Words of the Week

Don't Do The Crime

When the courts don’t do what they are supposed to with criminals, the evil acts will continue because of the lack of suitable punishment (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

Why should a thug quit robbing and killing when he knows that he won’t get much jail time or be put to death for his murders? So rather than fear the law, criminals will become bold by the lack spine from the courts. It shouldn’t be that way! The justice system is ordained by God and placed on earth to protect the law-abiding and punish the evil doers (Romans 13:1-5; 1 Peter 2:13-14).

Man needs to get back to having things the way God has taught. The law must start being the law and quit being soft with criminals. If men want crime to cease, the law must show wicked men that there is a penalty for violations (Galatians 6:7).

So if one doesn’t want to feel the wrath of the law, don’t do the crime (Proverbs 26:3).

You can know that it is bad when a murderer can slaughter people, then argue in court that he shouldn’t be executed in a certain way or even at all because of the pain he will suffer (Proverbs 26:27, 13:15, 11:6; Genesis 9:5-6; Acts 25:11).

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A Teenager's Prayer

The Salina Journal, adapted

“Dear God.

I am young and don’t understand what it is like to be a parent, but it must be hard. I pray you will help Mom and Dad to be good parents, strong in the ways you want them to be. I want to look up to them with admiration and feel confident that their instruction is right.

Help me, dear Lord, to understand my parents. Remind me that when I don’t get my way, it is because they love me and not because they want to be mean or deprive me of a good time.

When I become stubborn and refuse to listen, help me, God to accept the fact that they have wisdom and experience since they were once teenagers themselves; whereas I have never been a parent.

Put in my heart the respect and consideration they deserve for their years of hard work and sacrifice. They raised me as best they could. Let me not repay them with grief or shame. Rather, help me to give them obedience, respect, forgiveness, and love.

Most of all, God, while I still have my parents here on earth, help me to appreciate them and let them know I do. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Proverbs 10:1.

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Everything is Temporary

Jesus Christ, the Son of God said it best, “the poor will be here always and when you wish, you may help them” (Mark 14:7).

The needs of men will never be eliminated from the earth and all of us should be doing something to help deserving souls (Galatians 6:10). Hurricane Harvey left a lot of damage in the South, and now is a good time to reach out to the people down there.

However, a con person doesn’t deserve help. He is simply trying to take advantage of people’s generosity, and he doesn’t deserve to eat (2 Thessalonians 3:10).

But, you don’t have to go to Texas to give help to deserving persons because we have plenty of cases right here in Philadelphia.

So yes, Houston has a problem, but so do we all if we don’t learn that everything is temporary, and tomorrow anyone can be needing help.

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Don't Stay Away from Church

Don’t stay away from church because you are poor (There is no admission charge). Because you are rich (Money isn’t all). Because it is cold and rainy (You go other places in bad weather). Because it is hot (So is the beach and golf course).

Because no one invited you (People go lots of places uninvited).

Because of hypocrites (We have them everywhere). Because you have relatives from out of town (Bring them along). Because you have children (We offer Bible classes for them). Because you think your clothes don’t look good (God isn’t concern about that). Because you don’t like the preacher (You shouldn’t hate anyone). Because the church is always asking for money (We don’t do that here). Because you think that you have plenty of time (Life is short and uncertain). (Psalm 144:4). “Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before before the Lord” (Psalm 95:6).

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Your Name in the Book of Life

God has a book in which He records the names of all persons who will go to Heaven, and this is one book that you will want your name in (Luke 10:20; Philippians 4:3). In order to be written in this book, a person must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ and not only that, but remain faithful in the service of the Lord (Revelation 2:10; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; Rev. 3:5).

A person could start out right with the Lord, but fall out of favor by willfully sinning and God will blot that person’s name out of the book of life (Exodus 32:33). You don’t want that to happen to you. On the Day of Judgment, men will stand before Jesus Christ to be judged according to their works and all whose names do not appear will be cast into the everlasting lake of fire which is hell (Rev. 20:10-15).

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All Men Are Sinners

All men are sinners, politicians included (Proverbs 20:9; Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10). Years ago, while attempting to run for president, the news media really hit at candidate Newt Gingrich’ divorces, and they even claimed that he believed in open marriages, etc. Now if what the news media said was true, Newt was wrong to promote such things (Genesis 20:1-18; 1 Corinthians 7:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8; Hebrews 13:4).

But there’s an inconsistency which no one in the news media seem to catch on to. We saw the media try to defend gay marriage but not open marriage. However there is no authority in God’s word for gay marriage either (1 Peter 4:11; Gen. 2:18-25). God created one man and one woman as the subjects of marriage and warned us not to put that asunder (Gen. 2:18-25; Matthew 19:4-6).

Since there is no authority from God for either, both open and gay marriages fall together (2 John 8-9; Rom. 7:1-3; Matt. 15:13-14).

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Errant Thoughts

“There is no God.” The mere fact that men are burning for eternity is evidence that God is because He said evil men will be punished with Hell fire and so it will be (Matthew 10:28, 25:41-46).

“I’m not interested in religion.” When suffering in Hell fire, everyone will be concerned about being religious because they now realize such was the key for their escape from damnation. However, after death it will be too late! For as one dies, so will he be at the Judgement (John 8:21-24; Hebrew 9:27).

“I know I’m going to Hell.” When alive, men took Hell lightly by making such statements as if it were all a game. But once the reality of eternal suffering begins, men will be saying, “Why didn’t I change my life when I had the chance?” (Luke 16:27-28).

“No suffering in Hell.” There will be no Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching this false doctrine because all who will be there will indeed feel the pain (Matt. 13:38-42; Mark 9:43-48).

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Public Office Holders Should Ask for Help from God

A man of faith running for public office is often targeted with questions pertaining to his beliefs and how such will affect his job performance. First of all, anyone running for public office would be insane to refuse help from God (1 Kings 9:2-7). But understand this, God is only going to help those who are faithful to Him (Psalm 34:8-17). So, if a President desires help from God, he must be doing what is pleasing to God. There is no way God will bless a President who is passing laws that are in conflict with His word (Proverbs 14:34, 11:11; Psalm 33:10-22; 1 Kings 15:25-26, 16:29-34).

If homosexuality, abortion, and state lotteries are contrary to the laws of God, then no person of faith serving in public office can be in favor of such. A man of faith is to live what he knows is right to God (2 Chronicles 26:3-5). Also the President will have the best interest of the nation in mind if he vetoes bills that establish sinful practices (2 Kings 18:1-8). Our nation is supposed to be a Christian founded upon religious principles. So why do we get angry and suspicious of a person with morals? Could it be most of us have none?

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Action Defines A Christian

There is no such thing as “conservative” or “liberal” Christian. Simply put, one is a Christian, or he isn’t. There is no emphasis or attachment to the word “Christian.”

Study your Bibles, look at the three times the word appears in the scripture (Acts 11:26, 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16). If the word conservative fits the description revealed in the word of God about the character of the Christian, then of course his life will represent that kind of action. It is to be expected, but we don’t attach the virtues that every Christian is suppose to have, to the word itself. For example, we wouldn’t say “wet rain.” Naturally rain is water, and of course it will be wet. So if the virtue of a Christian is being reserved, then of course that will be the fruit the person will bear.

Another example is that Christians don’t fornicate or use profanity.

These are the virtues of God’s word that teach them not to behave in such a manner. The term, “fornicating Christian” doesn’t exist.

A fornicator isn’t a Christian. One is either a Christian or he isn’t. One is either faithful, or he is unfaithful (Luke 6:43-45).

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Just Doesn't Make Sense

Certain things just don’t make sense. How can a woman say she loves children and support abortion? God teaches life in the womb is human at conception, for the Bible described persons (Job 3:3,11-19; Psalm 139:13-16; Galatians 1:15; Jeremiah 1:5, 20:18.

Here’s another one that makes no sense. How can a person believe in flying saucers and not believe in God? The evidence that God exists is all around us and cannot be denied. Look at the earth, the sky, the seasons, the complex human body. All these things couldn’t exist without a creator. For even a drinking straw is evidence of a creator.

There is no evidence of flying saucers—only men who claim to have seen them or some blurred photo. The works of God’s hands are clearly seen day and night (Romans 1:18-20; Psalm 19:1-6; Isaiah 40:22; Acts 14:17, 17:24-28). And what about people who know they are going to hell but make no attempt to change their lives in order to be saved? (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).

See what I mean? Something’s make no sense at all.

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