Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Saturday, April 30, 2005

As discussed, updated

Here is the passage I was referring to [on the subject of trusting the Lord for guidance and direction]. It is in Isaiah 30. You may want to read the whole chapter.
v.18 And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: he will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when he shall hear it, he will answer thee. 20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers: 21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
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Now that I am not in a rush like I was when I posted the above, I want to add a comment or two hoping that you have read Isaiah chapter 30 in the meantime. The Lord wants to be good to his children, and he "therefore will the Lord wait" for us to return to him in reliance. Looking at the early verses of the chapter and viewing this passage in context we see that the people had relied on the hand of the Egyptian, or Pharoah, which is a type of the world or a type of friends and acquaintances or influential people to whom we might run for help, or think that our livelihood depends on them.
And although we had tasted the "bread of adversity" referring to difficult times through which we lived, God's promises never fail. He will direct our life. He says your eyes shall see your teachers, and you will respect your spiritual teachers {not be removed in a corner any more). Your ears (how many times did Jesus cry out those who have ears let them hear what the Spirit says)will hear a voice from behind you as the Holy Spirit strives with you. Read the Word of God, and Listen to the voice of Holy Spirit. Two words will sum up what I said. Return and Rest. Look at verse 15 of the same chapter which I shall quote. The second half on a plaque hanging in my living room. It goes like this" "For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength"
These are good promises from the Lord who is waiting to be gracious unto all his children. Who is like unto thee O God.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Prayers are needed for Gospel in China

This post I copied from our "Prayer" department, written by Consecrated, because I think it deserves more exposure
Here is a quote from a message which I received

"He told me their Chinese pastor (Pastor Jimmy) had just been arrested (or they call it abducted) by the Public Security Bureau for preaching the Gospel, some of the ladies who saw what happened said the PSB shoved him into their car but as they were doing so they saw marks on his neck and arms. One of the ladies from the church then called Lui to tell him not to come to church that afternoon because the PSB had made their visit and they were on to what’s “going on”

Lui was going there to teach English to the younger children as he usually does in the afternoons

Please pray for Pastor Jimmy! As Lui says, they have no idea where he is and if or when they will see him again. Pray that God will give him wisdom and strength and the same to Pastor Jimmy’s wife and their two young children. Lui said they were doing OK, but that there is too great a risk for them and himself if he tried to get in contact with them

Friday, April 22, 2005

Who are the "Watchers'!

In one of the recent posts by Rev. 2:17 he pointed to a verse in the Book of Daniel (4:17) which refers the "Watchers". That aroused my curiosity, and I promised to research the subject further.

This morning during a visit to the Official Antarctica Page, I clicked on "Myths and Legends" not knowing what to expect. To my surprise, here's an excerpt of what I found. The reference is to the Book of Enoch which is famous for talking about the fall of the angels. Now before I quote, I want to reassure everybody that the Book of Enoch is NOT an inspired book and I am NOT endorsing anything the following text says. Just for fun however, and for the sake of those who are curious like me, here it is.

"According to the Bible, angels once walked upon the surface of the earth. Speculation also exists that they are the missing 'master' race. In 1773, a British explorer, James Bruce, discovered a scroll in Abyssinia (Ethiopia) that was a full copy of the Book of Enoch, which appeared to be a Book of the Bible, written in the 2nd century BC. This text had existed in fragmentary form, written in Aramaic, in Europe for centuries, but had been rejected by the Catholic Church as heresy. The text itself deals with a group of angels on Earth called "The Watchers", who dwelt in a high place".

Take it or leave it. I just thought it was an interesting reference.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

The law cannot save you, Only Jesus can

Hey, I just heard something this morning and it hit me like lightning. The law was not given to save us. For those who claim that by obeying the ten commandments they will be saved, I like to refer them to Romans 8:3
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.

Now I understand better the verse which talks about the law being a schoolmaster teaching us right from wrong. The teacher was not given in order to save us. It was given to lead us to the true Saviour. Thanks be to the Lord for Galatians 3:24 - Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

keep'em coming

We have had an average of 2 bombs per week, the bishop of Rome is dead and so his cult is engulfing the media outlets, my work is giving me a headache since the workers let the new guy do all the work, I have a succession of mid-terms: comparative politics, logic, computer science, statistics; 1 down, 3 to go; my father continuously fights me over my fellowship with a true (i.e. biblical) church (+ some of my brethern are not too happy with my seemingly extremist stance of boycotting Easter because of its pagan roots), his friends are displeased, I sleep in my home bed once a week, my 12 year-old blazer broke down in the middle of road, then fell off the toe-truck ramps, was stopped by a road-block; I yelled at a horn-anxious driver, which wasn't a good testimony, I haven't seen my mother and sister since September after having seen and spoken to them for the first time in over 6 years last summer, I'm struggling to save up the money for a ticket and other needed items, especially since I lost a bag containing my mom-given slim testimony KJV bible (I'm sorry mom), a small book on Information Technology, a notepad, and an MP3-128mb-digital voice recorder and a bunch of other things too which I'm too tired to mention...

Praise Jesus the Christened the One God Allmighty of the Bible.

Keep'em coming, just keep'em coming that my flesh be seared with the scars of the glory of Jesus my God my Lord my Redeemer my King and the joy of my salvation
by whose grace I triumph

Keep'em coming that the grace of God may in my weakness be perfected

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