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Speak Up For Jesus

Gospel Relevance

Merely setting a good example for Christ is not enough. At some point you’re going to have to speak up.

Paul says this in Philippians, “. . .it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ (Phil. 1:13).  Everyone knew that Paul was suffering in prison because of his faith in Jesus Christ. How did they know? BECAUSE HE TOLD THEM.

Paul says elsewhere in Romans, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17).  Faith comes by hearing, not by seeing. Paul in Romans 10:14  says, “And how are they (non-Christians) to believe in him of whom they have never heard?” People need to hear about Christ in order for them to even have an opportunity for them to respond to Christ.

Setting a good example in deed is awesome, but the speaking…

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The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 121

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
Mark 12:17 (NKJV)

The Sixth Seal Judgment – Charles Ryrie

“Then I watched as the Lamb opened the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake. The sun became black like rough black cloth, and the whole moon became red like blood. And the stars in the sky fell to the earth like figs falling from a fig tree when the wind blows. The sky appeared as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved from its place.
Then the kings of the earth, the rulers, the generals, the rich people, the powerful people, the slaves, and the free people his themselves in caves and in the rocks on the mountains. They called on the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us. Hide us from the face of the One who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb! The great day for their anger has come, and who can stand against it?'”
Revelation 6:12-17 (NCV)
These judgments will produce terror in the hearts of all living men. Their hearts will be filled with fear–not primarily because of the physical disturbances or the awful wars and pestilences, but because they will see God on His throne. Men will plead to be hidden “from the face of the One who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb.” They will go to any length to avoid facing their Creator and Judge, even to seeking death under the rocks and mountains in which they will try to hide. All classes of people will be affected. As has been true throughout history, there will be no general or mass turning to God in repentance, but only a turning from the face of God. Charles Ryrie

Words of Wisdom from Grandma to Grandson

You think that it’s all over. You’ve only just begun.
Your accomplishments prove your value. Your faith has kept you strong.
You’ve pondered o’er the last few years, where life will take you next.
Your dreams will follow a different path now – there are mountains left to climb.
The challenges you face from this day forth will build another you.
You will still be the little child I held – the boy that I watched grow.
The times we’ve shared together have been a treasure to me.
Though time and experience will help you reach your goals,
The only one important thing for you to know is that you always will be child of God.
Your past and present days, along with those to come,
will be In His strong, protective hands until your dying day.
Trust in Him. Depend on His wisdom. Ask for His guidance and protection…

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The Wisdom Of Mark Twain

“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 120

“A man planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a place for the wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that he might receive some of the fruit of the vineyard from the vinedressers. And they took him and beat him and sent him away empty-handed. Again he sent them another servant, and at him they threw stones, wounded him in the head, and sent him away shamefully treated. And again he sent another, and they killed him; and many others, beating some and killing some. Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he also sent him to them last, saying ‘They will respect my son.’ But those vinedressers said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.’ So they took him and killed him and cast him out of the vineyard.
Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the vinedressers, and give the vineyard to others. Have you not even read this Scripture:
‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
This was the Lord doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?”
Mark 12:1-11 (NKJV)

Looking For The Blessed Hope

Looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus.” Titus 2:13 (NASB)

Every true believer is looking for the blessed hope and longing for the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ. The grace of God that saves us also teaches us to look for our Savior from heaven.
Jesus told His disciples that He would be arrested, tried, condemned and put to death. They were sad because of this announcement, but Jesus to them, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (NASB)
We are in the world, but we are not of the world. We are citizens of another world, strangers and pilgrims on earth as we await the return of our Lord. It is at His second coming that the born again believers will receive the full fruits of redemption. It is when Jesus comes in the Rapture and the first resurrection that our vile bodies will be redeemed (Romans 8:23). He will “transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:21 (NASB).
Even the most spiritual believers groan in this tabernacle of flesh. Regardless of how dedicated or fully surrendered to the Lord one may be, all born again people will be called upon to suffer, to know sorrow, pain, and disappointment so long as we remain in these bodies of flesh. That is why all true believers are waiting for the coming of the Lord. It is at Christ’s coming that we will receive complete and full deliverance from all that would hinder our enjoyment of the fullness of the salvation Jesus purchased on Calvary.
It is at the Lord’s coming that the dead in Christ will rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be changed and caught up together with them, to meet the Lord in the air.
The apostle Paul told the believers at Corinth, “If we have hope in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming” 1 Corinthians 15:19-23 (NASB).

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 119

“And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
Mark 11:25-26 (NASB)

Wise Words From Helen Steiner Rice

It’s easy to grow downhearted
when nothing goes your way.
It’s easy to be discouraged when
you have a troublesome day.
But trouble is only a challenge
to spur you on to achieve
The best that God has to offer
if you have the faith to believe.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 118

“Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)

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