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God’s people

God’s people

Genesis 12:3

I will bless those who bless you.

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God is with us.

Deuteronomy 14:1

You are the children of the LORD your God.

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We are with God.

1 Samuel 12:22

For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people.

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God’s promise.

Psalms 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.

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No hope for U.S.A.

John 8:47

He who belongs to God hears what God says.

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Yes; He does speak to us.

John 10:16

I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen.

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There will be others to be included with us.

Galatians 3:26

You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

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Only through Jesus, there is no other way.

Hebrews 8:10

I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

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God gives us what we need to follow Him.

This is a basic outline that can be used and adjusted for some purpose in a study.

God will give us everything we need to do His will. He will never sent or tell us to do something and leave us empty handed.

Trust in Him and answer His call.

God loves us enough to put it down in writing. His Word is a record of what He did, is doing and will do for us; if we love and obey.



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You and the Sabbath

I know there are some that think there are no more laws that we need to follow.

For Salvation there is no other way than through the blood of Jesus, there is NO law that you can follow and make it to the Father by following it.

Salvation is free from the Father through Christ Jesus.

The Ten Commandments are NOT the Mosaic Law.

God gave the Ten Commandments for our health and a better life.

You can ask how and why.

Each day as you read the newspaper or watch tv you can see many things wrong in the world today.

Keep a list of the Ten Commandments in front of you and you can equate each news report to one of the Ten Commandments…Exodus 20:1-17

I am talking about any report from any country, we can see the connection to the Ten Commandments.

God did not write them in stone to last forever just to read now and then. He gave them to the human race that we can all live better by obeying them,

God gave them because of His love for us and we can keep them because of our love for Him.

Paul said that in Christ we have the freedom to do anything but if there is no value to it or if it dishonors God, what good is it?

Jesus said…John 14:15

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.

Why would we want to dishonor God? He loved us enough to give His Son to die for our sins. and to give Him our day of rest is no chore; if we love Him. We can do our working, shopping, eating out, our amusement and anything else we have on our mind, we have six other days to do this.

Jesus is infinitely superior to anything you give up.

John reduced all the Commandments to one “ love “ but we as humans want to take everything to the limit and at times beyond.

I know Christians claim they love, OH; I love chocolate but I can take it or leave it and a lot of times that is how they treat God.

As Christians we need to distinguish the difference between our want and our need. We tend to take care of our wants and place them before God.

I know someone who has been doing something that I feel is anti to the Word and I said something to them and the answer I got was…well; I guess I am a poor example and they are still doing what they were. This is where the pull of the world is greater than the love for God.

There are so many things that happen to people in their life, do you ever consider it as being correction from God; to make you wake up.

I would say generally you write it off as dumb luck, bad breaks, luck of the draw, someone else was the cause of it or any number of other excuses. Stop and take a serious look at the life you are living and it just might be God bringing correction to what you are doing. I am not saying everything is punishment, some of it is from our own stupidity and some could be that God is using you as an example to others.

When we honor God we need to do it all day, every day and not just at the times we want to…Luke 6:46

There are many things we do against our brothers and sisters but do you think before you do anything against God?…Matt. 10:28

How you live your life can make all the difference in your life.

1 Timothy 6:15b-16

God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Dear brothers and sisters I pray we can all honor God the way He should be, you will never get anything better but you can get worst. Look to God for everything and give thanks for what He gives you.


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Jesus & Sabbath P 2

Jesus healed the woman who had a spirit of infirmity on the Sabbath. ( Luke 13:10-17 )

He cured the man with the dropsy at the home of one of the chief Pharisees on the Sabbath as well. ( Luke 14:1-6 )

By preforming all these miracles on the Sabbath, Jesus endeavored to show the true compassionate spirit of the Law. At the very beginning of His ministry He had declared, “ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. ” ( Matt 5:17 )

Jesus thus attempted to restore to the Sabbath its original intent as He also did with other commandments. ( Matt 15:3-20, 23:13-33 ).

By allowing His disciples to pick grain on the Sabbath ( Mark 2:23-28 ), Jesus showed that physical needs are to be met on the Sabbath as well.

His illustration from the life of David ( Matt 12:3-4, Mark 2:25-26 ) likewise demonstrated that physical needs take precedence over the ceremonial law. Jesus explained that God prefers mercy exercised by man toward his fellow man, to sacrifices. ( Matt 12:7 )

After Christ’s Resurrection, the Day of Worship Began to Be Observed on the First Day of the Week

During His earthly life and ministry the Lord Jesus honored the seventh day as a day of worship and took care to demonstrate its original beneficent purpose.

The first day of the week was instituted by the disciples of Christ not as a substitution for the Jewish Sabbath, but as a way of commemorating the Lord’s resurrection. ( Acts 20:7, 1  Cor 16:2 )

In Greek that first day came to be called the day of the Lord. ( Rev 1:10 )

The Christians came together on the Lord’s Day and the Jews kept the Sabbath.

If we read the 10 Commandants, written in stone to last forever, we see the first few commandments are for us to honor God; our Creator and Sustainer and the remanding are for us to honor our fellow man. The 10 Commandments could be considered the first valentine from God telling us He loves us and for us to live in communion with Him and the rest of the human race we should do this.

We see in February on our calendar the date marked Valentine’s Day and it got on the calendar through a designation/OK from the government. Do you keep that day because it’s a “ law “?, no; of course not; you keep that day and special honor the one you love. With the 10 Commandments we give God special honor on your day of rest.

As Christians we need to distinguish need from pleasure, we have six days to do our thing but we need to keep one day a week for God.

I have found that our life is much better by keeping the Lord’s Day.


The following post will be You and the Sabbath.

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Jesus and the Sabbath P1

Mark 2:27

Then he said to them, “ The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. “

God Instituted the Sabbath as a Day of Rest

It is a day in which one should not do what he ordinarily can do the other six days of the week.

Exodus 23:12

“ Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest and the slave born in your household, and the alien as well, may be refreshed. “

Deuteronomy 5:14

but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest, as you do.

Besides being a day of refreshment, the Sabbath was likewise a day of corporate worship, commemorating God’s goodness.

Exodus 20:11

For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

As time went on, the Sabbath celebration degenerated into mere legalistic prohibitions which were not God’s original intent. Our Lord explicitly refuted the rigid restrictions which had developed by saying, “ The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath ” ( Mark 2:27 ). The Sabbath was, instituted to bless man and bring honor to God.

The Lord deliberately performed many of His miracles on the Sabbath.

One such miracle was the healing of the infirm man near the Pool of Bethesda ( John 5:5-18 ). According to tradition it was lawful to carry a sick person on a bed on the Sabbath because the bed was only an accessory, but to carry the bed alone, an ordinary burden, was unlawful. Thus the healed man was criticized for carrying his bed, and Jesus was censored for healing on the Sabbath a man who was not dying. ( Mark 3:1-6 )

The casting out of an unclean spirit at Capernaum also occurred on the Sabbath. ( Mark 1:21-27, Luke 4:33-37 )

Jesus cured Peter’s mother-in-law on the Sabbath after He had returned from the synagogue. ( Matt 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39 )

Jesus also healed the man with a withered hand in the synagogue during Sabbath observances. ( Matt 12:9-14, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11 )

Both the opening of the eyes of one born blind and the “ making of clay ” which was involved in this healing, brought criticism upon Jesus because they had been done on the Sabbath. ( John 9:1-16 )


The next post will be part 2 of Jesus and the Sabbath.

The following post will be You and the Sabbath.

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How Does the Christian Influence This World?

The World Can Be Divided into Two Kinds of People

First, there are the believers who in the Beatitudes are called blessed, indwelt by God because of Christ ( Matt 5:3-12 ).

They are the people who realize their spiritual helplessness, show sorrow over sin, and who are meek (or balanced between extremes), hungry for God’s righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, ridiculed, persecuted, or slandered because of Christ. Jesus compares them to salt and light.

The other group consists of the unbelievers of this world.

They are proud, self-sufficient, and do not understand their own unrighteousness before a Holy God.

The Believer Influences the Unbeliever by What He Is, Not by What He Has.

Christ did not say, “ You have salt and light to dispense, ” but rather “ You are the salt ….You are the light of the world ” ( Matt 5:13-14 ).

The believer’s very presence in the world acts as salt and light, preventing corruption and exposing wrong.

Being blessed means having God’s nature within ( 2 Pet. 1:4 ).

Because of Christ, the believers are no longer “ fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners ” ( 1 Cor 6:9-10 ).

Rather, they “ are washed … sanctified … justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ” ( 1 Cor 6:11 ).

Thus, they are “ a peculiar people ” ( Titus 2:14 ) who are observed by unbelievers. The word translated “ peculiar ” means “ who constitute His possession. ” It is the difference in their character which distinguishes them.

The adjective ( blessed ) means not only indwelt by God because of Christ, but also being fully satisfied. Having obtained peace with God through Christ, the believer is more fulfilled than if he had all the world as his possession ( Matt 16:26 ; Mark 8:36 ; Luke 9:25 ).

Seeing the believers’ contentment despite poverty and physical suffering, the unbelievers are amazed ( 2 Cor 6:10 ). It may even cause them to see their own lack of spiritual security in spite of worldly goods ( Rev 3:17 ).

The Believer Must Interact with This World of Corruption and Darkness in Order to Act as Salt and Light.

Just as salt is derived from the earth, so every believer is to remember that he is earthly ( 2 Cor 5:1 ).

But, in Christ he becomes “ free from the law of sin and death. ” ( Rom 8:2 ).

He acts as a preservative in the decaying world around him. Should he lose his Christlikeness, “his savor” (Matt. 5:13 ), he would no longer be of any use.

Likewise, the believer is light because Christ is the “ light of the world ” ( John 8:12 ). He can only reflect Christ’s light. Jesus tells him, “ Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ” ( Matt 5:16 ).

One day the total universe, ( John 8:12 ), will be completely transformed by Christ. The believer’s life should manifest the beginning of that transformation.

Brothers and sisters we have a choice. The path you take now will eventually lead you to eternal heavenly bliss or eternal damnation. Again; your choice.

I pray for the ones who are on the wrong path, that they see the light and I pray for the ones on the right path, that they ARE the light.

As you go through the day and I am not talking about one day, it’s everyday.

How do you represent God the Father in what you do or say?

Can others see God in YOU?

I pray that each one of us are the example to others that God wants us to be.


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Unconditional Surrender P2

Unconditional Surrender P2

To follow Christ there can be no halfhearted duties ( v 62 ).

The would-be disciples might have been miserable in Christ’s service because they would want to keep one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom of God.

To long for other things while in the Kingdom of God is a contradiction in terms and could even turn one into a pillar of salt.

The Kingdom of God is the major teaching of this unique part of Luke’s Gospel ( ch’s 9-19 ). To have it with half of a heart is like asking for a jelly sandwich at a Thanksgiving dinner.

I have never found it easy to be a Christian, but I have consistently found it is best. Jesus wants no summertime soldiers or fair-weather disciples.

Jesus is not antifamily, He is just pro-God.

When Ozark Christian College had a special honor on behalf of her beloved Dean, Seth Wilson. Thousands came to share in the special joy. The Wilson children were there to help all of the rest of us celebrate. At one point, Carl Wilson said to the crowd about his father, “I think Dad didn’t love us less; I think he just loved God more. “

The irony of it all is that when we put Jesus first, even before family, we become the best husbands and fathers and the best wives and mothers.

Don’t approach the Christian life or Christian work with half of a heart.

A young man was told one day by his dad to go cultivate the beans. That was the last thing he wanted to do. He wanted to sit in his room and listen to his stereo. To say that cultivating beans was not on his list of priorities would be to make a profound understatement.

He went, but he went very reluctantly. He was so disgusted with his lot that he turned the tractor radio to full blast and quickly got into the beat more than into the job. When he got to the end of the field he looked back and noticed that he had plowed up eight rows of beans. His dad was not a happy camper.

Halfheartedness doesn’t work well on the farm or in the Kingdom of God.

Dear brothers and sisters give your all to God; He gave His all to us.


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Unconditional Surrender P1

Unconditional Surrender

Luke 9:57-62

As they were walking along the road, a man said to him,  “ I will follow you wherever you go. ” Jesus replied,  “ Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. ” He said to another man,  “ Follow me. ” But the man replied,  “ Lord, first let me go and bury my father. ” Jesus said to him,  “ Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God. ” Still another said,  “ I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say good-by to my family. ” Jesus replied,  “ No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. ”

Someone said, “ The Holy Spirit won’t manifest Himself until we deny ourselves. ” This is a real key to following Christ.

We must do spiritually speaking what the Japanese did militarily speaking on September 2nd aboard the U.S.S. Missouri. We must sign on with an “ unconditional surrender. ”

People who really love God welcome the opportunity to reassess their commitment to Him. People who haven’t fallen in love with Christ usually squirm in the pew when we approach the “would-be” disciples.

What did the “ disciple wanna-be’s ” learn in this text?

To follow Christ there can be no earthly securities ( vv 57-58 ).

The man offers the presumptuous challenge. It sounds like a “ no strings attached ” commitment. We want to stand and applaud him.

But Jesus responds in personal testimony with highly figurative language. Foxes and birds have homes, but the Son of Man holds on to nothing in this fallen world as a security blanket.

In fact the only earthly home that Jesus had was a cross.

John 19:30

When he had received the drink, Jesus said,  “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

To follow Christ there can be no prior loyalties ( vv 59-61 ).

Jesus waits for no presumptuous remark this time. He engages the man, “ Follow me. ” The challenge is for the man to radically rearrange his life in obedience to Christ.

This second candidate asks to bury his father first.

The third candidate says he will follow, “but … “

Both men had the prior loyalty of family. Jesus’ strange remark about dead people burying dead people shows that He doesn’t like to receive an indefinite postponement of commitment.


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