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In seeking to further apply  Titus 2:1
- "But as for you,
speak [gently, in humility (II Tim. 2:24-26)]  the things which
are proper for sound doctrine ..." (NKJV ; emphasis ours) - we
are bringing 
a new format to our 2018 blogs.  We hope you
are further edified in this year's new approach.


A special end-of-quarter blog ...

 

A Message of  HOPE  &  RESURRECTION  Praise

 

Dear global inhabitants,

God has clearly communicated HIS most basic message to us:

Humanity has a problem:  SIN  &  the consequence of  SIN  is
                                   both physical  &  spiritual (eternal)  DEATH.

God loves His special creation made in His image (man) such 
that He is willing to  SAVE  us from that which all of humanity 
has not been able to save us from:  SIN  and  DEATH.

God has come - Immanuel - as the Son of God, Jesus Christ to:

1.  Pay for the SIN of all of mankind through His blood by dying
      on the cross - Good Friday's celebration!

2.  Erase the consequence of SIN - death - by His victory over death
      through His resurrection - Resurrection Sunday's celebration!

One  CONDITION  is required to  apply  God's provision over sin
and death:  One MUST  receive  God's gift in the person and work
of Jesus Christ in order to  activate,  personally, this gift of forgive-
ness of sin and eternal life which the one true and glorious Creator
YHVH God has made available to all ... to whosoever will.

In HIM - in Christ alone - we find our solutions to sin and death;
In HIM - in Christ alone - we are offered salvation unto life eternal.

One must personally acknowledge and repent of his/her sin  AND
accept by faith, God's mercy and grace in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Are you  IN CHRIST  today?  If NOT, please  CLICK  HERE
for directions to enter into Life in Him.

If you are  IN CHRIST  today, please consider this message
from Him:

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which
I say?  Whoever comes to Me,  and  hears My sayings  and  does
them,  I will show you whom he is like:  He is like a man building a
house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.  And when
the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and
could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.  BUT  he who 
heard  and  did nothing  
is like a man who built a house on the earth
without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently;
and immediately it fell.  And the ruin of that house was great."  
(Luke 6:46-49 ; NJKV ; emphases ours ; also see Mt. 7:13-29)


Dear Savior God, thank You for dying for the sins of man.
Thank You for Your glorious victory over death through Your
resurrection.  Father, thank You for creating all things through 
Your eternal Word - God with us - Who came to seek and to 
save the lost.  Thank You for Your Son, our Savior - Christ
Jesus our Lord.  And thank You, Lord Jesus, for sending 
Your Spirit, the Holy Spirit of God.  We praise You for the
glorious heavenly blessings in Christ Jesus as we walk in
Your Spirit unto Your glory and praise.   Blessed be!  You,
oh Most High YHVH God.  Even so, please come quickly
Lord Jesus!  Amen

 

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Week of 4/2-6  (B14;18)

 

God's Holy Word:  FOREVER  Powerful & True


The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word
of our God stands forever.

Isaiah 40:8


Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
The entirety of Your word  is  truth, and every one
of Your righteous judgments  endures  forever.

Psalm 119:89, 160


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  Do not think that I came
to destroy the Law or the Prophets.  I did not come 
to destroy but to fulfill.  For assuredly, I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one 
tittle will by no means pass from the law till all
is fulfilled.

Matthew 5:17, 18


All Scripture  is  given by inspiration of God, and
is  profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,
for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every
good work.

II Timothy 3:16, 17


For the word of God  is  living and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even 
to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and
intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12

( passages quoted from the NKJ version of the Bible )


Father God, thank You for Your revelation to us concerning 
You being Truth.  And thank You for caring so for us that You
have revealed crucial Truths to us concerning You and our
upcoming eternal existence.  Help, please, the unbelieving
to know their eternal state is only bright in You.  Move them
to better discern the truths which Your Son proclaimed
concerning the awful state of the one sent to the Lake of
Fire.  And help Your people in Christ Jesus Your Son heed
Your Counsel regarding the importance of enduring to the
end.  Yes precious God of glory, God of grace, thank You
for Your love letter to us in Your Word.  In Jesus Christ's
holy name we pray.  Amen 

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Week of 4/9-13  (B15;18)

 

The  10  Kings

 

You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image!  This
great image, whose splendor  was  excellent, stood before
you; and its form  was  awesome.  This image's head  was
of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs 
of bronze, its legs or iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of
clay.  You watched while a stone was cut out without hands,
which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke
them in pieces.  Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver,
and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff
from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them
away so that no trace of them was found.  And the stone
that struck the image became a great mountain and filled
the whole earth.  
This  is  the dream.  Now we will tell the interpretation of it
before the king.  You, O king [ King Nebuchadnezzar ],  are
a king of kings.  For the God of heaven has given you a 
kingdom, power, strength, and glory; and wherever the
children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the
birds of the heaven, He has given  them  into your hand,
and has made you ruler over them all - you  are  this head
of gold.  But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior
to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which
shall rule over all the earth.  And the fourth kingdom shall
be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces
and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes,  that
kingdom  
will break in pieces and crush all the others.
Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's
clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided;
yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you 
saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.   And  as  the toes
of the feet  were  partly of iron and partly of clay,  so  the
kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.  As you
saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with
the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another,
just as iron does not mix with clay.  And in the days of
these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom
which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall
not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and
consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.
Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the
iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold - the
great God has made known to the king what will come
to pass after this.  The dream is certain, and its
interpretation is sure.

Daniel 2:31-35, 36-45


Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came
and talked with me, saying to me, "Come, I will show you the
judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with
whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the
inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of
her fornication."  ...  I saw the woman, drunk with the blood
of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.  And
when I saw her, I marveled with great amazement.  But the
angel said to me, "Why did you marvel?  I will tell you the
mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her,
which has the seven heads and the ten horns.  ...  The ten
horns which you saw are ten kings, who have received no
kingdom as yet, but they receive authority for one hour as
kings with the beast.  These are of one mind, and they will
give their power and authority to the beast.  These will make
war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for
He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those  who are
with Him  are  called, chosen, and faithful."

Revelation 17:1, 2, 6, 7, 12-14

The passages above are taken from the NKJV ; emphases ours.


Lord, may we follow the correct and most appropriate example
of King Nebuchadnezzar and  fall  on our faces in worshipful
awe  of You.  Thank You for Daniel 2:46, 47.  May we, Your
Church, be wise enough to say,  "NO!"  to the antichrist who
will depose three of the  soon-to-appear kings  of the days of
the end and, together with the other beast, set up  another
image  of great darkness [ cf. Daniel 3 ].  In Your kind mercy
and grace, let the reader, Lord, understand.  In Jesus Christ's
precious name, amen.


A question to seriously ponder:

Could  MBS  be a possible candidate for the antichrist?

Please use  explicit  Bible data when you research this question.

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Week of 4/16-20  (B16;18)

 

The  THREE  Kings  Of Daniel 7


Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold,
the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea.  And
four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from 
the other."  ...  "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold,
a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong.  It had
huge iron teeth;  it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and
trampling the residue with its feet.  It  was  different from all the
beasts that  were  before it, and it had ten horns.  I was con-
sidering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one,
coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns
were plucked out by the roots.  And there, in this horn,  were
eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous
words."  ...  "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous
words which the horn was speaking;  I watched till the beast was
slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame."  ...
"Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, which
was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful,  with  its
teeth of iron and its nails of bronze,  which  devoured, broke in
pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet;  and the ten horns
that  were  on its head, and the other  horn  which came up, before
which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth
which spoke pompous words, whose appearance  was  greater
than his fellows.  I was watching;  and the same horn was making
war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the 
Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made  in favor  of 
the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to
possess the kingdom.  Thus he said:  The fourth beast shall be
a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all  other
kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, trample it and break
it in pieces.  The ten horns  are  ten kings  who  shall arise from
this kingdom.  And another shall rise after them;  he shall be
different from the first  ones,  and shall subdue three kings.
He shall speak  pompous  words against the Most High, shall
persecute the saints of the Most High, and shall intend to change
times and law.  Then  the saints  shall be given into his hand for
a time and times and half a time.

Daniel 7:2, 3, 7, 8;  11;  19-25* ...

(the quotation above is taken from the NKJV)


Lord God omniscient and omnipotent, please help Your
Saints in Your Son, Jesus Christ, maintain/persevere in
the Daniel 7:26, 27 perspective whereby we are strongly 
encouraged to  heed  Your Counsel to  endure to the end.  
Thank You for Your mandate to do so - so clearly given by 
Your Son [as recorded in Mark 13:13].  We PRAISE You most 
kind and protective Shepherd of our souls.  Amen

*  Amazing predictions indeed, yet, in the unfolding of it all,
    another one of those  "but God"  chapters  opens - see
    verse 26!   :-) 




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