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What Would This World Be Like Without Christmas?

WHAT WOULD THIS WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT CHRISTMAS??

It’s December again, and the ‘Christmas Fervor” is beginning to grip the minds and hearts of those who claim Christ. They are beginning to get excited about the holiday and the opportunity to ‘worship Jesus’ on the 25th of the month. People are beginning to wish others a “Merry Christmas”, and “Happy Holidays”… Christmas ornaments… Trees, Wreaths, and all sorts of lighted and large, inflatable figures are being purchased or dragged out of storage, to be set up and turned on… the houses and properties will soon be lit up and the neighbors will be scrambling to catch-up and get their displays ready for the gawkers and lookiloo’s to admire and enjoy.

Then, of course, there is all the shopping that absolutely MUST be done! First of all, for the children! Because after all, Christmas is for, and all about, the Children. The Christian Faith demands that no child be forgotten at Christmas time… But, we must be careful to not let the shopping and decorations and the traditional music cause us to forget the ‘main reason’ for the Season.

What is the ‘main reason’ for the Season? JESUS CHRIST?

That’s what I’m told.. and, every year, there are some who say that there is a WAR on Christmas… Those who are concerned about this, are sure that the enemies of Christ are bound and determined to
“TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS!”

To those believers, the Christmas Holiday is the Celebration of Christ’s Birth! An opportunity to ‘worship Jesus’, to honor Him on His birthday, AND, an opportunity to PREACH JESUS, because, (they say), others will be more willing to listen and hear the message at Christmas Time.

To them, HE is the REASON for the SEASON.

I recently had a discussion with one such Believer, and I got a better idea of just how sincere and dedicated someone can be.

Here are a few examples:

“Jesus is the only reason for Christmas”

“Jesus IS Christmas”

Those dedicated believers who keep the Holiday, can’t understand why anyone would not want to observe it…

“,,,If, in your heart, you can’t celebrate the Birth of Jesus, what is in your heart?”

‘(God, the Father)’, “…started Christmas, and gave the greatest Gift of all, Jesus.”

But Wait! DID God, The Father, really ‘start Christmas’??? Is He the one who thought it up, and set it all in motion? Do all the trees and lights and decorations honor the Son? Do all those “Christmas Customs” and all that “Christmas Music” really help us “WORSHIP JESUS” as He deserves and desires to be worshiped?

Surely, a sincere and dedicated CHRISTIAN would want to worship Him, both, in SPIRIT, and in TRUTH! Right?

Christmas has arrived once a year for all the years I’ve been alive… every year and then, every year again… over and over, Every Year!! What would the world be like, without Christmas???

What is the goal of Christmas?

From what I can tell,

The 1st goal of Christmas is to Worship Christ and Honor Him on His Birthday! To do ‘good deeds’ and share the LOVE.

The 2nd goal of Christmas, is to preach Christ and spread the ‘gospel message’ about Christ… (because more folks will listen at Christmas Time)

The 3rd goal is to celebrate and have a wonderful time with FAMILY and FRIENDS… to give each other GIFTS and make many, many more wonderful Holiday Memories… to grow and increase the NOSTALGIA and thereby to perpetuate the TRADITION forever….

How could God not be pleased? How could He not also ENJOY and APPRECIATE the efforts of so many Believers, to focus their WORSHIP on His Precious Son? How could He not also CELEBRATE and REJOICE with them as they continually, every year, STRIVE to Share the LOVE and DO GOOD WORKS – Setting an example for Generations to come??

Christmas time is a ‘good time of the year’ for those less fortunate… those who are financially embarrassed and can’t afford to provide a Tree and Lights and GIFTS for their kids and each other… and those who are even more worse off, those who, for what ever reason, don’t have a home… those who live on the street, well, Christmas Time is a good time for them, because millions of believers strive to help those folks by providing them with warm coats and food and shelter… and, millions of TOYS will be donated and collected by well-meaning individuals and groups, because it’s just isn’t right that any child not be able to enjoy and have, a ‘GOOD CHRISTMAS’!!

Another quote, “I will (celebrate Christmas) because of the ‘THANKFULNESS’ in my heart for all Jesus has done.”

“I don’t understand how anyone who knows Jesus, and all He has done, (would) not want to do EVERYTHING to show ‘THANKFULNESS’….”

“I celebrate Christmas so others can SEE my ‘THANKFULNESS’!”

The message seems to be, that if one doesn’t Celebrate Christmas, then, they are just NOT THANKFUL!!!

So, what about it? Are you ‘Thankful’? Do God, the Father and The Lord Jesus join in and celebrate with the millions who participate? Is “CHRISTMAS”, God’s idea and does He expect all Christians to be involved each year??

Is God REALLY seeking someone to worship Him? Is God “THANKFUL” for the worship?

Does God really care ‘HOW’ He is Worshiped, or is He simply glad and happy that anyone is even willing to give Him some worship?

Has He given up trying to get people to worship Him ‘HIS WAY’, and become willing to take whatever we humans are willing to give Him?

Most of the millions who keep and celebrate Christmas have a Bible and many of them carry it to Church every sunday… some even READ their Bibles and a few study it so they can take part in church services by preaching…

Surely they have already SEEN the Biblical passages that relate the beginning of the Christmas Holiday… the passages that show God issuing the directions necessary for His people to keep and observe it every year… Surely they have read and understand the passages that explain the REASONS for the various customs and decorations and how to use them properly… and surely they are THANKFUL enough to make sure they get the very best TREE they can find, and to preach these things to their Congregations, and children, every year so they will never forget how Christmas is God’s idea and how He and Jesus made it part of the plan for mankind… Surely….

What would this world be like, without Christmas?

I can’t wait to find out!

Ben
“… Thank God for The Coming World Tomorrow”!!!

Nothing Truthful About Christmas!

Nothing Truthful About Christmas!
NOVEMBER 1st – All Hallows
As often happens, I was having breakfast in the restaurant this morning, and over heard some men talking about the kids coming to their doors the night before… Trick or Treating, and asking for candy. Well, they were talking about how many kids had come to their doors, and how much they enjoyed giving out candy to the ‘little kids’, but also how little they enjoyed having the ‘big kids’ coming around… I guess it’s all about the little ones… anyway, one man was telling how this very young boy knocked and when he opened the door, he gave the child some candy, and the little boy looked up to him and said, “Thank you sir, and Merry Christmas!” They all had a good chuckle over that, and then, one of them said, “you know what? It won’t be long until Christmas!”… the other guy remarked, “Boy!!! Ain’t THAT the truth?”

Yes, I wanted to jump up and say, NO! It’s NOT!, but, I kept quiet…
Well, being as it was November 1st, then sure, it was the truth that the annual celebration of Christ’s Birth was soon to be celebrated, but, NO, that celebration has little, if anything to do with “The Truth”!!
I wanted to say, “No, there is nothing ‘truthful’ about Christmas!” it’s all ‘tradition’ and those traditions are all built on falsehood!
I know you’ve heard it all before, but it really helps me to write these things down and ponder them, to study the Bible and SEE the TRUTH about Christ’s Birth and so SEE the absence of the things that most ‘believers’ claim to recognize and celebrate at that time of year…
The Truth:
Christ was NOT born in a manger! Yes, I’ve heard that He was, but, the FACT is, He was born in a STABLE and ‘laid in a manger’…
The Truth:
The Wise men, were not there at the stable… they came much later and found Him in a “HOUSE”… He was no longer a ‘babe’, but a ‘young child’.. maybe as much as two years old….
The Truth:
He was given three gifts, but, NOT as ‘birthday’ presents… They were traditional gifts that were given to a KING!
The Truth:
Christ was born in Bethlehem, but NOT on ‘Christmas Eve’!
These facts and many other truths about the ‘christmas’ celebration, are well known to God’s People, and yet, they are NOT known, to the majority of this world! … Oh, yes, they have been shown to be what they are, Pagan Customs and symbols used by the heathen to worship their false gods, but, really, that doesn’t seem to bother anyone! They see it in Newspapers every year, they hear it on Radio and it’s ‘interesting’, but, nothing to be concerned about, they think!
The Book of Revelation tells us that the devil has DECEIVED the whole world.. but, even that revelation doesn’t seem to raise any concern… after all, the majority have been lead to believe that Jesus came here to ‘rescue’ us from the Law and the Old Covenant… they’ve been told that only cults still cling to and observe those burdensome things… While, they, on the other hand, are now FREE to worship God as they please… “Christian Freedom”, they call it!
So, every year, they get busy and DECORATE their homes and property with thousands of dollars worth of ‘Christmas Decorations’… TREES, LIGHTS, fake snow, and tons of other ornaments- plastic, inflatable snowmen, and reindeer…
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Then, as the radio and TV slowly begin to play more and more ‘christmas carols’, the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ begins to build… soon, it stirs up their desire to GIVE and SHARE the good things… the Good Gifts… the Charitable donations… They begin to get concerned for the ‘homeless’, they begin to collect coats and shoes and all sorts of items that they feel will both be a help, AND a witness, to the homeless.. They collect toys for all the poor, unfortunate little boys and girls, who, without these loving donations, just won’t have a Christmas!
…the Cakes and candy and all the sweets and sights and sounds that they grew up with… All that NOSTALGIA!!! ..they begin to rush around, searching for that ‘perfect gift’, and it’s often a long list of friends and family that they have to buy for!
Soon, the News is filled with stories of traffic jams and injuries to some shoppers who had to FIGHT to get a certain item… Hustle and bustle… all the things that seem to happen earlier and earlier every year… Christmas Sales, Christmas Parties… All part and parcel of their efforts to ‘Worship Christ’ on His Birthday!
But, the TRUTH is, that none of those things have anything to do with Christ!

The truth is, God the Father, and Christ, the Son, are NOT looking forward to that celebration! They are not ‘wanting it’, ‘expecting it’, or ‘desiring it’…
The Truth is, ALL THOSE things do not worship and honor the Son… they are all PAGAN to the core, and are the very things God Himself commanded His people NOT to do!

The Truth is… there is NOTHING TRUTHFUL ABOUT CHRISTMAS!
Yes, it won’t be long until Christmas! And, then, like a bubble popping, it will be over… Suddenly, all that ‘Christmas Spirit’ will dissipate. Then, the exhaustion, and depression will set in…. You’ll hear many saying, “Boy! I’m glad that’s over”!! …and lots of people will be asking you, “Did you have a good Christmas?”… and, you, the Christian, will have the opportunity to answer that question…

Who knows, maybe your answer will inspire someone to open their Bibles and check to SEE just how ‘truthful’ the Christmas Celebration really is…
God Bless…

FIRE and a Silly Question

FIRE!

When you hear the word, “FIRE”, what comes to mind? HEAT? SMOKE? BURNING?… ASHES?? Yeah, me too!

For instance…. How about Sodom and Gomorra? There is an example of what FIRE can do!! It isn’t still burning today, but, it lasted until the fuel was gone: It could not be put out! FIRE Burns!! Fire Consumes!!

Another example of FIRE that burns and consumes… 1 Kings 18:19-38
Elijah and the prophets of Baal… Two bullocks… one for the 450 prophets of baal… and one for the prophet of God… Baal’s men put the sacriifice on the alter ready to burn, but they put no FIRE under it… then,, they went from morning til noon, praying and crying out to Baal to burn and accept their sacrifice… Baal did not answer, and at noon, Elijah began to mock them and provoke them… “Cry Aloud”, he said, “maybe he’s asleep or busy” So they cried even louder and cut themseles… their false god did not respond…. After midday was past, they continued until about the time of the evening sacrifice…. no sound, no answer, no response! Then, Elijah told everyone to gather around… he took twelve stones and built and altar… dug a trench around it, fixed the wood and cut up the sacriifice… then, he had the people to fill four barrells of water and pour it all over the alter- he had them do it three times… TWELVE barrells of water!!! The sacrifice, the wood, the altar– They and the surrounding ground were drenched!!!! SOAKED!!! The trench was filled up with water!!

1Ki 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.
1Ki 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

That day, GOD used FIRE to show who HE WAS, and who His Servant was… this was FIRE that Burns and Consumes!!! Fire fell and burned up everything- the sacrifice, the wood, the STONES. and even the very DUST… then, it licked up the water in the trench!!

God used FIRE to demonstrate WHO HE WAS, and who His servant was…

To me, that shows the great power of God!

Fire burns and consumes!!!

I rarely stop to consider it beyond those features, but I learned a lot the other day when some friends were talking about FIRE… I asked a question about FIRE that got a really HOT response!

Have you ever said something that sounded silly? Maybe even ‘stupid’ on the surface? Well, I did! As I said, my friends were talking about FIRE and I just had to open my big mouth! One of the people was really upset!! They were ‘indignant’!! They got red-faced and their intelligence was offended!

I guess that’s what ‘silly’, stupid comments are good for! Anyway, I asked a question that wasn’t well received!! The person who got upset, and red-faced was on the verge of being FURIOUS! Without stopping to consider my question, he told me, point blank, just how STUPID and SILLY my question was!! I guess I deserved it… after all, these folks don’t know me very well, and they hardly have anything in common with me… I should have known better! …

Anyway, I guess you’re probably wondering what could be said about FIRE that would be so, ‘offensive’ and SILLY… Before I tell you what it was, let me say that the afore-mentioned conversation caused me to do some investigation… I found BIBLE EVIDENCE that there’s more to FIRE than most ever think about!!

I asked this question: “I wonder if fire could FREEZE”?

Now, that’s not an ‘exact’ quote, but it is the essence… See how silly that sounds? I admit it, it does sound silly on the surface! After all, FIRE burns!! FIRE consumes!!! This fella I mentioned, got really upset, and red-faced… he ‘cursed’ a few times and declared how SILLY and STUPID my comment was… Fire burns! Fire Consumes! Fire Destroys! …But, not ALWAYS!!! WAIT!!!… before you, also, judge me as totally messed up, please consider….

Consider what the Bible reveals about FIRE!!

In Exodus, Chapter Three, we find MOSES, out leading the flocks of Jethro, his father-in-law… All of a sudden, God appeared to him, –in a BURNING BUSH!

EX. 3:2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with FIRE and the bush was not consumed.

Ex. 3:3 – And moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

The sight of a burning bush grabbed Moses
attention and he turned aside to see it… Gotta admit, it WAS a great sight! Something we don’t see very often… at all!

It was a ‘great sight’ because Moses knew that FIRE BURNS!! Fire consumes!! We’ve all read this story before, but, did we stop to consider how SPECIAL this FIRE was???? The bush was on fire, but it was NOT CONSUMED!!

To me, that shows the great power of God!

Another Example….

In the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, it speaks of King Nebuchadnezzar building an idol in the desert and commanding that everyone fall down and worship it, when they hear the music play… and, that those who would NOT do so, should be thrown into the midst of a BURNING, FIREY Furnace!!

You know the story… Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego…. REFUSED!!

Dan 3:14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Dan 3:15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
Dan 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
Dan 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
Dan 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Now, I guess you could say the King was a ‘reasonable’ guy, and so he gave them a chance to reconsider… Paraphrased: “hey guys, is it true that you are not willing to do as I said? Now, look, if you will just fall down and worship the idol when you hear the music play, then you will do well… but, if not, then I’m gonna throw you into the FIRE”

Notice here, I’m not the only one to make a STUPID STATEMENT:
King Neb also had his moments!

“….and who is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?”

Then, they told him point-blank… we will not do it, and IF you throw us into the fire, the God we serve is able to deliver us… and, even if He doesn’t, we still won’t worship your idol!

Notice what happened next: Like my friend who got upset, and red-faced, ….the King did too!!

King Nebuchadnezzar was ‘full of fury’, and the form of his visage was changed..” He was furious and red-faced and angry… he commanded the furnace to be heated (17 times?) hotter than normal, and that his ‘mighty men’ grab and tie up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego… to bind them hand and foot and throw them into the over-heated furnace!!

It was REALLY HOT!! It killed the men who threw them in!! Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were thrown in… they fell down, BOUND, into that Firey Furnace!!! Then, something interesting occurred…

The King looked in and was ASTONIED!!!! He was ‘astonished’ to see FOUR people walking around in the FIRE and not being hurt!! Not sure how he knew what the Son of God looked like, but that is what it says…. Anyway,
He was astonished to see that!! He called them forth out of the furnace and they came out…

At this point please NOTICE: Something WAS burned when they fell into the furnace!!!! What was it?

They were thrown in BOUND, and THEIR BINDINGS were burned off, with no harm to their clothing, or them!

There was a big crowd there… Princes, Governors, Captains, as well as the King’s Counsellors… they all saw this miracle!! These three men who were faithful to God, were not burned by the Fire… their clothing was not burned, and “..no smell of fire passed on them”…

Fire Burns!! Fire Consumes!!… But, not always!!!!

One more example!

Acts, Chapter Two… New Kings James Version.

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Here again, is a FIRE that burns, but does not consume! This FIRE sat on the Apostles and their hair was not burned or even singed!!! The SOUND of that rushing, mighty wind, attracted the attention of those who were gathered about, and the FIRE captivated their focus!! What an awesome sight! Jews from all over, different languages, each one hearing the Apostles speak in their own language… SPEAKING WITH THEIR HEADS ON FIRE!!!!
What a tremendous witness! Yes, I know… FIRE burns!! FIRE consumes!!

But, Not Always!!!!!!!

Making that ‘silly, STUPID’ comment, led me to some interesting Bible Study that allowed me to consider FIRE in a different way!! It showed me that GOD truly is Almighty!! He truly is All powerful!!

To me, that shows the great power of God!

The Bible puts it this way:
MARK 10:27 “And Jesus looking on them said, With men it is impossible, but not with God: FOR WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.”

And, again in Mat. 19:26 “But Jesus beheld them and said unto them, With men, this is impossible: BUT WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLLE.”

No, I couldn’t find mention of “frozen Fire”, but what I did find was the assurannce that if God wanted to, He could FREEZE IT!!

God can do anything!!

I also learned to be careful what I say around certain people! 🙂

Ben
So… what do you get out of these verses?

Why Did Jesus Fold The Napkin?

Passover is coming soon, and I thought, perhaps, you might find this one interesting. *I did not write this, and frankly, I don’t remember where I found it, so, my apologies to the author*

Why Did Jesus Fold the Napkin?

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection?
I never noticed this….

The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly
folded, and was placed separate from the grave clothes.

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, ‘They have taken the Lord’s body out of the tomb, and I don’t know where they have put him!’

Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see.. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. He stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in.

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side.

Was that important? Absolutely!

Is it really significant? Yes!

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition.

When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it..

The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished.

Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, ‘I’m done’.

But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because……….

The folded napkin meant, ‘I’m coming back!’

He is Coming Back!
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Your thoughts?

-Admin

Great Works In His Name

I am NOT a politician!! However, when I see a politician doing, or
attempting to do, something that is intended to worship or honor Christ,
its difficult not to notice!

Mike Huckabbe, former Arkansas Governor, has come up with an idea to do
just that. He recently announced that He was partnering with ALL IN .
ALL IN Founder, Michael Phillips, said, “We want to engage and mobilize the
people of God, to remind our country what authentic Christianity looks
like.”

The goal of Mr. Huckabee, and ALL IN, is to get Christians, nationwide, to
take part in a National Day of Service on Good Friday, 2015. Sounds like a
concerted effort to DO LOTS OF GOOD! And, doing good is definitely a ‘good
thing’.

This service effort is called, DO GOOD ON GOOD FRIDAY… and, if you are of a
mind to get involved, you can access their website,

http://www.livingwithpower.com/dogoodfriday  …

Mr. Huckabee is committed, and he is striving to stir up millions of others who are committed and willing to donate their time (and money) to also DO GOOD on Good Friday…

Yes, their website has a form where you can sign up and pledge to do an
act of service, as well as DONATE to the cause… As of this morning, Feb 7,
2015, they have ONE DOLLAR pledged…

Jas 2:18 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.

Mr. Huckabee is eager to show his faith… Quoting James 2:18, He said..”I’ve
always been inspired by this Scripture,… when it comes to being people of
faith, we must be fully committed.” And, I’m sure he is.

Helping and doing good to others is a “GOOD THING”… Serving and giving
truly are pleasing to God.. But, I wonder… Examining the idea, and
considering the impact this effort might achieve, it seems like there
should be some sort of REWARD for those who get involved… no, not a
monetary reward, but, some sort of REWARD from God…

I mean, this is not just about ‘service’, right? It’s about
FAITH. Remember, Mr. Huckabee quoted James, 2:18, and then said…”…our
faith must be alive.. when it comes to being people of faith, we must be
fully committed…”

Mr. Huckabee wants to demonstrate his faith, and he
wants to get millions of others to demonstrate their faith as well… He
wants it to be such a huge demonstraton of faith that this whole country
will sit up and take notice… “..to remind our country what authentic
Christianity looks like…

Heb_11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he
is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

The above Scripture shows clearly that it takes FAITH to please God, and
please notice, HE is a REWARDER of them that diligently seek Him.. So,
shouldn’t there be a REWARD for people who do all these good things?? DO
GOOD FRIDAY is about demonstrating FAITH.. and surely, demonstrating our
Faith will please God. What do you suppose the REWARD will be?

Here is my greatest fear… Millions and millions of dedicated people,
getting involved and giving their all…being ALL IN, … doing millions of
acts of SERVICE to others… working, helping, giving… DOING IT ALL IN
CHRIST’S NAME… yet, in the end…. BEING LOST!

You see, this ‘good idea’, of giving and serving… doing acts of kindness
and helping others, isn’t a new idea… there have always been those who
believe that these things demonstrate “..what authentic Christianity looks
like

People who do these things BELIEVE that they are Christians, and they put
forth the effort to exercise THEIR FAITH by doing these Great Works in
Christ’s Name… These ARE ‘good things’… but, are they CHRISTIAN ACTS?….
are they actually serving Christ?

Yes, God said we would know them by their fruits!

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Matthew Chapter 7 speaks of that, but it also speaks of this:

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Wow! Here are people who believed they belonged to Christ… they believed
they were doing things that pleased Him… they believed that they were
headed for the Kingdom.. More than likely, they had spent more than just
one day a year, DOING GOOD….

They Preached and ‘prophesised’ in His name… they went about ‘telling that
old, old story’… sharing their Gospel Message, some even believed they had
the gift of healing… they ‘cast of devils’ in His Name… AND, in His Name,
(as Christians) they did many wonderful ‘works’! They expected to be with
Christ when He returns… but, Christ didn’t Know them!

More than that, no, WORSE than that, He said, “ I NEVER knew you”…

But WHY? What happened?? They had spent their lives serving and giving…
DOING MANY WONDERFUL WORKS… striving to “demonstrate what authentic
Christianity looks like”…. And, yet, for some reason, they were not His!

Rom_8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if
so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

These people, mentioned in Matt 7:22, were BELIEVERS!! They BELIEVED they
were His, and they wanted to be His, but they were not… For some reason
they did NOT have His Spirit… How could that be?

In the Book of Acts, Chapter 5, God gives us the answer:

Act_5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

A person can be totally convinced in their own mind, that they are
Christians… they can be totally committed and excited about serving, and
giving, and doing great works of service to others, and they can believe
with all their heart that doing these things is “what authentic
Christianity looks like”… yet still, be totally DECEIVED. If they reject
the RULE of God in their lives, they can’t have that HOLY SPIRIT that sets
them apart from this evil world! And, without that Spirit, they are none
of His!

If you aren’t willing to OBEY HIM, then He is NOT ‘your LORD’!

Rev_12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

That is the goal of the devil, after all, to DECEIVE everyone and to cause
everyone to be lost! He HAS accomplished that deception!! This whole
world lies in a sea of deception! It is inundated with lies and falsehoods…
covered and buried with the total opposite of the TRUTH. And, without the
Truth, no one can be set free!!

Good News!!!! God has determined to open the minds of a FEW… He is
working with a FEW now, to share the precious Truth and to have them SHARE
that Truth with others… That Truth involves His LORDSHIP and His Coming
Kingdom!! That is the Good News of the True Gospel… He is busy revealing
what True and ‘authentic’ Christianity looks like

If God is calling you, if you are willing to lay your preconceived
ideas aside and take the time to open and read you Bibles!! If you are
willing to SUBMIT to His Way and forsake your way… then, maybe you can
begin to actually SERVE and DO the GREAT WORKS that Please Him… maybe, you
can begin to fully demonstrate your FAITH…

But, what kind of FAITH should we have? If you’d like to begin to understand about the “FAITH THAT WAS ONCE DELIVERED”… we recommend this article from our Archives…

The Faith Which Was Once Delivered
http://7times.org/newsletter/faithdelivered.shtml

If the ALL IN effort succeeds, then many will benefit ‘physically’, and
that will be ‘a good thing’… But, will those who DO these GREAT WORKS… be saved????

Doing good works IS a ‘good thing’, but, it isn’t ‘everything’!

-Admin

but few are chosen…

I have an acquaintance who likes to text people on his phone, preaching Jesus and trying to share what he thinks is the Gospel message… He often speaks of leading others to Christ…

Today, he texted, “In Jesus’ hands we are put together in one accord, in unity, to bring praise to God, and show it in service to others…bring them to Jesus so they can be saved…”
I texted him back with, “No man can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him..”
**Joh_6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh_6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.
He replied, “How or Who do you think He is gonna use to draw them? Me and You!”
I asked him, “Can He not do it without us?”
He replied, “Yes, He is God, He can do anything, but, He gives us the blessing of being used by God.”

I find myself at odds with this individual because I don’t believe that God is calling everyone now… only a very few, that the Bible calls “The Elect”….
So, How does God “CALL” those He wants to be in His Kingdom?

Does He expect US to go out and get them?

Can just anyone ‘come to Christ’??
After you think on that question for a while, please READ this Article from our Archives…

Seek Ye The Lord
http://7times.org/newsletter/seekthelord.shtml

So, what do you think?

-Admin

Born Sinners?

Saw this on the Web…

born sinner

Born Sinners?    How is that possible?

Someone once told me…

The soul along with the body is condemned from birth, without hope until we take Christ in our life.”

“Condemned from birth”?     Why?

I know that millions believe that ‘original sin’ is passed on down from father to child, because of what Adam did… But, I don’t believe that!   Why would ANYONE want to believe that???

The Bible says, (well, at least mine says) that ALL have sinned.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

To me, that is not the same thing as my father sinning and me being held accountable for it.  That, is just not fair!

NO!  God is fair! He is not that kind of a God!

Why does so much of what people are taught, and what they BELIEVE, make GOD LOOK SO BAD????

We each have a life to live and it’s hard enough to be held accountable for the mistakes WE make, let alone having to be accountable for all the sins of all our ancestors, all the way back to Adam!

I think that the ‘original sin’ doctrine is, ERROR!

What do you think?

-Admin

 

FAITH ON MY MIND

Well, Faith has been on my mind to day… and, since this is a BLOG, I guess I’m supposed to post about what has been on my mind..

I DO have Faith! Really, I do… but, not much. Not nearly as much as I’d like to have. I’ve heard that God knows best… and truly, it is probably ‘best’at this time, for me, that I don’t have a lot of Faith.

I mean, after all… Jesus told the Disciples that IF they had ‘faith as a grain of mustard seed’…that they could command a mountain to be cast into the sea… and it would happen!!

As I said, I DO have Faith! So do you! So does everyone!! God’s Word shows that He gave every man ‘ a measure of faith’… but, apparently, that measure is not as great as the grain of mustard seed! I’m guessing that if we humans had that kind of faith, lots of real estate would be somewhere off shore, with a huge Sunami on the way…

Do you want more Faith? Why? Have you ever asked yourself that question? WHY do I want more faith? What would you DO if you had the kind of Faith that Christ was speaking of? Faith is power!! Would you use it to help others? Or, are there things you would ‘destroy’ or alter?

I’ve heard that God has a plan for our Salvation… I really hope that increased Faith is a part of that plan… I have a feeling that with the world in the shape it’s in we are gonna need it!

Have you thought about FAITH lately? What do you think on FAITH?    I’d enjoy hearing from you…

-Admin

FLESH AND BONE

 

QUESTION ANSWERED…

Question: The resurrected Christ said clearly that He was NOT a spirit. HE even allowed His disciples to touch Him and feel His wounds. Also, He ate with them. Doesn’t all this prove that Jesus’  resurrection was not a
spiritual resurrection? And doesn’t it mean that the saints, since they
will be made like Him, will have bodies that are both material and
immortal?

Answer: There is no reason a spirit being would be unable to have a
material body. But the body, regardless of its composition, would be
completely subject to the will of its owner. At present, such is not the
case. Your consciousness depends upon the functional capacity of your
brain, which depends upon the functional capacity of your body.  Shut-off
the blood flow to the brain, and you–your consciousness–fades into
oblivion. If you were a spirit being, you would not have this problem.
Rather than be dependent upon your body, your body–whatever sort you chose
to have–would be totally subject to your will. You would be able to
dematerialize and rematerialize, move about invisibly, appear and
disappear, and appear in a different form–just as Jesus did on several
occasions. He did on one occasion seem to say that He was not a spirit
being, but a closer look at what He actually said, and the circumstances
involved, shows that He didn’t deny that He was a spirit being.

In Luke 24, Jesus appears to His disciples and says, “Peace be unto you.”
The disciples were “terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had
seen a spirit.” But Jesus responded, “Behold my hands and my feet, that it
is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as
ye see me have” (verses 36-39).  Jesus’ response was to the disciples’
mistaken belief that they were seeing a spirit–that is, an angel, or demon
perhaps (see Mat. 14:26 and Acts 12:15). To let them know that it was
really HIm, and that He was really alive and in their midst, He had them
touch His material body.

But the fact that He was able to enter the room without using the door
shows He was not restricted to the limitations of a physical body. On the
contrary, His physical body was under HIs complete control. Even it it were cut into tiny pieces and burned—if that were possible, or if He permitted it to happen–He, Jesus, would not be harmed or hindered in any way, and could, if He so desired, reconstruct a new material body in a moment.

Flesh and Bone?

Referring to Jesus AFTER His resurrection, someone once told me,

“Jesus was flesh and bone… Even after He came out of the grave.”

My view is No, –AFTER His Resurrection, He was not Flesh at all, in any
capacity, other than to have the Godly POWER to ‘manifest’ a temporary
flesh and bone body so that the disciples could SEE and Touch Him.

Like a suit of clothes, He can put it on, and take it off, at will.

That’s what I believe. What do YOU believe?

-Admin

 

 

Heads Bowed, Eyes Closed…

Here’s another cute picture I found on Facebook….

headsbowedeyesclosed

Well, yeah… that’s what churches do, right? they do this during the service and I’m wondering why??    I kinda get the ‘bowed head’ thing… that ‘seems like a good idea’… in order to show reverence to God… but what about the ‘eyes closed’ part?   Does God require us to ‘close our eyes’ before we pray?   If one doesn’t close their eyes, will God be angry?

Just wondering…

-Admin