Archive for January, 2004

Only one human race?

Monday, January 19th, 2004 at 1:42 pm

Acts 17:26 (KJV) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

All men are of one blood. There is not a white race, a black race, an Indian race, an Asian race, an aborigine race. We are all the same.

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by gahammerle

Search the scriptures daily

Monday, January 19th, 2004 at 1:34 pm

Acts 17:11 (KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Studying the word of God every day is certainly a noble pursuit. Each person must do so on his own. We cannot just rely on hearing from a preacher – we need to verify from the scriptures what the preacher says – no matter how great the preacher may be. Remember, God’s word says the Bereans were noble for verifying what Paul – arguably the greatest preacher of all – told them. If you truly are a Christian with the indwelling Holy Spirit, those who tell you that you can’t understand the scriptures on your own are lying to you and are trying to teach a false way.

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by gahammerle

Turn the world upside down

Monday, January 19th, 2004 at 1:28 pm

Acts 17:6 (KJV) And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

The preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ will turn the world upside down. When a person hears and receives the gospel, he becomes a new creature. Old things are passed away. He or she has new desires and old desires are put away. He or she begins to act different, talk different, dress different. His or her world is not the same. God is exalted. That certainly is upside down from the present world.

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by gahammerle

All thy house and baby-sprinklers

Monday, January 19th, 2004 at 1:19 pm

Acts 16:31 (KJV) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

Some who practice baby “baptism” use this verse as justification. Even though scripture does not mention any babies, pedobaptists believe that the phrase “all thy house” would indicate that babies or toddlers were present. Not only is it bad practice to develop teachings on what one reads between the lines of scriptures, if one were to take the verse in context and read further, one would see that scripture does in fact tell us that babies were not present. Read verse 34:

And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

Notice it states that all his house believed in God – something a baby could not do.

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by gahammerle

Self made man?

Monday, January 12th, 2004 at 10:04 am

Psalm 100:3 (KJV) Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

God made us – not we ourselves. You’re a self-made man? I don’t think so.

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by gahammerle

How fast do you respond?

Friday, January 9th, 2004 at 4:08 pm

Acts 8:29-30 (KJV) Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. 30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?

When God commanded Philip to witness to the eunuch, Philip ran to him. How fast do you respond? Do you put up excuses? Do you ask God for more confirmation that he really wants you to do what he commanded? When God commands, just do it.

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by gahammerle

Believe first, then be baptized

Friday, January 9th, 2004 at 4:03 pm

Acts 8:36-37 (KJV) And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? 37 And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

The Ethiopian eunuch could not be baptized until after he first professed his belief in Jesus Christ as Son of God.

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by gahammerle

Will it come to nought?

Monday, January 5th, 2004 at 12:58 pm

Acts 5:38 (KJV) And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:

Earlier in this passage, Gamaliel mentioned two other men who gathered to themselves disciples. These two men perished and their disciples scattered – not to be heard from again. Jesus was crucified and his disciples grew in number. Even many of his disciples were put to death and yet the teachings of Jesus Christ continue to spread.

If it be of men, it will come to nought. If it be of God, it will (and continue to) flourish.

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by gahammerle

It is finished

Thursday, January 1st, 2004 at 6:29 pm

John 19:30 (KJV) When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Some people think when Jesus said it is finished that the way of salvation was complete. But if Jesus had not defeated death by rising from the dead, salvation would not be complete. John is the only one of the gospel writers who records the actual words of Jesus right before he died. All others just say that Jesus cried with a loud voice. John is also the only one who calls Jesus the lamb of God. When Jesus cried out “It is finished,” he was saying that his task of being the sacrifice for sin, the lamb of God, was finished. Jesus still had the task of being the high priest of God.

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by gahammerle

Are you thirsty?

Thursday, January 1st, 2004 at 6:07 pm

In John 19:28, when Jesus was hanging on the cross, he said he thirsted.

After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.

In Luke 16:24, the rich man who died and went to hell cried out because he was thirsty.

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.

Thirst is part of the torment of hell – part of the punishment for sin. When Jesus was on the cross, he took all our sin upon himself and endured the punishment that we deserve.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Jesus also provided a way to relieve the thirst:

John 7:37-38 (KJV) In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

Revelation 22:17 (KJV) And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

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