Most people in the world are being deceived by an evil genius bent on destroying their lives - a brilliant mastermind called the devil, or Satan. Everybody worships somebody or something: a€?power, prestige, food, pleasure, possessions, one's own opinion, etc.
Answer: A Satan used a serpent--the wisest, most appealing animal God made--to deceive Eve. Answer: A Yes, eating of the fruit was a sin because it was a direct rejection of one of God's few requirements. A A What amazing facts does the Bible reveal regarding Satan's methods to hurt, deceive, discourage, and destroy people? Answer: A The devil will be cast into the lake of fire on this earth at the end of the world. Answer: A Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus made the eradication of sin a certainty.
The Father Can Hardly Waita€?In order to make people supremely happy, our heavenly Father has prepared a fabulous eternal home for them. Because sin was something completely new in God's universe, and its inhabitants did not understand it.
Everybody worships somebody or something: power, prestige, food, pleasure, possessions, one's own opinion, etc. Anything or anyone (other than God) that receives first place in my life becomes an idol which I worship. 10.A A What amazing facts does the Bible reveal regarding Satan's methods to hurt, deceive, discourage, and destroy people? Second, sin will be purged from the universe by the total and final destruction of sin, sinners, the devil, and his angels. The Father Can Hardly WaitIn order to make people supremely happy, our heavenly Father has prepared a fabulous eternal home for them. And just as water shouldna€™t infiltrate the hull of a ship, so the world shouldna€™t infiltrate His church.
As an example, I have a a€?pocket PCa€? with multiple versions of the Bible, along with Bible dictionaries and inspired commentarya€”I can even listen to the Bible and watch Bible videos with it. Despite the prolif-eration of Bible resources, people today are more biblically illiterate than ever.
The eartha€™s environment radically changed, and subsequently, lifestyles began degenerating. Even if you stood outside on the equator in the middle of a desert underneath a clear blue sky at noon, it would be utterly dark compared to heaven. I like caving, so once while in Virginia, I went to explore a place that advertised itself as the a€?Endless Caverns.a€? Of course, the cave isna€™t endless, but it does go hundreds of feet below ground. How ironic that in the exact spot where Voltaire made that bold prediction sits a Bible warehousea€”churning out Bibles! You might see black and maybe red ink on white paper, or even just pixels on a computer screen, but it is much more than that. Ita€™s real, and ita€™s unlikely that anyone could ever open ita€”with sincere desirea€”and never get something out of it. Though written over a period of 1,600 years by about 40 different authorsa€”on three different continents, speaking four different languagesa€”ita€™s completely harmonious. Sin entered the world because man doubted Goda€™s words; we shouldna€™t make the same mistake today by doubting the accuracy of the Bible, especially with so much proof on its side. I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and the pleasure.a€? Thata€™s what happens when you read about God supernaturally intervening in the affairs of men to accomplish His redemptive purposes.
These peoplea€™s lives were a total mess, but when they started reading the Bible, they turned around. Maybe you are studying your Bible, but youa€™re just picking up a few crumbs that fall from the childrena€™s table. Just take an hour, once a week, to get together with others of like faith and read the Word of God together. But God has given us a never-failing gyrocompass in His Word, and if we read ita€”with a desire to follow it and know the God who inspired ita€”we will have a sure guide, one that will never let us go astray, and one more powerful and effec-tive that all the nuclear submarines in the world. The voice then said, a€?Tomorrow you will be both glad and sad.a€? So the confused man took a handful of pebbles and stuffed them in his pocket. It was the Bible that turned me into a Christian, which is a miracle considering that I was from a Jewish family full of cynicism about Christianity. This will never happen unless you make the decision to reserve regular time with the Lord in study and prayer. Comparatively uneducated, not a great reader, and faced with a King James Bible, I was nevertheless able to understand what I read.
Do not despair of help to understand something of the will and the mind of God as if they are fast locked up from you.
It is important to ask, a€?Lord, help me apply the things I have read in your Word to my life.a€? Approaching God with a cynical curiosity will most likely lead to confusion and frustration. Jesus said, a€?I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them nowa€? (John 16:12).
Sometimes we over-spiritualize basic things in the Bible, never letting the words just plainly speak for themselves.
Some people a€?studya€? by jumping from one verse to another, leading them to some flawed doctrinal conclusions. I remember, for example, reading Jesus teaching about honoring your father and mother, but then He mentions a€?Corbin.a€? I thought, a€?Who or what is Corbin?a€? Well, I had to do a little background study to find out that in their culture, children could dedicate their wealth to the temple instead of using it to support their parents in their old age. There are little nuances of meaning that cana€™t always be exactly translated from one language to another.
They can help you immensely in getting the gist of each passage and help you grasp the meaning in ways that will astound and amaze you. For instance, I often get asked about a passage in 1 Corinthians 11 regarding women not cutting their hair and praying with their heads covered. Likewise, running to and fro through the Bible, comparing Scripture with Scripture, will work to help you learn for yourself what the truth really is.
Proponents of these odd teachings keep going back, again and again, to these few verses until theya€™ve managed to build an enormous following even though they neglect the weight of evidence from hundreds of other verses that, if carefully studied, would contradict the very teaching that they are so passionately promoting. Of course, God can speak to you alone through His Word, but almost without exception people who dona€™t fellowship with other believers and dona€™t bounce their interpretations off stable Christians can come up with some very bizarre ideas. Ita€™s so important now to be personally grounded in the Word because false teachings are only going to multiply as the clock of eartha€™s history winds rapidly down. Peter tells us that a€?[as] newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow therebya€? (1 Peter 2:2). Remember, we can live holy lives when we have His Word written in our hearts (Psalms 119:11). He wants them to be able to stand before anyone, anywhere, and, as Peter said, a€?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 feara€? (1 Peter 3:15).
Lucifer is symbolized by the king of Babylon in Isaiah 14 and as the king of Tyrus in Ezekiel 28. Jesus' key aim in life was to demonstrate His Father's character in His own life so people would know how loving, warm, and caring the Father really is (John 5:19). He knows thinking people reject monsters as fable and so will be led to deny his existence.
The trip, dubbed a€?Operation Sunshine,a€? was made possible by a new technological marvel, the USS Nautilus, the worlda€™s first nuclear-powered submarine. On our long, often-dark journey through these troubling waters, the Bible is as crucial to us as the gyrocompass was to the USS Nautilus. Moreover, the internet offers a broad spectrum of free Bible software and even free electronic Bibles.
God spoke to Adam face to face in the garden of Eden, thus Adam received revelation straight from the Creator. Ita€™s so dark here that we cana€™t navigate our way around without clear direction from God. As my tour guide and I were making our way down into the abyss, she said, a€?If you want to know what absolute darkness is a€¦a€? and then she shut off the lights. It is a message that is made of spirit and life with an unex-plainable inherent potency and vitality. Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundancea€? (Isaiah 55:2). On one Pacific island, they eat a pounded root extract called saguaro, and to me it is just so bland. Written by kings and peasants, with a wide spectrum of education in between, it delivers one mes-sage and one voice. For instance, Daniel prophesied the correct sequence and time of the Babylonian fall from power, along with the rise and fall of the Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires.
The next morninghe examined the pebbles and discovered that the stones were really precious gems.
Ia€™d been taught evolution and believed that the Bible was full of fiction, fantasy, and fables.
The answer is an emphatic a€?no!a€? And I say that because Ia€™m exhibit Aa€”living proof that you dona€™t need to be a great professor of religion to grasp the Word. God was able to speak to me through His Word, even though I didna€™t get everything straight the first time. I have no doubt that if you apply these principles, you too will be able to understand much more, and your life will never be the same.
Sometimes you might read a passage in a book and ask yourself, a€?What did the writer mean by that?a€? Unfortunately, you cana€™t call most authors to ask what they meant. If we arena€™t walking in the light He has already shone on our path, why should He give us more?
Of course, there are many spiritual symbols in Scripture, but when the Bible says, a€?He woke up in the morning,a€? some people might agonize over this phrase, trying to squeeze some spiritual abstract meaning out of a straightforward verse. Again, we need to approach the Word with a humble, willing hearta€”and open to what the Bible says even if what it says isna€™t exactly what we want to hear. So when you read a verse, you should also read a few verses before it and a few verses after it. It was a rite that enabled them to dodge the fifth commandment, because their wealth was now technically Goda€™s property.
Though you dona€™t need to know the original language to be able to understand the Bible, sometimes taking a little time to look up the original meanings of words can be very helpful to enhance comprehension. You need to look at all the relevant verses dealing with a subject and compare them with each other.
Sometimes, wea€™ll hear someone say something like, a€?This is what I think this verse means,a€? or even, a€?I feel in my heart it could mean thisa€? or some other warm fuzzy sentiment. They become a law unto themselves, forgetting that in the multitude of counsel there is safety (Proverbs 11:14). These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.a€? If you do that, diligently studying the Word of God with other Bible-based followers of Jesus, you will be safe. For many, the superficial, shallow, breezy approach to Bible doctrine will not prepare them to defend their faith against the devila€™s clever deceptions. Ita€™s clear that God can work with you wherever you are at, but growing saints must graduate from milk to meat. Stop delaying and get studying; therea€™s a lot nourishing meat in Goda€™s Word just waiting to be assimilated. The lead ball had been stopped by his mothera€™s Bible, which Houston carried in his knapsack.
There might be a day coming when your Bibles will be taken away and all youa€™re going to have is what youa€™ve stored in your heart. He said, a€?It is written,a€? and we will be able to say the same as long as we are willing to open up the Word now and dive right in. One great angel stands on the left side of God's throne and another on the right (Psalms 99:1). By rejecting one of God's commands, Adam and Eve allied themselves with Satan, God's enemy, and thus brought separation between themselves and God (Isaiah 59:2). And Satan will appear as a glorious angel of light with power to call fire down from heaven.


All sinners will openly admit that they are lost because of their determined refusal to accept God's love and salvation.
Satan Misrepresents the FatherSatan misrepresents the Father as unfeeling, aloof, exacting, stern, and unapproachable (the devil's own traits).
Jesus Died the Second Death for Every PersonWhen Adam and Eve sinned, they immediately would have died the second death except for the fact that Jesus stepped forward and offered to die the second death on Calvary for every person. Under hundreds of feet of ice, the Nautilusa€™ nuclear reactor not only powered the vessel but enabled the crew to have the filtered air and water needed to reach their destination. So in this first section of this short book, I want to instill within you a craving for Scripture and revive your awe of Goda€™s Word. In turn, Adam shared this knowledge with Seth, and Seth passed it down to Lamech, who passed it on to Noah. By the time of Moses, after years of His people being held in bondage in a pagan-infested nation, God saw that is was necessary to codify His messages to humanity. Then, more than 500 years ago, Johann Gutenberg developed the printing press, enabling the mass production of Bibles. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Sure, it might crystallize, but unlike some food preserved in vinegar, honey will never spoil. And Jesus Himself is that Word, and like Him, the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Towser said, a€?A loving Personality dominates the Bible walking among the trees of the Garden and breathing fragrance over every scene.
Moreover, in Revelation youa€™ll find reference to Genesis, and in Genesis youa€™ll find a reference to Jesus. Drug abusers become clean, marriages are restored, and alcohol and gambling addicts are freed. Christ said, a€?I am the bread that came down from heaven.a€? We need to learn to love that bread, morethan the unhealthy food this world has to offer. Whatever you do to increase your time in the Word is going to create a positive blessing for you spiritually.
Not only is it a great means of strengthening and fortifying your own soul, but it has tremendous evangelistic potential because youa€™ve got friends and neighbors whom you could bring. He was happy and sada€”happy he had obeyed and picked up some gems, but sad that he had not picked up more. Yet in a cave, all alone, I picked up the Bible and this dynamic, powerful book changed my life.
He might even smell it and figuratively wrap himself up in her words of love and encouragement. Our sinful natures make us want to do sinful things, and we might not be that eager to surrender to what the Word of God tells us. Why then build a belief system out of it, especially when no other verse even hints at that subject? He already has his people out there, sharpening their arguments and twisting Scripture to their ends. So take it with your hands, read with your eyes, store it in your heart, walk it with your feet, tell it with your lips, and live it in your lifea€”starting today! Here are the Bible's amazing facts about this prince of darkness and how you can overcome him! Lucifer's aim was to usurp God's throne, even if it might eventually lead to murder (John 8:44).
Satan hoped the couple would sin and then eat of the tree of life, and thus become immortal sinners.
Before Jesus comes the second time, Satan will appear as an angelic being, posing as Christ. In this final showdown, not one being on God's side will die and not one being on Satan's side will survive. Moreover, unable to surface for direction, they traversed the dangerous waters using a new invention called the gyrocompass.
If youa€™ve never understood why we have the Bible, I want to paint a rich picture for you that will inspire you to open the Bible up and dive into its pages. Though sin had infected the world, Adam and his descendents possessed minds fashioned from the hands of Goda€”more powerful and sophisticated than any supercomputer. As a result, Moses became Goda€™s first scribe, and Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and probably the book of Job, were written during Mosesa€™ days in the wilderness.
And Ephesians 6:17 affirms, a€?the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Goda€?a€”our primary weapon against the enemy. After a little while sitting there in total darkness, I took out my keychain that had a little LED light. Always a living Person is present speaking, pleading, loving, working and manifesting Himself.a€? When people read Goda€™s Word with their hearts sincerely seeking to hear what the Spirit is saying, it becomes a liv-ing testament from Christ.
Likewise, it could be a sign of bad spiritual health if you have no appetite for the bread of life. You might be saying, a€?Doug, I have no appetite for the Bible.a€? Read it anyway, and as you read it, youa€™ll eventually start developing a taste for it and ultimately crave it. The Bible says, a€?Love Me and keep My commandments.a€? You cana€™t obey Jesus if you dona€™t love Him. The Bible is filled with priceless riches, but unless we open it and mine its pages, we will be without true wealth. And today, even after many years of studying, I am still blessed with new light when I read my Bible. He will search every word, every nuance, reading between the lines just to understand what his beloved was truly saying.
Ia€™ve just got to find a verse to prove it.a€? And theya€™ll start reading the Bible not to hear what God says, but searching for proof texts to support their position.
In English, when we hear a€?bottomless pit,a€? we conjure up pictures of a deep well that starts in Kansas and goes straight through the earth coming out in Mongolia. While these are often very helpful, they are not necessarily inspired.) For centuries people built beautiful houses with only hand tools.
Youa€™ve got to be careful about building a doctrinal monument around that one verse, as it might have just been a cultural tradition or custom. They probably wona€™t hand you a Bible, yet wea€™re going to need to know how to give an answer for what we believe. If anything or anyone other than God receives first place in my life, I am--innocently perhaps--worshiping and supporting Satan.
After his expulsion from heaven, Lucifer was called Satan (adversary) and devil (slanderer), and his angels were called demons. His deceptive power will be so great that our only safety will lie in refusing to go to see him (Matthew 24:23-26). Note: It is not possible to adequately describe the sadness and anguish the Father and Son will feel at Satan's destruction.
Prior to the Flood, when lives were measured by hundreds of years, humans had a vast capacity to remember virtually everything said, heard, and seen. When I turned it on, it was as though someone had switched on one of those giant spotlights at the grand opening of a new store. Ita€™s like gazing into the electrical room of a skyscraper and seeing thousands of little wires crisscrossing everywhere connecting every function in the building. Wea€™re also told that spiritual things are a€?spiritually discerned.a€? That might seem like common sense, but most people try to read the Bible with their own feelings as the interpreter.
The Bible is a love letter from God to us; should we treat it with less heartfelt interest?
And if they cana€™t find a supporting verse they generally twist something to make it fita€”like the man who puts together a jigsaw puzzle with a hammer in one hand and scissors in the other. If you absolutely refuse to look and listen, Jesus will protect you from deception (John 10:29). If at that point God had refused to create him, He would have been repudiating that prime principle of free choice. Too much unchallenged authority (as the Father and Son have) tends to blind leaders to real life. That little bit of light made such a tremendous difference when compared to the abject darkness within the bowels of the earth.
Soldiers were sent to arrest Jesus, and they came back saying, a€?Never [a] man spake like this mana€? (John 7:46).
Likewise, many people have no appetite for Goda€™s Word because they gorge on entertainment junk food. They want the Bible to tell them what they want to hear; they want it to say what they want it to say.
To destroy him and the millions who have followed him will pain the Father and the Son more than the burning will hurt anyone in the fire.
My promise is, a€?Youa€™ll find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.a€™ a€? Hea€™s not very far awaya€”however far away your nearest Bible is.
That wona€™t worka€”imposing ourselves on what we read rather than allowing Goda€™s Spirit to impose on us what we need to understand. If you do, I guarantee your hunger will grow and youa€™ll find a little Bible study library growing up in your home or on your computer.
I brought him to Your disciples, but they couldna€™t heal him.a€?A  Jesus replied, a€?You unbelieving and rebellious generation! Ezekiel 28:13 seems to indicate that his throat was specially prepared to make him an outstanding musician.
Centuries later, when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness, worship was still the central issue (Matthew 4:8-11).
In love, God had withheld from them the knowledge of heartache, grief, suffering, pain, and death. Moreover, Christ is eternity; thus the only book that will make a restful pillow when youa€™re dying is the Bible. In Ezekiel 3:3, God instructs the prophet, a€?Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. This so infuriates Satan that he will try to force people to worship him or else be killed (Revelation 13:15). Satan told lies to misrepresent God's character because he knew that no one would ever turn away from such a loving God unless he misunderstood His character. Because they were barred from the tree of life, decay and deterioration--leading ultimately to death--began immediately. God knows before we are born how we will live, but even so, He permits us to live and choose whether to endorse His government or Satan's. We must not permit our noble leaders who are out of touch to jeopardize the very existence of heaven. Bring him here to Me.a€? Then Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him, and from that moment the boy was healed.
God is willing to be misunderstood and falsely accused and blamed for ages, while taking the time to allow every person to freely choose whom he will follow. Then the disciples approached Jesus privately and said, a€?Why couldna€™t we drive it out?a€? a€?Because of your little faith,a€? He told them. Only a Loving God Would Risk Granting Full Freedom for AllThis glorious, crucial gift of freedom could come only from a just, open, loving God. If God had destroyed Lucifer immediately, some angelic beings who did not fully understand God's character may have begun to worship God through fear, saying, "Lucifer may have been correct. However, this kind does not come out except by prayer and fasting.a€?This same story is repeated in Mark Chapter 9, vs. God Accepts Only Loving, Voluntary Service The only service acceptable to God is cheerful, voluntary service prompted by love. Obedience for any other reason is unacceptable.a€?a€?God Is Giving Satan Time to Demonstrate His Principlesa€?Satan claimed he had a better plan for the government of the universe. Obedience for any other reason is unacceptable.God Is Giving Satan Time to Demonstrate His PrinciplesSatan claimed he had a better plan for the government of the universe.
I was there for forty days and forty nights, all that time I ate no food and drank no water.


The Lord gave me the two tablets on which God had written with his own finger all the words he had spoken to you from the heart of the fire when you were assembled at the mountain. At the end of the forty days and nights, the Lord handed me the two stone tablets inscribed with the words of the covenant.Matthew Chapter 4, vs. The entire universe is watching as we each play a part in the controversy between Christ and Satan. 1-2 (NLT): Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. As the controversy ends, every soul will fully understand the principles of both kingdoms and will have chosen to follow either Christ or Satan.
Those who have chosen to ally with sin and Satan will be destroyed with him, and God's people will be taken to the eternal safety of their heavenly home. 16-18 (NLT): And when you fast, dona€™t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. As you can see above: Demons are cast out, the Holy Spirit speaks, Moses received the Ten Commandments, and Jesus had the strength to overcome Satana€™s temptations.
It can strengthen our faith and get difficult prayers answered.There are different types of fasting.
We are trying this for 21 days to achieve some answers from God and help get some desperate and difficult prayers answered. Fasting, praying, and special giving during the first month of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. Fasting should be done in combination with things that can increase your faith, wisdom, and hearing from the Lord. Read a good Christian book, read Goda€™s Word in the Bible, listen with praise and worship to Christian music, and of course pray.
Thought for the week:A  For more advice and understanding read a€“ a€?Fastinga€? by Jentezen Franklin. 22-24: The Lord God used the rib of the man to make a woman, and then he brought the woman to the man. And the man said, a€?Now, this is someone whose bones came from my bones, whose body came from my body. 13: If a man has sexual relations with another man as a man does with a woman, these two men have done a hateful sin. Most are basically good people that give to charities, help with the homeless, do good deeds and are friendly and nice to people. There are gay celebrities on TV that do wonderful works of mercy and charity for other people. However, if you are gay and dona€™t turn from your present life style and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you will go to the pool of fire (Hell). Yes, there is such a place and it is for eternity.A  If you intend to do it a€?somedaya€™, I hope you dona€™t get hit by a car and die before that happens. He wrote the rule book (the Bible) and it is expressed in it several times that he feels the punishment for this is death.
We are all sinners in one way or another and must try hard to turn from our former self before we knew Jesus as our Lord. To the ones who say it is genetic or upbringing, I offer this: Alcoholism can be passed down through genes and wife-beating can be passed down through upbringing.
God is the highest authority, how do you think he will judge according to the Ten Commandments and his Word in the Bible? Hook up with a good faith based organization like a€?Food for the Poora€? or a€?World Visiona€? and help these people out. God Bless.====================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 1-21-2010. We run the risk of becoming weaker when we stay at home, so gradually we wona€™t even notice. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.a€? Notice it says he is looking for someone, like a lion does. They need Christian friends and other Christian adults if they are to survive in this world. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.a€?7 Because we need the help of good people. Pastors cannot serve full-time, a building cannot be purchased, missionaries will not be sent out, ministries to the community wona€™t be fulfilled, and the lost wona€™t be saved.
And how can they preach unless they are sent?a€?10 Because God says we should go to church regularly.
30-31: And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and all the tribes of the earth will morn, and they will see the Son of Man coming upon the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a trumpet blast, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
10: But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and every thing done on it will be found out. 36-43: But of that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. In (those) days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day that Noah entered the ark.
Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of the night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into.
So too you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. Pilots vanish, drivers vanish, wives vanish, neighbors vanish, and it is a world wide supernatural event that happens at the exact same time. There are no second chances of dropping to your knees and asking for forgiveness because it comes and goes in a blink of an eye. Wars, Nation against Nation, famines, earthquakes, natural disasters, and a sin loving generation. I always interpreted the a€?He will come like a thief in the nighta€? as have a duel meaning. Some people know in advance when they will die and they, believe it or not, are the lucky ones. Hint: It is hot, miserable, people are gnashing their teeth and screaming, and your caretaker has horns --------- hhmmmmmm.
However, if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and turned your life around you will be going somewhere that is truly pure love. If I am wrong, then worms get me just like you but if I am right I live in love and you dona€™t. I just dona€™t know where people get their ideas from because the Bible tells it like I do. Also, it is also true that before Jesus came to the earth as a man, that all the pagan nations were defeated by Goda€™s people the Israelites.
Why ---- because the Israelites worshiped the only God there is and the pagans worshiped false ones.
A PS:A  Hope youa€™re not on one of those planes where the Pilot is a follower of Christ when the Rapture comes.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. I was impressed by the many many friends who came to offer condolences and said kind things about her.
To go through life with so many people that call themselves your family around you is a tribute to the love that is shown and radiates from you. Some are acquaintances, some good acquaintances, others are friends and still others are good friends. I think I need to add a new one that shows love beyond that of the latter a€“ it is family. Thought for the week:A  Happy Valentines Day !!!!!=============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop 2-22-2010. You see the fire trucks pull up and the fire men run from the trucks, get their ladders, hook up the hoses and then ------- sit down and take a coffee break.
Your company is told that there is a mother and two children screaming for help from the third floor and they are close to being consumed by the flames.
You and your men run over to see what instructions he has but he presents all of you with some Coffee and doughnuts.
All of us know of people, friends, and family that have not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior and are not saved.
They are like the family in the house.A  Because of pride, fear, or some other human emotion, we either do not share the Word with them or are not persistent with it to get them saved. The people we know then end up dying either naturally or prematurely in an accident and end up burning in the ever lasting flames of Hell. 18-20: And Jesus came and said to them, a€?All authority on heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. There were actually two letters that I have combined and edited to eliminate the womana€™s identity. It is offered here as another a€?building blocka€? about evangelizing and spreading Goda€™s will. I agree that we are all called to share the gospel with others and that we often fall short of that. The Holy Spirit is the one who draws them, ("No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" John 6:44) convicts them and makes them see that they are sinners. People are drawn to God in us when they see something about us that they dona€™t have and they are made thirsty for. But they all have heard the truth many times and they refuse to acknowledge that they are sinners in need of a rescue. My part is to pray for them, live my life for Jesus (let my light shine) and share the truths of the gospel when there is an opening to do so. It took many years, but I am at peace knowing that if they die without knowing Jesus therefore spending eternity in hell, that it was their choice. Another interesting fact is that we have different witnessing styles and people respond to different styles of witnessing. But perfect love casts out fear" 1 John 4:18) To love others more than yourself and to know that without Christ they will spend all eternity separated from Him. When I go on mission trips, I pray for the hearts of the people that God is going to put onto my path and I pray that God would give me His eyes to see them as He sees them and His heart to love them as He loves them, and His words to speak to them. Although it is debated if they are actually God speaking, they are recognized by most as books that are still good to teach from.
Still others like the book of Sirach which is used a lot by the Catholic church brings question into mind that it may have been eliminated by Martin Luther just as a statement to his rebellious nature within that church. He even wanted to eliminate other books including the book of Revelation but, as history records, -- cooler minds prevailed.
60: Then all the people shouted and praised God, who saves those who put their trust in Him. Someone had a dream that as the soldier drew back to hit Christ that he grabbed the soldiers arm. As they talked and discussed, Jesus himself drew near and walked along with them;Mark 16, vs. The doors were locked, but Jesus came and stood among them and said, a€?Pease be with youa€?. A Jesus also appeared to 500 others, Saul (whom later became Paul), and to his disciples again when he rose up and ascended into Heaven. Since Biblical times the tradition that the Roman Emperor Domitian ordered that the Apostle John be executed by throwing him into a cauldron of boiling oil has been widely held.




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