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GOD HATES SIN--SO SHOULD WE

God Hates Sin – So Should We May 23, 2013 “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”Romans 5:12. God loved Adam and Eve and they enjoyed fellowship together. The sin Adam committed separated him – and all following generations – from God. After death entered God’s creation nothing has been the same. Since that original sin there has been a huge gulf between us and God. It is not humanly possible for us to bridge that gulf by ourselves and return to being in the presence of God. God hates sin because of that separation and had a plan to bridge that gap. First, let’s understand what sin is. Sin is anything that is opposed to God’s ways. The Ten Commandments are a good summary and a place to start in understanding God’s ways. “Thou shalt not commit adultery”. Exodus 20:14.  That’s easy enough to understand, but Jesus reveals even more of God’s ways “But I say unto you, that whosoever looket…

DOES GOD ANSWER PRAYERS

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Does God Answer Prayers May 16, 2013 “Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”Matthew 21:21-22.Jesus had just spoken a curse on a fig tree for bearing no fruit, and as a result His disciples were astonished. They asked how this could happen so quickly. I can understand their astonishment. Even though they had followed Jesus for a long time and had seen many marvelous things, they still marveled. Jesus always answered their questions and this time He told them that if they had faith and didn’t doubt, they could achieve even more than withering a fig tree. When they prayed they had to believe. Two key words to focus our attention on in the Lord’s lesson are “believe” and “doubt”. …

OCCUPY TILL I COME

Occupy Till I Come May 9, 2013 “And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.”Luke 19:11. As we read through this parable in Luke 19 we need to understand where Jesus was heading. Soon the Feast of Passover would be celebrated and all able bodied men were required to celebrate that Feast in Jerusalem. He was on His way there for a much higher purpose.  He would be hailed as Messiah and then a few days later He would be crucified. He knew what was going to happen and needed to teach one more time about His reason for coming. People, including His disciples, thought He would come in as the conquering King and save them from the oppression of the Romans…that He would fulfill their idea of Messiah. Was He giving this parable to the Jewish people who would be hailing Him as Messiah, or to those who are the Ekklesia? Maybe both. The immediate reason was t…

THE FOOLISHNESS OF IDOL WORSHIP

The Foolishness of Idol Worship April 18, 2013 “He heweth him down cedars, and taketh the cypress and the oak, which he strengtheneth for himself among the trees of the forest: he planteth an ash, and the rain doth nourish it.”Isaiah 44:14. Imagine if you will a party of men and women at a campout. They’re sitting around a blazing campfire stoking the coals with what’s left of some very nice pieces of cedar, cypress, and oak wood. They are busy in their conversations and preparations of the evening’s meal. “Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread…”Isaiah 44:15. As the fire gets hotter they comment to one another on how the evening has turned damp and cool, but how nice it is to be able to warm themselves by the fire simply by utilizing a few pieces of old dry wood. They continue to prepare bread and meat, perhaps roasting hot dogs and toasting buns. They use the burning wood embers to cook their eveni…

WHERE'S THE UNITY

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Where’s the Unity April 25, 2013 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”John 17:20-21. As believers, born from above, we should be unified in Christ. Where is the unity that Jesus prayed for so long ago? God the Son and God the Father are one. We know this because the Scriptures tell us it is so. They have unity in that the Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father. We too, the children of God, are to be united as one in Christ. Christ prayed that we be one. Sadly, that prayer for unity which was spoken directly by the Creator of the universe has for all intents and purposes been ignored by much of the Ekklesia. Why? The unbridled festering of disagreements and anger has led to a splintering of the body of Christ. Instead of being the Ekklesia – the called o…