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Posted 25 October 2006 - 12:59 PM

I was thinking yesterday about the Devil and how he works in the world today, and why/how he is so good at what he does. We think that we can overcome his temptations and his influnces, based on our strength of faith. We can't.
Look at those people that actually walked, talked, and knew God
personally, who fell into the trap of the Devil and sinned, being Adam and Eve, and all those Angles who followed him as He was cast out of Heaven. His temptations are relentless and never ceasing, 24-7.
There is comfort in knowing that my God is my strength, and Jesus Christ is my Salvation, and the Holy Spirit is my guide.

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Posted 25 October 2006 - 05:59 PM

QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was thinking yesterday about the Devil and how he works in the world today, and why/how he is so good at what he does. We think that we can overcome his temptations and his influnces, based on our strength of faith. We can't.


"1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn`t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?
2 You want what you don`t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can`t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don`t have what you want is that you don`t ask God for it.
3 And even when you do ask, you don`t get it because your whole motive is wrong““you want only what will give you pleasure.
4 You adulterers! Don`t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can`t be a friend of God.
5 What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful?
6 He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble."
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites." (James 4:1-8 NLT)

"But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can`t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)


QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Look at those people that actually walked, talked, and knew God
personally, who fell into the trap of the Devil and sinned, being Adam and Eve, and all those Angles who followed him as He was cast out of Heaven. His temptations are relentless and never ceasing, 24-7.


"8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are." (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT)


QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is comfort in knowing that my God is my strength, and Jesus Christ is my Salvation, and the Holy Spirit is my guide.

"The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10 NKJV)
**********Disclaimer**********
I wish to set forth that I am not molokan bashing
There are the 3 general groups within the molokan community

Group 1 - Christians: 66 Book, Jesus is fully God AND fully man and He is one of the members of the Tri-Hypostasis (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). He physically came to Earth and died on the Cross at Calvary for my sin. I cannot earn my way to Heaven by my works. It is by Grace I have been saved. (Reference Ephesians 2:8-10)
Group 2 - Traditionalists: You "make it" to Heaven through a "hodge-podge" of ceremony, works, lineage etc...This group is propagating a lie
Group 3 - Occultists: The 2 book, we're the "New Israel" because God changed His mind about the "old" Israel, we're of the woman of the seed, we have our "special" way to Heaven by MGR as our "new christ" + ceremony, works, lineage but when asked we cannot explain but will attempt to blame the "ecumenical 666 church" for something. This group is also propagating a lie

I have no doctrinal issues with Group 1. How can I? However, I do STRONGLY suggest anyone who is actively participating in the cult of molokanism to leave. They need to find a Bible teaching Church home and maybe view molokan cult meeting attendance as an outreach ministry. The cult of molokanism CANNOT be Church for the Christian

Traditionalists have replaced Jesus with ceremony, works, lineage etc...

Occultists have replaced Jesus with mgr/S & L

When I speak about molokans, the majority of the time, I'm referring to groups 2 & 3

We're not trying to prove all molokan's Scripturally incorrect rather, we are engaging groups 2 & 3 in the light of Scripture
**********End Disclaimer**********

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Posted 26 October 2006 - 08:51 AM

QUOTE (seeking_truth_1 @ Oct 25 2006, 05:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I was thinking yesterday about the Devil and how he works in the world today, and why/how he is so good at what he does. We think that we can overcome his temptations and his influnces, based on our strength of faith. We can't.


"1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn`t it the whole army of evil desires at war within you?
2 You want what you don`t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous for what others have, and you can`t possess it, so you fight and quarrel to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don`t have what you want is that you don`t ask God for it.
3 And even when you do ask, you don`t get it because your whole motive is wrong““you want only what will give you pleasure.
4 You adulterers! Don`t you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can`t be a friend of God.
5 What do you think the Scriptures mean when they say that the Holy Spirit, whom God has placed within us, jealously longs for us to be faithful?
6 He gives us more and more strength to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, "God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble."
7 So humble yourselves before God. Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites." (James 4:1-8 NLT)

"But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can`t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it." (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT)


QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Look at those people that actually walked, talked, and knew God
personally, who fell into the trap of the Devil and sinned, being Adam and Eve, and all those Angles who followed him as He was cast out of Heaven. His temptations are relentless and never ceasing, 24-7.


"8 Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. 9 Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are." (1 Peter 5:8-9 NLT)


QUOTE (LTTBT @ Oct 25 2006, 12:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There is comfort in knowing that my God is my strength, and Jesus Christ is my Salvation, and the Holy Spirit is my guide.

"The name of the LORD [is] a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10 NKJV)


Amen, brother

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 09:29 AM

The more we study the Scriptures, the more we see how little we know.
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Posted 30 October 2006 - 12:02 PM

I have seen how God provides a way thru his testings, and a way out of temptations, even before we go thru them.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 04:33 PM

May the Lord bless you with peace, joy, love, and understanding , in a measure that will overflow to all others that the Lord puts across your path for today, tomorrow, and in the future.

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:01 AM

Just as the light of Christ should be shining out from us believers and other people should recognize that in us - we believers also should look to recognize this light shining from other believers; greet them (hello), meet them (hey, lets have coffee/lunch together), gather with them (Bible class, church). It's nice to see other Christians, but better to know other Christians.

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"Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?... Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:2)

"Then the LORD said... Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God's critic, but do you have the answers?" (Job 40:2)

Therefore I melt away; I repent in dust and ashes. (Job 42:6)]
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Better to die awake.............................Than to live asleep. (read Mark 13:33-37)

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 08:25 AM

Lord,
Who shall I fear, when I am yours.

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Posted 29 March 2007 - 09:00 AM

Forgivness can't be obtained with a "blanket" confession done in the mind and without tears.
We need to confess each and every one of our sins with our mouth, out loud, so we
can hear with our own ears, from our own lips, what unworthy children we really are.
The tears of repentance will wash the eyes so that we may see the Light.

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Posted 03 April 2007 - 11:01 AM

Whatever we may be going thru in this very moment in existance, weather it be physical or mental, just knowing the promise, not seen, gives us hope to finish this race we are in because when we are face to face with the Creator...... we will be perfect..

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Posted 16 April 2007 - 01:55 PM

Discernment, it goes both ways.......

We all need discernment in what we hear AND in the questions that we ask.

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 09:17 AM

Who am I, that my King died for me?

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Posted 02 May 2007 - 02:53 PM

Why is it so hard for people to believe the truth, but easy for them to believe a lie?

The last place that I worked at had people like that.
They would ask a question, I would answer them truthfully, then laugh and not believe me, and say, "no really what happened?"
I would make up a story about alian abductions, then they would believe me and want to know
all the details.
What's up with that?

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 03:21 PM

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Posted 04 January 2008 - 04:15 PM

Seek the Lord and live.

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 12:00 AM

Pride and ignorance - barriers that block out God's truth.

God's truth must be acted upon to be retained.
Truth rejected or unused is lost.


and...
Complacency is one of Satan's tools.
Know why and understand why we believe in anything.
If we don't know why we believe something, then what good is it anyway?
Do we really believe in that, or do we just think we believe?
Do we understand why we believe what we believe in?
Have substance and know why we believe the way we do.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 01:17 AM

Ask yourself -
How has your faith in Jesus Christ grown in the last week, month, year, or decade?
What are you doing to nurture your faith in Jesus Christ?

Also,
Exclusive belief in Jesus Christ as your Savior is essential to eternal salvation.

Salvation is eternal, it equals unfathomable blessings and joy.

On the flip side -
Hell is also eternal, it equals unfathomable torment and pain.

Where do you stand with Jesus Christ?
Know why and understand why we believe in anything.
If we don't know why we believe something, then what good is it anyway?
Do we really believe in that, or do we just think we believe?
Do we understand why we believe what we believe in?
Have substance and know why we believe the way we do.

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Posted 01 February 2008 - 10:35 PM

Look
on the path you have been
where you are now
where you will be

then the love, grace, and mercy of God will be seen.

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Posted 21 May 2008 - 09:32 PM

Build your house on a solid foundation.
Know why and understand why we believe in anything.
If we don't know why we believe something, then what good is it anyway?
Do we really believe in that, or do we just think we believe?
Do we understand why we believe what we believe in?
Have substance and know why we believe the way we do.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 08:58 PM


My Choice
By Bill McChesney (Smiling Bill)

I want my breakfast served at eight,
with ham and eggs upon the plate;

A well-broiled steak I’ll eat at one,
and dine again when day is done.

I want an ultramodern home
and in each room a telephone;

Soft carpets, too, upon the floors,
and pretty drapes to grace the doors.

A cozy place of lovely things,
like easy chairs with inner springs,

And then I’ll get a small TV—
of course, “I’m careful what I see.”

I want my wardrobe, too,
to be of neatest, finest quality,

With latest style in suit and vest:
Why should not Christians have the best?

But then the Master I can hear
in no uncertain voice, so clear:

“I bid you come and follow Me,
the lowly Man of Galilee.”

“Birds of the air have made their nest,
and foxes in their holes find rest,

But I can offer you no bed;
no place have I to lay My head.”

In shame I hung my head and cried.
How could I spurn the Crucified?

Could I forget the way He went,
the sleepless nights in prayer He spent?

For forty days without a bite,
alone He fasted day and night;

Despised, rejected—on He went,
and did not stop till veil He rent.

A man of sorrows and of grief,
no earthly friend to bring relief;

“Smitten of God,” the prophet said—
Mocked, beaten, bruised, His blood ran red.

If He be God, and died for me,
no sacrifice too great can be

For me, a mortal man, to make;
I’ll do it all for Jesus’ sake.

Yes, I will tread the path He trod,
no other way will please my God;

So, henceforth, this my choice shall be,
my choice for all eternity.”

Bill McChesney (Smiling Bill)



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Posted 12 June 2010 - 12:03 AM

Worshiping At The Altar Of Success

Though you may find it hard to believe, there is an addiction more subtle and more powerful than either drugs or pornography. It’s older than prostitution, more prevalent than alcohol, more addictive than cocaine. It doesn’t discriminate between male and female, black or white, young or old, rich or poor. Its strength is greater than all other addictions combined. It’s as rampant in the Church as it is in the world. It leaves the body unscathed but destroys the soul. The vast majority of people addicted have little if any understanding of its power or perils.

The history of the worship of success dates back to Lucifer, the rebellious archangel who wanted to relegate God to a subordinate role and take the ‘top gun’ position for himself. This desire for success soon spread throughout the earth like a cancer, reaching its pinnacle with mankind seeking to build a tower and to make for themselves a name. What a contrast in attitudes we find between Genesis 11 and 12. Chapter 11 exposes man striving for recognition, while chapter 12 we find God promising humble Abraham that He would make his name great.

A clear picture of this obsession with success can be found in the story of King Ahaz. His numerous sins had brought judgment upon himself and the nation of Judah. This punishment came through the king of Aram who carried off a great number of his people as captives. Embarrassed and distressed over his glaring defeat, the Jewish king made the monumental mistake of attributing the Aramean victory to their gods. Whatever small faith he may have had in Jehovah was completely discarded in favor of idol worship. “Because the gods of the kings of Aram helped them,” he reasoned, “I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” (II Chronicles 28:23) It seems that Ahaz was prepared to pay any price for success.

Lamentably, it seems that much of the American Church holds this same misguided logic. Pastors around the nation are flocking to follow the ‘mega church’ pattern, believing that what worked somewhere else will work for them as well. We now have the mentality that success is purely numerical. Witness what the Barna Research Group stated as the result of a recent study:

“The most discouraging study we ever conducted was one in which we attempted to identify churches in the U.S. that consistently and intelligently evaluate life transformation among the people to whom they minister. We found that very few churches - emphasis on very - measure anything beyond attendance, donations, square footage, number of programs and size of staff. None of that necessarily reflects life transformation.” (Italics mine)

How tragic! Success is now measured by attendance, donations, square footage, etc. It’s time we stopped worshipping the ‘gods of success’ and turned our gaze afresh upon the Lord, for beholding we will be changed. I think that is the definition of SUCCESS in the Kingdom of God.
David Ravenhill


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Posted 12 June 2010 - 10:01 AM

I Can Plod
June 12
At nine o’clock on Thursday night, June 12, 1806, pioneer missionary William Carey, weary from the day’s labors, sat at his desk and wrote this letter in the flickering light of his oil lamp:
"I rose this day at a quarter before six, read a chapter in the Hebrew Bible, and spent the time till seven in private addresses to God and then attended family prayer with the servants in Bengalee. While tea was pouring out, I read a little in Persian with a Moonshi [a native assistant] who was waiting when I left my bedroom. Read also before breakfast a portion of the Scriptures in Hindoosthanee. The moment breakfast was over sat down to the translation of the Ramayuna [an Indian epic] from Sangskrit, with a Pundit … continued this translation till ten o’clock, at which time I went to College (Fort William), and attended the duties there (teaching Bengali, Sanskrit, and Marathi) till between one and two o’clock—When I returned home I examined a proof sheet of the Bengalee translation of Jeremiah, which took till dinner time. … After dinner translated with the assistance of the chief Pundit of the College, greatest part of the 8th Chap. of Matthew, into Sangskrit—this employed me till six o’clock, after six sat down with a Tilingua Pundit … to learn that Language. Mr. Thomas (son of the Rev. Tho. Thomas of London) called in the evening; I began to collect a few previous thoughts into the form of a Sermon, at seven o’clock, and preached in English at half past seven. … The Congregation was gone by nine o’clock. I then sat down to write to you, after this I conclude the Evening by reading a Chapter in the Greek testament, and commending myself to God. I have never more time in a day than this, though the exercises vary."

Eustace Carey said that her uncle never displayed resentment at interruptions.
He could give visitors his undivided attention then return immediately to his work.
And he never took a furlough from missionary service, living and working in India for nearly 41 years.
I can plod,” he once said. “To this I owe everything.


Teach us to use wisely all the time we have. Psalm 90:12

Morgan, Robert J.: On This Day : 265 Amazing and Inspiring Stories About Saints, Martyrs & Heroes. electronic ed. Nashville : Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000, c1997, S. June 12

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:12 AM

I heard someone say once that all we need to do in the molokan church is to maintain what has been given us.
Implying the tradition and our current interpretation of the scriptures.
This quote is an interesting comparison.


. . . another way in which this attitude manifests itself is that the main concern is, of course, defensive. Seeing that we are right, as we certainly are, the only thing we have to do, is to defend our position. So you will find that an individual, or a church, that is guilty of this state, spends most of the time purely on the defensive. What is called apologetics becomes very prominent. It becomes the main interest . . . It [the Church] has withdrawn itself, as it were, and has erected some kind of iron curtain, or protective mechanism, and most of the energy has been given to defence, to apologetics. And it is so pathetic to notice the way in which almost anything is clutched at and used . . . It is a defensive and negative attitude, and it is a part of this dead orthodoxy which is content simply with maintaining its own position.
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)

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Posted 16 June 2010 - 07:12 PM


Greetings in the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ of whom was in the beginning as the Word and came to this wicked earth and dwelt among us wicked and sinful people. But praise be unto Him that He chose to come and live among us and show us the way unto His heavenly Father thru His shed Blood upon the cross for the remission of our sins. Thank you Jesus.!!! To start with I thank the Lord Jesus Christ that you are so bold in your conversation on this site. There are so many people among our brotherhood the Molokans that don't know who to turn to or they can't trust anyone with what they want to say. I can relate to that because we as human beings don't want the whole world to know everything about us. So we can come on this site and vent our minds hearts or whatever annonomously. Staying in the status quo will lead to spiritual death. The elders of our churches must be told that their flocks are suffering and that NO amount of memorized prayers or malenias will help. What the flock needs is to be feed with the Word of God without any additional side helps ( 2nd book ) then followed by prayer from the heart, not memorized prayers, but prayers from the heart in the Name of Jesus Christ with thanksgiving to the Heavenly Father. And we don't need to have a so called "confirmation " from what the church says is the "Holy Spirit" . But we as born again believers in Christ know different. Matthew 6:5-8 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who see in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetiitons as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Therefore do not be llike them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." Don't get me wrong, our people are not heathen , but they are just in the dark as to how they should really pray. So when we pray we know that our Heavenly Father hears us. It is time, way past time, that the curtain, that they have erected be torn down. The elders are too comfortable with their ways. Let us pray for a spiritual awakening among our people, because we are in the end times of the world

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 07:03 AM

I found these words to ponder on by JM...


Do evangelicals still believe without reservation that biblical truth has divine authority? Evidently not.
It has become trendy to speak of the clash between truth and error as a “dialogue.”
Every time a conflict arises between Christianity and another worldview,
some evangelical leader will issue a call for dialogue with leading advocates of the other point of view.
Over the past decade or so, well known evangelical leaders have sponsored formal dialogues
with a wide variety of non-Christian religious figures, cult leaders, advocates of various alternative lifestyles,
and representatives of practically every worldview that is hostile to biblical Christianity.

Shortly after the September 11 terrorist event, one of the best known evangelical churches in America
sponsored a dialogue with an Islamic cleric (imam) in their weekend worship services, ostensibly to
bring Christians and Muslims closer together. “I thought it was interesting how much we have in common,”
one church member told a reporter after the meeting. Another said the dialogue with the imam had “opened up doors
to communicate and showed [Muslims are] people just like we are.” According to a reporter who covered the event,
those responses were “the kind of impact [the pastor] had hoped for.”

Why is it that the goal of such dialogue always seems to be to minimize the differences
between Christianity and false religion—and never to draw the lines of distinction more clearly?

John MacArthur

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 10:18 AM

6 ¶ My people are being destroyed because they don’t know me. It is all your fault, you priests, for you yourselves refuse to know me. Now I refuse to recognize you as my priests. Since you have forgotten the laws of your God, I will forget to bless your children.
7 The more priests there are, the more they sin against me. They have exchanged the glory of God for the disgrace of idols.
8 "The priests get fed when the people sin and bring their sin offerings to them. So the priests are glad when the people sin!
9 ‘Like priests, like people’––since the priests are wicked, the people are wicked, too. So now I will punish both priests and people for all their wicked deeds.
10 They will eat and still be hungry. Though they do a big business as prostitutes, they will have no children, for they have deserted the LORD to worship other gods.
11 "Alcohol and prostitution have robbed my people of their brains. (Hosea 4:6-11)
**********Disclaimer**********
I wish to set forth that I am not molokan bashing
There are the 3 general groups within the molokan community

Group 1 - Christians: 66 Book, Jesus is fully God AND fully man and He is one of the members of the Tri-Hypostasis (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). He physically came to Earth and died on the Cross at Calvary for my sin. I cannot earn my way to Heaven by my works. It is by Grace I have been saved. (Reference Ephesians 2:8-10)
Group 2 - Traditionalists: You "make it" to Heaven through a "hodge-podge" of ceremony, works, lineage etc...This group is propagating a lie
Group 3 - Occultists: The 2 book, we're the "New Israel" because God changed His mind about the "old" Israel, we're of the woman of the seed, we have our "special" way to Heaven by MGR as our "new christ" + ceremony, works, lineage but when asked we cannot explain but will attempt to blame the "ecumenical 666 church" for something. This group is also propagating a lie

I have no doctrinal issues with Group 1. How can I? However, I do STRONGLY suggest anyone who is actively participating in the cult of molokanism to leave. They need to find a Bible teaching Church home and maybe view molokan cult meeting attendance as an outreach ministry. The cult of molokanism CANNOT be Church for the Christian

Traditionalists have replaced Jesus with ceremony, works, lineage etc...

Occultists have replaced Jesus with mgr/S & L

When I speak about molokans, the majority of the time, I'm referring to groups 2 & 3

We're not trying to prove all molokan's Scripturally incorrect rather, we are engaging groups 2 & 3 in the light of Scripture
**********End Disclaimer**********

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:59 PM

Good words from David Wilkerson...
(in bold added by me)




A MIRROR

"But he [Stephen], being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, and said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55-56).

Stephen represents what a true Christian is supposed to be: one who is full of the Holy Ghost with eyes fixed on the Man in glory. He is one who mirrors that glory in such a way that all who see it will be amazed and filled with wonder. He is one with a steady gaze fixed on Christ, always looking up to him, fully occupied with a glorified Savior.

Look at the hopeless condition Stephen was in, surrounded by religious madness, superstition, prejudice, and jealousy. The angry crowd pressed in on him, wild-eyed and bloodthirsty, and death loomed just ahead of him. What impossible circumstances! But looking up into heaven, he beheld his Lord in glory, and suddenly his rejection here on earth meant nothing to him. Now he was above it all, seeing him who was invisible.

One glimpse of the Lord's glory, one vision of his precious holiness, and Stephen could no longer be hurt. The stones and the angry cursing were all harmless to him because of the joy set before him. One glimpse of Christ's glory places you above all your circumstances. Keeping your eyes on Christ, consciously reaching out to him every waking hour, provides peace and serenity as nothing else can.

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18). Stephen caught the rays of the glorified Man in heaven and reflected them to a Christ-rejecting society.

How true that we become what we behold. The proper translation should read, "We all, with open face mirroring the glory, are changed!" The idea is that the Christian reflects, like a mirror, the glory on which he gazes continually. It is we who are "in the glass"—a mirror—looking on Christ, the object of our affection and becoming like him in the process of beholding.

When the enemy comes in like a flood and troubling circumstances get us down, we need to both amaze and condemn the world around us by our sweet, restful repose in Christ. Since we see by our spiritual mind, this is accomplished by keeping our minds stayed on Christ.
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Posted 19 June 2010 - 02:20 PM

The church of God is never so well built up as when it is built up with men of broken hearts.
I have prayed to God in secret many a time, of late, that he would be pleased to gather out from among us a people
who have a deep experience, who should know the guilt of sin, who should be broken and ground to powder under a sense
of their own inability and unworthiness... He who has never been in the dungeon, who has never been in the abyss,
who has never felt as if he were cast out from the sight of God, how can he comfort many who are outcasts,
and who are bound with the fetters of despair?”


Charles Spurgeon



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Posted 06 July 2010 - 12:35 PM

'It is those who walk the closest with God who are most conscious of their sins.'
Arthur W. Pink




6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;
7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:6-10 NASB


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Posted 14 July 2010 - 06:41 AM

Rick Appleton (Brainiac) from Wretched Radio...



Unity and Diversity
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The Trinity is one God who is three Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. The Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son. There is unity and diversity in the Trinity.



Jesus Christ is one person with two natures, both divine and human. The divine nature is not the human nature; the human nature is not the divine nature. There are two natures but one Christ. There is unity and diversity in the person of Christ.

The redeemed are one with Christ. The redeemed are not Christ. The redeemed are in Christ. Christ is in the redeemed. Yet, there is a redeemer and there are the redeemed. The redeemer is not the redeemed nor are the redeemed the redeemer. There is unity and diversity in redemption.

The Church is one body but many members. Every member is in the body. No member is the body. There is unity and diversity in the Church.

The universe is one creation and many creatures. Every creature is distinct from every other creature. No creature is the creation. There is only one creation. There is unity and diversity in the universe.

Marriage is one flesh and two people. The man is not the woman. The woman is not the man. In marriage, the two become one. In marriage, the two remain man and woman. There is unity and diversity in marriage.

Man is one being that is body and soul. The body is not the soul. The soul is not the body. Man is both a body and a soul but only one man. There is unity and diversity in man.



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Posted 15 July 2010 - 12:39 PM

May God move in every single one of our lives....
K.



Prepare to see Me move!
If you are in rebellion, soon I will say "Enough."
Prepare to see Me move!
If you are in a refiner's fire, soon your answers will come.
Prepare to see Me move!
If you are in need, soon I will be your provision.
Prepare to see Me move!
If you are longing to be like Jesus,
soon I will do a mighty work in your heart.
Prepare to see Me move!
You need to be prepared for the time when I move on your behalf.
The day will come that all of My promises to you will come to pass.
Prepare now for that day, for it will surely come.
Prepare to see Me move!



[Earnestly] remember the former things, [which I did] of old; for I am God, and there is no one else; I am God, and there is none like Me.
10) Declaring the end and the result from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure and purpose. Isaiah 46:9-10 AMP


I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3 NIV


God is always faithful. No matter what happens in between the time He initiates something and its conclusion, you can be sure that what He has said will happen. There is no doubt.
If you are rebellious, it is just a matter of time before He tightens your life so that you fully submit. If you have needs, it's just a matter of time before they are met if you have submitted them to Him. If you are in a refiner's fire, you can be sure to see His hand move when your lesson is learned.
You and I serve a faithful God. All of His promises are true. All of His Word is true. All that He has said about Jesus is true. You can count on it!

Teach me to trust You, Lord,

Jim Corbett


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Posted 18 July 2010 - 10:35 PM

The sinner is indeed dead to God but very much alive to all wickedness. Some years ago I heard John Gerstner, a former professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, compare Paul's description of our sinful state to what horror stories call a zombie. In case you are not up on zombie literature, let me explain that a zombie is a person who has died but who is still up on his feet walking around. It is a pretty gruesome concept, which is why it is in horror stories. But it gets worse. This upright, walking human corpse is also putrefying. It is rotting away. It suppose that it is the most disgusting thing most people can imagine. But this is a fair description of what Paul is saying about human nature in its lost condition. Apart from Jesus Christ, these sinning human corpses are the living dead.
James M. Boice (20th century)



19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions,
21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Ga 5:19-21 NASB



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Posted 21 July 2010 - 05:46 AM

Today in Christian History

1925 - Following a sensational 12-day trial, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes was found guilty of teaching evolution in his Dayton, TN classroom and was fined $100.




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Posted 24 July 2010 - 08:55 AM

‎"Before faith and obedience become acts of man they are gifts of God." - R.B. Kuype

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



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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:26 PM

"Nobody is born into this world a child of the family of God. We are born as children of wrath. The only way we enter into the family of God is by adoption, and that adoption occurs when we are united to God’s only begotten Son by faith. When by faith we are united with Christ, we are then adopted into that family of whom Christ is the firstborn." ~ R.C. Sproul

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 03:19 PM

"We are not sanctified by our good works, rather, because God sanctified us, by grace, He produces good works in our lives. In fact, we do not sanctify ourselves any more than we justify ourselves. Sanctification is God’s work, and His work in us produces good works." ~ Kim Riddlebarger

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Posted 05 August 2010 - 07:52 AM

Anchored in Christ's Hands:

" I want you to know the length and breadth of your portion in Christ. I want you to understand the full amount of the treasure to which faith in Jesus entitles you. You have found out that you are a great sinner. Thank God for that. You have fled to Christ for pardon and peace with God. Thank God for that. You have committed yourself to Jesus for time and eternity - you have no hope but in Christ's blood, Christ's righteousness, Christ's mediation, Christ's daily all-persevering intercession. Thank God for that. Your heart's desire and prayer is to be holy in all manner of conversation. Thank God for that. But oh, lay hold upon the glorious truth - that believing on Jesus you shall never perish, you shall never be cast away, you shall never fall away! It is written for you as well as for the apostles, "My sheep shall never perish." "~ J.C. Ryle


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 06:10 AM

Christ Cricified:

"The doctrine of Christ crucified is the strength of a Minister. I, for one, would not be without it for all the world. I would feel like a soldier without arms, like an artist without his pencil, like a pilot without his compass, like a laborer without his tools. Let others, if they will, preach the law and morality; let others hold forth the terrors of hell, and the joys of heaven; let others dwell on the sacraments and the Church. Give me the cross of Christ. This is the only lever which has ever turned the world upside down up to this point, and made men forsake their sins: and if this will not, nothing will." ~ J.C. Ryle



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Posted 19 August 2010 - 07:47 PM

I would like to add to this the doctrine of the believer crucified with Christ, buried with him, risen with him and seated with him in heavenly places. For in this is the key, the thing that God did to us; that we should no longer walk after the flesh and the lusts thereof. But that we should walk in righteousness and newness of life. In short, victory over sinning.

Romans 6 3-4, 9-13
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:43 PM

My friends, let us pray tonight that the text may do its work. The sermon is of very little account after all. It is the text we want. The sermon is just to drive down the nail. - D.L. Moody (1837-99)



5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 3:5–6 AV


5 It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.
6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life.
2 Corinthians 3:5–6 NLT





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Posted 24 August 2010 - 08:14 AM

The Best Safeguard Against False Teaching, quote from J.C. Ryle

"What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. (Psalm. 119:105.) The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear. They would have us believe that "they are not learned, and do not pretend to have decided opinions." The plain truth is that they are lazy and idle about reading the Bible, and do not like the trouble of thinking for themselves. Nothing supplies false prophets with followers so much as spiritual sloth under a cloak of humility." ~ J.C. Ryle


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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:47 AM

My Utmost for His Highest

Are You Ever Disturbed?
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you."
John 14:27


There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When Our Lord speaks peace, He makes peace, His words are ever "spirit and life." Have I ever received what Jesus speaks? "My peace I give unto you" - it is a peace which comes from looking into His face and realizing His undisturbedness.

Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God's providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, are you still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? Then look up and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus. Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. If you allow anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you, you are either disturbed or you have a false security.

Are you looking unto Jesus now, in the immediate matter that is pressing and receiving from Him peace? If so, He will be a gracious benediction of peace in and through you. But if you try to worry it out, you obliterate Him and deserve all you get. We get disturbed because we have not been considering Him. When one confers with Jesus Christ the perplexity goes, because He has no perplexity, and our only concern is to abide in Him. Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, "Let not your heart be troubled."
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Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:03 AM

Getting Beyond a Hearer of Truth:

The man who hears Christian teaching, and never gets beyond hearing, is like "a foolish man who built his house on the sand" [Matt. 7:26]. He satisfies himself with listening and approving, but he goes no further. He flatters himself, perhaps, that all is right with his soul, because he has feelings, convictions, and desires, of a spiritual kind. In these he rests. He never really breaks off from sin, and casts aside the spirit of the world. He never really lays hold of Christ. He never really takes up the cross. He is a hearer of truth, but nothing more.

~ J.C. Ryle


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Posted 01 September 2010 - 08:09 AM

Beware of Being a Christian Pharisee:

"There is something sadly wrong in our spiritual condition, when the only thing we look at in others is their outward Christianity, and the principal question we ask is, whether they worship in our communion, and use our ceremonial, and serve God in our way. Do they repent of sin? Do they believe on Christ? Are they living holy lives? These are the chief points to which our attention ought to be directed. The moment we begin to place anything in religion before these things, we are in danger of becoming as thorough Pharisees as the accusers of the disciples." ~ J.C. Ryle


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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:05 AM

In two decades of theology I have had countless students ask me why God doesn't save everybody. Only once did a student come to me and say, 'There is something I just can't figure out. Why did God redeem me?' We are not really surprised that God has redeemed us. Somewhere deep inside, in the secret chambers of our hearts, we harbor the notion that God owes us His mercy. Heaven would not be quite the same if we were excluded from it. We know that we are sinners, but we are surely not as bad as we could be. There are enough redeeming features to our personalities that if God is really just He will include us in salvation. What amazes us is justice, not grace.
R.C. Sproul (20th century)



44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord.
45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
47 “For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.’ ”
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.
50 But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:44–52 NAS



12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Colossians 2:12 NAS


5 Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
Ezra 1:5 NAS




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Posted 03 September 2010 - 06:19 AM

QUOTE (KevinPolyaNazaroff @ Sep 3 2010, 06:05 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
In two decades of theology I have had countless students ask me why God doesn't save everybody. Only once did a student come to me and say, 'There is something I just can't figure out. Why did God redeem me?' We are not really surprised that God has redeemed us. Somewhere deep inside, in the secret chambers of our hearts, we harbor the notion that God owes us His mercy. Heaven would not be quite the same if we were excluded from it. We know that we are sinners, but we are surely not as bad as we could be. There are enough redeeming features to our personalities that if God is really just He will include us in salvation. What amazes us is justice, not grace.
R.C. Sproul (20th century)



44 The next Sabbath nearly the whole city assembled to hear the word of the Lord.
45 But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming.
46 Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first; since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, behold, we are turning to the Gentiles.
47 “For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I HAVE PLACED YOU AS A LIGHT FOR THE GENTILES, THAT YOU MAY BRING SALVATION TO THE END OF THE EARTH.’ ”
48 When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.
49 And the word of the Lord was being spread through the whole region.
50 But the Jews incited the devout women of prominence and the leading men of the city, and instigated a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.
51 But they shook off the dust of their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.
52 And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 13:44–52 NAS



12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
Colossians 2:12 NAS


5 Then the heads of fathers’ households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose, even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
Ezra 1:5 NAS

Beyond the theology of it, I think the most important part is that God would stir my spirit.

I pray that God would stir me and give me the hunger and desire to seek Him and do His will.
I hope that God would stir each and every one of you.
Every reader of the above scriptures, and that God would get your attention on His word and His will.

9 “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.”
2 Chronicles 16:9 NAS



2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
Psalm 14:2 NAS


God is constantly looking into your very soul.
He is before and behind you.
He is very real and very present with you right now, this very moment.
May the presence of God be real and magnified in your lives.



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Posted 05 September 2010 - 07:08 AM

"Don’t go where it is all fine music and grand talk and beautiful architecture; those things will neither fill anybody’s stomach, nor feed his soul. Go where the gospel is preached, the gospel that really feeds your soul, and go often." ~ Charles Spurgeon

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Posted 13 September 2010 - 12:36 PM


Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer



11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men,

12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age,

13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus,

14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

15 These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no one disregard you.
Titus 2:11-15 NAS




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Posted 24 September 2010 - 06:45 AM

Today in Christian History

787 - The Second Nicene Council opened under Pope Hadrian I. Numbered by some as the 7th of the church's 21 ecumenical councils, Nicea II condemned iconoclasm (belief that the veneration of Christian images and relics is idolatry).

1889 - In Holland, the Declaration of Utrecht was signed and became the doctrinal basis of the Old Catholic Church. ("Old Catholics" reject clerical celibacy, papal authority and the Council of Trent decisions.) Today in Europe, Old Catholics are active in Holland, Germany and Switzerland




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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:24 AM

Paul’s Reliance upon the Spirit
1 And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling,
4 and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away;
7 but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory;
8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;
9 but just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.”
10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.
11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.
12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God,
13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.
14 But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
15 But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.
16 For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2: 1-16 NAS

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Posted 06 October 2010 - 12:55 PM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
THANKSGIVING TIME!
by David Wilkerson

The subject of thanksgiving came to me recently during a time of great personal heaviness. At the time, our church building needed major work. Parishioners’ problems were piling up. Everyone I knew seemed to be going through some kind of trial. And I was feeling the burden of it all.

I went into my office and sat down, feeling sorry for myself. I began to complain to God: “Lord, how long will you keep me in this fire? How long do I have to pray about all these things before you’ll do something? When are you going to answer me, God?”

Suddenly, the Holy Spirit fell upon me—and I felt ashamed. The Spirit whispered to my heart, “Just begin to thank me right now, David. Bring to me a sacrifice of thanksgiving—for all the past things I’ve done for you, and for what I’m going to do in the future. Give me an offering of thanksgiving—and suddenly everything will look different!”

Those words settled in my spirit. But I wondered: “What does the Lord mean, ‘a sacrifice of thanksgiving’?” I looked up the phrase in Scripture and was amazed at all the references I found:

• “Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:22).
• “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:17).
• “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Psalm 95:2).
• “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

We live in a day when our high priest, Jesus, has already presented the sacrifice of his own blood to the Father to make atonement for our sins. Christ has wiped out all our transgressions, never to be remembered against us. So, for us, the work of atonement is finished.

Yet, like the Israelites, we also are to come into the Lord’s courts as Psalm 100 says—with thanksgiving and praise. And we are to bring with us two “goats.” “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips” (Hosea 14:2). The word “calves” here represents our lips, or words. The full meaning of this phrase in Hebrew is, “We will offer young bullocks, even our lips.”

Our offering of thanksgiving is to be made with the two goats we bring—an offering of our lips, or voices. God is saying, “Bring into my presence your words of thanksgiving. Speak, sing out your praises to me!”

We are no longer to bring to God sacrifices of blood or offerings of silver and gold for atonement. Instead, we are to bring him a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving from our lips: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15). The “fruit of our lips” is gratitude and thanks!


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Posted 06 October 2010 - 04:17 PM

QUOTE (KevinPolyaNazaroff @ Oct 6 2010, 11:55 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010
THANKSGIVING TIME!
by David Wilkerson

The subject of thanksgiving came to me recently during a time of great personal heaviness. At the time, our church building needed major work. Parishioners’ problems were piling up. Everyone I knew seemed to be going through some kind of trial. And I was feeling the burden of it all.

I went into my office and sat down, feeling sorry for myself. I began to complain to God: “Lord, how long will you keep me in this fire? How long do I have to pray about all these things before you’ll do something? When are you going to answer me, God?”

Suddenly, the Holy Spirit fell upon me—and I felt ashamed. The Spirit whispered to my heart, “Just begin to thank me right now, David. Bring to me a sacrifice of thanksgiving—for all the past things I’ve done for you, and for what I’m going to do in the future. Give me an offering of thanksgiving—and suddenly everything will look different!”

Those words settled in my spirit. But I wondered: “What does the Lord mean, ‘a sacrifice of thanksgiving’?” I looked up the phrase in Scripture and was amazed at all the references I found:

• “Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:22).
• “I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call upon the name of the Lord” (Psalm 116:17).
• “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms” (Psalm 95:2).
• “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).

We live in a day when our high priest, Jesus, has already presented the sacrifice of his own blood to the Father to make atonement for our sins. Christ has wiped out all our transgressions, never to be remembered against us. So, for us, the work of atonement is finished.

Yet, like the Israelites, we also are to come into the Lord’s courts as Psalm 100 says—with thanksgiving and praise. And we are to bring with us two “goats.” “Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips” (Hosea 14:2). The word “calves” here represents our lips, or words. The full meaning of this phrase in Hebrew is, “We will offer young bullocks, even our lips.”

Our offering of thanksgiving is to be made with the two goats we bring—an offering of our lips, or voices. God is saying, “Bring into my presence your words of thanksgiving. Speak, sing out your praises to me!”

We are no longer to bring to God sacrifices of blood or offerings of silver and gold for atonement. Instead, we are to bring him a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving from our lips: “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Hebrews 13:15). The “fruit of our lips” is gratitude and thanks!

This is really great. So often we come to God and complain or say give me this or give me that, when all He really wants is for us to just worship Him and be still and listen. I know that is may seem hard in these days and times that we live in but if we rely upon the Holy Spirit He will help us to worship the Father in the way that He wants to be worshiped.

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:42 PM

22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,
23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
Ephesians 4:22–24 NAS



If you desire to walk in humility you must first determine which forms of pride are at work in your heart. Ask yourself the following questions:
“Are there ways in which I act superior to others?”
“Do I look for and attempt to garner the admiration of others?”
“Am I touchy and defensive?”
“Do I tend to come across as a know-it-all?”
“Am I rebellious to my leaders?”
“Do I resist God’s authority in my life?”
“Do I attempt to get glory for what God has done in me or through me?”


It would be wise to lay them out before the Lord and ask Him to reveal those areas of your heart sullied by pride.
Most of us—if we are honest with ourselves—will easily identify several types of pride at work in our hearts. Without getting discouraged or wallowing in self-pity, take each one to the Lord individually. Acknowledge it and ask Him to forgive you for all the ways it has caused you to mistreat Him and other people. You might even recollect some things you have thought, said, or done and will want to go to those you have sinned against to ask their forgiveness.
Having repented, it is now time to take action against each type of pride you struggle with. Part of this will be to counteract your natural prideful tendencies by putting off pride and putting on humility. (Ephesians 4:22-24)
For instance, a haughty person needs to do things that will bring him down (in his mind) to the level of others. If he is arrogant about his accomplishments, he should develop the habit of praising other people for their achievements. Transferring the focus from self to others in this way could do much to defeat a superior attitude. Also, develop the habit of acknowledging your own faults to those around you.
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Posted 14 October 2010 - 09:51 PM

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From the daily devotional that I receive from Alistair Begg:

October 14
A Salvation to be Dreaded

Romans 12:2

If there is any possibility of a Christian being saved while he conforms to this world, it can only be so as through fire. Such a bare salvation is almost to be dreaded as much as to be desired. Reader, would you like to leave this world in the darkness of a desponding deathbed and enter heaven like a shipwrecked sailor climbs the rocks of his native country? Then allow the world to squeeze you into its mold and refuse identity with Christ or to bear His reproach. Would you like to have a heaven below as well as a heaven above? Do you want to comprehend with all saints what are the heights and depths and to know the love of Christ that passes knowledge? Would you like to receive an abundant entry into heaven? Then do not live as a friend of the world.

If you would attain the full assurance of faith, you cannot do so in communion with sinners. If you desire to be on fire for God, realize that your love will be dampened by the cold rain of a godless society. You cannot become a great Christian, you can never be a mature believer in Christ Jesus while you give in to godless maxims and modes of life. It is incongruous for an heir of heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of hell. It has a bad look when the servant is too intimate with the king's enemies. Even small inconsistencies are dangerous. Just as small thorns make great blisters and little moths destroy fine clothes, so little frivolities and little indiscretions will rob your testimony of a thousand joys.

Professing Christian on the fence, you do not know what you are losing by your conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength and makes you crawl when you ought to run. So for your own comfort's sake and for the sake of your growth in grace, if you are a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and distinct one.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:54 AM

Christ Alone IS Sufficient, by J.C. Ryle

There are multitudes of baptized men and women who profess to honour Christ, but in reality do Him great dishonour. They give Christ a certain place in their system of religion, but not the place which God intended Him to fill. Christ alone is not "all in all" to their souls.

No! It is either Christ and the Church, or Christ and the sacraments, or Christ and His ordained ministers, or Christ and their own repentance, or Christ and their own goodness, or Christ and their own prayers, or Christ and their own sincerity and charity, on which they practically rest their souls.

If any reader of this paper is a Christian of this kind, I warn him also plainly, that his religion is an offence to God. You are changing God's plan of salvation into a plan of your own devising. You are in effect deposing Christ from His throne, by giving the glory due to Him to another.

~ J.C. Ryle



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Posted 21 October 2010 - 09:52 PM

Recently, I read a little about "meekness".
One preacher said this about meekness.
"Meekness has been compared to a stallion who has been broken by his master. Before he was broken, he was independent and thereby useless to his master. Once broken, he could be controlled, guided and used."


5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Matthew 5:5 AV


1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Ephesians 4:1–2 AV


9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalm 25:9 AV


8 Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still,
9 When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.
Psalm 76:8–9 AV


24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure(perhaps, perchance) will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
2 Timothy 2:24–25 AV




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Posted 02 November 2010 - 09:48 PM

"One of the sweetest sounds I know is the turning of Bible pages." —Greg Laurie in the 2-year anniversary issue of Bible Study Magazine.


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Posted 03 November 2010 - 09:07 PM

Let me assure you that any preconceived notions you may have about who or what I am -- about how I might look or act are totally false. I am the greatest master of disguises, lies, illusions, cons, and manipulations your world has ever seen. I am an actor extraordinaire. I could win Academy Awards Oscars for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress all at the same time, and never break a sweat.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, expects me to be who I am. Nobody expects me to look as I look. Nobody expects me to act as I do. Humans are incredibly easy to scam because they rarely ever think for themselves and because they have a ridiculous, cartoon-character image of me as an idiot with horns and a pitchfork. So long as I don’t look like that cartoon character, or look otherwise grotesque, most humans never see me coming, and here's why.

Lies, deception, and cons are my games. Depravity, Sleaze, and Corruption, are my middle names. Trickery, fraud, and hoaxes are my calls to fame. I could sell snake oil to a snake oil salesmen, so don’t try to second-guess me or put any expectations between us. I guarantee that, if you do, you’ll not only be wrong, you’ll also miss the essence of what I have to offer you.

If you'll think for just one moment, it will become obvious to you that no devil worth his salt would ever come out as an evil one. All I have to do to create havoc and destruction here on Earth is to disguise myself as a promoter of what seems like a good cause.

I simply gather together a flock of mindless Would-Be Do-Gooders, and then, from a sacred place of trust and power and in the name of righteousness or some other illusion, I shower evil upon all mankind.

I've pulled this trick off thousands of times in the past, and at this very moment, I'm doing it right now, in dozens of different ways, right under your noses, and the vast majority of humans simply don't see it.



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Posted 06 November 2010 - 09:33 AM


From the book "How to Be Happy According to Jesus, Study Guide"
"We have been forgiven a great debt by our Heavenly Father, one we could never repay. Our sin debt was so great that no amount of good works or sacrifice could ever take care of it. “The wages of sin is death,” we are told in Romans 6:23. But when Christ died on the cross, He forgave us freely of everything we have ever done. He has shown us great mercy. So what should we do when confronted by someone who needs our mercy? We are to extend mercy. It’s our responsibility, by the grace of God, to show mercy to those around us. It doesn’t always happen in the church because we want people to live up to our expectations and “earn” our love, but that’s not the system Christ put into place. He wants us to love others, even when they don’t deserve it. We are all flawed human beings in need of mercy.

In Morton Thompson’s novel, Not as a Stranger, a young doctor accuses an older physician of malpractice. Brilliant and capable, but impatient and intolerant, the young doctor sits before a review committee to discuss the charges. The men on the committee are older and ask the young man not to act hastily, but to consider the actions of the older doctor as a difference of opinion. Any man in the zealousness of youth tends to judge others more harshly. But that young doctor will not retract his accusation. So the president of the medical association leans across his desk, looks the young man right in the eyes, and says, “If you persist in bringing formal charges, then be sure of one thing: don’t ever, ever, as long as you live, make a mistake.” The way we treat others is the way we’ll be treated. And the good news is that if you will show mercy to others, even when they don’t deserve it, the result will be happiness.

Ask God to give you sensitivity to those around you. Look for people with needs, and then reach out in mercy and meet them. The world says to look out for yourself, but the Lord says to look out for others. The world wants you to believe that you’ll be happy when you take care of yourself, but nobody is really happy in a selfish world—they’re alone. Happiness is found in ministering to others. The merciful will obtain mercy and will find true happiness in being merciful to others.
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 04:22 PM

"When one is born of the Spirit, one does not suddenly become perfect or even nearly so. Rather, one becomes exceedingly sinful in one's own estimation. That is to say, one comes under conviction of sin." ~ R.B. Kuiper

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Posted 14 November 2010 - 11:08 PM

Holy Spirit allertness......the day that starts is the day you get alerted to all the fun repenting of sin.
and through that more closer to Jesus Christ which means more repentance and death to self....so JESUS CHRIST can more of you.....I call it the " I have to get over myself so that way Jesus can be all of me" attitude.......the path of humilty, submission and obedience....

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Posted 16 November 2010 - 01:50 PM

GOD’S PURE MERCY
by David Wilkerson | November 16, 2010


Isaiah had a revelation of God’s great delight in us. He prophesied, “O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee” (Isaiah 43:1-2).
Isaiah wasn’t talking about a literal flood or fire. He was talking about what people go through spiritually and mentally. Israel was in captivity at the time. Their floods were trials; their fires were temptations; their rivers were testings. These were all Satan’s attempts to destroy and overwhelm God’s people.
Isaiah’s words were a message of pure mercy for Israel. The people were in captivity because of their own stupidity and foolishness. But God sent them a brokenhearted prophet who said, “God wants me to tell you that you belong to him.”
Right now, you may be in the midst of your own swirling waters. You may feel overwhelmed by a trial or temptation that threatens to consume you. You’ve got to understand from these biblical examples that the Lord does not always calm the waters. He does not always keep the floods from coming or put out the fires.
Yet he does promise this: “I will walk with you through it all. This trial or circumstance will not destroy you. It won’t consume you. So, walk on. You’ll come out on the other side with me beside you.”




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Posted 27 November 2010 - 01:23 PM

A man may be theologically knowing and spiritually ignorant.
Stephen Charnock (1628-80)


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Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:25 AM

"Watch out for any ministry or person who claims to be led by the Holy Spirit but acts contrary to the Word of God. And beware of any movement or group whose focus is the Holy Sprit. The Holy Spirit points not to Himself but to Jesus Christ." ~ George Sweeting


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Posted 11 December 2010 - 12:08 PM

Manasseh.
The 14th king of Judah, the son of HEZEKIAH born to Hephzibah (2 Kin. 21:1–18). Manasseh reigned longer (55 years) than any other Israelite king and had the dubious distinction of being Judah’s most wicked king. He came to the throne at the age of 12, although he probably co-reigned with Hezekiah for ten years. His father’s godly influence appears to have affected Manasseh only negatively, and he reverted to the ways of his evil grandfather, Ahaz.
Committed to idolatry, Manasseh restored everything Hezekiah had abolished. Manasseh erected altars to Baal; he erected an image of Asherah in the Temple; he worshiped the sun, moon, and stars; he recognized the Ammonite god Molech and sacrificed his son to him (2 Kin. 21:6); he approved DIVINATION; and he killed all who protested his evil actions. It is possible that he killed the prophet Isaiah; rabbinical tradition states that Manasseh gave the command that Isaiah be sawn in two (see also Heb. 11:37). Scripture summarizes Manasseh’s reign by saying he “seduced them [Judah] to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord had destroyed before the children of Israel” (2 Kin. 21:9).
Manasseh was temporarily deported to Babylon where he humbled himself before God in repentance (2 Chr. 33:11–13). Upon Manasseh’s return to Jerusalem, he tried to reverse the trends he had set; but his reforms were quickly reversed after his death by his wicked son Amon.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary







3. The son of Hezekiah 1 and Hephzibah; king of Judah ca. 687–642 B.C. His reign, including a coregency with his father beginning in 696, was the longest of any Judahite king. Unlike his father, Manasseh led Judah into a variety of idolatrous practices (2 Kgs. 21:1–9 par. 2 Chr. 33:1–9). Moreover, he killed many innocent people in Jerusalem (2Kgs. 21:16), apparently including prophets who forecast disaster for Judah because of Manasseh’s idolatry (vv. 10–15; according to later traditions Isaiah was among the victims).
The portrayal of Manasseh’s reign in 2 Kgs. 21:1–18 is unvaryingly negative, and Judah’s destruction is repeatedly blamed on Manasseh (vv. 10–15; 23:12, 26; 24:3; cf. Jer. 15:4). The version presented in 2 Chr. 33:1–20, on the other hand, does not attach blame in this way to Manasseh. Furthermore, 2 Chronicles depicts Manasseh’s repentance, an incident not recorded in 2 Kings. According to this account, Manasseh, who apparently continued at least in part his father’s policy of rebellion against Assyria, was taken in chains to Babylon, where he turned to Yahweh (2 Chr. 33:11–13). Upon his return to Jerusalem, Manasseh fortified Jerusalem (v. 14; perhaps for a further rebellion) and put an end to idolatry there (vv. 15–16). He is named among the ancestors of Jesus (Matt. 1:10; KJV “Manasses”).
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Posted 31 December 2010 - 12:07 AM

What a wonderful thing it is to be sure of one's faith!
How wonderful to be a member of the evangelical church, which preaches the free grace of God through Christ as the hope of sinners!
If we were to rely on our works--my God, what would become of us?
George Frederick Handel










Edited by KevinPolyaNazaroff, 31 December 2010 - 12:09 AM.


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Posted 06 January 2011 - 08:21 PM

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal.
Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements;
lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change.
It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable."
-- C.S. Lewis


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Posted 07 January 2011 - 07:21 AM

Tell me then, brethren, who is it in all the universe that thinks little of Christ's laying down his life.
Shall we find them in heaven? No. Shall we find them in hell? No; 'they believe and tremble'.
Where, then, shall we find the man that thinks little of Christ?
O Christless sinner! it is you ... you think little of the death of Christ;
even the devils do not think it foolishness.
Sinner, do you not think there must be something wrong about the state of your mind,
that sees no beauty in the death of Christ?
Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-34)


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Posted 10 January 2011 - 08:05 AM

"The Lord added to the church...and if God doesn't add them, they are a nuisance!"
Smith Wigglesworth, 1859-1947



25 “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.
26 “But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.
27 “The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’
28 “And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’
29 “But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.
30 ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
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36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;
39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.
40 “So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.
Matthew 13:25-30, 36–40 NAS






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Posted 11 January 2011 - 07:15 AM

"He that reads his Bible to find fault with it will soon discover that the Bible finds fault with him."
Charles Spurgeon


8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
Joshua 1:8 AV



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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:05 AM

Are you really aware of those who are around you?
When you are blessed, is it good for your community of believers
or do you consume your blessings upon yourself?
I place you in the midst of others so that they benefit from who you are
and what you have to offer.
Some need an attentive ear.
Others need a service.
Still others need My financial wealth, which I have entrusted to you.
All of them need the Jesus that resides in you.

Are you really aware of that?

Is that your mode of thinking when you see them?
Jesus saw the needs and died for them.
You have been given the same eyes to see
and a heart to love because He dwells in you.
Are you using them, or have you closed them
so that you can serve yourself?
Jim Corbett




5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,

7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so,

8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

10 If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.

11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
Romans 8:5-11 NAS






5–8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored.

9–11 But if God himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won’t know what we’re talking about. But for you who welcome him, in whom he dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God’s terms. It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ’s!
Romans 8:5-11 The Message


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Posted 21 March 2011 - 07:05 AM

MARCH 21
GRIEVING OVER LOST SOULS

How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
MATTHEW 23:37


Jesus deeply cared for individuals. Our Lord brought Philip (John 1:43), Matthew (Matt. 9:9), and Peter and Andrew (Matt. 4:18–19) to faith with the call, “Follow Me.” In John 4, He met a woman at a well and brought her to salvation. In Luke 19, He found Zaccheus, a tax collector, whom He led to a confession of sin, repentance, and faith. In John 3, He taught Nicodemus about the new birth. In Mark 10, He led blind Bartimaeus to believe in Him. In Mark 5, Jesus healed a demon–possessed man in the country of the Gerasenes. And Luke 23 tells of His brief yet poignant encounter with the thief on the cross (vv. 40–43); before committing Himself to God, Christ rescued him from eternal hell.

Jesus’ heart grieved over the souls of lost men and women. In John 5:40, we see a glimpse of Christ’s passion when He said, “You are unwilling to come to Me that you may have life.” There’s a pensive quality to those words.
Does your heart echo the affection of his speech?
Truth for today John MacArthur

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 06:54 AM

Of this I am certain, that no one has ever died who was not destined to die some time. Now the end of life puts the longest life on a par with the shortest... And of what consequence is it what kind of death puts an end to life, since he who has died once is not forced to go through the same ordeal a second time? They, then, who are destined to die, need not be careful to inquire what death they are to die, but into what place death will usher them.
St. Augustine, The City of God


41 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:
Matthew 25:41 AV






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