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Post  Admin on Mon 29 Jun 2020, 8:26 pm

[size=16]Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus



They are all basically saying the same thing; and after all they were just men... right... well, no!







Let me give you 8 reasons:



1.  All Creation speaks of Him.



Jesus is fully God with His Father and He was before all things and He created all things. He is the sustainer of all things and He made all things. The Bible makes it clear that He was before all things and created all things. If you read John 1 and Colossians 1:15-17, you will clearly see this.



2.  Jesus is the grand subject of Scripture.



He is mentioned on the first page of Scripture and He is mentioned on the last. Virtually every page points to Him: either foretelling His first coming, sharing His incredible story while here on earth, or sharing how He will come again.



His birth, death and resurrection were foretold hundreds of years before these events happened. Seven hundred prophecies relate to His first coming, and every one has come true.



3.  Jesus had a supernatural conception.



We are all conceived in the same way. One man and one woman. But Jesus was conceived differently, God supernaturally placed His son in the womb of a Jewish virgin, thus He was without sin. Jesus was unblemished from sin.



4.  Jesus lived a simple and sinless life.



He was the first-born son of Joseph and Mary, and He had a normal childhood. He did all the things normal children do; He played with his brothers and sisters, went to school, etc. He obeyed His parents in everything, and He became the main breadwinner in the family. He was a skilled carpenter, and everything He made was totally perfect. He knew every temptation we face and He overcame every one of them. He faced every emotion we ever have and defeated all of them. Because He faced everything we face, we can trust Him to help us when we face up to that temptation or bad emotion: Hebrews 4:15!



5.  Jesus sacrificed His life.



Why did Jesus come to earth? What was His purpose? Why would He die?



Man cannot reach up to God, because of sin; so God had to reach down to man. Only someone who could pay the perfect sacrifice and could stand in our place and take our punishment could do it. It had to be a lamb without spot or blemish, and that was Jesus.



[size=16]Jesus died in our place and died the death that was meant for you, so that we, the unrighteous, could be made right with God.[/size]



There is a large gap in a gorge. You cannot jump across it. There is an eternal gap between you and God, and the only way it can be bridged is by the cross of Calvary. The perfect sacrifice of Jesus pays for our sin and His blood (death) cleanses us from all sin.




6. Jesus stunned us with His resurrection.



This wasn't a magic trick! Jesus arose bodily from the dead. Was He dead? The Romans, who were expert executioners, made sure of that! Did the disciples steal the body? No... they were a frightened bunch hiding in fear. Did the Jewish authorities take the body? Well, when the disciples started preaching about Jesus, they could have said, "Here's the body of Jesus; what you are saying is total rubbish," and Christianity would have collapsed in a few days.



No one else has ever risen from the dead This is unique to Christianity. The tomb is empty. The tomb of every major religious figure still has their remains in it, but Jesus lives!



7. Jesus will have a sudden return.



Jesus promised His disciples that he would return to earth. We don't know when. He has given us clues all through the New Testament, and He warns that we must be ready. When He does return, there will be no second chances. Many times the Bible states that we have to make up our minds today, before it's too late.



8. Jesus is the only one who can sort out your life.



Because of all the above, Jesus is the only one who can deal with the mess that man created in his/her life. This is because He deals with the root of the problem, which is sin and separation from God. He brings us into right fellowship with God and then He starts the life-long process of changing us.



Jesus is the only One who can mend broken marriages, save drug addicts and make people who are broken new again. When your computer goes wrong, you take it to the shop and it gets wiped clean. All the rubbish gets taken off, all the viruses etc. That is what Jesus does when He saves and transforms a person. He wipes the slate completely clean and gives them new life.



How can this happen?



The Philippian jailer asked, "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:31). The answer from Paul was believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.



The crowd in Jerusalem asked "What shall we do?" Peter said, "Repent!" Acts 2:38.



There are two elements: faith - reaching out to grasp God's grace, and repentance - breaking away from your old life. It means turning round and walking in the opposite direction. Are you prepared to take these steps?



What you will give up?



Your whole life: you are His. Jesus is now in the driver's seat. But He has never disappointed anyone who has to come to trust Him fully. Count the cost of turning from your sin and to commit your life to Jesus.



What you will receive?



Complete forgiveness of sin! Life in abundance, you will have God's Spirit living inside you as you go through life to guide and comfort you. You will have a new Christian family and you will have the assurance of heaven and eternal life where you will be with God forever. That starts here on earth; you have fellowship with God as your relationship with Him has been restored.



Your response:



There are millions across China and across the world, who have made this commitment and as someone who made it 40 years ago, it is the best thing I have ever done.



[size=16]If you want to make this commitment as an expression of your sincere desire to be saved from God's judgment and receive life and salvation only in Him, then say this prayer below. But please remember, saying a prayer won't save you. This prayer should be the true desire of your heart. It's not about the words, but your willingness to give your life to Him.  [/size]



"Father God, I realise that I am out of fellowship with You, because of my sin: and I come before You, to ask that You would forgive my sin, because of the shed blood of Your precious Son on the cross. I repent from every evil way and give my life over to You to use in any way You see fit. Thank You for making me a child of God and I will live for You and you alone. In Jesus Name.. amen."



What to do now?



Pray... Talk to God about anything.



Read the Bible; start in the Gospel of John.



Fellowship... join with your brothers and sisters in the faith on Sunday and during the week.



Share... tell others what has happened to you.



Baptism... be immersed in water.




SERMON SERIES

Paul on Mars hill by Jeff Arthur.. 7 sermons.. click and choose


This is an awesome series, please listen, such an investment of your time

https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?subsetitem=Mars+Hill+Series&subsetcat=series&keyword=elizabethbaptist&SourceOnly=true&includekeywords=&ExactVerse=

Single sermons[/size]


The Most lovely Christian by William Dyer 5 minutes

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=925091938431

Seven secrets of Paul's Joy By Nigel glenndinning Phil 1:12 40 minutes

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=3241910341145

What is a Christian? by Gerard Hemmings Acts 26 32minutes

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=620201632151511
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[size=16]This is a momentous time to live in , this year has been like no year, I have ever lived through.

I am seeking to share first of all with the body of Christ and then with the wider world.

This study/open letter has been written from a biblical viewpoint and has been proofread and checked by a dearly beloved black brother.

I know that what I say may upset people, I am prepared for this. Please share this with all your social media groups, contacts and please print out and share with your church members. If you wish to place in your local newspaper, please feel free to do so.

Let me say I love people of every colour, my wife is Chinese

WHAT TRULY MATTERS TODAY

Our world is facing some very troubling times.  Man, in his depravity has chosen to reject the gospel and live on his own terms.  The result has created a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Racism is not the problem; it is the symptom.  The real problem is sin.  Man is depraved, and on his best days he falls short of the glory of God.  

The only cure for sin, racism, discrimination and hatred is Christ.  He is still the answer.  As Christians, we must show the world what real love looks like.  There should be no sign of racism or bias among those who believe in Christ.  Regardless of colour, we are all members of the Body of Christ, and we are all one in Him.  A Christian who discriminates against others because of the colour of their skin, brings shame to the gospel which speaks love, forgiveness, but also preaches that there is a day of judgement and justice for all

Christians are not called to transform the world through politics or other natural means.  We are called to proclaim the truth of the gospel, and look to God to change the hearts of men/women by His power.

As long as man chooses to live apart from God, our society will only get worse.  The timeless truth of the scriptures is just as relevant today as they were hundreds of years ago.  

So, what does the Bible have to say in these times:

First of all, let's get this right, all forms of racism are wrong, whether in thought or action. Remember your thoughts are seen by God, your motives are seen by God. (Read I John)

When God saves people, he does not look at the colour of people's skin; remember what God told Samuel when he was looking at Jesse's sons.  God looks at the heart of man, and not his outward appearance.  We have to look at people how God looks on them, God does not save on a colour basis, his mercy and grace is poured out on us, just because he loves us. 

How can we who have received God’s mercy and grace, not show mercy and grace to others?

Will we be judge for the way we treat others?   In the judgement, Jesus separates the sheep from the goats.  His reason for separating them was based on how they treated those who were different.

We are told to renew our minds by the word of God, that means we must get rid of the world's stinking thinking, every thought that opposes God must be taken into captivity 2 Corinthians 10:4-5.

Let me address something. Any Christian of whatever colour supports or holds affiliation with organizations that promote any type of racism, such as the KKK and the ilk,  members of these organisations need to be told to leave the church. If you as a pastor know of any members who are doing this, they should be lovingly confronted of their sin and be subject to biblical discipline.

We are told by some that they are seeking justice for years and years of discrimination and I understand that there is deep hurt and pain caused by the actions of certain people, each and every community can point to this and that wrong. There is deep and real hurt, people think there is no justice, people think no one sees these injustices.

But God sees all the injustices, he doesn't miss anything and he will see that justice is done. We are not to take justice into our own hands, to do this is sin. However, we are to stand up for those who are mistreated and who suffer injustices.  

To the rest of us, we are told in Romans 12-14 to respect the authorities that are over us.  The Apostle Paul was writing to Christians in Rome, an empire that was pagan and anti-Christian. Paul was saying to the Roman Christians, you should be obedient to the authorities, look at what he was saying, be obedient to Nero!  Are you joking!? He's a nutter, I'm not obeying him. But he was saying this. Whether we like it or not, we are to be obedient to those over us, firstly in a secular sense and also in a spiritual sense. Pastors have to teach the truth such as Romans 13



So, what are Christians to do:



They are to examine their lives in the light of Scripture; if we are truly a church and an individual like our Saviour, then we won't have one scrap of Racism in us.



Here are some things, you can do



First of all, we are to repent of every thought and action of racism and pride. God hates pride. He detests it, whether in speech or action. Remember, we can hide our thoughts from everyone except God.  He sees everything. We need to come into a renewed relationship with God through repentance and faith. Proverbs 6:16-19



Secondly, we have to surrender our hearts to God, and love like Christ has called us to.  We have to love deeply, not just to our own communities, but to people of other communities. We are not told just to love black people, white people or Chinese people. Love does not look at colour, it sees above colour.



Thirdly, we have to serve each other, and not just to people of our own colour, but to go outside of our race and serve those both in the body of Christ and outside.  



Have you any friends, who are of a different colour?  If so, why not?

When was the last time you really served brothers and sisters of another colour?

What would happen if a black person walked into your white only church? Or a white person walked into your black only church?




BTW The church should not be classified by colour, it's time to stop having our white only and black only churches



Another thing we can do is forgive.  If we do not forgive, God will not forgive us, that stands for communities, churches and individuals. How many times are we told to forgive?. Look at the millions of sins, God forgives us, but we can't forgive others. Bitterness will destroy your life and the life of your community, let it fester and it will eat away at society until that society is nothing but skin and bones.



Pray, you know this seems like the easiest thing to do, but in reality, it is the hardest thing to do. When Moses prayed in Exodus 17, he had to have his arms lifted up.  Prayer is hard work.  Prayer comes at a cost. Consider Jesus, Paul, Daniel and others.



Respect authority, Romans 13 states that the government is the minister of God to us (Romans 13:2). If you resist the government and government agencies, then you resist what God has divinely appointed. Every Christian,  the only time we should disobey the government is when it requires us to renounce our faith.



Finally, we as Christians, have to share the gospel. The greatest need for every human is to have a new heart. Christ saves and He transforms, people's lives.  Jesus is the only One who can turn our hearts from hate to love as the supernatural love of God floods our hearts. 



One reason why our society appears to be in shambles is because the church has failed go into all the world and make disciples of all men. We are called to be salt and light, but the salt has lost its purity and many churches are not lighting the world. We need to re-dedicate ourselves to the Great Commission and declare the love of God to a fallen human race.



Read James 2 vs 1-13.



Let me ask you a question, what would happen if a white person and a black person came into your church, would you give the white person the best seat and let the black person take the back seat?



Black Lives Matter (AS DOES EVERYONE'S) to God and they should matter to those of us who are His children. When we start treating every race with love, dignity and respect, we will see transformation in our society, and such issues like abortion, rape, and murder will decline…there is an organization in America runs a program that instils love and confidence in black teenagers.  The crime rate, and pregnancy rate among those who participate in the program is zero.  100% of the teenagers attend college, and many of them come back to mentor others who go through the program.  Transformation, not legislation is the answer.



As Christians, let us be the light to the world by showing unconditional love to all regardless of their colour.




There is an answer to racism..




It's called the 




GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST




Let's proclaim it and live it.. amen



God bless you



KK



SERMONS[/size]

Please listen to these four sermons 

Racism..is there an answer? by Carl Kirby.. this is so wonderful

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=11606143657

Being a good citizen of America (or any country) by Jeff arthur 1 peter 2

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=12708232347

All governments are from God by Comrad mbewe Romans 13

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=78181458284

Gospel sermon by Chalan hetherington

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=52020552555600
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Sermons


Please listen to the wonderful series on Joseph by Pastor Chalan Hetherington, I have been so blessed by these, there are 13 sermons, just click on the link and choose which one to listen to


https://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?sourceOnly=true&currSection=sermonssource&keyword=chalan1689&subsetcat=series&subsetitem=The+Life+of+Joseph
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GENESIS  2

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[ of it you shall surely die.”

chapter 3:2-5

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”
’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

LUKE 10:18

18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven."

ISAIAH 14:12-15

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.


THE FALL GUY

Why did the serpent or devil hate God so much?  Why did he influence them to disobey God?

Satan could have left Adam and Eve to their own devices. What did they ever do to hurt him? To understand Satan’s role in the fall of man, we must go back to pre-creation. God the Trinity was existed before anything was created. He is before all things.  He is above all things. 

Before creation there was war in heaven. Lucifer, one of the chief angels, rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven; Satan was so influential that a third of the angels of heaven followed him to his new home…hell. Satan hates God, but he can't hurt God, so who does he go after? Man, the pinnacle of God's creation.

Jesus said that the devil is the father of lies; he told lies to the angels he led into the rebellion in heaven.  He fell because of his lust for power.  And now he uses the desire for power to entice Eve.  After Eve told Satan that she was forbidden from eating the fruit from the Tree of Life, Satan responds with the words, "Has God said?" Satan knew exactly what God had said. Remember, he doesn't change his tactics, he seeks to contradict God and his word and tell us that what God has said is not true.

Satan is the fall guy. And through deception he played a role in the fall of man.  Another example of Satan being the fall guy, is in the book of Job. God says to Satan, "Where have you been?” How ironic.  God knew who Satan was and where he had been. Satan was wandering around the world. The Bible says he roams around like a roaring lion; he is like a bear with a very sore head. After the first two chapters of Job, he is not mentioned. He is defeated through the testimony and faithfulness of Job. Again, he is the fall guy.

At the cross, he suffered a terminal defeat. The power of Satan was completely destroyed, his weapons of death and sin were smashed. Finally, at the end of time, Satan will be the ultimate fall guy, when he is sentenced to eternal punishment, him and his rebellious angels, who will have their own sentence of death.

Satan chose to rebel; he made the wrong choice; he sought power; he was proud. And he will pay…big time!

Remember that we have the weapons to defeat Satan: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Romans 16:19-20 and Ephesians 6:10-18. We cannot be like the sons of Sceva, who sought to fight him in their own strength. As a young Christian, I sought to answer the devil in my own power, but he defeated me, I was often left in tears and my faith in tatters.

How did Jesus defeat him?  By speaking and using the word of God (see Matthew 4:1-11). Remember, the tactics of Satan are the same, the truth sadly is that they often are successful. But when he comes to tempt us, we have the Armor of God. 

When Satan tempts Jesus, he misuses the Word of God; he misquotes Scripture; he takes verses out of context; How do we answer him?  We don’t. We ignore him.  Satan can only do what God allows him too. He is on a very short lease. We have the victory over him, by the power of the Holy Spirit and also when we praise God.  Worship is a powerful weapon.

JAMES 4:6-8

6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

How do we submit to God? We humble ourselves; we denounce our pride; we cannot fight the devil on our own; we have to submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If we are submitted to God, we can resist the devil, and he has no option but to flee. Why? Because when he tries to tempt us, he meets not us, but Jesus who lives in us, by the Holy Spirit.

Don’t be the fall guy…trust God and let Him fight your battles.



GOD BLESS YOU

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The Salvation Army was founded by a Methodist Preacher by the name of William Booth.  Its mission was to share the message of repentance and salvation through Jesus Christ alone.  Booth sent many people all over England burdened to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He sent two women Kate and Mary Jackson to Leeds to oversee a mission there.  They laboured in Leeds for a couple of years and nothing happened.  These young ladies toiled every day giving all they had without any return.  Then one day they wrote to William Booth, “Would you kindly move us to another station?  We’re so tired and disheartened.  We’ve tried everything that we’ve been taught to do.  Please move us to another location”
 
Booth sent a telegram back with two words written: “Try tears!”
 
Those two sisters began to pray and travail for souls and they finally experienced real revival.  Kate and Mary did just as General Booth said, and God moved mightily.  The Leeds Salvation Army church soon became the largest outside of London.
 
 
William Booth was a man like Nehemiah who knew the power of prayer.  He also knows the power of tears; he had unlocked the missing link in today's church.  We preach, we share, we have events, but something is missing, he knew the truth of Psalm 126:
 
5 Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.
 
We sow, and we do not reap.  I wonder why?  All through the Bible, we have people who wept and cried openly, for whatever reason: Jeremiah, David, Paul, Peter, and Jesus Himself.
 
I want to focus on the man Nehemiah.  He was an amazing man!  He was a man of power, a man of prayer; I love Nehemiah.  If you are building a work for God, this is a "how to book”, but it starts with tears and it starts with power.
 
Nehemiah was a unique man.  Let me say some things about him.  It says he was the kings' cupbearer, but he was much more than that; he was one of the kings' inner circle, a trusted friend.  Look at chapter 2.  He had the ear of the king, and the king notices his manner and wanted to know how long he would be away.
 
 
Let’s see Nehemiah's reaction was to the news coming from Jerusalem:
 
He was interested in the work vs. 2
 
He could have kept doing his job for the king...  after all Jerusalem wasn't his problem.  But his heart was still in his homeland.  I suppose it's a bit like me.  Although I am far away from the UK, my heart and my prayers are still there for my beloved homeland.  It's like Paul in Romans 9:1-4.  He's the apostle to the gentiles, but his heart still yearns for his own people.  How interested are you in God's work?  Not just in your own church, but do you know what's going on around the world and how God is working?
 
 
He made an immediate response vs. 4
 
 
It says as soon as he heard these words; these words obviously struck a chord deep within him.  So often when we hear something, we put our response off.  Nehemiah didn't just hear these words, but he acted immediately.  In a race, the athlete’s reaction time to the starter’s gun is all important.  Let me ask you Christian: What’s your reaction time like?  When something comes to your attention or needs to get done, how long does it take you to get involved?
 
 
He had incredible passion for prayer vs. 4 c/f Ezra 9
 
 
Both Ezra and Nehemiah were people who knew their God and were able to exploit.  See also Daniel 11:32.  We go to prayer meetings and we have private prayer, but do we pray like these guys did?  You and me think we pray, but we don't really pray?  Do we weep, do we mourn for days on end?  No wonder Nehemiah had not only the kings favour, but also more importantly God's... and now you can understand why.
 
 
He interceded for Israel vs. 5-6
 
 
To stand in the gap means to intercede like Moses did in Exodus 17 when Joshua fought Amalek, the children of Israel at Jerusalem who were either unable or unwilling to pray for themselves, so Nehemiah took on that responsibility.  He took it on and prayed passionately and fervently.  How is your intercession for your fellow believers?  Who are you standing in the gap for?
 
He implicated himself in Israel's sin vs. 6-7
 
He didn't absolve himself from the sin of the people of Israel.  He didn't say, "Well I've been here, so you can't blame me!”  He blames himself for being part of the problem!  Judah had rebelled and he had rebelled also.  He didn't put himself on a pedestal, but he admitted his sin.
 
He invoked God's promises vs. 8-9
 
Remember back to Joshua 24, Deuteronomy 6 and 28, God said to the children of Israel, "You had a choice.  You can choose to serve Me or not, but here is what will happen if you don't serve Me.”  Nehemiah reminds God of His promise.  Look at the promise at the end of verse 9; although the people were outcasts and scattered, God had promised to bring them back.  Remember if God promises something, He will always bring it to pass...  amen
 
 
He had an intimacy in prayer vs. 5-11
 
 
Nehemiah was a man of prayer and therefore a man of power.  We get a glimpse into his prayer life here in this prayer.  It is so intimate, so full of power; you ask how should we pray for God's work?  His prayer is the blueprint.  Do we pray like this??
 
He was instant in prayer ch1:4 and ch2:4
 
Paul says in 1 Thess 5:18 to pray without stopping.  That doesn't mean you pray 24/7, but that your first reaction to any given situation is like Nehemiah's.  In Chapter 2:4, he was asked by the king, "What is your request?”  He could have said what he wanted, but before he spoke, he prayed.  If we prayed before we speak, how different the outcome would be.
 
 
He had a godly influence on those around him
 
Nehemiah was a trusted adviser to the king.  The king wanted to know in chapter 2 how long Nehemiah would be away for.  Why was he concerned about this?  Because he knew that Nehemiah gave good advice.  He was truly the salt and light in the court of the king.  Let me ask you... if you left your place of work or school for a period, how much would you be missed?  Look at verse 6 of chapter 2; it pleased the king to send me, what a testimony of Nehemiah's character.
 
 
He had integrity
 
The king gave things into the hand of Nehemiah because he knew that he could be trusted.  He knew that he wasn't going to run off and build another city somewhere else, Nehemiah was a man who could be trusted.  Can You?  The king granted him what he asked, for the good hand of the Lord was upon him, the hand of the Lord doesn't bless those who cant be trusted.
 
 
He inspected the damage and dealt with the main issue ch 2:11-16
 
Nehemiah is now in Jerusalem and one of the first things he does is to go and inspect the walls.  Before he can put anything right, he had to see what had to be done.  He was a reformer, who did reform Israel, but he saw the main problem and that was that the wall was broken down.  Look at his words in Chapter 2:17.  Sometimes we need to address the main issue and leave the rest till later.
 
He inspired others ch 2:18
 
In vs. 18, he gives a rallying call to the workers.  These workers are totally demoralised.  They have given up building the wall, but here comes Nehemiah and he just totally inspires them to the point that they say, "Let's build the wall!”  What an inspiration he was!  Do you inspire others by your actions and your words?
 
He ignored persecution ch 2:18-20
 
 
Sanballat and Tobiah are two of the nastiest characters in the whole Bible.  They were persistent through the whole book of Nehemiah.  Don't they remind you or anyone?  Yes the devil.  These tactics they use are the ones he uses; from open ridicule, to discouragement, to seeking to plant corrupt officials within the Jewish people.  His reaction is, and look at the end of verse 20, our God is going to prosper and you two and I use these words carefully,  YOU CAN GO AWAY, YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO BE HERE.
 
Maybe next time we suffer ridicule and discouragement, you should tell the devil, to go away; he has no right to be here... amen.
 
This all happened because one man wept and took prayerful action.  He wept and prayed.
 
We sow in tears and we reap in joy.
 
The Lord wants you all to know this... you cannot reap without weeping.
 
Before you can start to do a work for God, you have to weep over the state of man.
 
William Booth was asked what training he would give his officers.  He replied that he would hold them over the flames of hell to smell the torment of the unsaved.
 
Finally, we have the reason why all this happened.
 
 
God intervened!
 
At this point of history, he raised up a man like Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and to reform the people of Israel.  The walls of our Churches are as broken down as in Nehemiah's day.  God is looking for men and women who he can use to rebuild and reform.
 
 
Are you that man or women?
 
 
God bless you
 
Keith





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Please pray and share this, with all your friends, social media contacts and groups and churches


The Gospel needs to fully penetrate these people groups to make any impact in China


Sermons are below for your blessing, it is a series of Sermons on Joseph, click on link and decide which one to listen to


HAN CHINESE CANTONESE
 
POPULATION 70 MILLION
 

EVANGELICAL 7.9%

 
 
Praise God for:
 
 
Robert Morrison landed in Guangzhou in 1807 and today there are 1.2 million Cantonese Christians.
 
 
That they are the most open people to the gospel.
 
 
Pray for:
 
Although very religious and open to the gospel, most homes are bound in Daoism and Buddhism and Spirit Altars are in many homes. Even some Christians have them. It is very difficult for any Buddhist, even those who have turned to Christ, to get rid of the demonic works. Not only does the Spirit need to work in conversion power but in cleansing the whole spirit of these evil works. 
 
Many Cantonese live in HK and are open to the gospel and many are merchants who have contact with different cultures as they travel overseas. Please pray for God to continue to work in revival power in Guangdong province and HK where many of them live.
 
There are many communities outside China. Please pray for the raising up of strong evangelical churches.
 
Please pray that the Cantonese believers gain a mission vision for the whole of China. Many of them have the means and ability to share the gospel.
 
Please pray that the Church would be a clean and worthy vessel for the Masters use.
 
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12057/CH
 
 
HAN CHINESE MANDARIN
 
 
POPULATION  890 MILLION
 
 
EVANGELICAL 8.30%
 
 
Praise God for:
 
 
The mighty turning to God over the past forty years; the Han Mandarin are the dominant people in China and God has been pleased to gather multitudes in that harvest.
 
Please pray for:
 
 
Deep and lasting revival to strike every Chinese Church. Some of the godly leaders who were used of God are now in their latter years and have passed the baton to younger men. Please pray that the rain of revival does not stop and that the Church continues to preach the gospel despite persecution.
 
Persecution is here and relevant; it can take many forms. Please pray God continues to work in great power and that the church's focus is not on the persecution, but that it's focus is on praising God, prayer, reading and obeying the Bible and sharing the gospel.
 
Most of the Coastal provinces have large communities of Christians but the inland provinces such as Hunan and Shanxi have less Christians. Please pray for a breakthrough in the inland provinces, so that every Chinese person who hear the gospel as over 200 million haven't fully heard of, nor understand the gospel.
 
Please pray for God to work among the men of China. Churches are made mostly of women. Please pray that God would call and disciple many men. Please pray for the husbands of many sisters who are unsaved to come to faith.
 
Please pray for the protection and growth of the Church. It is estimated that between 10-25,000 become Christians every day! These new believers need to be taught and instructed well.
 
Pray for the pastors and church workers that they would preach the true gospel powerfully.
 
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12051/CH
 
God Bless You,
 
KK


Sermons


Joseph by Chalan Hetherington, an excellent series, click and choose


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I am no bible scholar; these devotions are manna gathered from my own daily quiet times, I have no bible college training, am an ordinary Christian, who sits down with his bible, notebook and pen.


Please see the end of these devotions for important announcement


Thanks to everyone who proofreads these devotions for me, esp. My dear Brother J


PSALM 119



71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.



POSITIVE SUFFERING



Let’s face it.  There is nothing positive about suffering.  Trials are never welcomed in our lives.  When trouble comes, our natural tendency is to moan and complain.  To say things like, "I don't deserve this.”  “What did I do wrong?"



The writer of Psalms 119 gives us a godly vision of suffering.  If we respond to trials correctly, the result will be a greater understanding of God and His Word.  In our second devotion, we will see the attitude Job had towards his suffering.  



Why do we experience trials?  There are two primary reasons why Christians suffer trial.  The first reason is to grow our faith so that we can be more useful in the Kingdom of God.  The second, involves fatherly discipline.  God may use a trial to purge sin out of our lives.  Whatever the reason for our suffering the goal is always the same: To draw us closer to Christ.



Sometimes we wonder why does our trial go on for so long? Maybe it's because we refuse to accept it in the right way. The children of Israel went round the mountain a thousand times, they simply refused to accept the correction of the God who had redeemed them from bondage in Egypt.



So many times, we are told not to harden our hearts, we need to accept trials as a gift from God.  And it can be a gift if we allow the trial to create in us a desire to be more like Christ.  When we go through trials and suffering, don’t complain.  Instead, say these words, “It is good that I am going through this; God is teaching me something through this. He is seeking to teach me to lean on Him and learn from Him.



God bless you



Keith





JOB 42



3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.
6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.



JOB'S CLEAR VISION
Job had gone through a lot and now God has responded to him in the form of a whirlwind.  God did not tell Job why he permitted the devil to afflict Job. Please note that this affliction did not come from God; He allowed Satan to afflict Job up to a point.  Satan was allowed to take everything from Job except one thing...his life.  



It says later in the Bible, that the thoughts of God are far above our thoughts.  Our finite minds are unable to fully comprehend the purpose of God.  This is especially true when it comes to suffering.  God rest on top of Mount Sinai, and we like the Children of Israel or at the base of the mountain.  



Job's vision here is beautiful, it is like the one given later to Isaiah. Both of them knew God, they had heard God, they were in fellowship with God, God had spoken to them, but now through divine revelation, God had revealed himself to them.



Note both of Isaiah's and Job's vision had some similarities:



They both knew God, he had spoken to them, but this was something deeper. You know you can go to church for years and you can say like Job, I have heard thee by the hearing of the word, but now I see you. We need to have a vision of the glory of God like both Isaiah and Job had and indeed like Moses did. John had the same thing, he knew Jesus personally, he was the one who leaned on Jesus, but in Revelation 1, he had a vision of the glorified Jesus. 



They all had the same response; they all fell on their faces. Moses, John, Isaiah and Job all fell on their faces in light of the awesome majesty of God.  Confronted by the majesty and holiness of God, Isaiah and Job became aware of their sinfulness.  And in each instance God showed them mercy.  And He longs to show us mercy as well.



Too many Christians spend their lives listening to good preaching, and enjoying great worship, and yet they never experience a deep and moving relationship with the Lord.  



What about you?



Have you heard the word of God, but have not responded to it?  When we meet Job he is very religious.  The Bible calls him “ lameless." Was he saved?  He certainly had faith in God, and in the end the Lord honored that faith by healing his body and restoring all that was lost.  Today, we do not need for God to appear in a whirlwind in order to experience His presence in our lives.  We have His Word.  Jesus said, “That if any man comes to me, I will in no wise cast out.  Here’s a question:  Have you experienced the presence of God?  Is He real in your soul?  The same God who spoke to Job is speaking to you today.  Turn away from your sins and make Him Lord of your life today.  



God bless you



Keith

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WE ARE UNDER ATTACK

From: Charles Dean 

“Wilt thou not revive us again that thy people may rejoice in thee? ...Psalm 85:6.”

I was in Vietnam and it was 1969. My unit had been out for days; we had come into the company area, where we thought we would be safe, for a few days rest. After our wounds were treated and we rested, we would go out again on another mission. It was good to relax and lay down on a cot instead of having to sleep on the ground, to have a shower and rest. We could relax, not as much chance for danger here, or so I thought.

Then, about 2:00 in the morning, the siren sounded. It was a loud sound, piercing, and woke us all up. It means one thing, we were under attack. Each man pulled himself out of his bed, grabbed his rifle, helmet, ammunition, which was always, just next to your bed, and struggled to the perimeter. The perimeter was a sandbagged area, with trenches, that surrounded the Division. We were defended with barbed wire, machine guns, tanks, etc. The enemy never would attempt an attack here, yet they did.

Half asleep, we sat in the trenches and our Lieutenant came by taking the names of each man. Ensuring we were where we were called to be when we were needed. Each man, filling in as instructed, ready to serve.  Soon, the enemy having been run off and suffering losses we were safe and could go back to our cots and rest.  How like our calling today.  Did you not hear the calling for Revival? Did you not hear the calling to prayer?  This nation is under attack.  Not just our bodies are under attack; enemies to the Church are attacking.   It's time to call for Revival and ask the Lord to heal this nation and bring us back to the path he wants us on.

If we all come, and fill in, praying and seeking God's face, will he not heal and protect this nation?  Remember the words in 2nd. Peter 1:10: "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give the diligence to make your calling and election sure, for if ye do these things, ye shall never fail."  Let’s not panic, let's pray and if the Christians in American heed the call we, with the Lord's help, can start a revival that will turn this country around. Remember though, revival starts with you and me.


RISE UP

From: Charles Dean 

"The Lord preserveth all them that love him but all the wicked will he destroy…Psalm 145: 20.”

The wicked go about to cause harm, they sneak around like serpents in the grass seeking whom they may kill and destroy. They think they go undetected. They act like their father, the Devil, and the works of their father they do.  Smart they are and well-schooled but their acts are known,   There's someone who never sleeps that knows their evil deeds and plans to do harm. All their evil deeds are recorded and they will be judged for each evil deed and act..  Truly, the words of Proverbs 28:5 are correct when it says: "Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things."   The ones that have killed and destroyed understand neither their end on Judgment Day nor the reprisals that can come from God's people in retaliation for their actions.

As Christians, we understand this as it states in Isaiah 31:2: "… (God) will rise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity." The Bible calls for us to stand up against the evildoers: "Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (Psalm 94:16) 

It's time for Americans to stand up for God, to stand up for righteousness. It's time we remember our motto, "In God We Trust."  Let’s trust in God, and turn to the one mediator between God and man, Christ Jesus. Those that have turned away from Christ, it's time to get back to the Lord. Those that have forgotten His Word, it's time to open the Bible, those that have not prayed, it's time to pray.  

Let’s ask the Lord to guide us in standing up against evil.. Let’s ask Jesus to get us back on track.  This evil deed, this work of evil done in secret places, can be the one thing that helps Americans remember what made us strong, IN GOD WE TRUST.

Have a blessed day. Charles (Charlie) Dean 
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Hello Dear friends,


Thanks for all your prayers.  Please continue to take 5 minutes per day to pray for China.  Use the links and requests below for details on people groups in need of the Gospel.  


Prayer Requests:


Continue to pray that God would graciously move all over China and that a national revival would encompass each and every church; that despite persecution, the church would explode with Holy Spirit power.


 For all of the pastors and church workers who faithfully preach the gospel, to be filled with Holy Spirit in boldness.


That the church would be a clean vessel, fit and ready for the Master's use.


For divine opportunities for believers to reach out and share the gospel in acts of love and powerful witness; There are millions of people who are in great need.


Pray for the minority people of China, including the Lingao and the Tai Lue (see below)


Lingao


https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18556/CH


Tai Lue


https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18566/CH






Please pray for:


The men of China, that God would do a mighty work among them.


The children and young people who are bombarded with false beliefs, allied to all the normal pressures of growing up. Young adults are expected to be married and to produce grandchildren.  Please pray that more would be called to Christian service instead of serving money and success.


CCP and YP members that they would come to know and trust Christ.


Our dear Pastor Z and his family


The salvation for the following men...S, H, F, M and W


Sister S, who is crying out in pain and suffering from devilish oppression;  they have deep trust problems in the marriage.  Her husband S has said he had a non-sexual relationship/friendship with a woman, but has said he has repented and broken all contact with her. They have smashed all idols in their house; please pray for deep repentance/true conversion and healing in this marriage.


 New believers that their conversions are real and that we are able to teach them the truths of the Bible.


Sister F and her husband to come to faith and for her mother and boyfriend to come to faith.


Our weekly meetings, especially our early morning prayer meetings.


 My wife's father and mother, for deep healing and salvation.


Our daughter M, who has many decisions to make about her future, also for salvation.


For me as I apply for my 2 year residence permit.


For my wife as she is unable to sleep on many nights.


Sermons


We continue through the Bible with Dennis Lyle, studying the books of Kings and Chronicles, these books are not easy, but these studies are great. Copy and paste links into browser


1 Kings


https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=12814154343




2 Kings


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1 Chronicles 


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2 Chronicles


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Hi Everyone, 
Just wanted to remind everyone that we would meet again for prayer this week. We will start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time in US, Thursday,  730 a.m. on Friday in China. Each week, it is so moving to meet with the brothers and sisters. Last week we had six different nationalities in our group. Truly feels like every tongue and tribe Before the Throne of God.

We will meet in Zoom.

The room code is 9541167083. Due to changes in Zoom security a password is now required. The password is 050348

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JAMES 2



[size=12]14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.


20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?



THE BEST EVIDENCE OF CHRISTIANITY
This is one of the greatest discourses in the whole of the New Testament. It looks like James is speaking against the rest of the New Testament, but he is confirming the New Testament.
In verse 14, James asks two questions, and the answers to these questions are that if we have faith and we do not illustrate that faith, it is worthless.  First, all that is needed for salvation is faith alone in grace alone in Christ alone. But the true evidence of that faith will outflow in what a person does, thinks and says.
James gives a wonderful illustration in verses 15-16. He gave a wonderful one in 2:1-5. The apostle John builds on this in 1 John 3:17-18, when he says:
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
What both John and James are saying is if you hear at church that a brother or sister is in need and you do nothing, though you have the resources to service that need, but don't.. then your faith is worthless. Whats the point if you don't show it!! You talk about "loving your brethren," but God isn't interested in your talk, He's interested in your walk.
The Apostle Paul says many times that our faith will work itself out in acts of love. 

Look at the book of Acts; the disciples had faith, but that faith was shown. At the end of Acts 4, the disciples had true faith, but there was evidence of this faith, because works are faith in action.

Jesus is the Saviour, but it says about HIM, that He went about "doing good." Yes He died for us, but He spent three years doing good, healing people, feeding people, and teaching people.

Works in themselves are not enough for salvation. Look at Cornelius: he was a good man, he did many good works, but this was not enough for salvation. He had to put his faith in Jesus! Are you depending on your works for salvation?

Good works are the evidence of Being born again (Ephesians 2:10)... they are NOT THE WAY TO BE BORN AGAIN.



God bless you

Keith




JAMES 2


19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.



TRUE OR FALSE TREMBLING
James is one of my favourite books. It is so practical and so hard hitting. It speaks on such difficult subjects such as the tongue, etc.
In the latter part of chapter 2, James shows the link between faith and works.
Here in China, we often say that people believe in Jesus, but this verse is a sobering one. "Belief" in Jesus is not enough. Listen closely: indeed the demons believe in Jesus: they believe in His existence, His deity, and more. Remember these demons are fallen angels.
Many times in the gospels, Jesus casts out demons and said to them that they are not to tell anyone who He was. They know who He was. In Acts, these demons say, "Paul I know Jesus I know but who are you." Acts 19:15
Judas was around Jesus for three years, and saw the miracles, heard Jesus speak, but today he is in hell, because he did not truly believe.
The whole thrust of James discourse is that true faith is shown by our actions. Our lives are the best evidence of Christianity, because they are changed 2 Corinthians 5:17. In Christ, we do things differently, we treat people differently, and we are different when compared to every other person on the planet.
So many people play at Christianity. They think it is enough to go to church and have a basic belief (understanding about) in Jesus. It is not!! Hell will be full of people who "believe" in Jesus, but really do not.
Christianity is a relationship with God which flows outward to others. Have you encountered God and have you shared His love with others?
That is what a Christian is and what a Christian does.



God bless you
Keith



Sermons
Second part of series on Song of solomon by Ben Reaoch
Wedding and wedding night ch 3:6-5:1
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=33112109188


Conflict and resolution ch 5:2-8:4
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=33112102760


Love as strong as death ch 8:5-14
https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=33112212383

God's indestructible book by Mark Raines Jeremiah 36:1-32
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DAILY PRAYER
 
Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.
 
Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire.  Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20 ; Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8 ; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)
 
Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them.
 
God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we most hide from ourselves, is hidden from him. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.
Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)
 
Have a wonderfully blessed and prosperous day in the Lord today!
 
TODAYS DEVOTIONS
 
(It is not my intent to be a salesperson, just send uplifting and encouraging devotions, so all links I remove, but items that are in bold print, usually were linked, the attached PDF still has hot links or you can follow the link at the bottom to the devotion online)
 
It happens so naturally that you might just miss the miracle. God, who made your body, created a system to heal your wounds. You don’t even have to understand how it works. Your body just gets busy patching you back together whenever foreign invaders or injuries happen. But what about soul wounds—those injuries to your heart that leave you feeling torn and reeling in pain? The kind that can haunt you the moment you wake up. Aren’t those too big to heal? Not in God’s care.
The One who created your body to self-heal packs a supernatural power to restore your soul. Just like with your body, it’s a process that takes time. Instead of a bandage you apply the truth of God’s love, protection, and provision for you, choosing belief instead of doubt. As you allow God’s love to wrap around your hurt, a miracle happens. New life begins to grow where old wounds once were. God seals those places with His grace, healing you by His love and freeing you to face whatever may come your way today.
He restores my soul.
Psalm 23:3 NKJV
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SERMONS




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THE COMPLETE PERSON BY PETER MASTERS JAMES 1:17

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A CALL TO WRESTLE BY KEVIN DE YOUNG EPHESIANS 6:12-13

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ENGLISH/CHINESE

CULTURAL CHRISTIANITY VS TRUE CHRISTIANITY BY PAUL WASHER




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JESUS HEALING THE LEPER BY JIMMY LI

Jesus Healing the Leper


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2 TIMOTHY 4
 
I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
As for you, always be sober-minded,endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

PREACH THE WORD
务要传道
Paul is finishing his instructions to his beloved Timothy as he is nearing the end of life. What does he tell him?
保罗在即将走向人生尽头之时,也将要结束对他所爱的提摩太的教导。保罗会教导提摩太什么呢?
He charges him to do something... he sees as so important: preach of the word of God!
保罗嘱咐提摩太要做些他认为是非常重要的事情:传讲神的道!
God will be our judge at the end of time; even now He is watching His church to see if His word is being faithfully proclaimed. So often it is being watered down, but He is watching and He will judge. All preachers and teachers are under the microscope of God. The preacher is being judged, not by his church members, not by other preachers, but by God himself.
在末世神将审判我们,哪怕是现在,祂也在看着祂的教会是否忠实地传讲祂的话语。很多时候这事被淡化了,但祂依然在观察,祂也会做出审判。所有的传道人和圣经老师都在神的显微镜下。对传道人的审判并非取决于他带领的教会有多少成员,也不取决于其他传道人,而是取决于神祂自己。
The pulpit is a lonely place; there is just you and God, it's just you and the Holy Spirit. That is why the preacher needs to be a man of prayer, E.M. Bounds said, "Light praying make for light preaching."
讲坛是一个孤独的地方,那里只有你和上帝,只有你和圣灵。这就是为什么传道人必须是一个会祷告的人。E.M. Bounds说缺乏的祷告会造成没有质量的传讲。
Preach the word; all of it, and don't leave out the hard parts. It's not what a preacher says sometimes, but it is what he doesn't say. We have to preach the whole counsel of God: to reprove, rebuke, to teach and to exhort. Note reprove and rebuke are first on this list, but sadly, many churches put this last, when it should be first. The preacher who goes with with the current evangelical fad/church growth concept, is not a true preacher.   The preacher must preach the wrath of God for sin and the reality of hell, even though it is not popular. He must preach the parts that are popular and unpopular.
务要传道,要传讲神全面的信息,不要遗漏那些难以解释的部分。这里所指的并非是传道人传讲的内容,而是那些他没有传讲的内容。我们要传讲神全部的劝诫:责备、警戒、教导和劝勉。要注意责备和警戒在前,但可惜的是很多教会将这方面置后,而本应该置前。遵循当前福音派成长观念的传道人并不是真正的传道人。传道人务必要宣讲上帝对罪的愤怒以及地狱的现实,尽管这样的信息并不受欢迎。传道人既要传讲受欢迎的信息,也要传讲不受欢迎的信息。
The preaching of the Word is for the stouthearted, because people are seeking something light and easy.  People today are not responsive to strong teaching and sound doctrine, they will follow false teachers such as Joel Osteen and Joseph Prince like lemmings jumping off a cliff
神的话语是宣讲给坚强的人听的,因为人们现如今寻求的是轻省的事。现今人们对言辞强烈的教导及好的教义没有反应,他们会随从错误的老师比如Joel Osteen  Joseph Prince,就像旅鼠从悬崖上跳下去。
In verse 5, Paul reminds Timothy, that when this happens, he is to be sober minded and to endure suffering. When you preach the gospel, you have to have your wits about you and you will be criticised for the preaching of the truth.
在第5节保罗提醒提摩太,当这些事发生的时候,要凡事谨慎,忍受苦难。当你在传讲福音时,你必须要有智慧,你会因为传讲真理而受到批判。
Paul counsels Timothy to continue to fulfil his ministry; keep sharing the gospel, and all of Scripture. Make this your end goal. He goes on to talk about that he has fulfilled his ministry in verses 6-9 and urges Timothy to do the same.
保罗劝提摩太要尽他的职分,持续不断的分享福音和全部经文。让这点成为你的的最终目标。保罗接着在6-9节讲到他完成了他的使命,也力劝提摩太如此行。
CHRISTIAN PREACHER:
Are you preaching the whole counsel of God?
In your preaching, do you reprove and rebuke?
Do you preach truth, whether your church members like it or not?
Are you fulfilling your ministry?
Are you doing the work of an evangelist or messenger?
Are you preaching the word, the whole word and nothing but the word?
God is watching and he and he and he alone will judge
基督徒传道人:
你有没有传讲上帝全部的旨意?
你传讲的信息中有没有包含责备和劝诫?
无论教会的人喜不喜欢,你是否会传讲真理?
你有没有完成你的使命?
你是做布道者的工作还是传递信息的工作?
你是否传讲神的话语,全部的话语?只有神的话语而无其他?
上帝在看着我们,有而且只有祂最终会审判你我。
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From:                     Charlie Dean

"For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin...Hebrews 4:15."

None of us are perfect, we try but we fail. We say no to sin, yet, occasionally, the best of us stumble. That's why 1 John 1:9 is there: "If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness."   

But consider this, Jesus was without sin as it states in Hebrews.   He walked as a man, and never sinned, not once.   He was perfect, without sin, and the devil couldn't lay a glove on him. Nope, perfect he walked, not some days but EVERY DAY. Every day, he could look evil in the eye, and evil had to back down. Yet, this perfect soldier of God's, this perfect man, this Son of God, permitted himself to be hung on the cross and ALL THE SIN in the world was dumped on him.  He permitted this, having defeated them all, he then hung on the cross and permitted sin to be put on him for us.   

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16

When we have problems and are faced with temptations, let’s go to Jesus.   He not only defeated sin but left his words behind and the Holy Spirit to guide us. Let’s do as the word says in Hebrews 4:16: "Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."   

Let’s do that!   A strong, brave, and fearless soldier paid the price that we could make that walk and come boldly before God and if anyone says who said you could come before the Throne of Grace, then just say, “Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God”.  You'll get your pass to the throne. Have a blessed day.


[size=18]The grand object of the eye of faith!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"We fix our eyes not on what is seen--but on what is unseen.
 
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal!" 
   2 Corinthians 4:18

In our Christian pilgrimage it is well for the most part to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown--and onward is the goal. Whether it is for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love--the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith!

Looking into the future--the Christian sees sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, thesoul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of eternal glory. Looking further yet, the believer's enlightened eye can see death's river passed. He sees himself . . .
  enter within the pearly gates,
  hailed as more than conqueror,
  crowned by the hand of Christ,
  embraced in the arms of Jesus,
  glorified with Him, and
  made to sit together with Him on His throne!

Contemplation of my glorious future may well relieve,
    the darkness of the past, and
    the gloom of the present! 

The joys of Heaven will surely compensate for the sorrows of earth! 

Hush, hush, my fears! 

Death 
is but a narrow stream--and you shall soon have forded it!

Death--how brief! 
Immortality--how endless! 

Time--how short!
Eternity--how long! 

The road is so, so short! I shall soon be there!

"In the future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day; and not only to me--but to all those who have loved His appearing!" 2 Timothy 4:8

"Our citizenship is in Heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who . . . will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body!" Philippians 3:20-21 
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[size=17]Hello Dear Friend


These are Noonday devotions, my Name is Keith or as everyone calls me KK and I am British. I live in Nanjing China, where I am an English tutor. My Chinese wife and I have been married seven years 


I hope you enjoy the devotions, I am not a pastor, just an ordinary Christian who loves the word of God and to share what God shows me from his word. Hope you enjoy the devotions, They have been proofread, I am a simple guy who God chooses to use


The only thing I ask is that you share them with your friends and social media groups. I do this for free to benefit the Body of Christ, no donations accepted or asked


Please listen to the sermons at the bottom, I have heard every word and they are really good.


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ACTS 17 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
 
THERE SOME THINGS YOU NEED NOT KNOW
 
In life, there are some things we shouldn't know, or to put it another way, it's better not to know certain things.
 
I wonder if we know the date and time of the second coming?  How wonderful it would be if we knew the day of Christ’ return…right?  Maybe it would change the way we live and share the gospel.
 
Jesus is the One coming back, and even He doesn't know the time he is coming back, so you think….we are going to let you in on a secret.
 
 Look at the cults, nearly every cult proclaims they know the date of Christ's second coming, and they have been made to look very foolish.
 
But we are given clues, yes in passages such as Matthew 24 and others.
 
But our primary focus is one of watching and serving God. We will see our jobs in the second devotion.
 
The ten virgins are a prime example. Only five trimmed their lamps; many people inside the church will be caught unaware when Jesus comes again.
 
What will happen if he finds the Christian in adultery or doing something he/she shouldn't? Do you think he will be taken and raptured?
 
We shouldn’t worry when He will return; Our focus should be on living our lives as if He could return at any moment.   That means serving God and living lives of holiness that please Him.
 
GOD BLESS 
 
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[size=17]ACTS 18 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 
DYNAMIC WITNESSING

We saw in the first devotion, that we aren't to be worried about when Jesus will come. It's interesting that Jesus hasn't even ascended back to heaven and the disciples are trying to find out when He is returning. 


What is the key word here? It is BUT!


Jesus recommissions the disciples. Remember in Matthew 28, He said all power is given in heaven and earth to Him, and now that power was to be given to the Apostles and Disciples.

What would of happened if the disciples had gone directly to the temple and started preaching? Nothing would of happened, because the Holy Spirit wasn't given to them yet!


It's great to look into the Greek here. "Power" is the word dunamis, which is where we get the English word, dynamite.  Remember, that we don't just have a message that is powerful, but one that is ABSOLUTE DYNAMITE!   A message that shatters nations and empires.

The second Greek word is maturos. This is the word for "witnesses." We get our English word, martyr from this; nearly all the twelve disciples became martrys, all except John.


God had a plan: first the Jews, then Samaria and then the Gentiles. God knows what He's doing and we have to follow His leading.

Notice also that the power was personal, "ye shall receive power," that is still the case today. We have the same power, that dunamis living inside of us. Why is it living inside of us? Because we are to be bold witnesses for Christ; we are to do the same things as the disciples did! They said they were there to tell what they had seen and heard Jesus do. It is our purpose to tell what Jesus has done in our lives. 

May we be witnesses just like the disciples were to all Jesus said and did…Amen.

Filled with dynamic power.

 
GOD BLESS YOU
KK


Sermons


First Part of a series of 6 by Ben Reaoch on the Song of Solomon.. these are so wonderful


Sexually Redeemed, Introduction to Song of Solomon
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A love song begins  ch 1-2:7[/size]

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=25121725154

My Beloved is Mine and I am his Ch 2:8-3:5

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=33112932291

The call to Ministry by Mark Minnick Acts 16:1-3
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Saved and Safe[/size]
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[size=30]“They shall Never Perish” John 10:28.

"Did Jesus once upon thee shine?
Then Jesus is forever thine."
William Hammond
 
There is no need for believers to fear death or judgment.  Our advocate and Judge are one and the same (2 Timothy 4:1). We are, therefore, saved and we are safe (1 John 2:1).

 John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace says of the safety of the believer,
 
“Rejoice, believer, in the Lord
Who makes your cause His own;
The hope that’s built upon His Word,
Can ne’er be overthrown.
 
Though many foes beset your road,
And feeble is your arm;
Your life is hidden with Christ in God
Beyond the reach of harm..
 
Weak as you are, you shall not faint,
Or fainting shall not die;
Jesus, the strength of every saint,
Will aid you from on high..”

 
We are both saved and safe! Those whom the Saviour has rescued can never be un-rescued.

Concerning people who believe that we can be saved and then lost, Spurgeon said, and I paraphrase, ‘Those who hold this view need to go up to heaven and set the angels straight on this matter. They need to tell them not to rejoice until the sinner dies and goes to heaven, because they may be rejoicing too soon. What if he repents but later falls away and is lost? The angels shouldn’t be so fast with their joy!’ (see Luke 15:10).

We are both saved and safe!

The purchased of the Lord cannot be unpurchased. If a person could lose their salvation, the following would have to happen ...

l. They would have to perish, which Christ said could never happen (John 10:28).

2. Christ would have to cast them out, which He promised never to do (John 6:37).

 3. Christ would have to leave them, which He said He would never do (Hebrews 13:5).

4. God would have to break the salvation "chain" of Romans 8:29-30 which clearly declares that every justified person will be glorified (that is, will enjoy final salvation).

 5. The Holy Spirit would have to leave them, which is impossible since he is sealed unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30).

Salvation is the gift of God and God’s gifts are “irrevocable” (Romans 11:29).
Christ gives His sheep the gift of eternal life (John 10-17-28).

Eternal life, therefore, cannot be temporary.
It is eternal life.
It is not provisional life, 
It’s eternal.
We are both saved and safe!

When Christ Jesus hung upon the cross all the sins of His people …past, present and future were put away forever. Satan was dealt a fatal blow (Colossians 2:15).  The work of redemption was finished. When Christ died, He died as the substitute for His people.  If someone for whom He became a substitute can perish, then Christ is a failure.

But, we are both saved and safe and Christ is a success!

“But what if I mess up?”
Here’s some good news; Jesus is fuller of grace than we are of sins.  Faith grasps this! It’s true that at times, we may not feel worthy enough to call God our Father, but the New Testament asks, “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is Christ who died yeah rather has risen again who is now at the right hand of God making intercession for us” (Romans 8:33-34).
 
We are both saved and safe!

And that´s the Gospel Truth!
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SERMONS



ENGLISH

CORONA: THE CHURCH'S WARNING BY ROBERT MCCURLEY LAMENTATIONS 3

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=3182018036962


YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN BY STEVEN LAWSON


https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=26202048467425






ENGLISH/CHINESE

JESUS CHRIST AND HIS GOSPEL BY PAUL WASHER

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=52319929284643

GOD IS LIGHT BY BOB JENNINGS 1 JOHN 1

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[size=14]1 TIMOTHY 1

提摩太前书1
 
12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has granted me [the needed] strength and made me able for this, because He considered me faithful and trustworthy, putting me into service [for this ministry], 13 even though I was formerly a blasphemer [of our Lord] and a persecutor [of His church] and a shamefuland outrageous and violent aggressor [toward believers]. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord [His amazing, unmerited favor and blessing] flowed out in superabundance [for me, together] with the faith and love which are [realized] in Christ Jesus.
12我感谢那给我力量的我们主基督耶稣,因祂以我有忠心,派我服侍祂。13我从前是亵渎神的,逼迫人的,侮慢人的,然而我还蒙了怜悯,因我是不信、不明白的时候而作的。14并且我主的恩是格外丰盛,使我在基督耶稣里有信心和爱心。

 
ABUNDANT FAVOR
丰富的恩典
 
Paul says in verse 15, that he is the chief of sinners. In several passages throughout the NT, he tells us why he was, not just here, but also in Philippians 3.
保罗在1章第15节说道,在罪人中他是个罪魁。在新约的几页经文当中,他告诉我们他为什么曾经是罪魁,不光是在第15节,也在腓立比书第3章中。
He previously abused and persecuted believers. He was the John Newton of his day, who could say 1700 years afterwards:
他此前虐待和迫害信徒。他是他那个时代的约翰 牛顿,后者在1700年后说:
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

多么奇妙的恩典!多么甜美的声音!
拯救了像我这样不幸的人!
我曾经迷失,但是现在已被主找到;
我曾经眼瞎,但是现在得以看见主。
 
Like John Newton, Paul does not hide his sin from us; he states that he was a shameful and violent aggressor towards the church, but and here is the key word.. have you got it: YET!
像约翰 牛顿一样,保罗并没有在我们面前掩饰他的罪;他申明他曾是针对教会可耻及暴力的攻击者,但是这里是关键词……你已经知道了吗?尚未!
 
He was shown mercy. God could and should have sent Paul and the rest of us to hell.. but YET.. we have obtained mercy; mercy is God not giving us what do rightfully deserve, amen. Indeed He gave what we deserved to His Son, we deserved his wrath, but so that we could be redeemed. Jesus paid the price and took the full anger of God upon His Son.
上帝给予他宽恕。上帝本应能将保罗和我们送入地狱,但是祂没有……我们已经获得了宽恕;宽恕不是上帝因我们做了正义的事而给我们所得的,阿们。的确,祂把我们应得的给了祂的儿子,我们应得祂的愤怒,但是我们因而被救赎。耶稣作为祂的儿子,付出了代价及承受了祂所有的愤怒。
 
Paul's eyes were blinded by unbelief and hatred, as he said; he had a deep zeal for God, but it was completely misplaced.
保罗的眼睛被不信和仇恨蒙蔽,正如他所说,他对上帝有深深的渴望,但是完全放错地方了。
 
I am in completely in awe of verse 14, grace you remember is receiving what you don't deserve. It is totally unmerited; we did not do anything to earn it, but we receive it and here's the best thing.. not just in abundance but in SUPERABUNDANCE.
我完全敬畏第14节经文,你应记得,你现在所受的恩典是你不配得到的。这完全是不应受的;我们并没有做任何事去赢得恩典,但是我们得到了恩典,这是最好的事,不光是丰富的恩典,而且是极为丰富的恩典。
 
Remember what Grace is from this little analogy
记住,通过类推获悉恩典Grace这个五个字母代表什么。
 
G... God's 上帝的
R... Riches 丰富
A... At 
C... Christ's 基督
E... Expense 为代价
 
My favourite hymn is Amazing Grace.. probably is Paul's too.
我最喜欢的赞美诗是《奇异恩典》,也许保罗也最喜欢。
 
Has the superabundant grace of God touched your life?
上帝及其丰富的恩典已经触及到你的生活了吗?
 
God bless you
上帝祝福你!
 
Keith
 
 
 
 
1 TIMOTHY 1
提摩太前书1
15 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.
15“基督耶稣降世,为要拯救罪人。”这话是可信的,是十分可佩服的。在罪人中我是个罪魁。
 
THE CHIEF OF SINNERS
罪人中的罪魁
 
Jesus came to seek and to save sinners, people like us, who had no hope. We who once were God's enemies are now his friends. Look at Paul; he was the enemy of the cross of Christ, but God turned him around. Maybe you haven't come from such a background as Paul. Maybe you grew up in church and thought that you aren't an enemy of God.. but you are! You are hopelessly separated from God and alienated from HIM. If you do not know Christ as your personal Saviour, the first step is to realise that you are the chief of sinners.
耶稣来寻找并拯救像我们一样没有希望的罪人。我们曾经是上帝的敌人但是现是祂的朋友。看看保罗,他曾是基督十字架的敌人,但是上帝使其回转。或许你并没有像保罗一样的背景;或许你在教会中长大,也从不是上帝的敌人……但是你是上帝的敌人!你绝望地和祂分离并疏远。如果你不知道基督是你个人的救主,那么你首先就应该意识到你是罪人中的罪魁。
Jesus came and rescued us. He pulled us out of the miry clay and set us upon a rock: Psalm 40:1-4. It took the ultimate sacrifice of the spotless lamb of God to save your soul believer.
耶稣来拯救我们。祂把我们从淤泥里拉出来并将我们放到磐石上:诗篇第401-4。为了拯救你们信徒的灵魂,上帝的羔羊牺牲了自己的生命。
To Jesus, we are the chief sinner. If you were the only sinner in the world, then Jesus would have come to save you and die a humiliating death on the cross.
对于耶稣来说,我们是罪魁。如果你们是世界上唯一的罪人,那么耶稣将已经来拯救了你们并在十字架上耻辱地死去。
Paul knew that he was the chief of sinners, because on Jesus was laid all his sin. He took it all.. He drank the full cup of God's wrath for us.
保罗知道他是罪魁,因为耶稣把所有的罪都加在了祂身上。祂拿去了所有罪……祂为我们喝光了神忿怒的杯。
Ephesians 2:12, it says that we were without hope and without God in the world. It is because we were without hope that Jesus came into the world. He didn't come into the world to give us a good moral example or say some nice words.
以弗所书第212说我们曾经在地上没有希望,也没有上帝。正是因为我们没有失望,耶稣才会来这个世上。祂来这个世上不是为了给我们提供好的道德榜样或者说漂亮的话。
If you have never accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as you Saviour, then you need to do so today.. now is the accepted time.. now is the right time to do this. The first step is to realise that like Paul, that you are:
如果你从未接受耶稣基督作为你的救主,那么你需要今天开始……现在就是接受祂的时间……现在就是这样做的时间。第一步就是像保罗那样意识到你是:
THE CHIEF OF SINNERS
罪人中的罪魁
God bless you
上帝祝福你!
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DAILY PRAYER
 
Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.
 
Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire.  Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20 ; Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8 ; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)
 
Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them.
 
God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we most hide from ourselves, is hidden from him.. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.
Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)
 
Have a wonderfully blessed and prosperous day in the Lord today!
 
TODAYS DEVOTIONS
 
(It is not my intent to be a salesperson, just send uplifting and encouraging devotions, so all links I remove, but items that are in bold print, usually were linked, the attached PDF still has hot links or you can follow the link at the bottom to the devotion online)
 
I remember walking out of the state-of-the-art fertility clinic with my husband. We had come to seek a second opinion from a highly regarded infertility specialist after four years of testing, treatments, and heartache.
Our appointment with the doctor had not gone well. He was arrogant, overlooked our questions, and seemed flippant about our journey as he outlined his proposed course of treatment. We left his office feeling uneasy and confused about what our next steps should be.
As we stepped into the sunshine and walked to our car, I heard the Holy Spirit whisper, “This is not what I have for you.” My husband felt the exact same pull on his heart.
At the time, we thought perhaps the Lord did not like this particular doctor or his chosen methods for helping us, but as the days went by, we both had a stronger sense that God was actually calling us away from infertility treatments as a whole.
The more I prayed about it, the more I sensed God was asking us to lay our efforts aside. It was time to put away the medication, stop the doctor appointments, cease striving and join Him on the long, hard road of childlessness.
At first, every fiber in my being resisted. I begged God to give us something else to pursue — a different doctor, adoption, natural remedies for healing my body. Over and over, I heard God say, “That is not what I have for you. Come join me on this road through the wilderness.”
To many people, I’m sure it looked like we had just given up and thrown in the towel on our plans to start a family. The truth is, we were (and still are) obediently following God on this hard road that He has called us to. It may not make sense to the world around us, and it occasionally does not make sense to me either, but I know we are doing what He has asked of us and Jesus has sustained us every step of the way.
God often calls us to difficult things. In Matthew 7:14, Jesus said, “For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Did you notice where the hard way leads? It leads to life.
Our difficult calling has a destination. God does not ask us to wander the wilderness aimlessly. Our roads are going somewhere glorious — into the heart of God Himself.
The Greek word used for life is zōē, and it holds a sense of vitality, fullness, animation, and devotion to God. It is the absolute fullness of life with God. This is the same word that Jesus uses in John 10:10 when He speaks about the abundant life. These hard roads are highly profitable if we are willing to stay on them.
Jesus was no stranger to walking difficult roads — His entire ministry was fraught with hardship, and the final days of His life were especially lonely and painful.
From the Garden of Gethsemane to standing trial, being beaten and tortured, and then dying on a cross, Jesus stayed true to the call God had given Him. Jesus had plenty of opportunities to step off His hard road. He could have summoned legions of angels. He could have taken Himself down off the cross. He could have avoided the whole ordeal altogether, but He chose to remain “obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).
So how exactly do we stay on our hard roads? What kept Jesus on the course that the Father had called him to? 1 Peter 2:23 gives us the answer to that question, “When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly.”
Jesus continually entrusted Himself to God. Over and over, He trusted in the love of his Father and in the eternally redemptive outcome of His plan, and we are invited to do the same.
God desires that we might entrust ourselves daily to Him. We do this simply by walking with Him in prayer, reading His Word, and trusting in His good and loving heart. We can stay the course by following Christ’s example.
Friends, I don’t know what hard road God has called you to right now. Maybe it’s singleness or enduring an invisible illness, maybe it’s working in a job you dislike or living with family members who test your patience every day.
Hard roads are hard. The easy way out is tempting, but if God has called you to walk on a difficult path, He will sustain you on it. So fix your eyes on Jesus, entrust yourself to God, and keep putting one foot in front of another as you journey toward the life in God that awaits you.
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[size=30]The Wednesday Word[/size]
 
Law and Gospel Grace.

D.G. Miles McKee
 
“Moreover, the Law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded grace did much more abound” (Romans 5:20).
 

“Many there are who think that the Law is the Gospel and who teach that men by good works of benevolence, honesty, righteousness and sobriety, may be saved. Such men do err. On the other hand, many teach that the Gospel is a Law–that it has certain commands in it by obedience to which men are meritoriously saved. Such men err from the Truth and understand it not.”
C.H. Spurgeon: Law and Grace
 
“Run, John, run, the law commands
But gives us neither feet nor hands,
Far better news the gospel brings:
It bids us fly and gives us wings.”
John Bunyan (1628-1688) 
 
What a contrast there is between living under the Law and living in Gospel Grace. It can be best illustrated by the final words of the two covenants. The Old Testament ends with this somber and sober warning, “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.” The New Testament, on the other hand, ends with the heartwarming statement, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, Amen.”
 
What a blessing! What a contrast!
 
The Law tells us what we should do but Gospel Grace tells what God has done.
The Law says, “This do, and you shall live” but Gospel Grace says, “Live, and you shall do.”
The Law says, “Pay me what you owe” but Gospel Grace says, “I freely forgive you every debt.”
The Law says, “The wages of sin is death.” But Gospel Grace replies, “The gift of God is eternal life” (Romans 6:23).
The Law is God's word of demand, but Gospel Grace is God's word of deliverance.
The Law insists that we must love the Lord with all our heart, mind and strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5; Mark 12:30).  Gospel Grace takes us away from the guilt of our inability saying, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and gave his Son as the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).
 
What a contrast!
 
Under the Law, when they made the burnt offering, the fire consumed the offering (see Leviticus 2:1-16; 6:14-23)..  In the Gospel, however, it is not the fire that consumes the offering, but the offering who consumes the fire. Under the Law, when they made the burnt offering, the fire consumed the sacrifice and the sacrifice was gone never to be seen again. But in the gospel, the sacrifice rose from the dead having endured our judgment.
 
 All claims and charges made against us have been answered in righteousness. They have been settled by Christ on the cross. He destroyed the fire of Judgment!
 
 
In addition, when the Law was given, three thousand people mercilessly died because of their rebellion (Exodus 32:28). When the gospel was proclaimed at Pentecost, three thousand people received eternal life (Acts 2:41).
 
 What a difference grace makes!
 
“The law supposing I have all,
Does ever for perfection call;
The gospel suits my total want,
And all the law can seek does grant.
 
The law could promise life to me,
If my obedience perfect be;
But grace does promise life upon
My Lord's obedience alone.
 
The law says, Do, and life you'll win;
But grace says, Live, for all is done;
The former cannot ease my grief,
The latter yields me full relief.
 
Lo! in the law Jehovah dwells,
But Jesus is concealed;
Whereas the gospel's nothing else
But Jesus Christ revealed.”
 
Ralph Erskine; 1560-1645
 
In Summary,
 
The Law says Do, Gospel Grace says Done.
The Law commands, but Gospel Grace Promises.
The Law kills, but Gospel Grace gives Life.
The Law condemns, but Gospel Grace Justifies.
 
And that’s the Gospel Truth!
 
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Please pray fervently for China, use these prayer requests and links and pray for 5 minutes per day. Please share on all social media platforms and if anyone is reading this, who doesn't receive my devotions, they are available for you at totallylovedbygod59@yahoo.com

Please pray for a deep and lasting revival throughout China, that will shake the church first and then the whole land.

Please pray that the church would have a powerful purity that would impact all areas of Chinese society

Please pray for the minority people of China, the two groups below have an active Church and their growth is pivotal to reaching other groups in China

A-Hmao

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18388/CH

Lisu

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/13076/CH



Please pray for all Pastors and Church workers including Pastors Z, S and G

Please pray that our little fellowship would be protected as we meet online, pray for protection for all services. Persecution is still active, but we are blessed by it, we don't hate it, we welcome it.

Please pray for the husbands of many sisters that they would come to faith, please pray for the sisters of unbelieving husbands to live in a godly manner in front of them.

Please pray for our Children. Sunday School is banned and children are encouraged to report on their Christian parents. Please pray for the young people of China.

Praise God for safe delivery of F's baby; please pray that her and her husband would come to a biblical faith along with her Mother and boyfriend.

Continue to pray for the salvation of men such as F,  H , S and W.

Please pray for brother L and Sister Z, recently married, but struggling spiritually.

Please pray for newly married W and M.  The husband is struggling with sexual issues.

Please pray for sisters Y and C,  who have unsaved husbands.

Continue to lift up my father in Law G, who is 85, and his wife.  Thy both are in need of salvation.

Please pray for my wife and daughter H and M.

Please pray for my nephew and his partner, in homosexual relationship.

Please pray for me, my foot is nearly better,  please pray as I have to apply for residence permit in June.


Sermons

We continue our journey through the Bible with Dennis Lyle, this time sharing the books of Ruth and 1 and 2 Samuel, also included is another great sermon by this man of God

Ruth

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=123131554192

1 Samuel

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=11414153591


2 Samuel

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=121141547100

Lead me to Calvary by Dennis Lyle

https://www.sermonaudio.com/saplayer/playpopup.asp?SID=103114653240
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From:  Mary Padgett Ministries, Inc.
A Word In Due Season
 
AFFLICTION INSTEAD OF PLEASURE
 
Scripture:  Hebrews 11:25  "Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasure of sin for a season"
 
This scripture speaks of Moses and the choice that he made for his own life.  When Moses was born, his mother hid him for three months from Pharaoh and when he was too big to hide, she put him in a basket and placed the basket on the river.  His mother was trying to hide him because Pharaoh had commanded that all of the male Hebrew children be put to death.  Yet, God had a very special plan for Moses and it was not death.  God’s sovereignty caused Pharaoh's daughter to find Moses and when she saw the baby Moses, she had compassion upon him.  She drew him out of the water and brought him into Pharaoh's palace and raised him there as her own son until he was grown.
 
When Moses was old enough to make his own choices in life, he did something that probably confused a lot of people.  He refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter.  He may have loved her as a mother but the call of God on His life was a stronger commitment.  He chose to sacrifice his place of honor amongst the people in Pharaoh's court and he walked away from the wealth and pleasures that could have been his.  Verse twenty-four says that he made this choice by faith.  He left the easy life and walked into the darkness and hardships of the unknown.  He willingly put aside his comfortable life and the luxuries that he was accustomed to.  He forgot his fame amongst Pharaoh's servants and went to live on the backside of the desert where no one knew him.  He chose to live in a tent rather than in Pharaoh's beautiful palace.  He tended his father-in-law's flock in the field instead of being in charge of more important duties or commanding a host of men.  Moses stayed in this humble position for forty years.
 
It was in this setting that God spoke to Moses from a burning bush and commissioned him to bring the Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt and into the Promised Land.  God planned to use Moses long before he was ever born and God ordered his steps and protected him from all harm.  When Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, he probably never dreamed of the fame that he would receive or that people would still be talking about him almost 4000 years later.  Yet, he chose the path that God had ordained for him.  His choice not only affected him but also a multitude of people, for his personal sacrifice brought millions of people into blessings and freedom.
 
Our lives are full of choices.  Some of them are easy because they promise joy and happiness, but others are difficult.  They call for true commitment and sacrifice without speaking of reward.  It may not be on the same scale as Moses' sacrifice because none of us will have to give up our palace, our easy life, or our multitude of servants.  Our sacrifice may be to simply share our meager means with someone who has less, go the extra mile when we are weary, or allow others to take the best of the lot.  Yet, the choice still demands something from us and like Moses' decision, it will take faith on our part.  We must remember that God never asks for anything that He does not intend to repay.  We will never know the rewards of what could have been unless we make the right choice.  To experienced God's best, we must be willing to choose the affliction instead of the pleasures of sin that last for only a short season. +++


[size=32]Guard Against Temptation[/size]


Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Matthew 4:1

[size=18]A holy character does not prevent temptation--Jesus was tempted. When Satan tempts us, his sparks fall upon tinder; but in Christ's case, it was like striking sparks on water; yet the enemy continued his evil work. Now, if the devil goes on striking when there is no result, how much more will he do it when he knows what inflammable stuff our hearts are made of. Though you become greatly sanctified by the Holy Spirit, expect that the great dog of hell will bark at you still. In the haunts of men we expect to be tempted, but even seclusion will not guard us from the same trial.
Jesus Christ was led away from human society into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. Solitude has its charms and its benefits and may be useful in checking the lust of the eye and the pride of life; but the devil will follow us into the most lovely retreats. Do not suppose that it is only the worldly-minded who have dreadful thoughts and blasphemous temptations, for even spiritually minded persons endure the same; and in the holiest position we may suffer the darkest temptation.
The utmost consecration of spirit will not insure you against satanic temptation. Christ was consecrated through and through. It was His meat and drink to do the will of Him that sent Him--and yet He was tempted! Your hearts may glow with an angelic flame of love for Jesus, and yet the devil will try to bring you down to lukewarm uselessness. If you will tell me when God permits a Christian to lay aside his armor, I will tell you when Satan has left off temptation.
Like the old knights in wartime, we must sleep with helmet and breastplate buckled on, for the arch-deceiver will seize our first unguarded moment to make us his prey. May the Lord keep us watchful in all seasons and grant us a final escape from the jaw of the lion and the paw of the bear.





More GREAT QUOTES

-Sermonindex.net



"Elisha had more of the Holy Spirit, dead, than most Christians

have of Him, alive." - Steve Wilburn



"I don't want to preach GOOD, I want to preach GOD!"

- G.A. Jarquin



"We sometimes talk about the price of revival, and we need to be

very careful as to what we mean when we speak like this. We may

place that price so high that we put revival right beyond the reach

of the ordinary run of mortals. Maybe that is our way of attempting

to justify God, that He has not yet, apparently, given the revival

His people need.

But that is a wrong done to God and a cruelty done to his church.

There is without doubt a price to be paid for revival, but it is not of

necessity the long nights of prayer or excruciating sacrifices, but

of simply humbling pride to repent of sin."

- Roy Hession



"Put off a sin or a piece of a sin every day."-Rutherford.



"A revival is no more a miracle than a crop of wheat. In any

community revival can be secured from heaven when heroic souls

enter the conflict determined to win or die - or if need be to win

and die! The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent

take it by force." - Charles G. Finney



"Truth must be spoken, however it be taken."-John Trapp



"Playing marbles with diamonds, thats what we are doing in the

church today." - Vance Havner



"When the church and the world can jog comfortably along

together, you can be sure something is wrong. The world has not

compromised - its spirit is exactly the same as it ever was. If

Christians were equally as faithful to the Lord, separated from the

world, and living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness,

the world would hate them as much as it ever did. It is the church

that has compromised, not the world."

- Catherine Booth



"I'm not an erudite man, but I only have one message. Repent.

That's it. Now I can sit down." - Ray Greenley



"I bet you there will be people in hell saying, 'I thought there was

no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.'"

- G.A. Jarquin



"Where there have been mighty deeds, there need be no multitude

of words to tell of them. Many words are required only where the

deeds have been too feeble to speak for themselves."

- A.W. Tozer



"They will pay $15 for a Christian concert to hear a Christian singer

and for free they won't come into the presence of God and call

upon the name of the Lord."

- Jim Cymbala



"No praying.. no holiness." - Greg Gordon



"Know praying...Know holiness." - MB
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More GREAT QUOTES
-Sermonindex

"Inner purity results in outer power." - Christnotes.org

"With complete consecration comes perfect peace." - Watchman Nee

"Defend the Bible? I would just as soon defend a lion. Just turn the
Bible loose. It will defend itself." - Charles Spurgeon

"No one ever became, or can become truly eloquent without being 
a reader of the Bible, and an admirer of the purity and sublimity of 
its language." - Fisher Ame

"One of the greatest dangers in the Christian life is losing interest
in what is familiar." - Brad Lambert

"Tell me what you do with your time and money and I will tell you
where your heart is." - Xavier

"The Church is an organism that grows best in an alien society."
- C. Stacey Woods

"We can have no power from Christ unless we live in a persuasion 
that we have none of our own." - John Owen


[size=48]My Manna




"Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken." Psalm 62:1-2.

As the world continues to stress over the importance of achieving more, doing more, and being more-
- we may find ourselves trapped in a never-ending cycle of activity. 

Our days regularly fly by in a giant blur of meals, appointments, and mundane tasks.

On their own, these responsibilities often seem small. 

However, when they are all strung together day after day-
- they can create stress and lead to serious burnout!

Then we must take three steps of action.

First-
Rest!


It is imperative that we find the time to be still before the Lord and to rest in Him. 
In Mark 6:31, Jesus told His disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” 

Resting in God renews our souls and quiets our racing minds, enabling us to partake of His strength.

Second-
Trust!


We should frequently ask ourselves-
Are the activities in my life all necessary and chosen by the Lord? 

In His Word, God gives us this instruction: 
“Cease striving and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10. 

Essentially, our Father wants us to slow down and realize that our lives are in His hands. 
With this assurance, we can replace striving with resting and trusting. 

No matter what we do in life, it should be done to the glory of God.

Third-
Invest!


Invest your time in the best.
Make time today for a quiet moment to sit before the Lord. 

Allow Him to provide the strength and rest you need. 
While doing this, ask Him to reveal to you any areas of your life in which you are “striving” needlessly. 

He longs to provide peace and rest for His children.

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DAILY PRAYER
 
Lord we Thank and Praise you for all you do each day to guide, protect, provide, and answer every petition as they make their needs, wants, and the desires of their hearts known to you.
 
Lord please bless, keep, guide, and provide each person this message reaches. Throughout each day, bless them with perfect health, healing, and the abundant supply to fulfill all they need, want or desire.  Keep each of them safe and secure, no matter the weather, temperatures, or other circumstances that should try to cause their body, mind or our spirits to be tried and tested! Guide each of them as they pray, ask, and require. (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Ephesians 6:10-20 ; Luke 1:1-4; Luke 18:1-8 ; Colossians 1:9-23; Romans 8:26-30)
 
Dear Lord in sharing the words of prayers and words of wisdom from history, I hope to encourage all my readers of these messages, to show that we are not experiencing anything that others have not, and to show that you always provide. Let the readers also reflect on the time and circumstances of these prayers and words of wisdom, so they may draw strength and insight from them.
 
God knows us through and through. Not the most secret thought, which we most hide from ourselves, is hidden from him. As then we come to know ourselves through and through, we come to see ourselves more as God sees us, and then we catch some little glimpse of his designs with us, how each ordering of his providence, each check to our desires, each failure of our hopes, is just fitted for us, and for something in our own spiritual state, which others know not of, and which, till then, we knew not. Until we come to this knowledge, we must take all in faith, believing, though we know not, the goodness of God toward us.
Edward Bouberie Pusey (1800–1882)
 
Have a wonderfully blessed and prosperous day in the Lord today!
 
TODAYS DEVOTIONS
 
(It is not my intent to be a salesperson, just send uplifting and encouraging devotions, so all links I remove, but items that are in bold print, usually were linked, the attached PDF still has hot links or you can follow the link at the bottom to the devotion online)
 
This week, we will take a look into the power God gives us to fight our battles. Everyone responds differently to daily stresses, life changes and difficult times. This week, let’s think through how we respond. Do we internalize it? Do we verbally process it? Do we face it head on? Or, do we pretend it’s not even there? Whatever the case may be, God gives us two very powerful tools: His Word and prayer. So, next time we’re facing a situation that seems more than what we can handle, let’s remember that He is our strong tower—He will protect us. Let’s sit still, breathe in His Word, pray, listen for what our hearts really need to know and follow His lead.
Let’s pray for the week ahead:
Father, thank you for Your Word that is sharper than any two-edged sword. I pray that You work within me this week as I learn to turn to You during the ups and downs of my life. Thank you for being my Protector. Amen.
Scripture to focus on this week:
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105 NIV
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Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31
When the believer is adopted into the Lord's family, his relationship to old Adam and the law ceases at once; but then he is under a new rule and a new covenant. Believer, you are God's child; it is your first duty to obey your heavenly Father.
A servile spirit you have nothing to do with: You are not a slave but a child. And now, inasmuch as you are a beloved child, you are bound to obey your Father's faintest wish, the least intimation of His will. Does He bid you fulfill a sacred ordinance? It is at your peril that you neglect it, for you will be disobeying your Father.
Does He command you to seek the image of Jesus? Is it not your joy to do so? Does Jesus tell you, "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect"?1 Then not because the law commands, but because your Savior enjoins, you will labor to be perfect in holiness. Does He bid his saints to love one another? Do it, not because the law says, "Love your neighbor," but because Jesus says, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."2
And this is the commandment that He has given unto you, "that you love one another." Are you told to distribute to the poor? Do it, not because charity is a burden that you dare not shirk, but because Jesus teaches, "Give to him that asks of you." Does the Word say, "Love God with all your heart"? Look at the commandment and reply, "Ah, commandment, Christ has fulfilled you already. I have no need, therefore, to fulfill you for my salvation, but I rejoice to yield obedience to you because God is my Father now, and He has a claim upon me, which I would not dispute."
May the Holy Ghost make your heart obedient to the constraining power of Christ's love, that your prayer may be, "I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart!"3 Grace is the mother and nurse of holiness, and not the apologist of sin.
1) Matthew 5:48
2) John 14:15
3) Psalm 119:32

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[size=30]The Wednesday Word
 
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                                                  D.G. Miles McKee
“Now once in the end of the world has He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26).

What does it mean to put away sin? We can learn much about this from the Feast of Unleavened Bread when the Israelites were commanded to put away all leaven out of their houses (Exodus 12:15;19). Leaven is usually a picture of sin and this ‘putting away’ was a thorough job. The cupboards and drawers were emptied and their floors were very carefully swept in case a crumb of leaven bread should remain (see also Exodus 13:3-16; Leviticus 23:6-8; Deuteronomy 16:8; John 6:51).

In the New Testament, sin, not leaven, was put away by Jesus. He, as it were, cleaned house.  If it had been left to us to clean our houses, we would have missed some of our hidden sins.  We don’t realise how great a mountain of sin and lurking darkness we accumulated during our lifetime.

Question: How did Jesus put away sin?
Answer: “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” Hebrews 9:26.

Spurgeon says, “All your sins—every size, shape, form, hue, degree, or fashion, are altogether gone! Crimson sins, black sins, crying sins, every sort of iniquity from your childhood until now, and right on till you enter into the rest of the Beloved; they were all taken and laid upon Christ. He made an end of them all when He offered up His great sacrifice; He has put away sin as a whole for His chosen; this is a glorious truth! “
C.H. Spurgeon: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit: Volume 16 The Putting Away Of Sin: Sermon No. 911

If our sins have been put away, why do we think we can be saved and then lost? Can Jesus lose us? If He can, then Jesus didn’t put all our sins away.  If we think we can be saved and lost, far be it from us to sing “Unto Him who loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever” (Revelation 1:5-6).

Notice the words, “forever and ever!” If Christ can lose us, we need to take that passage out of the Bible.

To ‘put away’ means literally a disannulling, a total abolition and an annihilation of sins.  Christ has done away with the sins of His people! “The iniquities of Israel,” He says, “shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found” (Jerimiah 50:20). To fear that we as believers could eventually perish is to look at Jesus with a heart of doubt.  May we learn to endorse the words of Augustus Toplady who wrote,

"Complete atonement Thou hast made
And to the utmost farthing paid
Whate'er Thy people owed.
How then can wrath on me take place,
If sheltered in Thy righteousness
And sprinkled with Thy blood?"


May each of us know that Jesus Christ has put away our sin - all of it. We are now accepted as though we are fully righteous.

Do you mean we are innocent? 

No! Much more than innocent. He has clothed us in His righteousness.  And, listen to this, “The gifts and calling of God are without repentance” (Romans 11:29).. The eternal God never says then unsays, never does then undoes, never gives then un-gives.  If we have been declared not guilty, then we are indeed not guilty, and no one can ever condemn us (see Psalm 103:12).

This is wonderful! Dear believer, we can never go down into the pit of hell; God can never be so angry with us as to utterly forsake us! We are both saved and safe!

And that’s the Gospel Truth!
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Coffee Break
 
"Acquainted With Suffering And Victory"
 
"He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not".  Isaiah 53:3
 
While the cross was the place where the payment for our sins was made, there was much more happening at the crucifixion.  It was there where we see how acquainted with what we face that Jesus was.
 
He knows exactly where you are, how you feel and what you are going through. He knows what it is like to agonize over the will of God-- if it be possible let this cup pass from me.  He knows what it is like to be falsely accused.  He knows what it is like to be betrayed by someone you are close to-- betrayed with a kiss.  He knows what it is like to walk the long rode of suffering.  He knows what it is like to be abandoned by those whom you love.  He knows what it is like to be mocked, ridiculed, beaten, cursed, made fun of, bullied and blasphemed.  He faced it all.  No one else may know what you are going through, but He does-- He's been there and done that.
 
But He also knows what it is like to be victorious.  The empty tomb showed us that.  He was victorious over all the things we have named.  Yes, He went through them, but He came out on the other side victorious.  Yes, He suffered, but He was still victorious.  Through the crucifixion and the resurrection we see suffering and victory.  
 
When we look at our lives, sometimes we only see the suffering-- the cross we are bearing.  But keep in mind, through the suffering, that there is also victory-- an empty tomb.  Jesus suffered for us.  He took our sins, bore our shame and guilt, suffered and bleed for us on the cross.  But He also rose from the dead victoriously for us.  So that sin could not destroy us, condemnation could not defeat us and death could not overcome us.  He turned His victory over to us so now, though these things "touch" us, we can still walk through them victoriously.    
 
Have a great day.  There may be a cross in your life but there is also an empty tomb.   





The Truth of Easter
 
 
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it.. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
 
 
But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

 
 
And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them,“Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” – Matthew 28:1-10 NKJV.


 
Since September 2001, things have changed as to how many of us live our lives. We are more careful, more cautious aware of our surroundings when we leave our homes. Even in flyover country in United States where I live we know terrorist attacks from one group or another are possible. Many either carry a weapon or have one nearby. If you plan to fly, arrival at the airport a few hours early is now prudent. Also, we now know from Brussels that even walking into an airport exposes you to the risk of a terrorist attack.
 
 
Things have not changed for the better in the years since the towers came down. Terrorists have become bolder in their senseless horrific acts against the innocent. One of those innocents is a 19-year-old American citizen who had close brushes with death at the Boston Bombing, the Paris Massacre, and now at the Brussels attack where he received some non-life threatening injuries. If this young man could post his future itinerary we might all know where not to be…. Why some are spared and some die in these attacks is something that only God knows for sure. But make no mistake; God is not responsible for these evil acts perpetrated upon the innocent. This evil flows from Satan, the god of this age (2 Corinthians 4:4), into the lives of the demonically blinded and deceived.
 
 
The world this Easter is different from the Easter we celebrated prior to 2001. The world may have changed in 2001, but the meaning of Easter is still the same. The events of that Resurrection Day almost 2000 years ago speak to us this truth: Jesus Christ is the Lord of Lords, and the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15)! He is the same“yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!” That first Resurrection Day gives us hope that evil has been defeated even though the battle still rages. There will come a day when every knee shall bow at the Name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10). There will come a day when evil will be no more upon this earth and we will live in peace(Revelation 21). The Truth of Easter is that the pain and suffering of this present world is a temporary condition for all those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.
 
 




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