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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Bible Lesson: Conversations With Jesus: The Kingdom Of God.

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Bible Lesson: Conversations With Jesus: The Kingdom Of God.

Bible Text:

Matthew 13:1-53 KJV
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when He sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundred fold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

A Judgment Of God

Psalm 78:2 KJV
I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Isaiah 6:9,10 KJV
9 And He said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but
understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears
heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and
hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and
convert, and be healed.

II Corinthians 2:14-17 NLT
(Ministers of the New Covenant)
14 But thank God! He has made us His captives and continues to
lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now He uses us to
spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume.

15 Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this
fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and
by those who are perishing.

16 To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death
and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving
perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?

17 You see, we are not like the many hucksters who preach for
personal profit. We preach The Word Of God with sincerity and
with Christ’s authority, knowing that God is watching us.

16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth The Word Of The Kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth The Word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of The Word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth
The Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke The Word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth The Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto A Man which sowed good seed in His field:
25 But while men slept, His enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of The Householder came and said unto Him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto Him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But He said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn.

31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which A Man took, and sowed in His field:
32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

33 Another parable spake He unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake He not unto them:
35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth The Good Seed is
The Son Of Man;
38 The field is the world; The Good Seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
41 The Son Of Man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when A Man hath found, He hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that He hath, and buyeth that field.

45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto A Merchant Man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when He had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that He had, and bought it (Calvary).

(These parables speaking of...

Verse 3 A Sower - Farmer (Vs18) (4 areas where the seed fell)
Verse 24 A Man - Farmer who sowed good seed.
Verse 31 A Man -Farmer - who sowed a mustard seed.
Verse 44 A Man who found a treasure.
Verse 45 A Man who found a pearl of great price.
Verse 47 A Fisherman, who's net was full of good fish.
Verse 52 A Man who is a Householder.

...speak of our Savior, and what He has done! We cannot purchase our salvation!

Ephesians 2:8,9 KJV
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is The Gift Of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.)

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:
48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.
49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto Him, Yea, Lord.

52 Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto A Man that is an Householder, which bringeth forth out of His treasure things new and old.

53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, He departed thence.


Verse 52, Refers both to Our Lord and His treasure/ and the knowledge of a (scribe) Pastor.

Verses 51-53
Adam Clarke Commentary

Every scribe - Minister of Christ: who is instructed - taught of God; in the kingdom of heaven - in the mysteries of the Gospel of Christ: out of his treasury - his granary or store-house; things new and old - a Jewish phrase for great plenty. A small degree of knowledge is not sufficient for a preacher of the Gospel.
The sacred writings should be his treasure, and he should properly understand them. His knowledge does not consist in being furnished with a great variety of human learning, (though of this he should acquire as much as he can); but his knowledge consists in being well instructed in the things concerning the kingdom of heaven, and the art of conducting men thither.
Again, it is not enough for a man to have these advantages in possession: he must bring them forth, and distribute them abroad. A good pastor will not, like a miser, keep these things to himself to please his fancy; nor, like a merchant, traffic with them, to enrich himself; but, like a bountiful father or householder, distribute them with a liberal through judicious hand, for the comfort and support of the whole heavenly family.

A preacher whose mind is well stored with Divine truths, and who has a sound judgment, will suit his discourses to the circumstances and states of his hearers. He who preaches the same sermon to every congregation, gives the fullest proof that, however well he may speak, he is not a scribe who is instructed in the kingdom of heaven.
Some have thought that old and new things here, which imply the produce of the past and the produce of the present year, may also refer to the old and new covenants - a proper knowledge of the Old Testament Scriptures, and of the doctrines of Christ as contained in the New.
No man can properly understand the Old Testament but through the medium of the New, nor can the New be so forcibly or successfully applied to the conscience of a sinner as through the medium of the Old. The law is still a schoolmaster to lead men to Christ - by it is the knowledge of sin, and, without it, there can be no conviction - where it ends, the Gospel begins, as by the Gospel alone is salvation from sin. See the whole of the comment on the Pentateuch.

Bible Topic: The Kingdom Of God.

The Kingdom Of God, is as a tiny seed, it may be growing slowly, but it is growing surely!

Zechariah 4:10 KJV
For who hath despised the day of small things?..."

That precious seed is The Word Of God, in hearts, cultivated and watered by The Spirit Of God, that it may live and grow.

Spiritual judgment awaits those who harden their hearts against The Gospel.

II Timothy 4:4 KJV
And they shall turn away their ears from The Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

II Thessalonians 2:11 KJV
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Hebrews 10:31 KJV
It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of The Living God.

Today, hear the voice of The Savior, He is calling you!

II Corinthians 6:2 KJV
For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.

Hebrews 4:7 KJV
"...To day if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

I John 5:11-13 KJV
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us Eternal life, and this Life is in His Son.
12 He that hath The Son hath Life; and he that hath not The Son Of God hath not Life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of The Son Of God; that ye may know that ye have Eternal Life, and that ye may believe on the name of The Son Of God.

Revelation 3:20 NLT
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear My voice and open the door, I will come in..."

Christian, you who know The Lord, time to get busy in the harvest fields....

Romans 13:11 KJV
And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

John 4:35 KJV
Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Matthew 28:18-20 KJV
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Let The Lower Lights Be Burning

Brightly beams our Father’s mercy,
From His lighthouse evermore,
But to us He gives the keeping
Of the lights along the shore.
        
Chorus:
Let the lower lights be burning!
Send a gleam across the wave!
Some poor fainting,struggling seaman
You may rescue, you may save.
    
Dark the night of sin has settled,
Loud the angry billows roar;
Eager eyes are watching, longing,
For the lights along the shore.
    
Trim your feeble lamp, my brother;
Some poor sailor, tempest-tossed,
Trying now to make the harbor,
In the darkness may be lost.

Author: Philip P. Bliss

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Prayer:

 Philippians 2:15 KJV
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a 
crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as Lights in the world;



Saturday, July 14, 2018

Disrespect

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Bible Questions Answered:
“...so she said it was disrespectful, and there is a lot of that today...”
Brandon/ Beliflower, California U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

We live in an age of disrespect.

Disrespect, a sign of an evil age.

I Corinthians 15:33 KJV
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

James 3:2-12 NLT (Controlling the Tongue)
2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.
3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.
4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.
5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.
6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.
7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,
8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.
10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!
11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?
12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

Christians should …

Respect Our Living God:

Exodus 20:1-7 NLT
1 Then God gave the people all these instructions:
2 “I am The Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3 “You must not have any other god but Me.
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, The Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject Me.
6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love Me and obey My commands.
7 “You must not misuse the name of The Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name.

Psalm 95:6 KJV
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before The Lord our maker.

Matthew 22:37,38 KJV
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love The Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the first and great commandment.

Respect Authorities:

Romans 13:1-5 NLT

1 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.
2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished.
3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.
4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong.
5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Respect Parents:

Ephesians 6:1-3 KJV
1 Children, obey your parents in The Lord: for this is right.
2 Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

Respect Employers:

Colossians 3:22 NLT
"...obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of The Lord.

I Timothy 6:1 KJV
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed.

Respect, Friends And Neighbors:

Philippians 2:3 NLT
Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.

I Peter 2:17 NLT
Respect everyone, and love the family of believers. Fear God, and respect the king.

Respect The Law:

I Peter 2:13,14 NLT
13 For The Lord’s sake, submit to all human authority—whether the king as head of state,
14 or the officials he has appointed. For the king has sent them to punish those who do wrong and to honor those who do right.

Holy, Holy, Holy

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;
Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,
Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;
Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,
Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! Though the darkness hide Thee,
Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;
Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,
Perfect in pow’r, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;
Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Author: Reginald Heber

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Prayer:

Isaiah 45:21,22,25 KJV
21 "...there is no God else beside Me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside Me.
22 Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
25 I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions for Mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

Isaiah 55:6 KJV
Seek ye The Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:


Friday, July 13, 2018

Tribulation Judgment

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Bible Questions Answered:
“...what's it say about weather, we've had 90ยบ days since before summer...”
Ben/ Amarillo, Texas U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Tribulation Judgments are coming closer and closer, these are the days to call upon The Lord!

The CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., claims that there have been 33 deaths in Southern Quebec due to extreme temperatures. The Northern hemisphere has been showing warmer and warmer temps.
Montreal 97.9/ Siberia 40°/ Scotland 91.2/ Asia, Georgia capital city of Tbilisi 104.9/ Armenia's capital city – Yervan 107.6/ and places like, Pakistan 122.4/ Denver 105 6/28/18/Baudar Mahshahn, Iran 115/ Greenland Creek Ranch, California 134.1, etc. etc.

In Great Britan, high temperatures, caused roads and roofs to collapse.
High temperatures, Austria, Spain, France, Germany, U.K., Africa..etc.

The (N.O.A.A.) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states, July has been the hottest month since records began to be kept in 1880.

No·va:
A star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.See also supernova.

Supernova:
A star that suddenly increases greatly in brightness because of a catastrophic explosion that ejects most of its mass.

Tribulation Judgments:

Isaiah 30:26-29 NLT
26 The moon will be as bright as the sun, and the sun will be seven times brighter—like the light of seven days in one! So it will be when The Lord begins to heal His people and cure the wounds He gave them.
27 Look! The Lord is coming from far away, burning with anger surrounded by thick, rising smoke. His lips are filled with fury; His Words consume like fire.
28 His hot breath pours out like a flood up to the neck of His enemies. He will sift out the proud nations for destruction. He will bridle them and lead them away to ruin.
29 But the people of God will sing a song of joy...”

Joel 2:10,11,3 KJV
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11 "...for The Day Of The Lord (Seven Year Tribulation Period) is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord come.

Matthew 24:21,29 KJV
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Revelation 16:7-11 NLT
7 And I heard a voice from the altar, saying, “Yes, O Lord God, The Almighty, your judgments are true and just.”
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire.
9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give Him glory.
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teeth in anguish,
11 and they cursed The God Of Heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

Joel 1:15-20 NLT
15 The Day Of The Lord is near, the day when destruction comes from The Almighty. How terrible that day will be!
16 Our food disappears before our very eyes. No joyful celebrations are held in the house of our God.
17 The seeds die in the parched ground, and the grain crops fail. The barns stand empty, and granaries are abandoned.
18 How the animals moan with hunger! The herds of cattle wander about confused, because they have no pasture. The flocks of sheep and goats bleat in misery.
19 Lord, help us! The fire has consumed the wilderness pastures, and flames have burned up all the trees.
20 Even the wild animals cry out to you because the streams have dried up, and fire has consumed the wilderness pastures.

Stop and read the blog posting: Weather

This is the time to call on the name of The Lord, judgments are coming!

Coming Judgment:

Psalm 75:6,7 KJV
6 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.
7 But God is The Judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 KJV
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

John 5:21-31 KJV
21 For as The Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so The Son quickeneth whom He will.
22 For The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto The Son:
23 That all men should honor The Son, even as they honor The Father. He that honoreth not The Son honoreth not The Father which hath sent Him.
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting Life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto Life.
25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of The Son Of God: and they that hear shall live.
26 For as The Father hath Life in Himself; so hath He given to The Son to have Life in Himself;
27 And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is The Son Of Man.
28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice,
29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of Life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
30 I can of Mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and My judgment is just; because I seek not Mine own will, but the will of The Father which hath sent Me.
31 If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true.

John 9:38,39 KJV
38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped Him.
39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

II Thessalonians 1:6-8 NLT
6 In His justice He will pay back those who persecute you.
7 And God will provide rest for you who are being persecuted and also for us when The Lord Jesus appears from heaven. He will come with His mighty angels (Second Coming: Matthew 25:31-46 KJV),
8 in flaming fire, bringing judgment on those who don’t know God and on those who refuse to obey The Good News of our Lord Jesus.

I Peter 4:5 KJV
Who shall give account to Him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

II Peter 3:10-12 KJV
10 But The Day Of The Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and Godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of The Day Of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

A Shelter In The Time Of Storm

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Chorus:
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe Retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A Shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

Author:
Vernon J. Charlesworth
alt. by Ira D. Sankey

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Psalm 3:1-8 NLT (A psalm of David)
1 O Lord, I have so many enemies; so many are against me.
2 So many are saying, “God will never rescue him!” interlude
3 But you, O Lord, are a shield around me; you are my glory, The One who holds my head high.
4 I cried out to The Lord, and He answered me from His holy mountain. Interlude
5 I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for The Lord was watching over me.
6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
7 Arise, O Lord! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
8 Victory comes from you, O Lord. May you bless your people.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bible Lesson: Conversations With Jesus: The Sower, Seed, And Soil.

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Bible Lesson: Conversations With Jesus: The Sower, Seed, And Soil.

Bible Text: Matthew 13:1-26 KJV

Bible Topic: The Sower And The Seed.

Matthew 13:1-26 KJV
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto Him, so that He went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And He spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when He sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixty fold, some thirty fold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they
hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth The Word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth The Word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of The Word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth
The Word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke The Word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth The Word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Mark 4:1-20 KJV
1 And He began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto Him a great multitude, so that He entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2 And He taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in His doctrine,
3 Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.
9 And He said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
10 And when He was alone, they that were about Him with the twelve asked of Him the parable.
11 And He said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.
13 And He said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
14 The sower soweth The Word.
15 And these are they by the way side, where The Word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away
The Word that was sown in their hearts.
16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard The Word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for The Word's sake, immediately they are offended.
18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear
The Word,
19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke The Word, and it becometh unfruitful.
20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear
The Word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Luke 8:5-8 KJV
5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
The parable of the sower, may be interpreted in several ways. As the soil, our hearts must be full of prayer and humility, to receive the things of God.

Jeremiah 4:3 NLT (Coming Judgment against Judah) This is what The Lord says to the people of Judah and Jerusalem: “Plow up the hard ground of your hearts! Do not waste your good seed among thorns.

Hosea 10:12 NLT (The Lord’s Judgment against Israel)
I said, ‘Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek The Lord, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.’

And this parable, appeals to us as a sower.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
 
Isaiah 32:20 KJV Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters..."

Matthew 28:18-20 KJV 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Mark 16:15,16 KJV 15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach The Gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.

II Corinthians 9:6 KJV But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

I Peter 3:15 KJV But sanctify The Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Bringing In The Sheaves

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


Chorus:
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves;
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.

Author: Knowles Shaw

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John 4:234-38 KJV
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
36 And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto Life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth.
38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor: other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.

Prayer:

John 3:3,16,17,36 KJV
3 Jesus answered and said unto him (Nicodemus), Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.
17 For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.
36 He that believeth on The Son hath everlasting Life: and he that believeth not The Son shall not see Life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.



Sunday, July 8, 2018

John 10:16

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Bible Questions Answered:
“Pastor, what is meant by “other sheep,” in John 10:16?...”
Penelope/ New Castle, Pennsylvania U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

Matthew 10:6 KJV
But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 10:16 KJV
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Matthew 15:24 KJV
But He answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 26:31 KJV
Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite The Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.

In the above verses, our Lord, was referring to the Jewish people.

Isaiah 56:8 NLT
For The Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says:
I will bring others, too, besides My people Israel.”

John 10:16 KJV
And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and there shall be one fold, and one Shepherd.

John 10:16 ERV
I have other sheep too. They are not in this flock here. I must lead them also. They will listen to My voice. In the future there will be one flock and one Shepherd

John 10:16 GNT
There are other sheep which belong to Me that are not in this sheep pen. I must bring them, too; they will listen to My voice, and they will become one flock with one Shepherd.

The word “other,” here used by our Lord, refers to the Gentiles.

Ephesians 2:11,12 NLT
11 Don’t forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called “uncircumcised heathens” by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts.
12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.

Galatians 3:26-29 NLT
26 For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.
28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

Colossians 3:10,11 NLT
10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.
11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.

Prayer:

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
28 Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

Mark 16:16 KJV
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Evil - Fear No

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Bible Questions Answered:
“Are we supposed to fear the devil?..”
Travis/ Zanesville, Ohio U.S.A.

Bible Answer:

Bible Texts:

We are to show a measure of respect, as was seen in the archangel's talk with the devil.

Jude 1:9 KJV
Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Be that as it may, the truth is....

II Timothy 1:7 KJV
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Fear Not:

Deuteronomy 3:22 KJV
Ye shall not fear them: for The Lord your God He shall fight for you.

Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for The Lord thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

Joshua 1:9 KJV
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for The Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

Psalm 23:4 KJV
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm 27:1 KJV
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Strength of my Life; of whom shall I be afraid?

Psalm 34:4,7 KJV
4 I sought The Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
7 The Angel Of The Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

Psalm 46:1 KJV
God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in trouble.

Psalm 55:22 KJV
Cast thy burden upon The Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Psalm 56:3 KJV
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.

Psalm 91:1-16 KJV
1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of The most High shall abide under the shadow of The Almighty.
2 I will say of The Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.
3 Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His Truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made The Lord, which is my refuge, even The Most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
14 Because He hath set His love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him.
16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.

Psalm 94:19 NLT
When doubts filled my mind, your Comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

Psalm 118:6,7 KJV
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me.

Proverbs 12:25 NLT
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

Proverbs 29:25 KJV
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in The Lord shall be safe.

Isaiah 35:4 NLT
Say to those with fearful hearts,“Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”

Isaiah 41:10,13,14 KJV
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.
13 For I The Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith The Lord, and thy Redeemer, The Holy One Of Israel.

Isaiah 43:1-3 KJV
1 But now thus saith The Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
3 For I am The Lord thy God, The Holy One Of Israel, thy Savior..."

Zephaniah 3:17 KJV
The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; He will save, He will rejoice over thee with joy; He will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing.

Matthew 6:34 KJV
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Matthew 10:28 KJV
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear Him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mark 4:39,40 KJV
39 And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

Mark 5:36 KJV
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not afraid, only believe.

Mark 6:50 NLT
They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!”

Luke 12:22-26 NLT
22 Then, turning to His disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing.
24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to Him than any birds!
25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

John 14:27 KJV
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Romans 8:38,39 KJV
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I Timothy 6:11 KJV
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, Godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

I Peter 3:14 KJV
But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats.

I Peter 5:6,7 KJV
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

Revelation 1:17,18 KJV
17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am The First And The Last:
18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

I John 4:4,18 KJV
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Love Lifted Me

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Refrain:
Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

Author: James Rowe

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Philippians 4:6,7 NLT
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

John 1:12,13 NLT
12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.
13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.