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Monday, December 29, 2008

Priorities? body vs. soul

"Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:37


As the man is more noble than the house he dwells in, so is the soul more noble than the body. And yet, alas! with grief be it spoken, how common is it for men to spend all their care, all their time, all their strength, all their wit and parts for the body, and its honor and preferment, even as if the soul were some poor, pitiful, sorry, inconsiderable, and under thing, not worth the thinking of, or not worth the caring for.

excerpt from John Bunyan's book, The Greatness of the Soul

Saturday, December 27, 2008

the soul of man, its worth

Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mark 8:37

an excerpt from The Greatness of the Soul, written by John Bunyan (1628-1688)

..for all the world is not worth a soul, not worth a soul in the eye of God and the judgment of the law. And it is from this consideration that good Elihu cautions Job to take heed, "Because there is wrath," says he, "beware lest He take thee away with His stroke: then a great ransom cannot deliver thee. Will He esteem thy riches? no not gold, nor all the forces of strength." Job 36:18-19

Riches and power, what is there more in the world? for money answers all things --that is, all but soul concerns. It can neither be a price for souls while here, nor can that, with all the forces of strength, recover one out of hell fire."

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Salvation Song

Salvation Song
by Angie Bell


No hope had I, without, within
You saved me from the depths of sin
When as a child I understood
You were my Savior, kind and good

When childhood began to slip away
I saw the world, I went astray
I praise you Lord, it was not long
You reined me in where I belonged

Yet while in sin, I found a man
Unknown to me, it was your plan
You drew him in, You saved his soul
We came together, as one, made whole

O'er all these years You've kept me safe
Through all my stumbling, gave me faith
Turned my head and heart above
When my hope dwindled, gave me love

Lord now in this dark hour I pray
Stay here with me all the way
When I don't trust Lord, please forgive
My life for you I want to live

I praise You Lord, I'm saved by grace
One day I'll look upon Your face
You'll see me Lord not as I am
But firmly held in Christ's own hand.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

God's Faithfulness

The Faithfulness of God

God is faithful. He keeps His word, He keeps His promises. We can trust Him!

Believe Him!


He promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob He would give them the land. (Genesis 12, 13:15, 15:18, 26:3;28:4,13)

750 + years later He carried out His promise, He kept His word.

So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they took possession of it and dwelt in it.

The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand.

Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. Joshua 21:43-45


He promised a Child would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem. He laid upon Caesar Augustus' heart to call for a worldwide taxing, a worldwide registration. So Mary and Joseph went to his hometown, the city of David and there she gave birth to a Son, the Son, the Savior, Christ the Lord! Luke 20:1-20


He is the same God today, He does not change, He has not changed!

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

He has put all His eggs in one basket, He has invested all in His Son!

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us--by me, Silvanus, and Timothy--was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 1 Corinthians 1:19-20

Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ; Philippians 1:6

"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:31-33

God promises something and then He brings it about. By His great power He works all things out in order to fulfill and keep His word.

He is worthy of all our praise, honor, and worship!

Believe Him today, even in the midst of your circumstances, if you are His, He will keep you and will deliver you into His presence.

"To the praise of the glory of His grace!"

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.


I recently read that Martin Luther was moved by this psalm to write the hymn 'A Mighty Fortress is Our God'.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Cor. 1:30-31


All that I need, and all that God requires is found in His beloved Son.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

today

Scriptures that are pressing upon me this morning.


Acts 17:22-31

Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.

For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.
- God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
- Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
- And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth,
- and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
- That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though he be not far from every one of us:
- For in Him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
- Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.


Jeremiah 2:13

For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.


John 12:32

And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me.


1 Corinthians 2:22

For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.


my questions

Do I (we) really believe the Lord Jesus Christ? Do I (we) really believe He is sufficient?


As a sinner may I trust Him? As a believer may I trust Him? As a husband may I trust Him? As a parent may I trust Him? As a gospel minister may I trust Him?

Do I believe He is sufficient to draw all people? Sufficient to give repentance? Sufficient to give faith? Sufficient to keep and maintain? Sufficient to bring us to glory?

I know He is worthy, I know He is able, I know He is sufficient. Yet, I find myself standing with the father at the bottom of the mount of transfiguration, crying out, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

Monday, December 1, 2008

Ministry

"Let each man find out what God wants him to do, and then let him do it, or die in the attempt. In what way can I bring my Lord most glory, and be of most service to His Church while I am here?"

"Solve that question, and pass into the practical."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1886, in An All Round Ministry

Saturday, November 29, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? conclusion

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither
understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


Conclusion

It's a dangerous thing when men seek to justify their actions with, "Oh, I think the Lord understands."

Micah 4:12. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they His counsel: for He shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Isaiah 55:9. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 14:2-3. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that does good, no, not (a single) one.


Better it is that a man say, Let me understand the Lord!

Psalm 119:27. Make me to understand the way of Your precepts: so shall I talk of Your wondrous works.

Isaiah 55:7-8. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the LORD.


Understand this, O man:

Leave your way for the better way, God's way.

Come to Christ, and you will find mercy (God will not meet out to you your deserved judgment).

Come to Christ and you will find abundant pardon, more than enough to cover all your sins.



What does the Lord understand, O man?

"Come every soul by sin oppressed,
There's mercy with the Lord,
And He will surely give you rest
By trusting in His word." John H. Stockton 1813-1877

Friday, November 28, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 8

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What's the bottom line?

God understands everything is settled in His Son: Acts 16:31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved....

What does the Lord understand about where I should be and what I should do? Micah 6:8. He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?


What is it to do justly? To do that which is right in the sight of God. (To satisfy God's exacting justice.)

What is it to love mercy? To love what God has done for sinners in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

What is it to walk humbly with God? To bow down, to confess our sin and our guilt, and to live as subjects of the great God.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's about me? or is it?

The Christian Gospel is about "the glory of Christ," not about me. And when it is - in some measure- about me, it is not about my being made much of by God, but about God mercifully enabling me to enjoy making much of Him forever.

This is an excerpt from page 16 of John Piper's book; Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.



What a magnificent statement about our glorious God!

I have 47 copies of this little book in paperback form. It's for you, just ask and I will drop one in the mail. Don't be shy.

What Does the Lord Understand? part 7

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord understand about heaven?

Revelation 21:27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

God understands that not all who are talking about heaven are going there -- only those who have their full confidence and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 6

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.



What does the Lord understand about soul salvation?

1 John 1:9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 16:31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved....

Romans 8:1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

God understands that there is full salvation, the removal of all condemnation, through faith in His dear Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 5

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord Understand about you?

Romans 3:23. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God...Romans 3:10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one...

Romans 6:23. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Glory or Tragedy: Which one describes you?

I lifted these paragraphs from the beginning of a John Piper message entitled "Boasting Only in the Cross" from Gal. 6:14. You can read it or hear it in its entirety at his website; Desiring God



Three weeks ago we got word at our church that Ruby Eliason and Laura Edwards had both been killed in Cameroon. Ruby was over 80. Single all her life, she poured it out for one great thing: To make Jesus Christ known among the unreached, the poor, and the sick. Laura was a widow, a medical doctor, pushing 80 years old, and serving at Ruby's side in Cameroon. The brakes failed, the car went over the cliff, and they were both killed instantly. And I asked my people: was that a tragedy? Two lives, driven by one great vision, spent in unheralded service to the perishing poor for the glory of Jesus Christ—two decades after almost all their American counterparts have retired to throw their lives away on trifles in Florida or New Mexico. No. That is not a tragedy. That is a glory.

I tell you what a tragedy is. I'll read to you from Reader's Digest (Feb. 2000, p. 98) what a tragedy is: "Bob and Penny... took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30 foot trawler, play softball and collect shells." The American Dream: come to the end of your life - your one and only life - and let the last great work before you give an account to your Creator, be "I collected shells. See my shells." THAT is a tragedy. And people today are spending billions of dollars to persuade you to embrace that tragic dream. And I get forty minutes to plead with you: don't buy it.


Galatians 6:14 "But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. "

Monday, November 17, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 4

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL.

The text is from Micah 4:12: But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.


What does the Lord understand about His Son?

Matthew 3:17. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased. [Fully satisfied, as one accepts something in full payment]

Matthew 17:5. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Romans 5:8. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.


"I gave my life for Thee,
My precious blood I shed,
That thou mightst ransomed be
And quickened from the dead."
Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

God understands that Jesus Christ is His Son, His Messiah, the One to be heard, believed and followed.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand? part 3

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.




What does the Lord understand about the purpose of all things?



Isaiah 6:3. And one [seraphim] cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of His glory.


Romans 11:36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. [How different from the way this world sees it -- that all things are of its own doing, for its own pleasure, and for its own glory.]


God's purpose is to exalt His Son. Philippians 2:7-11. But [He] made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.


God understands that all things exist for His pleasure, for His glory, for His Son's exaltation.

What Does the Lord Understand? part 2

A continuation of excerpts from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.




What does the Lord understand about the heavens and earth?


God is Creator. Genesis 1:1. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."


God is sole Owner and Proprietor. Psalm 24:1-2. "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods."


God's will is supreme. Jeremiah 18:6. "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."


God is to be respected, regarded: heard and heeded. Romans 9:20-21. "Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?"


God understands that He made this world, that it belongs to Him, and He has full property rights over all that is here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

What Does the Lord Understand?

An excerpt from Dr. Jay Wimberly's sermon notes of a message delivered September 7, 2003 to The Main Street Baptist Church in Auburndale, FL. The text is from Micah 4:12:

"But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor."


I have searched the scriptures and cannot find the understanding of the Lord. "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!" (Romans 11:33)

Yet I hear men say quite often, "Oh, I think the Lord understands..." [Almost always in justification of something they have done or want to do.]

I thought it well to investigate this, to research what the Lord understands, and see if it at all matches what I hear people talking about-- what people are attributing to Him.

What does the Lord Understand?

The first thing that is obvious in the scriptures about what the Lord understands is that He is not thinking about a lot of the things that are occupying our minds.

He's not nearly as recreational as we are.

His logic is different:
He considers truth more valuable than creature comforts.
The gospel is more important than money.
Heavenly concerns are greater than earthly.

Is anyone interested in going on any farther? God's understanding is different than ours!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Psalm 129

The italics and bolded words are my emphasis as is the (reference verse).


Psalm 129

"Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth"-- let Israel now say-- "Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. (Phil. 1:6)

The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows."
The LORD is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked.

May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!"

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Receiving

A thought from Charles Spurgeon



"As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord." --Colossians 2:6

The life of faith is represented as receiving-- an act which implies the very opposite of anything like merit. It is simply the acceptance of a gift. As the earth drinks in the rain, as the sea receives the streams, as night accepts light from the stars, so we, giving nothing, partake freely of the grace of God. The saints are not, by nature, wells, or streams, they are but cisterns into which the living water flows; they are empty vessels into which God pours His salvation. The idea of receiving implies a sense of realization, making the matter a reality. One cannot very well receive a shadow; we receive that which is substantial: so is it in the life of faith, Christ becomes real to us. While we are without faith, Jesus is a mere name to us--a person who lived a long while ago, so long ago that His life is only a history to us now! By an act of faith Jesus becomes a real person in the consciousness of our heart. But receiving also means grasping or getting possession of. The thing which I receive becomes my own: I appropriate to myself that which is given. When I receive Jesus, He becomes my Saviour, so mine that neither life nor death shall be able to rob me of Him. All this is to receive Christ--to take Him as God's free gift; to realize Him in my heart, and to appropriate Him as mine.

Salvation may be described as the blind receiving sight, the deaf receiving hearing, the dead receiving life; but we have not only received these blessings, we have received CHRIST JESUS Himself. It is true that He gave us life from the dead. He gave us pardon of sin; He gave us imputed righteousness. These are all precious things, but we are not content with them; we have received Christ Himself. The Son of God has been poured into us, and we have received Him, and appropriated Him. What a heartful Jesus must be, for heaven itself cannot contain Him!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Once for All!

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." Rom 7:4

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation."
Hebrews 9:27-28



Free from the law- O happy condition!
Jesus hath bled, and there is remission;
Cursed by the law and bruised by the fall,
Grace hath redeemed us once for all.

(Once for all- O sinner receive it! Once for all- O brother, believe it!
Cling to the cross, the burden will fall- Christ hath redeemed us once for all!)

Now are we free- there's no condemnation!
Jesus provides a perfect salvation;
"Come unto Me-" O hear His sweet call!
Come and He saves us once for all.

Children of God- O glorious calling!
Surely His grace will keep us from falling;
Passing from death to life at His call,
Blessed salvation once for all.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

From the pen of Pastor Mike McInnis

THE AGONY

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2

Paul mentions a race into which the sons of GOD are entered in this passage and in another one. “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” (1Cor 9:24) In this particular passage (I Cor.) the Greek word translated race is “stadion” which is the root word for our English word “stadium”. He is here, reminding his hearers that we are pressing to the mark in a public display and should run or endeavor towards this mark with all that is in us even as those in a carnal race run to the finish line knowing that they must win in order to gain the prize. He goes on to say that they are to strive for the victory not as those who are just in training or shadow boxing (see v.26) but as those who realize that they are in a life and death struggle. (see v. 27)

The Greek word, however, which is translated “race” in our text in Hebrews is the Greek word “agon” from which we get our English word “agony”. So his meaning is slightly different here, which is supported by the context of what he is writing to the Hebrews. Here he admonishes his hearers to run with patience whereas before in Corinthians he exhorted them to run with great intensity.

What he is pointing out to them is that the elect of GOD are appointed unto great trials and struggles in this world. As he did at Antioch, “Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22) This is even the same thing that the LORD taught HIS disciples when HE said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

The natural religionists of our day preach a message which promises great ease and blessing to those who will obey the LORD and walk in some prescribed formula for blessing. Yet the LORD plainly taught, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Mat 10:34) “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” (Matt 16:24) We are not promised a life of ease nor a release from troubles, rather we are appointed unto these very trials for our benefit and GOD’s blessing is plainly seen in the midst of those trials. “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:” (1Pe 1:6-7) “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” (2Cor 4:17)

Those who have been born again by the SPIRIT of GOD are now entered into an agonizing conflict with their own sinful flesh which Paul describes as “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” (Gal 5:17)

They were free from this conflict when they were yet dead in trespasses and sins but when they were awakened and given eternal life that flesh which always dictated their every move without opposition is now stirred up to war against that principle of righteousness which is synonymous with the presence of GOD’s SPIRIT which indwells them.

These “new creatures”, which they have become, now receive the things of the SPIRIT (see I Cor. 2:14) and thus this continual agony ensues, as Paul describes it, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Rom 7:21-24)

Now we would be totally overwhelmed in this condition and in despair if we were not also given a hope in our blessed DELIVERER as Paul goes on to say in v.25. “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” (Rom 7:25) Thus his exhortation here in Hebrews 12 is to run this race (agony and conflict) that we are appointed to; patiently and deliberately, looking unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST who has already run the same race for us, and has triumphed over our sin in our behalf so that we need have no fear of failing or falling into condemnation.

HE was tempted in all points like as we are yet HE committed no sin.

When HE was reviled HE opened not HIS mouth.

HE endured the ignominy and shame of the cross.

He bore all of these things because HE focused not on the agony that was involved but rather the fulfillment of HIS FATHER’s purpose as the scripture says “for the joy that was set before HIM.” This is the exact thing that Isaiah speaks about when he says, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isa 53:10-12)

Now brethren if we have such a great HIGH PRIEST who has entered in once in to the Holy of Holies in our behalf, fully satisfying the law’s jot and tittle, how can we not rest in HIM who is our MEDIATOR and SIN BEARER? “But if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”(1Pe 2:19-25)

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Friday, October 31, 2008

The Kisses of His Mouth

From the pen of Pastor Mike McInnis


THE KISSES OF HIS MOUTH

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine.

Song of Solomon 1:2

Man in his natural religious state is desirous of fulfilling duties and meeting whatever requirements that his religious tradition deems appropriate. This natural dedication can be so strong that a man is even willing to lay down his life to uphold his chosen belief and fulfill his desire to be faithful to it. Sincerity (to one degree or another) is a trait which is found among just about all types of religious adherents. Dedication to a particular cause can be discovered wherever men gather to express the tenets of this creed or that.

Counterfeit money which is easily detected would be useless. In the same fashion, counterfeit religions would not be so effective in keeping men in darkness if they were obviously false. Most religions in the earth are very effective in promoting morality and general order. In fact most religions are roundly approved by the rank and file of the earth as being beneficial for society in general. Even the government approves of the promotion of religion as long as equal opportunity is given to all, and one religion is not sanctioned above another, which is as it should be.

Multitudes in this country pay homage to what is called the “christian” religion, which as society defines it, has a multitude of facets and many different flavors. In fact many are fond of saying that the good old United States is a “christian” nation founded on “christian” principles. Some have even taken great umbrage at the possibility that one of the candidates for president may not in fact be a “christian” and that it’s possible that he won’t use the Bible to be sworn in if he is elected. I suppose we may find out the answers to those “mysteries” soon enough, but the truth is that all religion which is chosen and ordered by men is all of equal value and bears the same marks regardless of what it is called.

While nations may be composed of a populace which is in its convictions disposed to the tenets of the christian faith, there is no such thing as a “christian” nation except that one which is described by Peter, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1Pet 2:9) The citizens of this nation did not become so by natural birth nor human choice as John says; “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:13)

The inhabitants of this kingdom are not mere natural men at all, but they have been born again from above by the HOLY GHOST sent down from heaven. “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. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)

This is the solution to the problem set forth by the apostle Paul, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.” (1Cor 15:50) A radical transformation must take place in order for a man who is born of a woman to become a subject of the kingdom of GOD. This is not a function of religion nor is it brought about by sincere devotion to so called “christian” principles. Men may adopt the outward forms of “christianity” just like they can choose any other religion on the face of the earth, but such is as ultimately worthless as counterfeit money when it is examined in the proper light.

Those who are by grace made the possessors of this spiritual birth have not added one iota to their standing by their own power. All that they have and are is the result of the outpouring of HIS mercy and the gift of HIS grace. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (1Cor 2:11-13)

It most certainly follows then that those who are born of this SPIRIT and taught and indwelt by the same should possess different desires and longings than those who have not been so taught and led. “But we have the mind of Christ.” (1Cor 2:16) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col 3:1-3) Some have taught that because of this then the sons of GOD can and should attain perfection in this life.

Those who maintain such an idea are ignorant of the fact that we are yet left here in this earth in the same corruptible body of flesh and blood which has always been with us and shall remain so until the day of the resurrection when this mortal shall put on immortality and death is swallowed up in victory. However we are not left without hope and it is in this hope that we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phi 3:14) It is in the midst of this very conflict which we find ourselves in as the “flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh” (Gal 5:17) that we are made to long for those refreshing times sent from the presence of the LORD. (see Acts 3:19) And it is only by HIS SPIRIT that we are enabled to desire HIS fellowship and long for HIS appearing.

It is in such a state that we see the “church” (the bride) longing for the kisses of her HUSBAND.

It is obvious that she has tasted of those kisses or else how could she know that which she desires. “The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” (Jer 31:3)

It is apparent that HE has gone away for a season though she is not without hope that HE shall return. “In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.” (Isa 54:8)

She desires HIS presence more than any other. “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psa 84:10)

As a chaste bride, she longs for HIS kiss alone. “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15:19) “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1Jo 2:15)

She loves her HUSBAND because HE first loved her and has clearly demonstrated that love by giving HIMSELF for her. “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1John 4:9-10)

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Friday, October 24, 2008

The Sands of Time are Sinking

Anne Ross Cousin, inspired by Samuel Rutherford's letters, wrote a poem which later was compiled into this great hymn. While there are many great hymns that I love and warmly embrace, I believe this hymn may top them all. It seems, that no hymn warms my heart like this one. Through the years it has been sung sparingly, I must admit it's sound is a bit melancholy, but do not allow that to keep you from enjoying it. Its words and message are one of the sweetest I've ever read or sung. For the truth and sweetness of it, it is one of my favorites. I hope you will enjoy it.



The Sands of Time are Sinking

The sands of time are sinking, The dawn of heaven breaks;
The summer morn I've sighed for- The fair sweet morn awakes;
Dark, dark hath been the midnight, But day-spring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

O Christ, He is the fountain, The deep, sweet well of love!
The streams on earth I've tasted More deep I'll drink above;
There to an ocean fulness His mercy doth expand,
And glory, glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

O I am my Beloved's, And my Beloved's mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner into His "house of wine".
I stand upon His merit- I know no other stand,
Not e'en where glory dwelleth In Immanuel's land.

The Bride eyes not her garment But her dear bridegrooms face;
I will not gaze at glory But on my King of grace.
Not at the crown He giveth But on His pierced hand:
The Lamb is all the glory of Immanuel's land.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A thought for the day

"We are more endangered by the charms of a smiling world than by the terrors of a frowning world." (Matthew Henry, 1662-1714)

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Working for Retirement

From the pen of brother Mike McInnis pastor of Grace Chapel in O'Brien,FL


WORKING FOR RETIREMENT

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Luke 12:19

The latest economic woes that have beset this nation and the world in general and the resultant stock market slide that has taken place recently has brought grave concern to some and near panic to others. It would seem to me that it should serve as a wake up call of sorts to those who profess to be the followers of the LORD JESUS CHRIST.

It is sad but true that quite often the true sons of GOD find themselves patterning their thinking after that of the world. When economic prosperity is all around us and the comforts and indulgences of life are easily enjoyed then the flesh can grow quite content and often we are lulled into a sort of stupor wherein we think that we deserve such and grow extremely attached to the trappings of plenty. We start looking at ways to pad our nest and feed our desires for a life of ease.

It is only natural that our flesh would hunger after such and it is absolutely true that there is no benefit in depriving ourselves of those things we can afford just to deprive ourselves. There is nothing to be gained by wearing sackcloth and ashes when more comfortable clothing can be had. However there is a danger in forgetting that the things which we possess are but temporary gifts which the LORD has placed within our hands and called us to be stewards of.

The possessions which the LORD has given us richly to enjoy are not simply for us to get pleasure from by consuming them, rather they are placed within our hands that we may be able to bless others. (see Acts 20:34-35; Eph.4:28; Rom.12:13). Paul commended the Corinthians for this very thing. “Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men. “ (2 Cor 9:11-13)

The man who is wise will look to the example of the ant. “Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” (Prov 6:6-8) He is not waiting for a handout but is diligent to provide for his own needs and they of his house. (see I Tim.5:8). So it is prudent for men to look to the future and understand that they should make some preparation for that time when they shall perhaps be as the LORD told Peter, “When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.”(John 21:18)

Yet it seems to me that in the last 30 years our society has become obsessed with laying up great amounts of money for the future not just to provide for their needs but to insure that they can indulge themselves in old age with the baubles of this world. We must not forget that 401k’s, stocks, and bonds are not the stuff of which life consists, most certainly not that of the sons of GOD. There is no shortage of financial gurus who often give good advice on monetary matters, but at the same time elevate the concern of men about these matters to an inordinate consideration.

While we should be prudent, we must also remember what the LORD said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Mat 6:25-34) Ye cannot serve GOD and mammon.

The life of GOD’s people consists in much more than this world’s goods. So is our life to be spent working for “retirement”? You be the judge.

mam

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Perfect Rest

I will share this closing paragraph from a sermon preached by the notable Anglican pastor J.C. Ryle (1816-1900).

The message text came from Jeremiah 6:16a: Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.

Brother Ryle closed his message with this illustration:
There is a pass in Scotland called Glencroe, which supplies a beautiful illustration of what heaven will be to the man who comes to Christ. The road through Gleneroe carries the traveller up a long and steep ascent, with many a little winding and many a little turn in its course. But when the top of the pass is reached, a stone is seen by the wayside, with these simple words engraven on it, "Rest, and be thankful." Those words describe the feelings with which every one who comes to Christ will at length enter heaven. The summit of the narrow way will be won: we shall cease from our weary journeying, and sit down in the kingdom of God. We shall look back over all the way of life with thankfulness, and see the perfect wisdom of every little winding and turn in the steep ascent by which we were led. We shall forget the toils of the upward journey in the glorious rest. Here in this world our sense of rest in Christ at best is feeble and partial; but "when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away." Thanks be unto God, a day is coming when the end of the "old path" will be reached, and believers shall rest perfectly, and be thankful!

Monday, October 6, 2008

The everlasting gospel

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. Rev. 14:6-7

Sunday, October 5, 2008

What are we to do?

The apostle John recorded this incident:
"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." John 6:28-29

Later, John recorded in his first letter: "And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." 1 John 3:23

Lord; teach me your way and open my eyes that I may see Him whom you have sent. Please give me the faith to trust Him, rest in Him and follow Him.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sweet Relief

The hymn writer wrote:

In seasons of distress and grief my soul has often found relief,
and oft escaped the tempter's snare by thy return sweet hour of prayer.

Our relief is not in the praying itself, our relief is found in the One to whom we pray. Prayer is the means of communication to our heavenly Father. For those who are born of God prayer in the soul is like breathing to the body. Whether we enunciate and speak words, or formulate and organize thoughts, or if we just sigh or groan towards heaven; the One we cry out to, the One who hears and the One who answers is our God. It is He who gives relief.

And since He bids me seek His face, believe His word and trust His grace,
I'll cast on Him my every care, and wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer.

So, why do we wait? Why do we not call upon Him more and often? We fret, we worry, we complain, we 'man up' so to speak, we put off, and we make excuses. We will do everything, it seems, except quietly get before "Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood".

Lord, forgive me my sin, my neglect of you, please give me that child like trust in You who are worthy of ALL praise, honor, and glory.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Day of Salvation

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.


Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 118:19-29

Saturday, September 20, 2008

My Hope

The Solid Rock


My hope is built on nothing less Than Jesus blood and righteousness;

I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus name.


On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand – All other ground

is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand.


When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

In every high and stormy gale My anchor holds within the veil.


His oath, His covenant, His blood Support me in the whelming flood;

When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay.


When He shall come with trumpet sound, O may I then in Him be found,

Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne.


Edward Mote, 1797 – 1874

William B. Bradbury, 1816 – 1868

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Psalm 112

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
2 His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
3 Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
6 ¶ Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
7 He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
8 His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
9 He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Psalm 111

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.
2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.
3 His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
4 He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 ¶ He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the heathen.
7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are sure.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever, and are done in truth and uprightness.
9 He sent redemption unto his people: he hath commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

without reproach

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (without reproach); and it shall be given him." James 1:5

These are sweet words and instructive words for believers, for those washed in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are sweet food for my soul. They are sweet in that they speak of the kindness and compassion of my heavenly Father. They are instructive in that I should seek to be like Him in the way that I treat others who might come to me for advice or "wisdom".

When I lack wisdom I can freely go to my Father through His Son and seek it without fear of reproach. He will not say 'I told you so'. He will not find fault with me for my lack of wisdom. There is no doubt that God can and does rebuke us and convict us for our sins. But here James tells us when we are in the middle of great trials and difficulties, when we are struggling, confused, and do not know where to turn. We can call upon our Father in heaven and He will hear us and he will not upbraid us, it will be without reproach! Sweet, sweet words for my soul.

These words; "upbraideth not" also instruct me! He who is perfect, He who is holy has commanded me to be like Him. (Mat. 5:48) So I should seek to be like Him in kindness and compassion. If and when someone comes to me for advice and wisdom I should freely give it to them without upbraiding them, that is without reproach, without fault finding, without criticizing. May the Lord help me to do just that.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blinded

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."

I was blind but now I see, it is truly, amazing grace!

Do you see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ? May God remove Satan's blindness from your eyes.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

big bang experiment update

If you read my previous post then here is a link regarding the big bang experiment:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7604293.stm

Now my questions are:
1. How long before this 'thing' creates an earth?
2.When will a cave man pop out of the "thing"? Geico should be standing by and waiting to shoot a commercial.


In all sincerity hear what the scriptures say:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen 1:1

"But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, ... He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. When he uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures. Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them. They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish. " Jer. 10:10-14


"By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast. The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect." Psa 33:6


"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." John 1:1-5

Monday, September 8, 2008

big bang theory

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor. 1:19-25

I read an article earlier today about a group of scientists who are preparing to "recreate" the "big bang theory".

The "big bang theory" as I understand it, is the supposed way our universe came into being. Allegedly, billions of years ago the universe came out of nowhere and began to expand into what we see today; but I digress. Back to the experiment, this experiment is taking place near Geneva, Switzerland about 300 feet underground in a thing (Large Hadron Collider) approximately 18 miles long.

The plan is to run protons around in the 'thing' at the speed of light, these protons will eventually collide with one another and theoretically recreate the earliest stage of the "big bang theory".

It never fails to amaze me to what lengths man will go to disprove God and His creation. The natural man cannot discern the word of God. Man refuses to believe the scripture; "In the beginning God created ...." hence they reject God and His truth so we conclude with a thought from the apostle Paul, "the world by wisdom knew not God."

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Tests of faith

"My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." (perseverance, endurance).

Monday, September 1, 2008

All things

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Mat. 11:25-30


For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
John 3:34-36