Jesus’ Blood for our Freedom…

John 19:17-18a “and He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Where they crucified Him.”

Jesus’ Blood for our Freedom

There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New England town. One Easter Sunday morning he came to the church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.

Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak. “I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me, swinging this bird cage. On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright. I stopped the lad and asked, ‘What you got there son?”

“Just some old birds,” came the reply.

“What are you gonna do with them?” I asked.

“Take ’em home and have fun with ’em. I’m gonna tease ’em
and pull out their feathers to make ’em fight. I’m gonna have a real good time.”

“But you’ll get tired of those birds sooner or later. What will you do then?”

“Oh, I got some cats. They like birds. I’ll take ’em to them.”

The pastor was silent for a moment. “How much do you want for those birds, son?”

“Huh??!!! Why, you don’t want them birds, mister. They’re just plain old field birds. They don’t sing-they ain’t even pretty!”

“How much?”

The boy sized up the pastor as if he were crazy and said, “$10?”

The pastor reached in his pocket and took out a ten-dollar bill. He placed it in the boy’s hand. In a flash, the boy was gone. The pastor picked up the cage and gently carried it to the end of the alley where there was a tree and a grassy spot. Setting the cage down, he opened the door, and by softly tapping the bars, persuaded the birds out, setting them free.

Well, that explained the empty bird cage on the pulpit, and then the pastor began to tell this story.

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation. Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting. “Yes sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn’t resist. Got ’em all!”

“What are you going to do with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’m gonna have fun! I’m gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I’m really gonna have fun!”

“And what will you do when you get done with them?” Jesus asked.

“Oh, I’ll kill ’em.”

“How much do you want for them?”

“Oh, you don’t want those people. They ain’t no good. Why, you take them and they’ll just hate you. They’ll spit on you, curse you and kill you!! You don’t want those people!!”

“HOW MUCH?”

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered, “All your tears, and all your blood.”

Jesus paid the price. He picked up the cage…
HE OPENED THE DOOR.

John 19:17-18a “and He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the place of the skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. Where they crucified Him.”

 Heb 9:22 “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.”

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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The Real Spiritual Cold War is on….

The Real Spiritual Cold War is on…

Yes there is a Cold War going on right now. It is an invisible one so we cannot see it.  There is a group of books authored by God that keeps us informed. Listen up!

 Job 2:2 “And the Lord said unto Satan, ‘From where do you come?’ So satan answered the Lord and said, ‘ From going to and fro on the earth and from walking back and forth on it.’

The warning and the solution to battling it.

I Pet 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.”

The main weapon of war in a spiritual cold war!

James 4:7 “SUBMITT yourselves therefore unto God, RESIST the devil and he will flee from you.”

 All those proclaiming to be from God are not!! The word Christian has a different definition in our world than in the Bible. Some supposed men and women of God proclaim a Gospel of health, wealth and prosperity and teach many different ways to get to heaven and they sound so good. So how can we tell the difference??

II Tim. 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. “

II Cor. 11:14-15 “And no marvel; for satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

John 3:3 “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”

John 3:16-18 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” 

 John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 Protection comes from!”

Ephes. 6:11-12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. “

Have a great day and don’t forget the greatest book ever written provides you with the Armor needed to do battle. Apart from God’s power you are helpless to do battle!

James 4:7″ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

A View of Heaven…

Heb 9:27, 28 “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.”

Thoughts from within the Room

17-year-old Brian Moore had only a short time to write something for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting.  It was his turn to lead the discussion so he sat down and wrote.  He showed the essay, titled “The Room” to his mother, Beth, before he headed out the door. “I wowed ’em.” he later told his father, Bruce. “It’s a killer, it’s the bomb. It’s the best thing I ever wrote.” It also was the last.
Brian’s parents had forgotten about the essay when a cousin
found it while cleaning out the teenager’s locker at Teary Valley High School. Brian had been dead only hours, but his parents desperately wanted every piece of his life near them — the crepe paper that had adorned his locker during his senior football season, notes from classmates and teachers, and his homework.
Only two months before, he had handwritten the essay about encountering Jesus in a file room full of cards detailing every moment of the teen’s life. But it was only after Brian’s death that Beth and Bruce Moore realized that their son had described his view of heaven. “It makes such an impact that people want to share it. You feel like you are there.” Mr. Moore said.
Brian Moore died May 27, 1997, — the day after Memorial Day. He was driving home from a friend’s house when his car went off Bulen-Pierce Road in Pickaway County and struck a utility pole. He emerged from the wreck unharmed but stepped on a downed power line and was electrocuted. Brian seemed to excel at everything he did. He was an honor student. He told his parents he loved them “a hundred times a day”, Mrs. Moore said.
He was a star wide receiver for the Teary’s Valley Football team and had earned a four-year scholarship to Capital University in Columbus because of his athletic and academic abilities. He took it upon himself to learn how to help a fellow student who used a wheelchair at school. During one homecoming ceremony, Brian walked on his tiptoes so that the girl he was escorting wouldn’t be embarrassed about being taller than him.
He adored his kid brother, Bruce, now 14. He often escorted his grandmother, Evelyn Moore, who lives in Columbus, to church. “I always called him the “deep thinker”, Evelyn said of her eldest grandson. Two years after his death, his family still struggles to understand why Brian was taken from them.
They find comfort at the cemetery where Brian is buried, just a few blocks from their home. They visit daily. A candle and dozens of silk and real flowers keep vigil over the grave site. The Moore’s framed a copy of Brian’s essay and hung it among the family portraits in the living room.
“I think God used him to make a point. I think we were meant to find it and make something out of it, “Mrs. Moore said of the essay. She and her husband want to share their son’s vision of life after death.

“I’m happy for Brian. I know he’s in heaven. I know I’ll see him again someday.”

Mrs. Moore said. “It just hurts so badly now.”

The Room…
In that place between wakefulness and dreams, I found myself in the room. There were no distinguishing features except for the one wall covered with small index card files. They were like the ones in libraries that list titles by author or subject in alphabetical order. But these files, which stretched from floor to ceiling and seemingly endless in either direction, had very different headings.
As I drew near the wall of files, the first to catch my attention was one that read “Girls I have liked.” I opened it and began flipping through the cards. I quickly shut it, shocked to realize that I recognized the names written on each one. And then without being told, I knew exactly where I was.
This lifeless room with its small files was a crude catalog system for my life. Here were written the actions of my every moment, big and small, in a detail my memory couldn’t match. A sense of wonder and curiosity, coupled with horror, stirred within me as I began randomly opening files and exploring their content. Some brought joy and sweet memories; others a sense of shame and regret so intense that I would look over my shoulder to see if anyone was watching.
A file named “Friends” was next to one marked “Friends I have betrayed.” The titles ranged from the mundane to the outright weird. “Books I Have Read,” “Lies I Have Told,” “Comfort I have Given,” “Jokes I Have Laughed at.” Some were almost hilarious in their exactness: “Things I’ve yelled at my brothers.” Others I couldn’t laugh at: “Things I Have Done in My Anger” “Things I Have Muttered under my breath at my Parents.” I never ceased to be surprised by the contents.
Often there were many more cards than I expected. Sometimes fewer than I hoped.  I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the life I had lived.  Could it be possible that I had the time in my years to write each of these thousands or even millions of cards? But each card confirmed this truth. Each was written in my own handwriting.
Each signed with my signature. When I pulled out the file marked “Songs I have listened to,” I realized the files grew to contain their contents. The cards were packed tightly and yet after two or three yards, I hadn’t found the end of the file. I shut it, shamed, not so much by the quality of music but more by the vast time I knew that file represented.
When I came to a file marked “Lustful Thoughts,” I felt a chill run through my body.  I pulled the file out only an inch, not willing to test its size, and drew out a card. I shuddered at its detailed content. I felt sick to think that such a moment had been recorded. An almost animal rage broke on me. One thought dominated my mind: No one must ever see these cards!  No one must ever see this room! I have to destroy them!”
In insane frenzy I yanked the file out. Its size didn’t matter now. I had to empty it and burn the cards. But as I took it at one end and began pounding it on the floor, I could not dislodge a single card. I became desperate and pulled out a card, only to find it as strong as steel when I tried to tear it. Defeated and utterly helpless, I returned the file to its slot. Leaning my forehead against the wall, I let out a long, self-pitying sigh.
And then I saw it. The title bore “People I Have Shared the Gospel with.” The handle was brighter than those around it, newer, almost unused. I pulled on its handle and a small box not more than three inches long fell into my hands. I could count the cards it contained on one hand.
And then the tears came. I began to weep.  Sobs so deep that they hurt. They started in my stomach and shook through me. I fell on my knees and cried. I cried out of shame, from the overwhelming shame of it all. The rows of file shelves swirled in my tear-filled eyes. No one must ever, ever know of this room. I must lock it up and hide the key.
But then as I pushed away the tears, I saw Him. No, please not Him. Not here. Oh, anyone but Jesus. I watched helplessly as He began to open the files and read the cards. I couldn’t bear to watch His response. And in the moments I could bring myself to look at His face, I saw a sorrow deeper than my own.  He seemed to intuitively go to the worst boxes.  Why did He have to read every one?
Finally He turned and looked at me from across the room. He looked at me with pity in His eyes. But this was a pity that didn’t anger me.  I dropped my head, covered my face with my hands and began to cry again. He walked over and put His arm around me. He could have said so many things. But He didn’t say a word. He just cried with me. Then He got up and walked back to the wall of files. Starting at one end of the room, He took out a file and, one by one, began to sign His name over mine on each card.
“No!” I shouted rushing to Him. All I could find to say was “No, no, as I pulled the card from Him. His name shouldn’t be on these cards. But there it was, written in red so rich, so dark, and so alive. The name of Jesus covered mine. It was written with His blood. He gently took the card back. He smiled a sad smile and began to sign the cards. I don’t think I’ll ever understand how He did it so quickly, but the next instant it seemed I heard Him close the last file and walk back to my side. He placed His hand on my shoulder and said, “It is finished.”

I stood up, and He led me out of the room. There was no lock on its door. There were still cards to be written.

Will you be there?

John 3:3 “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again”

John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

II Cor 5:21 “For He became sin for us Who knew not sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him”

Jesus is coming a 2nd time…are you ready…

Jesus is coming a 2nd time….are you ready…

Did you know that we are in the last times or days before Jesus 2nd coming! Jesus first came as a Lamb to pay the sacrifice for our sins, so we can accept Him as Lord and Savior and restore that broken fellowship with God that our sins caused.  At His 2nd coming He will come as a Lion to put an end to sin, satan and death as this world knows it.

In scripture we see that the first church thought Jesus would return during their lifetime. We are now 2000 years closer to His second coming. Just before His return our world will go through judgments caused by our sinfulness.

Heb 1:1,2a “God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”

 Rev 1:17-19 “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. 19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.”

There are 3 series of 7 judgments just prior to Jesus return with each series causing death and destruction like our world has never seen.  That time is called the Tribulation. When you study the last book of Bible, Revelation, you see that ½ to ¾ of mankind will die during the judgments that come upon the earth. Destruction upon our earth will be like none ever seen by mankind. All because of sin. The mountains are leveled, the islands gone, worldwide earthquakes and disaster so great our minds cannot picture it. A loving and patient God today continues to give us time to turn to Him which is the only way to avoid future judgments. They come upon mankind because of sin and the rejection of God. Jesus, name above all names| He alone is worthy!!!!!!!!!!

He is able to reveal and perform the events of the last days|

Rev 5:2,3&9 “Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose the seals?’ And no one in
heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll,

or to look at it. And they sang a new song, saying, ‘You are worthy to
take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and have
redeemed us to God BY YOUR BLOOD out of every tribe and tongue and
nation.’ “

Have you been redeemed or ‘born again’ as scripture says? Are you walking in His power? Only by being ‘born again’ can we and our families avoid the judgment for sin.

John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Col 1:13,14 “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and
translated us into the Kingdom of His love, in whom we have redemption
THROUGH HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins.”

 This may be your time today. Confess your sins directly to God and He will forgive you and make you one of His children.

I Tim 2:5, 6a “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all,”

What God won’t ask when….

Phil 4:11b “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”

What God won’t ask when . . .

God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but He’ll ask how many
people you drove who didn’t have transportation.

God won’t ask the square footage of
your house, but He’ll ask how many people you welcomed into your home.

God won’t ask about the clothes you had in your closet, but
He’ll ask how many you helped to clothe.

God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but He’ll ask if you
compromised your character to obtain it.

God won’t ask what your job title was, but He’ll ask if you
performed your job to the best of our ability.

God won’t ask how many friends you
had, but He’ll ask how many people to whom you were a friend.

God won’t ask in what neighborhood
you lived, but He’ll ask how you treated your neighbors.

God won’t ask about the color of your
skin, but He’ll ask about the content of your character.

And the most important question God won’t ask…

God won’t ask how many good things you did or what church
you belonged to for your Salvation, but He will ask if you accepted

Jesus sacrifice for your sins………..

Romans 14:12 “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”

Phil 4:11b “…for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”

The Temptation to sin…

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

The temptation to sin is normal and common for mankind. The temptation all by itself is not the sin. The sin occurs when I decide to stay with that temptation and develop it. When it goes from temptation to development either in my mind or in my actions it becomes sin. The real war that goes on within us is the battle to control the mind. That is why scripture tells us so much about how to manage these temptations.

Scripture first tell us that God is never the Author of sinful temptations.
James 1:13 ” Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Our Lord also tells us that temptations are common to mankind so do not feel like you are fighting this alone.
I Cor 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It is a daily war with decisions that we need to make. Do I stay with that temptation or do I flee it. Our Lord also gave us that answer.

II Tim 2:22 ” Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.’

“The only way to be saved from the lure of the wrong roads is by doing what our Master [the Lord Jesus Christ] tells us, that is, “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” If we do not watch and pray we shall be led into temptation before we know where we are. “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” said Jesus (Luke 18:8). He will find faith in individual men and women, but the general organized form of the Christian church has slipped almost wholesale onto wrong roads to the Kingdom.”

–Oswald Chambers

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

And as Joshua said, the choice truly is mine……………..

Joshua 24:15 “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Does your Bible hold God’s Absolute Truths…

Mat 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.

Does your Bible hold God’s Absolute Truths…?

Are you using a different bible than I am? Recently I was asked that question in one of our bible studies. One person who was attending had mentioned to a friend that they were attending a bible study. The curious friend wanted to know more and one question that they had was whether or not the study was using the authorized bible from the church they attended. The attendee did not know and asked the question at one of our studies.

It brought back reminders of my early days as a Christian. I to have asked that question. Shortly after being ‘born again’ and with many questions my wife and I met with our RC Church clergy and talked about our new faith and why the RC Church had not taught us to be ‘born again’ as scripture did. We were told by the clergy to stay away from those people and to stay out of the bible. The insinuation was that the bible was too complex for us to understand it without their guidance and also those people were using an unauthorized bible leading us to believe it contained error.

God as with all of my questions and dilemmas in my life when I truly ask and trust Him for wisdom He then came to my rescue. Our God is great. He waits for us via faith to seek Him and to depend on Him.  He tells us He will never allow men or women to deceive us if we truly seek His truths. That was and is the most valuable source of information I use for my life today. God is in control and sovereign.  He is my protector and is greater than any power this world can come up with. But I must first seek Him and allow His will for my life.

With that question being asked at the bible study I sought God’s wisdom on how to help the group. The Holy Spirit led our group in a study of the bibles available to see if they held the same truths or had one been corrupted by mankind. As a very young Christian as previously mentioned I struggled with the question of whether my bible that I at that time was using (KJV) 35 years ago was different than the one my Roman Catholic Church authorized. God helped me by presenting His word to me in Mat 5:18 which says that both the OT and NT will be protected by God so that we have His truths. It says that protection will occur until Heaven and Earth pass. God does away with current Heaven and Earth and creates a new Heaven and new Earth for His eternal family after the 1,000-year millennium which is also after the 7-year tribulation period. The Book of Revelation provides us with the last time periods of mankind on this earth and the events leading up to the creation of the new Heaven and Earth. And unfortunately, the judgment of mankind that chooses to reject God. Until all of it occurs (Mat 5:18) God will protect His truths so that all of mankind have availability to it and no excuse for rejecting it.  That provided me with the peace that passes understanding on the topic of whether or not God can and does protect His truths for all those who seek Him.

With that in mind we took older and the latest bible versions of the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants faiths to our study. The Roman Catholic bibles all having the Imprimatur authorizing their use. We studied the most important question asked down through the ages, the same that the Philippian jailor asked; “What must I do to be saved?” We read from each on the following topics;

  • All being sinners (Rom 3:10, 3:23, Isa 64:6),
  • All condemned to Spiritual and Physical death because of our sins (Rom 6:23)
  • God’s awesome love for sinners (John 3:16, Rom 5:8)
  • No work, church affiliation or family heritage can save me from the punishment (Eph 2:8,9, Titus 3:5)
  • What must I do to be saved (Rom 10:9, 10 & 13, John 3:3)
  • My only Mediator in confessing my sins is not a clergy member but Jesus Himself (I Tim 2:5)

It soon became obvious that the bibles of both faiths proclaim the same glorious truths. God, as He says in Mat 5:18 will not allow mankind to keep His saving truths from those who truly seek them. The jot and tittle mentioned are the smallest punctuation marks of the Greek and Hebrew texts. That was and is comforting then and now. What is required of us is to take God at His word. If He can create us He can protect us and lead us to truth.

Heb 12:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

If you have a similar question today go ahead and check it out. Put the bibles side by side and see the power of our God. He will provide you with the truths you seek and need for your life.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”