02 January 2012

Jesus announced His own destiny of suffering and death upon the cross, only to be repudiated by Peter whose understanding of God is in desperate need to radical reappraisal. The God should suffer in our stead to accomplish our salvation is a mind-blowing proposition indeed. But through Jesus' revelation of God's mercy and grace in His own Passion and suffering, our own suffering and hardships experienced in this life no only become far more bearable, but also may be seen by us as the gateway to a far more splendid life with our heavenly Father in glory.

From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
Matthew 16:21-28


09 January 2012

The Apostle Paul lists some characteristics that every believer should develop in his dealings with other Christians and with the unconverted. Love should not wear a mask, but be genuine, sincere and unaffected. In our relationships with fellow believers, we should demonstrate our love by tender affection; not by cool indifference or routine acceptance. No matter what our present circumstances may be, we can and should rejoice in our hope, the coming of our Saviour, the redemption of our bodies, and our eternal glory. We are exhorted to be patient in tribulation, steadfast in our prayer lives and to practice hospitality towards those in need.

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:9-21


16 January 2012

The world laughs at Christians, Christianity, and the Bible. They ridicule and attack what we, as Christians believe. They call the Bible a load of rubbish and call us fools for believing it and sharing it with others. They say there is no God and that man has gotten here and done everything on his own. They will claim that science has fully proven evolution (when they know that just the opposite is true). The truth of all of this is, we are not the fools. It is the world and those who deny the existence of God and attack the Bible that are the real fools. The Bible makes this fact very clear to us.

Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
1 Corinthians 1:20

For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
1 Corinthians 3:19

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
Psalm 14:1

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.
Psalm 53:1


23 January 2012

Many people when they hear someone witnessing or preaching the Gospel of the Lord in pubic become embarrassed, including some Christians. Some of these embarrassed people will even go far as to ridicule what they are hearing and taunt the one who is speaking. At the same time there are also Christians who when they are confronted concerning their faith in Jesus Christ, will actually deny it because of fear of ridicule or persecution.

The Bible speaks out very clearly concerning these actions. We are NEVER to be ashamed of the Gospel and we are NEVER to deny Christ. We are to go forth boldly and with confidence and speak the Word of God whenever we feel the Spirit leading us to do so. We are to stand up firmly and never deny Christ, for if we deny Him then He will deny us.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 10:32-33 (Jesus' own words)

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
Luke 12:8-9 (Jesus' own words)

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us
2 Timothy 2:12

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Romans 1:16


30 January 2012

There are many manmade false religions, cults, and belief systems that claim to be the only ones with what they call the "true knowledge of God." Some of these will claim that God was once a mere mortal man like us and evolved into God status. While others will claim He was once a man, but because of the vast knowledge that was accumulated He evolved beyond the need for a physical body. And then there are those who claim that God is from another dimension or universe, or just an impersonal guiding force and nothing more. None of these are correct and all go directly against the teachings of the Bible. If anyone tries to tell you something different from the Biblical teaching of God they are in error and should NOT be listened to. The Bible is very specific concerning God and what He is and is not.

… for I am God, and not man…
Hosea 11:9 (God speaking of Himself)

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent…
Numbers 23:19

… for he is not a man, that he should repent.
1 Samuel 15:29

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:24


06 February 2012

There are many so-called new churches and religions, which claim they have the real knowledge, knowledge that gives the "real" truth that they claim was not included in the Bible. Many of these have discarded the divine origin of Christ and the existence of the Holy Trinity. The Bible speaks the truth, the whole truth, in regard to these areas and clearly tells us that Christ IS the only begotten (only generated, one of a kind and unique) Son of God and it confirms the divinity of the Holy Trinity.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1 John 5:7


13 February 2012

There seem to be new churches and religions springing up almost everywhere we look. Some of them bear so little resemblance to the Biblical definition of a church and have strayed far from Biblical teachings, that it is a wonder that they still call themselves Christian.

Many of these have been founded by an individual or individuals that make some rather extraordinary claims, including that they are without sin and God has rewarded them by making them perfect and sinless for being the only one(s) to follow Him.

The Bible, on the other hand, has some very important information and warnings concerning ANYONE who makes these claims.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one
Romans 3:10


20 February 2012

All Christian churches practice the rite of baptism in one form or another. Many of the cults that call themselves Christian, but in reality are not, also practice baptism. When these cults and false Christians baptize someone, they do it in the name of their founder(s) and as a requirement to become a member of their manmade organization. This is completely contrary to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible specific requirements on whose name baptism is done, and it is NOT to be done in the name of an organization's founder or the name of the organization itself. If a church or organization practices baptism in a different manner as prescribed by the Bible, then that is a warning sign that there is error in that organization or church.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:19

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38

When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 19:5


27 February 2012

Many of those who oppose Christianity, Christian teachings, and the Bible do so because they claim to follow the "spirit of this age", "the spirit of the world", and a host of other spirits with different titles. The Bible speaks of this spirit, and tells us exactly who this spirit is that those who have chosen to reject God and His teachings follow. This spirit is the opposite of God. He is pure evil and seeks to turn people from God and His Divine Truths! He is the master of lies, trickery, and illusion and tells people what the want to hear and leads them astray!

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2 Corinthians 4:4

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
2 Corinthians 11:14


05 March 2012

A majority of the world does not believe in Christianity or in the teachings of the Bible. They believe that the Bible is just a fairy tale and when some of the prophecies spoken of it in come to pass they say that it is just a mere coincidence and that not all the prophecies in it will ever occur. Some individuals who have freely chosen to follow the path of destruction actually work to try to prevent Biblical scripture and prophecy from being fulfilled. The Bible clearly tells us that we have nothing to fear from these individuals. They can do their best to stop God, but in the end, God and His prophecies will never fail.

…the scripture cannot be broken;
John 10:35

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Timothy 3:16

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 1:20-21

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Psalm 100:5


12 March 2012

In the world today we see many so-called teachers, pastors, and prophets that claim to speak in the name of God and tell us that Christ is not the only way to salvation or that there are many ordinances and rites we must do to obtain salvation and keep it. The Word of God speaks very clearly concerning this. We are not to give in and follow these false teachers and the false teachings and lies. We are to stand firm against them and follow God and His True Teachings and found in His Word, The Holy Bible. Just as God has judged false teachers, their teachings, and their followers in the past, He will judge them now to. Before God's Divine judgment comes, let us all reach out to those that are lost in the ways of the world and the lies of these false teachers, and bring them to know the True Salvation that can only come through Christ Jesus!

But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;) The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
2 Peter 2:1-10


19 March 2012

The essential good news that, the victory is sure! This message was given at a time when Israel's national well-being and her very identity are greatly under duress. The good news here, is that even the bad news is good news for God's people because God will bring about the victory of His divine intentions through His holy word. These Bible verses speak to any situation in our lives where there is a need for encouragement I the midst of disappointment and disillusionment.

For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 55:10-13


26 March 2012

The Apostle Paul speaks of the "staying power" that the Gospel brings to a believer's life. Christians are secure in the knowledge of God's undying love for them revealed at the cross and empty tomb of the Resurrection Day. They see themselves now "more than conquerors" through Christ who loves them.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:28-29


02 April 2012

There are many churches that call themselves Christian, and yet deny the bodily resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. The fact that Jesus did rise from the dead in His physical body is one of the main fundamental teachings of true Bible-based Christianity. These false churches with their false teachings claim that Jesus rose from the dead only in a spirit form.

The Gospel of Luke clearly and undeniable tells us that Christ was indeed resurrected from the dead in His physical body and not as a spirit or anything else.

And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
Luke 24:36-40


09 April 2012

The Apostle Paul teaches us that sinners have been put into a right relationship with God through faith because of Jesus' death on the cross. Being in this new and right relationship with God, results in their ultimately experiencing a sure hope for the future, a hope produced and confirmed by the Holy Ghost.

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
Romans 5:1-11


16 April 2012

The Apostle Peter gives his consultation and encouragement to believers who are troubles because Christ Jesus has not yet returned in glory. Peter reminds us that God us sovereign and the apparent slowness of God's promise of return is only a misconception on our part. The Apostle then claims that the apparent delay in Christ's return is not evidence of God's slowness, but rather God's patience towards God's people. "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…"

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 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. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2 Peter 3:8-14


23 April 2012

In today's world, it seems almost daily that we some new law or regulation taking place that contradicts the Word of God. The world has freely rejected Biblical teaching and is going its own way, tossing aside the morals and values that God has set forth, and the new laws being put into place give them the right to do so. The world has legalized the form of mass murder and serial killing known as abortion, even though the Bible clearly speaks against it. The world has embraced homosexuality and all it encompasses, even though God has called it an Abomination in His eyes. Just because the world and the laws of man have rejected God and His teachings found in the Bible, we do not have the right to turn our back on God. When the laws and actions of man contradict or come into conflict with the Holy and Inspired Word of God, we must always follow the Word of God over the ways of man, no matter what the consequences are or how we are threatened or treated. We see this same things happening in many Churches and with many Christian leaders. They have adopted teaching and beliefs that contradict that of Biblical teaching. They have turned their backs of God's Truth and are allowing the ways of the world to come in and replace Holy Scripture. No matter what, God MUST always come first in ALL things, and we must always reject those with their false teachings and practices that go against Him and His Word.

And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon's porch. And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them. And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.) Insomuch that they brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one. Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation, And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison. But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. And when they heard that, they entered into the temple early in the morning, and taught. But the high priest came, and they that were with him, and called the council together, and all the senate of the children of Israel, and sent to the prison to have them brought. But when the officers came, and found them not in the prison, they returned and told, Saying, The prison truly found we shut with all safety, and the keepers standing without before the doors: but when we had opened, we found no man within. Now when the high priest and the captain of the temple and the chief priests heard these things, they doubted of them whereunto this would grow. Then came one and told them, saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison are standing in the temple, and teaching the people. Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 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. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him. When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 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: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
Acts 5:12-42


30 April 2012

The Son of Man's return is imminent, and all had better keep alert and be prepared for His arrival. The celestial upheaval described in verses 24-25 brings an end to the established order – "the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light." All normal conditions are suspended. Verse 26 indicates that what will be seen at this critical moment is not just an individual, the "Son of Man", but an entire event, an event experienced with "great power and glory." Although Jesus maintains that we cannot know exactly when the Son of Man will burst onto the scene, we can watch for telltale signs of His approach. He uses the example of the fig tree to suggest that discerning the Son of Man's approach takes nothing more than attentiveness and common sense. Jesus' key advice remains constant, "Watch!"

But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, And the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven. Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is. For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
Mark 13:24-37


07 May 2012

Jesus speaks of Himself as "Living Water" which is able to satisfy our great thirst for God's mercy, grace and forgiveness. In the culture of Jesus' time, Jews tended to avoid dealings with Samaritans and men did not have conversations with women in public. When Jesus crosses these boundaries to speak with a troubled and lonely Samaritan woman, He makes Himself know as the Son of Gdd who know all things and loves all people.

Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto him. In the mean while his disciples prayed him, saying, Master, eat. But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
John 4:5-42


14 May 2012

Jesus teaches us that our relationship to God and the world is one of stewardship. We are to use everything entrusted to us in such a way that it benefits God's Kingdom. Sheep and goats are not described here as being judged on this day, but rather separated. Accordingly this parable is not primarily about judgement but about the revelation and public vindication of true believers.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Mark 25:31-46


21 May 2012

There are many pastors and church leaders who, when they speak from the pulpit, expect everyone to accept every word they say without question, no matter how it may sound. If one should question them, they will act like, and even tell you, that Satan has entered into you because you are questioning what they have said. They will even go so far as to tell you that you are risking your salvation by questioning them. As you will see in the scriptures below, attitude and way of thinking, is contrary to the teachings of the Bible.

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21

…they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Acts 17:11


28 May 2012

This week's Scripture Lesson is in response to a recent occurrence involving one of those ministers who does the "snake handling" This is where they use poisonous snakes as a way to show your faith in God. Here is the link so you can read the article concerning one of these ministers who recently died from the bite from one of his snakes when he was tempting God:

'Serpent-Handling' West Virginia Pastor Dies From Snake Bite:

The Bible warns us that such actions are completely wrong and that we are not to "tempt" or "test" God in such a manner. By doing so, not only are we showing a form of pride, but we are also challenging God.

And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Luke 4:12

Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God, as ye tempted him in Massah.
Deuteronomy 6:16


04 June 2012

In this modern technological and highly advanced age, it seems to be easier than ever to get angry and frustrated. We can get angry over the computer not working, the cell phone losing its connection, against the government, the economy, among many other things. In and of itself being angry and experiencing anger is not a sin. When we become angry, we must control our anger and not let it control us. By letting your anger control you, you are then prone to do things that you will most likely later regret. We must ask God to help us in our anger and allow His Spirit and Love to come over us and calm our anger.

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:26-27

An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression.
Proverbs 29:22

He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.
Proverbs 25:28

A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.
Proverbs 15:18

Through the spirit you can overcome your anger.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-25


11 June 2012

Everyday we see the world pushing its agenda of "ME, ME, ME." It is in the commercials on the television, on the advertisements on the radio, in the newspapers, and even being pushed by our elected officials and in the schools. Despite the world's acceptance of this attitude, it is still wrong and contrary to the teachings of God's Holy Word, the Bible. We are to rise above putting ourselves first in everything, and reach out and help those around us. Now this does not mean doing absolutely everything for someone in need and let them sit there on their hands. Yes we should help them, but they must also do their part when we reach out to help them in their time of need.

Love is not self-seeking:
[Love] Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil
1 Corinthians 13:5

Selfish ambition brings its bitter fruit:
But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
James 3:14-16

Jesus calls us to self-denial:
And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
Luke 9:23-25

Don't be self-centered, but think of others:
Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth
1 Corinthians 10:24

In the New American Standard translation of the Bible this same verse reads as:
Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor


18 June 2012

God describes His love for Israel when He speaks of her as His own most treasured possession. God will keep the covenant He made with His people, the promise of a new covenant one day, through which all the peoples of the earth would eventually one day be similarly blesses. Deuteronomy 7:7 is often regarded to be the John 3:16 of the Hebrew Scriptures. God chooses people based on what is in their heart instead of by any superfluous pre-qualifications found in the recipients.

For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
Deuteronomy 7:6-9


25 June 2012

Many churches have adopted the attitude that they and their members should not take a public stand or speak up concerning what the world calls "social issues." The Church is suppose to set an example in the world of unbelievers. By not speaking up and remaining silent, gives the world the impression that we condone their immoral and wicked ways. The Bible clearly tell us that such things as homosexuality, same sex marriage, abortion (which is just another form of serial killing and mass murder), etc., are immoral and go against the ways of God. We are to speak up and take a stand against these and other forms of evil. By remaining silent and not opposing evil and wickedness, we allow it to grow and manifest itself. Just look at the mess we see going on in today's world because a majority of churches refuse to stand up for Biblical teachings and morality and decency. Jesus Himself always took a bold and public stand against evil. He called it for what it was. He was not afraid to speak up. So as followers of Christ, we must follow His example and stand against evil. The Word of God is very specific that we MUST stand up and say no to evil and what it represents. We are not to compromise on Christian belief or teaching. We must be bold in taking a stand for God and trust in His ways for everything.

Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
Psalm 94:16

Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Hebrews 1:9

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Ephesians 6:11-13


02 July 2012

There are a lot of churches that teach that there are certain foods and drink that all Christians must abstain from. They do this under the claim that certain foods and drink are unclean and must be avoided. By accepting such a belief and practice, they are putting themselves back under the constraints of the law, which Christ came to set us free from.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
Romans 6:14

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
Galatians 3:11-12

And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending upon him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Acts 10:10-15

I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Romans 14:14

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Titus 1:15

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31


09 July 2012

What is faith? The secular world has a hard time understanding that as Christians, we are saved though faith by the Blood of Christ. To the world, unless they see it and feel it and see proof of it, then it is not real. But how much proof is enough proof? No matter what proof, or how much, you give to someone who chooses not to believe, they will always look for a way to explain it away. To them, no proof is ever enough. Using their secular beliefs and teachings, let someone who does not believe in or accept Christ, show you absolute proof of gravity. They can't, no one can. You can see the effects of gravity, yet you cannot prove its existence. So it is with faith in Christ, once you acknowledge it and accept it, you will see the proof and effects of it manifest in your life.

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

Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
Romans 3:28-30

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 5:1

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
Galatians 3:24


16 July 2012

Many churches, which call themselves "Christian", not only use the Bible, but also additional books that are used alongside of or in place of the Bible. The Bible warns us that such practices are contrary to the Word of God, and open the way for false teaching and evil to enter into the Church.

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1:8

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Colossians 2:8

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:2

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Revelation 22:18


23 July 2012

Over the past several years there has been an increase in the number of people wanting to know about their family history and genealogy. In and of itself there is nothing wrong with this. However, a large number of these individuals become so obsessed with tracing their family roots, that all else has become secondary. This type of obsession is not only unhealthy, but also opens the door for all sorts of problems, physical, mental, and spiritual. Likewise, there is a cult that is totally obsessed with genealogical work. So much so, that has become a sort of unofficial requirement to maintain good membership in their organization. They scour over the histories of everyone that has ever existed and trace their ancestors and descendants as well. They keep all of this information in a massive database and use it for their own purposes, as well as a way to lure people to their organization. How do they use this information? They believe that it is their God-given duty to perform this sacred task and rite to gather all the names and information on everyone that has ever been born and have them baptized, by proxy, as members into their organization, so that they may be forgiven their sins receive salvation. They call this rite, "Baptism for the Dead." This non-Biblical practice is not only completely worthless, but is contrary to the teaching of God's Word, the Holy Bible.

Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
1 Corinthians 15:29

But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Titus 3:9


30 July 2012

Alexander the Great has been credited with saying, "Trust those who deserve trust, distrust those who would pluck your still beating heart from your chest and watch the steam rise from it in the morning."

As Christians, we are to try and trust everyone and look for the good in them. But we will come across those who are out for their own self interests, are willing to use everyone around them to achieve their own selfish goals, and clearly show there is no reason to trust them. Not trusting someone is going against the Bible. Even so, as Christians, we may not trust someone or even like them, but we are commanded to pray for them, as we must always try to set a good example for all people, those that are saved and unsaved.

Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luke 6:28

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:43-48


06 August 2012

In today's world it seems that there are so many things that come against us. Bills pile up, getting things done around the house, not enough money, and many other things. We seem to have so little time to do the things that we need to, including sleep. It all keeps piling up and causes one to get stressed out and worried about the slightest little thing. Even though everything seems to be out of control, we must remember that it is not really. God is in control and we must have faith in Him and let Him carry the burden for us. Only this way can we overcome the things that seem to be coming against us.

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Matthew 6:34

Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Psalm 37:7


13 August 2012

Many people know that as Christians, we are to be charitable. Unfortunately there is a vast number of people who love to take advantage of this and expect the Church and Christians to give them whatever they want whenever they want it. This is NOT what Christian charity and generosity is supposed to be about. Yes we are to help those in need, but we must also help them to stand on their own two feet and become self-sufficient, and not be dependent upon us or others.

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Ephesians 4:28

Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
2 Thessalonians 3:12

He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.
Proverbs 10:5

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.
Proverbs 20:4

The slothful man saith, There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets. As the door turneth upon his hinges, so doth the slothful upon his bed. The slothful hideth his hand in his bosom; it grieveth him to bring it again to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
Proverbs 26:13-16


20 August 2012

In this crazy world where we see insanity increasing on a daily basis, we are seeing bad (homosexuality, abortion, etc.) being called good and we see good (morality, decency, the Bible, Christianity, and more) being called bad. This is more proof of what happens when man turns his back on God and on His Divine teachings.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 7:18

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33


27 August 2012

Many individuals as well as churches claim to be Christian. They claim to follow the Bible and claim faith alone in Christ is all that is sufficient for salvation. However, there is something that is not quite right with them. They know all the right words, but their actions seem to indicate otherwise. Some will see this as confusion, but the Bible clearly speaks out concerning this and removes all doubt. As the old saying goes, "actions speak louder than words." If their actions do not go along with what they say, then there may be a problem with what they really believe.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Matthew 7:15-20


10 September 2012

In today's crazy and mixed up world, we see good being called bad and bad being called good. This is being done is all walks of life, from the streets to the government and even in some churches. No matter what you call it or how you word it, bad is still bad, evil is still evil, and good is always good. Those who have done this do it in an attempt to justify their evil and ungodly practices and actions will come under the condemnation and wrath of God. Those of us who are real Christians must take a stand on this. No matter what they call evil, we must not comprise on Bible teaching. We must call evil for what it is. Evil always has been and always will be evil, rebellion against God.

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Isaiah 5:20

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
1 Corinthians 15:33

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Matthew 7:18


17 September 2012

Many in the world reject the Word of God and its teachings. Whenever someone quotes from the Bible against sin, those who reject the Bible suddenly decide to quote from it in an attempt to silence those who believe in it and speak Biblical truths. They often quote Matthew 7:1 which says, "Judge not, that ye be not judged." They believe that this gives them the right to do what they want and that all Bible believing Christians should remain silent and not quote the Bible to them. But this is yet another error on their part. This passage when read in context is referring to unrighteous and hypocritical judgement. Matthew 7:1-6 clearly points this fact out, as well as other verses found in the Bible.

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 7:1-6

Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
John 7:27

Take heed... If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
Luke 17:3

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
Proverbs 31:9

The Apostle Paul said to a man who hindered the Gospel:
…O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?"
Acts 13:10

Jesus Himself Tells us:
He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
John 12:48

God's own words are clearly and plainly visible throughout the Bible. The Word of God tells us what is good and what is evil, there is NO middle ground. God Himself has already passed judgement on sin. When we present what the Bible says, we are passing along this information concerning God's judgements in an attempt to get the sinner to turn from his evil ways and repent. Stand firm against sin and sinners. Be not afraid to speak the Word of God to those who are lost and consumed by sin. No matter what anyone says or does, remember, you are speaking the Word of God, the One and Only Words that really matter.


24 September 2012

We are seeing an increase in the attack against the Word of God and those who proclaim it. Those who have chosen to go against God and His Word will say and do anything to silence the message of Truth that God has for them. As Christians, no matter what they say or do we must stand firm in our Christian beliefs and go forward with our preaching God's Word. As God has commanded us to do, we must got forth joyfully with His Word and share it with all, and thank God for all He has given us.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Matthew 5:10-12


01 October 2012

Everyone seems to be in such a rush today. At times it seems they are running around with no real purpose in mind. No one seems to take the time to slow down and enjoy the things around them and enjoy the things God has given to all mankind. We also see this in the Church and in the ministry as well. God has given someone a calling, a vision, of something that he wants them to do and they rush into it and try to get it accomplished as fast as they can. When they can't get things to work out they start getting frustrated with themselves, everyone around them, and even with God. They question God as to why he has showed them what he wants them to do, and why they can't get it to work. They forget that God is in control of all things and that all things work together for good with God. God has His timeline, which more often than not does not go along with our timeline or how quickly we want to do things ourselves. Gad has His purpose for why and how things are done and it is not our right o question Him. When the time is right, it will come to pass. We must be patient when God calls us to do something and take the proper steps so it will all fit together, the way God wants it. So slow down, take a deep breath and enjoy what is around you as you go forward with God's purpose and calling for you.

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:6

The same verse in a couple of different translations:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6 – New International Version

In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:6 – American Standard Version


08 October 2012

One of our ministers was having problems concerning gossip within his church and wanted to know how he should deal with it. That was the inspiration behind this week's Scripture Lesson of the Week.

We hear it when we are at the stores, we hear it at our places of work or learning, and we even hear it in church. I am speaking of the sin of gossip.

The website [] defines gossip as:

Idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.

The website [] defines it as:

Conversation about personal matters: conversation about the personal details of other people's lives, whether rumor or fact, especially when malicious.

Those who gossip do not care if what they gossip about is true or false. They just want to pass it along. They do this for a variety of reasons. Some because it makes them feel big or important. Others because they feel it is their duty to do so. Other to simply attack someone else and cause problems. No matter what the reason is and why someone gossips is not important. What is important is the Word of God speaks out against gossip and gossiping. The Bible clearly and specifically tells us that as Christians we are to take no part of it. That gossip is evil and evil is something no child of God should have any part of. That if someone comes to us with gossip, we must not listen to them, and we should point out to them what the Scriptures have to say and the need to repent of this sin. Gossip, being sin, goes against the character of God and against God's teachings. It serves only to destroy and tear others down. There is NO place among Christianity or in the Kingdom of God for it.

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29

A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
Proverbs 11:13

He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips.
Proverbs 20:19

And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
1 Timothy 5:13


15 October 2012

The prophet Isaiah speaks out against the external piety of the people who eagerly participate in public worship of the Lord God, while failing to minister to the needs and hurts of other people around them. God desires our public worship and praise, which is to be reflected in our showing just and help to those that are in need.

Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
Isaiah 58:3-9


22 October 2012

Christ tells us that when we pray, fast, give and tithe, that we are to do them in secret. So many people do these as a public show to make themselves appear to be more holy and seemingly blessed in the eyes of men. Whatever we do, we are to do in secret and not publicly. We are not to draw attention to ourselves when doing the Lord's work or make a big public show of it to make others notice us. When we do as God has instructed us and keep it between ourselves and God, we will have great reward in heaven. Those who make a public show of it and draw attention to themselves have just received their reward, that which they were seeking, attention. Our reward in heaven is so much greater than anything on this earth. It is a reward that, unlike those who seek to bring notice to themselves for a time, is everlasting and no one can take from us.

Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly. And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him…Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 6:1-8, 16-21


29 October 2012

There are many who want to start a ministry or Christian outreach of some sort, and many who have, but question if they are doing it for themselves or for God. The answer is very simple. You must ask yourself the following question. Does what you are doing or want to do glorify yourself or does it glorify God? If you hesitate or have to think about it, then most likely it is for yourself. If what you are doing is for the glory of God, then there is no hesitation on your answering it is for God. I see so many churches, ministries, and other organizations that claim they are there for God, but seek to glorify and build themselves up. They speak of what they can do, and in fact brag on it what they have and have done. There are churches that speak of their bringing many to God, and their healing and exhibiting other spiritual gifts, but give none of the credit to God. When Christ healed someone He never sought to glorify Himself. In fact, he did just the opposite (See Luke 5:12-14; Matthew 8:2-4; Mark 1:40-44). He did this so God would be given all of the glory and honor and not distract from God by taking the credit, as we see so many churches and ministers do today.

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 1:4-5

Give glory to the Lord your God…
Jeremiah 13:16

Jesus Himself said:

And I seek not mine own glory…
John 8:50

Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God
John 8:54

How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?
John 5:44


05 November 2012

The world is going off the deep end. They have turned their back against God and His Word, and have embraced evil. More states in the United States and now the country of France have openly embraced evil in the form of homosexuality and the mockery of true marriage known as "same-sex" marriage. Even though the world and many churches have rejected the Word of God., we are NOT to compromise of what God has told us through His Word, the Holy Bible. We are to stay firm in the Words of God and not follow the ways of the world of their acceptance of the ungodly and vile lifestyle of homosexuality, which the Word of God has completely forbidden. The Word of God is unchanging and applies to everyone today just as much as it did in the past!

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.
Leviticus 18:22

For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Romans 1:26-27

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 6:9

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Hebrews 10:26

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Colossians 3:5


12 November 2012

The Apostle Paul once again confesses that his message of the cross have not been "wise" by worldly standards. With plain speech the Apostle has proclaimed Christ crucified; the very power of the Triune God to reconcile sinners and bring them into a relationship with Christ.

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
1 Corinthians 2:1-12


19 November 2012

So many in the world are ungrateful. People are so concerned with greed and the possession of things that they have taken for granted the necessities that God has supplied them. We have food, clothing, and shelter, the necessities we need for survival. But even for these things people do not thank God. If it were not for God, then they would not have them. They would be hungry, naked, and homeless. The Lord God has been replaced by the want for more. This is contrary to the Word of God, which tells us to be thankful for what God has given us and NOT to abuse or misuse our blessings from Him. We must give God thanks for everything, and remember that without Him we have nothing.

Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psalm 106:1

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Colossians 2:6-9


26 November 2012

The Apostle Paul tells us of his belief that the glory that awaits the heirs of Christ is so great that our present sufferings cannot outweigh it. All creation longs for the day when it shall be set free from its bondage to decay.

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:18-27


03 December 2012

There are many churches which call themselves Christian, yet teach that we are saved by a combination of faith and good works or by a combination of faith and following selected parts of the laws found in the Old Testament of the Bible. Those who teach this and believe this are in grave error. They are NOT teaching the REAL message of salvation as taught in God's Holy Word, the Bible. The Bible clearly tells us that we are saved by FAITH ALONE and that NO amount of good works or following the law can bring us salvation. Not even a combination of faith and good works or following the law will save you. By believing this you are not believing in faith alone, and not receiving the true blessings that come from the all atoning sacrifice and blood of Christ for you. Only by grace through faith, faith alone, will you be saved and receive everlasting life and eternal salvation.

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

Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
Romans 3:20

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Galatians 2:16


10 December 2012

The homosexual community has now come out with its own version of the Bible, a take off of the King James Version, which they call the Queen James Version. They make many outrageous claims concerning King James and the REAL Bible, all of which are completely false. Every piece of inspired Scripture that condemns homosexuality, they have turned and twisted around so it appears to condone it. See the article entitled, "King James Bible Replaced With The ‘Queen James Bible’" at:

This is just another feeble attempt by evil and those who have freely chosen to reject God and His Holy Word, to justify their wicked, immoral, and unrighteous ways. The Bible has some very serious words regarding making any changes like this to the Word of God and the EVIL they are trying to justify.

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
Revelation 22:18-19

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.
Deuteronomy 4:2

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1 Corinthians 6:9

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders
1 Corinthians 6:9 (New International Version – 1984)

Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Romans 1:26-27


17 December 2012

It seems that whenever there is any type of a shooting, no matter how large or how small, the first blame for it goes to the gun or guns that were used. Next they start blaming society, how the person was raised, medication, mental health problems, and so on. But it is obvious that none of these are at the heart of the real underlying problem. The real problem is not anything that is physical. It goes far beyond that. The real problem is of a spiritual nature. Where do they stand with God? Do they know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour? Their actions clearly show they are not saved. They have rejected God's word and have chosen to follow the ways of the "god of this world" (see 2 Corinthians 4:4). When those of the world reject God, they bring His wrath against them. Likewise the same thing will happen to a nation that has turned its back on God and rejected Hid teachings. Anyone and everyone who rejects God will bring His judgment against them. The only REAL solution is to do a completely turnaround. Come back to God and His real teachings and accept His Son Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of your life.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Romans 1: 18-23

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:34

At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.
Jeremiah 18:7-10


24 December 2012

At 0611 in the early hours of Friday, 21 December 2012, the Mayan calendar expired. For the last couple of years they has been a lot of hype concerning it and what means. There were many who believed it meant the end of the world was upon us. Yet others believed it meant the rapture would occur, the Second Coming of Christ would take place, others believed a zombie apocalypse would come upon us. While others believed if they were to go to a certain mountaintop an alien spacecraft would come and take them off the earth before its destruction. Well since you are reading this, guess what? Nothing happened. We are all still here. There was no worldwide catastrophe, no massive zombie apocalypse. The calendar coming to an end is just like the calendar on your wall. When it comes to midnight of 31 December we simply go to another calendar. That is all. No excitement, no flash of light, nothing. But all of this nonsense is what happens when people ignore the Word of God and go off into other directions. They get caught up in all sorts of nonsense and delusions. The Word of God clearly tell us to avoid all such fallacies and not to believe anyone who says they know the date of the end of the world. the Rapture, or the time of Christ's Return. We must trust in the Word of God and the Word of God alone.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Matthew 24:36

But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father
Mark 13:32

And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11


31 December 2012

Every New Year's there are many who regret the things they promised themselves they would do, but failed to follow it through. They will dwell about these things to a point where they feel they let themselves down. What they fail to realize is that when we fail to do something, we should repent of our laziness and try to complete what ever it as soon as we can. When we repent and make an earnest attempt to do it, and ask God for the strength to do so. He will be fateful to us and give us the strength to do it. Is there something you should have done and have not? Then get on your knees and ask God for forgiveness and ask Him to give you the strength to complete the task you need to do.

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Philippians 3:13

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
2 Corinthians 7:10