November 26th, 2012
I just received an email from New Scientist proudly proclaiming their latest cover feature, “Our true dawn: Pinning down human origins” with the following sentence.
Our understanding of human evolution is being rewritten as we discover the common ancestor we share with chimps in this week’s cover feature.
Looking into the article, I find it is not based on the scientific method at all, here is the second paragraph…
This is one of the biggest and hardest questions in human evolution. We know that at some point we shared a common ancestor with chimps, but exactly when—and what that ancestor was like—have been maddeningly hard to pin down. Palaeontol-ogists have searched for fossil remains, and geneticists have rummaged through the historical documents that are human and chimp DNA. Both made discoveries, but they did not see eye to eye.
In the second sentence, they say they know and then they admit they have been searching for the facts to fill in their knowledge. This is completely backward from the scientific method. If you don’t believe me, look it up for yourself.
Suffice it to say that everything you were told was truth about evolution before and everything that was used to ridicule Biblical creation has been rewritten … again … because it was wrong. With any normal subject, if someone told you something was true one day and then that same thing was false the next day, time after time, eventually you would stop believing them. But, with evolution, the alternative is considered to be so horrible that people seem to be willing to suspend their normal thought process.
In reality, the Biblical truth is exciting and simple. Please read Isn’t It Strange and The Truth Shall Make You Free. And, the Biblical account hasn’t ever changed. If you are considering trusting something with your eternal life, choose the eternal message.
September 4th, 2012
The following list was mailed to me by a dear christian man. I did not compile it, but I have been blessed by considering it and I would like to pass it on.
|In Christ, I am…
||In Christ, I have…
||Therefore, in Christ…
- A new creature (2 Cor. 5:17; cf. Gal. 5:6; 6:15; Eph. 2:10)
- A saint (1 Cor. 1:2)
- A part of His Church (Eph. 2:21-22)
- A temple for God’s Spirit (Eph. 2:22)
- In the eternal plan of God (Eph. 1:4; 2 Tim. 1:9)
- Complete and filled full with the fullness of Christ (Col. 2:9; and compare Col. 1:19)
- Enriched (1 Cor. 1:5)
- Accepted because God’s favor has been poured out upon me (Eph. 1:6)
- Light (Eph. 5:8)
- Secure in the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39)
- Established, rooted and built up (2 Cor. 1:21; Col. 2:7)
- Circumcised inwardly (Col. 2:11)
- Near to the heart of God (Eph. 2:13)
- Every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3)
- Eternal life, an eternal relationship with God (1 John 5:11; 1 Cor. 15:22 and Romans 6:23)
- A glorious salvation (2 Tim. 2:10)
- A rich inheritance (Eph. 1:4; cf. 1 Pet. 1:4; Rom. 8:17)
- A glorious future (Eph. 1:4-5)
- A heavenly position—seated with Him! (Eph. 2:6)
- A high calling (Phil. 3:14)
- The promise of eternal glory (1 Pet. 5:10)
- God’s perfect righteousness (2 Cor. 5:21; 1 Cor. 1:30; 6:11)
- Sanctification or holiness (1 Cor. 1:2; 1:30; 6:11)
- God’s wisdom (1 Cor. 1:30; cf. Col. 2:3 and 1 Cor. 2:16)
- Redemption or freedom from bondage (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; Rom. 3:24; 1 Cor. 1:30)
- Security (Rom. 8:1)
- Complete forgiveness (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Cor. 6:11)
- I walk and live (Col. 2:6)
- I stand fast and firm (Phil. 4:1)
- I have constant victory (2 Cor. 2:14)
- I am fruitful (1 Cor. 15:58; Eph. 2:10)
- I can do all things (Phil. 4:13)
- I can draw near to God (Eph. 2:13,18)
- I have all that I need; every need is supplied (Phil. 4:19)
- I can rejoice always (Phil. 4:4; 1 Pet. 1:8)
- I have a purifying hope (1 John 3:3)
- I am strong (2 Tim. 2:1; Eph. 6:10)
- I am faithful (Eph. 1:1)
- I have faith and love (1 Tim. 1:13)
- I can be mature (Col. 1:28)
February 9th, 2012
Songs have always been an integral part of christian worship, as encouraged by the Apostle Paul…
Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
And, christians throughout the ages have responded, with aural traditions, handwritten music, printed music, and now you can get an app for your Android or Apple smartphone to carry the songs that are dear to your heart with you at all times. Here are 2 apps that work very well…
ChordSheet by QYNX.org
SongBook by LinkeSOFT.biz
All these apps require songs in the ChordPro format, as described here and here and here. There are 1000′s of songs available on the web, or you can easily type them in any text editor, or share them with your friends. When you have your songs, they need to be imported into your app. Have fun and make music.
March 28th, 2011
An older christian man challenged me to look up the “one another” verses in the Bible. He said it was amazing! I accepted his challenge and I am astonished! Here I have collected just the verses that teach about walking with one another, which in Bible terminology, means “how you conduct your life.” I hope these verses don’t leave you neutral.
101 VERSES ON WALKING WITH ONE ANOTHER
- Leviticus 19:22 “‘Do not steal. “‘Do not lie. “‘Do not deceive one another.
- Leviticus 25:14 ‘If you make a sale, moreover, to your friend or buy from your friend’s hand, you shall not wrong one another.
- Leviticus 25:17 ‘So you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God.
- Leviticus 25:46 ‘You may even bequeath them to your sons after you, to receive as a possession; you can use them as permanent slaves. But in respect to your countrymen, the sons of Israel, you shall not rule with severity over one another.
- Psalms 133:1 See how good and how pleasing it is for brothers to be living together in harmony!
- Zechariah 7:10 and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.’
- Zechariah 8:16 ‘These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates.
- Zechariah 8:17 do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD.”
- Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers?
- Malachi 3:16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
- Mark 9:50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, with what will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”
- John 13:14 If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
- John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
- John 13:35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
- John 15:17 “This I command you, that you love one another.
- Acts 2:44 All the believers were united and shared everything with one another.
- Acts 2:46 United in purpose, they went to the temple every day, ate at each other’s homes, and shared their food with glad and humble hearts.
- Acts 21:5 When our days there were ended, we left and started on our journey, while they all, with wives and children, escorted us until we were out of the city. After kneeling down on the beach and praying, we said farewell to one another.
- Romans 1:12 in other words that while I am among you we may be mutually encouraged by one another’s faith, yours and mine.
- Romans 12:5 So we, though we are a number of persons, are one body in Christ, and are dependent on one another;
- Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
- Romans 12:16 Be in harmony with one another. Do not have a high opinion of yourselves, but be in agreement with common people. Do not give yourselves an air of wisdom.
- Romans 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
- Romans 13:8 Do not owe anyone anything-except to love one another. For the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
- Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
- Romans 14:19 Therefore, let’s keep on pursuing those things that bring peace and that lead to building up one another.
- Romans 15:5 Now may the God who gives comfort and strength in waiting make you of the same mind with one another in harmony with Christ Jesus:
- Romans 15:7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.
- Romans 15:14 And I myself am certain of you, brothers, that you are full of what is good, complete in all knowledge, able to give direction to one another.
- Romans 16:16 Give one another a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send their love to you.
- 1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.
- 1 Corinthians 3:3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men?
- 1 Corinthians 6:1 When one of you has a complaint against another, does he dare to take the matter before those who are unrighteous and not before the saints?
- 1 Corinthians 6:7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
- 1 Corinthians 11:21 For in your eating each one takes his own supper first. One is hungry, and another is drunken.
- 1 Corinthians 11:33 So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.
- 1 Corinthians 12:7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
- 1 Corinthians 12:25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.
- 1 Corinthians 14:26 What is it then, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has another language, has an interpretation. Let all things be done to build each other up.
- 1 Corinthians 16:20 All the brothers send their love to you. Give one another a holy kiss.
- 2 Corinthians 8:7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
- 2 Corinthians 9:8 Besides, God is able to make every blessing of yours overflow for you, so that in every situation you will always have all you need for any good work.
- 2 Corinthians 10:12 …But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.
- 2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
- 2 Corinthians 13:12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
- Galatians 5:13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
- Galatians 5:15 But if you are given to fighting with one another, take care that you are not the cause of destruction one to another.
- Galatians 5:26 Let us not be full of self-glory, making one another angry, having envy of one another.
- Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
- Galatians 4:16 Dependent on Him, the whole body—its various parts closely fitting and firmly adhering to one another—grows by the aid of every contributory link, with power proportioned to the need of each individual part, so as to build itself up in a spirit of love.
- Ephesians 4:2 With all gentle and quiet behaviour, taking whatever comes, putting up with one another in love;
- Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another.
- Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
- Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, full of pity, having forgiveness for one another, even as God in Christ had forgiveness for you.
- Ephesians 5:19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
- Ephesians 5:21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Letting yourselves be ruled by one another in the fear of Christ.
- Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
- Philippians 2:2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose. [NLT]
- Philippians 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
- Philippians 3:17 Brethren, vie with one another in imitating me, and carefully observe those who follow the example which we have set you.
- Colossians 2:2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
- Colossians 3:9 Do not make false statements to one another; because you have put away the old man with all his doings,
- Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
- Colossians 3:13 Being gentle to one another and having forgiveness for one another, if anyone has done wrong to his brother, even as the Lord had forgiveness for you:
- Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ be in you in all wealth of wisdom; teaching and helping one another with songs of praise and holy words, making melody to God with grace in your hearts.
- 1 Thessalonians 3:12 and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,
- 1 Thessalonians 4:9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11 and to vie with one another in eagerness for peace, every one minding his own business and working with his hands, as we ordered you to do:
- 1 Thessalonians 4:18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:13 and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.
- 1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:3 It is right for us to give praise to God at all times for you, brothers, because of the great increase of your faith, and the wealth of your love for one another;
- 2 Thessalonians 1:11 To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,
- 1 Timothy 6:18 And to do good, having wealth in good works, being quick to give, taking part with one another;
- Titus 3:3 After all, we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, and misled. We were slaves to many kinds of lusts and pleasures, spending our days in malice and jealousy. We were despised, and we hated one another.
- Hebrews 3:13 Instead, continue to encourage one another every day, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin,
- Hebrews 10:24 And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds,
- Hebrews 10:25 Not giving up our meetings, as is the way of some, but keeping one another strong in faith; and all the more because you see the day coming near.
- Hebrews 12:15 Looking with care to see that no man among you in his behaviour comes short of the grace of God; for fear that some bitter root may come up to be a trouble to you, and that some of you may be made unclean by it;
- Hebrews 13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters.
- James 1:19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
- James 4:11 Don’t speak against one another, brothers. He who speaks against a brother and judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law, but a judge.
- James 5:9 Do not complain, brethren, against one another, so that you yourselves may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing right at the door.
- James 5:16 Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
- 1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have obeyed the truth and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart.
- 1 Peter 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
- 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.
- 1 Peter 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.
- 1 Peter 4:10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
- 1 Peter 5:5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for god is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
- 1 Peter 5:14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
- 1 John 2:7 Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before.
- 1 John 3:11 For this is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another;
- 1 John 3:23 This is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he commanded.
- 1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God.
- 1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
- 1 John 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
- 2 John 1:5 Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
- Jude 1:20 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
- Revelation 2:4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
27 MORE VERSES ON HOW TO DO IT
- Psalm 85:10 Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.
- Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
- Proverbs 11:18 The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.
- Proverbs 14:29 A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
- Proverbs 15:18A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.
- Proverbs 16:32 Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city.
- Proverbs 17:14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
- Proverbs 17:27 A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
- Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
- Proverbs 20:3 Keeping away from strife is an honor for a man, But any fool will quarrel.
- Proverbs 21:23-24 Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles. The proud and haughty man, “scoffer” is his name; he works in the arrogance of pride.
- Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
- Proverbs 29:11 A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.
- Proverbs 29:20 Do you see a man who speaks in haste? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
- Isaiah 32:17 The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
- Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.
- Matthew 24:12 And because wrongdoing will be increased, the love of most people will become cold.
- Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
- Romans 12:3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
- Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
- Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- 1 Corinthians 3:10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.
- 1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
- Galatians 6:8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
- Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
- Colossians 2:19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
- James 3:18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.
November 23rd, 2010
The internet is a very powerful tool that is required for modern living, but it has a dangerous dark side, which cannot help build christian lives. I have provided internet access for my family to work, study, communicate, and conduct business from home. This is great but, I want to protect us from the dangers on the internet, which will grieve our righteous souls (2 Peter 2:8).
2 John 2:15-16
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
I am afraid of standing before the judgment seat of Christ without taking necessary steps to bring up my children in the training and instruction of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4). Therefore, I have implemented the following layers of protection for our home… Read the rest of this entry »
March 31st, 2010
April 1st is a time for a lot of very funny jokes about fools, but there is another kind of fool that is no laughing matter. The Bible describes the danger of being a fool.
How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?
If you had responded to my rebuke,
I would have poured out my heart to you
and made my thoughts known to you.
But since you rejected me when I called
and no one gave heed when I stretched out my hand,
since you ignored all my advice
and would not accept my rebuke,
I in turn will laugh at your disaster;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—
when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me.
Since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the Lord,
since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,
they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;
but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm.
This is in stark contrast to blessings of wisdom.
How blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.
Where does this find you: frolicking with naive simple-minded fools, or having fellowship with stable God-fearing people? Whatever you do, don’t follow the ultimate foolishness of denying God…
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds;
There is no one who does good.
The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men
To see if there are any who understand,
Who seek after God.
They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt;
There is no one who does good, not even one.
Do all the workers of wickedness not know,
Who eat up my people as they eat bread,
And do not call upon the Lord?
There they are in great dread,
For God is with the righteous generation.
You would put to shame the counsel of the afflicted,
But the LORD is his refuge.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores His captive people,
Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
August 22nd, 2009
Do you think that’s an odd question? I’m not asking if you are drunk at church. I’m asking if you suffer from a condition known as alcohol (an intoxicating beverage) myopia (short-sightedness) while you are at church?
In Wired — An Emptied Flask Makes for Empty Promises, they report on a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Researchers created a situation where half the people drank alcoholic vodka tonics and the other half drank non-alcoholic vodka tonics. After several drinks, they asked them how committed they were to important personal goals. Here’s the interesting part…
- People who had actually consumed alcohol, were fully willing to commit no matter how unrealistic the goal—but several weeks later—these people had not taken any steps toward achieving their unrealistic personal goals
- People who had not consumed alcohol, but thought they had, were only willing to commit depending on how realistic the goals—and several weeks later—these people had followed through based on how committed they said they were
Which one of these groups describes your experience at church?
- Do you get affected by the emotional, rah-rah, high, of “feel good” sermons and make short-sighted personal commitments at church—but then fail to follow through—over and over?
- Do you receive the word with all readiness, and search the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things are so (Acts 17:11) and make real personal commitments between you and God—and follow through with your commitments?
If you are in the first group, and are tired of playing church, and would like to meet christians who are in the second group, please contact us.
June 12th, 2009
Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
As to be hated, needs but to be seen;
But seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
— “Essay on Man” by Alexander Pope
May 27th, 2009
If we see what the Bible teaches but do not do it, we soon lose the power to see it.
- Truth obeyed leads to more truth.
- Truth disobeyed destroys the capacity to discover truth.
There must be not only a surrender of the will but specific practical obedience to each new discovery in God’s word:
- Obeying the truth we already see will solve enigmas in the verses we do not yet understand.
- Disobeying the truth we see darkens the whole world of truth. Truth not stood and lived for flees.
Hear ye, and give ear;
be not proud:
for the LORD hath spoken.
Give glory to the LORD your God,
before he cause darkness,
and before your feet stumble
upon the dark mountains,
and, while ye look for light,
he turn it into the shadow of death,
and make it gross darkness.
“What the Word doth make it, that I believe and take it.
— found in the Bible of Ed Stevens
May 7th, 2009
This circle represents the 2 different kind of people that say, “they have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ”: those that are walking in darkness and those that are walking in the light as He is in the light. 1 John 1:6-7 describes the actual spiritual condition of these people:
- Those that walk in darkness, lie and do not practice the truth
- Don’t have fellowship with Him
- Don’t have fellowship with one another
- Those that walk in the light as He is in the light
- Do have fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ
- Do have fellowship with one another
If any two christians do not have fellowship with one another, the obvious conclusion is one, or both, of them are not walking in the light as He is in the light.
Someone might ask, which is more important: fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ or fellowship with one another? Neither is more important! You can’t have one without the other—there is no middle ground—they are inseparable!