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6 Christian Endeavors for 2018

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Endeavor to Make Jesus Christ Your Savior:

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Neither is there salvation in any other - No kind of healing, whether for body or soul, can come through any but him who is called Jesus. The spirit of health resides in him; and from him alone its influences must be received.

For there is none other name - Not only no other person, but no name except that divinely appointed one, Matthew 1:21, by which salvation from sin can be expected - none given under heaven - no other means ever devised by God himself for the salvation of a lost world. All other means were only subordinate, and referred to him, and had their efficacy from him alone. He was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by him. (Adam Clarke's Commentary).

Endeavor to Walk (live) by Faith:

2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, n…

5 Reasons Jesus Shed His Blood for Us

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Jesus Shed His Blood to Grant us Admission into Paradise (again).
And Jesus said unto him, "Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise (Luke 23:43)."
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Revelation 2:7). 

Jesus Shed His Blood So We May Gain Immortality.
Because Christ shed His blood for us we are delivered from death (mortality) and have received eternal life (immortality)! "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality" (1 Corinthians 15:53).

Jesus Shed His Blood So We Could Be Reconciled to God.
"For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life" (Romans 5:10). 
"And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet…

Can You Have Jesus as Your Savior But Not Your Lord (Understanding No-Lordship Salvation)

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The other day I heard someone quoting John 13:34, then he said, "Grace trumps obedience." He said "Grace trumps obedience, because Jesus gave us a new commandment and that commandment is to love one another." He said "the only thing Jesus told us to do is love one another and not that other stuff" (obedience). The text he referred to says, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."
He's not the only person who believes we are only required to love others. I've heard others say, "Paul gave us a new revelation on law and grace, we are not under law but under grace and if anyone preaches against sin they are in error."
I didn't know where this line of teaching came from until I read John MacArthur's book "Faith Works the Gospel According to the Apostles"…you should pick up a copy for yourself.In the book John points out something called &quo…

Remaining Positive in a Negative World

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Remaining positive in today's world seems difficult at times but there are things we can do to keep our spirits/attitudes on a positive note.
Don't Live In Fear
Although there is trouble on earth, God will anoint you with the oil of joy and fill you with His peace if you ask and if you make an effort to guard your heart and mind from seeing things as the world sees them.
He said, “don't fear what they fear. Don’t call a conspiracy what they call a conspiracy (Isaiah 8:12). Meaning as you look around and see what's going on in the world don't become afraid like the rest of the world. Because fear produces fretting and fretting will cause you to react to circumstances with negative energy and anger. Scripture says, human anger doesn't produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20).
Monitor What You See
In our age and culture, we need to monitor how we feel after watching certain television shows. Do we feel positive and uplifted or do we feel, sad, angry or i…

Seven Kinds of People That Tick God Off (We see these types in the government and media).

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There are seven kinds of people or behaviors that tick God off. We see certain behaviors carried out by terrorists, government officials and the media that are known to tick God off. We may be guilty of them as well. 
We notice the first is pride, scripture says God resists the proud, that is, He will fight against them and bring them down in his own time. All we have to do is watch as they begin to fall around us. Let's take a look at the seven behaviors that will summon God's righteous indignation. 
The first three are people who are proud, people who are liars and people who are murders (Proverbs 6:17).
 A proud look: "Eyes that are scornful and look down upon others; or looking upon them with disdain; or reckoning them as unworthy to be looked upon, having an high opinion of their own worth and merit."
A lying tongue: "A tongue speaking falsehood, knowingly and willingly, with an intention to deceive others; to hurt the character of a neighbor, or to flatte…

Why Islam May Overtake Christianity

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While attending a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese, I saw a Muslim woman kneeling in a corner praying, eyes closed, bowing up and down, lips moving but no audible sound. I left my table to get a closer look, the woman prayed intensely, totally unaware of my presence. 
I stood there watching for about 60  seconds until another Muslim woman approached me. She was very polite and said "Can I help you."  "I'm sorry, but  curiosity got the best of me," I said.  "May I ask you a question?" "Sure", she said smiling. "I noticed she makes sure her head touches the stone when she bows down."  "Why is that?" "We must make contact with the earth when we pray." Why is she praying right now?" " Because now is the hour of prayer, we pray five times a day."
We chatted for a few moments and I went back to my table. From there I watched 10 ladies take  turns to pray. One by one they left the party table filled wi…

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL and Donald Trump A Christian's Response

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Recently someone asked my opinion regarding Colin Kaepernick, the NFL and Donald Trump. "I pick my battles and that's not my fight, I said".
I refuse to get upset about someone else's decision to make a statement about their own personal beliefs or convictions. Who am I to judge another man's servant for unto God He lives or dies. Concerning food offered to idols Paul said some can eat without being convicted of sin and others cannot. (Romans 14:4-8)
Perhaps some can stand for the flag and the national anthem and others cannot. What's that to me? When Peter asked Jesus what would happen to John in the future. Jesus said what's that to you, you follow me.
Instead of worrying about whether Colin or any other NFL player stands or kneels during the national anthem why don't you set your eyes on Christ and follow him?
I'm sure He would say," don't worry about what Colin is doing, you follow me.  It is time for you to be about your Father'…

10 Ways to Recognize False Preachers

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1. They Commit Adultery (Jeremiah 23:14.) He or She commits adultery continually and are unrepentant if they fall into a backslidden state.
2. They Live a Lie  (Jeremiah 23:14).
3. They Become Rich and Powerful But Don't Help The Poor and Fatherless (Jeremiah 2:27-28).
4. They Use Their Power The Wrong Way (Jeremiah 23:10).
5. They Strengthen Evil Doers and Wickedness in the World Because They Don't Preach Against Sin (Jeremiah 23:14).
6. Because of Them God's People Don’t Know Him (Jeremiah 4:22) (Jeremiah 7:7).
7. They Speak Falsehoods that Come From Their Own Minds (Jeremiah 23:16).
8. They Tell The People They Will Have Peace and Will Be Blessed And Nothing Bad Will Happen To Them. (Jeremiah 23:16-18).
9. They Don't Seek God's Counsel….If They Had Sought The Lord He Would Have Told Them To Tell The People To Turn From Sin (Jeremiah 23:22).
10. True Preachers Tell People to Turn From Their Evil Ways and Practices (Jeremiah 25:4-5).

Atheism and The Lord's Prayer

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In Psalms 115:16 David reminds us that “The highest heavens belong to the Lord but the earth, He has given to man.”  This verse is confirmed and supported in Genesis 1:26when God said,” Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. If God gave earth to man, isn’t it strange that man blames God when evil occurs. God said obey me (act like me) then you will have days like heaven on earth (Deuteronomy 11:21). The ten commandments remind us to love God, love our neighbors and love ourselves. We are told not to kill, not to steal, and not to lie because these are things that harm others. Yet, some would have us believe obeying God is a bad thing!
They want us to think praying to God is a bad thing. Is praying for protection from our enemies bad?  As Atheists seek to suppress the voice of God in the cou…

Is it Time for Christians to Shut Up?

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Is it time for Christians to (shut up) not speak up about certain topics? In Amos 5:12, the prophet said because of manifold transgressions and mighty sins, the prudent keep silent for it is an evil time.
Prudence refers to knowing when it's time to do or say something. Is it prudent for the church to become embroiled in arguments and debates regarding its values? This is an evil time therefore, it is prudent not to intentionally start or stir up debates and arguments about certain topics.
Jesus said some did not understand what he was saying because they did not want to hear what he had to say.(John 8:43) Are you wasting your time speaking to people who don't care about what you have to say?
Christians should remain silent in some cases because as Dr. Clarence Walker, author of Breaking Strongholds, "forceful, stubborn, arguments, opinions ideas and philosophies cannot be argued away, they can't be complained away, regulated or picketed down and they do not self- dest…

Put Some Feet to Your Faith

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In Mark 2:1-5, we read the biblical account of four men who take their paralyzed friend to be healed by Jesus. However, due to the crowd blocking the entrance to where Jesus was, the men decided to gain access to Jesus via the roof.  This was no easy task because the roof was constructed of beams and covered with branches and a thick layer of mud plaster. They had to climb an outside stairway to get to the roof.  Imagine the work required to dismantle the roof. Imagine carrying a paralyzed man on a cot up a stairway and letting him down on the cot in an overly crowed room. That's bold, bodacious faith!
Scripture says, their friend had the palsy, the palsy is a disease where the body or some parts of the body lose motion, sensation or feeling.
When Jesus saw their faith, he forgave the paralytic's sin and healed him. Warren Wiersbe says, "The paralytics friends did not simply pray about their friend's condition but they put some feet to their prayers, and did not perm…

The Cross Proof Of God's Love

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While shopping at a local thrift store yesterday, I heard a child say "look mother a sword. She said that's not a sword it's cross. He said "oh but I can pretend it's a sword" So he walked out of the isle pretending it was sword, stabbing and jabbing an invisible opponent.

Such is the Christian life. The cross is our sword it is the precious weapon given to us by our God. This weapon defeats every enemy known to mankind. However, we must be mindful of it and use it on a daily basis, moment by moment, minute by minute, second by second. Although our enemies are invisible we can tell when they are near by what we think or feel. We can tell when they are around or they've been around by our circumstances. Yet, because of the cross we can defeat them and reverse/overcome negative circumstances. Let's take a moment to look at what happened when someone was crucified. James Strong and John McClintock Cyclopedia says:

Nails, being driven through parts of …

Why God Ignores Some People's Prayers

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Scripture says, If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear. Psalms 66:18 (NKJV). 
I believe parents may understand this passage because persistent children may ask for something more than once (let's say he or she continues to ask for ice cream after being told no or wait until after dinner). After the given response the child continues to ask for ice cream but instead of saying no or later, the parent responds with silence. It's as if he or she doesn't hear the child. It's not that the parent can't hear the request he or she simply ignores the request.
Perhaps God is the same way, it's not that He can't hear our request, he just responds with silence until we do what He has told us to do. Peter instructed husbands to treat their wives properly so their prayers would not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7). He goes on to say if we want to love life and see good days we should avoid evil because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are op…

God is a Warrior

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John F. Craghan, author of Psalms for All Seasons says, "fidelity to God means deliverance from any and all forms of distress.  Notice Craghan says, this benefit belongs to those who are in a state of "fidelity." To be a person of fidelity, means to be faithful and loyal in character.

While many are fainting with fear God has instructed Christians not to be fearful or dismayed. The faithful Christian may proclaim as David did in Psalm 18:6. "In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears."

The text goes on to say that, after God heard David's prayers He got in a Cherub, bowed the heavens and came to earth to rescue him. He fought His way through the heavens shooting lightning bolts, dropping hailstones and hot coals of fire upon David's enemies! David's human enemies did not see of feel the hail or great balls of hot coals fall upon them but his spir…

What happens when God is your "Thyreos" (shield)!

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The bible makes bold and daring promises to people of faith. Psalm 91:9-10 says, "Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling".
A few words for the word "evil" noted in Strong's Hebrew and Greek Dictionary are:  evil (naturally or morally), adversity, affliction, bad, calamity, exceedingly, great, grief, harm, heavy, sore, sorrow, trouble, wretchedness, wrong. 
 In verse four of Psalm 91 the psalmist said, "He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler."
The shield noted in this Psalms refers to a shield large enough to shield the entire body hence the name thyreos meaning "a gate or door (or "door-shaped"); used of the large, oblong ancient Roman shield (which looked like a full door), large enough to provide full protection from attack (used…

Is God "With" You? God is everywhere but he's not with everyone!

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A friend was involved in a  "grave" sin. He knew it was wronged but said God loves me regardless of what I do and he is with me.  He watched a certain television preacher who preaches "nothing you do can separate you from the love of God." Yet Isaiah 59:2 says," But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear."  In Amos 5:14 God told the people to" seek good, and not evil, that they may live: so He would be with them as they had spoken." They were living in sin and saying God is with us but he really wasn't. Yes, God is everywhere but he's not with everyone!  The word "with" refers to being "for" someone.  My friend applied for job, he felt comfortable in the interview, so he called a friend and told him to apply as they had several positions open. His friend was hired but he was not. He was having issues with his mate and son, yet he felt …

Are you Abiding in the Secret Place?

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A large Poplar tree gives shade to my family on hot sunny days. The tree's shade is actually the tree's shadow. Here we get an idea of what David meant when he said inPsalm 91:1  He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. To dwell in the secret place is to take a seat in the presence of God.  While we are sitting there His shadow or shall we say His very presence (can't have a shadow without an object or person) becomes our refuge and fortress. A fortress is a place that is protected against attack, it is a fortified place, a stronghold.

The Treasury of David says, "He who dwells in an impregnable fortress, naturally trusts in it, and shall not he who dwells in God feel himself well at ease and repose his soul in safety."
Can you say the Lord is your refuge and fortress? Do you trust him? In this age of the rise and grind, self -made millionaire and scientific advances in  medicine and technology, the need to …