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The church today is halted between two opinions. They do not know whether they want to serve the God who Crucified His Only Begotten Son to save them from their sins, or whether they want to pursue the idolatry and vain manner of living that is typical of American society today. What the Spirit wants to impress upon you this hour is that what passes for Christianity in the churches today is unacceptable to Him. No one can be in love with Grace and in love with sin at the same time. Paul addressed this in Romans.
Read closely. Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:1 ¶ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

So, is Paul by-polar in his Theology? First he said in chapter 5 verse 20 that when sin abounds grace will even more abound. I mean that is a sinners paradise! I can sin all I want and God’s Grace will cover the expense! Sadly many in our “Churches” live as if sin is OK because Christ already was Crucified to make payment. That statement ought to bring chills up our spine! Yikes. But how many times have I been told, “preacher, it’s OK, God will forgive me.” Countless. Way to many for my comfort and theirs as well I assure you. Christian, if I may be so bold, if you think Jesus Christ died on that Cross so you can “ continue in sin” you are in for a big surprise! Not a good prize either!

No, Paul is not by-polar in his Theology. He corrects the grace abounding when sin abounds statement in chapter 6. “How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” We can’t! Period! End of discussion! No one who died with Christ can “continue in sin.” So many have a problem with this. In fact I have preached this many times and have gotten some dirty looks. All I can say is this; If you do not like the truth about Grace and sin then take it up with God. It is Unacceptable to God for anyone to claim Jesus Christ and at the same time claim sin as their prized possession! Does this mean we won’t “struggle” with sin while still in the flesh? If you are still in the flesh you have not died yet and been Born again! The flesh always wants to sin. But Grace is Greater than all our sins! Grace gives us the power over sin! In fact Jesus Christ is Grace and He Atoned for all sin when He suffered on that Cross! So, are you focused on your flesh or on Grace? Don’t be halted between two opinions.

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I would like to share how the Lord Refreshed me on my vacation!!

I needed a Fresh perspective so I sought the Lord!! LONG o so LONG struggle with my mothers Graduation to Glory left me Drained… What shall I do Lord? Then a friend invited me to come and share with the Homeless outreach in Indianapolis!! I set out to go to a family reunion in Ohio and be with family but the Lord had other plans…lol Just like Him to move in mysterious ways!! I Prayed and cried to the Lord….Just One O Lord…May One be Blessed and Touched by your Word coming through my mouth and life!! My God did something I must share!! HE TOUCHED ME!!! Yes He TOUCHED ME!!

My friends Pastor and some other of her Church folk were so Open to Minister to those homeless folks it really Touched my heart!! We estimated 150 Homeless came to get food, cloths and support…Well they Lined up and could not get the physical provisions until they got a Spiritual Provision.. The Pastor played her guitar and we sang Amazing Grace!! Amazing Grace!! The Spirit of God then moved me to a different Message than I had planned!! Strong was the Presence of the Lord that Saturday in Indy!!

The Message the Lord laid on my while we sang Amazing Grace is as follows; Isa 61:1 ¶ “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” This describes most of the beautiful souls we saw Saturday!! So many ,brokenhearted, Bound in sin, needing MERCY!! I am tearing up!! My people were there!! Your people were there!! They need Jesus!! Isa 61:2 “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” I saw many of the 150 who were needing Comfort!! They needed NOT a hand out~~but a Hand up!!!

God is very much interested in our soul winning the down and forgotten. The ones who are hungry physically & spiritually. God is Not all concerned with who goes to church every Sunday, because I have found that Most (notice I did not say all) of the Sunday Church folks are HELL Raisers the other 6 days. God have Mercy!! I don’t know how long we sang and Preached, maybe 45 minutes? The people were in line and I could see the Lord moving!! Isa 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Anyone needing Forgiveness, Cry out to God till He comes and Saves you!! Keep Crying out for Mercy…WEEP because of your sins and Cry till He Showers you with Mercy!! His Mercy and Grace is before you now!! He is Providing your cloths and physical food through His people!! Praise the Lord Jesus for Dying on a Cross to Save your souls and Anoint you with the Joy of Gladness!! Cry to Jesus for Mercy till He answers!! Mercy triumphs over Judgment!! James 2:12 “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

I saw the Lord Jesus being GLORIFIED Saturday!! He was using me and others to Show Christ in us the Hope of Glory!! That HE might be Glorified!! We are Jesus Ambassadors!!! We Represent Jesus!! I saw that in action!! Blessed my Soul!!! You see Faith without works is DEAD…James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

I confess~~I went hoping to see some come to Christ and found myself being Ministered too!! Spirit of the Living God!! Fall FRESH on me!! Was my prayer for that day~~He did!! Spirit came down and Ministered!! This was my trip to Indy!! Was Refreshing to my spirit!! If you who are reading this blog do not know Christ as your Savior, Cry to Him now for Mercy!! Cry out for forgiveness!! You are a sinner and need to Repent and turn to Christ!! He died for you on a Cross to Cleanse you from your sins with His own Blood…He was Raised from the Dead after three days!! Believe Jesus did this for you!! Cry to Him!! He will Save!! All that God may be Glorified!!

 

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A Message from the Lord Jesus to my heart 10 minutes ago. I MUST Share this thought.

Paul said he was the “chief” among sinners. This shows his Humility. 1Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Paul also said I am resolved to know nothing but Christ Jesus and Him Crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

This verse that spoke volumes to me a moment ago; 1 Peter 4:11 “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Christ was Crucified for you! Christ was Risen from the Dead for you! So, know this; Repent, you turn from your sins and turn Christ, that He might have Mercy upon you! Cry out to Jesus! 2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Let us never forget that we are all sinners and need forgiveness! We need not to continue in our sins! Christ was Crucified! Sins are Washed Away in His Blood! He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our heart’s to keep us Clean and accountable! We have a way out! Let us not make excuses for our sins! Let us lay them out before Jesus! The Spirit within us, if we are Born-again, will give us a way out so we will not fall into continued sins! 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”

Let us look at the Passion or Sufferings of Christ, as He paid our “sin” debt! Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” See, Jesus was Crucified for you! How shall we respond to His Sacrifice? Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you– even Jesus.”

Why not just Turn from the sins that have brought you nothing but hardship and pain? Is your sins so luscious that you go to Hell for them? Repent and Turn to Christ! Jesus will Save all who Repent and cry out to Him for Mercy!!

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ABBA.............................Romans 8:15 
ADVOCATE.........................I John 2:1 (kjv) 
ALMIGHTY.........................Genesis 17:1 
ALPHA............................Revelation 22:13 
AMEN.............................Revelation 3:14 
ANCIENT OF DAYS..................Daniel 7:9 
ANOINTED ONE.....................Psalm 2:2 
APOSTLE..........................Hebrews 3:1 
ARM OF THE LORD..................Isaiah 53:1 
AUTHOR OF LIFE...................Acts 3:15 
AUTHOR OF OUR FAITH..............Hebrews 12:2 

BEGINNING.........................Revelation 21:6 
BLESSED & HOLY RULER..............1 Timothy 6:15 
BRANCH............................Jeremiah 33:15 
BREAD OF GOD......................John 6:33 
BREAD OF LIFE.....................John 6:35 
BRIDEGROOM........................Isaiah 62:56 
BRIGHT MORNING STAR...............Revelation 22:16 

CHIEF SHEPHERD.....................1 Peter 5:4 
CHOSEN ONE.........................Isaiah 42:1 
CHRIST.............................Matthew 22:42 
CHRIST OF GOD......................Luke 9:20 
CHRIST THE LORD....................Luke 2:11 
CHRIST, SON OF LIVING GOD..........Matthew 16:16 
COMFORTER..........................John 14:26(kjv) 
COMMANDER..........................Isaiah 55:4 
CONSOLATION OF ISRAEL...............Luke 2:25 
CONSUMING FIRE......................Deut. 4:24, Heb. 12:29 
CORNERSTONE.........................Isaiah 28:16 
COUNSELOR...........................Isaiah 9:6 
CREATOR.............................1 Peter 4:19 

DELIVERER..............................Romans 11:26 
DESIRED OF ALL NATIONS.................Haggai 2:7 
DOOR...................................John 10:7(kjv) 

END....................................Revelation 21:6 
ETERNAL GOD............................Deut. 33:27 
EVERLASTING FATHER.....................Isaiah 9:6 

FAITHFUL & TRUE........................Revelation 19:11 
FAITHFUL WITNESS.......................Revelation 1:5 
FATHER.................................Matthew 6:9 
FIRSTBORN (3)........................................Rom.8:29,Rev.1:5,Col.1:15 
FIRSTFRUITS............................1 Cor.15:20-23 
FOUNDATION.............................1 Cor. 3:11 
FRIEND OF TAX COLLECTORS & SINNERS.....Matthew 11:19 

GENTLE WHISPER.........................1 Kings 19:12 
GIFT OF GOD............................John 4:10 
GLORY OF THE LORD......................Isaiah 40:5 
GOD....................................Genesis 1:1 
GOD ALMIGHTY...........................Genesis 17:1 
GOD OVER ALL...........................Romans 9:5 
GOD WHO SEES ME........................Genesis 16:13 
GOOD SHEPHERD..........................John 10:11 
GREAT HIGH PRIEST......................Hebrews 4:14 
GREAT SHEPHERD.........................Hebrews 13:20 
GUIDE..................................Psalm 48:14 

HEAD OF THE BODY.......................Colossians 1:18 
HEAD OF THE CHURCH.....................Ephesians 5:23 
HEIR OF ALL THINGS.....................Hebrews 1:2 
HIGH PRIEST............................Hebrews 3:1 
HIGH PRIEST FOREVER....................Hebrews 6:20 
HOLY ONE...............................Acts 2:27 
HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.....................Isaiah 49:7 
HOLY SPIRIT............................John 15:26 
HOPE...................................Titus 2:13 
HORN OF SALVATION......................Luke 1:69 

I AM....................................Exodus 3:14, John 8:58 
IMAGE OF GOD............................2 Cor. 4:4 
IMAGE OF HIS PERSON.....................Hebrews 1:3 (kjv) 
IMMANUEL................................Isaiah 7:14 

JEALOUS..............................Exodus 34:14 (kjv) 
JEHOVAH..............................Psalm 83:18 (kjv) 
JESUS................................Matthew 1:21 
JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD................Romans 6:23 
JUDGE................................Isaiah 33:22, Acts 10:42 

KING.................................Zechariah 9:9 
KING ETERNAL.........................1 Timothy 1:17 
KING OF KINGS........................1 Timothy 6:15 
KING OF THE AGES.....................Revelation 15:3 

LAMB OF GOD...........................John 1:29 
LAST ADAM.............................1 Cor. 15:45 
LAWGIVER..............................Isaiah 33:22 
LEADER................................Isaiah 55:4 
LIFE..................................John 14:6 
LIGHT OF THE WORLD....................John 8:12 
LIKE AN EAGLE.........................Deut. 32:11 
LILY OF THE VALLEYS...................Song 2:1 
LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH............Revelation 5:5 
LIVING STONE..........................1 Peter 2:4 
LIVING WATER..........................John 4:10 
LORD..................................John 13:13 
LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.....................Revelation 15:3 
LORD JESUS CHRIST.....................1 Cor. 15:57 
LORD OF ALL...........................Acts 10:36 
LORD OF GLORY ........................1 Cor. 2:8 
LORD OF HOSTS.........................Haggai 1:5 
LORD OF LORDS.........................1 Tim. 6:15 
LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS..............Jeremiah 23:6 
LOVE.................................1 John 4:8 

MAN OF SORROWS.........................Isaiah 53:3 
MASTER..................................Luke 5:5 
MEDIATOR................................1 Timothy 2:5 
MERCIFUL GOD............................Jeremiah 3:12 
MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT................Malachi 3:1 
MESSIAH................................. John 4:25 
MIGHTY GOD...............................Isaiah 9:6 
MIGHTY ONE...............................Isaiah 60:16 

NAZARENE.................................Matthew 2:23 

OFFSPRING OF DAVID.......................Revelation 22:16 
OMEGA....................................Revelation 22:13 
ONLY BEGOTTEN SON........................John 1:18(kjv) 
OUR PASSOVER LAMB........................1 Cor. 5:7 
OUR PEACE................................Ephesians 2:14 

POTTER...................................Isaiah 64:8 
POWER OF GOD.............................1 Cor. 1:24 
PRINCE OF PEACE..........................Isaiah 9:6 
PROPHET..................................Acts 3:22 
PURIFIER.................................Malachi 3:3 

RABBONI (TEACHER)........................John 20:16 
RADIANCE OF GOD'S GLORY..................Heb.1:3 
REDEEMER.................................Job 19:25 
REFINER'S FIRE...........................Malachi 3:2 
RESURRECTION.............................John 11:25 
RIGHTEOUS ONE............................1 John 2:1 
ROCK.....................................1 Cor.10:4 
ROOT OF DAVID............................Rev. 22:16 
ROSE OF SHARON...........................Song 2:1 
RULER OF GOD'S CREATION..................Rev. 3:14 
RULER OVER KINGS OF EARTH................Rev 1:5 
RULER OVER ISRAEL........................Micah 5:2 

SAVIOR...................................Luke 2:11 
SCEPTER OUT OF ISRAEL....................Numbers 24:17 
SEED.....................................Genesis 3:15 
SERVANT..................................Isaiah 42:1 
SHEPHERD OF OUR SOULS....................1Peter 2:25 
SHIELD...................................Genesis 15:1 
SON OF DAVID.............................Matthew 1:1 
SON OF GOD...............................Matthew 27:54 
SON OF MAN...............................Matthew 8:20 
SON OF THE MOST HIGH.....................Luke 1:32 
SOURCE...................................Hebrews 5:9 
SPIRIT OF GOD............................Genesis 1:2 
STAR OUT OF JACOB........................Numbers 24:17 
STONE....................................1 Peter 2:8 
SUN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.....................Malachi 4:2 

TEACHER...................................John 13:13 
TRUE LIGHT................................John 1:9 
TRUE WITNESS..............................Revelation 3:14 
TRUTH.....................................John 14:6 

VINE......................................John 15:5 

WAY........................................John 14:6 
WISDOM OF GOD..............................1 Cor. 1:24 
WITNESS....................................Isaiah 55:4 
WONDERFUL..................................Isaiah 9:6 
WORD.......................................John 1:1 
WORD OF GOD................................Revelation 19:13

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Millions of professing Christians around the Globe are celebrating Holy week! Why is it Holy? Simply put, Jesus Christ was and is our Sacrificial Lamb! He was Sacrificed on a Roman Cross and Shed His sinless Blood to Wash Away your sins and mine! That is why it is Holy! To top if off, God Raised His Son from the Dead on the third day. After He was placed in a borrowed tomb! Hallelujah, CHRIST IS RISEN! He IS RISEN INDEED! Why don’t you believe? Why don’t you honestly look at the evidence and quit doubting! Do you Know Jesus? Are you known by Jesus? May I introduce Him to you? Some of you may be familiar with the following, some, not so much! Here goes:

The Bible Says: MY King is the King of the Jews.

He is the King of Israel.

He is the King of Righteousness.

He is the King of the Ages.

He is the King of Heaven.

He is the King of Glory.

He is the King of Kings.

He is Lord of Lords.

That’s MY King! I wonder… Do you know Him?

MY King is a Sovereign King.

No means of Measure can define his Limitless Love.

He is Enduringly Strong.

He is Entirely Sincere.

He is Eternally Steadfast.

He is Immortally Graceful.

He is Imperially Powerful.

He is Impartially Merciful.

Do you know him?

He is the Greatest Phenomenon that has ever crossed the Horizon of this World.

He is God’s Son.

He is the Sinner’s Saviour.

He is the Centerpiece of Civilization.

He is Unparalleled.

He is Unprecedented.

He is the Loftiest Idea in Literature.

He is the Highest Personality in Philosophy.

He is the Fundamental Doctrine of True Theology.

He is the ONLY One Qualified to be an ALL Sufficient Saviour.

I Wonder if You know Him today?

He supplies Strength to the Weak.

He is Available for the Tempted and the Tried.

He Sympathizes and He Saves.

He Strengthens and Sustains.

He Guards and He Guides.

He Heals the Sick. He Cleansed the Lepers.

He Forgives Sinners. He Discharges Debtors.

He Delivers the Captive. He Defends the Feeble.

He Blesses the Young. He Serves the Unfortunate.

He Regards the Aged. He Rewards the Diligent.

And He Beautifies the Meek. Uh..

I Wonder if you Know Him?

He is the Key to Knowledge.

He is the Wellspring of Wisdom.

He is the Doorway of Deliverance.

He is the Pathway of Peace.

He is the Roadway of Righteousness.

He is the Highway of Holiness.

He is the Gateway of Glory.

Do you know him??

Well….

His Life is Matchless!

His Goodness is Limitless!

His Mercy is Everlasting!

His Love NEVER Changes!

His Word is Enough!

His Grace is Sufficient!

His Reign is Righteous!

And

His Yoke is Easy! And

His Burden is Light!

I wish I could describe Him to ya!

He is Indescribable!

He is Incomprehensible!

He is Invincible!

He is Irresistible!

Where You Can’t Get Him Out of Your Mind!

You Can’t Get Him Off Your Hand!

You Can’t Outlive Him!

And You Can’t Live Without Him!

The Pharisees Couldn’t Stand Him!

But They Found Out That They Couldn’t Stop Him!

Pilate Couldn’t Find Any Fault in Him!

Herod Couldn’t Kill Him!

Death Couldn’t Handle Him!

And The Grave COULDN’T Hold Him!!

THAT’S MY KING!!

THAT’S MY KING!!

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Ah, the Persecuted Christian, what a beautiful thing that brings Glory to our Father through His Son Jesus Christ! No this is not some weird, fanatical, unbiblical death wish! It is True Biblical Christianity! Some “Christians” today, maybe even some who are reading this entry, will no doubt coward away from Christ at the first sign of real persecution! The kind of Persecution that may require your life! Persecution that will require you to deny and curse the name of Jesus Christ or face starvation, beatings etc. America is not exempt! I want to share a few sentences from an article I found on the Christian Post. Then I will comment further!

“In a world of political correctness devoid of the rule of law, tolerance has come to mean total rejection of Christianity and moral standards. Modern tolerance redefines words like ‘marriage,’ ‘discrimination,’ ‘equality,’ ‘morality,’ and even ‘absolutes.’ The word ‘tolerance’ as it is used today never includes opposing arguments or competing worldviews. Tolerance has become Orwellian and decidedly intolerant.” – Matthew Staver, Dean and Professor of Law at Liberty University School of Law.

A few examples of recent intolerance for Christianity:

• The Supreme court determining to exclude anyone who prays in Jesus name from a rotation of officials who open city business meetings

• The removal of US military Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, over the issue of praying in Jesus Name

• UCLA’s prohibiting a graduating student from thanking her “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” in her graduation speech

• Colleges making special accommodations for foot baths and Muslim only prayer rooms, while a Muslim group membership may be suspended or revoked for 57 reasons including but not limited to: unbecoming behavior, insubordination, or inactivity; but denying Christian groups campus recognition “because it requires its officers and voting members to agree with its Christian beliefs”

• A San Diego elementary school created an extra recess period to allow 100 Muslim students to pray, while a federal judge upheld a Knoxville, Ky., jury’s decision that a public school could prohibit its 5th grade Christian students from studying and discussing their Bibles during recess

• Christians in America have to tolerate the defamation of their holiest images in national museums, including particularly provocative, offensive acts defined as “artwork,” some receiving taxpayer-funded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. On the other hand, several college editors who cited freedom of speech when republishing anti-Muslim cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper, were fired or disciplined because they were offensive to Muslim students

• The Council on American-Islamic Relations (Los Angeles) requested an investigation of the desecration of a Quran, Islam’s revealed text, as a hate crime. Conversely, when Palestinians tore up Bibles for toilet paper (May 15, 2002, The Washington Times) there was no outrage, and after a church in the U.S. saved and held fundraisers to afford the cost of buying and shipping requested Bibles in the Pashto and Dari language to an American sergeant in Afghanistan, the Bibles were confiscated, thrown away, and burned. The only official comment about burning the Bibles was this one, by a Defense Department spokesman, “Troops in war zones are required to “burn their trash.”

So, what say you? Are you the “Christian” that keeps your mouth shut about Jesus Christ and His Glorious Gospel for fear the World might reject you or persecute you? REPENT if you fear men more than God! I would rather be rejected and despised by the entire World of men and be accepted by my Father in Heaven through Jesus Christ, then to be rejected by my Father and accepted by the World of men!! Actually, if an individual who claims to be a Christian is not experiencing intolerance or persecution – being called names, belittled, marginalized, or characterized because you stand for sound theology – you should examine yourself to make sure you are a Christian.
Our culture is doing what Scripture said – getting worse and worse. The books of James and 1 Peter tell us not to be surprised at fiery ordeals …[when they come – not if] as though some strange (or foreign) thing were happening to you. Suffering, intolerance and persecution are building us up for the best part of life – which is yet to come.

We are in the world to be salt and light. We have to have contact with the world to be salt and light, just as Jesus did. Keep standing for righteousness or right living, for life of the unborn and of seniors and keep going whether or not you win in the courtroom, the capitol, or anywhere else in this world, because you are standing for Christ.
Remember that it is impossible to find unity with the world without compromising, and remember that we are God’s messengers. Take all opportunity to proclaim the gospel (Galatians 4:16), and ask yourself, “What am I proclaiming?” If we are proclaiming that the Word of God is truth by our life and actions we are becoming the enemy of the world. The world is not tolerant of its enemies.
In Germany, many who called themselves Christians went along with Hitler but people like Corrie ten Boom said no I must stay true to purpose of the gospel. The world would say her family lost and that she was foolish to proclaim the gospel in a losing situation, but the reality is that she won for the gospel by pointing fellow prisoners to Christ.

Persecution is an expected evidence of being a follower of Jesus Christ, and we can utilize everything that is happening in our world and culture as a pulpit, an opportunity, to share the hope we have in Christ. But the Bible teaches us to respond and not to react.
Matthew 5:10 talks of the blessing of those who are persecuted for righteousness sake – not for responding as the world does.
Intolerance for righteousness is to be expected and embraced as an opportunity to live so that anytime Christians are persecuted, the world will watch and wonder why are they willing to persevere and not compromise.

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I desire the Deep things of God. I am not satisfied with the basics of Biblical Christianity, even though I am compelled to preach the basics, because many of God’s children seem to be illiterate and still sucking on the bottle. By this I am stating that many if not most in the Church today cannot even tell a seeker why they are lost, not to mention how they might be Saved. One of the Deep things of God is the Person-hood of Christ. Who is He? Is He Deity? Just a prophet? Just a Spirit filled man? Is He God in the Flesh? Does it really matter what God’s Word says? Does the Bible only speak to the people mentioned in the Bible? Does Jesus ever claim that He is God? Does Jesus ever claim to be the Messiah? These questions were raised and discussed at Bible Study recently and I wanted to share the Scriptures that clearly speak to the Character of Jesus. I have heard many preachers and teachers that deny that Jesus claimed to be the Christ (Messiah) and say that Jesus was not God in the flesh. So I will simply say, what does Jesus say? Let us hear Him speak and the Holy Spirit speak through the prophets and Apostles. We need not the opinions of man, but the opinion of God! So is Jesus God in the flesh? Our very Salvation Depends on the Deity of Jesus Christ! If Jesus is not Divine, we are still lost in our sins because a Holy God requires a Holy Sacrifice to Atone for sins!

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

John 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 8:51 I tell you the truth, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.”
52 At this the Jews exclaimed, “Now we know that you are demon-possessed! Abraham died and so did the prophets, yet you say that if anyone keeps your word, he will never taste death.
53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?”
54 Jesus replied, “If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me.
55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and keep his word.
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad.”
57 “You are not yet fifty years old,” the Jews said to him, “and you have seen Abraham!”
58 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”
59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Exodus 3:13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. {14 Or <I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE>} This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”
15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, {15 The Hebrew for <LORD> sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for <I AM> in verse 14.} the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob– has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.

Revelation 19:13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, {14 Or <the Only Begotten>} who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus indeed existed before the Creation, not just as a thought or plan!

John 17:1 ¶ These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Matthew 26:60 But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward
61 and declared, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
62 Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”
63 But Jesus remained silent.
The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”
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“Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
65 Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, “He has spoken blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, now you have heard the blasphemy.
66 What do you think?” “He is worthy of death,” they answered.
67 Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him
68 and said, “Prophesy to us, Christ. Who hit you?”

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (NIV)

Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (KJV)

There is but One God and His Name is Jesus! You may ask, how Can God Die? Well very Simple. God is a Spirit. Jesus through the Incarnation, became flesh. John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.” John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Who is the Word? Revelation 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” When He died on the Cross it was only His Flesh that died. 1Pe 2:24 “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” Jesus is God in the flesh and His flesh died and paid for our sins and He arose by His own Spirit on the third day to secure Eternal Life to all who would Repent of their sins and believe in His Sacrificial Death and Resurrection! Hallelujah! I am sure many will deny the Deity of Jesus Christ and will suffer the consequences. I Trust it will not be you dear reader! Don’t Listen to mans opinion about who Jesus is or is not, Read the Inspired Word!

Last exhortation in closing:

Jude 1:3 ¶ Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (KJV)

3 Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. (NIV)

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)

4 For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord. (NIV)

 

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