Make a joyful noise unto the Lord
all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness, come
before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it
is he that has made us, and not we
ourselves; we are his people, and
the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise: be
thankful unto him, and bless his name
For the Lord is good; his mercy is
everlasting; and his truth endureth
to all generations
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
The NEW School prayer:
Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense - it's a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the state.
We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's "inappropriate" to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such "judgments" do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take !!!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
I. Last weeks sermon was on Romans 8:33 and the importance of understanding our Eternal Security in Christ. I liked the sermon I just wished he would've made a clear emphasis at the end that even though we cannot lose our Salvation this doesn't mean we have the green light to do as we please and sin all we want because heck we can't lose our salvation! Other than that it was great. We had a guest Pastor from a church called Iglesia Bautista de la Gracia/Baptist Church of Grace
II. This week one of our pastors, Pastor Chacho we kindly call him, preached on making Jesus Christ Lord of our lives and not just Saviour. He talked about how we are now slaves to Christ, which was so amazing because just this morning before going to church I was having a discussion with a friend who claims that we are not slaves because we are God's children and equal to Christ, and while I went to Romans 6 to show my friend that the Bible teaches we are either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness, pastor Chacho went to a numerous of other verses which I had not thought of that talked about that. Of course he's a pastor, I'm just a baby sheep learnin' the ways.
Friday, April 18, 2008
"Yo sé que vive mi redentor, yo se que vive mi redentor, la creación declara la vida en mi proclama, yo se que vive... mi redentor."
Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning?
And who told the ocean you can only come this far?
And who showed the moon where to hide till evening?
Whose words alone can catch a falling star?
Well I know my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
All of creation testifies
This life within me cries
I know my Redeemer lives
The very same God
That spins things in orbit
Runs to the weary, the worn and the weak
And the same gentle hands that hold me when I'm broken
They conquered death to bring me victory
Now I know, my Redeemer lives
I know my Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
To take away my shame
And He lives
Forever I'll proclaim
That the payment for my sins
Was the precious life He gave
And now He's alive and
There's an empty
And I know
My Redeemer lives
My Redeemer lives
Let all creation testify
Let this life within me cry
I-I-I know my Redeemer
My Redeemer lives
*I know my Redeemer lives*
*I know, That I know, that I know, that I know, that I know
*my redeemer lives*
*Because He lives I can face tomorrow
*I know, I know*
*I spoke with Him this morning!*
*The tomb is empty*
*He Lives! I'm going to tell everybody!!*
Sunday, April 13, 2008
His life is the textbook
(J. R. Miller, "Uniting with the Church" 1912)
Bible knowledge alone, does not make one a godly Christian. One might know all the great facts and doctrines of the Word of God, might be a profound Bible scholar and a wise theologian—and yet not be an advanced, or even a growing Christian! We are to learn to 'live Christ'—as well as to know the truths about Christ.
Jesus in His teachings, makes a great deal of obedience. "You are My friends—if you do what I command you." John 15:14. We are to learn to be patient, meek, gentle, compassionate. We are to learn to be humble, kind, unselfish, truthful, sincere. We enter Christ's school to be trained in all the qualities which make up the true Christian life. Jesus is not only the teacher—His life is the textbook which we are to study!
We are to look to His life—to learn just how to live, the kind of character we are to seek to have, and the meaning of the lessons which His words set for us. We are in the school of Christ to be trained in all Christian life and duty. The lessons which the Bible sets for us—we are to live out in common life.
For example, it is not enough to learn from the Beatitudes, that certain qualities are praised by the great Teacher; we are to get the Beatitudes into our own life as quickly and as perfectly as we can. Just so of all the teachings of Christ—they are not for merely knowing—as one learns the fine sayings of favorite literary writers; they are for living! They are to become lamps to our feet and lights to our path, and to be wrought into the web of our character.
We are not to expect perfection in the school of Christ—but we have a right to expect an increasing knowledge of spiritual things, and also spiritual growth in all the qualities which belong to Christian character. We should become more patient, more loving, more unselfish—more like Christ!
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1
There are nowadays some "spiritual guides" out there authors of certain "spiritual books" who are operating under this very spirit of error. Because they deny that Christ is the Son of God, to them Christ was merely a prophet or wise man. They deny Him as Lord and Saviour, so why read these books for "spiritual enhancement"? When we have got THE BIBLE when we have got the Holy Spirit! Remember Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Co 11:14)
So it is that these "spiritual guides" are well known and loved by "Christian" and non-Christians alike while the Bible is hated by the world, and yet they would rather read/listen to/take in what these worldly "spiritual guides" have to say in their books or on their T.V. shows or Podcast as opposed to what God has to say through His Word, the Bible.
One thing I like about 1 John is that if there were any doubts in your mind that you were truly Saved you can read this book and know for sure if you're on the straight and narrow or if you're walking gladly on the broad path that leads to destruction.
So test the spirits and do not let yourself be mislead by the deceitful schemes of Satan, if you're truly saved. If not, don't let this day pass before you repent and put your trust in Him! There is no other name under by which you can be saved!! Those "spiritual guides" won't save you or wash you clean from your sins only Jesus Christ can!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Undeserving, ill-deserving, hell-deserving!
(Thomas Vincent, "Love to the Unseen Christ")
How may I attain great degrees of love to Christ?
Be much in holy contemplation of Christ. Spend time in secret retirement, and there think and think again—of the superlative excellencies and perfections which are in Christ. Think how wonderful and matchless His love is: what heights of His love—which cannot be reached; what depths of His love—which cannot be fathomed; what dimensions of His love—which cannot be comprehended!
O the ravishments of love! O the transports of soul, which some believers have found in their retired thoughts and views of Christ!
"O dear Jesus, how lovely are You in Yourself—the darling of heaven! The delight of the Father! The admiration of angels! O what brightness of glory, what shining luster are You arrayed with! You are clothed with most excellent majesty and honor! You are girded with infinite might and power! The beauty of Your face is most wonderful! The smiles of Your countenance are most sweet and delightful!"
"And does this beauteous One, this fairest of ten thousand, this most excellent and altogether lovely One—bear a special love to me? To such a vile worm as me! To such a dead dog as me! To such an undeserving, ill-deserving, hell-deserving sinner as me! O what marvelous kindness in this! What infinite riches of free grace! Has He given Himself for me, and given Himself to me—and shall not I give Him my heart! Am I written in His book, redeemed with His blood, clothed with His righteousness, beautified with His image! Has He made me His child, and prepared a place in the Father's house for me! O how wonderful! O how astonishing!"
"What shall I render unto Him? What returns shall I make? Had I a thousand tongues—should I not employ them all in speaking His praise? Had I a thousand hearts—should I not present them all, as too poor for a thank-offering unto Him? And yet am I slow—slow of heart, to love this dear and sweet Jesus! Awake, O my soul! Awake from your dullness and stupidity! Shake out the dust of the earth which has gotten into your eyes—and keeps you from the view of your matchless Beloved! Arise, O my soul, unfetter yourself, take the wing, and mount up above the sky and visible heavens—to the place where my lovely and dear Jesus is! Bid farewell to the flattering honors, the deceitful riches, the glancing pleasures—which are here below! Bid adieu to them, and leave them to those who place their chief happiness in them!"
"Why do you hang downwards, O my soul? Why do you bend so much to the earth and earthly things? Everything here below—is altogether unworthy of your love. How empty and vain and thorny—are these worldly things! Do not waste your time—and weary yourself for every vanity! Do not sting and wound yourself with these things anymore!"
"Come, O my soul! Ascend, and soar aloft—with your thoughts, and desires, and loves, and hopes, and joys—unto the heavens! There you may see, and view, and admire, and embrace your dearest Lord Jesus!"
Such retired contemplations of Christ, and soliloquies, and pleadings with your own souls, when alone by yourselves—will tend exceedingly to the promotion of your love unto Christ.
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"And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit,
addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ." Eph 5:18-21
- Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. v.22
- Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, v.25
- Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Eph 6 v.1
- Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ ch.6 v.5
- Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him ch.6 v.9
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col 3:16-17
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. v.18
- Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. v.19
- Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. v.20
- Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. v.21
- Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. v.22
-Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven. ch.4 v.1
Yes absolutely be filled with the Holy Spirit that He may guide you always, but remember there are all sorts of spirits out there wanting to lead us into death so let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly!! Thats our weapon and tool to test all spirits!
Remember everything you do, do it for the Glory of God!
Soli Deo Gloria
Thursday, April 03, 2008
James 3:6-12"And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?
Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water."
My question or questions is/are:
1. If you are a good person, why does it bother you when someone (a Christian for this example's sake) tries to do the right thing in a given situation?
2. If you truly are a good person, why then is it necessary for you to lie, steal, cheat, lust, etc?
I'm going to have to conduct a survey on this, it would be interesting to see how people respond. I think the term is Double Standard. In any case, its interesting.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
"Now I will arise," says the LORD, "now I will lift myself up; now I will be exalted.
You conceive chaff; you give birth to stubble; your breath is a fire that will consume you.
And the peoples will be as if burned to lime, like thorns cut down, that are burned in the fire."
Hear, you who are far off, what I have done; and you who are near, acknowledge my might.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless: "Who among us can dwell with the consuming fire? Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?"
He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure.
Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.
Your heart will muse on the terror: "Where is he who counted, where is he who weighed the tribute? Where is he who counted the towers?"
You will see no more the insolent people, the people of an obscure speech that you cannot comprehend, stammering in a tongue that you cannot understand.
Behold Zion, the city of our appointed feasts! Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an untroubled habitation, an immovable tent, whose stakes will never be plucked up, nor will any of its cords be broken.
But there the LORD in majesty will be for us a place of broad rivers and streams, where no galley with oars can go, nor majestic ship can pass.
For the LORD is our judge; the LORD is our lawgiver; the LORD is our king; he will save us.
Your cords hang loose; they cannot hold the mast firm in its place or keep the sail spread out. Then prey and spoil in abundance will be divided; even the lame will take the prey.
And no inhabitant will say, "I am sick"; the people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.
["You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.'
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, 'You fool!' will be liable to the hell of fire.] (in Context 21-22)
["You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'
But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.] (in Context 27-29)
[And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.]
[What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.] (in Context 27-28)
[And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.]
["Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire.] (in Context 7-9)
[Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.]
[You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?]
[Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.]
[And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell.]
[And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 'where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.']
[But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!]
[And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.] **Here its not used to describe the place of punishment but to pin point who's behind the unrighteousness of the fire that is the tongue, that is the devil.
2 Pe 2:4
[For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, and especially those who indulge in the lust of defiling passion and despise authority]
(in Context 4-10)
12 of these 14 times were mentioned by Jesus
**in the KJV, its mentioned in these other verses:
[And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You will be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.]
[And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades.]
[The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he called out, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the end of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that you in your lifetime received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner bad things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.'] (in context 23-26)
[For David says concerning him, "'I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.]
(in Context 25-27)
[ Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption.]
["Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.]
[And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth.]
[And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.]
[Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.] (14-15)
Also mentioned as Eternal Fire in 3 occasions.
[Mat 18:8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.]
[Mat 25:41 "Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.]
[Jud 1:7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.]
***From G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well): - eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).
And also mentioned as Unquenchable fire in 3 occasions.
[Mat 3:12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."]** Here describing that Jesus is the one who will gather His wheat (the elect or the redeemed if you will) but the tares he will burn with unquenchable fire.
[Mar 9:43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire.]
[Luk 3:17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." ] **same as Mat 3:12
***From G1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of G4570; not extinguished, that is, (by implication) perpetual: - not to be quenched, unquenchable.
There are three words used for hell in the Bible.
Gehenna - 13
Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: - hell.
Hades - 10
From G1 (as a negative particle) and G1492; properly unseen, that is, “Hades” or the place (state) of departed souls: - grave, hell.
Tartaros - 1
***From Τάρταρος Tartaros̄ (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment: - cast down to hell. [2 Pe 4]
THIS is why there is sooo much urgency in the gospel message as well! I don't want anyone to go tel Hell! But I cannot deny what God has so clearly stated in His word, and that is that hell truly exists and lasts for forever.
It is also mentioned as the Lake of Fire in four occasions in both the ESV and the KJV
[And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. ]
[and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.]
[Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.]
[And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.]
Yet another reference to a place of torment:
Rev 14:9 "...If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Rev 14:10 he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name."
*** Definitions taken from Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries.