Where Do We Find Spiritual Answers?

This article goes on to suggest that, “As today’s youth adapt to changing religious views while still holding curiosity towards the uncertain, the need for a new religion becomes apparent” and offers pantheism as that new religion.

The offer is in my opinion, laughable because, all through the article, we are told that pantheism is an ancient religion. Hey, I know! Let’s take an old religion, call it a new religion and maybe young, confused people will buy into it from us!
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Revival Preaching Report  April 18

 

Revival preaching services continue to be well attended. We have had guests in each of our services as well as a very good showing of our own members.

Bro Males’ preached on the ministry of the Holy Spirit in providing joy, empowering evangelism and effecting change in the believer.

The altar call was answered with numbers of souls on their knees before the Lord.

Thus far two have presented themselves for believers baptism.

I am looking forward to the final night of revival preaching this evening at 7:00 PM. If you are in the area, join us tonight at Bible Baptist Church in Puyallup

 

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Revival Preaching Report April 17, 2018

The service was well attended.

The congregational singing was spirited and full of joy.

The altar was filled as Christians knelt in holy dissatisfaction.

Hard To Swallow

The problem seems so obvious doesn’t it? The gnat and the camel are of such different proportions, who could not tell which was the more challenging to swallow? Trouble was, they were blind. They could not see the obvious.

 

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Mark 13:7 How Is It Possible Not To Be Troubled?

Mark 13:7 (KJV)
And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled: for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

Faith is not just what we believe but whom we trust.  Jesus said we should not be troubled by wars and rumors of wars. He goes on to describe all sorts of otherwise troubling things;

  • Nations rising against nations
  • Earthquakes, famines and troubles
  • Believers delivered to judgment and beatings
  • Brother betraying brother to death
  • Children rising up against parents
  • Hated of all men for Christ’s sake

How is it possible not to be troubled? Only through faith. Only by trusting Jesus and the plan of our Heavenly Father.

Life is filled with challenging and troubling things. The Bible tells us this will get exponentially worse as we draw closer to the last days. The only way for a Christian to not lose heart is to not lose faith. I don’t mean to keep believing. I mean to keep trusting and to lean ever more heavily upon the promises of the Word of God.

This is the thing I think Satan is robbing us of today. Modern thinking about the Bible; those who question it, challenge old fashioned fundamental preaching and explore the ideas of more progressive thinkers or non Christian religions only loosen their resolve in the promises of God.

In times of relative ease we may get away with that. When trouble comes, it will be devastating to have lost faith in the Word.

 

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Mark 13:7 How Is It Possible Not To Be Troubled?

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Mark 12:1-3 When Destruction Comes

Mark 12:1-3 (KJV)
And he began to speak unto them by parables. A certain man planted a vineyard, and set an hedge about it, and digged a place for the winefat, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country.
And at the season he sent to the husbandmen a servant, that he might receive from the husbandmen of the fruit of the vineyard.
And they caught him, and beat him, and sent him away empty.

Jesus seemed to increasingly use parables the closer it came to His crucifixion. It is as if He were preparing us for the mysterious nature of post resurrection faith.

The lessons that may be drawn from this parable are many but my focus is in the grace it represents. What grace the owner showed. Sure, in the end he destroyed the husbandmen but he did not do it quickly. The fact that he destroyed them tells us of his ability. He could have done this at any time. He did not. Again and again he sent servants. Again and again they were mistreated or killed. Again and again mercy was bestowed upon them.

Do not think to be sorry for these husbandmen. I cannot imagine what destruction might have been theirs but:

  • It did not come quickly
  • They must have been smitten in conscience and
  • They were given ample opportunities to repent

When destruction from the Lord comes, it always seems like it comes suddenly and without warning. Not so. Grace has been extended. In some cases grace has been so free for such a long time we cannot recall when it began.

When Christ returns it will seem as if it catches people by surprise. That is true only for those who have refused to listen.

When death and hell are delivered into the Lake of Fire and brimstone it will occur in but a moment. Never forget that there have been thousands of years of grace that “whosoever will” could have received, but instead rejected.

 

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Mark 12:1-3 When Destruction Comes

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1 Chronicles 11:6 Who Will Do This?

1 Chronicles 11:6 (KJV)
And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

These days I tend to side with David on just about everything. He was not a perfect man and God plainly gives to us an account of his worst failures. But many of those things David is often criticized for have no basis in Biblical fact. The Bible does not call David a poor father. The Bible does not fault David for his faithfulness to Saul, etc. I believe we would be wisest to do the same.

That said, there is something in this passage I think a person can learn from. David’s open offer to give the top spot in the army to the one who first took Jerusalem left him vulnerable to whoever got the job done. Joab won the prize and David honored his promise for the rest of his life. But it cost him dearly. Joab’s skills in leadership and combat served David well. But his lack of true submission brought:

  • Pain to David’s family,
  • Risk to David’s throne and eventually
  • Death to Joab personally

It would surely have been better to promote a man of his own choosing to do the job.

 

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1 Chronicles 11:6 Who Will Do This?

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Sticks and Stones

What’s all this about providing rocks to students to hit gunmen with?

I have a thought or two on the subject.

 

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Mark 10:2 The Only Questions That Are Good Questions

Mark 10:2 (KJV)
And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? tempting him.

Sometimes you just can’t win.

The Pharisees asked this question of Jesus, the Bible specifically says, “tempting Him.”

They didn’t really want an answer and really, they would have been upset at any answer He gave.

Later a young man will ask Him a question and leave sorrowful because Jesus’ answer wasn’t one he intended to follow.

The only questions that are good questions are those that are asked in a teachable spirit. Questions meant to challenge will almost always end badly.

But I note that Jesus answered the questions anyway. They are not to be ignored or avoided. The teacher answers questions and lets the responses be what they are.

 

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