Don’t widen the plate

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Don’t widen the plate

by Ken Koenen

Most people won’t take the time to read this all the way to the end. I hope that you will.  You will not regret reading this

An excellent article to read from beginning to end.

Twenty years ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA’s convention.

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An Awesome God and little ole’ me

Here is something I read on Facebook.

An Awesome God, and little ole’ me

by Lester Peoples

Who would have ever thought fifty years ago that a time would come in America where men would take on themselves to be as smart intellectually as their creator, as they devise and scheme in their own corruptness, or follow after Satan and worship his appointed ones of wicked, evil, and darkness. Even Satan is a created, angelic creature of God made to worship God and act as messengers to serve Almighty God. But personal ego, due to his beauty and power, led him to fall, taking a third of fellow angels with him. God has allowed him to be in the position that he holds as ‘Prince of the power of the air’ on earth, but with “limited” power used against mankind, only to torment, but not indwell physically. God has his reason for allowing Lucifer/Satan to keep on with his schemes, but the secret things belong to the Lord, our God. We have a book called the holy bible that contains all the instruction man needs if he will follow directions given; obey the laws and commandments and in faith, believe; he can be approved and will be blessed. Read the rest of this entry

The wrath of God

Here is something I read on Facebook.

The wrath of God

by Joshua Arnold

Death is not a natural event, but a penal event. It is the penalty of sin, not the nature of God’s design for humanity. Originally, humans were never made to die.

Nearly 2000 years ago, the Author of life, Jesus Christ, was put to death as He received the penalty that you deserve. The wage for your entire life of sin, all that hard laboring to sin, was given to Him. Every hour of sin that you have ever and will ever clock in was given to Him at once. God paid Him in full for all of your sins, and not just yours, but all of His sheep. Read the rest of this entry

Book burning

Book burning!  What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear those words?  Many people think of a tyrannical government which censors any ideas with which it disagrees and sometimes resorts to gathering books which promote those ideas and publicly burning them.  This has actually taken place at times.  The idea that book burning is wrong is so pervasive that some people believe it is wrong to destroy any book for any reason.  Sometimes that can lead to problems. Read the rest of this entry

Paul’s visit to Jerusalem

In Galatians 1:11 -2:10 Paul tells what happened to him after he first became a Christian.  He ends the account by telling of a visit to Jerusalem.

Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along with me. I went up because of a revelation and set before them (though privately before those who seemed influential) the gospel that I proclaim among the Gentiles, in order to make sure I was not running or had not run in vain.But even Titus, who was with me, was not forced to be circumcised, though he was a Greek.  (Galatians 2:1-3)

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What the rich man didn’t say

Jesus once told about two men.  One was rich and the other was a beggar.

There was a rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate was laid a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores,who desired to be fed with what fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover, even the dogs came and licked his sores.  (Luke 16:19-21)

The two men died and their fates were very different. Read the rest of this entry

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Jesus and his brothers

Jesus said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”  That was certainly true of Jesus.  His mother Mary honored him because the angel Gabriel had foretold his birth and he had been born while she was still a virgin.  Joseph honored him because after he discovered that Mary was pregnant an angel appeared to him in a dream to tell him that Jesus had been conceived by the Holy Spirit and that he would save his people from their sins.  But after he was born Joseph and Mary had other children.  There were four boys named James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas, and an unspecified number of girls.  These children had not received the divine revelations their parents had and they thought that Jesus was just an ordinary person like them. Read the rest of this entry

Keep your fork

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Keep your fork

by Gale Roberson Smith

There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things ‘in order,’ she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.

She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. Read the rest of this entry

An eternal weight of damnation

I live in the United States where I enjoy the constitutional right to practice my religious beliefs and I face very little opposition in serving God.  There are many Christians who don’t have this freedom.  In the Middle East many Christians run the risk of being killed by Muslim extremists.  Persecution of Christians is increasing in China.  India is controlled by a Hindu nationalist party whose goal is to make India a completely Hindu nation.  According to Open Doors North Korea is the place where Christians suffer the most persecution.

Paul had this to say about the suffering experienced by Christians. Read the rest of this entry

What if?

Have you ever looked back at some decision you made and wondered what would have happened if you had decided differently?  During the summer of 1957, when I was sixteen years old, I made the most important decision of my life.  I put my faith in Jesus Christ so that my sins could be forgiven.  Sometimes I wonder what my life would have been like if I had not done that. Read the rest of this entry

Bloom where you are planted

Here is something I found on Facebook.

Bloom where you are planted

by Joshua Agan

We’ve all likely heard the phrase “bloom where you are planted.” It’s a great thought, but sometimes we do not actually live that out in a practical way.

I didn’t.

Having grown up in a family that served in full-time ministry, I expected to reach full bloom there myself. My parents never pressured or expected me to do so, often telling my brother and me that if God called us to be plumbers, be the best Christian plumber that a man can be. True to their word, my parents support each of us in our secular jobs as we continue to serve God day by day.

When given the opportunity, however, I jumped at the chance to leave the business world and dive head-first into full-time ministry. Yet God had not told me to abandon all else to pursue it. Read the rest of this entry

Before creation

The Bible begins by telling us how God created the earth.  But what was he doing before?  God is eternal so surely the universe we live in is not the first of God’s works and it won’t be the last.  Some people think Heaven will be boring because we will have nothing to do.  In fact we will have plenty to do just learning what God has done in the past and observing what he does in the future.  (I wonder if the words past and future will have any meaning.  We live in time so for us some things have happened in the past and others are still in the future.  Will this still be true in eternity?)

The Bible does reveal some things that happened before the earth was created. Read the rest of this entry

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My latest list of good internet articles.

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God’s promises delayed

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt.  They prayed for freedom and God heard their prayers.  He appeared to Moses and appointed him to deliver the people.

Then the LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”  (Exodus 13:7-10)

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Joseph the dreamer

When you saw the title of this post you probably thought about Joseph in the Old Testament.  Dreams played an important part in his life.  When he was young he had dreams that were a source of antagonism between him and his family.  Genesis 37:5-11

When he was in prison because he had been falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife he interpreted the dreams of two other prisoners.  Genesis 40:1-23

He interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and was made governor of Egypt.  Genesis 41:14-26

But the Joseph in the New Testament also had dreams.  When he learned that Mary was pregnant and was planning to divorce her God sent him a dream. Read the rest of this entry

A near life experience

Many people have had what are called near death experiences.  They found themselves outside of their bodies and saw a bright light to which they were attracted, but before they could reach the light they were back in their bodies.

Opinions differ as to what really happened.  Some think this was a real event and they actually left their bodies for a short time.  Others think this was a delusion created by their minds.  The Bible has many accounts of death but it never describes what goes on in the mind of a person who is dying, so we can’t use it to answer the question.

I have no personal opinion on the subject.  Those who believe it is a real experience claim that this proves that life continues after the death of the body.  I believe in the continuation of life because the Bible teaches it, so I don’t need any scientific confirmation.  After we experience death ourselves we will no doubt learn the truth. Read the rest of this entry

Do all infants who die go to Heaven?

Here is something I read on Facebook.

Do all infants who die go to Heaven?

by Joshua Arnold

 

I would like to prove that it is absolutely biblical to say that every human that dies in infancy goes to Heaven. Not only infants, but mentally handicapped people that are unable to grasp the reality of sin, and good and evil, but that’s not what I’m going to be discussing in this post. The post will be a quite long, and so it may not be very shareable, but God willing it will be informative, and worth the read. I don’t expect many people to read it all, but It should bring clarity and give rest to those confused or concerned with the matter. I answer a few common objections at the end.

Without a doubt in my mind, every single baby, unborn, stillborn, or born but dies before they are able to comprehend good and evil, goes straight to Heaven.
In fact, I believe that there is no greater display of God’s sovereign grace than a helpless baby, who has no personal, religious, or moral merits, inheriting the kingdom of Heaven by pure grace.

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Pro-choice

I am pro-life.  I believe that life is a gift given to each person and only God has the right to take that life from him.  A person who commits serious crimes such a murder may forfeit his right to life; if that happens it is permissible for the government to take that life from him.  Except in cases like that no human has the right to take the life of another human.

I am pro-choice.  I believe God has given all of us the power to make choices.  Sometimes we may make wrong choices that have tragic consequences but we are free to make those choices.

Because I am pro-life and pro-choice I am anti-abortion.  Abortion destroys an innocent life and prevents it from ever making any choices.  Unfortunately I can’t tell anyone I am pro-choice because that would give them a false idea of what I believe.  Advocates of abortion have stolen the “pro-choice” label and use it to indicate that someone is in favor of allowing abortion.  They say that pregnant women have the right to choose to end their pregnancies by killing their unborn child.  They deny that the child has any rights.

This isn’t the first time Satan has tried to suppress the truth be having his followers apply to themselves a name or label that rightfully belongs to those who support the truth.  There are false religions that call themselves by names that actually belong to Christians.   Identity theft

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