Words of the Week

Being Nice Is Not Enough

Jesus told a man that he was not far from salvation (Mark 12:34). Jesus also told a man that there was only one thing that he lacked (Mark 10:21). These men were good men, but they didn’t have a relationship with God. They apparently were very close to completion, but not at completion. So, we learn that it is possible to be the nicest person on earth and still be out of fellowship with God (1 John 1:7).

Being nice is a major milestone, but it isn’t enough to get a person into heaven.

Jesus said that a person must do the will of God to be able to enter heaven (Matthew 7:21). In other words, one must understand what the law of God demands and be in compliance with the law (Hebrews 5:9). If not, no salvation (2 Thessalonians 1:8).

Are we talking about you? Are you a decent person, yet without God?

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Repeating God's Word Is Not Judging

Judging is giving one’s opinion about a matter. The words come from the heart and mouth of the one speaking and not from a law written with authority.

For example, texting and driving is wrong and one isn’t judging if he said that to another person. The law which is a higher authority has considered and condemned texting behind the wheel. So one person warning another is simply reminding people of what the law has said (Jonah 1:1-2, 3:1-4).

The same is true when it comes to the word of God. Many of the deeds done by man are sinful (1 John 3:4). Those who study the scriptures recognize this and tell others what is wrong. They aren’t judging! God has done the judging! God has said that something is a sin that it is a violation of His law. So the one speaking is simply informing the offenders what the Lord has revealed (Genesis 39:7-10).

So giving our opinion on a matter: that we will never do (Matthew 7:1-2).

Telling others what God has revealed in His word: that we will do (2 Timothy 4:1-5).

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You Cannot Be Saved In Ignorance

A guy shot and killed a beloved south Philadelphia female grocer because her grandson allegedly stole his gold chain. In malls across America, huge mobs of teens gathered to cause fights. In Istanbul Turkey 39 people are shot dead and about 79 wounded while enjoying New Year’s Eve in a popular dance club.

The year 2016 had a huge class of famous people dying. Politicians, athletes, movie stars, movie producers, musicians, and lest we forget, non famous people. All this has been said to cause us to think about life. If man is able to make it to Heaven, bad things will not exist. So why wouldn’t we want to go where all problems and fears will be non existent? Going to Heaven involves obeying God’s word (Hebrew 5:9; Matthew 7:21, 25:34-40). For man cannot be saved in ignorance of the word of the Lord (2 Thessalonians 1:8). Bible study is a must! (John 5:39).

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Make This a Better Year

Our purpose today is to ask you to make this a better year by adding regular church attendance to your life. If you think we’re advising you to doing something that is wrong, we hope you will let us know why our recommendation is wrong. This would be fair for you and also fair for us to know because we believe that church attendance is good for the soul (Hebrews 10:25).

On the website is information about what to expect at the worship service. For those who are already convinced that they need to save their souls, we have printed below what people in the Bible did to get right with God. We do this in keeping with the gospel of Christ which helps men to find salvation by obeying it’s message (Romans 1:16; Hebrews 5:9).

If you plan to begin church attendance, we welcome your decision, and hope you will act upon this information

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Look For God In His Way

Some say they are looking for God in their own way, but there is a problem with that. The problem is they will never find Him. You see, man must not look for God in his way. People must look for God in God’s way (Acts 17:22-32; John 14:6-12; Jeremiah 10:23; Proverbs 14:12).

Man isn’t qualified to consider a relationship with God because of sin (Romans 3:10-12; Isaiah 59:1-3). But by the grace of God, a plan has been created and if man will accept God’s terms, he can be with God (Ephesians 2:1-22; James 4:6-10). If you want to find God, give up your way and be open to what God has to say. I ask you to read the story of the man who allowed Philip (a teacher) to instruct him in the way of Christ (Acts 8:26-39). Also a jailer who listen to Paul teach him how he could come to know God (Acts 16:29-34). Finding God begins with being taught the word (Romans 10:1-17, 6:17-18). So if you are open to being taught, you can find God (John 8:31-32, 6:45; Acts 17:10-12).

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You Ready To Start?

Many people are hurting from the problems of life, and they are going in the wrong direction to solve them. God doesn’t protect man from all the struggles of life, but He is a great help with its burdens (Psalm 34:1-22). Now a person may say, “I tried God and it didn’t work.”

Sounds like you went about it wrong because it does work (Matthew 6:33). Perhaps you thought God was going to move on your time and do things your way. And when that didn’t happen, you threw up your hands and stomped away (2 Kings 5:10-12). God is able to help man. But man must be willing to help himself (Matt 7:7-8).

It all starts with coming to God with a sincere heart and being willing to accept His word (James 1:20-22). Too many people don’t do this! They go to church for a few Sundays. say a few prayers and set a time limit for God to work in their lives. Plus they never repent or conform their behavior to what God wants.

Well, God isn’t a slot machine, and He will never response to man on man’s terms. Man must drop his personal thoughts, open the Bible and do things God’s way. You ready to start?

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Bible Is God's Communication with Us

If you believe that God exists, don’t you think that He would want to communicate with you? If man is the handiwork of God, it seems reasonable to believe that God would provide information so that man can know Him. I say this because of the Bible which is available to man. Nothing tops the teachings of the scripture.

One guy said that man doesn’t need the Bible. He believed if man would love others, life would be great. That is indeed true. But what this fellow failed to grasp is he confirmed the Bible teachings. The value of loving others is taught by the Bible.

The man didn’t produce something better, but he confirmed the values that the Bible has already taught (Matthew 4:4; John 15:12-13:17; Luke 6:31-36; 1 John 4:7-21; Matt. 25:34-40). The Bible is here among us, and it is waiting to be read. In the Old Testament one can learn how God was among the Jews. That part of the bible is history; but the new testament is that for which Jesus died and it will be our standard on Judgement Day. John 12:48.

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Valuable Lessons Learned

In the years gone by, we saw the Michael Jackson trial and also observed the problems with Penn State. Valuable lessons are to be learned from each case and they are:

Do all you can to avoid becoming addicted to prescription drugs, drinking, smoking, overeating, insomnia, etc. etc. (1 Corinthians 6:12, 9:27).

Never allow yourself to desire money to the point of becoming unethical (1 Timothy 6:6-10; Proverbs 15:27; 2 Cor. 8:21).

Say no, when asked to assist in wrong doing (1 Tim. 5:22).

If you see someone attacking a helpless soul, do something to stop the attack or call authorities (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15). Don’t place a friend above what is right (James 4:4; Galatians 4:16). Doing things not appropriate is always forbidden (Colossians 4:5).

Don’t be a part of any group that has a code of silence protecting themselves and caring nothing for the helpless and innocent (Prov. 6:16-17).

Make sure that when you do something that you do all you can and leave nothing undone (Matthew 27:65; Acts 20:26-27).

The bigger they are, the harder they fall and great will be that fall (Psalm 38:35-36; Matt. 7:26-27; Gal. 6:7-8; Prov. 26:27).

Remember these things.

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Educate Your Children in the Lord

“Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not; for such is the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mark 10:14). In Genesis 42:22, Reuben, a brother of Joseph, said, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the child?” These two verses speak of the value of children, the innocent ones who depend upon adults to care for them.

However, adults do behave badly and put children at risk. The Bible calls upon all adults to treat and raise their children in the right way. Which means, no murdering or injuring the child. Don’t teach your children bad habits by word or example. Also children need to learn, so educate your children in secular studies, and not only that but start bringing them to church so they can learn about the Lord (Ephesians 6:1-4).

And guess what? You will too!

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Don't Go To Work Because There Are Hypocrites There

I’m not interested in excusing hypocrites because God condemns such deception (James 3:17; Matthew 6:5,16, 23:1-39; 1 Peter 2:1). However, when I hear someone refusing to visit church because of the hypocrites they claim are in it, I challenge them to tell someone in that church about the sin existing therein (Numbers 32:23).

Also inconsistency can be found in the lives of these accusers because they won’t refuse a blood transfusion if hypocrites are working at the hospital.

If they were drowning in the sea, they will not refuse a life line if there are hypocrites on board. Neither, will they refuse to work at a job, live in a neighborhood, or shop at a store with them.

 


 

God looks at the heart of man and not the outside (1 Samuel 16:7). However, that doesn’t give man the right to attend church looking like he is ready to feed the hogs or mow grass. When going on a job interview, date, party, wedding, funeral, etc, people prep up. Now cleaning up doesn’t have to be a tux or evening dress, but it does involve preparing. The same attitude should exist toward church services. It is a place of reverence, so it is special, and people should prepare themselves for such an occasion (Matthew 18:20; Exodus 19:10-15).

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