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Remember, trust the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to save you from hell and your sin; trust the Bible, not Rome.
Just wanted to welcome our brother Bryan back on line. To access his blog "It is written" please click on the button to the right hand side, under Other Blogs.
Bryan: We are awaiting to hear of what the Lord has been doing in your life, as well as your long-missed sermons.
Salted by fire or burned with fire. Which one are you?
Tested and tried, perfected and purified. That should be the case for every Christian. If not, then burned with fire is the judgement that awaits those who deny our Lord Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 12:29 - For our God is a consuming fire.
We know that when we appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ 1 Corinthians 3:13 - Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
In the meantime, the Godly fire is at work in our lives perfecting and purifying us.
Mark 9:49 - For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
1 Peter 1:7 - That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 1:22 - Seeing ye have purified
We know that gold is purified in fire Revelation 3:18 - I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire,
But those who deny God shall be burned with fire.
Revelation 18:8 - Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
Salted with Fire or Burned with Fire.
Which one are you? Think about it.
Matthew 16:1 The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.
:2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
:3 And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
:4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed.
Even the unsaved/unregenerate scientific world realizes we're nearing a catastrophic event.
Bornagain believers, Preach!
Matthew 4:4 - But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
The date: Monday 15 January 2007
Location: Entrance to my condomium
People involved: Nathaniel, me and my son
Time: 7:30 pm
Weather conditions: Snow storm with blizzard, icy roads, cold night.
I had just come back from my grocery shopping, and taking into consideration a number of factors I stopped my car in the middle of the road, just ahead of the entrance to my condo. The parking spot belonged to the apartment downstairs but it had been vacant for the longest time. Few minutes and I'll offload my shipment, I thought. But, no sooner did I get out of my and move a few bags into the hallway, that I saw a small truck pull in the road and honk at me. But by the time I ran to move my car, the truck driver had managed to pull into the empty parking space. A friendly voice says, this truck is like a small car, I can fit it anywhere. Are you the new neighbour, I asked. Indeed, Nathaniel was. He was twenty eight years old and his wife was still in Ottawa waiting to move in. I introduced myself and he flew upstairs with his grocery bags only to come back down two minutes later. He had forgotten to buy some bread for the next morning. But the Lord had other plans. In his goodness he had prepared bread for the man.
Oh, you don't need to go back out in this cold weather, I replied. Here, why don't you take one bag. I had bought an extra just in case. Happily he accepted and as a sign of appreciation he helped me carry the load to the third floor.
At the doors upstairs, I quickly called my son who wasted no time in witnessing to the fellow. [Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.] Being in their twenties they both had a spontaneous discussion. At the end of the conversation the young man was so moved that he had tears in his eyes. We agreed we'll talk more at a later occasion.
Pls. pray for Nates (as he likes to be called) that the Lord would work in his heart and that he might eat of the bread of life.
My church does not have a visitation ministry, per se, but I would like to see myself involved in such a programme. I realize that the life style in North America does not lend itself to visits during the winter week days, however I believe that people including the sick folk would appreciate church visits from time to time.
Yesterday, I spoke to my brother and he had just returned from visiting two families. That got me thinking about the subject again. Although I am not a social butterfly but I love to be around my brethren in times of need. May be some day the Lord would use me in that direction.
Hybrid embryo work "under threat"?
I read on the web the following: UK scientists planning to mix human and animal cells to find disease cures fear authorities will ban their work.
Shcoking. Shocking news. Mixing human and animal cells, under the guise of Science and medical benefits? Are we living in perilous times or what? Is mankind creating its own type of Frinkestein?
I leave this passage with you from II Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was.
For those who don't know the Bible, Jannes and Jabmres tried to copy Moses by replicating the serpent.
Amen, Come Lord Jesus
Genesis 3:15 asked. I'll attempt to reply from scritpure.
Q: What is manna?
A: Psalms 78:25 - Man did eat angels' food:
Q: Who had it?
A: John 6:31 - Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.
Q: What was it like and the color thereof?
A: Exodus 16:31 a) - And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white;
Q: What what its taste like?
A: Exodus 16:31 b) and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
Q: What was God's prepration method?
A: Exodus 16:23 To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the LORD: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
Q: Were the people happy?
A: Numbers 11:6-7 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes. And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium (notice the murmuring and resulting change of color).
Q: Did the people follow God's instructions?
A: Numbers 11:8 a)And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it:
Q: How did the taste change as a result?
A: Numbers 11:8 b)the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil. (Gone is the taste of honey).
Q: Is there a lesson to be learnt?
A: Several lessons and spiritual applications could be drawn from the manna account. For this post, I would say that God likes to prove his worshippers and that he has good thoughts towards us, only we should be ahsamed of our murmurings when things seem to go into a rut and we should not forget God's heavenly blessings.
Deuteronomy 8:16 - Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
On the TV set, the other day, the news was that a neighbouring government might be looking into legitimizing the sale of meat from cloned animals in super markets. What is worse is that when that happens there would be no label indicating where the meat came from.
I find all this so disgusting. I do not want to eat cloned meat.
The Lord gave me this thought as I began the first day of work in 2007.
Last night I had read something about the five crowns that the Lord gives to overcomers I . The five crowns are:
1. Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4)
2. Crown of Life (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10)
3. Crown of Rejoicing (I Thessalonians 2:19)
4. Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8) and
5. an Incorruptible crown (1 Corinthians 9:25).
My thoughts drifted to the Judgement Seat of Christ, and the passage in 2 Corinthians 5:11 - Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.
Should the Lord call his Bride today, we must first appear at his judgement seat to receive our rewards. Corinthians 3:14 - If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
In Daniel 12: 3 we read - And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
We speak of stars in terms of their magnitude. We know that the magnitude of stars ranges from 1 to 5. We say that this star is of the third magnitude and that is of the fifth magnitude, for example.
From a wordly point of view, I remembered that some time ago, there was this TV talent show where contestant were evaluated by stars. Five stars meant a full mark.
Back to the spiritual, we read in (1 Corinthians 15:41) that ... for one star differeth from another star in glory .
What a wondrous thought. So, if one earns three crowns, let's say, then his/her brillance would be as a star of the third magnitude. How gloriously do I want the Lord's appearance to shine?
Colossians 3:4 - When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Amen. Come Lord Jesus.
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