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Any Help Would be a Huge Blessing

Last week my best friend lost her 30-year-old son in a tragic motorcycle accident. I am sharing the GoFundMe Page with hopes that some will feel led to give some to help the family defer the costs for the service and interment. It is so sad to have such a burden in the midst of their grief. I thank you in advance for any help you might be. God Bless, Anna.

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Posted by on June 14, 2016 in God's Love

 

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Why we Should Live Today in Light of Eternity

Looking around at Christian behaviour today, I have to ask myself if many are aware of why we need to live our lives on this earth with eternity in mind. If we know and understand what God has revealed about the end time, it should cause us to live now with eternity in mind. I have always told my children that what we do with Jesus after we are saved will determine our lives in Heaven forever. How can we specifically focus on living for Jesus with Heaven in mind?

We can share the Gospel regularly. In light of eternity, it is vital that we make time to obey Christ’s Great Commission on a regular basis. Our time here is indeed very limited. It can be gone in the blink of an eye. The missionary, Amy Carmichael, once wrote “We shall have all eternity to celebrate the victories, but we have only the few hours before sunset in which to win them.” And contrary to some opinions, it is not just the Pastor’s or Missionary’s job to “go and tell.” Once we are Saved by Jesus’ blood, we are all His disciples. Mark 16:15-16 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

We will give an account. 2 Corinthians 5:10 During the Tribulation time on earth, we will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.” This judgment is not the same as the Great White Throne Judgment. It is not to determine if we are going to Heaven or Hell. Jesus’ blood has already cleansed us from all our sin – I John 2:2 “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” It is not to judge us for every wicked thing we have done, those sins were already judged at the cross. It is to test what we have done for Christ.

Just as a competitor in an athletic competition would stand before the ancient bema seat to receive his reward, so we will stand before our Lord to receive our rewards for our faithful service to Him after we took Him as our Lord and Master.The Judgment Seat of Christ is to reward us for the works that we do for God now, but they must be done with pure motives, not fleshly, selfish motives. I Corinthians 3:12-15 “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”

Have you ever received a ribbon or trophy after you competed in an event? You were rewarded for the skill you did develop, but the moments you could have been training but didn’t, or the moments you spent in a counter-productive way to your training, weren’t revealed during the giving of the rewards. Those moments were simply wasted–the only “punishment” being a loss of a higher reward.

Scripture mentions at least 5 rewards, or Crowns that we can win. Every child of God should have a goal to win each of these crowns. Why? Because we will have the chance to cast them at Jesus’ feet, giving Him the honor He deserves. After all, was it not He who took our punishment on the Cross, is it not He who enables us to serve Him? I will never forget how excited I became when I first learned about the Bema Seat Judgment and the Crowns that I might receive for what I do for the Lord now. I still experience that excitement when I am reminded of these rewards. Not because I want anything for my service, but because I believe when we see our Lord face to face, in His Holy presence, we will immediately be convicted about not having done more for He who took our punishment so that we can live in bliss forever with Him. I will be so happy to take those crowns and lay them at the feet of my Saviour, for without Him, I would not be there.

  1. The Crown of Righteousness: This crown is given to those who look forward to the return of Christ. 2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” I do not know how a true child of God could not be excitedly looking forward to Jesus’ appearing as we are ‘caught up in the air.” It is our great Hope to share with the world!
  2. The Crown of Life: This is the martyr’s crown, but it is also given to those who overcome temptation. James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” Revelation 2:10 “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” I believe that when we are persecuted by evil for Christ’s sake, God bathes us in His Grace to endure.
  3. The Incorruptible Crown: This is given to those who exhibit temperance or moderation in their lives. It is the result of yielding to the Holy Spirit and being a testimony to those around us. I Corinthians 9:25 “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.”
  4. The Crown of Rejoicing: This crown is given to those who have given their lives to reach people for Christ. The reason it is called a crown of rejoicing is because there is no greater joy than being used to win someone to Christ. Even the angels in Heaven rejoice when a lost soul turns from sin to newness in life in Christ Jesus! And they do not take part in the honor we have of being an Ambassador for Him as we lead others to God’s Saving Grace. I Thessalonians 2:19 “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?”
  5. The Crown of Glory: This crown is given to those who faithfully help lead people in the Word of God. It is not reserved only for pastors. Every child of God should be actively involved in teaching someone else. I Peter 5:4 “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.” The most exciting moment of the Judgment Seat of Christ is what we have the privilege to do with these rewards–cast them at Jesus’ feet in grateful worship. Revelation 4:10-11 “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”

Every day, we are in the middle of a spiritual battle. satan actively works to resist us and to resist our efforts to live for God. We must always remember, however, that God is greater, and that He has given us the resources to live each day in victory. Here are a few practical ways we can live in light of eternity:

“Put on” the whole armor of God. Every day, think through the various pieces of the armor of God, and make a decision to “wear” each piece. Ephesians 6:10-20 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth (Belt of truth-Believing in God’s truth to protect us from deception and lies; having honesty and integrity about our lives), and having on the breastplate of righteousness (Doing right); And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (Being conscious of our testimony, ready to witness and bringing the gospel to others); Above all, taking the shield of faith (Trusting God), wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation (Remembering God’s grace that saved us and being assured of His promise), and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of GodPraying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (Praying for others); And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

Tell others about Christ, and invest in their spiritual growth. The most important way we can prepare for eternal rewards to cast at Jesus’ feet is to lead others to Christ, and invest in their spiritual growth.

Live every day looking forward to Jesus’ return. Like a bride anticipating her wedding day, remember Christ’s coming. This thought brings both joy and diligence!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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Martha – A Busy Hostess With a Heart for Serving

Jesus often went to the home of Martha, who was apparently single, whether by choice or circumstances, and living in Bethany with her sister Mary and their brother Lazarus. John’s comment shows that Jesus and the family from Bethany were close friends – John 11:5 “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” Martha seemed to enjoy her gift of hospitality and her probable position as the older of the two sisters.

Three scenes appear to reveal Martha’s intense personality, which the Lord faced with loving firmness, as recorded by Luke – Luke 10:40 –  42 “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Martha’s irritation with her sister led to a confrontation with Jesus, because she blamed Him for Mary’s lack of assistance. As one with a servant’s heart, I can totally understand how Martha must have felt stressed under her heavy workload and also very unappreciated and taken for granted as she did all the work alone. Those who choose to sit and listen do not always consider where their meal will come from nor who it is that is laboring for them. However, Jesus’ response was a loving response, and was not a condemnation of Martha’s servant’s heart nor was it a rejection of her zealous and gracious hospitality. He simply asked her to reconsider her priorities, to make her choices on the basis of eternal values instead of immediate pressures, and He suggested that she allow Mary to make her own choices. I think it would have been better for Martha if she had solicited all the help she could beforehand so that she, too, could enjoy sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to His teachings.

Several months later, Lazarus became ill while Jesus was traveling many miles away. Although the sisters sent for Him, by the time the Lord arrived in Bethany, Lazarus was dead, and had been buried for four days. Ignoring the custom of mourners to remain in their homes, Martha took the initiative to meet Jesus as He approached the town and to confront Him about her brother’s untimely death to Jesus’ delay in reaching Bethany – John 11:20, 21 “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Here we see Mary’s submissive personality by following the custom of the day and staying home to mourn for the traditional time required. Not so with Martha! I like how she threw custom to the wind and followed her heart to seek answers to questions she could not understand in her human mind. And with trusting faith, Martha acknowledged Jesus’ power over death in verse 22 “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” While she could not understand why Jesus did not come right away and heal her brother, she believed there must be some reason for it and that of course Jesus could ask His Heavenly Father, and He would not deny Jesus the power to bring Lazarus back to life. Jesus explained that He Himself was the Resurrection. She agreed and saw an immediate manifestation of her faith in her brother’s resurrection in verse 44 “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.”

The third glimpse of Martha was reported by John – John 12:2 “There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.” The simple fact that Martha assumed hostessing duties once more confirms the fact that her uncommon talents were being used. Undoubtedly, she had become a disciple who experienced God’s power in practical service. Jesus, as well as countless others, needed the physical refreshment of Martha’s warm hospitality. She did not consider her homemaking responsibilities as worthless drudgery. She obviously loved her home and she counted it joy to pour her energies into the efficient management of her household. Martha is a touching reminder to every woman of the balance between fellowship with the family and the work necessary to meet their mundane/everyday needs.

I Peter 4:8-10 “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Mary of Bethany

Mary of Bethany, a committed follower of Christ, stands as a role model for every dedicated disciple of Christ. She was apparently unmarried, living with her older sister, Martha, and their brother Lazarus. Their home was a friendly retreat for the Lord, who may have been close to them in age.

Mary, more than any other in the New Testament, is associated with sitting at Jesus’ feet, a testimony to her hunger for spiritual truth and understanding.

Luke 10:39 – “And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.”

John 11:32 “Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.”

John 12:3 “Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.” Yet she not only sat at His feet; she also served Him by anointing Him with costly ointment to show her desire to meet practical needs as well as to seek spiritual blessing.

Mary’s example demonstrates her strong decision-making capabilities. She chose, Jesus said, to listen to Him, and later her gift of ointment poured out in preparation for His burial was a well thought-out act of worship. She was contemplative and sensitive, not one of many words. When Lazarus died, tears and very few words expressed her heart’s grief. Jesus understood and He wept with her – John 11:32-35 “Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.”

True to Jesus’ prophecy, Mary has lived in history as one personifying commitment. Three gospels include her significant sacrificial gesture–ten and one-third ounces of pure spikenard ointment was worth a year’s wages. With humility, she lavished it upon her Saviour:

Matthew 26:6-13 “Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor. When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”

Mark 14:1-9 “After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take him by craft, and put him to death. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar of the people. And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

John 11:1-6 “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”

Mary, a woman characterized by spiritual insight and readiness to act upon her faith, was thus commended by Christ – Matthew 26:13 “Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.”

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Urgent Prayer Need

An urgent prayer request for all Prayer Warriors!

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Sacrifice

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There couldn’t have been a more appropriate prompt today.  On my Facebook news feed this morning, I read about a young first-time-mother who had a stroke during labor that was not recognized as it happened.  The baby is fine, but Mom has lost her ability to speak, and her right side is affected.

If you are a praying person, please lift up this new mother and her family in prayer. The mother knew she would sacrifice some hours of discomfort and pain to bring her little girl into the world, but she didn’t know how great that sacrifice would be. And I’m pretty sure she doesn’t regret it. Still, this family  needs prayer.

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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

“Dear Elders, I’m sorry” by Alexis Bloomer’s

“Dear Elders, I’m sorry” by Alexis Bloomer’s

Wow, well spoken by a very courageous young lady who is grouped in with today’s ‘Millennial Generation.” How embarrassing for her.

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Posted by on May 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Returning to God

Renewal

The corruption of today’s church is ever increasing. The pattern found in Scripture and throughout church history, however, is this: Again and again God’s people have done what is right in their own eyes – Judges 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes,” and God must call them back to obedience time and time again. The Law is given and the prophets are sent.

The message of John the Baptist, then Jesus, is delivered to the lost sheep of Israel – Matthew 3:2 “Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The New Testament epistles are full of warnings against rejecting God’s laws and principles, disunity, and immorality. Yet, we let our fleshly desires reign and lead us away from the Godly morals that are really for our own good. This country is right there on the verge of God’s allowing the heathen nations to attack and take our great country captive in order to bring us to our knees in repentance, and draw us back to Him.

The prophet Hosea’s long-suffering love for Gomer is a parable of the price God will pay to woo His people back to Him – Hosea 3:1-5 “Then said the LORD unto me, Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward the children of Israel, who look to other gods, and love flagons of wine. So I bought her to me for fifteen pieces of silver, and for an homer of barley, and an half homer of barley: And I said unto her, Thou shalt abide for me many days; thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for another man: so will I also be for thee. For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.” What a sad state of affairs that our loving God must woo mankind back to a right and good relationship with Him.

The prophet must show Israel their sin; show it to be exceedingly hateful. Their idolatry is the sin they are here charged with. Giving that glory to any creature which is due to God alone, is an injury and affront to God; such as for a wife to take a stranger, is to her husband. The Lord, doubtless, had good reasons for giving such a command to the prophet; it would form an affecting picture of the Lord’s unmerited goodness and unwearied patience, and of the perverseness and ingratitude of Israel. We should be broken and wearied with half that perverseness from others, with which we try the patience and grieve the Spirit of our God. (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary)

One of the key roles of Christ today is to sanctify and cleanse the church – Ephesians 5:25-27 “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Scripture strongly condemns religious leaders who lead others astray – Matthew 23:24, 27, 33Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.; Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness; Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Very strong words there stating how these who are leading astray will be held accountable even be sent to hell.

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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