Archive for November, 2005

It seems

Sunday, November 13th, 2005 at 9:06 am

Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

Most people know this verse and say it means we shouldn’t rely on what seems right – that we should wait for direction from God. Proverbs 12:15 adds to the above verse:

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

Now consider how the gospel of Luke opens:

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus.

If we are not supposed to do what seems right, should Luke have written the gospel of Luke? He doesn’t say he was commanded by God to do so. He just said it seemed good. Is this a contradiction? No, there is a difference between the thoughts of the saved and the thoughts of the lost. What seems good to a lost person isn’t right because he or she doesn’t have the leading of the Holy Spirit. The saved person has a new heart with new desires and is led by the Holy Spirit. We don’t need to wait around for a command from God. He is already leading us. He already gave us his word so we would know what he wants from us. We who are saved need to get busy and follow God’s leading and do what seems good.

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The Bible is full of mistakes

Thursday, November 10th, 2005 at 2:28 pm

Adam’s mistakes, Cain’s mistakes, Lot’s mistakes, Moses’ mistakes, David’s mistakes, Peter’s mistakes…

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The lost coin

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005 at 3:05 pm

Luke 15:8-10 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Did you know the coin didn’t even know it was lost? Did you know the coin was in the dirt and the woman had to search in the dirt to find the coin? Did you know that a light was needed to find the coin? Did you know that once the coin was found there was rejoicing?

When I was lost, I didn’t know it. I was lost in the dirt and filth of this world. It took the light of the gospel to shine and someone searching through the dirt to find me. And when I was saved, there was rejoicing in Heaven.

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Making the devil flee

Monday, November 7th, 2005 at 12:54 pm

Oftentimes, people say that if the devil comes our way, we should resist him and he will flee from us. That is not entirely true. We usually leave out a part:

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

The devil is not afraid of us – he is afraid of God. If we first submit to God and then resist the devil, God will be standing with us as we resist and the devil will flee.

Don’t try resisting the devil without first submitting to God.

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Giving and getting

Saturday, November 5th, 2005 at 11:23 pm

Matthew 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

I gave up that which I could not keep to gain that which I could not lose.

My life is something I could not keep – I will die one day. Salvation is something I cannot lose – God granted unto me eternal life.

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Paul believed in capital punishment

Friday, November 4th, 2005 at 12:29 pm

Acts 25:11 For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.

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Duty is not beneficial because it is commanded

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 at 11:28 am

but is commanded because it is beneficial.

-Ben Franklin

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His blood

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005 at 9:04 am

Matthew 27:24-25 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it. 25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

Notice the Jews said to Pilate that they knew that Jesus’ blood was on their hands. Now notice what they said later:

Acts 5:28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.

They were mad at the early disciples because the disciples were preaching Jesus and were only doing what the Jews wanted before Jesus was crucified. His blood was upon on their hands. If you are not saved, his blood is upon your hands too.

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We don’t obey to be saved

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 12:02 pm

We obey because we are saved.

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In Jesus’ name

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005 at 8:30 am

Earlier this year, I spoke to my church’s Best Years Club and to those present at our 2nd Annual Gospel Singing about going through dark times. I said the Bible teaches us that God has some treasures for us in those dark times and that what he teaches us in those dark times, he wants us to share with others. I shared that the darkest time in my life was when my dad died. The following is one of those things that I learned during that dark time in my life.

John 14:13-14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Many Christians will end their prayers with “in Jesus’ name” based on the above passage. I confess that I usually do that too. Sometimes it seems that Christians believe they can ask for whatever they want and if they add “in Jesus’ name” to the end, God is required to answer that prayer. But is that really so? Is this passage teaching us to add “in Jesus’ name” to our prayers?

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