Archive for December, 2003

God believes in spanking

Wednesday, December 31st, 2003 at 9:59 am

Psalm 89:31-33 (KJV) If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments; 32 Then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes. 33 Nevertheless my lovingkindness will I not utterly take from him, nor suffer my faithfulness to fail.

When God’s children misbehave, God uses the rod and stripes to bring his children back in line. Spanking is a tool and when it is used in the correct manner, it is a good and effective tool – no matter what Dr. Phil, Dr. Spock, etc. say. It should not be used in anger but in lovingkindness.

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by Gordy

That they all may be one

Saturday, December 27th, 2003 at 10:04 pm

John 17:20-21 (KJV) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Many in the ecumenical movement use verse 21 to try to get all denominations to join together. After all, the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for us to be one, right? But notice verse 20. He says he is praying for all who will believe – not just those who are alive at the moment. He wants all believers to know and believe the same doctrines – the ones taught in God’s word. If your doctrines do not agree with the scriptures, I cannot be united with you.

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by Gordy

If you love me

Thursday, December 25th, 2003 at 12:13 am

John 14:15 (KJV) If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Many people use this verse as a means of laying burdens on people – you know, thou shalt do this and thou shalt do that and if you don’t, you’re not saved. That is definitely not what this verse teaches. What it really is saying is if you love Jesus like we are supposed to love him, we will keep his commandments – even if we don’t know all his commandments. If we love him like we should, we will seek out his commandments and what pleases him and do those things. For example, I love my wife very much. I try to do those things that please her. She never wrote down a list of commandments for me to keep to prove that I love her – I know that if I love her like I am supposed to love her, I’ll be doing the things that please her. If I love her, I won’t commit adultery with another woman. I’m sure if my wife were to write a list of commandments for me to keep to prove I love her, not cheating on her would be on that list. But since I love her like I should, I don’t even need her to write that list because I’m already doing those things that prove my love for her. And on those rare occasions when I can tell she is not happy, I try to find out why she is not happy so I can alter my behaviour to bring it back in line with what pleases her.

If we love the Lord Jesus Christ as we are supposed to love him, we will do those things that please him without having to be told. And when we know he is not happy, we will seek out what is needed to correct our way so we will keep him happy.

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by Gordy

Written with the finger of God

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003 at 10:38 pm

Exodus 31:17-18 (KJV) It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. 18 And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

God wrote with his own finger that he created everything in only 6 days.

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by Gordy

Limiting God

Sunday, December 21st, 2003 at 9:02 pm

Psalm 78:41 (KJV) Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

This passage talks about the time when Israel was in the wilderness after leaving Egypt. They complained and murmured against God. Rather than trusting in God’s provision, they complained and begged for specific desires. Because of their complaining, God gave them exactly – and only – what they wanted. Because of their complaining, God held back on the bountiful blessings he wanted to bestow. If we trust God and his provisions, whatever he provides will be far better than what we think we need and want.

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by Gordy

Signs and wonders

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 at 7:32 pm

Jesus is seeking a people of faith – not people who believe because of signs and wonders.

John 4:48 (KJV) Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

With so many reports of apparitions, one has to wonder who is the source of those apparitions.

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by Gordy

Light before the sun

Tuesday, December 16th, 2003 at 6:52 pm

Many people argue that Genesis 1 is not to be taken literally because it tells us there was light 3 days before the sun, moon, & stars were created. The Psalmist tells us that light and the sun are two distinct entities:

Psalm 74:16 (KJV) The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

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by Gordy

Getting rid of the Bible? Then get rid of the 7 day week too.

Friday, December 12th, 2003 at 9:45 am

Exodus 20:11 (KJV) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Years, months, & days all have basis in astronomy. But the 7 day week is only found in the Bible. If you are one of those who are trying to remove God and the Bible from everything, then you better get rid of the seven day week. If you don’t, you still will be following what God established.

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by Gordy

Jesus restored what he did not take away

Thursday, December 11th, 2003 at 10:00 pm

Psalm 69:4 (KJV) They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.

I owed a debt I could not pay. Jesus paid a debt he did not owe. I sinned and took away fellowship with God. Jesus Christ died on the cross and took my sins, rose again from the dead and restored my fellowship with God.

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by Gordy

Genesis is the foundation

Wednesday, December 10th, 2003 at 11:11 am

Luke 24:27 (KJV) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Even Jesus started with Genesis when he taught. To get the correct understanding of the scriptures, we must begin in Genesis.

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by Gordy