is the one who initially 
activates us to recognize God as our Father at the time we are saved 
(Rom. 8:15-16; Gal 4:6-9). He is also the divine force behind making us 
members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). After we are saved, He is 
the one who enables us to understand the Word of God (1 Cor. 2:12). In 
conjunction with this knowledge, He is the one who empowers us to 
implement these truths into our lives (Gal. 5:16-25). Spirituality is 
the end product of conducting our Christian walk under the control and 
leading of Godâ??s Spirit (Gal. 5:16-18; Eph. 5:18).

Believers can be confident our actions are guided by the Spirit when we 
are able to cite biblical teachings which precisely describe the changes 
observed in our character. One proof we are led by the power of the 
â??one Spiritâ?? is apparent when the attributes mentioned in verse 2, 
direct us to sustain unity with all believers. When this spiritual 
development comes about,it automatically results in Christians, 
together, carrying out the ministry to which we were â??calledâ??.

Our â??one hopeâ?? is the third unity-supporting-one stated. The 
genitive case which connects this â??one hopeâ?? with our â??callingâ?? 
indicates this â??hopeâ?? is associated with our heavenly occupation, 
which was covered in verse 1. This â??hopeâ?? is a result of Christ 
being in us. Through Him, it is our present link with future glory, and 
we are not able to be moved from this secure position (Col. 1:23, 27). 
Titus 2:13 is one of the most dynamic verses referencing this â??one 
hopeâ?? believers enjoy. It speaks
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* Immediately before the main passage detailing the Lordâ??s table, Paul 
addresses special circumstances regarding divisions in the Body which 
are approved by God (1 Cor. 11:18-19). However, we need to fully make 
sure anyone excluded from fellowship is truly causing moral or doctrinal 
corruption in the Church (1 Cor. 5:6-11; Titus 3:10-11).
about those â??who expect the blessed hope and appearance of the glory 
of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christâ??.

The word â??hopeâ?? () is not used to indicate we are unsure about our 
future glorification. Rather, it speaks of the confident assurance we 
have when by faith we accept what God says about our conformity to the 
image of Jesus Christ at His coming (Rom. 8:24-25, 28-30; Heb. 11:1). 
Our â??hopeâ?? could be described as an anticipation of the positive 
experience we will have after transitioning from this life. When we 
visualize the destination affiliated with this eternal â??hopeâ?? all 
believers share, it should produce a sense of togetherness in our daily 
relations within Godâ??s family (Eph. 1:18; Heb. 10:23). In contrast 
with our present confidence in the future, unbelievers who lack biblical 
absolutes are uncertain about the afterlife (Eph. 2:12; 1 Thess. 4:13).

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Provision for Growth in the Church
By Chuck Schiedler
-- Part Two --

2) "with all humility and gentleness, with long suffering, while holding
up one another in love,"

Just as the first three chapters of this Book teach how God qualified us
to be "saints" by giving us a righteous standing in Christ, the
following context begins to describe the process we must take if we are
to become competent to perform His "calling" (Eph. 1:1). The first
quality required in our lives to accomplish this heavenly job is
"humility" (s). This quality is described by two words meaning lowliness
and mind. It expresses the idea we need to maintain a humble mindset in
our relationships with other believers in order to establish a basis for
productive interaction. The opposite of "humility" is pride, haughtiness
and arrogance, which tend to alienate or control others rather than
encourage working together. The adjective "all" further emphasizes our
need for as much humility as possible to counter this pride, a natural
side effect of our old nature.

Second, "gentleness" (s) is mentioned as an essential ingredient toward
properly living for the Lord. This word speaks of how we are to be mild
in our dealings with one another, to be soft instead of rough or harsh.
The adjective "all", which also modifies this word, indicates it is
important for us to maintain a gentle tone in our human relations to the
greatest possible degree. Next, we are told a lifestyle worthy of the
Lord will include "longsuffering" (s). This noun combines two words
which mean long and passion indicating it should take a long time for us
to become negatively passionate. Often, this word is translated
"patience". Real life presents countless circumstances which aggravate
our flesh, but believers are to allow this fruit of the Spirit to
prevail instead (Gal. 5:22).

Lastly, we are encouraged to be "holding up one another in love". The
two words combined to form this participle literally mean "holding up"
() and indicate we should be encouraging one another. Since this word
occurs in the present tense, highlighted by the word "while", it
specifies this action should characterize our daily lives. As Christians
exercise mutual support for one another, which is one way of expressing
"love", a cooperative relationship is cultivated helping us accomplish
God's "calling". Sometimes this word is translated "forbearance" when it
portrays the need to hold ourselves or others up in the midst of
negative circumstances (1 Cor. 4:12; 2 Thess. 1:4). The overall idea
conveyed is whether interactions with other people are positive or
negative, we should always make a concerted effort to be as supportive
as the prevailing circumstances allow.

3) "while striving to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace;"

After listing God-formulated qualities which help Christians in their
spiritual walk, Paul focuses on the associated goal of "striving to keep
the unity of the Spirit". The basic meaning of the participle "striving"
(s) is to make haste or do something with speed. So, we are to be quick
to make this action a priority in our lives. Therefore, we should
endeavor and be diligent to keep the Spirit's unity. Since this word
occurs in the present tense, it indicates believers are to constantly
make this effort with "one another". Also, its active voice stresses the
responsibility we have to vigorously pursue unity with all believers.

According to this statement, we do not need to manufacture unity, we
simply have to "keep the unity" God has already established. The
infinitive translated "to keep" () means to maintain. After God saved us
and gave us His Spirit along with written instructions, we now have
everything we need to conduct a lifestyle which demonstrates the unity
He has provided for the Body (1 Cor. 12:13, 21-25; Gal. 5:16; Eph.
5:18). However, we are fleshly beings in need of putting off our sinful
thoughts and actions, and replacing them with His divine character (Eph.
4:22-24). Some of the specific attributes required have already been
mentioned in verse 2. Only when believers are clothed with these
Spirit-produced virtues can we gain the personality needed to achieve
genuine togetherness.

Another prerequisite for maintaining Church unity is found within the
phrase "in the bond of peace". "Peace" (s) is a tranquil state, the lack
of friction. If this quality controls us, unity will emerge from the
theoretical realm to become a reality in our relationships. Along with
this "peace", Paul adds the phrase "in the bond", which means in the
realm of that which binds together. When believers are driven by the
binding power of peace, they can transcend flesh-engendered conflict and
experience the tranquil friendship described here (Gal. 5:22; Col. 3:15).

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Provision for Growth in the Church
By Chuck Schiedler
-- Part One --

How is the Body of Christ supposed to function? What is God’s purpose 
for His people today? Ephesians 4:1-16 offers some answers to these 
questions as it presents a unique perspective of how the Church is to 
operate. In this portion of Scripture, God paints a literary picture 
portraying His vision of how we, the members of the Body, can 
successfully achieve His objectives. From the time I first studied this 
section in Bible school, it began to make an unforgettable impression on 
me. Throughout the years, the truths presented have continued to expand 
my thinking related to how Christians can grasp the manner by which God 
desires the Church to mature toward spiritual fullness.

The first three chapters of Ephesians provide preliminary background for 
the working of the Body described in chapter four. These opening 
chapters feature many spiritual blessings we enjoy because of our 
righteous position before God in Christ. They focus on the gospel of 
Grace which explains how God has chosen us in Christ and describes how 
provision for our sin was made by His blood. Also, through this message, 
God promises believers a heavenly inheritance with His Son and provides 
equal access for all men to Himself through Christ. Ultimately, the 
Church is presented as “the fullness†of God, which encompasses every 
aspect of our spiritual identity in the Savior (1:23). Finally, as his 
prayer closes in chapter 3, Paul writes of God’s aspiration for the Body 
to “be filled unto all the fullness of God†(3:19). A few verses later, 
chapter 4 begins to reveal how the Church can attain this lofty designation.

Characteristic of the style seen in Paul’s Letters, the first paragraph 
of Ephesians 4 outlines principles governing the growth of the Body of 
Christ. Then, details about these teachings are elaborated on in the 
remainder of the Book. The following commentary of this section is 
proposed to stimulate all believers so that we might take a serious look 
at this road map containing explicit directions for our godly 
development. May this study assist the Church in attaining the spiritual 
heights God wishes for us both individually and corporately.

1) “Therefore, I the prisoner in the Lord encourage you to walk in a 
manner worthy of the calling for which you were called,â€

Paul defines himself as “the prisoner in the Lordâ€. Earlier in this 
Book, he spoke about sufferings he was enduring related to his 
proclamation of the “administration of the grace of Godâ€, which resulted 
in his confinement (Eph. 3:1-3, 13). Later he asks Christians to pray 
for him so he will continue to boldly proclaim this same “mystery†
message even though it caused him much affliction (6:19-20). As one who 
was willing to suffer for the gospel which explains the reasons for 
which God “called†us, Paul now entreats these Ephesian believers to 
join him in walking “in a manner worthy†of this “callingâ€.

The verb translated “encourage†() means to call beside. Paul is in 
effect inviting these believers to his side in order to share helpful 
instruction concerning how they can conduct life “in a manner worthy†of 
God. The adverb “worthy†(s) describes how Christians are to live in an 
appropriate manner relative to God’s standards. These ideals for Body 
members are contained in “the calling for which we were calledâ€.

This “calling†(s) speaks of the occupation which God has given us. 
Truths undergirding this spiritual job are taught in the first three 
chapters of this Book. The “worthy†activities and character associated 
with (genitive case) “the calling†are discussed in the chapters to 
follow. The verb rendered “you were called†() occurs in the passive 
voice indicating we were called by a force outside of ourselves. Paul is 
speaking about a sovereign act of God which summons us from our prior 
state of rebellion to occupy our present privileged position as His 
children. This call is related to how God purposed to choose us for 
salvation before the foundation of the world, then in process of time 
called us by His love, grace and mercy (Rom. 8:28-30; 9:11-24; 1 Cor. 
1:24-31; Eph. 1:4-6; 2:4-5). The subsequent verses describe specific 
qualities and practices needed in our lives so we can properly represent 
God as we carry out His calling†– heavenly work performed in our 
earthly bodies.

It is noteworthy that those who are “called†for this purpose include 
every member of the Body of Christ. Under the Law, priests and other 
leaders were “called†to their divine vocations, performing ministries 
which benefitted the Nation of Israel (Heb. 5:4; 11:8). Actually, the 
Greek root which forms the noun “calling†(s) transliterates into the 
English word “clergyâ€. Even though a clergy versus laity (the Greek word 
for “peopleâ€) separation existed under the Law between those who God 
elevated for ministry and the remaining Jews, this practice is entirely 
absent in the Epistles. Nonetheless, this same traditional distinction 
is widely practiced in the Church today.

“The calling†God envisioned is for every believer to be involved in 
carrying out the ministry (Rom. 8:28; 1 Cor. 1:24; Eph. 4:12). As 
Christians obtain a fuller understanding of this truth, it will 
revolutionize their outlook on serving God. For, when one realizes the 
vital role he or she plays as a chosen and gifted member of the divine 
team assembled for ministry, this generates a great amount of personal 
worth. And, since our Master Designer individually “called†us to The 
Service He planned, each of us should be motivated to enthusiastically 
participate in the work associated with this “callingâ€.

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*'DIVINE GUIDANCE *
*THE CHRISTIAN'S PREROGATIVE.' *
*Part One* *of Two
** By Late Pastor L. Peterson*
*Genesis 24:27; Proverbs 3:5-7. *

'I being in the way, the Lord led me.'
The above text had its birth. In the experience of Abraham's servant 
seeking a wife for Isaac. Abraham spoke to his servant saying 'Swear by 
the Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt 
not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among 
whom I dwell.' The servant promised Abraham and thus went in search of 
the proper girl to become Isaac's wife. He went to the land from which 
his master had come. In his journey he had asked God for guidance so 
that he would not err in his choice and that he would always be in God's 
will. God did guide him and in acknowledgment of this heavenly guidance, 
the servant gave the testimony of our text: 'I being in the way, the led 
me'. Gen. 24:27.

The Christian has every right to expect divine guidance in life. It is 
the Christian's prerogative to have this supernatural guidance. There 
are however, certain principles and laws under which we live and work. 
If we go in accord to these divine laws we will know and have God's best 
for us. The astronauts in their journeys into space work in harmony with 
God's laws. The precision of their instruments are accurate only as they 
obey or synchronize with these laws. The space ships are guided by 
certain stars that God long ago placed in space. So it is spiritually as 
long as the Christian works in harmony with God's plan he or she may 
know His leading in their lives. Proverbs 3:5-7 sets forth our Heavenly 
Father's order to be followed in realizing His guidance for our lives. 
You, dear friend, cannot err in obeying His Word. It is your prerogative 
to have this supernatural guidance. Here are the necessary steps in 
experiencing your rightful heritage.

First, there must be an absolute and total confidence in God. Provo 3:5. 
The writer of Proverbs declares 'Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; 
and lean not unto thine own understanding.' Another translation presents 
it this way: 'You be persuaded in all your heart upon God, do not prop 
yourself up' (or lift yourself up). The inspired text is crying out to a 
young man who is journeying through life. He is on the road of life and 
has not traveled that road before. There are many pitfalls and unmarked 
ways. The experience of travel can only be learned by travel. No 
academic training or study can take the place of experience. The 
traveler coming to unmarked 'Y's' will need divine guidance, he cannot 
trust his own and must resort to another's wisdom. This is why in the 
first seven chapters of Proverbs the inspired writer cries out 'My son - 
my son - my son.' Note Proverbs 1:10. 'My son, if sinners entice thee, 
consent thou not'; 2:1, 'My son, if thou wilt receive my words ... ; 
3:1, 'My son, forget not my law ... '; 4:l, 'Hear, ye children. the 
instruction of a father ... '; .5:1, 'My son, attend unto my wisdom...'; 
6:1, My son, if thou be surety for thy friend .... ' and 7:1, 'My son, 
keep my words ... ' These expressions are the cries from a heart and if 
you please, the heart of your Heavenly Father begging you to follow His 
guidance. He knows the road better than His servant. His beloved Son, 
our Savior has gone the road before us and knows the hazardous journey. 
He knows you need guidance and you know it too if you will honestly 
acknowledge it. You may profit by His guidance and wisdom but you must 
not, you cannot do so without 'absolute and total confidence in God.' 
You must not 'prop yourself up.' You must not make crutches of your own 
to find your way in life. You must learn to lean On God and trust Him 
completely. Your own maneuvering will never do. You cannot trust your 
own feelings in the matters of decision. Feelings will often mislead 
you. Have you ever been lost in a deep dense forest? It is a real 
strange experience. You will in such experiences always have certain 
convictions and feelings as to directions. You must never trust them, 
they may be entirely wrong. People who have been lost and found often 
tell tales of how they walked for hours thinking they were going in the 
right direction and learned that they had just walked in circles. They 
had gone no place. Christians often do this for they do not resort to a 
complete trust in God abandoning their own ideas and feelings. Oh! hear 
the cry of a wise father; 'My son ... trust in the Lord with all thin 
heart; and lean not to thin own understanding.'
*Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible
and receives the impossible. -- unknown *

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*Conclusion 2 OF 2*
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*Genesis 24:27; Proverbs 3:5-7
Secondly, there must be a complete acknowledgment of God's interest 
in your life. Pro 3:6. The wise father says 'In all thy ways acknowledge 
Him, and He shall direct thy paths'. A better translation of this verse 
is found in an old English manuscript. It reads, 'In all thy ways think 
Him.' This is the sum total teaching of the text. It is simply saying, 
'Count God as a partner in your journey through life.' Clarke says, 
'Begin, continue and end every work, purpose and device with God.' God 
is interested in your life. Do you realize this? If He were not, why 
would He send His beloved Son to this planet to die for you. If He were 
not, why then would our Savior say in speaking of sending the Holy 
Spirit, 'He will guide you.' It is absolutely true that God is 
interested in you and your life. He is more interested in your life and 
your journey through it than you can possibly be yourself. He wants you, 
as a Christian, to take Him in as a partner. This is not only in your 
vocation, or service as a Christian, but in your avocation or means of 
livelihood. What you are doing to keep body and soul together is God's 
business and you are but His steward in that service. Please remember 
this, dear friend. Count 'Him in' -- in every consideration of all items 
of life. Don't buy, build, train or travel without considering God's 
interest in the decisions.

The blessedness of all this is the fact that you will never make a 
mistake following His guidance. Oh, young people! This is so important 
to you. Life in its journeys has many uncharted ways. You must travel 
them and you need guidance. Let the Master pilot your vessel. Hear the 
hymn writer in his song of petition.

*'Jesus, Savior, pilot me *
*Over life's tempestuous sea,*
*Unknown waves before me roll,*
*Hiding rocks and treacherous shoal;*
*Chart and compass come from Thee, *
*Jesus, Savior, pilot me.'*

A favorite painting of mine is that of a young, energetic and 
handsome lad. He is standing in the pilot house of a ship. The sea 
before him looks stormy and uncertain, but the lad looks confident and 
certain. He seems sure and at perfect ease. Behind him stands the 
Master, our Lord and Savior, with one hand on the shoulder of the lad. 
This is what Solomon the inspired writer means when he says, 'Son, in 
all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths'.

Thirdly, there must be open lines of communication. 3:7. The proverb 
says, 'depart from your own wisdom.' Our text says, 'Be not wise in 
thine own eyes'. When we resort to a message from no higher source than 
our little brain, we are already lost. It is so easy to become 
conceited. (i.e. have or entertain the idea that all wisdom has it's 
origin in our thinking). A wise person realizes the depravity and 
inability of the flesh. Communication with God is broken when we make 
our decisions without God. Don't be so conceited that you feel you have 
the answers. Complement yourself and God by keeping in touch with Him.

The proverb also says 'Depart from evil.' A better translation is, 
'bend away from all evil.' It is said of Augustine that after his 
conversion to Christ a former paramour saw him and ran to greet him. The 
young convert started running away from her and she cried out 
'Augustine, it is I.' Augustine retorted as he fled, 'but it is not I.' 
This is turning from evil. We must do so in life to keep lines of 
communication open so that our Heavenly Father can give us guidance for 
life. An officer of World War II was asked, 'What is the most dangerous 
part of battle and what do you fear most?' He answered, 'When lines of 
communication are broken.'

Dear friend, do you wish to possess your heritage of divine 
guidance? Do you have any interest in your own welfare? Then learn to 
obey the truths from Proverbs. Have absolute and total confidence in 
God. Pave complete acknowledgment of His interest and keep the lines of 
communication open.

The fruit and blessedness of this is expressed in verse 8, 'It shall 
be health to thy navel and marrow to thy bones'. As a child is in the 
womb of its mother and receives all nourishment and life through the 
umbilical cord, so the child of God is in the womb of the universe and 
his or her only means of true life is found in proper union with God. 
You have the choice to accept or reject the wise council of God as given 
in our text. Accepting it you may at the sunset of life say, as did 
Abraham's servant, 'I being in the way, the Lord led me.' Rejecting it, 
God declares in another of Solomon's letters, 'Rejoice, 0 young man, in 
thy youth, and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and 
walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine yes: but know 
thou that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.' Ecc. 
11:9.
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TOTAL FORGIVENESS
By late Pastor Bob Hanna

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).

THE GRACE OF GOD IS CONTINUAL
IN THE LIFE OF THE BELIEVER.

*Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging 
Christians to believe what God says.

Message "CHRIST" Rom. 16:25, Col. 1:28
Material "All Scripture, 2 Tim. 3:16, 17
Method "Rightly Dividing The Word of Truth, 2 Tim. 2:15
Mission "To Make All See" Eph. 3:9

"But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by 
the blood of Christ." Eph.2:13.

**We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, 
and the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the 
Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the 
fullness of Christ:"

We are wiling to help you on this journey just give us a call, 1 623 
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*The High Call of Suffering*
*by Anabel Gillham*
*"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,*
*the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,*
*who comforts us in all our affliction*
*so that we will be able to comfort those who are in*
*any affliction with the comfort*
*with which we ourselves are comforted by God."*
*- II Corinthians 1:3-4*

I never cease to be amazed at how God works!

We cannot understand our suffering or His silence to our passionate
pleas. We endure loss, loneliness, rejection, financial hardship,
grief--all sorts of painful things and wonder why we have to be the one
enduring this trial. We entreat the Lord for healing and it doesn't
come. We request prayers from family and friends and there is still no
respite from the pain we are experiencing. "Why, Lord, why must I go
through this wretched time? Why, Lord? Why? I don't understand."

Then, quite unexpectedly, some hurting person--possibly someone you've
never met before---enveloped in despair and fear and confusion comes
into your life and you find yourself saying, "Oh, come sit down and let
me talk to you. I understand! I've been through that very same thing.
Let me tell you what happened and how the Lord brought comfort and
strength and understanding."

II Corinthians 1:3-4 (above) has just become a part of our life and we
suddenly grasp that through this suffering He has prepared us to
minister to someone else. He is allowing us to share His unfathomable
love with others. And they will listen. Why? Because we've been there.
We understand.

I wrote a letter just the other day to a mother who had placed her
mentally challenged child in a home. She was groping for her sanity! Why
would a letter from me be a special word for her? Because I had
experienced that same loss, the same guilt, and desperate longing. She
was encouraged because I had been there. I understood.

How special you are to God as He patiently, lovingly teaches you,
knowing that someone who is hurting just as you have been hurting will
be crossing your path before too long. Somehow the Lord will bring that
person into your life and you will be able to answer the questions they
ask from the darkness of their desperation and suffering.

To be used by God to His glory. Suffering is truly a high calling, isn't it?

Dear Lord of light, I praise You for bringing me out of darkness into
Your gracious light. Grant me grace to proclaim Your excellencies. Shine
Your light into the hearts I hope to reach. Grant them the miracle of
resting and trusting you in your high calling of us, in the Lord Jesus
Christ we pray. Amen.

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THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD
Part 3 of 3
by Pastor K. R. Blades

THE RECORD OF THE BOOK OF ACTS

Sometimes it is assumed that when the Lord Jesus was rejected and
crucified, that at this time God set Israel aside and ushered in this
present dispensation of His grace to us Gentiles. But it should be
equally obvious from the testimony of God's word that this also is not
correct. The book of Acts, which records the things which took place
following Christ's resurrection and ascension back to heaven, clearly
shows in the opening chapters that God continued to deal with Israel in
His special relationship to them. Israel's kingdom program was still the
program God was administering. Consider, for example, the following...

Acts 1:6 - The question of the apostles at this time was a natural
one. The restoring again of the kingdom to Israel was what the program
was all about at this time. They had just spent some forty days being
instructed by the Lord following His resurrection, in "the things
pertaining to the kingdom of God". What they had begun with the Lord was
continuing on. They didn't expect things to change. They didn't ask
about a new dispensation being brought in. And the Lord didn't correct
them, which He would have done had they misunderstood what God was doing.

Acts 2:1 40 - The miraculous wonder producing events of the day of
Pentecost are not explained by Peter to be the bringing in of a new
dispensation of God's grace to the Gentiles. But rather, he explained
them to be the initial fulfillment of the things the prophet Joel had
spoken about. Joel prophesied about the things that would take place in
Israel's "last days" leading up to the establishment of the kingdom.
Joel didn't prophesy about a new dispensation, or the birthday of the
church, the body of Christ. He foretold the various signs and wonders
that would be taking place as Israel's time schedule for her kingdom
entered its "last days". "This is that" which was taking place on the
day of Pentecost.

Acts 3:12-26 - It is easy to see in view of what Peter says to the
people of Israel here, that their kingdom program is still in effect and
that God had not set them aside yet. Notice in verses 19 26, that Peter
urges them to respond positively to God's extension of mercy unto them,
seeing they crucified their Christ in ignorance. But notice especially
that Peter tells them that they lived in the time which all the prophets
have looked forward to and foretold of. Peter doesn't preach about a new
dispensation of Gentile grace. He doesn't set forth "the preaching of
Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept
secret since before the world began", as was committed by God to Paul
later on. But rather, he offers the prophesied kingdom to these "men of
Israel", who were "the children of the prophets, and of the covenant
which God made with our fathers". Obviously, Israel was not yet set
aside by God, and His program and dealings were still with them at this
time.

THE NEW APOSTLE PAUL

There is a need to recognize the significance of the Lord's unexpected
returning from heaven to raise up a new apostle, as the 9th chapter of
the book of Acts tells us about. Though various reasons for this have
been taught by men, including laxity on the part of the 12 and the like;
the reason God Himself gives through the testimony of the apostle Paul
is entirely different.

This new apostle Paul is "the apostle of the Gentiles" in accordance
with the ushering in of the new "dispensation of the grace of God" to us
Gentiles, just as is taught in Ephesians 3:1 12. Israel, and her
program, have been temporarily set aside, as Paul teaches in Romans 11:1
25. God has now, according to the revelation of "the mystery of Christ"
given to Paul, turned to us Gentiles and is accomplishing a purpose He
has with us, which He kept secret "in ages and generations past."

As Christians, we need to understand the distinctiveness of this new
dispensation, along with Paul's apostleship. For it is in the epistles
of Paul, the "apostle of the Gentiles", that we have the doctrine and
instructions from God which are expressly TO us and ABOUT us today.
Our Purpose and Mission

The ministry of "Grace and The Truth" has the purpose of encouraging
Christians to believe what God says.

We are dedicated to helping Christians to a fuller knowledge of Him, and
the Grace of God. Until we all come into the Unity, Ephesians 4:13 "Till
we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fulness of Christ:"

OUR COMMISSION IN THE AGE OF GRACE IS:

2Co 5:16-21 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea,
though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we
[him] no more. Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new
creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new. And all things [are] of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by
Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 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.

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Miles And Miles Of Scripture
by Pastor C R. Stam

How much, I wonder, do the Christian parents among our readers show
their children their love for the Word, and for Christ, and for the
souls for whom He died?

For many years I worked with my father, first full-time, then
part-time, as a city missionary in Paterson, N.J. All during these first
years dad and I walked to work together each morning --- a little over a
mile.

Do you know how we invariably occupied ourselves on the way? By
quoting Scripture passages on some particular subject. One morning we
would quote as many passages as we could on the deity of Christ, another
on His death or resurrection; others on His love, power, grace, or other
attributes and characteristics. Sometimes, for days or weeks on end dad
would use these morning walks to ply me with questions such as: "What
Scriptures would you use to deal with a blaspheming unbeliever?" or "a
self-righteous person" or "one who rejects Christ on intellectual grounds?"

In this way we covered "miles and miles" of Scripture, as it were, and
this in addition to Scripture reading before every meal at home, and
again before we retired for the night. And all this again in addition to
the oral and written Bible teaching of many of the great Bible
expositors of that day, whose teachings we studied with deepest interest.

What a precious heritage! We wish that more of our Christian young
people today were as well off. Parents: it's strictly up to you. What
are your priorities? What are you willing to pay --- in terms of
pleasure, ease or financial "success"? Do you set an example to your
children --- and others --- by really putting God first?
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