Sunday, August 20, 2017 4:20 AM

The Answer to the Age-Old Question

Sunday, August 20, 2017 4:20 AM
Sunday, August 20, 2017 4:20 AM

The Answer to the Age-Old Question

Man has been asking “who are we”, and “why are we here” since time immortal. The Bible answers this question in one verse.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

Who are we?

God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus

Why are we here?

For good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

Yes, it is really that simple. The beauty of the Bible is that every concept is simple. It is the pride of man that adds the confusion.

 

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:39 AM

Do Dead Loved Ones Watch Over You?

Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:39 AM
Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:39 AM

Do Dead Loved Ones Watch Over You?

I have heard so many Christians state that their loved ones watch over them from Heaven…as if God’s arm is short and cannot. This is unbiblical. A Christian’s dead loved ones, are not watching over and protecting them. In the Book of Ecclesiastes, the phrase “under the sun” refers to things on earth. This and other verses in the Bible are clear…your loved ones are not watching over you. God is.

Ec 9:6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and forever they have no more share in all that is done under the sun.

Job 7:10 he returns no more to his house, nor does his place know him anymore.

In this next verse, the person praying for mercy acknowledges that Abraham is dead and does not watch over any Jew. The only one watching is the Lord God. God is our father.

Is 63:16 For you are our Father, though Abraham does not know us, and Israel does not acknowledge us; you, O Lord, are our Father, our Redeemer from of old is your name.

Christians do not imagine the grief that would be upon our dead loved ones if they watched over us in our sinful life here on earth. They would be in heaven in holiness existing in great angst seeing their loved one’s sins. A Christian, justified, sanctified, and glorified, looking down in angst over their loved one’s life in sin, after their own death, is not anyone’s vision of being in heaven. Christians need to mature and be a witness for God and not dead loved ones.

You honor your deceased loved ones by living a Christian life. A Christian life honors God, by looking to and trusting God with your life. It is God that answers your prayers and orders your steps. The Lord’s Prayer is to God the Father, not dead loved one. Your dead loved one did not empower your sports performance, your college graduation, or see you through a rough period in your life. Your dead loved one is not the angel that saved you in an accident. God did.

Job 34:21 “For his eyes are on the ways of a man, and he sees all his steps.

Pr 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.

Ps 61:1 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer…

 

 

 

 

Friday, August 18, 2017 4:35 AM

7 Rules for Good Works

Friday, August 18, 2017 4:35 AM
Friday, August 18, 2017 4:35 AM

7 Rules for Good Works

Paul states that not by “works” “done by us in righteousness” in Titus 3.4-5. But, notice Paul only said “works” and not “good works”. Paul does say be zealous for good works in Titus 2.14. Good works are defined as a duty. First in Titus 3.4-5, a duty to recognize God as Lord and Jesus as Savior. Secondly in Titus 2.14, the duty to serve others.

Tt 3:4 But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, Tt 3:5 he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit…

Tt 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

These “good works” spoken of as prepared beforehand are only possible from the regeneration in salvation through Jesus Christ.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

To be ready for these works, we need to follow Paul’s seven proscriptions.

Tt 3:1 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, Tt 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.

  1. Be submissive to rulers (The one that has primary rule)
  2. Be submissive to authorities (The one that provides administrative control)
  3. Be obedient
  4. Be ready
  5. Speak no evil of no one
  6. Be gentle
  7. Show courtesy toward all

 

 

Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:20 AM

How to Think Speak and Live as a Christian

Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:20 AM
Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:20 AM

How to Think Speak and Live as a Christian

This verse tells Christians 6 things to think on, and 6 things to put out of a Christians life.

Think

Php 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Think on:

  1. Whatever is true
  2. Whatever is honorable
  3. Whatever is just
  4. Whatever is pure
  5. Whatever is lovely
  6. Whatever is commendable

The verse then ends with the guiding principal of Christian thinking: if there is any excellence, and if anything is worthy of praise. Christians are not to be involved with negativity in thought or words.

Speak

Why, because these six things give grace to the hearer, and build up others.

 Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Live

Six things that are not to be found in a Christian’s life.

Eph 4:31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Put out:

  1. All bitterness
  2. All wrath
  3. All anger
  4. All clamor
  5. All slander
  6. All malice

These six things grieve the Holy Spirit.

Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

 

 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:14 AM

Three Marks of a Christian

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:14 AM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:14 AM

Three Marks of a Christian

According to Paul, in these verses in Philippians, the Christian has three attributes that witness to a broken world. These three are joy, kindness/reasonableness, and the lack of anxiety in their life. It is in living joyously in all circumstances, being reasonable/kind to all, and trusting God by demonstrating a lack of anxiety in life that demonstrates to the lost world God’s glory.

Php 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Php 4:5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; Php 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Everyone knows the next verse Philippians 4.7 that tells of the peace that surpasses all understanding. Yet many Christians do not have this type of peace and wonder why. Why, because they failed to live out verses 4.4-6.

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

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