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Showing posts with label God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God. Show all posts

Sunday, March 2, 2014

THE GRACE OF GOD

What is so important
about the word
of Gods' grace?
Be reminded that you cannot
earn Gods' favor.
You deserve nothing!
God freely gives us grace and favor.
Grace is what God does for you
that you cannot do for yourself!
Unmerited Favor because of His Love.
http://btdownloads.edgesuite.net/sermons/2014/2014_03.02.14_Acts_Series_33_Saying_Goodbye.mp3
 Not because you deserve
but because of His GRACE
 

A PURE HEART SHALL SEE GOD

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SERMON ON THE MOUNT: THE BEATITUDES

Discussion:
The heart of a person represents the core being of that person,
Purity defines the integrity of the heart or core being.
In other words...
Singleness of heart (also called singleheartedness) is the ideal of having sole devotion to a task or endeavour.
Pure of Heart... In the text it means...
Having a heart for GOD.
A devotion for GOD.
The focus
on the single purpose
of glorifying GOD.
~
Those who purpose in the heart
to seek and to glorify GOD
have the promise
To see GOD
To find God through their purity of heart
Though to the naked eye
GOD appears invisible,
The spiritual revelation
is a present reality.
~
 Blessed are the pure in heart:
for they shall see God.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

God's Will... Grace and Mercy for ALL

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Romans 11

Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 I ask then: Has God totally rejected and disowned His people? Of course not! Why, I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin!

No, God has not rejected and disowned His people [whose destiny] He had marked out and appointed and foreknown from the beginning. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?

Lord, they have killed Your prophets; they have demolished Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.

But what is God’s reply to him? I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal!

So too at the present time there is a remnant (a small believing minority), selected (chosen) by grace (by God’s unmerited favor and graciousness).

But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless].

What then [shall we conclude]? Israel failed to obtain what it sought [God’s favor by obedience to the Law]. Only the elect (those chosen few) obtained it, while the rest of them became callously indifferent (blinded, hardened, and made insensible to it).

As it is written, God gave them a spirit (an attitude) of stupor, eyes that should not see and ears that should not hear, [that has continued] down to this very day.

And David says, Let their table (their feasting, banqueting) become a snare and a trap, a pitfall and a [a]just retribution [[b]rebounding like a boomerang upon them];

10 Let their eyes be darkened (dimmed) so that they cannot see, and make them bend their back [stooping beneath their burden] forever.

11 So I ask, Have they stumbled so as to fall [to their utter spiritual ruin, irretrievably]? By no means! But through their false step and transgression salvation [has come] to the Gentiles, so as to arouse Israel [to see and feel what they forfeited] and so to make them jealous.

12 Now if their stumbling (their lapse, their transgression) has so enriched the world [at large], and if [Israel’s] failure means such riches for the Gentiles, think what an enrichment and greater advantage will follow their full reinstatement!

13 But now I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I lay great stress on my ministry and magnify my office,

14 In the hope of making my fellow Jews jealous [in order to stir them up to imitate, copy, and appropriate], and thus managing to save some of them.

15 For if their rejection and exclusion from the benefits of salvation were [overruled] for the reconciliation of a world to God, what will their acceptance and admission mean? [It will be nothing short of] life from the dead!

16 Now if the first handful of dough offered as the firstfruits [Abraham and the patriarchs] is consecrated (holy), so is the whole mass [the nation of Israel]; and if the root [Abraham] is consecrated (holy), so are the branches.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off, while you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them to share the richness [of the root and sap] of the olive tree,

18 Do not boast over the branches and pride yourself at their expense. If you do boast and feel superior, remember it is not you that support the root, but the root [that supports] you.

19 You will say then, Branches were broken (pruned) off so that I might be grafted in!

20 That is true. But they were broken (pruned) off because of their unbelief (their lack of real faith), and you are established through faith [because you do believe]. So do not become proud and conceited, but rather stand in awe and be reverently afraid.

21 For if God did not spare the natural branches [because of unbelief], neither will He spare you [if you are guilty of the same offense].

22 Then note and appreciate the gracious kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s gracious kindness to you—provided you continue in His grace and abide in His kindness; otherwise you too will be cut off (pruned away).

23 And even those others [the fallen branches, Jews], if they do not persist in [clinging to] their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.

24 For if you have been cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and against nature grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much easier will it be to graft these natural [branches] back on [the original parent stock of] their own olive tree.

25 Lest you be self-opinionated (wise in your own conceits), I do not want you to miss this hidden truth and mystery, brethren: a hardening (insensibility) has [temporarily] befallen a part of Israel [to last] until the [c]full number of the ingathering of the Gentiles has come in,

26 And so all Israel will be saved. As it is written, The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will banish ungodliness from Jacob.

27 And this will be My covenant (My agreement) with them when I shall take away their sins.

28 From the point of view of the Gospel (good news), they [the Jews, at present] are enemies [of God], which is for your advantage and benefit. But from the point of view of God’s choice (of election, of divine selection), they are still the beloved (dear to Him) for the sake of their forefathers.

29 For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

30 Just as you were once disobedient and rebellious toward God but now have obtained [His] mercy, through their disobedience,

31 So they also now are being disobedient [when you are receiving mercy], that they in turn may one day, through the mercy you are enjoying, also receive mercy [that they may share the mercy which has been shown to you—through you as messengers of the Gospel to them].

32 For God has consigned (penned up) all men to disobedience, only that He may have mercy on them all [alike].

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unfathomable (inscrutable, unsearchable) are His judgments (His decisions)! And how untraceable (mysterious, undiscoverable) are His ways (His methods, His paths)!

34 For who has known the mind of the Lord and who has understood His thoughts, or who has [ever] been His counselor?

35 Or who has first given God anything that he might be paid back or that he could claim a recompense?

36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. [For all things originate with Him and come from Him; all things live through Him, and all things center in and tend to consummate and to end in Him.] To Him be glory forever! Amen (so be it). 

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Courage and Encouragement in the Lord

Find courage through encouragement 
in the Lord and encourage others.
... from the study of Acts 16: 35-40
 [ Click the picture above to listen to this SERMON ]

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Overcoming Loneliness & Understanding The Need For True Christian Fellowship


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"OVERCOMING LONELINESS"    < < -  Read THIS Article

I know that as a Christian, my greatest struggle in my spiritual walk towards reaching the goals that God has planned for my life is simply, isolation and loneliness. The attached article about "Overcoming Loneliness" has outlined my circumstance of what often leads me back into "Egypt" where I am bound or held in sinful captivity or worse, looking backwards towards the place or circumstances in my life that God has delivered me from, such as Lot's wife fleeing Sodom and Gomorrah and being frozen in time and in place being prevented from advancing to the promised land. I have struggled alone and realize the impact of loneliness in my life causes me to open the door to return to the dead weight, and layers of situations which I've struggled to shed, yes even returning like the dog to his own vomit. Responding to my dilemma of loneliness I have sought fellowship with my peers in various churches, yet not one has provided the intimate faithful friendship beyond the moments we share in a service together to equip me with the support I need to overcome loneliness. Still I hold on to my faith in God that this too shall pass, a change is coming, and I am ready. Please read the article attached, and know that there are others who need Christian Brothers and Sisters to fellowship with, to call upon, to socialize with, to share with, and to lean on. This walk is very hard, but as Christians we can be the friend that makes a difference to someone else after shaking their hand in a church service and saying "God Bless You, see you next time!" This is what I know, this is what God knows, and now I expect a change because I have asked God to touch the hearts of my Brothers and Sisters in Christ to become the supportive friends and family He created us to be instead of just attending a Church service, departing and forgetting about each other. To God be the Glory!

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Learning from the Book of Acts
Fellowship is essential to Christians,
that's why the devil wants to isolate you.
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Spirit of God is with us and has never left us, New Testament believers.

The indwelling spirit, working through mankind professing Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior, is indeed the Church.   
Though often we relate just to our "brick and mortar" buildings as the Church, it is best described as being called out, dedicated to the Lord, united with Christ through spiritual baptism. (1 Corinthians 12:13, "by one spirit we are all baptized into one body")
In the book of Acts we learn how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and that imperfect persons are used by God to deliver the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Acts 2: 38-47 (New KJV)
38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

A Vital Church Grows

40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly[g] received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. 42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, 45 and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need.
46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church[h] daily those who were being saved.


The church was and the church still IS
We must not differ from these same examples.
The CHURCH must continue and continue in this same fellowship.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

GOD IS SO AMAZING! He is NOT like man!!!!!

Click HERE for a SERMON about how Amazing GOD is!

God Is Faithful!                                                                                            God Is Merciful!
                                                                   GOD is Amazing!