Tag: word of God

King of Kings Comes!

Scripture reading for December 26th:  Revelation 19

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 19:11-14, 16 “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True.  With justice He judges and makes war.  His eyes are like blazing fire, and on His head are many crowns.  He has a name written on Him that no one knows but He Himself.  He is dressed in a rob e dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God.  The armies of heaven were following Him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.”  . . .”On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written:  KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  

Observations for over-comers:  Christians are the only ones on earth who know for sure who will come to judge the earth and redeem the faithful!  We do not know when, but Jesus’ coming is sure!  “Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel!  Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem!  The Lord has taken away your punishment, He has turned back your enemy.  The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm.”  (Zephaniah 3:14-15)

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Holiness is not optional!

Scripture reading for November 8th:  1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  1st Peter 1:13-16  “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be give you when Jesus Christ is revealed.  As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

Peter was writing to Jewish believers that had been scattered throughout the Roman empire because of persecution.  According to Peter, they had been scattered like seed by God in order to produce a crop of Christ-followers as others observed their lives of obedient devotion, grace, and peace.  This truth was to result in action and clear thinking about their mission and Christ’s possible soon return.  Peter called them to holiness and righteous living.  This was not optional but commanded by the unchanging Word of God.

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are prepared for Christ’s coming again because of purposeful holiness and obedience to God’s word.   “The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them; ‘Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy.”  (Leviticus 19:2)

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Sunday rest and reflection!

Sunday October 26th, 2014

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful to be able to meet with others of Christ’s family!  It is an honor to gather to worship Jesus Christ and hear His Word!  We must live by faith in the times that try our souls and faith comes by hearing God’s Word!  Let’s honor our Lord by gathering today!  A Sabbath rest in Christ is a mark of God’s people.  We rest one day and worship with His people!  See you in church!

In His Love, Pastor John and Mary

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Standing firm in the faith!

Scripture reading for October 10th: 1st Thessalonians 2:9-3:13

” We also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.” God’s word has power to work inside of those who will receive it.  The Thessalonians had chosen to believe the word of God and embrace it as coming from God, not just men.

This is an argument in our culture today:  “How can I know for sure that the Bible is God’s word, and not just men’s.”  Jesus taught us that God’s word is Spirit and life.  It is like seed or sperm, having the power to produce God’s life within us.  (John 6:63)  (1st Peter 1:23)  All Scripture is inspired by God and the writers of Scripture were moved on by God and given what to write.  (2nd Peter 1:20-21)

The Thessalonians had suffered persecution from their own countrymen for turning away from the idols of that culture.  Paul suffered too, as he preached the Gospel in that region.  Paul taught the Thessalonians that Satan was behind this.  God’s wrath had already fallen on some who were hindering them.  (1st Thessalonians 1:14-18)

Paul sent Timothy to the church to encourage and strengthen them in their faith.  He was concerned that the trials might shake the church and cause them to fall away.  He knew the ways of the tempter and carried this church on his heart.  Timothy brought back a good report of their faith and love.  “Therefore, brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we were encouraged about you because of your faith.  For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.  How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

What a joy it was for Paul to know that his congregation was strong!  He erupted in prayer again:  “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.  May He strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all His holy ones.” (1st Thessalonians 3:12-13)

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Do you have productive dirt?

Scripture reading for January 17th: Matthew 13:1-23, Psalm 12, Proverbs 3:19-20

Jesus told stories known as parables.   The stories have another story hidden inside of them for those who take the time to investigate.  Jesus taught in parables because He wanted to communicate deeper truth to those who were willing to listen but hide that truth from those who were unwilling or would mock at the truth.  He wanted all to be able to understand but knew that a humble and teachable heart was required.

The parable of the seed and soil is found in three of the Gospels.  Jesus explained this parable when his disciples asked Him about the meaning of the story.  (Mark 4:10-11)  Jesus told them that they were blessed to be able to see and hear what He taught them.  The seed was the message about the kingdom of heaven and the sower was Jesus and later His disciples.  The ground was the hearts of those who heard the message.  When someone heard the message and did not seek to understand it, that man was like seed sown by the path.  The birds, representing Satan, would come and snatch away the seed that was sown.  (Matthew 13:18-23)  Others would hear and respond, but last only a short time.  Their hearts had only shallow soil and no room for the message to take deeper root.  Still others would hear and respond, but allow the cares and worries of life to choke out the message.  They were like the weedy ground that choked the crop.  The last group of hearers mentioned received the seed into their hearts and understood the message.  They acted on it in faith and produced an abundant crop.

This famous parable has helped believers for many years.  It helps us personally to examine the state of our own hearts so we can ask God for help where we need it.  It helps us to understand how the state of a person’s heart affects their ability to hear and understand.  We need to pray for the hearts of those we share the Word with.  Only the Holy Spirit can draw a person to understand.  (John 6:44)  We can also have confidence that the Word (Seed) has power to bring growth and understanding in the right kind of hearts.  Praise the Lord for opening our hearts!  May we produce a bountiful crop by sowing the word!

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God’s Eternal Word!

Scripture reading for June 27th: Psalm 119

My favorite person to study is God!  In order to know Him, I must study His matchless Word!  Jesus was the Word made flesh who lived among us.  (John 1:14)  His Word is truth just as He is the Truth! (John 17:17)   His Word is eternal just as He is eternal, without beginning or ending! (Psalm 119:89) (Matthew 24:35)  His Word contains all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge just as in Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge! (Colossians 2:2-3) His Word is Spirit and Life, bringing God’s Spirit and Life into my inner man and bringing Light to my eyes instead of darkness! (Psalm 119:105) (John 6:63)  His Word keeps me from sin and purifies my life, because the Word is righteous and true for all peoples of all time and into eternity!  (Psalm 119:11) (John 17:17)

In all but two verses, this psalm uses one of six different terms that refer to the Word of God.  These words help us to understand the nature of God’s Word and to honor and respect it and God Himself!  The first term is the “law” of the Lord (Psalm 119:1)  Laws are unchanging truths written down to know God’s will.  Laws are used to judge and to decree acceptable and unacceptable behavior.  They are written down to be learned and obeyed!  The next word is “statutes” (Psalm 119:2)  A statute gives us instruction.  They are like laws, but with more wisdom and instruction.  “Precepts” is another term used by the psalmist.  A precept is a statement of truth that is binding and permanent.  God’s precepts are made for obedience!  (Psalm 119:4)  The next word is “decree”.  A decree is a statement of revealed truth about any given subject.  God’s decrees are truth to be obeyed! (Psalm 119:5)  The next term used is “commands”.  Commands are forceful statements used to declare a direction or act that is imperative.  Commands possess authority to command action!  God is a God with absolute authority whose “Word” is to be respected, heeded, taken into our hearts, and obeyed!  (Psalm 119:9, 11) “Promise” is another term used in Psalm 119:38.  A promise is something that is decreed to happen or be fulfilled by the giver of the promise!  God’s promises are true and trustworthy!

These terms help us to understand the beautiful holiness of God and His matchless Word.  In the final chapter of Scripture, an angel tells the Apostle John that his Words are trustworthy and true! (Revelation 22:6)  He is further warned against adding to or taking away from the Word given to him!  Anyone who tries to change God’s Word is in danger of losing their share in the tree of Life and the Holy City!  (Revelation 22:18-19)  Let us honor God’s Word every day by reading it, meditating on it, memorizing it, and putting it into daily practice!

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