Thursday, September 13, 2018

Righteous Law and Godly Faith Always Point To Jesus Christ

Despite all the religions and philosophizers in this world, God has provided all of humanity with one and only one Savior, Jesus, the Christ of God, and only one plan of salvation through Him for all time and eternity.

Isaiah 9:6-7
6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Matthew 1:20-23
20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21  And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22  Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23  Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2  The same was in the beginning with God.
3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.    
5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6  There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7  The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

John 3:1-21
1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2  The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4  Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
8  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.
9  Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
10  Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
11  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
12  If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
13  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
14  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15  That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

John 14:1-7
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.    
4  And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5  Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

Matthew 5:17-20
17  Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

John 12:44-50
44   Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
45  And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.
46  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
49  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
50  And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Galatians 3:1-29
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2  This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4  Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5  He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8  And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9  So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10  For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12  And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13  Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14  That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15  Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
16  Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
17  And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.
18  For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.    
19  Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
20  Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
21  Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.
22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25  But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29  And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Today, you, too, can be born again, as God calls all souls, by repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. God will accept no excuses from anyone who neglects to receive His gift.

Luke 16:19-31
19  There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20  And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21  And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23  And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24  And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26  And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27  Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
28  For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29  Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30  And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31  And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

God has one Christ and one way of salvation. We all need to admit our sin and receive this singular eternal blessing that God is offering to us in Jesus Christ.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Another Of The Same Is NOT Something Different

Any honest discussion must admit that there is a lot of religious and anti-religious activity, speculation, and philosophizing that goes on in this world. But, how does all that compare to God's true message, even among so-called Christian churches and institutions? 

In the beginning of the world, in the Garden of Eden, the devil tempted Eve with his mantra of, "Yea, hath God said...?" That satanic doubt-casting often instills doubt in those who are weak in godly faith and weak in their relative familiarity with God and His Word. That doubt and weakness grow into practiced willful ignorance in those who neglect to return to God's Word to seek God's answers to the questions raised. That willful ignorance then turns into corrupted beliefs and corrupted practices that are contrary to what God expects of and commands us.

In addressing the first century church in Galatia, Paul points out to them that there is heresy in what some people among them are promoting there. He makes the godly distinction between another message or thing of the same type versus another thing or idea that is different or discrepant from the original. 

God's Word is true and reliable throughout all generations, according to numerous biblical references that span more than 1,500 years of divinely transcribed and preserved revelation pertaining to all manner of things relating to God, humanity, and God's total Creation. It is God who dictated how to write it down, and God alone who has preserved it for us. It is His Word, so, of course He wants us to stick to the same message and not corrupt it. He sternly warns all people against tampering with what He has said, both early on in Scripture and at the end of the Bible.

So, whether we have honest questions or though the devil himself challenges us with doubtful questions, we need to return to God and His Word (even as Jesus did) for the Word of God (the Bible) has the only true answers that have ever been provided for our learning, guidance, and our spiritual and practical profit. Let us not forget that the word "success" is only used once in all of God's Word, and very pointedly. 

Even the longest of our lives is short, therefore, God has directed us to shun dishonest questions and doubtful disputations that others raise, for such things waste our time and energy, of which we all have so little in this life. In Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus commanded believers to be lights that shine His eternal truth into this dark and decaying world system, because, one day, the very fabric of this present creation shall be put to the torch by God Himself, even as we are warned in 2 Peter Chapter 3. God's biblical message of our fall in sin and His plan of redemption has always has been God's consistent biblical message and mission, throughout all ages, for any soul who says that he/she believes God and His message. If we claim to believe God, His Word, and His Christ, let us NOT be led astray by false teachers and false prophets, but rather, let us cleave unto the Word of God as He has commanded us.

Galatians 1:6-9
I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
9  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.     

In the Greek of this scripture, the first "another" gospel that Paul mentions is "heteros" meaning different, whereas, the second "another" reference that Paul mentions is 'allos' meaning the same. Those of us who claim to believe God's Word need to be of discerning mind and spirit.

Do NOT accept doubtful attacks from any source for those are attempting to get you to follow another different message and plan that is contrary to what God wants for you and the rest of humanity. 

Do NOT allow yourself to be carried away by fear, doubt, or ignorance. Trust God's Word and His Christ. Walk in the light of God's Word by refreshing yourself in another scriptural helping of the same message that God has always given to humanity.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sexual Exploitation, Predation, and Provocation

From the beginning, God has warned humanity about our lusts, and about our tendency to abuse the natural gifts that He gives to each of us. There are many things in which we offend God, and one another, not the least of which is in the realm of sexually motivated selfish interests. All willful and ignorant contrariness against God and His ways is sin, no matter how we seek to justify, or excuse, or ignore the sin in ourselves or in others. Sin is rooted in our desire to please ourselves first, as we make idols of ourselves and our passions. Even a superficial reading of God's Word can easily illuminate any honest heart, spirit, and mind regarding this matter. 

Our Creator and Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, ensured that we are without excuse regarding this matter when His Spirit preserved for us three separate accounts of His condemnation of anyone and everyone who puts spiritual and moral stumbling blocks in the path of other souls: Matthew 18:6, Mark 9:42, and Luke 17:2. God's Christ even went a step farther to emphasize His point when He spoke of what would condemn us in our sin (John 12:48), if we choose to not repent. If one attempts to avoid the issue, that, too, is a deliberate choice to not repent. God wants us to be saved, but He also wants us to make the right choice for ourselves, rather than forcing us to choose right.

As the Bible's Book of Romans, so aptly, points out, both, the Old and New Testaments of God's Word agree that most of what we call personal preferences and entertainment, today, is sin, and is condemned by God. Furthermore, His Word assures us that, if we refuse to repent of our sin to God and fail to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for His only plan of salvation, we shall have chosen to die in our sins and to burn in eternal damnation. We must seek and accept God's salvation in order to be saved from our sin nature!

Our various modern social communication systems, news, and marketing media are LOADED with stories about sexual predators and victims, but where are the parents, the pastors, the churches, the government officials, and the friends and family who are supposed to be providing GODLY guidance to each other and our upcoming generations, warning each other about sinful behaviors of others and of our own sin? We love our sin and lust so much that we allow all manner of sin in others until it hits home and hurts us! THEN, finally, we howl like car-struck dogs, snapping, growling, and biting any guilty looking party, as we bemoan the awful things that were done to us or our friends or family members... even though we and our friends and family have played with that same fire that has burned us.

Our various media publically condemn sexual exploitation, even as they exploit sex and sexual exposition for monetary gain. We, collectively, send our immodestly dressed or mostly naked children or family members into the world into sports arenas, beaches, schools, and a host of other venues where they vie for sexual supremacy in the eyes of their peers, just like the peers/parents vie for sexual placement and favors in the workplace, social organizations, or even in churches. Sexual exposure has become a high value coin to expedite one getting noticed, complimented, fawned over, and corporally loved for our natural attributes. THIS IS NOT GOD's way nor is it His calling for our lives. God calls that spiritual whoredom, for we make ourselves and sex into idols. By contrast, God says that sex and sexual intimacy are for a husband(=man) and his wife(=woman) to share in private. Human sex (including it's intimate parts/members) is NOT for public exposure, consumption, nor public entertainment. We confuse and curse ourselves with our indulgences in this matter. We are in dire need of repentance and salvation.

People who wear styles that flaunt their sexual attributes, either deliberately or ignorantly, provoke the sexual interest of predators, as well as that of people who try to live, think, and act modestly. Those who engage in activities that expose, reveal, or flaunt their sexual attributes cannot say that they didn't mean to flaunt their intimate parts in front of others, when in fact they have exposed, or teased others with, virtually every nook, cranny, or bulge of their physical body, without regard for the effect that their self-exposure has on other people. As the Bible says of our wayward condition, "...sin lieth at the door.", a historical cry that goes all the way back to Cain's murder of his brother Abel. And, yes, we are killing one another mentally, emotionally, morally, physically, and spiritually, with our sinfully dull-witted sexual exploits and exploitation of each other. 

Many, also, are easily led or swayed because they lack conviction or moral character: a case in point being men/boys or women/girls who wear things that fit immodestly, but that soul knows better. The observer of such an immodestly clad soul who has a conscience about the matter can quickly notice the immodestly clad person constantly fiddling with her/his clothing in an attempt to keep some body part from being exposed immodestly. If the person meant to flaunt the body part, then why adjust the clothing? If the person intended to dress modestly, then why wear clothing that exposes one's private parts? If The person had no conscience or conviction about how immodest the clothing was there would be no attempt to adjust it to cover private body parts that were being immodestly exposed. 

One cannot assume the motive for wearing the particularly immodest attire, whether due to poverty, peer pressure, ignorant experimentation, willful lust for attention, or whatever. The fact remains that the soul who is constantly attempting to make immodestly designed/fitting clothing try to cover her/his private parts, that soul demonstrates conscience toward God's plan for modesty, and condemns the sexually motivated or sexually provocative exposure of ourselves in public. 

Another case in point is so-called "bathing suits" for women, wherein they would probably not want to be 'caught dead' in their "underwear" in public, but slap a different name on the items of minimalistic clothing and the women/girls, for the sake of style and daring one another will all but strip naked in front of anyone, and with impunity, as long as someone will call their scanty attire anything other than sin and nakedness. THAT is sin and self-deception at work, if ever I have seen it.

Both, women and men are sexually exploited and exploiters. Both may work hard to attract the attention of those in power to advance their prowess in any given field of endeavor, with some either exploiting or making believe that the revealing of their intimate parts doesn't matter. Many also expose their bodies for general visual or physical consumption and worship by their audiences, customers, or fans, whether in the office, the Olympics, school sports, in business, entertainment, or for personal enticement or pleasure. 

What need is there for the thinly veiled genitalia of men and women in any sporting venue, other than the worship of sex and sexuality? That worship of the human body was the way of the Greeks and other pagan cultures. But, God is not laughing. Only fools delude themselves to think that no one is noticing the sexual provocations that bombard us continually, when those in front of us minimize or remove their clothes, or flaunt some sexually loaded behavior. 

We drown ourselves, today, in unbuttoned blouses, scant or no attire in public or family events, tight or slit skirts, crevice hugging leggings/pants or bulging trousers, thong or 'speedo' attire. Besides such "tip of the iceberg" perversions of what is called 'acceptable clothing', we invite into our homes (with internet, television, and movies) all manner of lust and human degradation. God is not laughing, and we desperately need to repent.

Hypocritical media demand men to be stone statues toward women, even as the media promote male and female homosexuality, that God condemns. To line their own coffers, the media heavily promote, and rely on, even demand, that women dress and act as whores, to entice and prey upon spiritually weak, lustful people. The "bread and circuses" of the old Roman Empire were no match for the perversity of today's society. Our excesses, today, would even make Sodom and Gomorrah blush, as we revel in our sinful failure. 

Our worldly lustful engorgement with sin is in utter and willful denial of God's truth that He places into every human being, even as God says in Romans Chapter One. Modern media thrive on monetary gain and power that are reaped from the sexual exploitation and sexual weaknesses of young and old alike. 

My dear friends, our collective lusts condemn us as a society, as we voraciously promote and victimize one another in our sexual hypocrisies. 

And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

We must repent and be saved, or die in our sin, even as you see that God has already sounded His call and commands humanity, everywhere, to repent. 

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Salvation's Simplicity IN Christ. Do Your Beliefs Measure Up To God's Standard?

What do you claim to believe, or not believe? Are you willing to examine your brand of faith, religion, or philosophy, by open-mindedly reading what God says?

Here is what the apostle, Paul, said to some believers in his day:

2 Corinthians Chapter 11
1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in [my] folly: and indeed bear with me.
2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

What is that simplicity of which Paul speaks? Look here in Acts 16:36, for it is only by "...repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”

How do we get ourselves into trouble =>> Romans 1-3
The Bible's truth about Jesus Christ =>> John 1 through 3
Scriptural questions about God's only real Savior => Here
Discover God's only salvation plan => In YOUR language!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

People Who Believe God & People Who Don't Believe Him: It's Our Choice Forever!

There are tons of religions and philosophies in this world. But, God says that His Way is the only way. So, what is the reason for all the contrariness against what God has been telling us from the beginning? Let's see what the Holy Spirit of God spoke through Paul, when discussing the difference between biblical Christianity and everyone else.

2 Corinthians 4:1-7 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2  But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4  In whom the god of this world [Ed. note: the little "g" in the small lettered god refers to the devil.] 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.
5  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6  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.
7  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.   

In Christ, God has provided His perfect and only salvation. Without excuse, every person, either, deliberately chooses God's plan or we deliberately choose to be forever lost in our sin. Luke 16 and Romans 1 make that godly premise abundantly clear to all who want to know God's Truth. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

First Hand Witnesses That Jesus REALLY Exists: Acceptable In Any Court That Sticks To Real Evidence

Many people today refuse to accept the Bible as truth. They usually accept all or most of the anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-Bible stuff that they read and hear elsewhere in the world, from their families, or among their friends. YET, despite their acceptance of all the worldly attacks on Christ and the Bible, in their stubborn sinful nature, they refuse to read God's Word (the Bible) for themselves.

Those who deny or attack the Bible and Christ Jesus are often quick to make all sorts of claims against Jesus Christ and the Bible. But, let's look at an evidence summary that the Apostle Paul stated, about the historical listing of persons who saw Jesus alive, after Jesus arose from the dead. Paul did this to remind Corinthian believers (and all of us) that there really IS a true historical basis for what they believed when they accepted and believed on the good news that Jesus came, as God in the flesh, to suffer and die and rise again to redeem us from sin (separating us from sin), that we might have a better life and better hope than those who play at religion, or love the world and themselves more than they love God and His Truth.

1 Corinthians 15:3-11:
3  For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4  And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5  And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6  After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7  After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8  And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9  For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11  Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. 

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Common Sense Weapons Rules

Craig's Weapons Rules

1. IF I have weapons related questions, I need to talk with someone whom I can trust.
2. ANYTHING with which I can potentially damage life or property is a potential weapon.
3. I am ALWAYS responsible for how I store, maintain, and use every weapon that I possess.
4. I MUST ALWAYS assume that every firearm is loaded, and I MUST CHECK that EVERY firearm breach, chamber, and magazine is safely secured.
5. I MUST NEVER finger the trigger of a firearm UNTIL I am ready to pull its trigger on a clear target, so that ONLY the INTENDED TARGET will be hit by my bullet.
6. I MUST ALWAYS aim the muzzle of MY firearm in the safest direction that I can find at that time... AND, I MUST NEVER aim ANY weapon at ANYTHING that I do not intend to deliberately hit, damage, or destroy.
7. I MUST SECURE my weapon whenever I am not actively engaging a target, or demonstrating or cleaning my weapon, whether it is a firearm or some other weapon. A SECURE WEAPON is one that I have personally put into a condition in which it is LEAST likely to present a hazard to me, other people, creatures, or property.
8. I MUST ALWAYS BE ALERT! A safe weapon plan a moment ago may no longer be safe. I MUST constantly EVALUATE whether any recent change in my environment makes it necessary for me to change the way I am securing my weapon. I am ALWAYS responsible for how I and others use MY weapon.
9. I AM RESPONSIBLE for weapons that I hand to other people. I MUST NEVER hand MY weapons to anyone whom I cannot trust 100% to protect the lives and property around me. I need to KNOW that that person, with whom I share MY weapon, can safely handle it. Even if someone is charming, friendly, or smart, that doesn't mean he/she knows weapon safety.
10. When I handle or fire any weapon, I AM RESPONSIBLE for what the weapon or its projectile does. I cannot blame my weapon for my decisions. I MUST NOT ASSUME that my weapon's projectile shall go straight, even if it usually does. I AM responsible for ANY and ALL damage I cause with my weapon.
11. IF weapons handlers near me won't practice weapons safety, then I MUST secure and remove MY weapons, then move to a location of greater safety.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Godly Faith Versus Religiosity, Fleshly vs Spiritual Jews, & God's Plan of Salvation

The apostle, Paul, loads this New Testament book of the Bible with general references to Old Testament principles about real faith versus the lack thereof. Through Paul, God challenges us to examine the faith that we claim for our brand of religion or philosophy. It raises the question of whether we have chosen earthly mumbo-jumbo, or IF we really believe God's eternal promises.

God warns us, further, that the Jews are still God's chosen people, whether we and the world like it or not. 1 Kings 19:18 is the main source to which Paul is referring when he mentions Elias (Elias is the common [Koine] Greek way of saying the Jewish name Elijah). The Jewish world in the time of Elias/Elijah was almost totally corrupt spiritually (like our world today), but God reassured Elias/Elijah that he was not the last believer alive. This is very important to understand, because there is a lot of religion and religiosity in our world today, but there is very little that agrees with what God says in His Word. God's Word is always right, no matter what the world says.

Romans 11 is really a wake up call to everyone in the world who professes anything for or against spiritual things, as it mirrors certain aspects of Romans 1. For, herein, God shows, again, that He is concerned about Christians, Jews, and Gentiles in general, that we might each, and all, figure out whether we are really believers in God's way of doing things, or if we are just playing religion, thus, only fooling ourselves about how God defines His Messiah and His only plan of salvation

Romans 11:1-36
  I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.
2  God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying,
3  Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life.
4  But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
6  And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.
7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.
9  And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
10  Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
11  I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.
12  Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness?
13  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
14  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?
25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
26  And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:
27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
 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!
34  For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35  Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36  For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Cast Yourself On This Rock, Don't Stumble Over It

Romans 9:33
"As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."

Hebrews 9:27
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” 

Like it or not, God says that we get only this one earthly life in which to choose where we are going to spend eternity. God's default setting for our deliberate rejection, our procrastination, and our neglect of His plan of redemption all yield the same tortured end, forever. Yes, neglect and procrastination are choices, also. So, please, don't choose to end up in hell and the lake of fire, forever, with the rest of the people who reject God's plan of salvation. This last link shows clearly that damnation is no party, and those there are alone in their suffering.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

God's Law & Promises Expose Our Sin Nature AND Offer Us Salvation

No matter how good or bad we think that we or someone else are, we have foolishly compared ourselves to one another, instead of comparing ourselves to God's perfection and His Law. ALL of God's Law and all human law that agrees with God's Law are good for testing ourselves, our deeds, and our motivations. There are way too many times that we either denigrate ourselves or someone else, or we elevate or worship ourselves or others, as  we fail to test all things by God and His Word. For instance, sin is promoted as a popular and cheap commodity, and even believers flock to the temple of sinful pleasure and self-indulgence, yet our willingness to forgive others who have sinned against us is at a premium. Coming in at last place, in the spiritual war, is our infrequent or grudging obedience to God's Word. 

Even, we, who call ourselves Bible believers, are swift to justify ourselves, and slow to condemn our own sin. We may also excuse or ignore the sin of others that our own sin might be overlooked, hoping that we can continue to practice that which displeases God. Sometimes, we think that we can 'clean up our act' without repenting, so that, maybe, we can snuggle up to God or our fellow Man, but, in our lack of repentance, we abuse God's love toward us and despise the blood of Christ that bought us back from sin. So we condemn ours actions. 

Even those who claim to be atheistic or polytheistic condemn their own sinful denial of God and His Christ, when they do righteous things that are mandated by The One True God and His Christ. I'm not picking on those whom most people would agree are sinners, for some of the most egregious sins are committed by those who profess a saving knowledge and faith in The One True God, saying that they believe His Word, yet we still willfully choose to sin against our Savior by "presumptuous" (deliberate, "I know better but I'm going to do what I want") actions. The Bible's Book of Romans is loaded with precious information about who we are, what we do, and how we need to and can 'get right' with God. How about making today a day of practicing repentance in all things? Let's call things what God calls them. Let's examine ourselves in His Light. Let's turn away from sin and toward God's Christ and God's ways, by faith and deliberate action. He does not call us by accident, so let us not wait to accidentally happen upon Him and His plan for our lives, since He is already holding us all together and giving us life.

Romans 3:3-31
 3  For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?
4  God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
5  But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)
6  God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?
7  For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner?
8  And not rather, (as we be slanderously reported, and as some affirm that we say,) Let us do evil, that good may come? whose damnation is just.
9  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
17  And the way of peace have they not known:
18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.    
19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24  Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
27  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.
28  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29  Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30  Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31  Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law. 

ALL of God's Law and all righteous human laws show us human sin. Sin is exposed and condemned by God and His Law. But, God's Law and human law do not stop sin. Law does not change human desire, motivation, or action. Righteous Law exposes sin and pronounces righteous judgment and penalties upon sin. 

In contrast to Law and its condemnation of sin, God has mercifully provided one and only one Way for the salvation and real peace for humanity, that we might escape the penalty for sin. That One Way is "repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ". God will accept nothing less than 100% observance of 100% of ALL of His Laws, OR, IF we accept His Gift to us, placing our faith and trust in Jesus, God's only Christ and Savior. The choice of your eternal destiny is yours.