Stephane H. Maillet profile
Stephane H. Maillet
Stephane H. Maillet
AddedSouls.com
Subscribe
Contribute
Send Message

Share

Tell people about this page...

Welcome

  • All sorts of things, including, yet not limited to... 1. Addiction Classes 2. In-depth look at World Religions, Denominations, and various beliefs both past and present. 3. Christians Online, the science of communication on social media. 4. How to plan a successful evangelistic outreach in your community. 5. Helping our children grow up believing in God. 6. Husbands & wives, the godly roles which must be respected. 7. The single parent and its challenges. 8. ... and more to come.

Recent posts

57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
WAS JESUS, "POLITICAL?

Politics: “The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a Nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.” - A.H.D.

We pray for growth. A member suggest an evangelistic direction. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die spiritually.

We pray for work. A friend calls with an opportunity. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die starving.

We pray for healing. The doctors find a remedy. "Nah, I'll pass. God will take care of it." We die of sickness.

We pray for moral leaders. The right candidates are presented. "Nah, I don't vote. God will take care of it." We die of tyranny.

What good is a prayer answered in the hands of an unresponsive and neglectful Christian? Pearls before swine.

May we be doers.

What we tend to miss is the fact that Jesus was very political. We assume "politics" synonymous with corruption for ill gain and vain promises. Not necessarily so. Christ came to promote and establish His kingdom, and the governing rule and regulations therein. He wanted to influence the people into repentance and acceptance of His new Covenant. So, in that perspective, Jesus was a very "political" man indeed, campaigning for his party wherever He may roam. Recruiting for His cause. His promises were just. His law is pure. We'd be crazy not "vote" for Him, right? We have a unique opportunity at this age to make His policies our governing authority. It is with my limited knowledge of the matter our founding fathers tried to achieve this. Changing our government to its foundation, "we the people." And it could be like that if we'd simply allow our minds to understand the proper use of our blessings. Looking at things through spiritual lenses. This unique time and Country. We should get involved. We should use our influence to establish the government of Christ. But such does not happen overnight. We need to unite and take action. Vote for the greater good until the greater good is Christ-like.

These are simply my thoughts and I refuse to bind anything. I love my brethren either, or. But I do think my line of reasoning, though perhaps not explained in its most accurate state, is sober and scripturally principled. I truly believe Christ would think of us wise to participate in politics (according to definition). 

Christ was to fulfill the prophets. He was to set man free from sin. He had to die on that cross, willfully. And He did. None of that removes our responsibility to our fellow man, and the Nation in which he inhabits. If this day, "we the people," would take a vote. And this vote would be either to release the babies (stop abortion), or release the murderers (abortionists). Would we vote? It is my honest opinion that we most certainly should. And I further say that perhaps Christ would count us wise to do so.

“We the people" must move towards the greater good, GOD :)

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
“GO FORTH"

“The Lord said go forth,… so Abram went forth.” - Gen. 12:1-4

I once shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with two different persons. One was mixed up in all sorts of religious error. He had every kind of misguided understanding. He kept pursuing denominationalism, but never reality. “Always learning but never coming to a knowledge of the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7). He rejected the simplicity of the gospel. He rejected the uniqueness of the church. He thought it foolishness (1 Cor. 1:18). He never went forth. He remained lost.

The other person was an atheist. He had not been vapored by the many religious lies of the previous man. And so he was able to read the Bible with unbiased “eyes. What was sad about this man, is that he understood what the Bible plainly said regarding salvation and the Church. His blind spot was unwillingness to accept the truth of it. And so another, never went forth.

What if we simply allow our hearts to let go worldly tradition, roots, and security? Bias and rejection? What if we release all misguided things we’ve ever assumed, perceived, believed regarding God and His Book? What if we are willing to trust in the promise of God, His oath to save us? Can we simply leave everything behind and trust in His Son? If we have a humble, genuine, and honest mind to seek His love and grace? Yes. We shall indeed “go forth.”

The gospel awaits all searching hearts. Jesus said, “whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved.” (Mk. 16:16). And if we have no false religious pollution in our mind, we’ll see the pure public expression of obedience. “Saved by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8-9). It is at that very moment a man is made well with His Savior. The very moment a repentant believer confessing Christ is immersed in water with the authority of God (Acts 8:36). This we do in order to have our sins washed away (Acts 22:16). A loving verse which speaks something every God fearing person will “go forth” with, “why do you delay? Get up and be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.” 

You are buried into water for the blood and resurrection of Christ to save your soul (1 Pt. 3:21). Nothing to boast about. Nothing has been merited or earned. Simply submissive to God (Js. 4:7), a new life (Jn. 3:3). Raised from the dead (Rom. 6:3-4). 

Abram sacrificed everything (Gen. 12:1). Left everything behind to pursue God and His guidance (Gen. 12:4). He “went forth.” Will you?

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
IMMERSION = A BURIAL

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures," - 1 COR. 15:1-4

"LOOK! WATER!" - Acts 8:36
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
IS ALL SIN EQUAL?

1 John 3:4  “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

2 Thess. 1:8-9 “He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might.”

This is true. We believe this to be factual. Reality, Bible.

And also we accept, Mt. 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Do children steal, lie? Yes. And so why does God still identify them as pure and innocent? Must they immediately be baptized?  And what of the accountable individual who sins after he or she has been born again? Does God immediately send them to hell?

Why would John say in 1st John 1:7, "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."
If all sins is equal in God’s eyes, why are children, and faithful Christians exempt from the eternal consequences?

And what of these few verses, John 19:11 Jesus answered, "You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin."

Gen.6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Why did God wipe out Sodom? If indeed all sin is equal in His eyes?  Why would God allow earthly law the justice to decide what laws have been broken deserving of capital punishment, if all sins in His eyes are all equal and deserving of the same sentence? Romans 13

Credible questions to ask ourselves,  Are child molesters equal to adulterers? Would you rather live next to a young couple fornicating, not married, or to a child abuser and pedophile? Are not all sins equal?  These questions deserve answered, and rightly divided Scripture most certainly answers them.

God has a standard of Justice in which He sees all sins as punishable by law, yet His law reflected on this earth must be just. And so that’s why we don’t give 25 with an L, for the young kid who steals a pack of gum from the corner store. Yet things are changing in this wicked and dying world. Because Christians can no longer discern the difference between the greater sin, we allow all sin to be tolerated, and therefore "how dare you speak out against Homosexuality and not against the kid who stole gum. How dare you say we have to vote for adulterers instead of baby murderers?"  Imaging this conversion with your neighbor Joe, Joe’s daughter has been beaten, raped, and murdered by her 8th grade teacher. You approach Joe and say, “hey Joe, sorry to hear about your daughter, I can completely understand, my daughter got laughed at today for praying in public. You know God sees all sins as equal. And because of that you’ll soon get over it.” How do you think that conversation would go? Not well at all. Because it’s unscriptural and illogical, makes no sense.

If we could simply understand how to discern these things, we’d vote for the greater good instead of the greater evil, and we’d make progress in building a Nation for God.

If all sin is equal, why is it that a Christian can lose His salvation? Think about it, really, if such were the case we’d never be able to fall from grace. Because “sin is sin?” No, God identifies willful abitual sinning as greater than the one time sin repented of. And why would you not immediately be separated form God upon that moment of weakness? Because again God knows you’re walking in faith and so He keeps you in His fold washed by the blood of His Son. That would be impossible for Him to do if all sins were equal in His eyes.

All sin is wickedness, true indeed, but not all sin is viewed the same way in His eyes. Sin washed by the blood is seen differently. High handed sin is seen differently. Why did God allow Abraham to bargain with Sodom? Why would God have relented form His judgment if even 10 souls could have been found?

Friends, I beg you, please consider your ability to discern this matter. We can become powerful for Christ if we begin to recognize our spiritual strategies in conquering ground for God. 

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
GREETINGS,

We wish to extend our warm welcome to all friends and family willing to attend worship with the members of the church which belongs to Jesus Christ, here in Spencer. You are our honored guests. And we pray that what you see and hear this day will challenge your curiosity to know more, and return again one day soon. For there is a reason you have been invited, being one of eternal wealth. And it goes far deeper than the wonderful fellowship we shall experience. There is a call to authority taking place, necessary for all who seek freedom in Christ, authority which calls us to obedience, proper worship and behavior.

None can judge a man’s soul into torment, or paradise. 
ILLUSTRATION:

I once had a co-worker at the factory. And he would fall asleep on the job when the boss was not around. I would have to yell at him (“wake up!”), at times shack him, less he lose his job (i.e. pay cheque, benefits, the ability to provide for the family). Not once did he ever say to me, “how dare you judge me.” More often he would thank me for saving his job. You see, we may not have the authority to fire anyone, but yet still we have the authority to warn of the coming danger and consequence. And to remind each other of the benefits if we indeed remain employed and not fall asleep.

The sermon this morning is titled: A WINDOW INTO THE AFTERLIFE

So many walking this earth wish to have insight into the afterlife, yet they go seeking instruction from the wrong sources (i.e. the entertainment industry, perhaps TV evangelists, etc). Either out of ignorance or because they simply rather believe a lie, than the truth. And therefore sadly come away with a false sense of spiritual security. A false hope in a heaven they will never see.

Text: Luke 16:19-31

The historically recorded account of a moment captured in the afterlife between two men. One man sent to torment, and the other to paradise. It can be trusted as true, and we can most certainly learn a great deal about our lives in this lesson. A lesson that will unite friends and family or divide them.

Thesis: “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for *Jesus Christ sake shall find it.” – Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:25).

Theme: “verily I say unto you, there is no man that has left house (security and material belongings), or parents, or brothers and sisters, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.” – Jesus Christ (Luke 18:29-30).

In this recorded account delivered to us through inspired literature, the tale of two men who once lived on this earth reflected their eternal existence.

READ: LUKE 16:19-31

Luke 16:19 - A rich man who lives a comfortable life. Nothing wrong with riches, we had a sister in Christ written about in the Bible who was also wealthy, remember Lydia? (Acts 16:14). But this man in question, trusted in his riches instead of God. And that’s the problem. His riches made him disobedient, never benevolent, never humble and willing to learn.

Verse 20-21 the account of a different man than the first - Lazarus, a man in need of love and care, scrounging for scraps the rich man would accidently drop from his table. This Lazarus, was laid at the rich man’s gate (they would typically beg for alms), to add to the shame he was covered in sores, on top of that, he’s starving for nourishment, so much so he’ll eat the scraps. Even the dogs have more mercy on him than his fellow man, his neighbor, the rich man.

Verse 22 -This verse is interesting because it tells us that Lazarus, the poor man, was cared for after his moment of death. But the rich man was left in the grave. It’s interesting because on earth the rich man was the one being served and cared for, but Lazarus was neglected. 

Verse 23 - And while in the grave he found himself in the land of the dead, in the area in which eternal torment is found and experienced. And to add to his agony, he could see Lazarus now living in paradise, the realm, reality and location of peace, and care. Again, a reversal of circumstance has taken place.

Verse 24 - And this rich man now soberly awakened to his eternal demise, begs for mercy from God, and refreshment from Lazarus. He describes his punishment as agony, extreme pain. - Interesting to note, that this rich man who was used to having everything he wanted from his slaves, still now thinks Lazarus should be put to service. He’s still confused on this reality. He has no authority here. Lazarus is not his servant over here. He doesn’t get to have what he wants here.

Verse 25 - and so the patriarch of God answers his request in a negative form, to teach him this new reality he finds himself living in. During his physical life he could order anyone around, he had all the money and power. Living the good life, not worried about some sick bum begging alms outside the gate. - You see, the roles have been reversed. The rich man gave up eternal wealth for momentary riches. And Lazarus was now the wealthy one, the kind of wealth which never leaves his account dry.

Verse 26 - To add to his punishment, the patriarch Abraham reveals to him the seriousness of his situation. There is a chasm/a wall designed to separate those in torment from those in paradise. Interesting how even in the afterlife we see a wall separating the good from the bad. - Interesting to note that Abraham says “between us and you.” In torment you are alone. Yet in paradise you are among friends. And it would not be paradise if we could see our loved ones in torment, would it? Lazarus needed not be reminded of the rich man’s treatment on earth, nor punishment in the afterlife.

Verse 27-28 - Now the rich man tries to find a way to reach his relatives before they continue to choose the same path which led him to everlasting torment. And interestingly enough he still wants to use Lazarus as a means to this end. He knows his family members knew the poor man at the gate.

Verse 29 - the patriarch Abraham further describes the rich man’s inability to perceive the spiritual reality he now finds himself in. - Abraham tells this rich man that his brothers have the BIBLE, if they’d simply read it, study it, believe it, and obey it, they’d have more than what they need in order to stay away from torment.

Verse 30 - The rich man knows his brothers don’t care much for the Bible, Moses and the prophets therein. And so he further gives his last attempt in saying that if Lazarus appears in-front of them, a man risen from the dead, a man his brothers would recognize as having passed away. Then surely they’d repent.

Verse31 - But Abraham, wise in all spiritual truth, says to him that if his brothers don’t care to believe the Bible (Moses and the prophets therein, which speak of Jesus), then they wouldn’t care to see a man risen from dead either. How many people during the age Jesus walked this earth, saw Him heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, and yet still never believed in Him.

How many today, during the age in which we have the finished, completed, fulfilled Word of God, the BIBLE, which can be read, investigate, proven, trusted, and obeyed,... will reject the information therein, for the reason, to remain in sinful practices and false religious beliefs.

An atheist once said, “if Jesus wants me to believe in Him He’ll appear before me now.” A Christian replied, “He did, and you crucified Him. Now what?” Many fish deny the existence of water.

For some, like the rich man and his brothers, they will never get it, until it’s too late. For a few, however, they will be carried away into paradise just like Lazarus.

What’s the difference between the two in this current age? Simple, the one who “believes and is baptized shall be saved. The one who doesn’t shall be damned.” – Mark. 16:16.

The one who trust in God enough to know that as a repentant believer he can have his sins washed away by the new birth, being born again, of water and the spirit, will certainly come forward for this spiritual occasion. The un-believer will not trust that Jesus will save Him the way He said He would. So this un-believer will continue to find other ways to satisfy his rebellion. Which one are you? Lazarus, or the other guy?

Pay attention...

​READ MT. 25:31-40

The rich man should have believed and obeyed this truth. He should have read his Bible, He would have know that the prophets preached this very faith. And now that you’ve had a window into the afterlife. If you are Lazarus this day, you believe in Jesus and want to be carried away by His angels when you pass from this life unto the other, then you need to be born again (Jn. 3:3, 5), immersed in water for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8).

If you wish to do that now, please come forward as we stand and sing.

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
JOHN’S JURISDICTION

TEXT: Luke 3:1-20

THESIS: The Bible is the Source and System of law and power to make legal decisions and judgments. It reveals to us everything we need to know in order to be made right with God (redeemed, saved, forgiven, sanctified, productive & prepared), and how to worship Him in Spirit (the right mind) & Truth (the right doctrine).  

THEME: Through the ministry of John who immersed people (aka “John the Baptist”), we can retrieve practical information to be practiced in our faith this day. Fruits of repentance and how that looks like. 

The account of two sons, (Mt. 21:28-32)

 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’ “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he repented, changed his mind about his rejection of the command given to him by his father, and he went and worked in the vineyard.

 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. 

Question, “which of the two did what his father wanted?”

That’s right, “the first.”

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

Speaking of John, let’s go find him, shall we? (Luke 3)

The time & Source of John’s ministry (vs. 1-2)

- Specific God determined time in our history when repentance was going to be preached again.
- The Word of God was the Source in which repentance was commanded through the agency of man, this man being John.
- Divine instruction as to what we must do in order to be pleasing to God, repentance and baptism for the forgiveness of sins. 

Question, where should our Time & Source of ministry come from? Now & The Bible. 

The Location of John’s ministry (vs. 3)

- All the district around the Jordan was his current location of ministry, the good news made its way all over the place as a result. 
- It was practical and expedient to have water if you’re going to do some immersing for the forgiveness of sins. 

Question, where is our location of ministry? – Spencer, Marshfield, and surrounding. And here in this temple, church, body of believers. We have water for those who wish to repent. 

The Prophecy of John’s ministry (vss. 4-6)

- Is found in the Bible
- Isaiah (700 years prior)

We Christians were prophesied of as well, “The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, And all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, Which the mouth of the LORD will name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” – Isaiah 62:2-3

And we see that prophecy fulfilled in Acts 11:26, “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”

The Purpose of John’s ministry (vss. 7-14) – [elaborate on each verse]

- Preach repentance (change of mind)
- Fruits (i.e. don’t steal no more, don’t lie, etc.) 
- Immerse them in water for the forgiveness of their sins
- Look forward to the coming Christ

Question, what is our purpose as Christians? 

- Preach repentance
- Immerse those who do be baptized in water for the forgiveness of their sins
- Remain faithful, looking forward to the coming of our Master Jesus Christ

The Period of Johns ministry (vss. 15-17)

- Until the doors of the kingdom of God would be opened
- Pentecost Acts 2:38

The Prisoning of John’s ministry (vss. 19-20)

- Hostile government rebellious against repentance
- Locked up in jail 
- John is to decrease so as to have Christ increase 

We fulfill our ministry, life on this earth, productive for Christ. These earthly vessels we currently have will go back to the dirt. Our souls to the Maker. 

Are you a sinner in need of forgiveness? What must you do? Change your mind, stop sinning and start working for Christ and His church.

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
GAINING GRACE

“For by grace you have been saved through faith” – Eph. 2:8a

Paul the apostle writing to Christians, individuals who had already obeyed the gospel.

Grace is mentioned 156 times in the N.T.  It is intelligently created and designed to set us free from the bondage of God’s wrath. And It is a word commonly used by Christians around the world. But do we accurately understand the depth of the word?

What grace is? Where can it be found? Who can receive it? How to obtain it? Can we keep it?

It is most important we comprehend these various categories pertaining to grace, “because certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped into the church. They are ungodly people, who pervert THE GRACE of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.” – Jude 1:4
 
We don’t want to be found guilty of that, using grace as a means to sinful living and division. You see a fire can be used for survival, warmth. And it can also be used to burn the house down. “So, what shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” – Gal. 6:1-2
 
Grace, according to Scriptural description, within the contextual atmosphere, is a tool God uses in order to allow us favor in His sight. Approval and support. Favor that is not merited. We don’t deserve His forgiveness, and we can’t earn it. But His grace, this redemptive equipment He has freely extended through His Son, suffers it our way. “For even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ.” – Eph. 2:5
 
Grace is presented to us in such a powerful way, that it can conquer any sinful practice and behavior. This instrument of compassion furnishes our ability for faithful endeavors. It is found in Christ, the sole location of our freedom. Whatever sinful thing you’ve done, or are doing, you can receive pardon for it. For “where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Rom. 5:20-21
 
Grace is also personified in Christ, which acts as a teaching device. “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, (doing what?) TEACHING us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly (thinking right), righteously (doing right) and godly (God approved), in this present world;” – Titus 2:11-12
 
Unmerited favor found in Christ, for all mankind. Something you don’t deserve is bestowed upon you because someone died on a cross in your stead. This someone purposely being Jesus, the predestined plan in which His blood washes retrospective to all faithful souls of the Old Covenant, and forward to all living under His Messianic stewardship of time.
 
So that takes care of the “what, where, and who.” But what about the “how?” How do we receive this grace? Since we can’t earn it with meritorious works. Since it is found in a specific God established location? Since all mankind can have access to it? How do I obtain it? How do I gain entrance into this designed and designated location in which His grace is found?
 
It is of most important knowledge that we honestly receive the understanding of inspired writ when it declares grace being in fellowship with obedience. This is key in our reception of His grace. Nowhere in the Bible will you find grace at odds with obedience. An honest student of the Bible will realize that James 2 is not contradicting Ephesians of the same chapter.
 
If we are to obtain the location of grace we must have an active faith. A faith that is not based on meritorious works but rather a submission, obedience, and service of love to Him who first loved us.
 
To know how to obtain His grace we must look into how people of the 1st century where able to receive it. Faith. Trust in Christ.
 
Paul the apostle speaking to Christians in Ephesus. Christians who had received the grace of God back in Acts 19:1-7. Had a very specific moment in which that event occurred and was recorded, and that very moment is when they became citizens of the kingdom of God, the church that belongs to Jesus Christ, the location where grace is found. How? When as repentant believers confessing Christ as their Lord and Master, were immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins.
 
The very moment every single mind in the Bible received grace was through their obedience, their faith in action. Not to meritoriously earn anything, but rather to please God and allow His Son to save their souls.
 
That is why Paul says there is but one baptism in Eph. 4:5. Because he knows that immersion in water is the very point in which a man is forgiven of sins by the power of Christ, made a Christian, added to the kingdom of God, “saved, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” – Titus 3:5
 
“Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” – John 3:5

Grace is the unmerited favor found in Christ, for all mankind. Something you don’t deserve is extended to you because someone died on a cross in your stead. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13. This someone purposely being Jesus, the predestined plan in which His blood washes away the sins of all who participate in obedience. 
 
How? “When you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed.” – Rom. 6:17. The moment you let go self and put on Christ in baptism (Gal. 3:27), born again (John 3:3). When you came up out of that water you were now found in the location of His grace, His kingdom, the Body of His Son Jesus Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST:” – Eph. 1:3
 
And now free from the bondage of sin we must remain in His grace and not once again go back to our sinful ways, less we fall from His grace, because “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you go back to your old ways; ye are fallen from grace.” – Gal. 5:4.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Eph. 2:8-9
 
A repentant believer confessing Christ as his Lord and Master has nothing to boast about when submitting to the waters of baptism in order to be forgiven of his or her sins. Why is that? Because you haven’t “earned salvation through meritorious works.” You simply love Jesus and want the grace of God to give you peace and purpose in this life. Anyone telling you otherwise has been lying to you!
 
If you want the grace of God, you must be born again of water and the spirit.
 
Now if you’ve done that already but have wavered off the beaten path and find yourself outside the favor of God, you can come back this morning and renew your spirit.
 
Either, or. Please come forward and make it known. 
 
SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
IN CHRIST WE BREAK NETS
 
Text: Luke 5:1-11
 
Illustration: Two teams. 
 
One has all the major players, top draft pics, trained and ready to destroy their opponent. Giants. Very intimidating. Many cheer them. Most love them. Millions follow. According to the world this team is the bastion of international pride. Breaking all the records.
 
-       But they have a weak spot, their pride and boasting has forced their coach (experienced and wise) to go looking somewhere else. And in their pride, they tell themselves, “we need no coach, we’ll change the moves and do things our own way, we are much wiser than he is. Let him depart from us and find losers to train.”   
 
The other team is the complete opposite, the underdogs. Nothing pretty. Nothing fancy. Certainly, nothing to be intimidated about. Broken. Needy. The world sees them as losers, fools. “Why would they even bother to try?” many would say. They’ve lost every attempt since forever it seems. No confidence. No hope. “We keep trying but nothing ever happens,” they would often express. 
 
-       But on this day a well-known, experienced, and wise coach comes along to recruit them and build a new team. They are grateful, submissive to His authority, experience, wisdom, and care. They are far from perfect but yet hear the words of this coach and become confident and trusting in his ability. He molds them into warriors ready for the battle taking place on the field. And so, they do what He tells them to do. And as a, result… 
 
These two teams come to ahead and a war takes place on the ground. And would you know it? A tremendous upset and surprise takes place. The former “losers” achieve the goal, they win the prize and every blessing that comes with it. And those who tried to do things their own way, came home empty handed. Fell on the way side and never again were able to take the crown. But this team belonging to this coach, gathered many believers. Broke many records. So much so they needed to build bigger stands to accommodate the amount of people coming in. 
 
WHICH TEAM (CONGREGATION) ARE WE?
 
-       The religion of the world and all its denominations may seem intimidating in their strength and numbers. They may masquerade as “winners.” But they have a weak spot. They don’t have a head coach, they trust in themselves and their traditions. They don’t have Jesus and His Word leading them into battle. And so, ultimately, they lose their souls and never become productive. 
 
Now, regarding Luke 5:1-11, context:
 
-       In the previous chapters, we see how our Master’s faith had been galvanized for His ministry after conquering the tempter. His ministry begins and has been stirring up the religious platform. He’s been offending many people with the truth, some of which tried to murder Him for it. He’s also been performing miracles (i.e. casting out demons, healing). All for the purpose of the words He is proclaiming, “repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” He is going to be establishing His church soon and so will be recruiting and training His team.  
 
 
Thesis: The word of God is taught to the people, obedience to His word comes from a submissive heart. The result is productivity and growth for His Majesty. 
 
Theme: Without Jesus, His teachings, and our obedience to Him. We shall never be spiritually successful in anything we do. We will not be provided for, we will lose our nourishment, decay and die. Empty nets for fishermen. Empty pews for our Lord. An embarrassing loss. 
 
-       And sometimes empty pews can have idle bodies sitting as “whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Just like that first team who looked a certain way outwardly, but inwardly where prideful and rebellious to the instruction of the coach. 
 
READ LUKE 5:1-11 – explain each verse, and then recap… 
 
-       The “WORD OF GOD” is proclaimed.
-       The Bible is “TEACHING THE PEOPLE”
-       Those who are listening say, “I WILL DO AS YOU SAY”
-       The results of doing what the Bible says meant “A GREAT QUANTITY OF FISH.” So much so their nets began to break. They had no more room to put them. 
-       They were so amazed at the amount of fish that had been captured, Simon Peter doesn’t feel worthy to be in the presence of Jesus, the one in whom provision is provided. We remain humble and recognize through whom growth comes.
-       “DO NOT FEAR, FROM NOW ON YOU WILL BE CATCHING MEN.” So, now that you’ve seen what can be achieved with Jesus in the boat, for catching fish. Imaging what can be achieved with Jesus and His church, for catching men.
 
         When Christ is in the boat with us, we are successful. When Christ lives in our minds through His Word, we are faithful. When Christ is our head coach, the head of His church, we win souls for Him. When we listen to His words and obey them, we belong to Him. And He teaches us how to gather a people for His kingdom. For His purpose. 
 
This congregation which belongs to Jesus Christ, is going to grow in great numbers. And it will do so because we will listen to His words and obey them. Even when we doubt, even when we are uncertain, in pain, going through health issues, or persecution. We will go out into the field and gather souls for Him. We will become productive and prepared. We will use the talents He has blessed us with, for His glory. We will not burry them. We will use both the digital realm and physical realm. We’ll talk to people in the community. We’ll invite friends & family. We’ll ask those willing, to study the Bible with us. And we will grow. Our faith will grow. And our numbers will grow. Because Christ will be in the boat with us, and His Words will instruct us. This faith heals all mended wounds, and division. It is the cure to a dying world. 
 
CONCLUSION
 
And just as Christ was found in the designated area He so chose in order to extend His words and blessings. So, it is for us this day, we must be in the same boat. We must be citizens of His kingdom. Members of His body. Saints in the church (of) belonging to Christ. Jesus says “whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved.” If you are willing to believe in Him, repent of your past sins, confess Him as your Lord and Master, … you now qualify to be immersed in water with His authority in order to be saved. Born again. Washed. Forgiven. Out of that water He will add you to His kingdom, church. And there together, we in Spencer WI, shall be “IN CHRIST BREAKING NETS.”
 
SM 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
Remain faithful. 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
The Widow & the Warrior

The Widow - (1 Kings 17)

         - There was a coming famine in the land during the age of Elijah. No food, no water for several years. And during these times of drought the Lord provided for His prophet. The Lord sent Elijah to go live east of the Jordan, to a brook where water could be found. The Lord also provided Elijah with bread & meat in the morning and evening, through the agency of ravens. 
 
         - But there came a day when the brook ran dry. And the Lord commanded Elijah to go live in a place called Zarephath, where a widow (a woman who had lost her husband) would provide for him. Now when Elijah met this widow at the gates of Zarephath he asked her for water & bread. But because of the famine she said to Elijah, swearing on His Lord, that she only had enough nourishment for this one last meal which was to be between her and her son, and then they’d die of hunger and thirst.

         - But you see, Elijah was there with the power and will of God. And this Source of power has the ability to provide nourishment, even when none seem to be found. And sure enough that widow never ran out of food and drink while a man of God was with them.

         - However, later on in this account, the widow’s son falls sick and dying. She begs Elijah to intercede with His God on behalf of her son. Elijah does so, and the Lord responds by healing her son. She then says “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”

         - Curious how she would not have known that, earlier on. When through Elijah her nourishment never ran dry. We would think she’d have been sold on the power of God during the first miracle. But no, it took another.

         - Interesting how we can do the same, living in this Christian testament. We see God answer prayer time and time again, yet lack faith in His provision the following day (i.e. we don’t have the money, we don’t have the time, we don’t have the resources, we don’t have the numbers). FRIENDS, WE HAVE GOD! We have enough of everything He so desires of us in His church.

         - In all instances, PAY ATTENTION TO THE POINT, God saved the widow. She had been set free from the bondage of thirst and famine (starving to death), and also the bondage of loss for her child. She was saved by God through the agency of obedience, brought to her by a prophet.  She received the nourishment (the word of God), and life (her son restored). And though she did not know this, Jesus would use her as an illustration when His time to walk the earth had come.

And now, the Warrior - (2 Kings 5:1-14)

We transition to the account of Naaman, captain of the Army of Aram, a great man, highly respected. A valiant warrior through whom God gave Aram war victory, but there was problem with Naaman. Naaman was a leper, he had leprosy, and so he was very sick and dying.

         - And through the agency of a prophet, and providence of God, instruction was given for Naaman to obey specific orders, if he wished to be healed of the leprosy. He had to dip in the Jordan River, 7 times.

Of course, Naaman was initially furious at the conditions, but after a word from the Lord, he repented and did as he was told, and his health was restored. God saved the warrior. And though Naaman was unaware, Christ would speak of his account in the New Covenant.

And now we move forward centuries into the account of Christ, in... 
Luke 4

Context:
         - In this section of recorded witness (vss. 1-13), Luke writes of Jesus’ temptation taking place over on the Westside of things. Of course Christ conquers His adversary’s agenda. The Devil tried to use emotion and his own interpretation of the Bible to deceive and swindle the Anointed One, the Messiah. However the serpent of old failed miserably. And this account transitions to where,

We begin now reading vss. 14-16, And so this platform gives way to our portion of study this day, Christ returns to the North-side of things in the power of the Spirit. Folks have been paying attention to this man, the Nazarene. One who grew up in hard labor, not thought to be some-kind of eloquent and well versed scholar, yet respected as noble. But none the less Jesus persists in consistency with his attendance to religious people, places, and affairs.  And so they grant him the opportunity to teach in their religious establishments. So He further journeys to Nazareth (where he grew up and was raised) to do what he purposed to do, reading the Scriptures on the Sabbath in the synagogue.
 
Vs. 17, In this instance the scroll (the prophet Isaiah therein) was handed to him for public reading. Well, Jesus receives the Bible, and finds His book/chapter/verse (if you will), because He has something to say to them about what the Bible says,

         - Small excursion, practical practice in the application of this principle: Where did Jesus find His Source of truth? Both when dealing with Satan, and now these religious people?  In the Bible! Question, where do you find your source of religious information? Dreams? Emotional experiences, (aka your “feelings”)? Perhaps Family members? Friends? Pastors and Priests? A man in white robes sitting at the Vatican? A man with nice shiny teeth and wavy hair on TV? Will you trust men with your eternal soul? Or be like Jesus, and trust the Bible? Food for thought, a challenge for your mind (free of charge).

Back to the text...

Vs. 18-19 Jesus here quotes a messianic prophecy about Himself. Speaking of One who would preach the gospel to all who are seeking spiritual freedom, the humble and honest! And just like the day of jubilee was a physical freedom from sin, in the age of Christ the spiritual shackles of iniquity and lawlessness would be broken with the obedience to this good news preached by His Majesty.

         - “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” And the conditions to be met for entrance as citizens of this kingdom would be extended to all who love Jesus.

Vs. 20, This was an authoritative position seeking audience for teaching purposes, and those hearing were paying close attention to what He was saying.

Vs. 21, The Word of God transmitted through the agency of man, the prophet Isaiah, had now, that very day, been quoted and fulfilled. Christ Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One on the verge of teaching them the truth.

Vs. 22 now the people didn’t really understand the depth of Christ’ declaration, but they were all speaking well of Him and the accuracy of His words. So much so they even question and doubt Jesus’ upbringing in Nazareth as a simple carpenter’s son. He speaks like a well versed and seasoned scholar, so how on earth can this man be a carpenter, the son of a carpenter, from Nazareth of all places?

         - Don’t you know if God can give us a mustard seed from Nazareth, it can surely grow in Spencer. Amen?

         - They flatter Him none the less because these Jews think He’s quoting a prophet speaking of a Messiah that was going to come and release them from the physical oppression of the Roman government. That this Messianic prophecy would build an earthly throne in which they would have positions of secular influence and power. Similar in thought with His disciples in Matthew 18, “who then is the greatest in the kingdom?” Sizing their selfish wants according to the world’s standard of judgment.

Vs. 23, And so Jesus recognizes their vain praise and further states the fact that they would indeed wish to hear and see the things He said and done in other districts. The Word had been buzzing around about Jesus and these religious people wanted a piece of the cake. Thinking they had come to the wilderness to find a reed shacking in the wind. Not so!

Vs. 24, Jesus says this because He knows how they are going to act once He tells them gospel truth. “You’re going to hate my preaching, because it’s strong and true, it’s not what you were expecting to see and hear, and in turn you’re going to hate me for it. But I’m not in this ministry to pander my submission upon the rebellious. Rather I’m invested in it for all who will love Me by keeping my commandments.”

         - Remember, Jesus is speaking to His people, religious people who belong to the household of God. It would be like Jesus standing behind this pulpit and telling you what he’s about to tell them.

 Vs. 25-30, what was so offending, what triggered these Jews to violence against Jesus? Can’t you see? Jesus revealed to them that the Messiah they’ve been waiting on was going to be releasing the Gentiles. He’s telling them that God is going to release the Romans and all other heathens and pagans. And He did so with Bible evidence declaring God had saved the widow and the warrior, BOTH GENTILES, HEATHENS AND PAGANS! Very wise of Luke to record this account for the Greeks, don’t you think?

         - These religious people the Jews, wanted to hear and see what Jesus was all about? Well, the Messiah provided. He told them the truth and He miraculously slipped from their murderous midst.

         - When you preach the truth to Christians, members of the church that belongs to Jesus Christ, who have a misguided idea of the prophets, John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and His apostles? When you preach to Christians who have a worldly understanding of what a man of God looks like, sounds like, and acts like? When you preach to Christians who have allowed their own emotions and idleness guide them? They’re going hate you. Our own people!

         - This kind of approach and preaching of Christ is spiritually beneficial for two reasons, it gets rid of fake Christians in the assembly and it renews and strengthens into repentance those who wish to remain and grow. This kind of preaching is very hostile to idle cowards in the fold, but it is the breath of life and freedom and courage to all who love Jesus. The Widow & the Warrior.

The Jews thought the Messiah was going to come and release them from the oppression of the Roman Empire. And here Jesus says to them “I’m the Messiah, and the ones I’ve also come to free from oppression are the Gentiles, from their bondage in sin. I came to seek and heal the sick (the Gentiles), not those who think themselves already healthy (Jews).”

CONCLUSION:

God saved the widow from Zarephath with water, and the Aramean Warrior with water also. You want to try and convince me this morning that God can’t save us with water? He can save you too this very moment if you so choose to love Jesus. Here are the very simple conditions.

         - Change your mind, repent, turn towards God. Let go everything you think is so important. Everything you thought you knew about religion. Trust in Jesus, the God of the Bible, confess Him as your Lord and Master when He says you must be born again of water and the spirit, and live faithfully as a forgiven citizen of His kingdom, His church.

“Whoever believes AND is immersed shall be saved. Whoever does not believe shall be damned.” – Mk. 16:16

When you come out of that water, you are safe with God and His Son. You have His church as your family and system of support, priority, responsibility, fellowship, and comfort.
If you want Jesus to save your soul, He will make you a citizen of His kingdom, a congregation in which you see here this morning in Spencer WI. Not perfect, but serving a perfect Master.

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
A Kingdom of Bread & Fish: Luke 9:1-27

Citizens of the Kingdom are to receive teaching from His Majesty Christ Jesus. And the King not only delivers the conditions of citizenship, but He has plenty of nourishment to provide for all who are hungry. ARE WE HUNGRY?

The Kingdom of God is a Spiritual Estate. And this Kingdom is visible through the inner eye focused in Christ. ON WHAT ARE WE FOCUSED ON THIS MORNING?

The kingdom of God, of His heavens, is like a merchant (a trader) on a journey seeking fine pearls, and upon finding ONE pearl of great value (unique, prestigious, paramount, supreme), he (this merchant) went and sold all that he had (materialistic things, family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community, self, “all”) and he proceeded to purchase this most worthy pearl. And the reason this merchant did such a thing is simply because he sought first the kingdom that belongs to Jesus Christ. And by doing so he knew all things would be added unto him. He asked, and it was given to him; he sought, and he found; he knocked, and it was opened to him.

In this recorded and inspired account, Luke 9, we read of Jesus giving miraculous power to His twelve, and sending His Apostles on a campaign journey (1-2). God breathed authority and instruction is administered to these sojourners therein (3-5). And in verse 6 “departing, they go on throughout the villages, PREACHING THE GOSPEL.” Following this narrative the Holy Spirit reveals to us of Herod’s perplexity regarding the things he’d been hearing about Jesus Christ (7-9). The text continues and transitions with the return of the Apostles, and the given report (10). With a history of signs and wonders experienced in the chapters prior, Christ, in light of the crowds following Him at this time, begins to speak to them about THE KINGDOM OF GOD(11).

And into our Majesty’s visual sermon we escapade this morning, titled: “A Kingdom of Bread & Fish.” “Now the day was ending (verse 12), and the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the crowd away, that they may go into the surrounding villages and countryside and find lodging and get something to eat; for here we are in a desolate place.”

We can’t provide for these people? Why? Because there’s simply no market in this deserted location?

Friends, the apostles were looking outwardly, and not only outwardly, but selfishly. How so? Not only were they seeking another source of nourishment outside the Great Provider in their midst (Jesus Christ). They also wanted to pass the responsibility of benevolence to the needy in need of their hospitality. Just like fish swimming in fresh rivers of life, instructing their mates to gather buckets of water from a heathens empty and dying well.

Remember. The twelve had been following Jesus, witnessed time and again to miraculous power and provision. And yet at this junction, display dead faith, and believe it wiser to send the needy off with a prayer (“depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” yet they do not give the people the things which are needed for the body). Why not simply turn to the Great Provider who gives abundantly to all who love Him? Why not take responsibility and give them the Master’s provision?

Jesus said to them, “You, give them to eat.” (13a) - A Kingdom of Bread & Fish. A visual and prophetic look into the citizenship of God, and still the apostles miss the mark. And so proceed to insert excuse #2, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless perhaps we go and buy food for all these people.” (13b)

I wonder if this was Peter speaking in such ignorance. A fisherman would know the cost of this bounty needed to feed this large crowd, the amount of labor necessary to provide for such an extravagant meal. And through a worldly perception, foolish of Jesus to even suggest such a thing! You see, they were once again looking at the wrong source for answers. This is more than geographical location. This is more than what money can buy. This is something costly, unique, prestigious, and most worthy. Are there no merchants to be found?

Jesus said to them (in His wisdom and patience dealing with finite man). “Have them sit in groups of about fifty each.” (14)

Jesus is teaching them a visual concept of a coming kingdom. And the source of nourishment which is provided for this kingdom comes from God. And what is from God is united in doctrine, autonomous in groups. All across the world there need be no seeker of truth which should find provision in any other location than within one of the congregations belonging to Christ, for He is the King, and we are His “called out ones.” HIS SERMON CONTINUES, THE GOSPEL, THE KINGDOM.

At this point the apostles repent and follow His instructions. They congregate the kingdom into groups of 50. And the apostles proceed to receive from God and give to the people. And the people were satisfied, filled. And after this miraculous display of kingdom things, there still remained more nourishment (15-17)

A discussion follows between the apostles and Jesus which reveals the power behind this coming Kingdom. To which now they are made privy, Jesus Christ. And so the Messiah, the Anointed One, proceeds to prophecy of His fulfillment in the purchase and foundation of this coming Kingdom. (18-22). “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be murdered and be raised up on the third day.”(22)

And so now we will venture forward to see Jesus and His perfect sermon, extend an invitation to all who may seek freedom from the bondage of sin (Jn. 8:32) by the Word of God (Jn. 8:31). An invitation to obey the conditions of sacrifice each individual accountable to God must practice if he or she wishes citizenship into this kingdom.

READ VERSES 22-26:

One must deny himself: let go all he has, practices, and beliefs.
One must pick up his cross daily: be put to shame in persecution, daily.
One must follow Christ: lovingly receive nourishment from Christ, His Words.
One must reject his former life: stop investing in things of the past.
One must invest in being productive for the kingdom: benevolence, evangelize, teach.
One must not be ashamed of his Master and His Bible: Stand up for Christ and defend Him when the world tries to get you to submit to their way of thinking, walking, and speaking.


The gospel preached. The kingdom of God proclaimed, both one with the other, together, united, wed in divine matrimony. And the power, that will purchase and build this kingdom? The blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the living Son of God! And now Jesus gives them a time period in which His Kingdom, church would come. “I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who will not die before they see this Kingdom of God.” (27)

And would you know it, not too long after, on the day of Pentecost recorded in the book of Acts, with great power from on high, in Jerusalem, during the Roman Empire, once Christ had died, been buried, and raised from the dead, to walk among 500+ witnesses, and ascend once again into the right hand of the Father. The Kingdom of God was established and its gate was opened to all faithful and active qualifiers willing to obey the conditions of forgiveness and citizenship.

A Kingdom of Bread & Fish, a church that belongs to Christ and receives nourishment from His Words. And here are the conditions extended to all of us this morning as it was for our brethren of 1st century Palestine.

Change your mind about sin. Sin separates you from God and His purpose for you in His kingdom. Change your mind about fornication, adultery, homosexuality, abortion, drug & alcohol dependency, gossip, jealousy, lying, stealing, cheating, violating, swindling, unauthorized divorce, and all other sorts of worldly activities. Change your mind about all the religious filth and charm you’ve allowed your mind to cherish in tradition for decades. Turn away from all these false teaching denominations and the vipers who preach for them. Turn away from everything the world has offered you. Deny yourself and confess Christ as your Lord and Master. What He says from now on you will do.

This narrow path, if you so choose to qualify, takes faith to be immersed in water with the authority of Jesus Christ in order to have Him wash your sins away, and add you to His kingdom, the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. If you have counted the cost of this pearl, and are a seeking merchant ready to sell everything to obtain it, A Kingdom of Bread & Fish, please come forward and meet us as we stand and sing.

​SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
A Coming Kingdom

Luke 9:12-17

Context:

the apostles had been sent on a journey with a mission to preach the gospel, one in which had detailed instruction they had to follow (9:1-11). They returned from their campaign and gave an account of the experience and events that took place. This transitions into a teaching moment from Christ to all those around Him.  And so, Jesus proceeds to speak about the kingdom of God. The very kingdom He was recorded proclaiming in Mt. 4:17. And He does so by giving them a visual lesson. Because when the gospel is preached (Christ Jesus the Messiah, Anointed One, prophesied coming King, Priest, Prophet, Ruler), we also see that His kingdom is part of that good news (His congregation, body, assembly, HIS CHURCH). Hence the book of Acts we see the gospel and the kingdom preached together. 

Now at this time, the apostles suggest that Jesus send the crowd away to find food and lodging. 

- Would the apostles send the hungry to find food and lodging from someone else other than Christ? Would they trust in outsiders, non-believers for their nourishment and security?

- Do we send the hungry to be fed by others outside the fold when we have the source of sound doctrine in our hands? Would we suggest trusting the world and its non-believers for our defense and security? Jesus didn’t think so then, and I know He doesn’t think so now either. 

And so, Jesus has now laid the groundwork, introduction to His sermon. He commands His apostles to feed the flock. It will be the same food (teaching), yet divided among groups (churches). 

And so, 

Jesus tells His apostles, “YOU (personal individual accountability) give them (those in need of nourishment) something to eat (physical food here represents the Word of Christ).” And we know the Bible says that hearing the word of God is where faith comes from (Rom. 10:17)

And of course, the apostles respond with lack of faith. Had they not been hearing His Words? And so they pretty much say to Jesus, “we don’t have enough to give them.”

And Jesus pretty much tells them, “the source of nourishment isn’t coming from you, that’s why you’re failing this test. Look with spiritual eyes. The source of nourishment comes from Me. And haven’t you witnessed enough from Me to know I can provide for seekers seeking to be filled, like you?”

Christ proceeds to instruct the apostles to guide the crowd into a submissive position of reception, ready to receive nourishment (the Word of God). 

In this visual moment of education, we see the kingdom come alive, a picture into the near future (how near? Well, Christ says "Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not die before they see this kingdom." (9:27), the churches of Christ (Rom. 16:16). One and the same. Multiple congregations receiving the same united nourishment. United in doctrine. One church divided into multiple assemblies across the world. 

And so the sermon ends with followers fed and satisfied. Matter of fact there is still enough food/nourishment (WORDS) to go around. 

That is why Christ says in verse 26 “whoever is ashamed of Me AND MY WORDS, 

WHERE ARE HIS WORDS IN 2019, 2020, 21, 22, ETC? IN THE BIBLE. IN THE BIBLE. IN THE BIBLE. 

You want to know about Jesus (the gospel) and His kingdom (the church). READ THE BIBLE. STUDY THE BIBLE. 

THANK YOU,
SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
"The Spirit Intercedes"

To a people who once communicated with God the Father through an old system of Law, now commanded to accept and adhere to a new form of interaction. One which the Spirit and the Son (2nd & 3rd persons of the Godhead) take our weakness (frailty) in prayer, accurately petition (appeal to authority with accurate spiritual language) and deliver it to God the Father. In this new pattern of law and grace, nothing is done “to us,” but rather “for us.” 

Here’s an illustration. You found employment at the factory up the street. And for years you communicated with the boss in his office for all sorts of things. Throughout the years the company has grown in leaps and bounds. A new system of communication has been administered. It is ordered to you that from now on your supervisor will be the one in whom you communicate with for anything and everything. That might not sit right with you initially since you’ve been used to the old way. But you’ve been made to understand that this is the way the Boss now wants it (and you love the boss and trust the boss). And so, whether questions about the work hours, pay-cheques, grievances, and all other various forms of concern and requests. The supervisor is now the person who takes from you and brings it to the boss. The supervisor has all authority in the company so you’re in good hands. He has your back. He’ll defend you if you’re a good worker. He’ll petition for your request because he speaks a language in which the boss will understand and comply with. The supervisor is the Boss’s son, he’s inherited the claim. And Because they know you’re trying to better the company. Knowing that A well-functioning business sells much product. You have a connection with them. So, you proceed to approach the supervisor with various inquiries and request. He takes them to the boss in accuracy and they are answered according to the greater good of the company and those who work hard within it. You want comfy sneakers from the boss so that your feet won’t hurt at your station. The supervisor takes the request from you, approaches the boss in the office and says, “John Smith is asking for a floor mat to place under his work-boots. This will ease his feet and back pain. This will result in greater productivity from him to the company.” And so the boss purchases a floor mat for the employee, separating his feet from the concrete. Now the answer could have also been, “he will get no sneakers for his feet, not any floor mat, for when John Smith gets too comfortable he starts to lack productivity. See how this is making sense?
The saint works in the kingdom of God. Jesus & His Spirit are the supervisors. They take our prayers and petition for them before God the Father. Nothing is done “TO US,” but rather “FOR US.” 

Here’s the blueprint in a nutshell.

1. We, the saints. Pray. 

2. God the Son, and God the Spirit intercedes “FOR US,” they take from us our thanks and request to therefore deliver it to God the Father, the recipient in this direction (going upward). 

3. God the Father has now received the spiritual accuracy of the prayer. It has been petitioned And so He proceeds to deliver a reply according to His will. Which consequently benefits all who love Him. Pay raise, comfy sneakers. 

God the Father understands the spiritual dialect transmitted from the Son & His Spirit. Saints, in our weakness, are unable to directly communicate with God the Father with the necessary “oumph” required from His Creation, hence a mediator, He who intercedes “FOR US.” The Spirit stands besides us and makes an appeal to God the Father on our behalf. Again, nothing is done “TO US” directly, but rather “FOR US,” spiritually. 

Please reason with me. If saints were directly operated on by the Holy Spirit in order to know what to pray, and how to pray. If words and emotions are directly placed in our bodies, minds, mouths. Questions would arise, such as. Why the need for a mediator? Why the need for Christ & His Spirit to intercede? In that fact, why the need for the Bible? If God the Son and/or God the Spirit can literally enter our minds and take over, remove our free-will, and therefore proceed to tell us what to say and how to say it, would that not negate our need for His role to intercede? 
Friends, God the Son & God the Spirit do wonderful things “FOR US. And not “TO US.” 
If we’d simply, honestly, genuinely, sincerely, receive our comfort, help, joy, peace, and understanding from the inspired order, it would greatly surpass our trust in things God never said He’d do. He does “FOR US,” not “TO US.”

This is faith. This is truth. May we together repent from worldly, denominational attempts to sensationalize the works of the Holy Spirit. Let us be sober in our spiritual thoughts and emotions.

If we love God, He will take care of us as needed. And when we pray to the Father, we can know that the Son & His Spirit are there interceding for us.

Thank you,
SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
Luke 9:46-50 - "Least & Great"

An argument started among Jesus' disciples as to which one of them might be the greatest. They had their hearts invested in the wrong stock. They were thinking of earthly enterprise and secular standards of achievement. They thought that Christ had come to establish a physical kingdom in which one of them would have "greater" rank than another, more importance and praise. Of course, the Master "knowing what they were thinking in their heart," administered the teaching remedy in order to cure the cancer at hand. A child is presented and placed in the desired location God had chosen. This acted as a visual symbol of education. The innocent, humble, submissive, obedient, and benevolent servant will be standing by Jesus' side. And though by Jesus' side is a sub-worthy accomplishment according to the world's barometer. This is where the greatest in the kingdom will be found. 

And so what of us this day living in the Messianic age, thousands of years later? We Christians, members of the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. We can allow ourselves to succumb to the same unhealthy standards, and sadly we do most often. We compete with each other on a secular level. We criticize each other. We cause jealously and division ("we tried to prevent him" vs. 49). Who has the biggest pulpit? Who's the keynote speaker? Who has the fanciest suit? Who has more "likes" on Facebook? Who has the most money? Who has the greatest ministry? Who's the best preacher? Who's from the South? Who speaks English? Who's white? Who's black? Who comes from America? Who gives more money in the offering on Sunday morning? Which congregation has more members? Who has the greater heaven? Who's more important? Which one of us might be the greatest in the kingdom?  

And though it is good and fruitful to be a worker for the Lord. One who's labor reaches many with the gospel. We must remain humble, equal, and united. Let us not prevent each other from being productive. Let us not hinder the assembly over worldly judgments and partiality. 

We are all ONE in Christ. May we wash each other's feet. Give to the needy. Share the good news of Jesus with everyone. Do what is right. Like & share each other's ministries. Whether in a fancy suit or an old pair of overalls. Whether oversees in the mission fields of godless heathens or as the keynote speaker at the biggest lectureship. Whether in the church building cleaning and preparing for Sunday worship, or preaching the Word of God for the congregation. The humble heart of a servant accomplishes much for the kingdom.

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
The Prophets. John the Baptist. Jesus Christ. The Apostles. All spoke publicly to the people warning them of coming judgment if repentance was not administered. This caused great "offense" from those unwilling to accept the grace of God. And because of the hostility towards the faithful followers outwardly proclaiming truth, the Lord' loyal were murdered. Are we somehow removed from the obligation of publicly sharing the gospel? Whether outside in the physical world, or inside in the digital world? No, friends. We will be judged if we do not. We strive to please God, not men. 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
“You go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”
 
You’ve been lied to!
 
Nothing could be further from the truth. The world’s deception. Trying to have us believe that hell is somehow a reunion of sorts. A party? No, sir. It doesn’t matter what Hollywood tries to tell us. Or so-called religious theologians. Hell is no joke! It is real, eternal, and waiting for all rebellious minded individuals. 
 
Jesus warned us of torment more often than he encouraged us of heaven. Why do you think that is? Because when you love someone you warn them of danger! As parents we can understand the logic behind it, can we not? Certainly! We spend more time warning our children of danger than anything else. This is love. 
 
Pay attention, for these words will come to your remembrance on the Day of judgement. Every single soul on this earth who does not know God and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, will be going to hell. This is an inevitable fact. Reality. It is not the way God would have it, yet it is the cost of free-will for all who reject His grace. 
 
And just as the days of Noah when no one believed it would happen and they mocked the preacher for trying to warn them. So, it is now in our current age, the faithful preacher gets ridiculed for trying to bring souls to Jesus. 
 
It is wise to have healthy fear of God (Prov. 1:7). And so, “be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” – Jesus (Mt. 10:28). 
 
SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
The individual, accountable to God, who so decides to believe in Jesus Christ. He must do so according to the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16). And if he does so, all spiritual blessings will be found (Eph. 1:3). 

Sadly in today's umbrella of "Christendom," we find much error. Falsehood masquerading as "truth." We are told all sorts of religious lies regarding the form of "belief" in Christ we must have. For some, they say we must have a meritorious belief (i.e. Catholicism, etc), one in which earns our salvation. Yet Paul spoke to the Christians in Ephesus rebuking them for their practice of doing such "works." (Eph. 2:8-9). And then there are those who claim we find salvation in "faith alone." (i.e. Baptists, etc). This movement came as a protesting reply to the meritorious "works" position. "Faith alone" vs. "works-based salvation." A war God is not involved in. For the Bible says, "by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone" (Js. 2:24). You see, "works" must be investigated in context. For Paul in Ephesians 2 was dealing with Jews not wanting to let go Judaism. And James was speaking of a faith which is active and benevolent, one in which produces fruit, which can save us. "What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? CAN SUCH FAITH SAVE THEM?" (Js. 2:14). Rhetorical. Of course "such a faith" can NOT save anyone! Friends, we must be well balanced. We must be genuine with the text. 

And so, the words of Christ ring true. One who believes must do so in accordance to the Bible. In the days in which He walked this earth, He was rebuking the Jews. He was teaching them that if they'd simply look at the Old Testament with the right kind of mind, they's be able to see Messianic prophesies being fulfilled. That Christ is this coming Messiah nowhere. But they put their trust in themselves and manmade traditions. Holding on to misguided Abrahamic lineage (Mk. 7:8).

For us this day, in principle. We must not believe in Jesus through our own feelings, religious experiences, pastors, priests, family, neighbors, co-workers, friends, or so-called TV "evangelists." No. For they will have us believe falsely.

The Bible says in order for one to be saved he must be a repentant believer confessing Christ as his Lord and Master, qualifying him to be immersed in water (i.e. "born again" Jh. 3:3, 5) so as to have his sins washed away (Acts 22:16) by the authority (Mt. 28:18-20), blood and resurrection of Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38, 1 Pt. 3:21). 

May we be people of the Book ("thus saith the Lord"), and not the crook ("thus saith the thief"). 

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
We Christians are to follow our Master's example. We are to be vocal and public about the gospel which saves (Rom. 1:16). 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
We receive much insight into the element of the human condition when we take the time to read and study the account of Cain & Able. We see the tale of two men. One was good and faithful. The other evil and unrighteous. When our priorities are with God and pleasing Him in our offerings, we find faithfulness. When we are selfish and preoccupied with worldly activities, we find ourselves useless. Not putting God first can lead us down a path of lies and murder. It separates us from God. In our journey on this earth as Christians, may we be more like Able and less like Cain. 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
Stay positive. Stay focused. Don't allow your emotions to get the best of you. Remain centered on the goal of our faith in Christ. Think souls. Pray. Know that you are loved and united. Do not allow the past to snare your mind away from the wealth of spiritual blessings found in our Lord and Master. Allow the teachings of the King to transform you into something productive in His kingdom. Allow His teachings to guide you into completion. Righteousness. Love. 
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
Worthless Memes.

You've seen them, right? They are everywhere on social media. The memes that have various images of "Jesus" extending His arms to you, or knocking at your door waiting for you to receive Him with a "like." Supposed "blessings" are promised if you simply "share." Yep, those ones. Useless. They simply give us insight into the heart of the person posting them. Ignorant. Sometimes fueled by the "health & wealth" snake oil salesmen, so many are poisoned by. At other times the false sense of the "miraculous" might happen if I drop an "AMEN" on the comment thread. Again. Useless, worthless, unproductive, spiritually void, unfruitful, and lawless.

This epidemic is nothing new. It has been going on for millennia. Most religious people of Jesus' day were much the same. They would take the Word of God out of context, twist it to fit their own agendas, and remove themselves from any spiritual obligation or consequence. And though they had no Facebook memes to post, they certainly had public gathering areas to voice out their precepts. And that's the problem, their traditions and commandments come from men, not heaven (Mt. 21:25). And because they come from men, we find vain repetitions creating misguided attempts to "feel religious" in sharing something that God does not recognize. These worthless memes don't come from our Lord. And they don't come from people who know God or obey the gospel of His dear Son, either. The whispering wind is the prince behind their curtains in which they blindly follow.  

"Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." - Mt. 15:7-9

The cure? Christ. We must change our minds away from the vain, and toward the genuine faith. The kind of faith sown by the Word of our Master (Rom. 10:17). This faith will lead us to righteousness. To everlasting peace and hope. Solidified in the knowledge of the good news which sets us free from the bondage of uselessness. 

Contact us for futher studies.

SM
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
A very sobering Revelation giving us insight into the standard of judgment God's nature authoritatively commands. The world and it's fleshly desires, immoral behavior and lifestyle, will come an end one Day. And all who are found guilty of these practices will be cast into hell for an eternal punishment. And to further add, all Christians who have allowed these practicies to creep into the church will also receive the same eternal demise. 

May we seek to grow in our faith, to go further away from these worldly vices. May we be found in our Lord's favor. 

SM - AddedSouls.com
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
Angel of Light?

We were born into a set of religious traditions. Perhaps Catholicism, the Baptist Church, Methodist, Pentecostalism, or any other of the thousands of denominations established centuries after Christ built His one and unique body (Mt. 16:18). These views came from sources we love and trusted, did they not? For perhaps you can identify one of the figures in the meme which represents your faith? Regardless, we didn't really question the actions or thoughts behind them, we simply obeyed as told, right? We followed family to "Mass," or "Church" every week (or month, year?). And so we grew up solidifying our allegiance to the traditions handed down to us. Blindly clinging to something we can't defend. "And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light." (2 Cor. 11:14). How else would we believe a lie? 

However one day, we stopped for a minute to think. "Why am I a member of this *insert religious establishment*?" Why do we do things a certain way? What is the purpose? Is any of this true, or simply something we do without even knowing why?  Some might dare question, only to be met with a stern rebuke for doing so. Others will dig further and pierce past the wall of tradition. And in there, only a few will continue to seek until they have been set free from the bondage of religious lies (Jn. 8:32).

To those that do persevere and realize the many false teachers which masquerade as angels of light, freedom is found in Christ. A release from denominationalism is a truly liberating moment of peace. And it can be found for all who are honest with the Holy Bible. 

Don't choose to go to hell with false teachers masquerading as angels of light. Change your mind this day and move forward in your search for reality. 

Please contact us for studies.
SM - AddedSouls.com
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
The heart of the matter
 
In a culture enamored with emotional self, it is no surprise that most who identify with Christianity are seeking an elevated sense of worship. The sacred idea that acapella is the sole form of spirit and truth towards God, has become a moot point. We’d rather enjoy the feeling of musical instruments than the “boring old tradition” churches of Christ once kept dear. But is this a step forward, or wayward? Perhaps a simple illustration?
 
I go to the drive-through restaurant. I want a “combo #1” without pickles, root-beer to drink. I get to the window, pay, and receive my order. I drive away and find a place to park. The bag is opened, and *sigh/smh, they put pickles in there. I’m allergic to pickles! And to top it off they gave me 7up for a drink?! Ok, so they made a mistake, right? I go inside and speak to the manager. She proceeds to tell me, “I know what you asked for, but I felt like you’d really prefer pickles on your burger and 7up for a drink.” Am I expected to pay for this? Should I eat it? No. Now if she had said, “I’m so sorry, sir. Please let me make it right and give you what you paid for.” Well, now we’re headed the right direction. Thank you kindly. 
 
Reason with me. Who bled for the church? You? Me? Or Christ? Who’s church is it? Can a man redecorate a house that does not belong to him? Can man tell God what He now should accept? 
 
No matter how we try to twist the teaching, the New Testament Covenant (in Christ) has delivered to us a system and pattern of worship. In this new dispensation (the Messianic age) we are to give God what He has asked for. Are not the unchanging Words of Scripture authoritative in their silence? What is our response? “I know what you asked for, but I felt like you’d really prefer musical instruments in our worship.” ?? Or, “I’m so sorry, I repent, please let me make it right and give you what your Son’s blood paid for.” ?? An honest student of the Bible will know the right answer. 
 
More questions. Can mechanical instruments teach? Which instrument was created in the image of God, the piano, or the heart of mankind? Where is the example to be found in Christ that sets an example of Christians using M.I. for worship? Friends, with all love and respect. There is no such example. But what are we commanded? … 
 
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” – Eph. 5:19

Contact us for further studies.
SM - AddedSouls.com
57253595 bfe2 4f94 af0a a7d264b8846d 120x120 246x133 311x311
Stephane H. Maillet
Public post
The Pharisaical Descent.

What is commonly known among its followers as the "Holy Mother Church" (aka the Roman Catholic Church), began as a product of apostasy and political influence. This Centuries after Jesus Christ built His congregation in Jerusalem with great power from the Holy Spirit, during the reign of the Roman Empire. Many were added to this very way belonging to God (Acts 2:41, 47). However, there was much turmoil and persecution during these times. For throughout the coming centuries wolves grew amidst the sheep, and division took place. And though perhaps sincerity may have been identified in some, none the less, the birth of a denomination grew and went against the teachings of the Messiah. It is of gravest importance you understand the consequences of this wayward entity. This tradition established by mankind against God, in vain.

Therefore, one cannot acquire any spiritual hope outside the doctrine of our King and Master. The Catholic Church is a Church found outside the body of Christ. And today millions upon millions have given their allegiance to it. Blind leading the blind. A dead faith in a paradise never to be achieved. You must know, this Catholic spirit is a plant God never watered. And the living Word says that "every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." (Mt. 15:13). You will never see heaven as a member of the Catholic Church. You've been told to trust men instead of God. All our loved ones are screaming from the grave to awaken and seek the truth only found within the pages of the Holy Bible. 

Please contact us for further studies. We love you. 

SM - AddedSouls.com

The subscription gives you:
  • Full, unlimited access to Star's profile content - to view it online or to download it to future use.
  • Support your Star by contributing – one-time or recurring.
  • You can cancel this subscription at any time.

Star Stats

8 subscribers
35 posts

Goals

$118
to reach
the Goal
"And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."

Features

The subscription gives you:
  • Full, unlimited access to Star's profile content - to view it online or to download it to future use.
  • Support your Star by contributing – one-time or recurring.
  • You can cancel this subscription at any time.
Subscribe

Other stars

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Continue to use the site as normal if you agree to the use of cookies. If you’d like to find out more about the cookies we use or to opt-out, please read our Privacy Policy. By choosing "I Accept", you consent to our use of cookies.