Believe in God

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I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Psalms 20:2-3).

Faithful Christians believe in God as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.

As a Christian, you cannot love God too much. He is in all the universe and He knows everything about every one who has ever lived and who will ever live. Despite the fact that He knows all, the amazing truth is that HE loves everyone.

God created man and He sustains man throughout life on this earth. Without His loving care, no one in the world could live for even an instant.

And above all else that He has given man, He has given Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ to save all men. This is the best gift of all.

Thank God for all He has done for you and pray that your heart will be so grateful to Him that you will love and serve Him every day of your life.

Thank God that He is God and that He has created you; that He loves and cares for you, providing all your needs. Ask Him for help to be stronger in your faith and that He will help make you a better servant in everything you do.

“…The churches of Christ greet you…” (Romans 16:16).

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The Love of Many

And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matthew 24:12).

Among the prophecies of the Lord was one that must have been painful for Him to speak. It is contained in the above verse.

The apostle Paul, in his instruction, said we should put on the whole armor of God that “you may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Ephesians 6:13).

There can be no doubt that the Lord’s words are true. You can see how the love of many has turned cold.

Christians, once steadfast, once regular in attendance, once supportive of every good work, abandoning their faith and breaking the hearts of loved ones in Christ, their lives blighting their relationship with others, and their consuming self-interest has destroyed their usefulness to the Lord.

Their love has waxed cold.

Those who have held steadfast sometimes asked themselves, “Why?” Self-incrimination often follows. They ask themselves, “Where have I failed?” or “How have I failed?” “What could I have done that would have made a difference?”

A person seeking entrance into the military electronic school was told by his superior officer in the service, “You will never make the grade.”

The reason Christians are compared to soldiers (Ephesians 6) is because of the rigors of training. Some just do not have the qualities required to be able to “stand.”

Do you?

Or, do you feel like the little boy trying to sharpen a cheap pocket knife? It just does not have metal hard enough to take an edge.

Has the world taken the “temper” (degree of hardness or strength) out of you…that which would enable you to, as the Scriptures say, “Stand?”

Making the simple switch, from sitting to standing, begins with love.

 

Faith

A guest post written by Anita Bontjes

For we walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7, NKJV).

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

“By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him, for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was gong. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:5-10).

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).

“Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

Spiritual Fraud

A guest post written by Judy Tedder

The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth … I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another. This is love, that we walk according to His commandments, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it. For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds” (II John 1:4-11).

These verses made me more aware than ever [of] our responsibility to read and study the Bible daily so that we will know what the scriptures say on all issues. We can then talk intelligently and not mislead anyone.

Many people think that just as long as you go to any church, then you will be saved. According to these verses, if anyone comes to you and does not bring the teachings of Christ, it says, “…he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

When we do not take a stand, regarding major issues, such as sexual immorality, including the life style of the homosexual, unscriptural divorce, baptism by sprinkling instead of immersion for the remission of sins, communion weekly, instead of at our convenience and many other issues, then we do not care enough about people’s souls to make sure they are saved.

We are making light of Christ’s teachings.

He did not say it would be easy. I have been in church all my life, but I did not read my Bible as often as I should have until the past year, when I started trying to read it daily.

I find His word exciting and so practical. I have found that if you pray for opportunities to share your faith, they will come. I have read a scripture one day and the next day that particular subject comes up.

It makes you feel good to be able to answer questions with scriptures on the spur of the moment. You can learn something new every time you re-read the Bible. The only book we need is the Bible.

 

The Significance of Baptism

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“Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?” (Romans 6:3, NKJV).

Baptism is described variously in Scripture. It is called “the adoption of grace,” “the washing of regeneration,” “the new birth of water and the Spirit.”

In Romans 6, Paul says that “as many as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death.” This means that through baptism, the saving benefits of Christ’s death become yours (i.e. forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation).

In baptism you share in the death of Jesus Christ in this saving way, so that His merit becomes yours. Then, as “Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:1-11).

Ask God to help you die daily to sin, and to rise spiritually in newness of life through faith and union with the living Christ.

“…The churches of Christ greet you…” (Romans 16:16, NKJV), “…serving together as God directs…” (Philippians 1:27).

Does It Pay to Pray?

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Guest Post by Morgan Bryson

I prayed for a child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him” (I Samuel 1:27).

Have you ever prayed and prayed for something or someone and you feel like God hasn’t answered your prayer? I think everyone has been in that situation.

God answers prayer, but not always in the way you might expect.

It is hard for me to sit down and discipline myself to spend a few minutes with God, but when I do I feel like I have accomplished something.

In our Wednesday night Bible class we are studying prayer and how to pray with scripture. I have learned a lot and I am enjoying it very well. God doesn’t care how we pray or where we do it, but He wants us to pray to Him as often as we can.

The Bible says, “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given to you” (John 15:7). This tells me that if I only have the faith in God and in what I am asking, God will give it to me.

God wants to hear from us; nothing is too big or small for Him to deal with in our lives.

The verse above from I Samuel was a prayer of Hannah. It was very important to her to have a child. God answered her prayer! Her prayer “paid” off!

What is important to you? Have you prayed about it today? Do you trust God that He will answer your prayer?

One of my favorite songs of our youth group goes, “Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.”

When I trust God I will pray to Him. I need His answers and guidance. For me, it pays to pray.

Why Do You Think What You Think?

I saw this on Facebook through a friend of a friend.
“Great thought-provoking question…
I got a question for anyone who wants to post, that I ponder about quite frequently. WHY do you believe what you believe? To focus the question a bit better, everyone has political, religious, moral etc. beliefs that generally govern your day to day life. Everyone seems to have a passionate belief that they are convinced of that effects [sic] them greatly. At some point (or points) in your life, you

began to believe in whatever you believe in. What was the biggest factor that influenced that belief of beliefs? I DON’T WANT WHAT YOU BELIEVE, just WHY; in fact keep what it is out if possible. If you do come up with a “Why” ask yourself again why you believe in that. You may have to ask yourself why several times to get down to the true and honest “Why you believe what you believe” I’m interested to see what you come up with.”
The simple switch: Consider, perhaps for the first time, why we believe what we believe.