Btw, that was in response to LB challenging someone to show her one scripture where Jesus loved sinners. That is interesting since the Pharisees condemned Jesus because He ate with sinners !! And he won them with His love for them.Some of the people that the Spirit has sent for me to witness to were first a person I had befriended. I didnâ€™t have a relationship so to speak because I was never able to until they became a Christian as a result of my witness. You canâ€™t be or do the things they can do. Itâ€™s called being led of the Spirit.
God loved the rich young ruler and was saddened when he walked away because he loved his riches more than Christ. He loved the woman caught in adultery and saved her from the murderous crowd. He loved Matthew, the hated tax collector that was taking money from the Jews. He told Nicodemous to climb down from the tree and come eat with him. That was one of the things that the Pharisees accusation included he ate with sinners!! One He ate with was Mary from whom He had cast out 7 demons and was condemned because he allowed her to pour expensive oil on his head. Another Mary washed his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. Paul on his way to Damascus to bring Christians to be jailed. Jesus appeared to him and saved him and sent him to be a witness to the Gentiles. Interesting story of how this came about and how he was sent to Barnabus first. Canâ€™t help but see the irony of that as later they had a falling out over his nephew, John Mark. These are just some that the Holy Spirit brought to mind maybe you can think of others. God has two sides love and wrath like the story I told about the drowning boy. Things I donâ€™t understand I leave in the hands of my loving Savior and go about my business of helping others find His love as well.
I was reading Acts 15 in my devotional yesterday and then Matthew Henryâ€™s commentary on that chapter. We come to vs36-41 which had to do with a private quarrel between two ministers, no less than Paul and Barnabas, yet made to end well.It had to do with John Mark going on the next mission with them. Paul said no, Barnabus yes. We see that the best of men are but men, subject to like passion as we are. Perhaps there were faults on both sides, as usual in such contentions. Yet we are not to think it strange, if there are differences among wise and good men. It will be so while we are in this imperfect state; we shall never be all of one mind till we come to heaven. But what mischief the remainders of pride and passion which are found even in good men do in the world, and do in the church!
A man was driving down the road when he saw some one swimming in a lake . He was yelling help. He jumped out of the car and ran to where the boy was drowning. He saved the boys life. Years later this boy became a man who had gotten in trouble with the law and was brought before the Judge. The man recognizes the Judge as being the one who rescued him from death. He reminded the Judge of this in hopes of being freed. The Judge said to him, I was your saver then but now I am your Judge, take him and put him away, jailer. The gospel is so simple a child can understand but like the Bible says Christ the cornerstone of the gospel is what people stumble over. Itâ€™s pride that causes the divisions . Thinking their way the only way.
Very disturbing and it is happening in churches every where. Pastor have affairs and youth leaders abuse their kids they lead and are suppose to learn things of God from. A few months back on front page of local newspaper a married youth pastor had affairs with 15 year old girls and at the time of arrest had his own church going. Another pastor had to leave a local church because of an affair and he now has his own church in the local mall .Satan has placed Tares in churches every where. Jesus said, not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter in .. these things are happening more and more frequently. Teachers males and females having affairs with pupils at young ages in school and one in our town was caught in a Christian school so parents need to be aware and alert but still kids wonâ€™t always tell on their abusers.
Big Amen on your comment . Connor 7, you do have spiritual insight and you have asked for prayers for your home state California and I do. God has placed you there with the good news and Iâ€™m sure you are a light in that place of the world and the darker the place the brighter your light will shine!! I felt led today to share the devotional by Charles Spurgeon which helped me so much I wanted to share on here for anyone reading might benefit from it. God bless Connor, keep letting your light shine, friend.
God will always have a trusting people, and these will be an afflicted and poor people. Little as the world thinks of them, their being left in the midst of a nation is a channel of untold blessings to it.Here we have the conserving salt which keeps in check the corruption which is in the world through lust. Again the question comes home to each one of us. Am I one of them? Am I afflicted by the sin within me and around me? Am I poor in spirit, poor spiritually in my own judgement? Do I trust in the Lord? This is my main business. Jesus reveals the name, the character,the person of God; am I trusting in Him? If so, I am left in this world for a purpose. Lord, help me to fulfill it. Charles Spurgeon
Actually, I understand what God has shown me to be truth and that is hard to explain to someone that listens to other voices and not God. Paul in his letters to Timothy addresses this very subject which we are now studying in Sunday School. To my way of thinking how do you know you are the elect?? Then Jesusâ€™s blood only covers those that believe a certain way, go to a certain church and if you canâ€™t find the exact right one, then you stay home and bury that talent, and we know how that parable went according to Jesus or maybe you donâ€™t. Sorry, the things Christ looks at is your belief in Him and trust His blood to cover your sins. His blood shed on the cross plus nothing equals salvation, fruits of that will show the world who you are in Christ.
I received that issue and read the article. All the articles are helpful and uplifts my spirit. I give to his ministry ever so often because I know that money goes to good causes. When the tornado hit my hometown a few years ago Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My niece contacted me on the computer and walked me through the devastation and when the video showed the street I was raised on and I was heartbroken because the only house standing was my parents home. Franklin Graham and his team were there to minister and I saw him being interviewed later and members of his team. I am very careful who I give my money to and only as God leads. There are wolves out there and if you live close to God, read and believe His word, pray then the Holy Spirit within us will guide and lead us and keep us on that Calvary Road. Itâ€™s narrow and itâ€™s the same road our Savior trod . My favorite song.
John, the sermon today was along the same line we have been discussing. One thing he brought out was that God had a plan for our lives even in the womb before we were born. Thanks again for your kind words and encouragement.
John, every now and then Satan being the accurser of the brethren does try to bring us down but then God uses whatever and whoever to lift us up with His truths being Christ is our righteousness and when he looks at me He sees Christâ€™s righteousness. I can use this to help a friend that feels as if she hasnâ€™t done enough for Christ and frets because of not able to do more.So thankful for brethren to pray and be an encouragement to each other.
Yes, John, a reminder of the horrors of war and your words of encouragement to those who belong to Christ especially being perfected at last. You just preached a sermon to me, as I have been feeling down on myself and the imperfections I see in myself. I know He loves me and keeps me safe in the palm of His hand.
Good morning, John. He is the only President lately that really cares about America and whatâ€™s happening to this country. Yes, I watched it and it was so amazing to me as they performed with their band and the way they stood as our President walked among them with Charles. So thankful England is with us as our Allay. I love that country as well. Beautiful prayer, very moving as I watched all the remembrance of D Day. Hope allâ€™s well with you this day.
1 Timothy 2:1-8..1) I exhort therefore,that,first of all, supplications,prayers,intercession, and giving of thanks,be made for all men;2)For Kings, and for all that are in authority;that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty 3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;4) Who will have all men to be saved and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. So as I believe the Word teaches we are to pray for our leaders that have feet of clay, which reminds of other leaders such as Franklin D Roosevelt, a great President in spirit of having a mistress, President Carter admitted to lustful thoughts and we know what Jesus said of that being as bad as adultery. We compare ourselves to others and come away full of self righteousness rather than use Christ as our standard and come away humbled.
UFO ðŸ›¸ have been around a very long time with the same MO round saucer shaped ( thatâ€™s why they are called flying saucers, you see) I remember a story when in my early 20â€™s of a couple that claimed to be beamed up in one , which later became a tv show, Star Trek, with Dr.Spock, who looked like one would look if there are any to look like one. Thing is itâ€™s whatever sent to earth to apparently check on all the weird happenings on earth right now. But anyway, they are smarter than the average earthlings because their saucers are so much better and faster than anything we have ever encountered. So far they have never been a threat to us and seem harmless unless you saw War of the World, which I did and my kids ðŸ˜‚ at me being so scared, I only watched part of it. Nothing compares with what they watched as kids that was way more scary.Seems to me, they may be concerned and just keeping an eye on all that we should be afraid of.here on earth.There is something going on but how and why, I leave in Godâ€™s hands, my faith is not shaken.
Hi John, thanks for the encouragement and comments. I think they are both hard nut to crack. mostly hard to change their beliefs, I am actually a Christian serving God in the Baptist Church. I see your way of worship as great and Iâ€™m sure your preaching is very inspiring. The way you explained it in scripture today about Godâ€™s Love even in the womb was a reminder of how real God has always been to me even as a child . I loved going to church. I like JC Ryle as well. Have his book on Holiness. I like the older authors.