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Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14:12.
We have need now for more than human wisdom in reading and searching the Scriptures; and if we come to God’s Word with humble hearts, He will raise up a standard for us against the lawless element.

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Rev. 14:12.
We have need now for more than human wisdom in reading and searching the Scriptures; and if we come to God’s Word with humble hearts, He will raise up a standard for us against the lawless element.

It is difficult to hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end; and the difficulty increases when there are hidden influences constantly at work to bring in another spirit, a negative element, on Satan’s side of the question. In the absence of persecution, there have drifted into our ranks some who appear sound, and their Christianity unquestionable, but who, if persecution should arise, would go out from us.

When the law of God is made void the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we now anticipate, will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Instead of being strengthened when brought into strait places, many prove that they are not living branches of the True Vine. . .

But when the world makes void the law of God, what will be the effect upon the truly obedient and righteous? Will they be carried away by the strong current of evil? Because so many rank themselves under the banner of the prince of darkness, will God’s commandment-keeping people swerve from their allegiance? Never! Not one who is abiding in Christ will fail or fall. His followers will bow in obedience to a higher authority than that of any earthly potentate.

While the contempt placed upon God’s commandments leads many to suppress the truth and show less reverence for it, the faithful ones will with greater earnestness hold aloft its distinguishing truths. We are not left to our own direction. . . . We should consult His Word with humble hearts, ask His counsel, and give up our will to His. We can do nothing without God.

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The long awaited rains have fallen hard upon the thirsty ground
And carved their way to where the wild and rushing river can be found
And like the rain I have been carried here to where the river flows, yeah
My heart is racing and my knees are weak as I walk to the edge
I know there is no turning back once my feet have left the ledge
And in the rush I hear a voice that’s telling me it’s time to take the leap of faith
So here I go

I’m diving in, I’m going deep
In over my head I wanna be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow
In over my head I want to go
The river’s deep, the river’s wide
The river’s water is alive
So sink or swim, I’m diving in

There is a supernatural power in this mighty river’s flow
It can bring the dead to life and it can fill an empty soul
And give our heart, the only thing worth living and worth dying for, yeah
But we will never know the awesome power of the grace of God
Until we let ourselves get swept away iInto this holy flood
So if you’ll take my hand, we’ll close our eyes and count to three and take the leap of faith
Come on, let’s go

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Religion, Wars and Civilization

by Lance Winslow

Many are quick to point out the benefits of religion in civilization as the bond that keeps us together; a bond, which keeps society from disrupting into chaos and spontaneously turning to anarchy. Yet, to do so without discussion of the flip side of the coin is misleading at best. Religion may have its place in mankind’s groupings, but we must understand what we give up for it in return for its few benefits.

Some of these draw backs to religion are the loss of innovation from self derived will, having replaced that with the will of God, told to us by those who control that line of thinking in a particular religion. Some say that religion has helped man survive over the last 100,000 years of modern man. Religion has been known to cause incredible wars and helped mislead people into having wars, which are not very bright. Religion as a control mechanism has been able to allow humans to forget their innate needs of self-preservation and give them to a cause, even give up his life for a line of reasoning completely controlled and modified to fit another man’s personal gain of power or will.

Religion based on good versus evil seems to be one of interesting, and actually hard to condemn on the surface. The problem with this is that it is too easily left for interpretation of what is good and what is evil. It is easy to say something or someone is evil having no real experiences with that set of persons, state or that populations belief systems and form of government.

Black, Red, yellow, is evil for instance; Why? Because the other team wears those colored jerseys or the other country has those colors on the flag. Often religion uses this realm of logic to build its power base of little human followers. To build any team you need a cause and one people joining the team can relate with. If you need to build a strong team, a strong adversary; therefore “Evil” is often a good cause to fight. Next step simply find something to name evil and make it believable. In some cases we pick an easily defeat able enemy and blow him out of proportion, this serves the enemy’s goals too, for his power base recruitment of followers.

Osama Bin Ladin therefore was considered a strong enemy, although in numbers not too strong. Lots of followers, although not too many followers; such a little clan could not put a dent in the human population of 6.6 Billion humans or could they? They certainly were doing their duty on the people of Afghanistan and growing drugs for the whole world and thus polluting the minds of men, women and children the world over. Polluted minds are more easily led astray and controlled by their leadership and religions. Some may have appreciated the dummying down effect these drugs had on their populous allowing them less hardship in the control of their people. On the surface Osama Bin Ladin’s trained bad guys appear to be strong warriors for Allaah, but really they are being led astray and brainwashed. They have given their minds to serve Osama, who conveniently modified the religion. So the great warriors are merely weak men with weak minds following like ship to their death to serve the will of the hijacker of Islam. The human innate will and their minds has been modified for the greed of a single man. They these warriors are then able to achieve strength from a band of guys of like mind or lack of mind. They are further brain washed.

When we look at World Religions are they really any better than these renegade scourge of the Earth pitiful little humans causing a ruckus or are they just doing it a little less obvious on a lot bigger scale? Think about it.

EzineArticles Expert Author Lance Winslow

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No Small Miracles

Joel Morgan planned to visit missionaries in Eastern Europe. He asked some friends who had done extensive travel what he should pack.

Joel Morgan planned to visit missionaries in Eastern Europe. He asked some friends who had done extensive travel what he should pack. His friends explained that he would want to bring some snacks to eat because he might have a hard time finding something agreeable in the small villages.

Walking into a grocery store, he offered a small prayer that he might choose food that would clear customs. Before leaving he decided to pick up Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, tapioca pudding, gum, and some small cans of fruit cocktail. Before long he found himself in Romania where he spent the evening with a missionary family.

Joel enjoyed strong conversation and laughter with a young couple and their teenage daughters who were anxious to hear about recent events in America. Feeling a deep bond with the family, he told them that he would like to give them some Christmas gifts before he moved on, even though it was only October.

Opening his backpack, he asked the young girls, ‘If you could have one thing from America, what would it be’? They both excitedly shared, ‘Candy!’ Then their mother said they that especially loved Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Holding back tears, Joel reached in his bag and pulled out the chocolate, much to the delight of everyone in the room who didn’t know if they should laugh or cry.

Catching his breath, Joel asked the mother the same question he had asked the girls. She told him that she missed being able to eat citrus fruit. Trembling, Joel pulled out the cans of fruit cocktail as elation filled everyone in the small home.

Joel then asked the father, ‘What is your favorite dessert’? Smiling, the dad said that he liked something no one else enjoyed eating, tapioca pudding’Unable to contain his emotions, Joel produced the package of tapioca pudding God led him to purchase a week earlier and 4,000 miles away. There in a small Romanian town five people expressed gratitude and wonder to God above that there are no small miracles.

I remember when I first heard Joel Morgan’s story relayed by Rick Warren. As I listened to Warren talk about such a fantastic moment, it made me stop and reflect on events that I have known and appreciate the bigger picture. Sir William Temple once said, ‘When I pray, coincidences happen, and when I don’t, they don’t.?

The key is to slow down long enough to notice the marvel of the moment, even if for only five minutes. All around us amazing things are there for us to behold and embrace with childlike wonder.

As C.S. Lewis so aptly put it, ‘Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see’So be on the lookout, you never know when you might witness the next miracle. In fact, it may just happen on a simple stop at the grocery store.

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Love Letter

My Love Letter

A love letter made by a creature addressed to his Creator.

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A Special Prayer

A Special Prayer

O Friend, let me stay with you for you are humble and meek.

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Preaching the Word of God and A Bible Timeline Chart

by Neil J Baulch

Preaching the Word of God and A Bible Timeline Chart

Neil J Baulch

Not long back I had a retired Pastor reprove me very sharply, for making some interesting points while preaching on the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. He was very old school, and he referred to 1 Tim 1.4 “nor to be taken up with myths and never ending genealogies.. ”

I quietly and respectfully asked him if I had said anything that was heretical or inappropriate to which he answered. “No”. I explained that this Scripture was never meant to exclude genuine enquiry into the Bible, but rather it was targeting the false philosophy of Gnosticism. But he would not have it.

Gnosticism had been so influential in the new Testament times, and the new Testament writings, how could a pastor of 40 years experience not know this. It is important for pastors to know these things, and to teach their congregation in order that they might understand and interpret their Bible well.

If the many pastors persist in preaching, lightweight and shallow messages to the congregation, the results will always be a people, who do understand their Bible very well. Pastors preach again and again ‘moral essays’ and ‘warming affirmations’, for this is what good Christians do, if they truly ‘love’ each other.

It seems that, so long as we are positive and ‘nice’ to all, it really doesn’t matter if Christians are falling between the cracks because of a lack of knowledge.

The reality is, the more ‘relevant’ Christians become, to the world, the less relevant we all are in actuality, to the world. 😦

Why do Pastors get stuck in a rut of favorite topics and ‘feel good’ messages? Preachers preach on a verse from 1 John further a part about a victorious one from Luke; topical address from Matthew following on with the true faith of Mary Magdalene or the rigtheousness of Abraham.

After preaching portions from here and from there, through the Bible we need then to put it all together in a clear, understandable way for our congregation.

Constantly we are bombarded with new publications and modernist ideas, some of them dangerously leaning toward Liberal theology. We are repeating history, but if we were to teach the basics of Church history, we would be more equipped to avoid repeating that history.

Let’s equip the Church in understanding God, His Great Plan and the Bible by sewing each piece together into a seamless beautiful tapestry.

This is not some gruelling, unachievable task, all it needs is study with prayer.

John 17:17 Sanctify them in the Truth: Thy Word is Truth. (AV)

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