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Sacredness of Life

Life. A loving gift from our caring Father. Something that cannot be created by science. Evolution? Not a chance. Darwin or God? Where is Darwin now?  Our true Creator the Living God, is alive and orchestrating universe-wide events from His throne in heaven. God designed marriage to be the  exclusive providence of a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation. Why? Because at some point in the near future, the LORD will bring about final end-time events to usher in His eternal kingdom upon earth. Abortion? Murder, plain and simple. The “leaders” of our country have no problem legalizing abortion, not caring for the perspective of our Father in heaven.

Allow me to make a very clear warning – Abortion is murder. God condemns murder and will hold people responsible for their actions. Our world is cursed because of our collective disobedience to God and His laws. Make no mistake, every action or inaction by every human being is recorded by God for playback on Judgment Day. If you have had an abortion or a part in this industry (yes, it is a money-making business), you can repent and have your sins forgiven! It is never too late – God is waiting for you to ask His forgiveness, confess your sins and start a new life in Jesus Christ. I am absolutely certain God will restore to life every aborted fetus or infant in the soon-coming Kingdom of God. Jesus Christ died for your sins, regardless of how awful wicked they may be. Through His blood upon the cross we can receive the ultimate forgiveness! Please, embrace life, present and future, accept His free offer of salvation now while there is time. Do not wait, do not delay, for if you die without Jesus, all hope is lost. Make a change in your life and do the right thing, now – please.

God bless.

The First Marriage  ~ Genesis 2:21-25 ~
“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, a flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.” Scripture succinctly defines marriage as between man and woman, the purpose of which is to produce offspring which may inherit eternal life and the Kingdom of God.

Formed in the Womb  ~ Job 1:21, Job 31:15 ~
“And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. ~ Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?”

I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made  ~Psalm 139:14-16 ~
“I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Human beings are perfectly created in the image of God. Can anyone declare how a baby is formed? Is science able to duplicate the infinite complexity of new life? No. Only God is able to create life, which He alone is able to give.

Blessed is the Fruit of the Womb  ~ Deuteronomy 7:13 ~
“And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.” Blessings of offspring, crops and other increases are promised to those who are obedient to the LORD.

Taken from the Womb  ~ Psalm 22:10, 58:3, 71:6 ~
“I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly. ~ The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. ~ By thee have I been holden up from the womb: thou art he that took me out of my mother’s bowels: my praise shall be continually of thee.” Both the righteous and wicked enter the world from our mother’s womb. We should continually, day by day praise the LORD for giving us life.

A Heritage of the LORD  ~ Psalm 127:3 ~
“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” Children are born to men and woman such that the Kingdom of God might receive them into glorious eternal life. All life is given by God, and what He gives may be taken away. Life is precious and should never be taken for granted, for it is a miracle of God.

I formed thee in the Belly  ~ Jeremiah 1:5~
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Blessings,

T.E.
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All things in their season

Ecclesiastes 2:1-24  ~ Solomon recounts the vanity of men ~

Verses 1-2  [Solomon seeks to prove the LORD]
“I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

Verses 3-4  [Solomon desires to know what the sons of men are to do]
I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards;

Verses 5-6  [I planted orchard, trees, and made pools of water]
I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kinds of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Verses 7-8  [I had servants, great possessions, silver and gold in abundance]
I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Verses 9-10  [Solomon was greatly increased in stature]
So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor.

Verses 11-12  [There is no profit under the sun]
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king/ even that which hath been already done.

Verses 13-14  [The fool walks in darkness]
Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. The wise man’s eyes are in his head: but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

Verses 15-16  [The wise man also dieth]
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. For there is no remembrance of the wise more than if the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Verses 17-18  [All work under the sun is vanity]
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit. Yes, I hated all my labor which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

Verses 19-20  [The labors and wisdom of men are vanity]
And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labor wherein I have labored and wherein I have showed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity. Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labor which I took under the sun.

Verses 21-22 
For there is a man whose labor is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not labored therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. For what hath man of all his labor, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath labored under the sun?

Verses 23-24  [To worry is vanity, but it is good for man to enjoy his labor]
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; ye, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity. There is nothing better for a man, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

Verses 25-16  [Gifts and justice from God]
For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I? For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.”

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15  ~ A season appointed for every season ~

Verses 1-2  [Birth and death, planting and harvest]
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

Verses 3-4  [Healing and building, laughing and weeping]
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Verses 5-6  [Keeping and loosing, embracing and gathering]
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Verses 7-8  [To speak, and to love]
A time to rend, and time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Verses 9-10
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

Verses 11-12  [No man understand the works of God]
He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

Verses 13-15  [The fruit of our labour is a gift from God]
And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.”

God has created all things for His pleasure, that His creation can flourish and prosper. It is an undeserved gift from God for us to enjoy the benefits of our labour. Man cannot add to, nor subtract from His creation, professing a healthy fear of our Creator. It is difficult for us to cease from our daily worries and concerns, because the flesh is strong and our faith weak. Jesus instructed us not to be concerned about any earthly things, relying instead on the Father to meet each of our needs. Earlier is his life, Solomon loved the LORD and sought after His wisdom. However, he was weak in the flesh and gave into his desires to have many wives and concubines, which contributed to his gradual movement towards the worship of false gods. Let us rejoice in the blessings from our LORD, focusing our attention upon the treasures which will last for eternity.

Blessings in His Name,
a
April 24th, 2011

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So man lieth down and riseth not

Genesis 17:1-8   [A father of many nations]
“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to the seed after thee. And I will give thee unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” God promised Abraham he would receive great physical blessings, and for his offspring to multiply greatly. The bible does not record anywhere that Abraham was told he would immediately ascend into God’s presence at the end of his life. Will Abraham be raised to immortality at the second coming of Jesus Christ? Yes, of course!! The key to understanding the transition from physical to eternal life, lies in properly understanding God’s master plan and the timing of key events.

Genesis 25:5-9   [Abraham died in a good old age]
“And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and send them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. And these are the days of the years of Abraham’s life which he lived, an hundred threescore and fifteen years. Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people. And his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite which is before Mamre;” What happened to Abraham? At the end of a long and fruitful life, Abraham died the physical death of all men and was buried in the grave. Once again, there is no record of God promising Abraham he would ascend directly into heaven when he died.

Genesis 49:29-33   [Jacob yielded up the ghost]
“And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. The purchase of the field of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost and was gathered unto his people.” Like his father Abraham, Jacob was not promised a reward of eternal life immediately upon his physical death.

Job 14:12-15   [I will wait until my change comes]
“So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep. O that thou wouldest hide me in the grave, that thou wouldest keep me secret, until thy wrath be past, that thou wouldest appoint me a set time, and remember me! If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.” Job correctly understood that upon his death ,he would lie safely in the grave until the judgment and wrath of God had passed, and the time at hand for the saints to be resurrected.

1 Kings 2:1-3   [David slept with his fathers]
“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thself:” Continuing in Verses 10-11 “So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned in Jerusalem.” And also in Acts 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.” Where is David today? He is safely asleep in his grave, awaiting his change from physical death to immortal life at the seventh trump.

John 11:1-46   [Lazarus, come forth!]
“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Zazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto hm, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

These things said he: and after that he saith unto them Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. The said his disciples, Lord, of he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. The said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. The said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. The said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know , that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

Martha said unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shal he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.

The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping, which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he had been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, If thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about him with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.” Now this is very interesting. Jesus obviously loved Lazarus very much, and I cannot imagine how much it pained Him to permit Mary and Martha suffer so. However, the ways and methods of Almighty God are different than ours, and He is not bound to do things in ways which are logical to the human mind, but He does have a grand purpose in everything He does. Because the Father permitted Lazarus to die, Jesus need to be patient and permit Mary, Martha and their family to pass into the normal grieving period, preparing the way for his resurrection back to a healthy, physical life. What a wonderful demonstration of God’s generosity and power, by bringing Lazarus back from the dead, perfectly demonstrating His power over death!

The following points should be carefully noted;

If the people wanted to know “What was on the other side?”, there is no record of Lazarus being questioned in this regard. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude the people rightly understood, “the dead know nothing” Ecclesiastes 9:5-6 “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.” And also, Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 “For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth them:as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.”

Lazarus continued to live his physical life, died, and was buried safely in the grave, where he is awaiting his change to immortality along with Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Isaac, David, Job, and all the other saints. Hebrews 11:13 “These all died in the faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

Luke 7:12-15  [Jesus raised a young man back to life]
“Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee Arise. And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.” Should we conclude this boy died, ascended into the presence of God in heaven, and came back to earth when Jesus brought him back to life? No, this does not make any sense whatsoever. Like Lazarus, this person died (again), at their end of their physical life and was buried in the grave.

Matthew 27:50-54   [Many bodies of the saints which slept, arose.]
“Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake,and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Noe when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God” When Jesus Christ died upon the cross, God performed a special resurrection of the saints, raising them back to physical life. Again, we should not conclude they were present with God in heaven, then brought back to life in their physical bodies. Please understand, scripture does not in any way support the common church teaching of the saints immediately coming into the presence of God when they die.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17  [Those who sleep in Jesus]
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Where are the saints who have died? Once again, they are resting safely in the grave awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. They are not, I repeat not, presently alive in heaven with God, which of course creates problems for those who believe the unbiblical “secret rapture” doctrine.

Blessings,

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A lamp to our feet

Proverbs 6:20-25
“My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them around thy neck. When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: To keep thee from the evil woman, from the flattery of the tongue of a strange woman. Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with eyelids.”

Deuteronomy 6:1-9
“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might to them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.”

John 14:21
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

The commandments of God are life unto our souls and meat for our bodies. Jesus said that he did not come to destroy the law, and that His commandments would remain in force while the heavens and earth remain. You may read the bible from Genesis to Revelation, and at no place can you find where His commandments and law have been abolished. In Revelation 14:12 we are presented with the clear link between commandment-keeping and having faith in Jesus, which is in fact woven throughout all scripture. May you keep His commandments secure within your heart, and teach them unto all those whom you love.

Blessings,

T.E.

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January 29th, 2011

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What is it all about?

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. At the centre of God’s creation, He formed Adam and Eve from the dust of the earth, and commanded they be fruitful and multiply upon the face of all the earth. Taking advantage of the free choice God gave them, Adam and Eve chose to disobey by eating of the forbidden tree. As a result of this seemingly innocent event, all mankind was condemned to suffer the cancerous effects and sin. So instead of living with God in a perfect environment, they were cast out of the Garden of Eden to fend for themselves. During the following centuries, a story unfolds of how the descendants of Adam and Eve grew into great and mighty nations and kingdoms. The many stories weaved like a thread through the bible are part of the redemptive story of God for mankind. Throughout scripture, we learn how God works with us to conform our hearts, minds and actions to His will, forgiving our transgressions and having mercy upon us. We are also clearly shown how God deals with sin, disobedience and all who chose to do evil.

Just as God gave Adam and Eve the free choice of whether or not to obey Him, so are each one of us given free choice as well. Each human being has the freedom to follow either God or Satan, one leading to eternal life and joy, the other to death and destruction. [Jesus is the only way] In John 14:6 we read, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. Clearly, it is not possible for man to come to the Father without Jesus Christ, His Son and our Saviour. The central theme in God’s plan of forgiveness and redemption, is for us to live with Him in a renewed and perfect earth.

[God giveth them light] Revelation 22:1-5 “And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielding her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curses: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

The bible says all men are sinners and wholly incapable of cleansing themselves of sin without a Saviour. [All have gone astray] Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” [We are justified by grace] Romans 3:23-24 “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ.” [The wages of sin] Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  The bible tells a story, our story, of our struggle with sin and how helpless we are before the Almighty God. How the story ends is personal to each one of us and how we respond to God’s word. If we choose to follow our own lusts, willingly living in the sins and evil of this world, then we are destined to the Lake of Fire. However, choosing to accept Jesus’ free offer of salvation, we may be granted eternal life and live with the Father and Son forever and ever. How will you choose?

See also,
Steps to Salvation
Hear ye the LORD

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Sing unto the LORD

Isaiah 41:5-12
“Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things to I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains. Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.”

Blessed be the word of the LORD,

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