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PRAYER

God has communicated to us once and for all in this age (Jude 3) through His Son (Heb. 1:2)

And so the complete tomb of inspired text. Holy literature. God breathed instruction. Perfect law of liberty. Is now in our hands. The 66 Books of the Bible. 

His answers to all our requests. Petitions. Fervencies. Are written in His Book. And His Book teaches us that His providence has operated His will through our prayers. 

“Your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” - Mt. 6:8

- Food, clothing, shelter.

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” - 1 John 5:14

- You can know for certain. Without any doubt. That whatever you pray to Him according to the Words He wrote in the Bible, He hears us. 

“Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” - Luke 12:7

- God knows every intricate and elaborate detail which makes up our individual being.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee;” - Jeremiah 1:5

- The power of God is so deep that before we ever even walked this earth, He knew of our coming existence.  

“Pray without ceasing” - 1 Thess. 5:17

- For each prayer you pray according to His Book, He’s heard and set the answer in motion from the very beginning.

“believe that you have received it,” - Mark 11:24

- How else could we believe that we’ve already received it if God only knows of it while you speak it? Truth is God has already heard your prayer and so that is why you can rest assured that you have received it. 

This is why it is most important to pray. For God already knows if you have or if you haven’t. 

It is a difficult concept to perceive. But from my honest studies it makes the most sense. I encourage you to due diligence and study this rightly handled text further. Therein you will grow in faith and strength in prayer life. 

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My thoughts,

When news broke regarding the coming dangers of "COVID." Christians were wise to side with caution and take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the flock. History was uncertain. I stand by my initial decision to defend that path. However, many months have since passed. And now we have more information regarding this "virus" from China. A greater bulk of data and evidence allowing us to make an educated decision.

This "virus" apparently only attacks Christians and certain business owners. It does not affect protestors and rioters. Nor does this "virus" attack liquor stores, weed shops, and abortion clinics. And this "virus" has grown so intelligent that it now has given liberal governments full power to do what they so wish. Strange "bug" this "virus." It has even "evolved" into a "virus" which makes everyone who disagrees with it, "racist/phobic/bigoted." An infection that causes fear and division among saints over skin colour. It has twisted our minds against law and order. Against our police officers. It has turned brothers against brothers. It has highjacked our pulpits. 

In my limited observance I must say it is quite the sophisticated "germ." Do you not agree? 

It is my honest opinion that this virus has done much harm. Taken many lives. But at what cost? The culture chaos we currently experience is witness to the result. 

My dear friends, may we learn to discern. May our Lord give His servants the "heart to govern our people to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of ours?" 

GOD. GOD is the answer. Let us return to the Bible. 

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My thoughts,

To share religious truth exposing socio and political wickedness on FB, or any other online platform. Takes a choice of dedication, perseverance, and courage. To become the recipient of intimidation and persecution at every corner. The Devil surely won't pass up the opportunity to pollute these venues. The faithful do their best each day to counter the effort. 

The police officer could easily say, "I see no change, not good is done, I quit!." 

A decade of experience, nothing much. And many times I thought of silencing my digital influence. What good I am doing? Have I helped create change for Jesus? Perhaps keeping my mouth shut and concealing the truth, would give the appearance of "maturity?" At the very least I wouldn't have to deal with the constant reminder that most Christians are completely blind to the spiritual war taking place. 

Yet here is reality. The amount of good for Christ that we have been given the honour to participate in, far outweighs the temptation to hinder our voices for His kingdom. Many souls have converted to Christ. Many have been renewed. The faithful reinforced. To have purpose in Christ is my blessing. How many would not have heard without my loyalty to His Majesty? I know not the answer to that this side of eternity. 

We will keep sharing the compassion of Christ. And expose evil in all its forms (i.e. religious, socio, and political). It matters not what you say, someone will be "offended." Keep going. Try again. 

If you seek cowardice in the middle of a war zone? Dig the hole deep enough and remove yourselves from the soldiers path. We have work to do here! 

"Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus." - Paul

Even when I depart this earth. The content created for my Master and all who seek Him, will be found. 

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TITLE: “Believers and Governing authorities.”

TEXT: Romans 13

INTRODUCTION: 

The witnessed account of Joseph, sold into Egyptian bondage. Subject to Pagan rule. Mistreated. Falsely accused. Submissive to heathen authority. Yet faithfully persevered and preserved for God’s work and will. Rewarded. Set in an office of influence and responsibility. 

Joseph would have been a prime candidate for retaliation, anarchy, vengeance, and all other forms of rebellion towards his governing authorities. Authorities which he did not ask to be put subject under. Yet through the hardened hearts of his own kin, found himself a slave. 

How many other inspired recorded accounts do we have in the Scriptures, of believers being subject to governing authorities? 

And as God has given us instruction on how we are to judge others. So are we instructed on how we are to be subject to our governing authorities. 

BODY:

The author of Romans had the task of instruction. Teaching saints how to conduct themselves in faithful Christ-like behavior and obedience. Even though the governing rule of the day was a most evil man, Nero Caesar. 

And to be subject to governing authorities demands in us spiritual discernment. The ability to know when we obey or reject. “For the kingdom is the Lord’s: and He is the governor among the Nations” (Psalm 22:28). We the people cannot be forced to do what is morally wrong. No civil authority will remove us from our Christian faith. We must stand strong against any threat which would compromise and/or deviate from the authority of GOD, the great “I AM.” 

That said, there are many governing authorities in which we must obey and be subject too. The writer of Romans is going to reveal insight in such teachings. 

Romans 13:1-7 King James Version (KJV)

13 Let every soul be subject unto the governing authorities. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Every soul, believer and non believer. First and foremost must recognize the source of authority, God. It is God who demands our submission to the governing authorities. Even Pagan authorities. Not man. God demands. And God demands because God has established, placed, appointed governing authorities to administer His will in justice for mankind on this earth. And because the governing institutions where placed there by God, … 

2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the authority, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.



This instruction, God breathed and authoritative, commands our subjection to the governing authorities. To deny or reject will result in eternal punishment. It is most certainly a matter of salvation. It was Joseph during the days of his Egyptian bondage. It was for Christians during the days of Nero. And it is for us this day during the age of the Western world. 

That is why we must take due diligence to rightly divide the Scripture and understand our obedience.

3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

Those who enforce the law are governed by the authorities to keep justice, order. And those of us who are law abiding citizens have no need to fear the enforcement. 

Only criminals live in fear of the law. For court, judgment, incarceration, and even capital punishment might be the consequence. And this is why law abiding citizens respect our governing authorities and their enforcers. For the one who seeks to destroy evil as a governing authority, ultimately works for God (whether he be a heathen or a believer). 

4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

This teaching and instruction was true even amidst a corrupt government like Nero’s. Where Christianity was to be removed from the face the earth. 

And so we must understand, as a matter of our eternal soul, that the office of governing authority is to be obeyed when justice against evil is administered. Capital punishment not withdrawn. 

5 Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

To have a good conscience towards God is to know you are being compliant to the governing authorities regarding proper moral justice and action. And being compliant does not inherently mean being complicit. Because during ages in which governing authorities are immoral, we must still pay our taxes, yet we do not participate in the evil they legalize (i.e. homosexuality and abortion). 

But to continue enforcement which brings justice for the innocent. To bring wickedness to judgment. To have murderers, and rapists, thieves, and all who would retaliate, take law in their own hands, participate in anarchy, to their commutable removal. 

6 For this cause pay ye tribute also (“taxes”): for they are God's ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

When the stop sign says “stop.” You stop. When the light is green, you go. When there’s a worldwide pandemic which has created confusion and uncertainty. When our governing authorities mandate we practice social distancing. When our governing authorities mandate we worship God in our homes until this viral threat is removed. We do exactly that and utilize the wisdom and obedience God has commanded us to practice. And we do so even if we don’t yet fully understand what is taking place. And so,

7 Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Believers did throughout the ages. Whether the Egyptians, Romans, Americans, Canadians, or Europeans. We pay our taxes and give respect to those who uphold law and justice. Even amidst corrupt and immoral governments. 

We pray for those in office, that they repent. That they govern our Nations with moral worth. That they allow us Christians to live in peace, to evangelize publicly. We don’t agree with their corruption or foolishness. Even Christ was recorded calling Herod a fox, and that no fox was going to stop Him from fulfilling the gospel. And so we today as followers of Christ can speak the same. The gospel will be preached. 


CONCLUSION:

The witnessed account of Joseph, sold into Egyptian bondage. Subject to Pagan rule. Mistreated. Falsely accused. Submissive to heathen authority. Yet faithfully persevered and preserved for God’s work and will. Rewarded. Set in an office of influence and responsibility. 

We today may have to worship in our homes, separated from the expediency of collectively meeting at the building. But we still “come together on the first day of week.” We do not “forsake the assembly.” We do not fear men more than God. In fact, we keep our souls in the grace of God by being subject to governing authorities. 

The gospel has not been made illegal. Mankind can still receive the message of the cross through this digital medium. And if any soul out there, wish to be saved by Jesus Christ, as a repentant believer qualifying to be immersed in water? Then no governing authority can stop us. For God is He who forgives. And no governing authority will hinder that gift. Even if the age of Nero were to return. 

INVITATION:

Through this New Testament age. To obey the instruction and command of God is of most importance in life. Even if we are currently living through a very strange time in our history, where a microscopic bug has highjacked our wellbeing, livelihood, and traditions. 

“Whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved.” - Jesus Christ

If you wish to be saved this day before it is too late, please contact us so we can serve you. 

We appreciate your kind attention to this Bible reality. 

Stay focused and stay positive. 

Till we meet again. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. 

God bless. 
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Galatians. Some christians who had since converted to Christianity were trying to bind Judaism (i.e. “circumcision”) on their fellow saints. Out of fear Peter followed that bandwagon and found himself “condemned” for it (vs. 2:11) - “fallen from grace” is the result (vs. 5:4). And sadly the “rest of the Jews joined Peter in hypocrisy” (vs. 2:13). They were trying to bind the Old Law and tradition (“works”) upon their faith. That was a sin.

They were not to bind salvation with works of the Old Testament (Eph. 2:8-9), but rather “good works” in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:10). Which began at their moment of spiritual birth out of water (Gal. 3:26-27 - John 3:5 - Acts 8:36-39).

And so, Paul rebuked Peter to his face (vs. 2:11). The rebuke was designed to pierce Peter into repentance so as to renew his soul once again within the grace of God (Js. 5:20). Peter understood Paul’s reasoning for he himself had previously used it against a fallen brother (Acts 8:22-23).
The Christians in Galatia were under spiritual threat. They were giving their ears to a “different gospel.” Judaism had accomplished its purpose under the Old Covenant and was now done away with (Col. 2:14 - Heb. 9:16). Only the doctrine of the Christ would be authorized. Anything else was to be accursed (Rom. 16:16-17).

Now in principle and application. Today we have spiritual threats masquerading as “Christianity.” Similar to the Jew pushing Judaism into Christ. Some push denominational doctrines into the church. Ideas such as “meritorious salvation” (i.e. Catholicism, etc). Or the idea of “faith alone” (Protestantism). Both are to be accursed for they teach a different gospel (Gal. 1:6-10).

“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?” James 2:14

Rhetorical. The answer is, “no.” Faith without works (i.e. “faith alone”) can’t save anyone. It never has. And it never will. For it is dead (Js. 2:17). That’s the point. Faith alone won’t receive the conditions of salvation. Nor will it produce righteous benevolence.

James 2 does not contradict Ephesians 2. Nor does the account of the thief on the cross contradict Acts 2:38. We must look at the chronological timeline. We must keep both in their proper context in order to understand the rightly divided teaching applicable for us this day.

Pay attention. Nowhere in the Bible will you ever find the modern denominational falsehood of “faith alone” being encouraged or commanded. It is foreign to the inspired text. You have to forcefully take out of context a verse and pervert it in order to achieve any denominational error. And as a Bible fact, the idea of “faith alone” is even rebuked. “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith alone” (Js. 2:24). Within the context of benevolence and removal of favouritism James makes it clear that a dead faith won’t produce salvation (2:14), nor is it pleasing to God (Heb. 11).

Every single accountable human being who has ever wished to receive the grace of Christ has had to outwardly show faith (Jn. 14:15).
“When Jesus SAW their faith” (Luke 5:20). How could Jesus literally see their faith, if faith is “alone?” Impossible. Foolish.

The problem most have, is the willful lack of understanding true genuine Bible faith. Because of that they refuse what “works” means in its accurate context. Resulting in eternal separation from God. Sadly trusting in a heaven they will never have.

Would you like to learn how to study? Would you like to learn the Bible more accurately?

Contact us. Schedule time. We can call. Have a video chat. Meet with table and open Bible. We are here to evangelize this community.

Thank you.

Your servants,
The church that belongs to Christ in Riverview N.B. Canada. 
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Results of Full Conviction

TITLE: Results of Full Conviction

TEXT: 1 Thes. 1:1-10


CONTEXT:
Paul writing from Corinth during the middle century (50-51 A.D.) to a congregation he had planted during his 2nd missionary journey. Recorded in Acts 17:1-9. 

Paul wished to convey his encouragement by their show of faith. Even during times of great persecution from government, unbelievers, worldly-minded and Scripturally ignorant Christians among them (i.e. spiritual threats, false teachers, heretics, etc). 

Paul also addressed those who criticized his authenticity as a chosen apostles. He addressed those who might be trying to manipulate the minds of weak members.

ILLUSTRATION:

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?” - Luke 14:28

Not only should we be ready to build. But we need to set our minds towards the proper information necessary to build what God has commanded. In other words, you won’t build a tower for God if you’ve not been reading His instructions. Won’t a doctor become such through the studying of medical books? A dentist through dentistry? A mechanic through mechanics? How on earth do we think ourselves ready to build for God if we base our source of reading material on what is not inspired? Simply meaning, which man among us will build a house using a 2016 Dodge Caravan manual pamphlet? None. You can’t build a tower for God with anything else than His word. 

The faithful in Thessalonica were recognized by inspired men as Christians who were productive in building for God through the Word of God. 

BODY:

The Word is Confirmed (5)

  • by the outpouring power of the Holy Spirit, hence “in (location) power and in (location) the Holy Spirit. This miraculous power, the gift of the Holy Spirit, given to the apostles, as per the promise of Christ in John 14:16-17, 25; 16:7-15
  • The Word the apostles spoke was not subject to the philosophers of the day. The word the apostles spoke was inspired, directly operated on by the outpouring power of the Holy Spirit. And this was confirmed by their ability to perform supernatural moments in history. All for the purpose to confirm the word in which they spoke was from God and not man.

The Word is Received (6)

- This is the word all believers receive (Rom. 10:17). The word of Christ is an objective standard. It is reality. It has authority. It is not like the words of men. 

The Word is Proclaimed (8)

  • if the word of God, the Bible, is the only source of inspired information. And it is confirmed, proven as such. Then it must be the root source for any evangelistic effort. Nothing uninspired can convert souls to Christ. Only what is inspired. The Word of God. The Bible.
  • And it is through this objective reality, the authority of truth, that we have a “work of faith,” a “labor of love,” and a “steadfastness (keep at it, persevere) of hope.” 

Work of Faith (3)

- We evangelize. We bring people to the Bible. We outwardly show God our loyalty in action. Producing obedience. Our spiritual trust in Jesus is one that can be physically seen. Just as those who brought the lame man through the roof. We bring the lost and wayward to Christ. For faith without works is dead. It is necessary for our salvation, evangelism, and benevolence. Not to boast of our own meritorious acts. But our humble submission to God and His commands. 

Labor of Love (3)

- In order to bring the word of God to our communities, it demands in us a sacrifice. Not only do we evangelize because the Bible says so, we evangelize because we want to. We greatly desire to share Jesus with this dying world. That is the objective. And this calls for us to sacrifice our time, patience, money, belongings, wellbeing, safety, security, health, and a host of other secular barriers that might hinder us from being effective. Never for the sake of compromise, or at the hands of foolishness. 

Steadfastness of Hope (3)

  • We persevere through all the garbage this life has to throw at us (i.e. persecution from government, unbelievers, family, worldly-minded Christians among us) because we know that one Day soon enough we’ll be in heaven forever with our God, in peace and purpose.
  • And all who have been against Christ, and the faithful who love Christ, shall be eternally punished.

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

CONCLUSION:

If we learn to apply this doctrine in our lives, we too shall be reported in the Book of life on that coming judgment Day. Our reception and how we turned from idle, vain, scriptural ignorance, and all other forms of apathy and worldly influence. How we repented and became productive for Christ and His kingdom. 

  1. The Word is Confirmed: This commands our “work of faith.”
  2. The Word is Received: This commands our “labor of Love.”
  3. The Word is Proclaimed: This commands our “steadfastness of Hope.”

INVITATION:

If you have counted the cost of what it truly means to become a Christian? Born again within the body of Christ? Forgiven of sins to forever remain faithful to His kingdom? You’ve built it upon His Word, the Bible. For all else is sinking sand, “all other ground is sinking sand.” 

With the strength, courage, and authority of the Scriptures. We extend to you the invitation Christ revealed in His loving embrace. To be set free from the bondage of the world and its false religious practices and behaviors. The most simple and honest truth.

“Whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved. Whoever does not believe shall be damned.”

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TITLE: “a different gospel”

TEXT: Galatians 1:1-12

ILLUSTRATION:

I once briefly worked with a very kind brother in Christ, back in 2011-2012. 

This brother had a trade. He was a locksmith. He would bring me and teach me his occupation. It was amazing to me the intricate details that could be found within a key and lock. How each groove had a specific and precise purpose. And the slightest deviance would create complications and ultimately lead one away from the ability to open the door. Accuracy was most certainly “key” (pun intended). And one had to keep up, daily, with the work. 

This brother, member of the church for decades. Loved. Appreciated. Has since fallen away from the faith once delivered to the saints. Away from our common salvation (Jude 3). Fallen from grace (Gal. 5:4). He did not give the more earnest heed to the things which we have learned in the Bible (Heb. 2:1). And so he drifted away. Against all loving attempts from the faithful to reason with him. This brother slipped from his first love and brought his wife, children, and grandchildren with him. This delinquent proceeded to further try and recruit his own following, according to the error of his task masters no doubt, the ravenous wolves in sheep’s clothing.

You see, brethren form the US had come to visit, worship, and fellowship with us. And unknown to us they became friendly to our weakest (worldly minded) and secretly presented material holding a different gospel. This corrupt seed germinated. Wrongly divided Scripture, false interpretation. And a few years later, this spiritual threat produced fruit. Strange questions began to rear itself in the assembly. And when it was addressed with the Bible, rejection and separation took place. Yet another discouragement to add to the pile. In a mission field already plagued with all sorts of Scriptural perversion and division. Time and time again, Satan’s influence causing damage. 

Friends, pay close attention. A different gospel will not open the door into Christ. A different gospel will remove you from the location of blessing, the church (which we ought to seek ye first - Mt. 6:33). Not only universally (Mt. 4:17), but locally (Rom. 16:16). Because a different gospel puts its source of authority in something that is not inspired, God breathed. 

INTRODUCTION:

Paul had similar situations to deal with in Galatia. Deviants would easily capture the minds of the weak and worldly among the fold. Delinquents that would influence the flock away from the doctrine of Christ.

John 10:9

“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

The sheered would have a secure location for the sheep. With but one way in or out. The shepherd cared for the sheep. Kept foreign threat away. The sheep had the blessing of security and nourishment while the shepherd was watching. And they could go in and out to return safely inside. And if one sheep were to go missing, the shepherd would rescue him and bring him back. 

The local church belongs to Christ, He is the door for entrance. Spiritual security and nourishment are found within. We go out and evangelize but we return to the pasture. 

A different gospel seeks to pervert this blessing. It will remove our security in the arms of the shepherd. 

Matthew 16:17-19

Christ speaking of His prophesied, promised, and purchased kingdom to be built in Jerusalem through the outpouring power of the Holy Spirit, during the reign of the Roman Empire on the day of Pentecost, Sunday. And how the confession Peter spoke, that Christ was the Son of God, would indeed be the foundation in which the church belonging to Christ would open its doors.

“Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven”

A “different gospel” perverts any of the founding tenants of doctrine. It changes the uniqueness of the kingdom/church. It changes the uniqueness of the plan of salvation. The mode of worship. Church autonomy and leadership. Fellowship. Evangelism. 

God is the source.
Paul was a chosen vessel to convey the source.
No other source is spiritually credible or justified. For no other source has the keys. The Scriptures. 

And so now Paul has to remind the Christians, members of the church Jesus built. Not to mess around with any teaching that does not come from the keys God delivered.

BODY:

GALATIANS 1:1-12

1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

2 And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia:

3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

5 To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Brethren, friends, and visitors. A “different gospel” perverts any of the founding tenants of doctrine. It changes the uniqueness of the church. It changes the uniqueness of the plan of salvation. The mode of worship. Church autonomy and leadership. Fellowship. Behavior. Evangelism. It is to be accursed. It has been the reason behind thousands of souls falling away from the local congregation. It destroys unity. It removes us from God.

CONCLUSION:

ROMANS 16:16-18

16 Salute one another with an holy kiss (common greeting - “a hand shake, or hug” - whatever the decent customs of culture deems a warm welcoming). The churches of Christ salute you.

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

INVISATION

Perhaps yourself and loved ones, this day have been manipulated throughout the years within different churches built by different gospel by all sorts of different men? Perhaps you’ve never been set free from different gospels masquerading as angels of light? 

Christ once asked, “John’s baptism — was it from heaven, or of human origin?” (Luke 20:4)

Ask yourself, the current belief and church you attend. Is it from heaven, or of human origin? 

“Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved. Whoever does not believe shall be damned.” - Christ (Mk. 16:16)

Any other gospel is from human origin and is to be accursed. Please don’t be accursed along with it.

If you are a repentant believer confessing Christ as your Lord and Master, denying yourself for the cause of His kingdom. You qualify to have your sins washed away this very day by the power of God. A spiritual operation taking place as you humble yourself and submit yourself to the will of the gospel. 
We are simple servants eagerly praying to help plunge you into the water. You will be born again out of water. Now a Christian added to His church, where He is head, and all spiritual blessings are found. 

Anyone telling you otherwise is lying and is accursed. 

Or perhaps this day, you are a fallen soul seeking renewal. Damaged by the separation caused by a different gospel? Contact us now, reach out, repent and be renewed while you still live.

Stay focused and stay positive. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. 

Till next time. Lord willing. God bless.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPIRITUAL SIGN? Good. Here it is,

"Whoever believes and is immersed shall be saved. Whoever does not believe shall be damned." - Jesus Christ

For the one who does not "believe" will never have enough faith in Christ to be immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins by the will and might of our risen King. For an unbeliever only sees water and falsely attributes obedience to "works of merit." An unbeliever has misguided himself away from the proper mode and application of baptism. And so it is foolishness to him to be plunged in order to be made right with God.

Religious people pay close attention. "Baptism" is not sprinkling or pouring water on mankind at any stage of development. "Baptism" is not an "outward sign of inward salvation."

Truth. Being immersed in water individually accountable as repentant believers, qualify us to be saved by Jesus Christ. Born again out of water by the power of Christ' blood and resurrection. And to do so adds us to His kingdom and no other, for we are baptized into it.

Anyone telling us otherwise has been lying. Perhaps highhandedly. Or ignorantly.

Would you like to know more? Contact me for studies.

Your servant,
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(ref. John 3:3, 5, 1 Cor. 12:13, 1 Pt. 3:21, Acts 2:38, Mk. 16:16, Gal. 3:26-27, Col. 2:12, Rom. 6:3-4, Acts 8:36, Mt. 28:18-20, Acts 2:41-47).

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MARKET PLACE OF IDEAS?

In my limited experience I’ve realized most Christians believe the Bible is a market place of ideas. Where we can simply swap opinions. A religious “buffet.” Take what you want and leave what you don’t. No grounded conviction. We can all "agree to disagree." We all have different “interpretations.” And if you dare challenge that? You’re out! 

Is it all just really a matter of which commentary you've read? Or which Bible school you attend? Or congregation you belong to? If so the Bible is only as true as the natural man's agenda. We have been made orphans. God has abandoned us. Burn the Book and let us live as heathens. To hell with all of us. Is this reality?

Whether it be salvation. Worship. Behavior. Context. The Holy Spirit and His work. How, and to Who, we should pray. Social drinking. Marriage/Divorce/Remarriage. Holidays. Gambling. Dances & Proms. Evangelism. Benevolence. Church government. Fellowship. Church discipline. Anything and everything the gospel reveals and teaches. An objective reality can be found. There is more to know in the Bible than simply getting wet. And all who deny such are rebellious. Set in their ways. Idle. Vain. Useless. Headed towards judgment. 

So imagine being faithful. Knowing these things. Knowing religious reality. Teaching Bible accuracy and truth. Only to have Scripturally ignorant Christians come and snatch away what has been sown. And sadly, some to those being preachers, evangelist, elders, and deacons. Yet the faithful must persevere through these moments. Our Master also, before us. 

Friends. “Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written” - Rom. 3:4

STAY FOCUSED & STAY POSITIVE. A LA PROCHAIN. GOD BLESS. 

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QUICK THOUGHTS

My thoughts,

The blessing of an evangelist who produces online gospel content? Active members get to see him share spiritual food every day. They grow in Christ each week.

Christians who refuse to encourage the caliber of our digital reach in the local congregation? Are as blind as the walls they walk into.

It's called "social" media. And we're on it with Jesus everyday. And so, don't give us garbage saying we're not "social" enough. We're in the church and in the community. We're in all the houses that turn on their devices. And the lost are paying attention. The fallen are being renewed. The faithful, reinforced.

We, proclaiming good news. Have "become all things to all men." Productive in the kingdom. Seeking it first.

Critics creating excuses to persecute? Repent and side with God. For you are useless and fleshly minded vapors. Stop believing your own "feelings" and start trusting the Word of God. For you've heard it said that evangelism is done the world's way. But the Bible says it is done through the narrow path.

"Go into all *digital Nations…"

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My thoughts,

Some crime-ridden communities embrace immoral lifestyles and music. They promote hate for law enforcement. Yet the minute a result of their behavior produces a dead body? Guess who they call for help? Police officers. These brave men and women risk their lives, some for a "paycheck," others for justice. One day they are told, "we hate you." The next, "you best find my boy's murderer!" A challenge no doubt.

Evangelists face the same persecution, yet on a spiritual platform. We try to teach our people to know the Bible and live according to the commandments. They hate us for it. Yet when chaos affects the family? Guess who they call? We show up and love them. Try to help heal. Give Scriptural evidence and answers to their lives.

"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven." - Mt. 5:10

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My thoughts,

Some believers have no problem "offending" and "pushing people away" with politics. But if one dares do so with the gospel? Well, you're just an "evil wicked un-Christ-like Christian who has no love in his heart whatsoever.”

Political truth is naturally going to "offend" and "push people away." It is going to cause division. And guess what? So will gospel truth. Difference? One has no eternal weight. The other? Heaven or hell.

The prophets. The immerser. Christ. The Apostles. All "offended" and "pushed people away." They created righteous division. Not with hate for mankind. But hate for sin. Panning for gold. Separating the dirt from the precious stone.

Be consistent. It's a flower which doesn't grow in every garden :)

SM

My thoughts,

With all love and respect. Please. We are not color blind. The skin we see on the flesh of men? It can have different individual appearance. No alarm. Natural. Wonderfully made in all its shades. And so here is a truth. Most misguided souls screaming "racism" do so at the investment of keeping it active. Shut your mouth and put away the "race" card. And let's be Christians. United. Can we?

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Gal. 3:28

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TITLE: Punctilious Practice 

TEXT: “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” - 1 Cor. 16:13-14

ILLUSTRATION:

I once worked at a bottling factory across the train tracks back home. My first position there was on the line belt. I’d have to watch bottles on a conveyer belt pass through a quality light. The light would expose any corruption in the bottle. The minute the light spotted something faulty, it kicked the bottle off the belt where it was broken against a steel panel, and sent to the furnace to be melted. The light was designed to expose any corruptions in the bottle (i.e. chips, fractures, faulty moldings, dangerous cracks, defects). This machine was created firm and strong with a kicker that would kick out the problem. It had to be tough enough to reject the bad bottles. Yet soft enough to protect the good ones.

CONTEXT: 

Paul was the light of Christ for the Corinthian congregation. He was directly operated on by the outpouring power of the Holy Spirit. A chosen vessel for that purpose. And as he was concluding this letter, he was teaching the faithful to properly obey the instructions therein. Because there were many spiritual threats during the days of the Corinthian congregation. Many “bottles” (Christians) in the “case” (church) had since become faulty. 

Today we face the same threats. Is what the preacher preaching, truth? How do we know if the leadership is guiding us in the right spiritual direction? How would we know if a fellow Christian is lying to us regarding the interpretation of a certain Bible verse? That could very well be a matter of heaven or hell. There are many religious people out there who mean well and are considered “good’ people. Yet they are Scripturally ignorant and lead many astray because of it. Some are well aware of their manipulation and division. And will burn for it. 

The Bible instructs us to “hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.” (Heb. 10:23).
Our faith is a ship. If it has an anchor it will remain safe. If not, it will drift into dangerous waters and face “shipwreck.” We must remain anchored.

BODY: - Paul says in order to do that, we must be… 

ALERT: sober-minded, awake, vigilant, keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties, soldiers on guard, not intimidated by adversaries, watching, paying attention to our surroundings. Being cautious. Giving strict attention to detail. 

*Have you ever seen a faithful mother keeping an eye out for her children? She’ll know if her child is in danger, or doing something he or she should not be doing. She’s attentive, sensitive to potential harm, and quick to defuse any hostility. She’s on the alert. Same application for a faithful husband who protects his family. God also wants us to be that way when it comes to a spiritual threat. 

*Do we faithful Christians pay close attention to what we hear from the pulpit, from our teachers. Our peers. Just because one is a Christian member of the church of Christ, does not necessarily mean he or she is speaking the truth. Now that doesn’t mean we are allowed to become overly critical or untrusting. Going out of your way to finding fault in another is not the same as identifying Scriptural deviance. We are simply to be made aware of the potential danger which always lurks around.  

Jesus said, “be on the alert and beware of the teaching of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” (Mt. 16:16). Why the warning if there is no concern or application for us today? 
Pharisees and Sadducees were Jews. They were trusted as spiritual leaders. They had a following. They were considered religious and part of the kingdom. Yet God never created a Pharisee or Sadducee. Men did that. And still do today.

Jesus, says: “Ye shall know them by their fruits (their words, the things they speak). Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” - Mt. 7:16.

John would say: “Beloved, believe NOT every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets (teachers, preachers, evangelist, Christians) are gone out into the world.” - 1 John 4:1

Do you purchase a vehicle. House. Or anything of financial value without first checking the price, testing the product and the service that comes with it? You should. Well, how much more important to “test the spirits” when it comes to your eternal soul? This is why Paul says we must… 

STAND FIRM: persevere, continue with the Bible in a course of action even in the face of persecution that comes with the challenge to recognize reality from myth. It is a life of trial and error. But if you are honest, submissive, humble, and ready to learn. The grace of God remains with you.

This is why we must remain focused…  

IN THE FAITH

IN: the location designed by God in which we must find ourselves standing firm with alertness. The church. The Body of believers. To be “IN” means we are no longer “OUT.” 

THE: unique, singular, begotten, there is no other location.

FAITH: the system of redemption, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news that came down to earth through the love of the Father and everything in it. And so we must… 

ACT LIKE MEN: the idea behind the word is “bravery,” upright, with integrity. Straight and narrow against any harm towards the word of Christ and His people.

Would a community not notify its citizens if a murderer or child predator was in the area? Of course.

Stand up against error when you hear it, even if it means you might cause righteous division or controversy. Even if it means you might lose family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, yes even fellow Christians who are idle and worldly.

Paul knew that very well when he had to publicly call out Hymenaeus and Alexander for having made a ‘“shipwreck” of their faith (1 Tim. 1:18-20). Paul knows that “the cowardly shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.” (Rev. 21:8). Paul knows we must “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Eph. 5:11). This is why we are commanded to… 

BE STRONG: don’t back down. Do all things in love, Bible love, the kind that does not step backward in faith. The kind that will subdue error. The kind that will not compromise for a false sense of “peace.” Israel throughout history would do that and say “peace & prosperity,” all the while judgment was coming for them. 

CONCLUSION:

Friends, we can practice these things if we…

Don’t forsake the assembly. Don’t make a habit of staying away from the times the church congregates (Heb. 10:25). Because life will end one day and we must be ready for it. 
Study the Bible (2 Tim. 2:15) - Fellowship the faithful (Acts 2:42) - Don’t fellowship the world or Christians who have since been removed from the fold. Try to save them, but don’t fellowship them (2 Cor. 6:14, 1 Cor. 5:13).

Learn all these things, a bit more each day. And you will most certainly “be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. And let all that you do be done in love” - 1 Cor. 16:13

INVITATION:

Jesus is the Son of God. He died so as to save us from our sins. And we can receive the spiritual benefit of that if we have faith (Heb. 11:6). 

If you are willing and ready to become a Christian this day, according to the Bible. Forgiven, washed clean, added to the kingdom of God? You must be a repentant believer confessing Christ as your Ruler. This qualifies you to be fully immersed in water (Acts 8:36), born again (John 3:5). 

If you have already obeyed the gospel but have allowed discouragement and sin to creep back in? You can be renewed to Christ again this day. If you need to respond to the reality of the gospel, please do so now as we stand and sing.

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PRO-CHOICE?

SCIENCE

Thousands of pro-abortion and pro-life sources illustrate a common fact that a new human being’s starting point comes into existence at the moment of conception. When the sperm enters the egg. Life. We know this yet some don’t care. 

ABORTION: “the deliberate termination of human life” 

PRO-ABORT “ARGUMENTS”

“You want to take away women’s choice!”

Nope. I’m all for choice. Choose abstinence. Use protection. Care for your baby. “Choice” stops when it means an innocent life will be murdered. 

“You’re against abortion? But you encourage capital punishment?!”

Of course. Murdering an innocent human life is evil. Killing a wicked and guilty person is justice. You wouldn’t want the rapist to be brought to justice? You’d rather wish to murder the baby and let the rapist live?

“My body, my choice!”

False. Two separate bodies, two separate DNA’s. How many bodies did it take to make the one you wish to murder? Why can’t the father say “my sperm my choice! I get to abort the mother AND the child!” Think that would go over well? “My money, my wallet! No need to pay for child support!” How bout that one? No?

“It wouldn’t survive on its own!”

Nor would children with disabilities. Nor would any child, for that fact. Nor would some seniors. Should we murder them all? Create a perfect race? “Hail Hitler!” If a human being dependent on another is now subject to being murdered, well, when will your turn be up?

“You wouldn’t adopt any unwanted children would you?!”

That’s another topic, has nothing to do with the abortion argument. But ok. Let’s murder babies because they won’t be adopted one day? That sounds reasonable to you?
I would adopt. And most Christians I know would also. And many actually do. Do you?
Problem is, living in the abortion generation. It can take 8 years to adopt, and 8 minutes to abort. See the problem? 

“You want to take away women’s rights?!”

“Rights” to what? Finish the sentence. The “right” to murder babies? That’s not a right. That’s a, WRONG. You have a “right” to life. And so does your BABY! Now be a mother and love your little girl, it’s a privilege! 

“Women will die of unsafe abortions if we make it illegal!”

Ok. Let’s make rape “safe.” If murdering babies legally will help make it safer, why not rape? We’ll create “medical” stations providing “health care” for men to “safely” rape women. Or women to rape, men? You down? No? Why not? BECAUSE MAKING CRIME “LEGAL” DOESN’T MAKE CRIME “SAFE!” 

“Religion should not influence our laws!”

What is, “murder?” What is, “law?” Where do you suppose we got the concept that murder is wrong and should be punished? Do you think humankind just came up with the idea one day from sheer coincidence? Think! While it’s still legal! Without God, there would be no law. He created it. And we, in civilized Nations, have tried to follow it. When we do? We prosper and live in security. When we don’t? We murder our babies. YES, Christianity SHOULD influence our laws! It’s only because it does that you have a mouth to speak your nonsense regarding abortion. Bring that trash to Iran and see how far your “rights,” go. 

“Women’s lives will be ruined if they have a baby!”

Oh? Well, I guess my sick mother is a burden, time to get her “whacked?” I can’t go to university and be successful with her around, so off she does. Or. Can’t be a “Hollywood Star” without murdering my baby, right? Here are the facts. You went to a party, got drunk and fornicated, and you figured it best murder the baby instead of owning up to your responsibilities. Selfishness. How about this one? “I raped this girl and got caught. But I can’t go to jail? That would ruin my life! My life my choice!” You’re right, let the rapist go. We wouldn’t want jail to ruin his life!” Right? Yeah thought so. Next. 

“It’s cruel to force a woman to carry a pregnancy which was the result of rape!”

So, you’re only against the very tiny minority of cases where abortion was done because of rape? No? Though so. What you’re saying is you want unlimited access to abortion at any developmental stage for any reason what so ever. And you’re using this one small remote case to do it? Listen. Is the evil act of rape in the mind of the woman who’s been violated, or the mind of the baby? And why must the innocent be murdered in this scenario? Would I call the cops on the neighbor on the right for the noise the one on the left is making? Let’s capture the rapist and hang him! Let’s not butcher the innocent baby in the belly. Truth be told, having the baby in such cases results in a healing agent. 

“I’m pro-choice but no pro-abortion!”

Same narrative, different wording. “I wouldn’t murder my own baby. But who am I to stop another woman from murdering hers?!” And that makes sense to you? Next. 

BIBLE VERSES 

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5

“And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb” - Luke 1:41

For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16).

Yet You brought me out of the womb; You made me trust in You even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon You; from my mother’s womb You have been my God (Psalm 22:9-10).

Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers? (Job 31:15).

Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture (Psalm 100:3)

This is what the LORD says–He who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you … (Isaiah 44:2).

And now the LORD says–he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD and my God has been my strength (Isaiah 49:5).

ANY OTHER VERSE IN THE BIBLE IS NOT GOING TO CONTRADICT THOSE QUOTED.

Abortion, at any stage of development, is a crime against humanity. It doesn’t matter if it becomes “legal” or not. It is a crime. 

The entire case for abortions was birth from deceit and lies. Roe v. Wade was a scam, fraud, deceitful agenda. Get educated: 

Abortion is a sin. And those who encourage it in any way, shape or form, will be found guilty also. Do you think God is going to return one Day and be worried about how much money we made this year? He’s going to bring to justice all the innocent bloodshed. And folks are going to have their hides burnt for eternity. And that means Christians who highhandedly participated in any way with this sin also.

END ABORTION. SHARE THE GOSPEL. VOTE PRO-LIFE. 

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FLOWERS CAN GROW THROUGH CONCRETE

2 Samuel 11-12

David should have been at war with his soldiers, active for the Lord. Yet he remained behind. This allowed his mind to become idle, open to behavior that would not have been a temptation if he was where he should have been.

And so, as a result. He sees what his eyes should not have seen. Another man’s wife. Yet instead of running away, he embraced it.

David followed his flesh which resulted in the death of his fellow man. All for the appeasing of his lust for another’s wife.

David sins with Bathsheba. 11
Nathan rebukes David. 12:7
David repents. 12:13
A consequence of David’s sin. 12:15
Loss of a child. 12:18a

Imagine the self afflicted turmoil David & Bathsheba had gone through. The challenges, the trials, the arguments, the fights, and the loss. A great many couples today separate for far less. 
How many of us in the Lord’s church have to climb very difficult mountains together? Poor decisions leading to unstable relationships, health conditions, and at times distance and loss.
The Bible has the living power to heal. The Word of God gives us instruction and guidance so as to persevere (i.e. never give up) through very difficult moments in life as husband and wife. As friends. Brothers and sisters. 

God, through the agency of His prophet. The preacher. Spoke a parable to David, and made application. David was guilty. He was pierced and repented.

Today, in this age, the preacher teaches the Bible and it pierces the audience into repentance, or further rebellion. All a matter of one’s heart. Either they obey the gospel (Acts 2), or murder the evangelist (Acts 7). 

Once repentance had been established. David comforts Bathsheba. He came to her aid, to be sorry for what he had done, to console her, change her mind, give her peace, rest, and compassion. 12:24a

And because he did as God would want him to do, repent. A blessing is extended. The natural wonder of God’s power through childbirth, the blessing of a baby and the love therein. 12:24b-25

Many husbands and wives go through various trials and griefs. It could be regarding financial woes. Persecution from family, friends, (members of the church?). Health-related discouragement. Perhaps the loss of a child? Painful. Devastating. All these attacks can destroy faith and cause divorce, separation. 

In a time of great challenge. The 1st Century faith. Where Christians were soon to be made torches, burned alive, fed to the animals. Turmoil, pain, arguments, doubts, uncertainty, and fear would plague husbands & wives. Hardships are present and lay ahead.

What did Peter, a man directly inspired by the poured out power of the Holy Spirit. Governed by God. Completely educated in the mind of Christ (i.e. “a Spiritual man”). What did he write to his fellow Christians? To keep them united, even amidst severe persecution, which threatens their faith and marriage? This remedy we read in 1 Peter 3:1-2, 7-9… 

3:1 - “Wives, be submissive to your own husbands” 

For if the husbands are unfaithful and compromise their faith in order to save themselves from persecution? The wife’s submissive nature, grace, and purity. Might renew the husbands' faith in Christ. 

3:7 - “Husbands live with your wives in an understanding way” 

For husbands are to understand their wives. For if a husband does not? Communication with God has been hindered. 

Peter has a list of virtues to read, study, learn, believe, and practice. These spiritual tools will help husbands and wives persevere through any hardship.

3:8 - “Be harmonious (i.e. “likeminded” - “agreeable” - think, speak, and live the same way, faithful),

sympathetic (i.e. “compassionate” - having concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of another, being concerned for their wellbeing),

brotherly (i.e. “love like family” - patient and long-suffering, sacrificial for their needs before yours),

kindhearted (i.e. “merciful” - you may have the power and authority to judge, but instead forgive), and

humble in spirit (i.e. “submissive” - open to solutions, education, and healing),

3:9 - not returning evil for evil (i.e. “you hurt me so now I am going to hurt you back”). “Turn the other cheek” - do not take revenge or retaliation).

or insult for insult (i.e. he offended/insulted me so, therefore, I will, in turn, offend/insult him),
but giving a blessing instead (i.e. life, hope, courage, strength, love, unity, peace, faith, forgiveness, Jesus);

for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.”

God does not want us destroyed, but rather built and blessed. And to inherit blessings we must have works of faith. We must actually put the labor in to build together. 

A woman with child has approx. 9 months of sacrifice and work. Change of all sorts is taking place with mind and body. And then the moment of pain comes. Ripping. Burning. Stinging. Only to be immediately followed by a moment of great joy and blessing. The birth of a child. A flower can grow through concrete. 

We go through hard times in our lives. But if we repent, and come to each other's aid? We shall be blessed with the newness of life. A fresh new start.

David & Bathsheba sinned. The preacher rebuked David. His heart was pierced and he repented. And once he repented he went to his wife’s aid, and this resulted in a blessing. A child that God loved.  

I am an evangelist. I teach you the Bible. I share the Words of God accurately and with precision. I have backbone. I teach with conviction. This scares many worldly-minded Christians. The Bible proclaimed is designed to pierce your heart and bring forth repentance, change of mind and direction in life.  

If you have been struggling lately due to sin, repent and receive a blessing. Forgiveness and healing. Strength and courage. Hope for tomorrow. 

If you have not obeyed the gospel, you are not yet “born again” according to John 3:3. Remember, only after David had repented was he blessed with a newborn child. Only once you are “born again” can you receive the blessings of the kingdom. 

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

We must obey the words of the Spirit which teach and command us to be baptized, and therein we shall be born of water and the Spirit. 

If you are a repentant believer, confessing Christ as your Lord and Master, you qualify to be saved, forgiven of sins, and added to the church Jesus bled for. How? By submitting to His will and being immersed in water, therein the blood of Christ will operate on you and wash you clean (Acts 22:16).

If you are already a child of God and desire to be renewed with Christ this morning, set free from the weight of bitterness and discouragement lurking in your mind. Please come forward now as we stand and sing.

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“Harriet Syndrome”

Do you remember Katherine MacGregor? Sure you do. She was the actress portrayed as Harriet Oleson on the long-running NBC hit drama TV series, “Little House on the Prairie.” Her role played the embodiment of delinquency going unchecked in the church. We could recognize her behavior being less than moral. She was constantly involved with all sorts of tactics to hurt people of the congregation. A busybody. Gossip. Sower of discord. Divisive. At times you probably felt like giving her a good punch in the nose. Yet, if cornered to defend our case against her many offenses? We could not explain the attributes to categories the sins she had to repent from. For many of them were hidden behind skillful deception (“sleight of hand”). We ignorantly labeled it “personality” and allowed her to remain a member of the assembly. And this, time and time again, proved to create disorder in the church. 

Unfortunately, there are far too many Christians infected with “Harriet Syndrome” in the Lord’s body these days. Causing all sorts of disturbance in like manner. Persecutors among us wearing different hats. Trying to run us out of town. Perverting our character to anyone willing to listen. And sadly, most times, they fly under the “radar.” Perhaps because the leadership simply won’t administer faithful discipline? Cowards? Maybe they are ignorant of the Scriptures and have no righteous ability to discern delinquency taking precedence? In all instances, the different arteries of the persecutor in the fold is our topic of discussion for this article. Pay attention, here are descriptive branches (not extensive) revealing “Harriet syndrome,” 

  • The passive aggressive; his nuance, undertone, sleight of hand is designed to unrighteously judge while running from his accusations. He’ll accuse you falsely of all sorts of damnable offenses while still wanting to be in fellowship. He avoids direct or clear communication, evades problems, makes excuses, blames others, plays the victim, gives out backhanded compliments, and hides his anger behind a smile.

Ex: not too long ago an individual of the church accused us of being a Pharisees. Void of love, and binding where the Bible does not bind. This Christian was triggered by the truth regarding MDR (“marriage, divorce, remarriage”). And so this person said these things with a smile, still wanting to extend the right hand of fellowship, to worship with us. See the problem here? This persecutor wants to remain in an adulterous union and proceeds to try and run us out of town.

  • The virtue signaler; he thinks he has the moral high-ground. His subjective opinion is always the best ethical path to take. Every other way is “offensive” and “morally bankrupt.” He’ll say things like, “you’re what’s wrong with the church.” All the while his log is blinding him to the fact that he is certainly the problem.

Ex: not too long ago we shared an article on the moral damage homosexuality brings. This offended the virtue signaler and he proceeded to publicly expound his “knight in shinning armor” persona. Come to rescue the people from these “evil Christians” who publicly share the truth about the LGBTQ+ community. “That’s not the way you reach people with the love and grace of Christ.” You see, his way of telling people about sin is never public. Matter of fact it’s never, period. Because that would “push people away.” And that’s simply not “ethical.” And so his “moral” stance is always the “best,” and he’ll make sure you know it. This persecutor has been deceived by homosexuality and wants to run those of us who tell the truth out of town.  

  • The gaslight guru; he’ll attribute actions or behavior on our part which have no justification. If you’re being calm, mature, and humble? Communicating in a very precise and accurate manner? He’ll say you’re being forceful, immature, and prideful. Hateful and unloving. He’s “triggered” and can’t discern the situation. He’ll label matters of salvation as mere “opinion.” So his natural reaction is to project deceitful attributes to your character. Ever seen a sports athlete out in the field throw himself down in “pain” to blame an opposing team member of obstruction which never took place? Yeah. Ok. There yah go. 

Ex: not too long ago we tried to reason with an individual of the church regarding social drinking of alcohol. We were simply reasoning with him in a calm and mature way. But he’d try to demonize us by saying we were being hateful and unChristlike. This persecutor still wanted to keep drinking alcohol and so had to try and run us out of town. 

The following 3 branches of persecutors are similar in connection. 

  • The “enlightened” spirit; this person thinks he’s directly governed by the holy spirit in a miraculous way. God “touched his heart.” You can’t teach him anything. He’ll despise your Bible knowledge. He’s “guided by the Holy Spirit.” He thinks God is directly leading him through his emotions. And he’ll be sure to correct you every time, because you’re simply not as “enlightened” as he is. 

  • The “academic” abstract; he’s taken a few Bible classes in various “Christian” colleges/universities where he’s learned to be a liberal, not an evangelist. He’ll be quick to rebuke you publicly with a Greek word taken out of context. 

  • The “Jewish” germ; he grew up in the church and thinks he has lineage back to Abraham. No “Gentile” will ever be able to teach him anything. No “Gentile” is really part of the family. He’s a “know-it-all.” He’ll never repent and learn the depth of Scriptural context. 

All of the above are attributes of The modern-day pharisee among us. The hypocrite. The persecutor. “Harriet Syndrome” going unchecked. The sad part? These kinds are behind pulpits. They are elders and deacons. Leaders of the church. 

For each of these persecutors there is an example of such taking place in the Bible towards the Prophets, John the Baptist, The Christ and His Apostles. Can you find them?

Example: Do you remember how Martha treated Christ in relation to her sister Mary? (Luke 10:38-42). Martha was guilty of some of the things listed above. Learn to discern. 

These persecutors must be taken to task. They must be called to repentance or withdrawal of fellowship must take place. We must keep the body of Christ pure. 

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IDENTITY THEFT

We recognize the violation of identity theft, right? Of course. It's horrible. A person deceivingly using your name and information for his criminal agenda? It's evil. We immediately contact the law for assistance and justice.

Simon, in Acts 8:9-24, duped many souls into believing his magic arts made him "the Great Power of God." He was an identity thief. And he recognized the authenticity of power in the Apostles. The genuine source. Obeyed the gospel, yet foolishly thought he could purchase the ability to transfer the Spirit's outpouring. And for what? Personal gain.

Now imagine how Jesus righteously discerns when all these denominations and self-identified "Christians" claim to be His. These TV "evangelists" and their mumbo jumbo. The sensational charismatics charming the naive with their pestilence. An old Roman in white robes claiming to be the "Vicar of Christ, infallible." Nothing but identity thieves. Enemies of the cross. Fugazy. Pretending to be someone they are not for dishonest gain. Doing so by stealing the name of Christ and wrongly dividing His Book. Whether they do so, ignorantly or highhanded. The error remains active.

And so, what can we do? What defense do we have against such a spiritual threat? Have you ever seen a bank teller insert your Benjamin through a counterfeit detector?

Saints, we must test the spirits (1 Jn. 4:1). Know them by their fruits (Mt. 7:16). Listen to the words they speak and size them up with what the Bible says. Therein the identity fraud's agenda will be revealed, exposed. And prayerfully, brought into repentance.

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ABOVE AND BEYOND

Beloved, my fellow saints in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are commanded to grow in our Bible education above and beyond yesterday. To benefit all tomorrows. So we can learn to become precise and correct in our ethical and divine discernment. To flourish our perception of Spiritual absolutes. To side with Paul rather than Hymenaeus and Philetus (2 Tim. 2:14-18). For sizable catch, it is ordered we sail in deeper water (Luke 5:4).

To cultivate this agricultural field of gospel progress within our hearts (Rom. 10:17)? Is to desire the ability to shepherd. Identify and remove delinquency. Strive for righteousness and growth. And certain are these blessings with cost (Luke 14:28). Considerable responsibility lies ahead. For, “whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance.” Why would we despise such a one? (1 Tim. 4:12). In consequence, he who rejects growth for our Lord? “Even what they have will be taken from them” (Mt. 13:12),... and the Lord will come to them quickly and remove their lampstand from its place—unless they repent (Rev. 2:5).

Have we not been praying for the blessing of further knowledge and growth? Has it appeared contrary to our fancy? What did we journey into the wilderness to see? (Mt. 11:7).

The gates declare two paths (Mt. 7:13-14). The narrow turn right for spiritual abundance (Mt. 5:6). The stubborn? Left, for gossip and idleness (1 Tim. 5:13). And every branch in Christ that beareth not fruit he taketh away (John 15:2).

May we “abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best.” “…commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” - 2 Tim. 2:2

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love be with you all in Christ Jesus.

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BIRTH PAIN

Most joyful recipient of God’s unmerited favor and peace. Beloved. Saints. For all followers of Christ who pick up daily and teach what is precise according to His Word. And therein cultivate fruit for His Majesty. Yet not without pain. For through these aches in Christ heaven will be ours. 

“Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Faithful disciples are accused and slandered. Tempted and tossed. Expendable and abandoned. They continue to have their character misrepresented. They are physically and verbally assaulted. For such attempts come by worldly Christians among us. Unbelievers outside His door. False teachers. And hostile governments. All for the purpose of doing what is correct according to the great “I AM.” 

When Christians teach the truth (reality) and expose sin. When illustrated accuracy and practical application are established. When His grace instructs us to deny ungodliness and worldly passions. Removing us from the evil works of darkness? Dishonest and unjust treatment from our own kind lurks.

It’s a hard walk being loyal to the Bible. And blessed are we for it because the priority and responsibility of the church are ours to persevere through. All Christians who refuse the task of righteous judgment and discernment, in essence, reject the blessings of spiritual wisdom and growth. 

Pay attention. A woman gives birth to the child living within her womb. Such a wonderful and humbling moment. Yet this time appears not without pain. Yes, the family has now grown in number. We introduce a baby among us. A discovered family member is welcomed. But not without pain (Gen. 3:16). All who have experienced a woman deliver, identify great labor taking place. Months of sacrifice.

There is wisdom in affliction. We’ve learned something. God educates us. He has taught us spiritual value. In this context nothing “free” is cheap. For the forgiveness of our sins came through the shedding of our Master’s blood (Mt. 26:28). Did not our King become the recipient of shame and sorrow (Is. 53:3)? Yes. In our stead (Rom. 4:25). 

If the church is going to grow? Discomfort and suffering are present. Church discipline. Rebuking. Forgiveness. Teaching. Repentance. Evangelism. Righteous division, healing, compassion, discernment, and judgment. In season and out of season. These produce movement. The weeds are removed and the flowers bloom. A botanical garden of seeds for Christ. When the agony relents we have a moment of relief and joy. We hold the newborn baby in our arms with love and care, tenderness. We see God inhabit His work. We heal until the next challenge rises. Blessings in abundance. 

Congregations rejecting various and necessary trials, will not receive the birth they anticipate. Nor the renewals therein. They will socially swell the pews, but not spiritually strive His house. Smooth ships, fair sailing, shallow water, compromise of faith, lack of righteous discernment, cowardice and ignorance of Scripture? Fruitless. Useless. Cut down and burned.

We cannot have nativity void of pain. And yet we do not seek this pain. The mother never says, “I eagerly await the uncertainty of my life as the ripping and burning sensation of birth takes place.” No, she says, “I eagerly await the joy and blessing of seeing my baby within my arms to hold dear and precious.” Are we searching for growth? Pain the inevitable path before achieving the goal.

“A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.” - John 16:21

Blessed are we when we are persecuted. Because growth will come as a result. And such a result means we’ll be in heaven with our Master one Day soon. 

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GOD OF ALL COMFORT

2 Corinthians 1:1-7

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Paul has been chosen for this task. He is an apostle. He is an inspired man. The mouthpiece of God during this generation. 

He writes to the church that belongs to Jesus Christ locally set in the city of Corinth. Speaking to the saints (Christians) in all local assemblies. 

3-7

COMFORT = “a calling to one’s aid” (exhortation & consolation) 
Mentioned 10x in 5 verses. 

AFFLICTION = persecution, separation, ungodly church members, and loss. 
How does God comfort us when we deal with these hostilities?

1. Exhortation (encouraging change and action)

When a Christian has sin within his or her heart, hidden and buried. The word of God encourages change and action so as to remove the sin. To bring it out, expose it, so as to have the word of God operate of the mind bring repentance, removing the infected tissue. The Words of God removes all evil thoughts, assumptions, accusations, language, and practice. 

2. Consolation (solace, sympathy, compassion) 

When sin removes a loved one from our embrace. The word of God understands our pain and proceeds to speak words of courage and healing. It makes itself available to minister those we love who are hurting. 

How does the Word of God do these things? Through obedient servants of His Word. 

Matthew 6:33

If we seek first His church, His people will minister to us in times of repentance and growth. Times of loss and diminishing health. Times of loneliness and abandonment. Times of love and need. 

And not only does the Word of God, and those who learn and live it, search our thoughts to heal during times of trial. But they also furnish our lives with greater joy when we find ourselves happy and blessed. 

Paul was speaking to Christians. It is to Christians that the comfort of God belongs. And you can receive His comfort outside the body of His Son.

If you wish to gain entrance into the kingdom of God. You must believe that Christ is Lord and King over your life. You must repent of your sins and be immersed in water (Rom. 6:3-4). 

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My thoughts,

We have many strong, courageous and knowledgeable brethren in the church. We are encouraged by their efforts. They point us to the word each and every day.

However, most Christians only have a surface interpretation of the Bible. And because of that, they believe the Holy Book was solely written to rebuke the unbelievers into obedience. Everything else is unnecessary. Not important. A waste of time. And though we must certainly reach the lost. There are greater depths and accuracy in the Bible regarding those within the flock needing instruction to remain faithful.

It’s amazing how the honest study of the Scripture will bring one to realize the function therein. The target audience. “Israel,” once physical. Now spiritual, “Christians.”

The word of the Lord proclaimed through the agency of man. The prophets commanded repentance be administered upon the people of God, for they were living in sin. John the immerser. Jesus the Christ. The apostles. Same purpose. Through the Word proclaimed they taught, rebuked, corrected, and trained in all righteousness. Has it since changed to accommodate and appease a “PC” culture? God forbid. The faithful proclaim repentance to inactive saints. And this produces “offense.” Some pierced toward positive change. Others towards bitterness, slander, and hate.

For the word of God proclaimed exposes godless things. It unearths the sin hiding within the hearts of apathetic and idle followers. It is designed to pierce and bring about change, fruit for our Master. The Word proclaimed does not create sin. It simply forces it out of hiding and into public visibility. Remember Christ in the household of Martha? The word of God exposed her delinquency.

Friends. All who are ignorant, prideful, set in their ways? Will miss the mark and lack proper spiritual discernment. For darkness does not want hidden iniquity to become visible. Such would demand attention to righteous judgment and division. Darkness wants to keep it swept under the rug. Darkness wants us preoccupied with social and secular matters, never dealing with the spiritual problems within the fold. Darkness does not wish for any gospel “controversy.” It does not want any “feathers ruffled.” It wants compromise of faith so as to run a “smooth ship.” Darkness is ignorant about what it believes “important.”

The light must shine. A leadership wanting to illuminate the truth so all may see, will properly deal with darkness being exposed as a result. Church discipline.

“All things that are reproved are made manifest by the light.” - Eph. 5:13 (KJV)

“All things become visible when they are exposed by the light.” - Eph. 5:13 (NASB)

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Luke 10:38-42

The account of two women, sisters. Martha & Mary.

Jesus and His disciples are on an evangelistic campaign. His purpose is to spread the word of God. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt. 4:17). He enters a village and house in order to speak His Word. One sister allowed His Word into her house. The other? Into her heart. And therein we find out this morning which of two sisters we most identify with. 

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38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village (commissioned in vs. 1); and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.

  • The living Word of God, in flesh, had arrived in a location needing spiritual truth. God made His Word available.

  • The living Word of God, in flesh, is then welcomed into the area of possible reception. Martha, allowed the Word in her house to be present.

39 Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 

  • Two sisters, siblings. Both had the same opportunity to hear and receive the truth.

  • Here we recognize an act of submission from Mary. She’s at the feet of the Master so as to receive instruction and teaching. Silent and attentive. Humble and open.   

40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

  • Martha has a different heart than her sister. She was preoccupied with secular and social responsibilities (which are certainly important and have their proper place in our lives. Hospitality is a commanded practice all Christians must participate in).

  • But for Martha it became a distraction to the priority at hand. She allowed what was less important take precedence over what was most important. 

* The fellowship meal after service is going to feed our physical vessels. But the Word of God being proclaimed is going to nourish our eternal souls. 

  • And so because of Martha’s lack of spiritual discernment and submission, blinded by her misguided assumptions, she finds fault in her sister, and proceeds to approach Christ (the shepherd) so as to question His ability to teach and lead, but also diminish her sisters character while doing so. 

  • And if that is not enough to cause concern, she further proceeds to command Jesus on what He should do. Because she doesn’t trust His wisdom or discernment, nor does she trust her sister’s wisdom and discernment. So her remedy to this specific and precise situation is completely blind. She can’t see, she’s got a log in her eye. 

  • The problem is in her heart. And that results in the unrighteous judgment of Her Lord and sister. Her preoccupied “distraction” is what needs to be repented of. Not Christ, nor her sister. 

41 And so naturally, Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

  • Jesus, the Word of God in flesh, rebukes Martha. He doesn’t side with her delinquency to blame Mary (the faithful) just so no “feathers are ruffled and peace is maintained.” He tells her she’s over-anxious about things that are not important at this very moment. She’s offended about things because her heart’s not at the right place.

  • He’s instructing her towards repentance. As if to say, “before misjudging my wisdom and discernment, before mischaracterizing your sister, you should look inwardly and see the root of your offense and accusation.” 

  • Pending on Martha’s heart at this very moment, she could have believed that He is the One who should revisit His heart and take His own advice. Or perhaps she was humble enough to look inwardly and identify the cause of her anxiety, mistrust in Christ, and misguided behavior towards her sister. 

  • You see, Jesus is not the One who created Martha’s problem. It was there all along. Jesus simply exposed it through His Word.

  • The Word of God tends to do that. Some will love you for it. Others will grow bitter and hate you. There’s a reason the prophets were stoned. The baptist was beheaded. The Christ was crucified. And the apostles were martyred. 

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

  • Jesus tells Martha. That Mary, the one who caused this supposed “offense.” Is indeed the one who is faithful to Him. That must have stung a bit. Martha’s being told that the person she thinks is not being faithful, is indeed faithful. And that Martha is the one in need of repenting. That must of hurt a great deal. Yet necessary for one’s heart to change. 

  • Jesus tells Martha that she only has need for one most important thing in her life. And this thing is what her sister Mary rightfully chose above all else. Because this thing will never decay, rust, or be removed from her heart. It will teach her the ability to properly discern right from wrong. It will save her soul and have her live faithfully. Productive for the kingdom. That’s why Mary chose to submit at the feet of the Master. That is why all of us who are submissive will sit at the feet of the Bible and allow it to instruct our lives. 

  • Everything else in this physical life will go away, even our flesh. But the Word of God endures forever. And that is what Mary has chosen. The good news. 

It’s interesting to note how Jesus once again will have dealings with Martha and Mary, recorded in John chapter 11. And I further encourage you to read that chapter in your own personal studies. It’s not that Martha didn’t believe in Jesus, she did. But her “distractions” hindered her faith and relationship with others. 

Today the same teaching applies to all of us in 2020. We hear the Word proclaimed and we ask ourselves, “am I Martha, or Mary?” 

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus says… 

37 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart (the Word guiding your emotions), with all your soul (the Word guiding your salvation), and with all your mind (the Word guiding your thoughts).’

38 This is the first and great commandment.

- This will determine what it is we prioritize in 2020.

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

  • You see, if we love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. We’ll love our neighbor, brother, sister, elder, deacon, friend, visitor, co-worker,… can I dare say preacher? 

If you today love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. Then you will show it to Him by repenting of your sins and being immersed into water, with His authority, so as to receive the forgiveness of sins. Born again of water and the spirit. God will then add you to His kingdom. A part of this local congregation. 

If you have already obeyed the gospel but have sin in your heart? Perhaps you are Martha this morning? You need to renew your spirit and remove that burden from your shoulder. Don’t let stubborn or rebellious thoughts make you a slave to satan.  

If you need to respond to the invitation of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. He will save and renew your soul.

Please come forward as we stand and sing.

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“BEHOLD, A VIRGIN WILL BE WITH CHILD”

Gen. 3:15 - Acts 2:23

“I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” - Gen. 3:15

2750 years ago the prophet Isaiah prophesied regarding a virgin birth, a child who’s name would describe His very being and purpose, “God (deity) with us (salvation).” - Isaiah 7:14

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

“the Lord Himself” = a child conceived by the Holy Spirit

“A sign” = a supernatural event which is designed to point you in the right direction, the word being confirmed, the Christ (anointed One, Messiah) among us. 

This child would bring a new government. New policies and politics. A spiritual regime. A perfect system of language, forgiveness, worship, and righteous living. Most high authority, justice and judgment. Powerful and everlasting. This child to be King, would come to establish His kingdom. And all citizens therein would be receivers of His grace, mercy, blessing, security, provision, peace and unity. - Isaiah 9:6-7

6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Approx. 2053 years ago, this virgin birth took place. It was recorded and witnessed 750 years AFTER it was prophesied by Isaiah. It was fulfilled and - Matthew, during the 1st Century, utilized this Scriptural evidence to convict his fellow Jews into believing Jesus was indeed this same very child (1:17-25). The Scriptures, the Word of God, has always been the orchestrated conductor revealing the Christ in humankind. 

23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The birth of this child would spark the predestined plan of redemption for all who would believe in Him (Eph. 1:3-5). And in Him we would be citizens of His kingdom, members of His body, individual and accountable, collectively congregated, the called out ones, those pertaining to the way, the church that belongs to Jesus Christ. We are sanctified, set apart and different from the world. 

* Though in this current age it is becoming increasingly more difficult to discern the world and their denominations apart from the authentic, genuine, honest and faithful Christian who speaks the rightly divided entirety of truth found in the Bible. Simply saying, most Christians act like the world and speak like denominations. 

None the less, the fact remains forever recorded. Written for our learning. That through the birth of this child would come the fulfillment of His governing rule. And it is noteworthy to receive the written word revealing Micah (4:1-3) prophesied the location of His Kingdom (Jerusalem), Daniel (2:44) gave us the timeline (during the reign of the Roman Empire), and Joel (2:28-29) gave us the manner in which it would come (by the pouring out of power from the Holy Spirit upon all flesh). 

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out of my spirit.

And we shall soon see the fulfillment of Joel’s precise prophecy through the love of God for mankind. He sent His Son through the agency of man, hence “behold, a virgin will be with child.” 

Because of Christ we have His kingdom. The very kingdoms He preached in His ministry on earth (Mt. 4:17 - “repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”). And because of the poured out power of the Holy Spirit who directly operated and governed the minds of the apostles (as promised by the Christ previously in John 16). We now have the message of salvation this child came to bring, “for He will save His people from their sins.” Fulfilled and recorded in its entirety, now for us within the Scriptures. And so, the question “HOW?” Is answered. 

Remember the 1st Messianic Prophecy in Genesis 3:15. Let us go to the Scriptures as we read Peter speaking the result of this moment, in Acts 2:14-47 (vs. 23).

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit has allowed us to know how Jesus saved them from their sins. I may not be the most eloquent, charismatic, or persuasive evangelist you’ve ever heard. But even I know that faith in Christ will save your soul if you simply do what they did. And what they did was repent and be immersed in water with the authority of Christ in order to receive the forgiveness of their sins. 

If you wish to become one with Christ and the fulfillment of His birth. Please come forward as we stand and sing.

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The Language of Ashdod

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Words can be more effective than military power or violence. They can be used for good, or bad. But when they are not used accurately and properly, they cause great damage. 

The words we speak from morning until night, can make or break us. Words are so powerful that some youth have removed their own lives because of words they’ve read on a computer screen. Words are so powerful that some have stopped themselves from jumping off a building to their death. Words can cause wars. Words can create peace. Words can divide, words can unite. Words have meaning. And if we don’t use words properly and accurately, the amount of damage we can cause is astronomical. If we don’t drive the car properly we’ll have an accident.

James says, “the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” - Js. 3:6

My people (culture, Nation) were from France. During the war with European Englishmen our women and children were deported in 1755 to what would later become, New Brunswick Canada. Therein our women were taken in relation with Englishmen, and the children were born speaking a different language. My language. An unclean language. A form of communication that no longer was pure, it was now mixed, dumbed down, and slanged. The French could no longer understand us, and the English could no longer understand us. Our dialect was polluted. It has created delusion. And we learned to embrace this and make it our own, which has done nothing but cause division and hostility towards proper forms of communication. I mean, who wants to be told they are not speaking an educated language, right? 
If we do not learn another thing from this pulpit, learn now this morning with me. Warmly receive and embrace this sermon, for the future of this congregation and the growth therein. The fork in the road is now in your midst. The right, and left path. An important decision. For if we reject the right, mark these words. One day we shall die outside of Christ among 300 idle members on the left, trying to rebuild the tower of Babel (Gen. 11).  

Pay attention: “In these last days (the Christian age we currently live in) God the Father has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.” - Heb. 1:2

Christ is our sole source of communication. It is how God the Father decided to fulfill His plan to save us. Christ is our communication and source of faith and forgiveness. We are commanded to learn and speak His language if faith is to be part of our lives.

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” - Rom. 10:17
Our faith does not come by any other means than by the words of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Anything else, added or removed, is not from God. What works on your conscience. What guides you into the right direction. What instructs you into obedience. What works on your mind. Is the word of Christ recorded in the Bible. No miraculous voice enters your thoughts. No miraculous “feeling” sways your direction. No “visions” or dreams, or nudge. Only the Word of Christ recorded by His Spirit in the Bible, operates on your thinking heart. Nothing else. And therein lies our responsibility to prioritize the accuracy of the word and how we speak it in public. It must be as the oracles of God (1 Pt. 4:11). We must treat the word of Christ with precision. 

And so because of this form of communication delivered to us by God, He chose to use words, phrases, and grammar. And every time in history when God’s people decided to neglect the accuracy of His language and change the meaning of His words, they perished in falsehood and judgment. When they began to change the meaning of words, they deceived themselves into spiritual delusion and destruction. 
Reason with me. We must ask ourselves, how on earth did we ever as a “Christian” Nation, come to a time in our history when socialism, communism, and all other categories of “isms” were embraced, promoted, and encouraged? How on earth did we ever get to a time in our history when abortion is legal. Islam is welcomed. Homosexuality is sympathized. Religious error is apathetically protected. The answer? We’ve rejected the language of God and filled the void with the language of Ashdod (Philistines: Heathens). 

* Note how the world has made the word “gay” (aka “happy”), now mean homosexuality. How they have turned the word “love,” into lust. How they have changed the narrative, what is good is now evil, and what is evil is now good. And denominations likewise have changed the meaning of grace, baptism, and all other words. The world does not define its terms. They simply change the meaning of words to suit their sins. Are we to be like the world?

Pay close attention to Scriptural evidence. In the days of physical Israel, they too had polluted their language. They were no longer speaking in unity because they had since adopted the dialect of heathens, false prophets and priests, the world. They no longer respected the accuracy of communication God had given them, and so they began to entertain and embrace a “foreign” language.

* Interesting note, when “foreign/ers,” or those “far away, a far off,” is mentioned in the Bible? It is in reference to heathens, pagans, the Gentiles. Those found outside the covenant of God, both in the Old Testament and New Testament.

And so we continue our case this morning and present, exhibit “A.” The account of Zephaniah, who prophesied in an age of linguistic perversion. Speaking of a day in which God would remedy their communication through His Son the Christ. 

Zephaniah 3:9

“For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name (authority) of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.”

“Then” = a specific prophesied time period in our history, which would come through the fulfillment of the Christian age, when those who follow God will have a new form of communication, a united dialect, a linguistic tool which will be able to read, recite, and therefore call upon the authority of Christ according to His will as one people and agreement. 

The prophet Nehemiah declares the moment and process in which the people of God polluted the language God had given them. 

Nehemiah 13:23-24

23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

24 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people.

God’s people had gone against the instructions of His will and joined themselves to the heathens, pagans, the world. This perverted their language, it dumbed it down, it changed the meaning of words. 

Deuteronomy 7:3-4 

3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them (the heathens, pagans, Gentiles); thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For they (the unbelievers, the unfaithful) will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods (denominational gods & worldly practices, languages): so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Friends, if we lived in a world without denominations, we’d surely have more freedom to use the language of God without concern. But in this “modern” age we are forced to be most accurate with the words we use. They must mean what the Bible says they mean. That is the only way we will have unity here in Spencer.

1 Cor. 1:10

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

If we do not remove the language of Ashdod from our mouths, we will never be able to discern a spiritual threat. And what we allow from the pulpit today, our children will embrace and push further tomorrow. Again, reason with me, why do you suppose that many congregations of our Lord’s body have adapted heresy and false worship? Because they’ve changed the meaning of words. They speak the language of Ashdod. Why do you think most Christians today are not willing, or capable to discern a saved from a lost person? A Christian from a non-Christian? 

If we eagerly embrace this spiritual lesson, that all of us let go of our pride, assumptions, and misguided positions. And we apply this language that God has given us to be used accurately in everything we will be studying and learning (i.e. from MDR to the Holy Spirit and the things He does and does not do, to all things in-between) we will outwardly have the strength of Goliath and inwardly have the wisdom and faith of David. And the Devil will never again be able to cause division among us. Because we will have mastered the language of God, rightly divided in order to have it pierce soul and spirit, joint and marrow.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

If the doctor doesn’t use his scalpel accurately, do you think the operation is going to be positive?

Shame on us if we take the word of Christ so accurate and precise in order to dumb it down to the world’s standards. How dare we mix this language with the unclean language of the world and it’s denominations. 

Friends, saints, “we are a royal priesthood.” It is far time we grow into our tasks and office. Men’s classes. Ladies classes. Youth classes. Gospel weeks and weekend workshops. Monthly evangelistic themes. We don’t want to be a “busy” church with preoccupied social calendars. We want to be a spiritually productive church, refining our knowledge and language. Creating growth, not swelling. Through the Word of Christ.

If I were this day to teach and preach from this pulpit with the language of Ashdod, the elders would be commanded to remove me. They would have to publicly shepherd the congregation with a lesson that would rebuke my error. They would have to pull me aside and demand my repentance. Instruct me into the importance of God’s word, His phrases, His grammar. For the language of Ashdod mixes in truth with error and confuses the congregation. And such discipline will never be done when the congregation and leadership themselves have adopted the language of Ashdod. 

If you seek freedom from the language of Ashdod. If you seek to be set apart, called out, sanctified. Forgiven of sins. 

If you are outside the body of Christ, you need to repent and be immersed in water so as to be “born again.” Don’t let the language of Ashdod teach you any other way.
If you have already obeyed the gospel but have since fallen prey to the language of Ashdod. Don’t die in self-deception. Because the Devil will make the path to hell seem very pleasant. 

Let us put away our pride. Let us humble ourselves to God. If we respond to His call, He will bless this assembly with all spiritual things. 

Please contact us for private studies. 
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Cultivating Bible Studies Via Digital Evangelism. 

 “I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.” - 1 Corinthians 9:22b

We see a powerful principle in this inspired text revealing to Christians sacrifice must take place in order to accumulate the ability to help further the growth of His kingdom. And this most certainly would apply to the “online” world we currently live in. For if Paul were alive this day, certain am I that he would utilize the internet for His Master. For God Himself created tools to advance His gospel cause. Through providence He had the Jews with law, Greeks with language, and Romans with roads. All of which furnished the right time, dialect, and path for the good news of His Son to prosper. And so, today we occupy the “tech era.” And we are to use it for His Majesty. To farm Bible studies. But, how?

Just as our brethren of the past knowing gospel potential behind such innovations as radio & television. In this stewardship of existence, my “connected” evangelistic experience (which is but a decade) has garnered wisdom becoming effective for our King. I’ve learned a few points which have helped me a great deal to endure focus and structure on the mission at hand, “save some.” Please allow me to translate this DIGITAL LANGUAGE into a practical approach.

First and foremost we establish our ministry

1. Reach the Faithless - “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” - Luke 19:10

- People are spiritually lost, headed towards eternal punishment. They need to know the love and forgiveness of Christ. They need the gospel. We must bring this good news to them. 

2. Renew the Fallen - “I will set out and go back to my father.” - Luke 15:11-32

- Christians have fallen from grace, they’ve allowed discouragement and sinful practices separate them from the love and forgiveness of Christ. We must seek to renew them.

3. Reinforce the Faithful - “Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” - 1 Thess. 4:18

- Faithful followers are bombarded with all sorts of challenges each day. We suffer persecution. Deteriorating health conditions. Loss of loved ones (both in, and outside of Christ). We need to know the promise of hope, that once this life is over, eternal peace with our Master will be granted. 

* If at any time you find yourself sharing things that no longer fit into one of these three branches. Turn around, regroup, pray, focus, and start again. These will help keep you on the beaten path, not falling off left or right side ditch. 

Secondly, we prove the hands-on formula,

1. Eat their food

- Sharing a meal has been a tool bringing mankind together in peace for ages. When you see your fellow man posting images of their culinary preferences, it is wise and welcome to “like” (“thumbs up,” a sign of approval). This allows them to identify your commonality and makes it easier to establish a friendship. You’d be willing to sit down with them and eat what they have taken time to prepare. We all know the sense of justification that comes when those we are hospitable with enjoy the nourishment we display. 

2. Sleep in their lodgings

- We have a great deal of respect for those willing to sit in our homes with us. Even those who might have many more blessings in lodging than we. It gives us a location of communication demanding personal fellowship. And so, when you see them post images of their inner home decor and lifestyle, it is an opportunity to once again “like” their posts. In so doing you are transmitting your willingness to feel at ease in their “comfort zones.” 

3. Speak their language

- There can be a chasm between the monitors. It is difficult to read tone from comments on a screen. And so it takes time to establish the context. Time to understand personalities. A way into this form of liaison is the ability to identify their interest in various topics (i.e. occupation, habits, traditions, culture, careers, hobbies). It is a very good idea to learn, engage and interact with their interests. This will allow them to grow trust in your care for their spiritual wellbeing. If you can speak their “lingo,” you’re worthy of sharing something that might spiritually challenge them.  

* The true essence of selflessness, becoming all things to all men. If people are online, go to them. And do so by employing these steps. It will help move things closer to studies.

Thirdly, we utilize our evangelistic caliber,

1. Be a spiritual ninja - a cold transfer 

- Make available “watermarks” on the various social venues you may interact with on any daily moment (i.e. website, email address, phone #). This will allow people who might “check your profile,” to see a way in which they can access gospel content or material. 

- Randomly deposit gospel links on various groups, pages, threads. For example, sometimes I’ll chime in on a community group (or page) with a comment on a thread. I do this leaving my website. 

2. Gather personal connections - a warm transfer 

- Communicate via PM (“private message”), email, video chat, phone call. With the AddedSouls.com ministry, we have numerous studies taking place on a private and personal level. 

3. Express your faith publicly - an open transfer 

- Bible verses, Study memes, articles, sermons, videos, podcasts, interaction, debates, comments, threads, pages, groups, websites, live streaming, Q&A’s. Make all of this public, so that all the world can see. It’s out there and has the potential to go “viral.” 

- Challenge. Show Bible knowledge. Couple everything with love. Always give an invitation and contact information. Learn to discern good soil from rotten soil. Don’t waste time on delinquents at this volume of daily evangelistic stature. Remain self-controlled. Don’t take things personally (I know, that can be very difficult). Continue to be sincere. Genuine. Honest. Straight forward. Direct. Courageous. Patient. Kind. Respectful. Never attack the person, only the falsehood. 

* These are designed to amplify your evangelistic reach, once again, resulting in studies. Some of us may have more talent in one section over the other, never the less we should try to use all of these when applicable. 

If you practice these simple instructions, with time you will congregate fruit. Practice forbearance. You’ll soon find yourself collecting studies which lead people to Christ. Sometimes that can be guiding said person towards a faithful church int their area, or trustworthy contact. In numerous cases, we’ve experienced folks approaching us privately after following our content for years. Never give up. Persevere. 

There is an ocean of example recorded in the Bible regarding men of God openly, publicly, declaring the gospel. Ultimately this is what will attract study. The purpose of Christ. The uniqueness of His kingdom, church. The plan of salvation. The spirit and truth of worship. Exposing sin. Calling all to repent. All public and courageous. And this indeed will push rebellious souls away, but it creates and accumulates the right soil.  

If we grow to learn and utilize this tactical point system strategy to its maxis reach, we shall produce a sizable crop for our Lord.  Bible studies.

Moment of caution. If we get snared in the leftist weeds of Pharisaical criticism towards our fellow saints regarding talents/opportunities they may surpass us with. Our jealousy and divisive behavior will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Idle. Vain, useless, a stumbling block of discouragement. Illegal. 

May we strive to be sincere, honest, and genuine with our evangelism. It does not need to be perfect, but it most certainly needs to be loving and courageous.  The minute I knew what Mk. 16:16 really meant, I was sharing through all these tools. I may not have known how to defend anything else, but I was proclaiming Jesus to people none the less. And it brought Bible studies. Now throughout the years, I’ve grown to season my efforts. And I know you can also if you try. This will most certainly cultivate Bible studies.

*BONUS: Similar pattern inhabits Bible studies via the PHYSICAL LANGUAGE approach, set once again in three dynamic categories, 

1. “Ninja” = leaving gospel material and contact info in various places (i.e. cards, mailboxes, restaurants, with a tip, pinboards all over the community, washrooms, hotels motels, anywhere and everywhere) 

The "ninja" method will be known as a cold transfer to the gospel.

The Ethiopian had gospel material, he had a scroll with the words of the prophet Isaiah, the Bible. He had acquired inspired content through some cold transfer, since he did not yet receive the personal preaching of the meaning of the text he was reading. 

2. “Personal” = one on one bible studies with people, either through building a friendship first or not. This personal approach may have come as a result of your “ninja” efforts, perhaps invitation to worship. 

The "personal" method will be known as a warm transfer to the gospel.

Once Philip the evangelist embarked on the chariot with the eunuch, he was able to make a warm transfer. Philip preached Jesus Christ to this religious man seeking to please God. Philip properly interpreted the Bible so as to reveal Christ through the Old Testament writ.

3. “Public” = this is the open proclamation of the gospel in areas where people congregate (i.e. religious establishments, social media, colleges, universities, shopping centers, markets, festivals, parades, etc)

The "public" method will be known as an open transfer to the gospel.

Once the Ethiopian understood the gospel, he further urged Philip to immerse him in Christ through the water he could see. This was a very public display of gospel obedience. It produced a Christian that day, one who went on his way rejoicing. 
I pray this information will help in your faith. 

God bless.
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