CC Thought 020314, Preparing For Friday Sabbath Worship With Communion, Zephaniah 2:3

Zephaniah 2:3

King James Version (KJV)

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth …..; seek righteousness ….. seek meekness:

Our Sabbath Worship Services will be held at 6:30 P.M. each Friday. We strive to teach people about the compassion that they should show for the less fortunate (Matthew 25:40). We also want to make known the compassion of Jesus (Matthew 9:36/15:32). The highest point of our ministry is to lead people to a point in their minds where they will know, personally and intimately, the compassionate Christ (John 17:3). A key part of each Sabbath Worship service is Holy Communion. In the ordinance that believers in Christ also call the breaking of bread, the Eucharist, and the Lord’s Supper, there is a great opportunity to lead Christians to a greater intimacy of worship of our Lord. Communion is much more than just, “bread and juice.” It is truly a communion of the saints. It is worship; total worship; true worship. As is stated by Jesus in John 4:24, it is the worship of God “in spirit and in truth.” The desire of Jesus for our worship is plainly, “all of us, for all of Him.” Whenever a pastor looks over the communion elements and talks about “the broken body and shed blood of Christ,” that message is being spoken to the believers who are present, who are also the living “body of Christ.” Our church does not meet at the same time that any other congregation in our community meets. We encourage members of other fellowships to visit our church. We would be honored if some of our ideas of worship could be taken to other congregations for their consideration.

Consider the words of the following hymn of worship, “To Him Who Sits On The Throne, And Unto The Lamb” Click onto the blog and see comments and a better view of the blog and other posts.

Senior Pastor/Equipping The Saints

ETS Sermon 012614, Intimacy Through Worship, Luke 1:49

Please notice that a new scripture has been added at the bottom of the page, Revelation 4:1-11. Also notice the the worship video has been changed. The initial video had video clarity issues. In the new video, God appears in the very striking scene of worship as the King of heaven and earth.

Through our church’s weekly Friday evening Sabbath worship services, we have a desire to instill a mind of true worship in the minds of our members, and of believers in Christ throughout the world. We view true worship as that which is described by Jesus during His discussion with the woman at the well in John Chapter 4. The question that was raised by the woman dealt with the logistics of worship (place, day, time), as opposed to the necessity of intimacy of worship. The answer to the woman’s question was answered very directly, and understandably by Jesus. His answer to the woman is recorded in verses 23-24, ” 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” To worship God in spirit and truth can be stated as follows: “all of us for all of Him!” That form of worship can only come through an intimate relationship with God. It’s not a going or a doing. Again, it is “all of us for all of Him.” We are choosing a time for worship that has an intimacy of time that matches the intimacy of completion of God’s unmatched creative work of our world. Genesis 1:31-2:3, “31 God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning:the sixth day. 1 So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. 2 By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.” As we enter each service of Sabbath Worship, we will read from each creative day’s activity, “and the evening and the day were the … first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth day … and God saw that it was very good.” “And on the seventh day, God ended His work … and He rested.”

Intimacy is expressed during times of dining. It was during Passover, immediately prior to the passion of Jesus, that He chose that meal to explain to His disciples the reality of the events that would soon follow. After Passover, He would give His life, and would not have passover with them again until ….. when they would celebrate Passover again in the Kingdom of God (the Millennium). The Passover discourse, the bread and the cup, told the disciples of the death of Jesus, and is described as follows, in Luke 22:7-22:

7 Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” 9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. 10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. 21 But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. 22The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed. But woe to that man who betrays him!”

Intimacy is also described by Jesus as being the text book definition of eternal life. In verse three, of John Chapter 17, eternal life is described as being the result of “knowing God.” The word “know” means to have an intimate relationship with someone. It is not only “Knowing God,” but also knowing God the Father through God the Son, who is Jesus. So, in order for us to have eternal life with God, we must have an intimate relationsnip with God the Father, through God the Son, Jesus. The passage of John 17:1-3 is as follows:

1 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. 2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. 3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, He used Holy scripture, the influence of the Holy Spirit, and “the breaking of bread,” to make Himself known to the disciples. The passover meal told of the death of Jesus. This time, the bread and the cup, in the form of Holy Communion, lead to a belief in the resurrected Jesus. What is clearly obvious is there is no mention of “partaking in an unworthy manner. (another subject for another time).” The intimacy of relationship through Holy Communion is shown in Luke 24:25-35, as follows:

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. 28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Our church meets twice weekly, on Monday and Friday evenings. Such a schedule allows us to meet the needs of people who may not be able to attend traditional services. In all of our services we attempt to equip people to be better able to answer why they have such a belief in Jesus as being their Lord and Savior. Also, we try to provide the spiritual tools that are needed for effective evangelizing. We encourage members of other churches to join us, as we are very proactive in our approach to fulfilling the “Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20)” Of course, without a true worship of God, all of this would be for nothing. Please consider the worship hymn after you read the two scripture passages.

Luke 1:49, “..His Name is Holy.”

Revelation 4:1-11, “The Throne Room In Heaven,” “1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”

9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

ETS Thought 012214, Enter Into The Presence Of The Lord And “Be With Him,” Mark 3:14

Let us draw ourselves near to our Lord Jesus and prepare ourselves to serve Him.

Mark 3:13, “And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him.”
Mark 3:14, “And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach,”
Mark 11:9, Those who went in front and those who followed were shouting:“Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord.
Revelation 19:26, “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.”

As we are called to Jesus, let us go and “be with Him.” Then let us submit outselves to Him, so that we will be equipped to go out and preach God’s Holy Word. Let us lead the parade of worshippers as we shout, “Blessed is He would comes in the Name of the Lord.” Draw yourself into a prayerful humbling submission in the presence of Jesus, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

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ETS Thought 011514 – An Open Letter About The New Birth, To a Friend

My Friend,

Please forgive me for not responding to your last comment. There were a number of things that I had to do today, but I do want you to know that I have been in constant prayer for you ever since I received your last comment.

It is good that you have made reference to scriptures that are contained in the Holy Bible. I find no area of conflict with the passages that you have referenced. But, there is an area of scriptural teaching that you did not mention. I would like to discuss that area with you, which deals with the “new birth,” or being born again.

The Jews had looked forward to an event that would take place in the future, which was the coming of the Kingdom of God, as follows:

Psalms 47:7-8, “For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. God reigns over the nations, God sits on His holy throne”

This time in eternity is also called the millennium, or the thousand year rule and reign of Christ, as follows:

Revelation 20:1-7″
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years ; 3 and he threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he would not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were completed ; after these things he must be released for a short time. 4 Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand ; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection ; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

Jesus had a Jewish visitor who was named Nicodemus, who was also a member of the Sanhedrin, and was a Pharisee. In essence, Nicodemus was “an important Jew.” Jesus wasted no time in explaining that the only way that anyone could enter the Kingdom of God is to be born again, as follows:

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

Jesus explained further that the new birth, the birth from above, is a spiritual happening, as follows:

John 3:8, “The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going ; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Jesus explained to His disciples that the Holy Spirit would indwell His believers and would be a helper for the believer, forever, as follows:

John 14:16, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever”

Jesus also explained to the disciples that there would be a common indwelling of the Holy Spirit, as follows

John 14:20, “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”

The flawed spirit of man, after the new birth, was regenerated (born again) and became as pure as the spirit of God (God the Father) and Jesus (God the Son). The spirit that was in the “born again” man, was also in God the Father, and in God the Son.

The result of the new birth is as follows:

2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ; the old things passed away ; behold, new things have come.”

The new birth has caused the person, who was born again, to become a new creature. The new creature refers to the person’s new-born spirit.

Each of us has three parts of our being, (spirit, soul, body) as follows:

1 Thessalonians 5:23, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely ; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Even after a person is born again, that person can sin with his body by doing vicious acts. He can also sin with his soul, by being able to think bad thoughts. But, because his spirit has been regenerated, (born again) his spirit is as pure as the Spirit of Christ, and can not sin. The indwelling Holy Spirit prompts those who have been born again to live a lifestyle that strives to match the lifestyle that Jesus had, therefor a “new creature.”

Such a person is known to be, “in Christ,” which creates an expectant “hope of Glory.”

Colossians 1:27, “to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

Consistent with being “in Christ” is having a lifestyle that matches the teachings of Jesus. In the church that was founded at Corinth, lifestyle issues appeared that were contrary to the desire that God has for His people.

Such ungodly lifestyles indicated that the new birth had not happened in everyone’s life. Those people, who had not been born again would not inherit the kingdom of God. Those people, through their lifestyle choices, showed that they did not have the indwelling and prompting Holy Spirit within them. The words in the following scriptures identify a number of lifestyle choices that show that a person had not been born again, and that he would not be able to enter the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.”

But, we read that there were people who had been born again, and no longer had such ungodly lifestyles.
Therefore, they would be able to enter the Kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 6:11, “Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

A person who used to be an adulterer, once he has been born again, “was” an adulterer. A person who was a homosexual, once he has been born again, “was” a homosexual. A person who lifestyle before his new birth was that of a thief, “was” a thief after his being born again. The absence of a lifestyle that matches what is expected of a born again believer in Christ, indicates that there was no new birth that took place. It can be said, “I was born that way.” But, in the respect of a homosexual, until a homosexual act has been committed, such a person is not a homosexual. If a person feels predisposed to having sex with a child, are we to say that since that person says that he was “born that way,” that he can have a lifestyle choice of pedophilia and say that he is saved and is going to heaven? Please let me be very honest with you – “I don’t think so!”

The Bible discusses many sinful acts of people, including those of marriages where a man would have more than one wife. Nowhere in God’s Word will we find the approval of God for such marriages. In fact such marriages resulted in conflict and dysfunction. Jesus identifies marriage as being between one man and one woman in Matthew 19:4-6, as follows:

4 And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE,5 and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH ‘?6″So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”

The desire of God for marriage has always been one man for one woman. I will not comment on the biological reasons for a man marrying a woman, but they are quite obvious.

Please know that, I could go “on and on” and expound on the subject of being born again, and on the eternity of those who have not been born again. Up to this point, time, I have spent a lot of time putting these thoughts together; I don’t have a prepared script. As I have said before, I have no ax to grind, but the ax of truth. I am receiving no pay for the time that I am spending preparing this letter, but I would gladly spend “hours on end” if that were necessary. We read in 1 Timothy 2:4, that “(God) desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” Yes. That is the desire of God. But, also, the requirement of God is that “you must be born again.” (John 3:7).

Jesus has some very grave words that relate to our relationship with Him.

Matthew 7:20, “So then, you will know them by their fruits”

Matthew 7:21, “”Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.”

Matthew 7:23, “”And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

In the three above verses, Jesus said that a person’s lifestyle identifies whether a person has been born again, or not. He continues by saying that not everybody will go to heaven, only those who have a lifestyle that is in accordance with His will. Jesus concludes His discussion by saying, “I never knew you,” to those who did not have a godly relationship with Him (to those who had not been born again). When He said, “I never knew you,” Jesus is saying that for those who have not been born again, that He “never” had a personal saving relationship with them.

In my post on those who need to be born again, I was not being judgmental or disrespectful to anybody. It is my responsibility as a minister of the gospel to tell people what the Bible says, That is what I did by cautioning people of the lifestyle choices that show that they have not been born again, and therefore will spend an eternity in Hell. That is a very sobering thought. There are many pastors who do not teach on the existence of Hell; but I can not omit such an important reality of God’s Word. A pastor is doing a great disservice to those who have not been born again when the topic of hell is left out of his sermons. I have no malice for anyone; I have only love and compassion for those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and Savior. It is my prayer that anyone who hears my sermons or lessons will pay heed to them and submit their lives to Jesus; they will be born again.

It grieves me to say this, but if you are living a homosexual lifestyle, I can not say anything to you other than you have no fruit to show that you have been born again. You eternity is something that you can not take lightly. It is my most sincere prayer and desire that you give yourself over to a lifestyle which is pleasing to Jesus.

In The Love Of Christ

Pastor/Equipping The Saints

ETS Thought 011414 – 1 Peter 3:15 – Preparedness, Gentleness, Respect

1 Peter 3:15 provides the following instruction for believers in Christ. “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”

Those words of the Apostle Peter are becoming more clear to me each day. As I have mentioned to bloggers, and others, believers in Jesus Christ need to be voices of truth and reason. The following information is being posted so that we can pray for the person who made a comment on my prior post, as listed below. My response follows the other blogger’s comment. Without sermonizing, let me ask you to read my post (122813). Then read the comments that were made, as stated below. Pray for the woman. If you respond to her, please do so with kindness in your words, which I know will be your course of action.

Pastor/Equipping The Saints
Ephesians 4:11-12

7 thoughts on “ETS Sermon 122813 – People In Need Of Being Born Again – December 28, 2013”

You’d hate my life and no appology for it. But you are taking your view of morality and infusing it to others. Not all share this exact definition. Nice view point and props for being brave enough to state your opinion on the matter. It always takes guts to draw that line in the sand. The god I know is pure love and loves us regaurdless our flaws and sins. Once you accept him you are saved period no exceptions and no loopholes. He will change what he doesn’t like if you accept him.
As for nudity it means nothing you were born nude, adam and eve were nude. Only because of sin did they come to believe nudity was bad. /shrug still props for your bravery. There are my thoughts on it
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Please know that I do not hate you. To the contrary, I want the best for you in this life, and in an eternal life that can be made possible by your having an intimate relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior. I have no ax to grind, other than the ax of truth. Please consider the following comments that I made to an attacker of me.

Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham recently spoke on the solution to lifestyle choices that are in conflict with God’s Holy Word. The solution is found in 1 Corinthians 6:11, “Such were some of you, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.” Until Jesus saved us, we were all who “will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” (1 Cor 6:10). Our place was that which is written in Revelation 21:8, “…their part will be in the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” As a minister of the Gospel Of Jesus Christ, I can not give anyone permission to live a lifestyle that leads to that which is written in Revelation 21:15, “And if anyone’s name was not written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” I was lost. I needed Jesus to save me from my sins. I pray for all who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus to repent of their sins and to ask Him to be their Lord and Savior. I now have the assurance of that which is written in Revelation 21:1-7: I pray for all to have that same assurance. “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth ; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes ; and there will no longer be any death ; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain ; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. ” Please let me finish with this thought, and scripture. If you, who are reading this blog, do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please know that He is seeking a relationship with you. Carefully read Luke 19:10. It tells us what is being done to draw you to a saving relationship with Jesus. “10″For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We were all lost until Jesus saved us. If you are not saved, Jesus is seeking you. Please accept His invitation,

For you, I will add the following verses of scripture. They are known to people who know Jesus as their Lord and Savior as “The Romans Road.” That is, they are verses of scripture that are written in the Book of Romans that show the way to salvation, an eternal life. Please read them carefully and pray for God’s Holy Spirit to lead you to a saving faith in Jesus.

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23)
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord .(Romans 6:23)
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:8)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
For “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

As a minister of the Gospel of Christ, I can not give permission to anyone to live a lifestyle that is in conflict with the teachings of Jesus. As I have discovered from the bloggers that communicate with me, whether they are Christians or not, they have always been very kind. For the ones who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, I pray that they will respond to His call. Still, I will always treat everyone with proper respect. For Christian bloggers, we have a wonderful opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus around the world, with the number of potential contacts being vastly unknown. As believers In Jesus, we need to be voices of reason, yet still sharing our belief that Jesus is the way of Salvation.

ETS Thought 010114/2 – Considering Contraception – Janaury 1, 2014

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Consider contraception. For the purposes of this ETS thought, please only consider contraception. When we consider “an ax to grind,” let us only “grind an ax of truth.”

Jeremiah 1:5

New International Version
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

New Living Translation
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

English Standard Version
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

New American Standard Bible
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the…

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ETS Thought 010114/3 – Considering The Embryo – January 1, 2014

Let us consider the embryo. When we consider the embryo, we should also consider God’s Holy Word.

I Thessalonians 5:23 speaks of the total person, as follows:

23 “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The embryo is the beginning of every human life. Because it has life, it has the three components of life, as are stated in 1 Thessalonians 5:23, spirit, soul, and body. Because the embryo has a spirit, it also has an eternal destiny, and is in need of a savior. Refer to the following scriptures:

Romans 5:12: “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—”

Romans 3:23: “23 for all [a]have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Let us consider the Law Of Biogenesis from Wikipedia.

Biogenesis is the production of new living organisms or organelles. The law of biogenesis, attributed to Louis Pasteur, is the observation that living things come only from other living things, by reproduction (e.g. a spider lays eggs, which develop into spiders). That is, life does not arise from non-living material, which was the position held by spontaneous generation.[1][2] This is summarized in the phrase Omne vivum ex vivo, Latin for “all life [is] from life.” A related statement is Omnis cellula e cellula, “all cells [are] from cells;” this observation is one of the central statements of cell theory.

According to the discovery of Louis Pasteur, life can only come from other life. Such as in the case of Adam and Eve creating a child, through the union of their sperm and egg an embryo was created; life was created. After the union of the sperm and egg, life does not cease to exist. It does not die and, at some undefined time in the future, come back to life and form a fetus (as many in liberal media, academia, and politics would have us to believe). Of course, we know that a fetus is an unborn baby.

Refer to the following scriptures:

Jeremiah 1:5:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Galatians 1:15:

“But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased”

The article that was written on Biogenesis was about the generation of life from existing life. Without exception, everyone who reads this post entered this world as a living embryo. Should we not protect embryonic and fetal life?

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ETS Thought 010114/2 – Considering Contraception – Janaury 1, 2014

Consider contraception. For the purposes of this ETS thought, please only consider contraception. When we consider “an ax to grind,” let us only “grind an ax of truth.”

Jeremiah 1:5

New International Version
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

New Living Translation
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.”

English Standard Version
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

New American Standard Bible
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

King James Bible
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

International Standard Version
“I knew you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart for me before you were born; I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”

NET Bible
“Before I formed you in your mother’s womb I chose you. Before you were born I set you apart. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”

Galatians 1:15

New International Version
But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased

New Living Translation
But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him

English Standard Version
But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace,

New American Standard Bible
But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace, was pleased

King James Bible
But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But when God, who from my birth set me apart and called me by His grace, was pleased

International Standard Version
But when God, who set me apart before I was born and who called me by his grace, was pleased

NET Bible
But when the one who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace was pleased

After we have considered the subject of contraception, we will be led to also consider life.

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ETS Thought 010114 – Considering John 17:3 – January 1, 2014

Considering John 17:3.

It’s a text book definition. It’s a relationship.

New International Version
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

New Living Translation
And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

English Standard Version
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

New American Standard Bible
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

King James Bible
And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and the One You have sent–Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent—Jesus the Messiah.

NET Bible
Now this is eternal life–that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

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ETS 122613 – Attacks On Christmas – December 26, 2013

Christmas Day has come and gone.  However, the attacks on that day, and on the beliefs of believers in Christ, will continue to occur.  It has been said that most Christians are unable to communicate or defend the beliefs that they have in Jesus Christ as being their Lord and Savior.  Consider the following thoughts and scriptures as you face the attacks that might come your way.
1 Peter 3:15 (NET Bible).  But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.

 
2 Corinthians 5:20 states, “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ..”
 
Webster’s Dictionary defines the word ambassador, as follows:  “one sent around, messenger, helper, 1. the highest ranking representative 
appointed by one country or government to represent it in another; helper, servant.  2. a special representative.”  an ambassador-at-large is one accredited to no particular country;  an ambassador extraordinary is one on a special diplomatic mission;  an ambassador plentipotentiary is one having the power to make treaties.  3.  an official messenger or agent with a special mission.
 
Philippians 3:20 states, “For our citizenship is in heaven,..”
 
As based on the above scriptures, and of a definition of Webster, I, as an Ambassador of Christ, and having my spiritual citizenship “not of this world,” hereby announce to this nonspiritual world that “Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God, God with us, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” was born in Bethlehem in Judea as the Savior of the world.  
 
In spite of the many attacks that been made on the words, “Christ,” and”Christmas,” much of the world pretty much comes to a halt on the day which is designated to proclaim the birth of Jesus, the Christ.  We don’t have to agree that Jesus was born on any particular day, but that He was born to take away the sin of the world.  We don’t have to buy gifts, trees, or anything else for a celebration of the birth of Christ. But, it seems to be hypocritical for us to spend our money at places of business that are either hostile, or indifferent, to the word “Christmas.”  There are many such businesses that want us to buy gifts, and such, for Christmas but don’t want to recognize the reason that we are spending “so much money” at this time of year for their store wares.  Many stores want us to spend our “Christmas money” at their location, yet will not allow their employees to simply say, “Merry Christmas” to the people who provide much needed year end profits for such “Anti-Christmas” establishments.  Hanukkah was celebrated on Thanksgiving, yet the word that is used by Christmas-negating corporations and smaller businesses for gift-buying-commercials is not “Christmas” but, “the Holiday,” or “the Holidays.” People are not spending such large sums of money for any “holiday,” other than for Christmas.  So, as for me and my family, “we will serve the Lord,” by not shopping at, or supporting, businesses that ignore the closely held beliefs of people who hold to the beliefs of Christmas and Jesus.  
 
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve….; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  (Joshua 24:15)
 
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ETS Sermon 011014 – Reconsidering True Compassion – January 10, 2014

I.  Introduction.

A.  Much has been recently said about comments that were made by a private citizen of the United States Of America.  As usual, many of the adverse statements were made by liberal factions of academia and the media.  A few political pundits, of the same mindset, have offered their negative opinions too.  The topic of controversy hinges on a few words of God’s Holy Word, and will be discussed in this sermon, as well as other related words that have been conveniently ignored by the attackers. The “controversy,” or better described as being an “attack,” has been an assault on the closely held beliefs of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, as well as many others who may not even have religious beliefs.  Supposedly, those who have been affected by “such insensitive words” are “gays.”  Because a man discussed a “controversial” portion of God’s Word in a magazine interview, he is being portrayed by the “political left” as being a bigot.  Before we proceed, it is important to familiarize ourselves with the word, “Gay,” as to its correct meaning.  Webster’s New World Dictionary, College Edition, Copyright 1964, provides the following, and correct, definition of “Gay:”  (1) joyous and lively; merry; happy; lighthearted. (2) bright, brilliant: as, gay colors. (3) given to social life and pleasures: as a gay life; syn: see lively.  There is another word that needs to be properly defined, which is “homosexual.”  Its Webster’s definition is: of, or characterized by, sexual desire for those of the same sex.  a homosexual individual, as opposed to heterosexual.

B.  Now, that we have considered words that have been drawn from Webster’s New World Dictionary, we will continue our discussion by considering the words that are drawn from God’s Holy Word, The Holy Bible.

II.  Sermon Text.

A.  Let’s consider the authority and purpose of the Bible, as is given in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness ; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 

The context of this passage is that of Old Testament scriptures, because the New Testament had not yet been written.  But, since scripture is “inspired” (God-breathed) by God, it is not confined to either Testament.  And, because of the triune authority of God The Father/God The Son/God The Holy Spirit, the Providence of God can be found to be consistent with Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Briefly stated, the Old and New Testaments are both inspired writings of God.

B.  Let’s consider a question that could gain greater liberal acceptance: “Is John 3:3 Hate Speech?”  (Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he can not see the Kingdom of God.”)  Does it unfairly exclude from The Kingdom Of God, those who have lifestyles that show no evidence that they have been born again?

C.  Let’s consider scriptures that state the approval or disapproval of God, as related to certain lifestyle choices.

1.  Leviticus 18:22 – Acts Of Sexual Perversion.

22  ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female ; it is an abomination.  23  ‘Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. 

In this passage it is clear that God prohibits same sex acts between male and female humans, and acts of sex by humans with animals.  In verse 22, homosexuality is called an “abomination.”  In Revelation 21:8, those who have “abominable” lifestyles are included with others, who have chosen ungodly lifestyles, and “will have their eternity in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” This passage refers to those unsaved people who are alive during the millennium, which is also known as the “thousand year reign of Christ” (Rev 20:1-4).   The judgement upon the disobedient lifestyle choices that are shown in Revelation 21:8, is consistent with that of 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  The Corinthians account refers to people about whom the Apostle Paul discussed, who would have lived and died before the millennial reign of Christ (Revelation 20:1-4). 

2.  Leviticus 20:13 – Acts Of Homosexuality.

13  ‘If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act ;

In this passage, the word “detestable” has the same meaning as that of Leviticus 18:22, in the word, “abomination.”  The people who practice abominable lifestyle choices will have an eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone.  Those who have homosexual lifestyles are described in this scripture.

3.  Romans 1:26-27 – Acts Of Homosexuality.

26  For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions ; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural ,  27  and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error.

Those people who demonstrate homosexual lifestyle choices are in danger of having God’s influencing Spirit to “pass over them.”  They are said to be:  reprobate, depraved, debased, and degraded.  In essence, when people repeatedly abandon God, He may abandon them; their hearts may be hardened as a result of this abandonment (Judges 10:13; Exodus 7:3).  God does this by removing His restraint and allowing their sin to run its inevitable course.  There may also be direct acts of Divine judgment and punishment.  Such people are described, as in 1 Corinthians 2:14, as being “natural men or women.”  They do not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to them, because they are spiritually appraised.  These people do not have spiritual understanding because they do not have the Spirit of God indwelling them.

4.  1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – Homosexuality And Other Lifestyle Choices Not Of Being Born Again.

9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived ; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,  10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

In this passage we are shown groups of people whose lifestyle choices show that they have not been born again.

5.  1 Timothy 1:8-10 – Homosexuality And Other Forbidden Life Styles.

8  But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,  9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person, but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers 10 and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching,

We see, again, people whose lifestyle choices indicate that they have not been born again.

D.  Now, let’s take a closer look at the “born again” discussion.

1.  2 Corinthians 5:17 – The Components Of Being Born Again.

17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ; the old things passed away ; behold, new things have come.

Notice the words, “in Christ.”  We find those same words in Colossians 1:27, where we read, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  It is the literal presence in us, by the Spirit of Christ, that affords us the expectant “hope of glory.” It is an eternal presence that we will have with Christ, and with the presence of the Spirit of Christ indwelling our spirit.  When we are born again, our Spirit is as pure as is the Spirit of Christ.  But, our mind has not been born again.  Until our death, or our being raptured from this world (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), we are saddled with a mind that “is not” perfect, neither is as pure as is the mind of Christ.  The “new creature” that is described in this verse describes our spirit.  It is new, and through the influence of God’s Holy Spirit, our sinful nature will be changed due to the presence and influence of the Holy Spirit.  Our “pre-born again” sinful lifestyle will not be as desirable as before. In essence, if we are spiritually “in Christ,” we should live our lives accordingly.

2.  John 3:3 – The New Birth Requirement For Heaven.

3 esus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

The statement of this scripture is very simple;  we can not enter into the kingdom of God in a spirit that has not been born again.  The call and conviction of God’s Holy Spirit are upon us (John 1:9).  If we continue to live with a pattern of sinful lifestyle choices, we have to question if we have submitted to the Spirit’s call and have been born again. 

3.  John 3:18 – Sign Of The New Birth.

18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

To believe in Jesus is to have a trust and commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior.  Such will result in receiving a new nature, which brings about a change in heart and obedience to God.

4.  Romans 8:1 – Reward Of The New Birth.

1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

This scripture is very simple to understand.  It means that if we have been born again we will not be condemned to having our part in the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev 21:8).

E.  1 John 4:7-8,20 – Signs Of Life Styles Of Being Born Again And Of Not Being Born Again.

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God ; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  8  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, can not love God whom he has not seen.

The proof of “love for one another” is that of lifestyle choices.  It is inconceivable for us to think that a parent who has had a child to be kidnapped and murdered will not harbor “hateful thoughts” for the one who destroyed the life of the child.  God understands the horrible things of life that might happen to us.  He will help us to deal with such things.

F.  An Example Of God’s Judgement On A Sinful Lifestyle.

1.  Genesis 18:20-21 – God’s Displeasure With The Cities Of Sodom And Gomorrah.

20  And the LORD said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave.  21  “I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”

The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah was a result of the sin of homosexuality.  God dispatched angels to to deal with the situation.

2.  Genesis 19:1-29 – God’s Judgement On Sodom And Gomorrah’s Sin Of Homosexuality.

1  Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.  2  And he said, “Now behold, my lords, please turn aside into your servant’s house, and spend the night, and wash your feet ; then you may rise early and go on your way.” They said however, “No, but we shall spend the night in the square.”  3  Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house ; and he prepared a feast for them, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.  4Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter ;  5 and they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came to you tonight ? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them.”  6  But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him,  7  and said, “Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.  8″Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man ; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like ; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof.”  9  But they said, “Stand aside.” Furthermore, they said, “This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge ; now we will treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door.  10  But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door. 11They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.  12  Then the two men said to Lot, “Whom else have you here ? A son-in-law, and your sons, and your daughters, and whomever you have in the city, bring them out of the place ;  13  for we are about to destroy this place, because their outcry has become so great before the LORD that the LORD has sent us to destroy it.” 14Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, and said, “Up, get out of this place, for the LORD will destroy the city.” But he appeared to his sons-in-law to be jesting.  15When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.”  16  But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city.  17  When they had brought them outside, one said, “Escape for your life ! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley ; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.”  18  But Lot said to them, “Oh no, my lords !  19″Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life ; but I cannot escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die ;  20now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small ?) that my life may be saved.”  21  He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. 22″Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar. 23  The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar.  24  Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,  25  and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.  26  But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.  27  Now Abraham arose early in the morning and went to the place where he had stood before the LORD ;  28    and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the valley, and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land ascended like the smoke of a furnace.  29  Thus it came about, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot lived.

The actions of God, his judgement on the sins of homosexuality, were swiftly enacted.  God has not changed His mind as to the “exceedingly grave” acts that caused Sodom and Gomorrah to be destroyed.

III.Conclusion.

A.  It is obvious that the word “gay” has been hijacked from its correct meaning, so that the politically correct crowd can avoid facing the truth about a sect of our society that has chosen to live a lifestyle that is contrary to God’s design.  Just as the pro abortion lobby uses the word “choice,” instead of “killing unborn babies,” the pro homosexual supporters use the term”gay” to soften the meaning of the words that describe “men having sex with men, ” and “women having sex with women.”  A largely accepted argument today deals with people being born with a homosexual gene.  Based on that assumption, men are supposed to be accepted in their lifestyle of having sexual intercourse with other men, and women having intimate relations with other women.  Such lifestyle choices are supposed to be accepted by the world, as being natural and normal for them, regardless of the clearly spoken words of God on that perversity.  But, what if a man, or woman, say that they have been born with a gene that draws them to have sexual relations with children?  Are we supposed to say that those perverse and un-Godly actions are also natural and normal?  Many leaders of our government, as well as those of academia and the media, have made many political statements about marriage not being denied to people based on, “who they love.”  That is not consistent with God’s Holy Word desiring marriage between men and women, and with no other scriptural permission or indifference for same sex marriage.  When the subject of compassion is interjected into the subject of homosexuality and sexual perversion, let’s consider whether it is true compassion for a society to provide blanket permission for certain lifestyle choices to be accepted by, or forced upon, that society.  Please allow this following discussion to be made without being held to statistics;  the obvious is very clear to people who follow news reports.  Homosexual men have lifestyles that include hundreds of sexual partners, with the result of the infection of the aids virus.  The life expectancies of homosexual men is much less than that of heterosexual men.  Is it true compassion for us to not speak the truth and allow so many men to die such early and painful deaths ….. and for the cause of political expediency? 

B.  Much more can be said about the subject of homosexuality and the words of truth that came under such liberal and un-Godly attacks.  The duck guy spoke the truth about the matter.  He was not using “hate speech” when he spoke about 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.  He discussed un-Godly life styles of many different sects of people. He was doing what all believers in Jesus Christ should be doing.  We must not roll over and play dead.  We must tell the truth of the Gospel; that is our commission of Matthew 28:18-20.  Souls need to be saved and lives need to be changed.

C.  During the past few years two key political figures have used the term, “freedom of worship,” which is far from the constitutional guarantee of “freedom of religion.”  Freedom of worship allows us to meet in a building.  Freedom of religion allows us to practice the things that we learn in those meetings, outside of those buildings.  If we are intimidated by anyone, and feel threatened to speak the truths of God’s Holy Word, we are in danger of losing our religious freedoms. When our religous freedom has been taken from us, other freedoms will soon follow.  Consider the guarantee of the constitution of the United States Of America as it relates to the freedom of religion.

1.  First Amendment, amendment (1791) to the Constitution of the United States, part of the Bill of Rights, which reads, Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

2.  The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that comprise the Bill of Rights.

IV.  A parting thought:  Until a person commits a homosexual act, that person is not a homosexual.

Ephesians 4:12

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This Day In Our Nation’s History

This is quite an important day in the history of our country. Let us never forget the sacrifices that have been made by our Americans of the armed forces who have served our nation, especially those who have given their all

John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

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December 18 : General Interest
1620: Mayflower docks at Plymouth Harbor

On December 18, 1620, the British ship Mayflower docked at modern-day Plymouth, Massachusetts, and its passengers prepared to begin their new settlement, Plymouth Colony… read more

American Revolution
1777 : States give thanks
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ETS Sermon 121613 – The Sin Of The World, Death Or Redemption – December 16, 2013

I.  Overview:  John 1:29:  The Sin Of The World A.  Scripture:  The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” B.  Consider the sin of the world, as opposed to the daily sins of the people of the world.
C.  Consider the consequences of the sin of the world, as they relate to all of God’s creation.
II.  The Creation Of Man:  Genesis 1:26 A.  Scripture:  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness ; B.  Comments:  Man was made in a moral and natural similarity to God.  After man sinned, he lost the moral likeness, which was his sinlessness.  However, his natural likeness of emotions, will, and intellect were still retained by man. 
III.  The State Of Man:  Genesis 1:31 A.  Scripture:  God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. B.  Comments: 
1.  Consider the state of man (Body, Soul, Spirit, 1 Thessalonians 5:23).  It was perfect.
2.  Consider the state of the remainder of God’s creation.  It was perfect.
IV. God’s Instructions To The Man:  Genesis 2:15-17 A.  Scripture:  15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16 The LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely ; 17 but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” B.  Comments:  Consider God’s conversation with his created man. 1.  “You can eat from from any tree in the garden, except the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” 2.  “If you eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, you will die.” a.  Death indicated separation (spiritual, physical, eternal).  Immediately upon the sin of Adam and Eve, they experienced a spiritual death.  God was merciful however, in that they did not die physically, until much later (Genesis 5:5,  “So all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years, and he died.”) b.  Consider the aspects of the death that would come upon Adam and Eve (spiritual, physical, eternal).
c.  Consider the consequences of the remainder of God’s creation that resulted from the “sins” of Adam and Eve.
d.  Consider the result upon mankind of the “sin” of the world.
V.  The Yielding Of The Man and Woman To Sin:  Genesis 3:6 A.  Scripture:  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. B.  Comment:  Consider the temptation, progression, and result of sin, as related to Adam and Eve and to us today.
C.  Comment:  Sin will take you to places that you did not want to go, and will keep you there longer than you wanted to stay.
VI.  The Attempt Of The Man And Woman To Cover Their Sin:  Genesis 3:7.  A.  Scripture:  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. B.  Comments:  The man and woman knew, “were intimate with the fact “that they had disobeyed God.  They didn’t know anything to do, but to do a “cover up.”  They were no longer of a righteous state.  1 Corinthians 2:14 makes a statement of their spiritual condition.  “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he can not understand them, because they are spiritually appraised;”  this is a result of their fall.  This condition exists with people who have not been born again.  They are people who have a flawed and fallen spirit within them.  They don’t have God’s Spirit indwelling them, so they don’t have the influences of the Holy Spirit.  These people don’t know that their sinful condition can be changed to a condition of righteousness by God.
VII.  The Expulsion Of The Man And Woman From The Garden (They had a need for someone to remove them from their flawed state and consequence of sin).  Genesis 3:22-24 A.  Scripture:  22 Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil ; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever “- 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life. B.  Comments:  Consider man living forever in the garden;  God driving man out of the garden;  God preventing man from going back into the garden where he would ever be with his sin, where he would have to pay the debt for his sin:  (Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  This is an example of people who have been born again;  they can not be “unborn again.”  Once their state of “sin” has been changed to one of righteousness, they can not be “unborn again.”  (2 Corinthians 5:21) “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  The born again experience places a person in Christ, because of his having a new, unblemished, righteous spirit.  Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  It is important to understand the words, “in Christ.”  That is our spirit literally being “in Christ.”  John 10:28 provides comfort for those who have been born again, “I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.”  The born-again spirit is righteous and can not become one that is unrighteous. 
VII.  The Result Of The Fall:  Romans 5:12. A.  Scripture:  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned– B,  Comments:  After the fall of Adam and Eve, their total state of being became flawed.  That included their body, soul, and spirit.  In essence, Adam and Eve became “Sin.”  And, because they “had become sin,”  they began to sin.  Every person who was born of Adam and Eve was/is born with the same flawed body, soul, and spirit as was with Adam and Eve.  Immediately upon conception, death begins.(Romans 5:12).  Immediately upon conception, a spirit has been projected into eternity.  The situation with every person, or embryo, is that of Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  It is not the day to day wrongs that we do that cause us to “fall short of the glory of God.”  It is the state that all of us inherit, due to the flawed spirit, soul, and body that came from Adam and Eve.  Very directly, we can see that the flawed sperm and egg of Adam and Eve created children who inherited the same flawed state of life, body, soul, and spirit.  In each sperm and egg were life, more correctly stated, “flawed life,” life that is need of a Savior, who can redeem us from our eternal separation from God: Romans 3:24, “being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus;”
VIII.  Conclusion.  A.  2 Corinthians 5:21 says that Jesus, “who knew no sin became sin so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (Christ).” That identifies each created human being as “being sin.”  There is nothing righteous about our spirit.  We can not stand before a Holy God because of our state of “sin.”  When Jesus was on the cross, and He was taking on Himself the sin of the world, He felt the separation from God that we all will experience if we are not born again.  He felt the wrath of God coming on Him as He was taking the sin of the world on Him, so that He could pay sin’s debt.  (Matthew 27:46), “About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI?” that is, “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”  Our situation before we were born again can best be described as follows: We “are sin” and know nothing of a savior (1 Corinthians 1:18), “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing …”  We were all perishing until we were born again.  B.  Upon conception every person needs a savior.  We can’t earn salvation, per Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;” All who have that grace also believe.  Per John 3:18, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”  C.  What can we can about people who do not have the ability to believe in Jesus?  Consider 1 John 4:8, :…God is love.”  Consider Luke 19:10, ” “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  God desires all to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4).  God is not wishing for any to perish.. (2 Peter 3:9).  Jesus did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17). D.  Not all people will be saved.  Revelation 20:15, “And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” E.  The way to avoid the condemnation of God can be found in Romans 8:1, “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  This verse relates to John 3:18:  “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.”  The requirement is for a person to be “in Christ.”
F.  The words of John 21:25 can easily relate to any study of God’s Holy Word.  “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”  In a study of sin and redemption, there are things that are written in the Bible that must be considered, and not ignored.  Consider:  John 1:9, the calling of the Holy Spirit;  Romans 1:28, reprobation;  Ephesians 1:4-5, election; Romans 8:28, God’s purpose; and 1 John 4:8, God’s love.  G.  Final Statement.  Believers in Christ have been commissioned by Him to evangelize the world (Matthew 28:18-20/Acts 1:8)  The Romans Road is a good route for us to follow.  Consider the following:  Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:8; Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;” Ephesians 4:12,”Equipping The Saints.”

ETS Sermon 120913-Proper Worship Of God-December 9, 2013


I.  Introduction:  Consider the following scriptures that relate to Intimacy and The Kingdom Of God.  Let them help you to solidify your worship of God.

A.  Intimacy:

1.  Genesis 4:1 (ESV)
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”

2.  Exodus 33:7-11 (NAS)
7 Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, a good distance from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting. And everyone who sought the Lord would go out to the tent of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 And it came about, whenever Moses went out to the tent, that all the people would arise and stand, each at the entrance of his tent, and gaze after Moses until he entered the tent. 9 Whenever Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent; and [a]the Lord would speak with Moses. 10 When all the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance of the tent, all the people would arise and worship, each at the entrance of his tent. 11 Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend. When [b]Moses returned to the camp, his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.

3.  John 17:3 (ESV)
And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

4.  Philippians 3:10 (NAS)
that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;

B.  The Kingdom Of God:

1.  Matthew 6:10: (KJV)
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

2.  Mark 4:30: (NAS)
He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it?

3.  john 10:10:  (NKJ)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly

4.  John 3:3: (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

5.  Luke 17:20-21: (ESV)
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

6.  Luke 17:21: (KJV)
Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

7.  Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

C.  Worship:

1.  Scripture:  John 4:20-24: (NAS)

20 Our fathers worshiped in this mountain, and you people say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.” 21 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is [a]spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

a.  In verse 21, Jesus said to the woman, “the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.” (NKJ).  The Jews had their temple in Jerusalem;  Mount Zion was their place of worship.  The Samaritans, who had rejected all of Old Testament Holy Scripture, except the Pentateuch, had their central sanctuary at Mount Gerizim.  Jesus pronounced the end of Mount Gerizim as the place of worship for Samaria, and also for Jerusalem for the Jews, in anticipation of its destruction in just a few years. 

b.  In verse 22, Jesus said, “You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.”  (NKJ).  Jesus was saying that the woman was an agnostic, which comes from the Greek word, “agnosis,” which means “without knowledge.”  Jesus was saying that the Samaritans were worshipping without knowledge, but that was not the case with the Jews.  Their (Jews) worship was based on the true knowledge of God, as was revealed of Him in scripture.  So, Jesus was not saying that it did not matter whether a person worshipped in the way of the Samaritans, of in the way of the Jews.  The Jews had the correct way of worshipping God.  Their way was ordained for them by God, because they were the chosen people of God, and He had personally instructed them on the way of worship. 

c.  In verses 23-24, Jesus said, “the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (NKJ).  Jews and Samaritans knew that God had commanded their ancestors to identify a special place for worshipping Him.  The Jews accepted all of the Old Testament as being God’s Holy Word.  They chose Jerusalem for their place of worship.  The Samaritans followed only the first five books of the Old Testament, the books of Moses.  The place of worship that was recognized by Samaritans was where Abraham had built an altar to God, at Shechem;  it was overlooked by Mount Gerizim.  Jesus discussed true, spiritual, worship, as opposed to physical considerations.  Consider the things that He did not include as He spoke to the Samaritan woman about worship. 

2.  Reflection:

a.  When Mary sang her song of praise to God, her Magnificat, she cried out, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”  (Luke 1:46b-47, NKJ).  Mary demonstrated true worship.  We are called to honor, exalt, and worship Jesus.  But, we also need to know that Christ came to reconcile us to the Father.  The major focus of our worship must be to the Father, which is why Jesus said that “true worshippers must worship the Father in spirit and truth.”  We worship the triune God, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. But, we must have the greatness of the Father, in all of His majesty, in our minds when we worship. 

b.  In the matter of worshipping the Father “in spirit and truth,” we must seek the truth of Jesus.  What did He mean?  Jesus is not saying that we are to be Holy Spirit devotees, and are to worship God according to the Holy Spirit.  We’re supposed to do that, but Jesus was saying that we should see that our worship comes from the depths of our souls, from our inner spirits, and from the very core of our being. 

c.  We are to come to God with our hearts filled with a sense of awe, reverence, and adoration.  It should be the goal of our worship to be a sacrifice of praise to His name. 

d.  Jesus also said that our worship must be according to truth.  Worship should not be tailored to anything other than what God desires of our worship.  We should worship Him according to what “He” wants.    We must keep a close eye on what we do in worship.  We must ask ourselves simple questions that desire sincere answers.   We must ask:  “Is this the truth of God? Is this God’s teaching in His Word?”  We must base our worship on God’s self-revelation in Scripture.  God is truth; His Word is truth.

II.  Conclusion:

In John 4:9 we read, “…Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.”  (NKJ).  There were dealings among Jews and Samaritans, but they were not intimate in matters of friendship or of evangelism.  Jews were not allowed to share eating utensils with Samaritans.  That is because Jews considered Samaritans to be unclean.  Because of this verse we can see that the Jews were not evangelistic in spreading Judaism.  Instead, they were inclusive.  (In Ezra 10, Jewish men, who had married non-Jewish wives, were told to divorce them.)  In the teaching of Jesus to the Samaritan woman, it is important to see that the focus on worship is that of worshipping in spirit and truth.  Jesus clearly says that the place of worship is not the focus of importance.  He had the perfect setting for stating a day or time of worship, but He did not.  Jesus came to fulfill the law (Matthew 5:17.) When He commissioned His disciples to evangelize the world, he told them to teach “all that He had commanded them.”  Jesus taught intimacy of relationship and worship to the disciples, not time, place, or day of worship.  Not all people who would ultimately accept Christ as their Lord and Savior would have a way of going to Jerusalem to worship.  In AD 70, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed.  As we lead unbelievers to have a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Savior, we must also teach them the importance of having proper spiritual worship. Ephesians 4:12, “Equipping The Saints”

ETS Sermon 110413 – Considering Significance – Philippians 4:13 – November 4, 2013

Titus, An Insignificant Gentile (Non-Jew).

Very little is known about Titus.  Paul’s letter to him was written while Paul was in his fourth missionary journey, and probably was dated between A.D. 62 to A.D. 64.  Titus was a Gentile who had accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior through the teachings of Paul.  Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, but he was taken to Jerusalem by Paul early in his missionary work.  It was there that Paul refused to have Titus circumcised.  It appears that Titus traveled with Paul on his second and third missionary journeys, and accompanied him during part of Paul’s fourth missionary journey.  Titus was trusted by Paul to deal with delicate situations that were taking place in the early church.

Consider Noah.

Genesis. Chapter 7:1, “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” 4, “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” 7, So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. 10, And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth. 13, …Noah and Noah’s sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark.  21And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. 22 All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. 23 So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. Chapter 8:14 And in the second month, on the twenty-seventh day of the month, the earth was dried. 15 Then God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons’ wives with you.”  Chapter 9: 18 Now the sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham was the father of Canaan. 19 These three were the sons of Noah, and from these the whole earth was populated.

Consider Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Shem was the father of the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Ham was the father of such people groups as those who settled in Ninevah, Babylon, and Sodom and Gomorrah.  Japheth was the father of the people groups of Gomer, Magog, Tubal, and Meshech (Genesis Chapter 10).

Consider The Descendants Of Abraham.

From the twelfth chapter of Genesis we see that God led the descendants of Jacob, the semetic people, the Hebrews, the Jews. Consequently, the families of Ham and Japheth did not know, “intimately,” the teachings of the Jews, which included the law  that God gave to Moses, the feasts of the Jews, and the covenants.  It also included the prophetic scriptures that pointed to Jesus as being the Messiah.

Consider The Apostle Paul, A Descendant Of Abraham.

Romans 11:1 “I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”

Titus 1:4, Titus, Led To Faith In Jesus By Paul 1Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago, 3 but at the proper time manifested, even His word, in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior, 4 To Titus, my true child in a common faith : Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Galatians 2:1-3, The Council at Jerusalem – Titus, A Gentile, Prevented By Paul From Being Circumcised 1Then after an interval of fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking Titus along also. 2It was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private * to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain. 3 But not even Titus, who was with me, though he was a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. (See Highlights Of The Council Of Jerusalem Below, Acts 15)

Acts 15:1, Judaizers False Teaching:  1Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless * you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot * be saved.”

Acts 15:9, 11, Peter’s Affirmation Of Salvation By Faith Through Grace:  (9),and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. (11) “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

Acts 15:19-20, Declaration Of James (Brother Of Jesus, Leader Of Jerusalem Church): 19″Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, 20 but that we write to them that they abstain from things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood.

Acts 15:28-29, Letter Of Declaration To The Churches: 28 “For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials : 29 that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication ; if you keep yourselves free from such things, you will do well. Farewell.”

Summation Of Council Of Jerusalem:  Salvation is by faith through grace.  Gentiles are not under the law, but should avoid giving offense to Godly Jews. Titus was a part of this test case.

Titus, Epistle:  Titus Became Paul’s Representative On The Island Of Crete, And In The Province Of Dalmatia:  To Appoint Elders And To Correct False Teaching.

Titus 1:5, Appoint Elders: For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,

Titus 1:10-14, Correct False Teaching 10For there are many rebellious men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, 11who must be silenced because they are upsetting whole families, teaching things they should not teach for the sake of sordid gain. 12One of themselves, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13This testimony is true. For this reason reprove them severely so that they may be sound in the faith, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

2 Timothy 4:10, Titus Sent To Dalmatia (Present Day Croatia):  10 for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica ; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

Consider The Great Commission:

Matthew 28:18-20 – 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.19″Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always *, even to the end of the age.”

Consider: “even to the end of the age.”

Consider:  Titus, An Insignificant Gentile.

Consider You:  Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Consider The Holiness Of God.  Revelation 4:8-11

8 The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” 9 Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”

ETS 110213 – TMT 3, A Proven Forumla For Success – November 2, 2013

TMT 3 ? “The Main Thing” is to keep “The Main Thing”, “The Main Thing.”

What is “The Main Thing?” The answer is simple. TMT 3 is the message of
“Jesus,” our Lord and Savior, God with us.
The choir of Prestonwood Baptist Church (Sr. Pastor, Dr. Jack Graham) is located in the metro area of Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX. (See the following video)
Consider the scriptures and the song, “Something Happens.”
Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; Matthew 1:23-25; Acts 4:12; 1 Corinthians 1:23; Philippians 2:9-11.
1 Corinthians 2:2, “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
Remember the formula, “TMT 3.” That is the proven way for success in witnessing to Jews and Gentiles.
Something Happens
Something Happens written by Kurt Carr
 

Welcome To “Equipping The Saints” – ETS Note 110113 – Nov 11, 2013

The Great Commission of our Lord Jesus instructed His disciples to: “go, teach, baptize, and teach,” all of the things that He had taught them, to “all of the world” (Matthew 28:18-20).  His encouragement to them, immediately prior to His ascension to Heaven, was that He would empower them to be His witnesses, “when the Holy Spirit has come upon you,”  to go” to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8).  The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians, said of the Holy Spirit, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the works of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12).  Those of us who have been blessed with the spititual gifts of leadership, within the body of Christ, have been given the same commission as that which was given to  the disciples/apostles, to “go, teach, baptize, and teach.”  The purpose of the posts, that will be found in this blog, is to provide information that will help others to be better able to understand the teachings of God’s Holy Word, and to encourage them to have the attitude that Luke attributed to the Jews who  were in Berea.  “Then the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea. When they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.  Therefore many of them believed…” (Acts 17:10-12).  The focal point of teaching should lead to the conclusion that was made by the Apostle Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, when he said, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor 2:2).  Jesus didn’t die of disease or old age; He died as a result of being crucified.  But, the good news is, “But now Christ is risen from the dead” (1 Cor 15:20), and because of his being resurrected from the dead:   “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet ….. the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised …..” (1 Cor 15:52).