Sunday, April 24, 2016

'KEEPING A CHECK ON OURSELVES"

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I just returned home from a wonderful and eventful church service.  My Pastor was talking about several things, one of which was personal convictions, when God began to speak to my heart.  I have been away from my blog FAR TOO LONG.  He reminded me that when I started this blog, I said it would be for Him, in His name.

We as Christians are all disciples.  He told His disciples to go unto all the earth and spread the gospel.  We are to do that today just as back then, because His Word does not change.  I am not good at speaking to large groups, I don't do well when it comes to teaching a Bible Study or preaching a message, but this blog can reach out to as many as those who will read and heed His Word.

Therefore, this is my way of Witnessing and doing as God has directed me to do.

My Pastor also talked about the "spirit of the times" today.  People are so busy going about their busy lives that they seem to let the meaning pass them by.  A lot of us are just accepting the "world" as it transpires against the Word of God, forgetting that God is the One who created us, so we should respect His wishes, even though He gave us free will.

In 2 Timothy 3:1, He warns us what is to happen in the last days (which is NOW).  He says,
 (1) "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers  of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.  (6)  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead the captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  (8)  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth:  men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further:  for their folly shall be  manifest unto all men, as their's also was.

Now, I'm not the brightest light bulb in the bunch, but I knew that wasn't a good thing, so I looked the same passage up in the Message Bible, and this is what I learned.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 Don't be naive.  There are difficult times ahead.  As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending , slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God.  They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals.  Stay clear of these people.  (6-9) These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself "truth".

As I look around, I can't help but see ALL of this coming to pass.  Even within  the government are there tell-tale signs of the "latter days", "end of time" whatever it is you prefer to call it.

The Bible is our "road map" to Eternity.  We choose which path we take by our choices in life.  Do we have a "worldly" attitude such as the above, or do we look at things in a more spiritual light taking on the characteristics of Jesus, abiding by His Word, being humble, patient, kind, gentle, uplifting and so on.

Agreed, the worldly  attitude is much easier unless you have a relationship with Jesus and want to live to please Him, then the spiritual attitude is no problem at all.  Also, Before someone gets the wrong idea, there is nothing wrong with having money.  The problems begins when you put making money, or spending money before God.  God should always come first.  It is not money that is the "root of all evil".  It is THE LOVE OF MONEY is the root of all evil.  Therefore, prosper and enjoy, but never put your money, wants and worldly desires before your love for God.

We all need to wake up and pay close attention to what is going on in our midst. I am not naive enough to believe that all who I talk to, or who read this post will automatically change their mindset from "we have plenty of time" to  I better consider my ways, but if even a few take this to heart, give it some thought or even look this passage up to check me, I feel like my witnessing has done someone some good.

It's good to be back.

Have a Wonderful Day and May God Bless!






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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bible Trivia Answers to "THE LAST WORD" and "A LOOK AT 1ST THESSALONIANS"

Good Evening To All!

The answers to last night's Bible Trivia Quiz are as follows:



1.  Stephen  (Acts 7:59-60)
2.  Jacob      (Genesis 49:31)
3.  Elisha     (2 Kings 13:19)
4.  Saul        (1 Samuel 31:4)
5.  Joseph    ( Genesis 50:25)
6.  Moses    (Deuteronomy 33:29)
7.  Joshua    (24:27)
8.  Samson  (Judges 16:28)
9.  Jesus      (Matthew 28:19-20)
10.  The repentant thief on the cross    (Luke 23:42)
11.  David    (1 Kings 2:9)
12.  Eli         (1 Samuel 4:16)
13.  Jesus     (Acts 1:8)
14.  Elijah    (2 Kings 2:10)
15.  Jezebel  (2 Kings 9:31)
16.  Goliath  (1 Samuel 17:44)
17.  Ahab     (1 Kings 22:34)
18.  Jesus     (Mark 16:18)

I hope you did well or learned a lot from this little Trivia Quiz.  Be sure and let me know.

Now, for the "meat" of this post.

There are many books in the Bible that I favor. Proverbs, because of its lessons, but I took another look at 1 Thessalonians. It concerns itself with the "return of Christ" and what we should do to make ourselves ready to meet Him up in the air.   

At this date and time, I think we should all take heed to what this book, along with other books in the Bible such as Proverbs say because they are excellent teachings that if followed will enable us to join our Savior in the heavens.

It teaches guidelines for growing in Godliness.  Godly believers live unto God and for God.  They seek to honor and reflect God in everything they think, say, or do.  Godliness lives quietly, is absorbed in doing good for others and works productively.  Godliness has a good reputation with unbelievers, and last but not least, Godliness is knowing the commands of Scripture and doing them

  • Understand that successful Christian living consists of 1) work that flows from faith, 2) labor that flows from love, and 3) patient endurance that is born of living hope.  Insure that your life is characterized in this manner.  (1:3)
  • Be faithful to intercede for other believers and other congregations.  (3:10)
  • Live your life in order to please God, not yourself (for if you truly have the Holy Ghost within you, your desires will change to be what God wants as well).  my emphesis  (4:1)
  • Live a quiet , peaceful life,  Never gossip.  Be diligent in whatever work you have chosen to do.  Earn a good reputation with unbelievers.  (411-12)
  • Conduct your life, being alert and self-controlled.  (5:6)
  • Practice the commands of Scripture.   (5:16-22)

It has Key Lessons in Faith--The person of faith prays that God will demonstrate His power in the church today.  Faith is able to receive God's Word through human beings, believing God's ability to use human vessels, and faith looks forward to the promise that the Lord will appear a second time for salvation's consummation.

  • Pray that your preaching of the gospel will be attended by the power of signs, wonders, and miracles.  (1:5)
  • Receive the preaching and teaching as God's Word!  Refuse to receive the Scripture as merely human opinion, and avoid negating its authority or nullifying its effectiveness for growth in your life.  (2:13)
  • Encourage brothers and sisters in Christ often, giving hope through expecting Jesus Christ's return.  (4:17)


1 Thessalonians also has Lessons for Leaders.  Although righteous spiritual leaders speak the truth of God boldly, they do so gently.  The are unmoved by flattery or praise from humankind.  They only seek praise from God.  They are diligent workers who never take advantage of those they serve.

  • Leaders, seek to please God, rather than cater to humans.  Never employ flattery; rather speak the truth forthrightly.  Look only to God for praise.  (2:5-6)
  • Leaders, practice gentleness in your ministry.  (2:7)
  • Leaders, understand that ministry means hard work and long hours.  (2:9)

It tells us the Keys to Moral Purity.  The church must sustain a biblical commitment to sexual purity.  The worldly attitude that produces sexually immoral behavior rejects God and His ways.

  • Recognize that sanctification includes sexual purity and moral self-control.  Never defraud others; that is, do not cheat brothers through wrongful sexual liaisons.  (4:3-6)
  • Understand that living in sexual impurity is a rejection of God as well as His Word.  (4:7-8)

Last but not least, I has the Keys to Relating to Authority--Pastoral leadership is a gift from God.  We must treat God's appointed leaders and teachers with appropriate respect. 
  • Honor church leadership.  Recognize that their Bible-based instruction comes with Jesus' own authority.   (5:23)
Good Night, and MAY GOD BLESS!








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