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Never Forget good bad days God

 

Q: Some of us were talking about serial killers, and the question came up about whether or not God could forgive them. Most of us felt it wouldn’t be right for them to go to heaven like everyone else, but what would you say?


A:

Human life is sacred in God’s eyes, and deliberately murdering someone is a terrible act—so terrible that the Old Testament decreed the murderer must pay for it with his life. One of the Ten Commandments declares, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13).

The amazing thing, however, is that God can forgive anyone who truly repents and puts their faith and trust in Christ for their salvation—even a murderer! Do you remember the Apostle Paul’s background? At one time, he hated Christians and was responsible for the death of some of them: “When the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval” (Acts 22:20). And yet when Paul gave his life to Christ, God forgave him and used him to spread the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire.

Never forget: None of us deserves God’s forgiveness and salvation. No matter who we are, the Bible says we all have sinned, and we all deserve only God’s judgment. But the good news is this: God loves us, and Christ came into the world to save us. When we repent of our sins and receive Him into our hearts, God has promised to forgive us—completely and fully.

Have you made your peace with God? Have you turned in faith to Christ and committed your life to Him? Don’t trust in your own goodness for your salvation, but trust Christ and what He did on the cross for you. Make your commitment to Him today.

Can God forgive serial killers?


 

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Love’s Long Reach

Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! Romans 11:33

Mary Lee is a sixteen-foot, 3,500-pound great white shark tagged by oceanographers off the east coast of the US in 2012. The transmitter attached to her dorsal fin would be tracked by satellite when she surfaced. For the next five years Mary Lee’s movements were observed online by everyone from researchers to surfers, up and down the coast. She was tracked for nearly 40,000 miles until one day her signal stopped—probably because the battery on her transmitter expired.

Human knowledge and technology reach only so far. Those “following” Mary Lee lost track of her, but you and I can never evade God’s awareness throughout every moment of our lives. David prayed, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there” (Psalm 139:7–8). “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,” he exclaims gratefully (v. 6).

God chooses to know us because He loves us. He cares enough not only to observe our lives but also to enter into them and make them new. He drew near through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, so we could know Him in return and love Him for eternity. We can never go beyond the reach of God’s love.

By:  James Banks

Reflect & Pray

How does the thought that God knows and loves us completely encourage you? How will you reach out to others with His love today?

Thank You for always seeing me, Father! Help me to live today with a growing awareness of Your presence and perfect love.

God’s Response to Bountiful Giving

2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Have you ever tried to count your blessings? No matter how long a list you could compile, it would barely scratch the surface. Only the Lord can reveal to us all the ways He has provided, guided, and blessed us. But Scripture helps us recognize amazing blessings that are ours in Christ.

For example, today’s passage teaches that we don’t lose anything by being generous. God calls us to give cheerfully, not grudgingly; bountifully, not sparingly; and voluntarily, not under compulsion. When we do, He responds with abounding grace that overflows in our life (2 Corinthians 9:6-8).

God’s grace …

Flows to us. Our Father promises us sufficiency in everything as He supplies our needs, provides more for us to give, and increases our righteousness. In fact, He says we will be enriched in everything for our generosity (2 Corinthians 9:11).

Reaches out to others. When needs around us are met through our generosity, some people will begin to correlate our giving with obedience to God. As a bond of fellowship is formed, they may respond by praying for us (2 Corinthians 9:13-14).

Brings glory to Him. We are not the heroes in the story; the Lord is. Our obedience and dependence on Him demonstrate that He alone is the one who provides us with the means to give. And those who receive our gift will glorify God, who is the ultimate source of their provision (2 Corinthians 9:13).

Don’t allow human reasoning or the fear of not having enough prevent you from experiencing God’s abounding grace, which He showers on those who obey Him.

The Real Savior of the World

“And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14)

This unique title of the Lord Jesus Christ assures us that when the Father sent His Son away from the glories of heaven down to a world lost in sin, it was not just to be the Messiah of the Jews, or to assume David’s throne as King of Israel, or to punish the wicked Gentile nations.

“For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17).

In fact, this special title is used only one other time in the Bible, and it was used by Samaritans rather than Jews when they came to know Jesus as He ministered among them for two days. These people were mostly of Gentile background with a mixture of Israeli blood who had become adherents of a quasi-Jewish religion that was also part pagan.

But they were actually looking for a Savior, and their testimony after meeting Jesus was: “Now we believe . . . and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world” (John 4:42). They perceived that He had come to bring salvation to lost sinners in every nation, not just to Israel or Samaria. As He said later, “I came not to judge the world, but to save the world” (John 12:47).

And so He commanded His disciples “that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations” (Luke 24:47). He became to the Father “the propitiation . . . for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:2) when He offered up His life as a sacrifice for sins, then died and rose again. We who have believed on Him as our personal Savior are now to be His witnesses “in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). HMM

Pass the School of Failure

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.  Psalm 103:13-14

For some of us last year was one in which we did not acquit ourselves very nobly as Christians, considering the infinite power available to us through the indwelling Spirit. But through the goodness of God we may go to school to our failures. The man of illuminated mind will learn from his mistakes, yes even from his sins. If his heart is trusting and penitent, he can be a better man next year for last year’s fault—but let him not return again to folly. Repentance should be radical and thorough, and the best repentance for a wrong act, as Fenelon said, is not to do it again….

Brother Lawrence expressed the highest moral wisdom when he testified that if he stumbled and fell he turned at once to God and said, “O Lord, this is what You may expect of me if You leave me to myself.” He then accepted forgiveness, thanked God and gave himself no further concern about the matter.   WOS102-104

Oh Lord, some of us have graduate degrees from this school! Help us to learn well from our failures, to accept Christ’s forgiveness and to move on. Give victory for today, I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that you might have peace

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.—John 16:33.

 

Thee will I love, my Crown of gladness,

Thee will I love, my God and Lord,

Amid the darkest depths of sadness;

Not for the hope of high reward,

For Thine own sake, O Light Divine,

So long as life is mine.

Johann Scheffler.

 

What is the secret of serenity? We all want to know it. Indeed, we do know it already. There is no secret about it. St. Paul speaks it out plainly enough. Everybody can see what it is. All things work; together for good to them that love God. We must love God that is the heart of it. Happiness, content, and right satisfaction, all doubts, answered, all dark places lighted up, heaven begun here, this is the reward of loving God. In this world, tribulation, yes, but good cheer in spite of that, for the Son of God, whom we love, has overcome the world.

George Hodges.

 

Man’s happiness consists in present peace, even in the midst of the greatest trials, and in more than hope of a glorious future.

Charles Gordon.

 

Reflectors of the Lord’s Beauty

“As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.” Ps. 17:15

The portion of other men fills their bodies, and enriches their children, but the portion of the believer is of another sort. Men of the world have their treasure in this world, but men of the world to come look higher and further.

Our possession is twofold. We have God’s presence here and His likeness hereafter. Here we behold the face of the Lord in righteousness, for we are justified in Christ Jesus. Oh, the joy of beholding the face of a reconciled God! The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ yields us Heaven below, and it will be to us the Heaven of Heaven above.

But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We shall sleep a while and then wake up to find ourselves as mirrors which reflect the beauties of our Lord. Faith sees God with a transforming look. The heart receives the image of Jesus into its own depths, till the character of Jesus is imprinted on the soul. This is satisfaction. To see God and to be like Him — what more can I desire? David’s assured confidence is here by the Holy Ghost made to be the Lord’s promise. I believe it. I expect it. Lord, vouchsafe it. Amen.

 

VIDEO Do NOT be Deceived, God is NOT Mocked, Sobering Video

May 25, 2016

Do NOT be Deceived, God is NOT Mocked – Sobering Video |Must Watch

Do NOT be deceived, God is NOT mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Galatians 6v7,8

Watch video sermons by the speaker Milton Green in youtube format. Milton Green was saved from a very hopeless situation of drugs, violence, he literally came to an end of his life almost and the Lord healed him and used him for His glory. He started to study the word of God and started to minister in many conventions including with James Robinson and Leonard Ravenhill.
Some of his main Biblical burdens was to teach the whole counsel of God and to share how to be free from sin and carnality in Christian life. He clearly showed through his teachings on to recognize and have victory through Jesus Christ over the powers of darkness.

Posted with permission from Sermonindex.net

Doubting Thomas?

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When we think of Christ’s disciples there are certain words that almost always go with them.

– Judas Iscariot is Judas the Betrayer, Peter denied Christ 3 times — also Peter the Rock Upon which Christ built His Church, John as the one Jesus loves, and Thomas as Doubting Thomas.

Let’s look at “Doubting Thomas” and see if his reputation really fits his character.

Is the fact that Thomas doubted really negative or could it be a positive trait?
– His was an inquiring mind that needed to see the truth to believe — once he saw the truth
he was solid.
– He just needed to see the Truth and wanted his questions answered.

Paul encouraged the Bereans to check the scriptures for what he preached.

Maybe the doubt Thomas expressed is said well in this quote. “His doubt had a purpose. Thomas wanted to know the truth, his doubt gives evidence not a lack of faith, but of a desire to have faith founded in fact not fancy.”

Through history Judas has been the only disciple criticized more than Thomas.
– Thomas wanted proof that Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
– Can you blame him?

Thomas wasn’t there when the resurrected Christ appeared to some of His disciples.

Imagine seeing someone die, knowing He was buried, and then hearing from friends that they’d seen Him alive!
– You might feel sympathetic toward them, expecting them to get over it in time.

If they kept telling you on and on and on, you might want to confront them.
– That’s the situation for Thomas.

In recent years, many Christians have become more sympathetic to Thomas.
– They recognize if they’d been in his position they may have had doubts too.

I probably would’ve been a doubter.
– My nickname might’ve become, “Doubting Bill.”

Devotional writer Selwyn Hughes wrote “Those who doubt most, and yet strive to overcome their doubts, turn out to be some of Christ’s strongest disciples.”
Thomas was transformed, saying, “My Lord and my God!”

– That doesn’t shock us like it did the original disciples.

Before then, they called Jesus rabbi, meaning teacher. Christ, meaning the anointed one. The Son of the living God.
– No one ever called Jesus, “God.”

Jewish leaders wouldn’t hesitate to pass the death sentence on Thomas for blasphemy.
– It was an incredible and dangerous thing to say.

The Bible says the one who’d been most honest about his doubts was the first to call Jesus, “God.”

Tradition says Thomas was the disciple who traveled furthest to tell others about Christ.
– Tradition teaches he preached the gospel in Babylon, Persia, and all the way to India.
– There are Christian churches in southern India claiming to trace their heritage to Thomas.

Thomas is mentioned 3 times in John.

John 11:7-16:
7 Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”
8 But his disciples objected. “Rabbi,” they said, “only a few days ago the people in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?”
9 Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world.
10 But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.”
11 Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”
12 The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!”
13 They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died.
14 So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”
16 Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.”

The last few times Jesus had been in Judea the Jews had tried to seize and kill Him so there was good reason why the disciples weren’t eager to go back to see Lazarus.

We see the good example of Thomas who knew Jesus was going back no matter what the disciples thought — Jesus was going to His now dead friend Lazarus.

Thomas was very brave because he thought going with Jesus could mean his death.
– He was still willing to follow Jesus no matter what!

He put into action what Christ taught — Mark 8:34-35
34 Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.
35 If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it.

Thomas was willing to follow Jesus even if it meant death.
– He wanted to do God’s Will.

This doesn’t show the personality of a doubter — just a man with honest questions.
– Once he has the answers he’s more than willing to follow.

Thomas could only see disaster – but he was for going anyway.

Thomas was determined to be faithful – even in the face of death!!
– For Thomas there may be death, but never be disloyalty.

The 2nd time we find Thomas is John 14:1-6
1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.
2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?
3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

Thomas asked a question all the disciples were thinking which brought one of the greatest “I AM” statements of Christ. “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

Probably the most known statement in Christianity came from a question Doubting Thomas asked or maybe just Honest Thomas.

We conclude Thomas lacked faith because he didn’t just accept the words of Christ and go on his way.
– If Christ was going away Thomas wanted to go with Him.
– He honestly said “I don’t know the way but I sure want to follow. Tell me how”.

Not only was he passionate about going with Christ — he asked a question that brings a statement that’s really the heart of Christianity.

These 2 scriptures aren’t where the name “Doubting Thomas” came from — his name comes from John 20:24 where he wants what their telling him confirmed — even then, does he deserve the name, “Doubting Thomas”?

John 20:24-29
24 One of the disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came.
25 They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.”
26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”
28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed.
29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.”

It’s easy to see where the nickname “Doubting Thomas” came from.
– Jesus said, “Stop doubting and believe.”
– So it’s easy to say, “oh well Thomas was a doubter — even Jesus said so.”

Look at the whole story.

Mary Magdalene was the 1st to see Jesus — she told the disciples who were locked in an upper room fearing for their lives.

There must’ve been some doubt in their minds so they had to run see.

Thomas wasn’t the only one needing to see to believe.

Thomas wasn’t with them when Jesus appeared the 1st time.

They told him about it and he said, “I have to see and know for myself.”

– There was doubt, but he wasn’t a doubting Jesus — maybe doubt in man.

He didn’t give up on Jesus when he hadn’t seen Him even a week after everyone else had seen Him.
He showed faith by being with the disciples the 2nd time.

Thomas needed faith based on the fact he’d seen Jesus, he couldn’t take anyone’s word for it — he must see for himself — when he did he no longer doubted and was a faithful disciple.

His reaction was profound as he called Him “GOD” — “My Lord and my God.”

Thomas speaks powerful truth here. He knew he was seeing his risen Lord — he was truly encountering God — He’d never forget or doubt again!

– We can identify with Thomas.

We’ve doubts and want to know something for ourselves. No one’s word’s good enough — we need to know for ourselves.

Is this not having faith?

What’s the greater faith? — One that never doubts or faith that doubts and investigates and believes?

We see examples throughout history of people who doubted — some even went as far as to try to disprove Christ — what happened?

– Lew Wallace wrote Ben Hur, Josh McDowell wrote Evidence that Demands a Verdict.Lee Stroble, a journalist for The Chicago Tribune wrote the series, A Case For……….Andre Kole (Magician commissioned by David Copperfield to disprove the miracles of the Bible), there are many others.

When you hear about doubting Thomas remember he was much more than a doubter he was one who needed to find out for himself, to search out the truth.

He needed to believe not because what others said but because God Himself revealed it to him.

When you know you’ve God’s Truth you’re ready to pay any price — even death:

James was caught by Herod; Herod captured Peter.
They were sharing Herod’s outbreak of attacks upon believers.
James would have to face the sword and Peter would escape it.
They were not afraid of dying; they both knew that they could take it.
Thomas preached in Babylon and India they claimed,
Then the local folks impaled him with a lance while he was praying.
They were all about to die, but they weren’t thinking much about it,
And their story didn’t have a chance but none of them were doubting.

Why oh why would someone die if it was just a hoax?
Why then take the awful risk to tell us Jesus rose?
Simple men from Galilee would not have spoken lies
To get enrolled in history books as martyrs for Jesus Christ.

Simon died along with Jude from arrows spears or crosses
Someone gave Bartholomew a skin-removal process
Some of them were stoned alive like James the son of Alphaeus
And their stories are the evidence that none of them were doubters.

Why oh why would someone die if it was just a hoax?
Why then take the awful risk to tell us Jesus rose?
Simple men like you and me would not have spoken lies
To get well known in all the books as martyrs for Jesus Christ.

A lot of guys were crucified for calling Him Messiah
Philip died and Andrew did and possibly Matthias
Peter’s was a most unpleasant death for being Christian
They would turn him upside down and then go through with crucifixion
Paul, he was beheaded, probably Matthew did the same
Then they threw off of the temple top the other guy named James
They were all about to die but they weren’t thinking much about it
That’s a gory bunch of evidence that none of them were doubters.

Why oh why would someone die if it was just a hoax?
Why then take the awful risk to tell us Jesus rose?
Simple men like you and me would not have spoken lies
To get their names in history books as martyrs for Jesus Christ

Revelation 6:9

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of all who had been martyred for the word of God and for being faithful in their testimony.

I’m concerned about how gullible modern Christians are.

We need more Thomas’s

There are some dangerous things happening to this lazy generation of “Christians” who won’t take time to know the Scriptures.

They hear something on the radio or TV claiming it’s from the Bible and rather than check it out, they swallow it hook, line, and sinker. – Satan’s doing his best to dilute God’s Word and its working!

There are so many TV and radio “evangelists” pumping out false doctrine, like Benny Hinn, Ken Copeland, Joel Osteen, James Robison, and a host of others and weak, anemic “Christians” just follow blindly rather than question and find out the Truth.

So many Christians are following Roma Downey and Mark Burnett’s portrayal of THE BIBLE, THE SON OF GOD, and now, A.D.,THE BIBLE CONTINUES thinking they’re learning the Bible — WRONG!

“BUT RICK WARREN HAS ENDORSED IT! THEY EVEN HAVE DEVOTIONALS, SUNDAY SCHOOL CURRICULUM, SERMON OUTLINES AND DISCUSSION GUIDES!”

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, GO TO THE SOURCE, SPEAK TO AND SPEND TIME WITH THE AUTHOR AND LEARN THE TRUTH FIRST HAND!

We sometimes trust others but we still need to be careful to dig the Truth out in the Word of God.

Be like Thomas in his dedication to Christ and his desire to know his risen Lord for himself.

Thomas fits what Josh McDowell once said “My heart cannot rejoice in what my mind rejects.”

Let’s search with our hearts and our minds and discover our risen Lord.

by Bill Woods

Being an Example of His Message

Preach the word! —2 Timothy 4:2

We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us. The Son of God was His own message— “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As His disciples, our lives must be a holy example of the reality of our message. Even the natural heart of the unsaved will serve if called upon to do so, but it takes a heart broken by conviction of sin, baptized by the Holy Spirit, and crushed into submission to God’s purpose to make a person’s life a holy example of God’s message.

There is a difference between giving a testimony and preaching. A preacher is someone who has received the call of God and is determined to use all his energy to proclaim God’s truth. God takes us beyond our own aspirations and ideas for our lives, and molds and shapes us for His purpose, just as He worked in the disciples’ lives after Pentecost. The purpose of Pentecost was not to teach the disciples something, but to make them the incarnation of what they preached so that they would literally become God’s message in the flesh. “…you shall be witnesses to Me…” (Acts 1:8).

Allow God to have complete liberty in your life when you speak. Before God’s message can liberate other people, His liberation must first be real in you. Gather your material carefully, and then allow God to “set your words on fire” for His glory.

by Oswald Chambers