“If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26
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So as many of you know I started my loc journey one month ago yesterday. I’d like to share that time with you and tell you about someone I really love………
The day the Lord saved me Matthew chapter 5 was heavy on my heart. Still trapped in my sin and believing myself to be saved because of my own works, this sermon breathed new life into me. It exposed my hypocrisy and brought me down on my face (where I belonged) right at the feet of my Savior. Amen.
Some regard this sermon to be the greatest sermon ever given, I would agree. For in it the Lord Jesus Christ specifically deals with what people who do enter the Kingdom look like, and what those who will not enter the kingdom look like. Yet, in His compassion for the souls of men, even to those who will reject Him, He offers the keys of eternal life. Offering a salvation by the Glorious Grace of His Father, through His perfect and complete work on the cross, that the Spirit may give life to those who have been called according to the purposes of God.
With all the attention this sermon gets you would think that most people would have a solid grasp on what Christ was actually talking about. Alas, most people don’t, most only marginally read what Christ has said, not to gain a proper understanding of His great sermon, but to mark a check by Matthew 5 in their daily bible reading. Unfortunately, that would not constitute true bible study at all. For the Lord told us to study His word diligently, to be approved not by men but by Him. We show ourselves to be approved by not being ashamed as we handle His word of truth rightly. Read more
Anonymous post: “Day 4 of the 120 Project, Testimony#1: I’ve been on by current job since April…..after 2 months, my pay was dropped and schedule was ridiculous. My funds got tied up…living paycheck to paycheck wasn’t getting it. I went searching for a new job. Pastor Kev prayed yesterday and said that by the end of the week, some of us would be reporting financial increases….that was YESTERDAY….today I went on an interview at 12, by 3 they were offering me the job… significant pay increase AND the schedule I NEED! Stay tuned…..God had worked it out already! #120LETSGODEEPER”
Now I actually am aware of the far from God Pastor Kevin who resides here in San Antonio Texas. I had a run in with Him when I first exposed T.D. Jakes as a false prophet almost two years ago. He didn’t take too kindly to my words about Jakes and thought himself to rebuke me. What he found out was that his brand of false teaching foolishness no longer had power over me and that the word of God was the only authority I held to. Read more
In the modern religions of love and tolerance, in the pseudo-Christianity of our time, the quasi-evangelicalism of our day, there are many subjects to be avoided, many subjects to be removed, some even to be denied. None more eagerly jettisoned than the reality of hell. This truth of eternal punishment to come on those who do not believe the Gospel savingly is a painful message to preach. I can give you testimony to that. It is not only a painful message to preach, it is a painful message to hear. It is a painful message to process. It is a painful truth to apply…but it is Biblical; and it is Biblical because it is true.
Some people think that the idea of hell is cruel, but it’s true…Some people think the idea of hell is unfair, but it’s true…Some people wonder what kind of God would send people into everlasting punishment. Wonder away. He will, and one of the interesting things about the Bible, and it’s true not only with regard to the doctrine of hell but other truths as well, God never is in the position of defending Himself. He defines what is right by His nature. He defines what is right by His work. He defines what is true by saying it. He defines what is just by doing it… Read more
What isn’t repentance…..
I want to start this article with some very important information. The Scriptures Alone (Sola Scriptura) declare that man is saved completely by God’s Grace ALONE (Sola Gratia), through Faith Alone (Sola Fide), in Christ ALONE (Solus Christus), to the Glory of God ALONE (Soli Deo Gloria).
This is very important because theses five solas were the cries of the reformers. As they clarified Scripture and broke away from the evil Catholic Church many people were killed for these great truths. As a matter of fact the Catholic Church had a counsel called Trent where they said this:
CANON 9: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.” Read more
There is, then, available in this world a sure message from God, tried and true, unfailing and unchanging, and it needs to be proclaimed so that all may know it. The messenger who delivers it will have the dignity of being God’s spokesman and ambassador. Nor self-aggrandizement or self-advertisement is involved, for the messenger neither invents his message nor asks for attention in his own name. He is a minister – that is, a servant – of God, of Christ, and of the Word. He is a steward of God’s revealed mysteries, called not to be brilliant and original but diligent and faithful (1 Cor 4:1-2). Yet to be God’s messenger – to run His errands, act as His courier, and spend one’s strength making Him known – is the highest honor that any human being ever enjoys. The servant’s dignity derives fro the dignity of his employer, and the work he is set to do.
J.I. Packer (hat/tip Defending and Contending)
A dear sister of mine recorded my last bible study on her laptop. Our text was 1 John 2:20-21:
“But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.” 1 John 2:20-21
1. There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error: their “earnestness” makes many think they must be right.
2. There is a great appearance of learning and theological knowledge: many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides.
3. There is a general tendency to free thought and free inquiry in these latter days: many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
4. There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded: many seem half ashamed of saying that anybody can be in the wrong. Read more
I just wanted to drop a note to you guys. I know it has been a while since my last post (12 days exactly), but I just wanted to let you guys know that I am still here and the Lord is still Sovereign and a wonderful Savior! Over the pass few weeks I have seen the power of God at work as people have repented of their sins and turned to embrace Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He truly is deserving of all the praise!
My own sister (just this week) was saved by the grace of God and for that I am truly thankful. This is such a turn around from when I began this blog over a year and a half ago, at that time I had just been dismissed from Childress Memorial
Club Church of “God in Christ” and pretty much dismissed from the Davison family. But God who is able to bring to life that which was dead has done such wonderful and mighty things! Giving me avenues in which to speak to my sister and preach to her the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. You know “the message that is the power of God for salvation for all who believe it” (Romans 1:16). Read more