I know. It sounds crazy doesn't it? Yet, not everyone wants Jesus. Who wouldn't want to be free? Who wouldn't want to be delivered? Who wouldn't want to be loved and accepted in the Beloved? Apparently a lot of folks.
Scriptures showing that salvation is not unconditionally, eternally secure. We are eternally secured as we continue in the faith, abiding in Him. This often leads to one question, "What sin is it that Jesus does not forgive or that makes one become lost?"
One of the characteristics of man in the last days is that he will be high-minded. We must not seek after the wisdom of men. Our goal must be to redeem the times we are in and seek God while He may be found so that we are conformed into His image and prepared for every good work.
We know that Jesus came as the second Adam to crucify the old sin nature which man was born with as a result of the fall. However, Scripture also makes plain what exemplifies that nature and shows exactly what was crucified on the cross.
Don't think that a bunch of activity means you are close to the Lord. Oftentimes, a bunch of fervor in religious circles is a cover for those who are actually running away from Christ. They are a lot of good - but dead - works.
When God changes your heart into a reflection of His own and grants you new life in Him by His Spirit, the natural result is gratitude
What God decrees is not up for human debate or input. God is not concerned with humanistic perspectives of "fairness". He does exactly what He wants to do, for He is sovereign. Further, even His enemies can only do what He allows and likewise serve to fulfill His purposes.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
"Okay", I thought. "This should be interesting."
Then the man proceeded to speak about all the evidences for Jesus' resurrection and how the accusations trying to dispel this fact - such as Jesus' body being stolen by his disciples - just didn't make sense.
I was immediately saddened to hear this. THAT is why he believes in Jesus? Because his mind tells him that such is the logical choice? What about when it comes to things he doesn't comprehend? What happens when someone is able to poke "logical" holes in his understanding?
It is wonderful to have logical evidence to support your faith in Jesus Christ. He is after all the logos (John 1:1, 14) and there are many evidences to His existence. However, that alone cannot be the foundation of your faith. Your faith in God cannot merely be the product of your own mind, your own way of thinking, or what you think is provable in the here and now. In such cases, you are no better off than the Buddhist or the Muslim, who have sincere faith, but are sincerely wrong.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
I have been traveling quite a bit with my job lately. On a recent trip, I was in a shuttle van with military doctors. The most senior doctor told us many stories on the way, but this one in particular stuck out to me. He stated:
I was assigned for three months on the base, and a soldier came in to have his wisdom teeth pulled. The soldier said, "My brother-in-law is a dentist, and he said that I don't have to have my wisdom teeth pulled."
I asked him, "Son, is your brother-in-law a military dentist?"
"No", he replied. "He is a civilian."
"Well son," I said, "From the day you signed up for this Army, your life and your body have belonged to Uncle Sam. And Uncle Sam has decided that you need to get your teeth pulled. So you can either sit in this chair and get your teeth pulled or you can walk out and be discharged from the Army."
Still, the soldier kept questioning, "But I don't understand why I have to do this...Can you just explain to me what the reasoning is...Why can't I just leave them in?"
I said, "Look, you have two choices. Sit in this chair or leave and get discharged from the Army." Honestly, I was so tired of all his sissy talking that I was ready for him to leave either way.
This guy actually wrote a letter to my Colonel complaining about how I didn't properly explain to him why the procedure was needed and what I was going to do. When my Colonel called me before him, I thought I might be in trouble, but he balled up the letter and threw it in the trash saying, "We don't have time for this. We are trying to fight a war."
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army." Ezekiel 37:1-10
The Lord is bringing together again His Body for a time of refreshing and fellowship at The Army of God conference. Look forward to seeing you there!
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May 22 - 25, 2015
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Saturday, November 22, 2014
But what is a covenant and how does it differ from a contract?
How many covenants has God made with humans? How many of these apply to Christians today?
These are crucial questions for the interpretation and application of Scripture. The Bible is divided into two testaments, another word for covenants. Does this mean the Old Testament is only of historical interest to disciples of Jesus ? What about the Ten Commandments? – and the other six hundred and three given to Moses?
Some of the major differences in the Church go back to the different answers given to these questions. For example, whether baptism should be of babies or believers, whether priests, altars, vestments and incense should be used in worship, whether re-marriage is permissable after divorce and whether we should work a six day week.
By His covenants of grace, the Lord has bound Himself to us and bound us to Himself. That is the heart of Biblical revelation and Godly living.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me." Matthew 18:2-5
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
All that You’ve done is so overwhelming