Archive for February, 2013

Christ Came, Who Is Over All, The Eternally Blessed God

February 22, 2013

Romans 9:5 reads “… Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.”

The NKJV has it “… Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God ….”

The NIV translates it “… Christ, who is God over all, forever praised ….”

Conclusion: Christ is God (deity) according to this text.

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Spiritual Tragedy by Bill Hall

February 15, 2013

Melvin Gordon is dead. He loved his family, and was especially concerned for his sister who suffered from a serious kidney ailment. "I would do almost anything to restore my sister’s health," he told his wife. So he drove to a local hospital, put a rifle muzzle to his head, and fired one shot. Pinned to his shirt was a note, "Get my kidney within one hour." A kidney, however, to be used for a transplant, must be taken at the moment of death and kept filled with flowing blood to avoid tissue deterioration. They found him too late. His kidneys could not be used. Melvin Gordon died in vain.

What a tragic story! And the story becomes doubly tragic in the realization that had Melvin Gordon taken the time to learn the facts, he could have helped his sister while continuing to live a normal life himself! But, he acted according to his feelings, on impulse, and as a result he is dead and his sister continues to suffer from her kidney ailment. He died in vain because he didn’t take the time to learn the truth.

The tragic story of Melvin Gordon is being spiritually re-enacted in the lives of millions of people throughout the world–people who are religious; who are zealous in their religion; who are giving liberally of their time, money, and talents; who would gladly die for the cause they have espoused; who both expect and desire to go to heaven; but people who have really given little consideration to what God has said concerning that which pleases Him. In fact, while many of them read the Bible every day, they frankly admit that they have little knowledge as to what the Bible teaches. They have plunged headlong into some cause without demanding book, chapter, and verse to show God’s authority behind that cause.

These people vary widely in what they are doing. One person may have done one thing "to be saved," while another may have done something entirely different. One person may be caring for the day nursery for the church while another is playing on the church softball team. But the one thing they have in common is that they are all "doing" without having taken the time to investigate what they ought to be doing.

Such action leads to spiritual tragedy. "Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:21-23).

In the judgment, the question will not be, "Were you religious?" but, "Did you do the will of the Father in heaven?" Only those who are diligently studying God’s will and are doing it can face that judgment with confidence. Don’t give your life in vain.

Work Diligently

February 8, 2013

The Bible has a lot to say about our obligation to work diligently at our jobs or school …

· Proverbs 10:4-5 Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. He who gathers crops in summer is a wise son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.

· Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

· Proverbs 6:6-11 Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest– and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man.

· Proverbs 20:4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.

· Ecclesiastes 10:18 If a man is lazy, the rafters sag; if his hands are idle, the house leaks.

· Proverbs 12:24 The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.

· Proverbs 28:19 He who tills his land will have plenty of bread, But he who follows frivolity will have poverty enough!

We would be pleasing God and wise to take heed to such instruction.

Exactly Why Most Churches Have Changed On Many Issues

February 1, 2013

My friend John Gibson recently gave me an interesting quote from a few decades back by Anthony Dunnavant in the Orange County (California) Register – “Some conservative groups believe that divorced people who marry another spouse are living in sin. However, the number of divorces in the United States has led most denominations away from that teaching.

First, it is easy to establish that “divorced people (unless they have put away their spouses for fornication – Matthew 19:9a) who marry another spouse are living in sin.” Matthew 5:32b and Luke 16:18b both say whoever marries a divorced person commits adultery. This was even true in John the Baptist’s day, as he told Herod that it was “not lawful … to have” his spouse (she still belonged to her original husband – Mark 6:18).

But what is most disturbing about the above Dunnavant quote is the reason churches have moved away from what the Bible clearly teaches on this subject. It is not because an honest investigation of the scriptures has caused many to change their views and practices on divorce; the quote suggests it is because of the multiplicity of divorces. Preachers have quit teaching the truth on the topic because there was so much sin – they decided to give in to the sin!

What about the church you are a member of? Have they followed suit?

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth … (II Timothy 4:3ff).