For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. 2Pet.1:16-18 NIV
The Apostle Peter boldly assured his readers that what he presented to them as the Gospel of Jesus Christ was not a fairy tale or an invented fable. He was not telling a tall story to stroke his ego or to pamper his narcissism. He was giving an eyewitness report and there were other witnesses who could verify his report (Luke 9:28-36). Can your teachers make the same bold claim as Peter? Are you confident that they are not feeding you cleverly concocted theories that they use the Bible to legitimize? Many false teachers have infiltrated Christianity with their damning heresies and lies. “Take heed that no man deceives you.” is the solemn warning of none other than Jesus Christ (Mat. 24:4).
Ask yourself whether these are cleverly invented stories. Be honest with yourself.
Someone you hold in high esteem used to admonish, “Don’t believe me, believe the Bible.” Have you checked these things for yourself by consulting the word of God and literature outside of your church? Are you so afraid of your church that you cannot independently and objectively study Bible commentaries and other Bible helps on these subjects? The Internet is a valuable source of information on a vast array of subjects. I urge you to make good use of it.
I am sure that some of you have doubts about some of these things. You owe it to yourself to know where you stand. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. He want to lead you away from fables and into the truth of Jesus Christ. Stop resisting Him.
In the past, Sabbath and Jewish holiday observance was practised by a few obscure groups, who were considered to espouse unorthodox and sometimes abberant theology. Today, Hebrew Roots groups have sprung up in many places. These groups believe and teach among other things, that observance of the Sabbath and the holydays is essential for Christians. This time of the year, many persons are preparing to observe the Jewish feast days that occur in the fall. Perhaps you are one of these persons but you are not sure whether these days are mandatory or not.
Jacob Prasch of Moriel Ministries who is a Jewish Christian explains what the New Testament teaches on this subject. This short video will provide a basic understanding that will give guidance to anyone who wants to follow the truth.
Could September 23 of this year be a day of great prophetic significance? Let’s take a look at the evidence.
Source: What Will Happen on September 23, 2017? | Answers in Genesis
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Margaret Singer, clinical psychologist and once Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley was the preeminent cult expert of the 20th Century. She counseled and/or interviewed thousands of people affected by controversial groups often called “cults.” Dr. Singer offered meaningful definitions of unsafe groups or “cults” in her book Cults in our Midst.
One of the positive aspects of our society is the fact that we witness acts of kindness being demonstrated daily to others. Persons donate money and material things to help victims of tragedies to get back on their feet. They help elderly persons to cross the road safely. Motorists on the main road will allow the other driver coming from a side road to exit. A few days ago, my wife’s money fell from her purse; a gentleman who was passing alerted her to what was happening. These are all acts of kindness that we are familiar with in our society.
King David in 2Samuel 9:1-12 deliberately sought after a descendant of King Saul for the purpose of showing him the kindness of God. Through his servant Ziba, David found out that Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan and grandson of Saul was still alive. Saul had made David’s life miserable by hunting him down to kill him. David had given him no cause for so doing. In spite of this, David returned all of Saul’s property to Mephibosheth and gave him a permanent place at the king’s table. This is an outstanding example of kindness.
Boaz, another wonderful man, showed kindness to Ruth who was a foreigner (Ruth 2:6-16). Sometimes we respond with kindness to persons from our race or country but treat the foreigner and the person from another ethnic group with unkindness. That is sinful in the eyes of God and ought not to be the practice of followers of Christ.
Kindness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23). The person who is led by the Spirit of God will perform acts of kindness to his fellow man. God was known to his people in the Hebrew scriptures as a God who demonstrated kindness to people(Jonah 4:2; Ps. 117:2). Followers of Jesus Christ are admonished to be kind to each other (Eph.4:32).
Acts of kindness can range from offering words of comfort and encouragement to giving food, money or other material things to those in need. Followers of Christ will not ignore the stranger on the street who asks for something to eat. Neither should we turn a blind eye to the cries of children who we know are being abused. Kindness should be shown to those who wrong us.
Kindness is a quality of God. God’s children are called to be like him in character. Kindness is one of the hallmarks of a follower of Jesus Christ. Let us walk as he walked.
A list of the fruit of the Spirit in Gal.5:22-23 reveals love as the first and probably the most notable one. The New Testament speaks abundantly of God’s love for us and in turn, teaches us to love each other. This love which comes from God and is spread in our hearts by the Holy Spirit is not a natural quality found in humanity. This love transcends all human love. It is the perfect expression of a holy God whose intention is to create in man a character similar to his.
John 3:16 speaks to the fact that God so loved humanity that he gave his Son Jesus Christ to rescue us from the ravages of sin. This was done while the whole human race was the enemy of God (Rom.5:8). The love of God for us is totally selfless. We have done nothing to merit that wonderful love. It was God who made the first move to demonstrate his awesome love for us in such a tangible way (John 4:10).
God does not only show us his love; he gives us his love that we can have the capacity to love like him. The Holy Spirit spreads the love of God into our hearts (Rom.5:5). Every believer has been given the Holy Spirit who gives us the strength and the capacity to truly love God and our fellow man. Our love for Jesus is demonstrated by obeying his teachings which include loving each other (John14:15,23; 1John 4:11). The Bible speaks of a love that ought to permeate every relationship of the believer. We are to extend the love of God to husband, wife, children, relatives, neighbors, countrymen, foreigners, the church, and even our enemies. Every believer should pursue a life of love as opposed to a life of self-centredness.
The subject of love is such an important one that the Apostle Paul wrote a whole chapter in the New Testament about it (1Cor.13). Paul’s instruction is that love should form the basis of all Christian action, thought, speech and motivation (1Cor.14:1).
Having love proves that we are children of God and that God is at work in our lives. Every believer who is serious about living for God will pursue a life that is filled with the love of God. He will be careful to remain in Christ who is the Vine, in order for him to bear the fruit of the Spirit – love (John 15:5).
October 19, 2016
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This short video is a timely reminder that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for his children. He will one day return and receive us to himself. He is now in the process of transforming us so that we may be like him.
Jesus came into this world to seek and to save that which was lost. He is in the business of saving those who come to him. He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Mat.11:28 He will not refuse any who come to him. Come and share the home he is preparing for his children. The invitation is to all.
Being the hands and feet of Christ in our troubled world requires that we both pay attention and then stay intentional over the long haul. That means rushing forward in an emergency and remaining focused until we help repair, restore, and redeem every dimension of human life, achieving Isaiah 65 transformation.
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There is no such thing as a pure church this side of heaven. You will never find it.
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