Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

A grandmother pretends she doesn´t know who you are on Halloween. - Erma Bombeck

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 15 The Commands of CHRIST

Part 6

Let´s continue to look at CHRIST´s commands for the Christian.

16. Our Love to the Brethren

Sometimes it is harder to love the brethren (other Christians) than it is to love the lost sinner, and yet we are commanded to not only love the brethren, but to forgive them and not be condemning.

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Matthew 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Luke 17:4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.

Luke 6:37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

17. To Be Perfect

JESUS was in all things perfect. As Christians we must daily strive to be an example of HIS perfection to the world.

Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

18. Wisdom

As Christians we need wisdom from GOD. This is not the same as human wisdom or knowledge.

Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.
- Abigail Adams

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 15 The Commands of CHRIST

Part 5

We have reached our halfway point in this lesson on CHRIST´s commands.

13. Not to Be Covetous

The live of a Christian is to be heaven-centered, not earth-centered.

Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

14. Avoid Hypocrisy

The Christian must beware of becoming a religious hypocrite. The pretend Christian is a great hindrance to the Kingdom of GOD. Playing the perfect saint on Sunday while being the worldly sinner all week is not pleasing to CHRIST.

Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Matthew 23:2-3 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

15. Meekness
Meekness is not the same as being weak. In truth, only a Christian of great strength can be meek.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mark 10:44 And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.

Luke 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before we´re ready for it.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 15 The Commands of CHRIST

Part 4

The commands of CHRIST we have looked at so far have been: repentance, believe, new birth, receiving the HOLY GHOST, following JESUS, prayer, faith, searching the Scripture, and letting your light shine. Let´s continue….

10. Supreme Love to GOD

The Christian is to love and serve GOD in every aspect of his life.

Mark 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

11. Our Duty to Men in Authority

As Christians we are to love and obey those in authority over us. We are to pray for them as well. This command is not always easy, and I must admit that for me it can be conditional. For example, if those in authority over me are godless, evil men who would require me to be disobedient to GOD then it is my duty to obey GOD, not them.

Mark 12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's. And they marvelled at him.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

12. Our Duty to Our Neighbors

Remember, your neighbor is not just the family next door. Your neighbor is anyone and everyone who is in need.

Matthew 19:19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Luke 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

It is not doing the thing we like to do, but liking the thing we have to do, that makes life blessed.
- Goethe

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Searching the Scripture

Lesson 15 The Commands of CHRIST

Part 3

Up to this point we have looked at 6 of CHRIST´s commands for HIS followers: repentance, belief, new birth, receiving the HOLY GHOST, following JESUS, and prayer.

7. Faith

If a Christian is able to do great things for GOD´s glory it is because of his faith in a great GOD. Without faith we are unable to do anything for GOD.

Mark 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

John 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.

Matthew 14:27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

8. Searching the Scripture

A Christian needs daily nourishment in his spiritual life just as in his physical life. It is through prayer and studying the Scripture that the Christian is fed. It is a daily necessity in the life of the believer.

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

II Timothy 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness;
That the man of GOD may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

9. Letting Your Light Shine

As Christians we must daily shine for HIM, bringing light and hope to this dark and troubled world.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Mark 5:19 Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Quote to Ponder

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
- Mark Twain