Archive for June, 2006

Sitting in ashes

Saturday, June 17th, 2006 at 8:23 am

So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. 8 And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes. Job 2:7-8

Job had lost all his cattle, sheep, camels, servants, and children. Then he was afflicted with boils. Why in the world was he sitting in ashes? We can get a clue from verse 5 of chapter 1.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. Job 1:5

Job continually offered burnt sacrifices for his children just in case they had sinned. Job knew that burnt sacrifices pleased God and he obtained favor with God because of the burnt sacrifices. Burnt sacrifices leave behind ashes. By the time we get to chapter 2 and find Job sitting in ashes, he had lost all his cattle and sheep. He was in bad shape and knew he should offer a sacrifice unto God, but he had no beast to offer. So he did the only thing he could think of: he went back to the place where he received God’s favor and sat in the ashes of his burnt offerings.

Are you in dire straits? Do you need the favor of God but have nothing to offer him? Go back to where he met you before. You’ll find God where you left him.

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by gahammerle

Nothing happened?

Friday, June 16th, 2006 at 2:11 pm

Something happened last night that concerns me. But before I tell you exactly what, let me explain what led up to it.

Last night, we were out going door to door. As we were walking, I saw three children around the age of 9 and began talking to them. I asked if they knew what happened after they died. One boy, Robert, said he was going to Heaven. I asked him if everyone goes to Heaven. He said that just good people go. So I asked him if he was good. The Bible says most men will proclaim their own goodness and Robert held true to that. He said he was good. I began going through some of the Ten Commandments and asked him if he had kept each one. I also asked the other two that were with him. Each one admitted to breaking at least a few of them. I then asked them if God was to judge them by his commandments, would they be innocent or guilty. All three said guilty. After I asked what God should do to them for breaking his law, they all admitted they should go to Hell. Robert had that “caught with his hand in the cookie-jar” look. I then went on to explain to them how God sent his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to this earth, that Jesus lived a sinless life, and that while he was dying on the cross, he was paying the fine for them. I told them Jesus paid their fine so God’s justice was satisfied. I told them the only way to enter Heaven was by repenting – turning from their sin – and putting faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – they had to trust that what Jesus did satisfied God’s justice. I then encouraged them to think about what we talked about, to read the tract I handed each of them, and to repent and trust Christ before they went to sleep that night. I did not lead them in a “sinner’s prayer” nor did I ask them leading questions like “wouldn’t you like to ask Jesus to save you now so you can spend eternity in Heaven?”

Now on to what concerns me. As we were heading back to the church, one of the fellows I was with asked if the kids got saved. I said no. A few minutes later, this fellow was talking on the phone with someone and said that I had talked to a few kids. After a pause, he said “No, nothing happened.” This is what concerns me. By the way, it doesn’t matter exactly who said it; there are many in our churches today who would think and say the exact same thing. Just because I didn’t “close the deal” and lead three children in a sinner’s prayer so I could tell them they were saved, nothing happened?!?! That is simply not right! Something wonderful happened! Three lost souls heard the gospel preached to them! Seeds were planted! God’s word went out and it will not come back void! Every person the apostle Paul spoke with did not pray a sinner’s prayer.

I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 1 Corinthians 3:6

Paul said he planted and then someone else, Apollos, came after him and watered before God gave the increase. Is Paul’s planting nothing? Is Apollos’ watering nothing? No, of course not! To produce fruit, a seed must first be sown and then watered. In the parable of the sower, we see the seed that springs up right away doesn’t last. Jesus said this seed was lost. When the heat of the sun came, the seed was scorched and died because it had no depth of root to draw water from down deep to sustain it.

When we lead a lost person in a sinner’s prayer, we are throwing seed on stony ground. We get it to spring up immediately, but after a while it is scorched by tribulation or persecution and thus dies. Getting people to pray a sinner’s prayer is producing false converts. Our churches are filled with them. True converts only come when the ground is first prepared (the good ground hearer), the seed is sown and watered, and then God will give the increase.

If you want your church filled with false converts so you can boast about how many you’ve won to Christ, go ahead and continue leading lost people in a sinner’s prayer. I’ll just keep on planting and watering and trusting God to give the increase.

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by gahammerle

Yours or his?

Friday, June 16th, 2006 at 10:50 am

Not every one 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. 22 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? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:21-23

This passage is one of the saddest in the Bible. Here are people who are doing many wonderful works, yet Jesus tells them to depart because they worked iniquity. There is a reason Jesus said this to them. Notice the people say “have we not.” These people thought that doing good works would earn them a place in Heaven. It’s not what we do that gets us into Heaven; it is what he has done.

Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Titus 3:5

Not our works – our righteousness, but his.

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9

Don’t boast about what you have done. People need to hear what he has done.

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by gahammerle

An inconvenient false alarm

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 9:17 pm

A while back, I posted about the Myth of Global Warming. Now, our former Vice-President, Al Gore, has created a movie in an attempt to scare us into the tree-hugger camp. Unfortunately, his movie is a distortion at best, and maybe even outright lies. Read this article to see the other side of the story – the other side that is supported by real scientists.

No matter how hard man tries, we cannot destroy this planet. God has already told us how he will do it.

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Notify the ACLU!

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006 at 11:05 am

I cannot believe this has happened! This is a travesty! Somebody contact the ACLU so this can be rectified. I was looking at the state constitutions for all 50 states and 45 out of 50 prominently mention God! And it isn’t just any god or an all-inclusive god; it is the one true God of the Bible! Read for yourself:

Alabama

That all men are equally free and independent; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…

California

We, the People of California, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Connecticut

The people of the State of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government…

Delaware

Although it is the duty of all men frequently to assemble together for the public worship of Almighty God; and piety and morality, on which the prosperity of communities depends are hereby promoted…

Florida

We, the people of the State of Florida, being grateful to Almighty God for our constitutional liberty…

Georgia

…we, the people of Georgia, relying upon the protection and guidance of Almighty God…

Hawaii

We, the people of Hawaii, grateful for Divine Guidance…

Idaho

We, the people of the State of Idaho, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Illinois

We, the People of the State of Illinois – grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberty which He has permitted us to enjoy and seeking His blessing upon our endeavors…

Indiana

We, the people of the State of Indiana, grateful to ALMIGHTY GOD for the free exercise of the right to choose our own form of government…

Iowa

WE, THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF IOWA, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuance of those blessings…

Kansas

We, the people of Kansas, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious privileges, in order to insure the full enjoyment of our rights as American citizens…

Kentucky

We, the people of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political and religious liberties we enjoy, and invoking the continuance of these blessings…

Louisiana

We, the people of Louisiana, grateful to Almighty God for the civil, political, economic, and religious liberties we enjoy…

Maine

We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to our selves and our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring His aid and direction in its accomplishment…

Maryland

We the people of the State of Maryland, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberty…

Massachusettes

WE, therefore, the people of Massachusettes, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the Great Legislator of the Universe, in affording us, in the course of his Providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprize, or entering into an Original, explicit, and Solemn Compact with each other; and of forming a New Constitution of Civil Government, for Ourselves and Posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a Design…

Michigan

We, the people of the state of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity…

Minnesota

We, the people of the state of Minnesota, grateful to God for our civil and religious liberty, and desiring to perpetuate its blessings…

Mississippi

We, the people of Mississippi in convention assembled, grateful to Almighty God, and involving his blessing on our work…

Missouri

We, the people of Missouri, with profound reverence for the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, and grateful for His goodness…

Montana

We the people of Montana grateful to God for the quiet beauty of our state, the grandeur of our mountains, the vastness of our rolling plains…

Nebraska

We, the people, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Nevada

We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

New Hampshire

Every individual has a natural and unalienable right to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience, and reason…

New Jersey

We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations…

New Mexico

We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of liberty…

New York

WE, THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

North Carolina

We, the people of the State of North Carolina, grateful to Almighty God, the Sovereign Ruler of Nations, for the preservation of the American Union and the existence of our civil, political and religious liberties, and acknowledging our dependence upon Him for the continuance of those blessings to us and our posterity…

North Dakota

We, the people of North Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty…

Ohio

We, the people of the State of Ohio, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom…

Oregon

All men shall be secure in the Natural right, to worship almighty God according to the dictates of their own consciences…

Pennsylvania

WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance…

Rhode Island

We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations…

South Dakota

We, the people of South Dakota, grateful to Almighty God for our civil and religious liberties…

Tennessee

That all men have a natural and indefeasible right to worship Almighty God according to the dictates of their own conscience…

Texas

Humbly invoking the blessings of Almighty God…

Utah

Grateful to Almighty God for life and liberty…

Vermont

That all men have a natural and unalienable right, to worship Almighty God, according to the dictates of their own consciences and understandings, as in their opinion shall be regulated by the word of God…

Virginia

That religion or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence; and, therefore, all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience; and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

Washington

We, the people of the State of Washington, grateful to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe for our liberties…

Wisconsin

We, the people of Wisconsin, grateful to Almighty God for our freedom, in order to secure its blessings…

Wyoming

We, the people of the State of Wyoming, grateful to God for our civil, political and religious liberties, and desiring to secure them to ourselves and perpetuate them to our posterity…

Aren’t historians telling us that this nation does not have a Christian heritage? Notice in particular Delware’s. It is our duty to frequently assemble for public worship of God? Isn’t that what the Bible commands? How dare they incorporate the Bible’s teachings into the state constitution! This never would have happened if the ACLU was around back then.

Just in case you haven’t picked up on it yet, I am being sarcastic in this post. I praise God for our Christian heritage in this nation. I thank God that the founders trusted in God to establish and prosper our country.

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by gahammerle

Spiritual checklists

Monday, June 12th, 2006 at 12:58 pm

But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 7:6

The Pharisees had a checklist of things they were required to do to maintain their spirituality. They measured their spirituality by their checklist.

And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. Luke 18:9-12

The Pharisee reasoned that he must be righteous because he did all the things on his spiritual checklist. He was keeping the letter of the law. He was still serving in the oldness of the letter.

The truly righteous – those made righteous by repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – know that the letter kills.

And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. Luke 18:13

For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Romans 7:11

The commandments were not given as a checklist so we would know how spiritual we are; the law was given so we could see our sinfulness (Romans 5:20). When we see ourselves in the light of the law, we will see ourselves as the publican did: sinners in need of God’s mercy.

I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house justified rather than the other (the Pharisee) : for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18:14

Once you see yourself in the light of God’s law, repent, and put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God will make you a new creature and you will serve in the newness of spirit.

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Can you keep a secret?

Sunday, June 11th, 2006 at 3:48 pm

Do you think God will let you get away with a sin that is secret – a sin that you commit when no one else sees or that does not affect someone else? Maybe you think it is just a minor sin – no big deal especially since you are not hurting anyone else. Why don’t you ask a man named Ananias that? Or ask his wife Sapphira?

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, 2 And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. 3 But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. 5 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. 6 And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. 7 And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. 8 And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. 9 Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. 10 Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. Acts 5:1-10

Ananias and Sapphira agreed with each other to give to the Lord the amount which they received when they sold their land. However, when they did sell the land, they kept back part of the money. No big deal you say? It was their land after all and they didn’t have to give any of the money if they did not want to. But they told God they would – they lied to God. Some may say it was just a little, white lie – it didn’t hurt anyone. God thought it was a big deal. He killed them for their little, white lie.

What secret sin are you hiding from men but God sees? What sin are you committing that you think is no big deal but God thinks is worthy of death? You better do some re-evaluating and forsake your sin.

But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. Numbers 32:23

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An encouragement to witness

Friday, June 9th, 2006 at 10:46 pm

Read this article: The Man From George Street. It will only take you a few minutes, but the blessings and encouragement will last a lot longer.

Be a witness for the Lord today.

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Election, Predestination, Foreknowledge

Thursday, June 8th, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Three of the most controversial topics in the Bible are election, predestination, and foreknowledge. If you look at it without any preconceived ideas, they really are easy to understand. Let’s first look at election.

Election

The first mention of elect or election is:

Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. Isaiah 42:1

This passage is a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s elect. Every other passage that mentions elect or election, the passage is talking about those that are saved – the saints of God. When the Bible talks about the elect, it does not mean that God chose some to save and others to condemn. The Bible is clear that Jesus tasted death for every man and that whosoever believeth on him is not condemned. Elect is simply a position. When a person is saved, he is in Christ (be found in him Philippians 3:9, 1 Peter 5:14, etc.). Christ is God’s elect so therefore when we are in Christ, we are in the elect. Lost sinners are never referred to as elect, only the saved.

Foreknowledge

Foreknowledge simply means that God knew about it ahead of time. Since God exists outside of time, he can see what is in the future. It does not mean he planned it or forced it to be that way. It is wrong to take the few passages that mention foreknowledge and twist them to mean that God is forcing some to go to Heaven and some to go to Hell.

Predestination

Once again, every passage that mentions predestination is talking about saints -those who are already saved. There is no such thing as a predestinated sinner – a predestinated lost person. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. God’s will is that all would be saved, but the twisting that some people do says that God’s will is that some be saved and the rest condemned.

Election and predestination only apply to those already saved. Do not try to twist scripture to say something it does not.

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In the jungle

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

Many times, people object to Christianity because we preach that Jesus is the only way to Heaven. These people will bring up those in the deepest, darkest jungle and say that these people have never even heard the name of Jesus so why would God send them to Hell? The thing we need to say to these people is: “If you are so concerned about those in the deepest, darkest jungles, why don’t you become a missionary and take the gospel to them?”

Jesus is the only way:

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

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