Archive for November, 2005

Our desire

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 at 12:26 pm

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

It should be our desire and our goal, that when the Lord Jesus Christ receives us home, he has little left to change in us. We should strive here on earth to be so much like him now that there should be very little difference between how we are in this life and how we are in life everlasting.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Christian Shirts and Stuff

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005 at 10:12 pm

I found a place that allows people to create a design and then have that design put on shirts, mousepads, clocks, mugs, etc. With fewer and fewer places producing quality (meaning KJV and not mimicing the world) shirts, I figured I would try to come up with a few designs of my own. I’ve created one (still have some others in my head) and setup a shop at http://www.cafepress.com/voicecrying. Hopefully, I’ll have some more designs available soon.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

See if you can pass the test no one else has

Monday, November 28th, 2005 at 4:42 pm

Many have tried, but no one has passed this test. Can you?

Take the test now – just 10 short questions.

by Gordy

Fishers of men

Monday, November 28th, 2005 at 8:11 am

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Have you ever gone out in a boat and gone fishing – whether it was on a pond, a lake, a river, or the ocean? Of all the fish you caught, how many of those fish were ones that just jumped into your boat? I’ve heard that sometimes fish do jump into the boat, but I’ve never personally seen it happen. And of those who have seen it happen, I’m sure that the amount they caught with a net or fishing pole is more than the amount that jumped into the boat. It would be silly for a fisherman to expect that he would catch a great number of fish by just waiting for the fish to jump into the boat.

Jesus said he would make us fishers of men, but we act like that silly fisherman expecting the fish to jump into the boat. In most every church, we hear the people being implored to invite the lost to church services. Please do not misunderstand what I am about to say – I am thankful and praise God each time a lost person is saved in a church service. In fact, I was saved at the end of a church service. Whenever and whereever a lost person is saved is cause for rejoicing. However, one reason our churches are becoming weak is because we are expecting the fish (the lost) to jump into the boat.

Jesus commanded us to go and preach the gospel – not to invite the lost and let the pastor preach gospel. We are not to be witnesses solely by how we live – we should be opening our mouths and preaching to them about sin and salvation. God intended the church services for the saved. Read Ephesians 4. Church services are for the perfecting and edifying of the saints – not for the salvation of the lost. If church members invite the lost to services, then the pastor feels inclined to preach a salvation message rather than a message that is aimed at helping the saved grow. God’s plan for the perfecting – for the growth – of the saved has been circumvented.

One may say that there are three services in the week and only the Sunday morning service is an evangelistic one so that leaves two for the perfecting of the saints. Most people eat three meals each day and if one of those meals is missed, the person notices – he or she doesn’t have the energy – the strength – he or she normally would. So it is when a saved person is cheated out of one of the three services in the week.

God clearly defines the job of a pastor -to feed the sheep, to perfect and edify the saints. It is the job of every Christian to go and preach to the lost – not just the pastor. Because of our laziness, we’ve stopped going and started inviting. We’ve stopped fishing and started waiting for the fish to jump into the boat. We’ve put our responsibility on the shoulders of the pastor. We no longer think it is our job to preach the gospel. Because of our laziness and our placing our responsibility on the pastor, our churches have become weak – the saved are not being fed as they should be.

It’s time we become fishers of men. It’s time we get out our fishing nets and our fishing poles and go into all the world and preach the gospel.

Fish don’t come to you – you go to the fish.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

Predestination

Thursday, November 24th, 2005 at 9:06 pm

Some people say that God predestined some people for Heaven and some people for Hell. They say that Jesus did not die for all sins of everybody but only for all the sins of the “elect” – the ones predestined to go to Heaven. They also say that every one of these “elect” will be saved because they can not resist the Holy Spirit – they have no free will. They say that man has no part in his salvation; he does not have choice.

Did God predestine some for Heaven and others for Hell?

God shows His grace to all.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

God does not want any to perish.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Did Jesus die for the sins of only the “elect”?

Jesus died for the sin of the whole world.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Jesus tasted death for every man.

Hebrews 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Can man resist the Holy Spirit?

If man could not resist the Holy Spirit, all that are called would be chosen.

Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Matthew 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Does man play any part in salvation?

Man needs faith to be saved – he has to believe something.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Paul obeyed the Lord’s command and was saved. Paul was not forced to be saved.

Acts 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.

Does man have a choice?

God tells His people to make a choice whom they will serve.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

Once again, God tells His people to choose whom they will serve.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

God says that if we be willing – man has a will.

Isaiah 1:18-20 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: 20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

God’s people had a choice to return from their evil ways.

Jeremiah 36:3 It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.

Jeremiah 36:7 It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

The enemy

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 8:34 pm

A military commander once said:

The enemy is before us, the enemy is behind us, the enemy is beside us – they can’t get away this time.

Some Christians say that they never get an opportunity to witness because they don’t ever run across any lost people. That is not true. They are before us, they are behind us, they are beside us – they can’t away this time. We just need to open our mouths.

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

The Good Samaritan is Jesus

Monday, November 21st, 2005 at 9:02 am

Luke 10:30-35 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

This parable paints a picture of Adam’s fall and What Jesus did for us.

Verse Item Represents Related passages
30 certain man Adam
Jerusalem place of blessing
Jericho place of cursing Joshua 6:26
thieves Satan and his army
half dead spiritually dead Genesis 2:16-17
31 priest sacrifices cannot help man 1 Samuel 15:22, Hebrews 10:5-26
32 Levite keeping the law cannot help man Galatians 2:16
33 certain Samaritan came where he was the Lord Jesus Christ left Heaven and came to Earth Matthew 20:28, Mark 2:17, John 6:38-40, Luke 19:10
had compassion on the man Jesus had compassion on the lost Matthew 9:36
34 went to him Jesus seeks the lost Luke 19:10
bound up his wounds Jesus heals us 1 Peter 2:24
poured in oil Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13, 4:30
and wine blood of Jesus Christ Ephesians 1:7
brought him to an inn God adds us to a church Acts 2:47
35 host pastor
come again second coming John 14:3, Matthew 16:27
repay thee Jesus will reward the saved for their works Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12

When Adam fell, he fell among thieves (tempted by Satan) and he was left half dead (left spiritually dead). He went from a place of blessing (the garden) to a place of cursing (the ground was cursed because of Adam). The priest (sacrifices) could not help him. The Levite (keeping the law) could not help him. It took a Samaritan (the Lord Jesus Christ) to seek him where he was and have compassion on him. He healed his wounds (by his stripes ye are healed), poured in the oil (gave us the Holy Spirit) and wine (washed in his blood), and took him to an inn (added him to a church). He told the innkeeper (the pastor) to take care of the man (preach and teach) and that when he would return (the second coming), the innkeeper would be repayed (Jesus will reward us for our works).

The Lord Jesus Christ truly is the Good Samaritan.

Posted in God's Portfolio
by Gordy

Hebrews 11 – The Hall of Faith… and Works?

Friday, November 18th, 2005 at 11:12 am

Most people know Hebrews chapter 11 as the “Hall of Faith” because it first defines faith and then lists people from the Bible who are known for having faith.

  • By faith Abel…
  • By faith Enoch…
  • By faith Noah…
  • By faith Abraham…
  • By faith Isaac…
  • By faith Jacob…
  • By faith Joseph…
  • By faith Moses…
  • By faith Rahab…

I think we all would agree that these people are indeed stalwarts of faith. But Hebrews chapter 11 is more than just a “Hall of Faith” – it really should be called the “Hall of Faith AND Works.”

James tells us that faith without works is dead. Everyone of these people mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 were mentioned for their faith and for their works that followed their faith.

  • By faith Abel offered
  • By faith Enoch…pleased God
  • By faith Noah… prepared an ark
  • By faith Abraham… obeyed
  • By faith Isaac blessed
  • By faith Jacob… blessed
  • By faith Moses… forsook Egypt
  • By faith… Rahab… received the spies

Works always follow faith. If we say we have faith in God, let us do his work.

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

How much did he leave behind when he died?

Thursday, November 17th, 2005 at 8:06 am

He left it all.

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Letter from an Unsaved Friend

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005 at 10:36 am

My friend, I stand in judgment now,
and feel that you’re to blame somehow.
On earth I walked with you by day,
and never did you show the way.

You knew the Savior in truth and glory,
But never did you tell the story.
My knowledge then was very dim.
You could have led me safe to Him.

Though we lived together, here on earth,
you never told me of the second birth.
And now I stand before eternal hell,
because of heaven’s glory you did not tell!

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy