n today’s world there are many refuters of God’s Word (the Bible). They are not happy unless they can prove that the Bible is full of myths and inaccuracies and one of the ways they do this is to say that God is not in business anymore to deliver His people by miracles. As a matter of fact a lot of the leadership in the Christian Church denies that there is a super natural realm and that people can be delivered from sickness, mental afflictions and the problems that they find themselves in. This is contrary to the truth of God’s Word. God says that He wants us to be in health and to prosper (III John 2) and that we as Christians have been delivered from the power of darkness ( Colossians 1: 12 & 13). So why are we not seeing the deliverance in the Church that we should be seeing?
As I looked through the headlines on World Net Daily my attention has been arrested by the Headline “China sweeping Christians out”. It seems that the Chinese government has decided that Christian missionaries aren’t worthy to stay in China before or during the Olympics so the Chinese government is expelling them.
So, let me see if I have this right, the whole Christian world is invited to China for the Olympics. But, to have the games all missionaries have to get out. Have I got that right? Now I have a problem with that and EVERY CHRISTIAN IN THE WORLD, should have the same problem
In part one of BORN AGAIN we looked at what it is to be “born again” In part two I want to look at some of the rights and privileges of being “born again” of God’s spirit.
The Pope just signed a document that says “ non-Catholic Christian communities are either defective or not true churches”. The Pope goes on to say that “ other Christian communities such as Protestants ‘cannot be called ‘churches’ in the proper sense since they don’t have what’s known as apostolic succession- that is, the ability to trace bishops back to the original apostles of Jesus’” WORLDNETDAILY. This statement needs to be addressed but not the way most in other Christian communities will. They will bluster and harrumph but they won’t get to the truth of the matter. Well, that’s where I guess I come in.
How many of you know what it means to be born again and how many of you know what it means to you to be born again? They are two distinctly different things.
The starting point for all “would be Christians” is Romans 10:9&10.
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Many times we have honored our men and women in arms for their service to our country and rightfully so, but there is another cost to be paid for the freedom that our forefathers have given us. It is ours and it is only we here in the United States who can pay. That obligation does not rest on the shoulders of the brave military men and women of our country. This is an obligation that they cannot fulfill. It requires the same dedication that our troops exhibit and that obligation lays at the feet of our Christian leadership, our government officials and the citizenry of America.
There is a song called Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus that has blessed my life over the years because it is as true now as it was when it was written. Some times I forget the richness and beauty of God’s Word and God’s love for us until something brings God’s word back into remembrance.
Over the last four decades the businesses and corporations in the United States have shifted their philosophy on storage and stock piling of goods to a “just in time supply” mode. In other words, there is little to no “stock” or stored items in the store. All the merchandise, food, etc. comes in just in time for the consumer to purchase it. This has been a real cost saver to the businesses that, before the “just in time supply”, had to carry large amounts of merchandise and hold it for long periods of time. Their cash flow is better and the cost of holding those goods is virtually gone. “Just in time supply” was and is good for business but what about the consumer in today’s world?
Many people in the Christian churches today find themselves under constant pressure to “be good enough” to warrant the blessings of God and to do the right things so that they can make their way to heaven. I tell you now you will never be good enough to deserve the title of Christian” and you can never do enough good works to get you to heaven.
O.K. I have had enough. Now people are saying that the Bible has to be put in plastic bags with a warning label on it saying that it is full of violence, strong language and sexuality including beastiality. OK, isn’t that like doing it with dogs and horses?? Where is that in the Bible? Then they say “ it’s not really God’s Word it is only some stories written by men.”