Words of the Week

Where Are The Healed?

Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and some Christians had miraculous powers by which they healed sickness and injuries. They picked up snakes, struck men dead, blind, cast out demons and healed with handkerchiefs and their shadows (Matthew 8:1-17, 9:1-35, 12:9-13, 14:15-36, 15:21-39; Mark 16:17-18; Acts 2:43-44, 3:1-16, 4:7-22, 5:1-16, 6:8, 7:55-56, 8:5-25, 9:6-43, 13:9-12, 14:8-12, 16:16-18, 19:11-12, 20:9-12, 28:1-10).

Ever wonder why you don’t see such from people who claim to have the power of the Holy Spirit? Ever wonder why these people never go in a hospital to heal, or graveyard to raise the dead? Ever wonder why neighbors who live next door to such people, don’t even know they claim Holy Spirit power? And that’s because these lying people know they can’t heal (Revelation 2:2). Thats right! They can’t heal a broken hair on a dog’s tail! If a person has the power of the Holy Spirit, he will be busy using that power and everyone would know about it. People suffering from gunshot wounds, car accidents, stabbing, etc, would all be healed (1 Cor 2:4).

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The Lord's Day Is Sunday

There have been many kinds of days throughout time. Once Saturday stood for “the Sabbath,” a day of rest that was commanded by God. In Genesis 2:1-3, the Lord took a personal Sabbath, resting from the work of creating the world. When the Israelites left Egypt, God taught them to keep the Sabbath, and they did so until Christ took it away by His death on the cross (Exodus 20:8-11, 31:12-17; Colossians 2:13-17).

However, we are writing about the first day of the week, which is Sunday.

In the Bible, this day is called the “Lord’s Day.” It is the day when the saints come together to observe the communion and give into the treasury of the local church (Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4). It is to be a day when men do what God expects, and not use the day exclusively for their own selfish pursuits.

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Let the Church Be the Church

The church of Jesus Christ exists for one purpose, and that is to save men from their sins (Romans 1:16). With that being the case, it is easy to see that the church has no earthly agenda (John 18:36, 17:16; 1 Timothy 3:15). Many people believe that the church is supposed to be involved in everything, and when I say everything, I mean just that.

For example, some put the church into politics, some put the church into recreation, some put the church into supporting human institutions. Just look at some of the church buildings out there, they have gyms, kitchens, youth centers, ball fields, college fund raisers, spa’s, etc. etc. Are people going to church or a vacation club? The only thing a church needs to provide are rooms in which to teach the gospel and buy equipment that helps the church perform that work (Ephesians 3:10; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 10:25).

Man must allow the church to be the church and if he wants recreation, meals, politics, etc., let him seek and get that on his time and leave the Lord’s house out of it (Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 11:34).

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New Testament to Pattern Our Lives

When studying the Bible, one must realize that there are two sections: the Old Testament is an account of God’s dealings with the Jews and the law that Moses brought to them from Mt. Sinai (Nehemiah 9:13). This part of the Bible is history, and we should read it to be informed about things of that time (Romans 15:4; 1 Corinthians 10:11).

The New Testament is to be our authority in all things pertaining to salvation, the church, worship, etc. For example, if one is going to prove that instrumental music is not to be used in the worship service, that person would have to prove such by the New Testament.

If one were going to prove that Sunday, not Saturday, is the day of worship, he should do so by the authority of the New Testament. The reason for such is because the Old Testament has been taken away by Christ’s death, for his blood brought about the new covenant (Mark 14:23-24). The author of the book of Hebrews said that a covenant cannot be in force as long as one who made it is alive, but it takes effect after the creator dies (Hebrews 9:11-28).

The Old testament is history, and the New Testament is for us to pattern our lives.

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Don't Shun Your Duty

“Say a prayer for me!” Those are the words of some, as they observe others going to church. But those going to church should say, “How about you coming with me, and saying the prayer yourself?”

Allow me to say that I agree with that statement. Why ask someone else to pray for you when you should take an interest in knowing how to pray yourself? God wants to hear prayers from people, and He wants people to go to church. So why shun the duty that one is suppose to do? (Luke 18:1; Hebrews 10:25; Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-4; Matthew 6:1-15).

But here is a note of caution. God doesn’t listen to those who enjoy sin (John 9:31; Psalm 66:18). Get rid of your sins, so you can start praying to God (Acts 2:38; Acts 22:16).

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Neither A Borrower...

How many times have you heard of people becoming enemies because someone borrowed money and didn’t repay? It is shameful that some people think that they can get free money from others. Now if a giver is feeling generous and tells the borrower that it doesn’t have to be paid back, it, then, is a gift.

But if a person said, they would loan money, then the borrower must pay it back. And if a borrower cannot pay back the lender before the due date, he shouldn’t be borrowing. Also people shouldn’t borrow at the spur of the moment. There needs to be a plan of repayment before getting the money. That way, the borrower will not be causing problems for the lender because the lender has his own obligations, and he doesn’t need “a dead beat” adding trouble.

So the moral is, “Do unto others as you want them to do to you” (Luke 6:31).

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He That is Without Sin

Are you having a good time being critical of someone who has sinned? If so, please take a moment and read John 8:1-11.

“Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

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Summer Heat Is Nothing Compared to Hell

The lesson we can take from the heat of summer is “uncomfortable.” The sun torches the skin, the thick air makes us sweat. All is still, and there is no breeze to cool us off, etc. Yes, the hot heat of summer is very mean and really unfriendly toward us. So, what are we getting at with all this? We are getting to the subject of Hell fire (Mark 9:43-48). Many claim they don’t believe in Hell. I have no idea how they came about believing that, and they couldn’t prove it to you either.

But despite all that, we can be assured there is a Hell just as there is a Heaven because there is God (Psalm 90:1-2). But what I want to focus upon is Hell’s misery (Matthew 13:40-43). Hell is no joke, nor a few minutes in a frying pan. Hell is forever, it is not nice, and it is punishment for what we have done in life (Matt. 25:41).

If we cannot stand the Pennsylvania summers, how will we be able to stand the eternal punishment of everlasting Hell? (Matt. 25:46, 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:7-10).

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No Heaven for Thief

Some criminals claim no fear of death, so they shoot others and get shot themselves. But the truth is Satan has thugs fooled because every ungodly person should be afraid to die. For after death all deeds will have to be answered to the Creator, and nothing will be forgotten or hidden (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Psalm 9:17; Revelation 20:12-15; Hebrews 9:27).

Imagine a guy getting killed while attempting a carjacking. That man’s final deed was robbery, so he will be doomed to the eternal fires of hell (Mark 9:43-48).

Death is no picnic! It is the final stamp on a person’s life, and there is no way to change afterward. So if one dies in his sins, he will not spend eternity with God (John 8:21). Thugs do not make a wise choice when they begin a life of crime. Instead they chose a life that will get them a first class ticket into the hottest fire imaginable, and they don’t have sense enough to realize it.

Yes, evildoers should be afraid to die because unrighteous souls won’t enter heaven (1 Cor 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21).

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God Wants Man to Persevere

People have questions of “Why didn’t God do something?”Why didn’t God stop this or create that? ” etc, etc, etc. Well, if God did everything that people expected, this life wouldn’t have accidents, fears, injustice, hardships, etc.

No negative activity would exist and everything would be picture perfect, and this life would become heaven. And if this were heaven, there would be no after life to look forward to. Once a person is finish on earth, one would be completely done as far as his existence is concerned (1 Corinthians 15:32).

But such isn’t the case; for there is a hereafter, and even though God knows and sees all (Job 28:23-24; Jeremiah 23:23-24), He doesn’t do away with evil and hardship because He wants man to persevere in this life and enjoy perfection in the next (Revelation 2:26-29). He causes some good things to happen and allows some bad things to go unchecked because He has a set Day coming when He will judge all things (Acts 17:30-34; Ecclesastes 12:14).

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