The Future Is As Bright As The Promises Of God

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Whole-Grain Truth …

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Many self-proclaimed Christians believe God is some marshmallow filled Deity in the sky……so consumed with love and mercy and grace that there is no room left within him for wrath or discipline ..

  Where do they get such misconceptions of God’s love ? …..Frankly , many get their unfortunate ideas from televangelist , from Mega Church ministers, and even Seminary trained preachers in rural congregations…. all of whom cherry-pic the scriptures quoted in their happy-meal messages..

  God is undeniably love , in fact agape love…but he is also a jealous God..

 (Proverbs 9:10… the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom . )

  Why would anyone fear a marshmallow God ?

(John 3:36…He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life : and he that believes NOT the Son shall NOT see life but the wrath of God. )

Note the last three words in that scripture……

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The Scope Of Our Discipleship

“The next day He purposed to go to Galilee, and He found Philip. And Jesus said to him, ‘Follow Me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, of the city of Andrew and Peter.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.'”
John 1:43-46 (NASB)
We do not know where our discipleship will lead us or the kind of persons to whom our Lord will lead us to witness. Jesus says, “Follow Me.” Following that command can take us anywhere and lead us to anybody. Discipleship is open-ended. Our witness belongs with Jesus, and we may expect to find Him among strangers, the poor, the physically and mentally ill, and the impoverished. Among these people He worked during His earthly ministry, and here He has been found ever since. But His interest encompassed others too. No person did Jesus despise; He had a deep concern for all.
We should not be surprised at anything that people might say when we bear our Christian witness. Experience should not disillusion us, but it should make us shockproof. Nathanael sneered, “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” The fact that this could have been a byword did not make it any easier to listen to. The question could have been the beginning of a long, bitter, and fruitless argument. Some persons do seem more intent on winning a debate than on winning a man. Philip was willing to let Nathanael find the answer for himself. He simply replied, “Come and see.”

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