Recently I listened to a message by a Pastor in which he talked about “The Bondage of Busyness.” He had a lot of good things to say. I’d encourage you to listen to it. [1] Many people today are “frantic, frazzled, and frustrated.” Maybe you feel beat, bleary, bone weary, bushed, and you’re ready to burst. Perhaps you are among those who say, “I’m too busy; I don’t have time for that. I need a vacation.” If you got one, what would you do while you were on it – worry some more? Are you a “workaholic”?

Paradigm Shift. I’d like to suggest that you take another course of action that will enable you to know how you can have not only “peace with God” (Romans 5:1), but also how to have and enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6, 7). This will enable you to have unruffled “moment by moment vacations” throughout your days as you learn how to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). It involves learning how to meditate Biblically on God and His Word (1 Thessalonians 5:17; See Psalm 1; Joshua 1:8)? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If so, try to follow regularly what we suggest for you and then let us know how you are doing and what we can do to encourage you along life’s path (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

God’s Gift. Even though our lives are like a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away (James 4:14), each day is a gift from God and is made up of 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds. Some people can pack a lot of good and godly things into the time they have been given. Others “kill time” or engage in worthless activities to fill the void in their lives. Many people pursue fame, fortune, power, or pleasure. None of us knows the length of time we’ll have on this earth. We’re here today; gone tomorrow just like the grass of the field (Matthew 6:30). That is why we need to make every day count for eternity and treat is as though it’s our last day on earth. Are glorifying God (making Him known to others), and seeking the highest wellbeing of other people, the priorities of your life (1 Corinthians 10:31; Galatians 6:10)? If not, why?

Slave Labor. The Jews who lived as slaves in Egypt under a wicked Pharaoh had no days off to rest. This rigorous life went on for several hundred years until Moses finally came and delivered them from bondage (Exodus 1:13, 14; 13:3; 17:3). Slave labor is still going on today in some parts of the world. All of us have probably purchased things that were made by slaves in other countries. Check the labels on things you buy.

Sabbath. After they left Egypt, God gave the Jews a new set of “Rules for Living” known as the “Mosaic Law” during the “Dispensation of Law” (2 Kings 21:8; John 7:19) [2] “The Ten Commandments” included a day of rest, known as “The Sabbath” on every seventh day – Saturday. It was for the Jewish people, their servants (employees), strangers in their midst, and even for their animals (Exodus 20:8-11). Violating it called for a severe penalty – death (Exodus 31:14, 15). God is a good God, Who delights in the well being and happiness of others (Matthew 19:17). He wants people to work diligently for six days and then rest on the seventh day from their labors. He wanted them to know that they could trust Him to provide for their everyday needs (Genesis 22:8, 14; Psalm 23:1-6; Philippians 4:19). There is a difference between needs and wants. (See 1 Timothy 6:8.)

Worship & Wisdom. Perhaps, as they observed the Sabbath, some of them thought (or should have thought) about God’s attributes of goodness, righteousness, omniscience, omnipotence, truth, holiness, and love. This is how we are to worship God today (John 4:24). They may have asked God for wisdom to do their work more efficiently and effectively. God delights in giving wisdom to those who humbly ask Him for it as King Solomon did (1 Kings 3:9 ff; 4:29 ff ; James 1:5; See 3:13-18).

Sabbatical Year. But not only did God want them to take one day off from work every week to rest, He also wanted them to let the land rest every seventh year (Leviticus 25:4). This would take a lot more faith on the Jews’ part. Apparently they weren’t willing to obey this command. This was one of the reasons why the Jews ended up enslaved in pagan Babylon for 70 years (2 Chronicles 36:21; Jeremiah 25:11 ff). (BTW – The Jews also took time off from their regular work during their annual Feasts.) [3]

Freedom. After the Medo-Persians defeated the Babylonians, King Cyrus of Persia (modern day Iran) allowed the Jews to return to their homeland and rebuild their Temple (Ezra 5:13 ff). King Artaxerxes (of Persia – Iran) allowed Nehemiah and other Jews to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall around the city (Nehemiah 1 ff). Later, another Persian (Iranian) King, by the name of Ahasuerus, had a part in the preservation of the Jewish nation, when wicked Haman tried to exterminate them. (Read the Book of Esther.) In contrast, modern day Iran is set on Israel’s destruction and annihilation.

Faith-Rest Life. God promised to give Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and the Jews the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). Note: They will get all this land during Christ’s 1,000 year reign on/over the earth. After delivering the Jews from Egypt, Moses sent 12 spies into the land of Canaan. (The iniquity of the Amorites was full and judgment was coming – Genesis 15:16). Ten of them came back and discouraged the people from going into the land because there were giants in it (Numbers 13:23 88). The congregation refused to walk by faith and enter the land. So God caused them to wander in the wilderness for 40 years until all those 20 years old and older died in the wilderness. Then the new generation entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership (Numbers 32:13; 26:65).

Ditto. During Joshua’s day, the Jews were also given many opportunities to trust God while taking possession of the land that He promised to them. But once again, they failed to trust God and walk by faith. As a result, they went through seven cycles of discipline from God (Read the Book of Judges).

Applications

Salvation. Today God wants Jews and non-Jews to place their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, so they can be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17). Have you done this? If not, why not now? Then God wants all Christians to walk by faith (Romans 1:17; Hebrews 4:2 ff). Are you doing this? How often? Without it you can’t please God (Hebrews 11:6.)

Promises. When we take the “Promises of God” [3] that are addressed to Christians, and mix them with faith, we can enjoy the “peace of God” that surpasses all understanding. It will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6, 7; See Hebrews 4:2 ff). We must be careful not to try to claim the promises that were given exclusively to the Old Testament believers. Otherwise, we will be very discouraged when we don’t get what we thought we should be getting. The Jews and the Church are distinct from each other and God has different plans for these two groups. (See 1 Corinthians 10:32.) The Church has NOT replaced Israel. [5] Beware of the “Name it and claim it” false teachers who mislead many people (2 Peter 2:1 ff).

Principle. While the law of the Sabbath isn’t repeated in the New Testament for Christians, we believe that God wants us to set aside some time each week to rest, if possible. Pray for persecuted Christian slaves in other countries around the world who aren’t free to do this.

Sundays. The early church met on the first day of the week – Sunday, the day Christ rose again bodily from the dead. Since many Christians were slaves, they probably met on Sunday nights. Their purpose: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day [Rapture] approaching” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). Are you practicing this?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] Mark Hitchcock – “Rest Stop” Time: minute 28 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ovrN9XyAI

[2] Mosaic Law – Dispensation (See our “Understanding The Times Dispensation Chart” on our website)

[3] Feasts – https://www.gotquestions.org/Jewish-festivals.html

[4] Promises – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/01/promises-for-christians-to-claim-2/

[5] Replacement Theology – https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-evil-of-replacement-theology/

[6] Why Read? – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2008/05/05/%e2%80%9cwhy-read%e2%80%9d/

Recommended Books:

WarrenW. Wiersbe – On Being A Servant Of God https://www.amazon.com/Being-Servant-God-Warren-Wiersbe/dp/0801068193/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=wiersbe+on+being+a+servant&qid=1621932312&sr=8-1

H. L. Schafer – Maturing In Christ https://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781609578381&HC_ISBN=

Charles Ryrie – Balancing The Christian Life https://www.amazon.com/Balancing-Christian-Life-Charles-Ryrie/dp/0802408877/ref=sr_1_2?

Robert J. Morgan – Red Sea Rules https://www.amazon.com/Red-Sea-Rules-God-Given-Strategies/dp/0529104407/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=morgan+red+sea+rules&qid=1621926566&sr=8-1

“Tennis Anyone?”

Posted: May 22, 2021 in Uncategorized

I loved sports. No matter what kind it was, I tried and excelled in most of them. It was my life in grade school and high school. My grades in school suffered because of my devotion to sports. My Dad used to quote this verse to me quite often, “…Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).

Hurting. That verse didn’t mean much to me until I twisted my back while playing tennis one summer when I was about 16 years old. My whole world seemed to crumble under me. I was in terrible pain with a pinched nerve in my back and I hobbled around for a long time like an old man. The Japanese Doctor put me in a half cast but it didn’t help. Finally, I came across a chiropractor who was able to help me some. But I was still in a lot of pain. I felt like Jacob in the Bible, who had his hip dislocated when he wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ and then limped for the rest of his life (Genesis 32:32).

Humbling. That humbling event was used by God to redirect my life. I began to see the need to start doing things that were important to God. But I didn’t really know how to be godly or what the consequences of godliness would be (2 Timothy 3:12). Even after being graduated from Bible College, I still felt that I knew very little about how to live the Christian life. So I went on to seminary, not to become a Pastor or missionary, but to try to discover how to have and live the abundant life that Jesus mentioned in John 10:10. It’s NOT what the “health, wealthy, and happiness preachers” tell people it is. God is more concerned with our spiritual wellbeing than our physical wellbeing.

Forming. The Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Galatia and reminded them that he labored hard to bring them to a place where Christ would be formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He wanted the Christ who indwelt them to have free course to live out His life through their lives and expressed it this way, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). This is how he wanted them to live too. If you’re a Christian, are you living a life that pleases God? Would you like to live this way? Confused? Are you teachable and willing to change? If so, contact us.

Filling. The “Fruit of the Spirit” consists of nine Christlike qualities that God wants us to have and display before others as the opportunities arise (Galatians 5:22, 23). They are produced by God the Holy Spirit in the lives of Christians who are being “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). The implications are: Not all Christians are filled; all Christians can be filled; all Christians should be filled; and all Christians can/should continually be filled with/by the Spirit. Are you?

Grieving. To be filled with/by the [Holy] Spirit the Christian must not be grieving Him (Ephesians 4:30). We grieve Him when we sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:4), and when we fail to confess our known sins to God the Father first, and then to those whom we’ve offended (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13.)

Quenching. In addition to this, we must not quench the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19) by saying “no” to Him and His leading in our lives (Romans 8:14; See Jonah 1:1-3). Those who deny Him (i.e., say “no” to Him) will have God say “no” to them (2 Timothy 2:12). Perhaps some of our requests to God go unanswered because of this. This verse is NOT talking about a Christian’s losing his/her salvation.

Relocating. When God saves a sinner from eternal condemnation (Romans 8:1; John 3:16, 18), the Holy Spirit places the new believer into the spiritual “Body of Christ” – the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). He wants each Christian to be well coordinated spiritually and have “good form” just as a good athlete. When one member is “out of place,” and hurting as I was with a “pinched nerve” in my back, the whole Body is affected. Do you need an adjustment in your attitude and actions (Galatians 6:1)?

Believing. If you’re not a true Christian yet, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Assurance of salvation comes from God’s Word and the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Assisting. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2,15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please LIKE and SHARE this with others. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

When you were a child, you probably were told the story of the three little pigs. The mother pig decided that it was time for them go out and make a living on their own. Each needed to build his own house. The first one made his house out of straw. The second made his out of sticks. But the third one made his house out of bricks. Enter the big, bad wolf.

You know the rest of the story. The wolf ate the first two little pigs after blowing their houses down, but he wasn’t able to blow down the house made of bricks. His problem? He had COPD, the drug companies tell us.

Houses. Each of us is building a life for himself/herself. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus talked about two men who built their houses: one on the sand; the other on the rock. One fell, and the other stood firm when the storms of life came on them (Matthew 7:24-27). Friend, are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ) or on the sand of self reliance, humanism, or the government? The storms of life will come sooner or later, and they will reveal the source of your trust.

Identity. On another occasion, Jesus asked His disciples, “’Who do men say that I am?’ So they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. ‘He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ [Messiah], the Son of the living God.’ Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’”

A Play On Words. “’And I [Jesus] also say to you that you are Peter [Greek – petros – a small stone], and on this rock [Greek – petra – a large massive rock, referring to Himself] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it’” (Matthew 16:13-18). The Apostle Paul referred to Christ as the foundation and the chief cornerstone upon which the true Church was/is being built (Ephesians 2:20). Are you on the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ)? Have you placed your faith and trust in Him alone, as the one Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If you have done this, you’re secure. You may shake on the rock, but the Rock (Christ) never shakes.

Quality. If you have been truly saved, you have a choice to make. You can spend your life doing worthless things that have the character wood, hay, or straw like the foolish pigs did, or you can do good works that have the character of gold, silver, or precious stones that can endure fire, as the wise pig did. (See 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; See 2 Corinthians 5:10) What crowns, rewards, and praise do you want to receive from the Lord on Judgment day? Salvation and eternal life are offered freely to us (because Christ purchased them for us), but these other things must be earned by our works (See Ephesians 2:8-10).

“The Gates of Hell.” Sheol/Hades is a real place where all the dead, both the righteous and unrighteous, went at the time of their physical death, before Christ’s death for our sins…His burial…His bodily resurrection, and ascension back to heaven, from where He had come (John 3:13; 6:41, 51). He took back to the third heaven all the Old Testament believers, who had been held in the Paradise section of Sheol/Hades, that was in the heart of the earth (Ephesians 4:8-10). Today only unbelievers go the lowest Hades where they suffer in their temporary bodies, souls, and spirits (Luke 16:24; Deuteronomy 32:22).

Jail/Prison. These dead unbelievers will be kept in Hades (the jail house) until the time of their resurrection from the dead at the Great White Throne judgment (Revelation 20:11-15). They will be judged according to the works they did on earth, to determine their degree of suffering in the lake of fire (the inescapable prison) forever. Some will suffer more than others (Matthew 11:22, 24; 25:30, 41, 46). We hope that you won’t end up in this awful place. There is no purgatory, no reincarnation of the dead, and no annihilation of the wicked dead mentioned in the Scriptures in spite of what the cults and false religions teach.

Consciousness. Those who have died physically are very conscious of their surroundings. (See Luke 16:19-31; 2 Corinthians 12:1-6). At the time of their death, all the dead, both believers and unbelievers, receive temporary bodies to house both their souls (emotions – John 12:27; Hebrews 4:12) and their spirits (that relate to their minds – Ephesians 4:23). (See also 2 Corinthians 5:1-10). Only the body that dies goes to the grave until everyone is raised from the dead, each one in his/her own order. The last enemy that Jesus will destroy is death. He will do this by raising everyone who has died from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:26). In which resurrection will you participate? Not sure?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change for the better (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please pass it on to others who may benefit from it. Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

Lessons From Pigs:

The three pigs picture all of us in our unsaved condition. We wallow in sin because we have a sin nature that we inherited from our first parents, Adam and Eve. (See 2 Peter 2:22; Galatians 5:19-21).

Unless our lives get transferred from the sand of self righteousness over to the Rock (the Lord Jesus Christ), by believing on Him alone, through the message of the Gospel, we will be doomed forever (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; John 3:16, 18). When we are saved initially from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), God gives us a new nature like His (2 Peter 1:4). With it we are able to do things that please God (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 8:8). NOTE: Even though we receive a new nature, we still retain the Old Sin Nature during this life and can do anything we did prior to our being saved (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:14-25).

As Christians, we have a choice as to what kind of materials we will use to build on “The Rock,” the Lord Jesus Christ. Only if our works have the right character (gold, silver, precious stones) will they be rewarded. Our worthless works (like wood, hay, straw) will be burned up, and we could lose out on crowns, rewards, and praise from God (1 Corinthians 3:11-15).

Like the big, bad wolf, the devil is headed for disaster in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:10). This is also the ultimate destiny of are all unbelievers (Matthew 25:41, 46).

Final Call. “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!” – Dr. Manfred Kober

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

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“Perhaps Today”

Posted: May 15, 2021 in Uncategorized

I have made some little signs with these words on them and have placed them on our refrigerator, in my Bible as a book marker, in my office in front of me, and behind and above me so that when others watch the broadcasts I do, they can see the sign and be reminded of the imminent return of the Lord Jesus Christ for those who are true Christians (John 14:1-3). Yes, it could happen today. Are you ready? Do you know what will happen to those who are left behind? It’s not pretty. [1]

Genuine. We become true Christians (not just nominal or professing Christians) the moment we believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins [once and for all], Who was buried for three days and nights, and Who rose again bodily on the third day with a glorified body consisting of flesh and bones, but no blood (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43; Hebrews 9:12). [2]

Five Ss. [3] The Rapture is Sure, Sudden, Silent, Selective, and Satisfying. Could you share this information with someone and explain the truth of each of these things from Scripture? If so, you could make a significant difference in someone’s life and discover real joy yourself (3 John 4).

Hope. [4] This glorious event is a “Comforting Hope” for those believers who have had another believer taken from them temporarily in death (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). It’s a “Blessed Hope” and brings joy and happiness to believers who may be experiencing temporary sorrows in this life (Titus 2:13; See Romans 8:18-23). It’s also a “Purifying Hope” and will help us when we’re tempted to sin – act lawlessly (1 John 3:2-4). Our hope is not wishful thinking, but it is a confident expectation based on the promises of God who cannot and will not lie to us (Titus 1:2; John 14:6; 17:17).

Crowns. [5] Furthermore, those believers who love His appearing will earn the “Crown of Righteousness” because it will help them live righteous lives (2 Timothy 4:8). The “Crown of Rejoicing” will be given to Christians who have a part in the salvation of the lost so the “Body of Christ” can be brought to its completion (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). The “Crown of Glory” will be given out to faithful Pastor-teachers who help Christians grow and do praiseworthy works which Christ can reward at the “Bema Seat Judgment” (1 Peter 5:4; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). The “Crown of Life” will be bestowed upon believers who resist temptations even to the point of death (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10). The “Incorruptible Crown” will be given out to those believers who discipline themselves properly so they can do their work well (1 Corinthians 9:25-27).

Discouraged? Are you “down in the dumps” and don’t know what to do? Look up to God and cry out to Him for help! “Let us [Christians] therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Assurance. If you’re not a true Christian, or if you aren’t sure you’re saved and headed for heaven, contact us and let us help you gain assurance of salvation once you have met God’s one and only requirement for salvation. He can save any of us, no matter how bad we’ve been, from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin, and ultimately from the very presence of sin. Yes, we can be sure of our eternal destiny before we die (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13). Would you like to have this too?

Assistance. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change for the better (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If you would like to receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.” Please SHARE this with others too.

Suggestion. May I suggest that you make up some signs of your own like mine and place them in various places in your home to remind you of the Lord’s imminent return? Hand some of them out to others too. Until He returns let’s “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that [our] labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

[1] Coming Events – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

[2] Bad News & Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[3] Five Ss – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/we-shall-rise/

[4] Hope – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/the-believers-hope/

[5] Crowns – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/whats-free-whats-earned/

“Coming Attractions”

Posted: May 14, 2021 in Uncategorized

Whether you go to the movies or watch television, there usually are previews of coming attractions. Commercials are designed to entice you to become a “regular, repeat customer” of their products and/or services. Of course, there is a charge/fee that is associated with these things.

Enticement. Samples of perfumes, hand cream, food, pain killers, drugs, and many other things are shown or distributed to customers with the hope that they will want more of the same. Wise King Solomon wrote: “Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant, But [the simple one] knows not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell” (Proverbs 9:17, 18). He wanted “To deliver [his son] from the immoral woman, from the seductress who flatters with her words” (Proverbs 2:16). Do you know anyone (whether a man or a woman) who uses flattery for personal gain? Do you use it yourself sometimes (Psalm 5:9)?

Zest For Living. It comes from being able to anticipate something good in the future. Keep this in mind: The believer’s future is as bright as the promises of God. Many people are depressed because they don’t know (1) where they came from, (2) why they are here on earth, and (3) where they will go when they die. Is this a problem that you have? God’s Word has answers to these questions.

Banish Boredom. One of the main reasons heaven will never get boring is because God will keep on revealing new truths about Himself to the believers who will spend eternity with Him (Ephesians 2:7). We will never become gods, as some cults teach, but Christians will get new bodies like Christ’s resurrected, glorified humanity with a garment of light (1 John 3:2; See Luke 24:36-43; 1 Timothy 6:16). We won’t be taking our earthly wardrobes with us to heaven.

Contrasts. With the temporal, earthly bodies that we now have, consisting of flesh, bones, and blood, we’re not able to fully appreciate what God has in store for those of us who are a part of His “Forever Family” – whether one is an Old Testament believer or a New Testament believer. (Don’t confuse the two groups. God doesn’t.) Our glorified bodies, like Christ’s glorified body, will have flesh and bones, but no blood (See 1 Corinthians 15:49, 50; Hebrews 9:12). We’ll be able to travel at the speed of thought like Christ can (John 20:17). Unlike the devil, who is a liar (John 8:44), God never lies or deceives us (Titus 1:2; 17:17). Truth is one of His Divine attributes (John 14:6).

Inheritance. Not all believers will inherit the same things or receive the same rewards (Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The Jewish believers who live on the renovated earth (Isaiah 35:1 ff; 40:4) during the millennium will possess all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River as God promised (Genesis 15:18-21). When the Millennium is over, God will destroy the present heavens and earth, which has been polluted by sin and which has a curse on it (Genesis 3:17; Romans 8:22, 23). Then He will create a New Heavens and a New Earth, and the Jewish believers will inherit a new world where righteousness will finally settle down and feel at home (Romans 4:13; 2 Peter 3:10-13).

The Bride. Christians, who make up the spiritual “Body of Christ” will become the “Bride of Christ.” We will reside with Him in the heavenly New Jerusalem (John 14:1-3; Philippians 3:20; Revelation 21:9 ff), and go with Him wherever He goes (John 14:1-3). Where will you spend eternity? It all depends on what you do with the Lord Jesus Christ. Consider the following information –

Bad News. [2] All of us start our physical lives as children of the Devil (John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10). (Consider the secular assessment of the Minnesota Crime Commission about all babies. They are savages.) [1] This is why we must be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7). All those who die physically in unbelief will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the Lake of Fire (Matthew 25:30, 41, 46; Mark 9:44, 46, 48; John 16:11). There will be no manifestations of the life of God in that awful place. Some of them will suffer more than others (Revelation 20:11-15; Matthew 10:15; 11:22).

Good News. You don’t have to go this frightening place if you’ll simply put your faith and trust in the Christ of the Scriptures alone, Who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We’re not saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ yet? If not, why not trust Him right now as your personal Savior?

Growth. Once you’ve been “born again from above” into God’s family, spiritual growth is made possible through the intake of the milk of the word and then stronger food (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18). We are here to help those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17).

Don’t Follow Them. [The] false teachers are like “… wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (2 Peter 2:7). “For when [the false teachers] speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage. For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: ‘A dog returns to his own vomit,’ and, ‘a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire’” (2 Peter 2:17-22).

Deceived? Have you been deceived by false teachers? Would you like to be set free from your enslavement to them, and their father the devil, and from your own sin nature? You can be. Interested? Contact us. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

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[1] MN Crime Commission – Babies. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/heres-a-switch-use-it/

[2] “Bad News & Good News” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

“What’s For Dinner?”

Posted: May 13, 2021 in Uncategorized

Crow & Humble Pie

Imagine that you and your family are traveling across the country to “See the U.S.A. in your new Chevrolet.” (Are you old enough to remember that commercial on TV?) Not long after you’ve been traveling, one of your the kids asks, “Are we there yet? I’m hungry. When are we going to eat?” On the side of the road you see a sign inviting you to a restaurant out in the middle of nowhere. So you decide to stop there for a meal.

After sitting at the table, you’re given a strange looking menu. The only thing on it is “Crow & Humble Pie.” [1] You can’t believe it. But since there is nothing else on the menu, and no other restaurants for miles, and you and they are starving, you decide that you’ll try it. Yuck! Without your knowing it, God intended for you to come to this restaurant to eat. He wanted to teach you a valuable lesson about humility.

Instead of crow and humble pie, God once forced a proud king to eat grass like an animal for seven years. After this harsh lesson, King Nebuchadnezzar, the most powerful king of his day, came to his senses and humbly acknowledged that the Most High God rules in the kingdoms of men and gives it to whomever He wants to give it (Daniel 4:17). Never forget this – He is sovereign. But He allows the devil and his children to try their hardest, without success, to overthrow God. (Read about their foolish plan and God’s advice to them in Psalm 2. It may have an application for you if you’re a rebel at heart.)

“These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Read this list again slowly.

Are you, if you’re a Christian, guilty of any of these things? Be honest. If you are, repent (change your mind about what you’ve done), and then confess your sin(s) to God your Father by naming them to Him. Then humbly and gratefully accept His forgiveness (2 Corinthians 7:8-10; 1 John 1:9). With God’s help, don’t keep repeating these things (See Philippians 4:13; Proverbs 28:13).

If you don’t make things right quickly with God and others whom you’ve offended, you could face serious, disciplinary measures. “For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives. If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (Hebrews 12:6-8). You could become weak, sick, and even die prematurely (1 Corinthians 11:30; See James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). You could also be turned over to the torturers and suffer Satanic or demonic oppression (Matthew 18:34; See 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20; 2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Pharaoh, the unbelieving, rebellious King of Egypt, refused to submit to God’s command, even though he was given ample warnings to let the Jews leave Egypt (Exodus 5-10). “He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1). He and his army perished in the Red Sea, and the Egyptians were made aware of the fact that the God of the Jews alone was/is the true and living LORD (Exodus 15:4). Do you believe this and act accordingly? What do you know about God’s character? See the link below. [2]

Are you puffed up and proud? “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? Are you proud of your race, place, or face? [3] If so, beware; repent – change your mind before you fall and hurt yourself badly (Proverbs 16:18).

Fellow Christian, with God’s help let us walk humbly before Him and through love serve one another (Galatians 5:13; See Micah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 13; John 13:34, 35). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

We’re here to serve and glorify God by trying to make Him known to others and assisting those who are teachable and willing to change for the better (1 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We have a FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensation Chart” book marker on our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please make a copy for yourself and a few extras for others.

If this article has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. Then please SHARE this with others. If you aren’t sure of your salvation, please read “The Bad News & Good News.” [4] Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

[1] “Eat Crow” – To eat crow means to admit a humiliating error one has made, to concede a humiliating defeat. Crow is an unappetizing food, even listed in the book of Leviticus in the Bible as an animal that is not to be eaten. (See Leviticus 11) (https://grammarist.com/idiom/eat-crow/) To eat humble pie, in common usage, is to face humiliation and subsequently apologize for a serious mistake. Doing this, when necessary, can give us a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21).

[2] God’s Attributes – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/a-caricature-of-god/

[3] Pride https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/pride-of-race-place-and-face/

[4] Bad News & Good Newshttps://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

“The Apostles’ Creed”

Posted: May 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

Do you ever recite or sing “The Apostles’ Creed” (Beliefs) in your church? [1] If so, do you understand and agree with everything it says? If not, with what do you disagree? Please let us know. Will the mere recitation of it or giving mental assent to it save anyone from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46)? “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even demons believe-and tremble” (James 2:19). But they aren’t saved.

Are you absolutely sure you’re headed for heaven the moment you die, without having to go to Purgatory first? Is there such a place? Could you tell a dying person how to be saved with just 24 words? Is it possible for a believer to have assurance of salvation before he/she dies physically?

It may surprise you to know that there are many people in our world today who know little or nothing about the Bible, the true God, Man, Sin, Salvation, the Church, or Future Things. What do you know about these things? Would you like to learn more? If so, why? What would you do with the information? Are you teachable and willing to change for the better (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)?

Some people equate the “Gospel for salvation” to be the entire Word of God; Others think it refers to the 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John which, they say, must be believed if someone is to be saved. Problem – What if there is something they don’t fully understand or believe? How could such a person have assurance of salvation? I hear many preachers talk about the Gospel without telling people specifically what it is, and what they need to do in response to it?

The word “Gospel” means “Good News.” In order for there to be “Good News,” there also must be “Bad News” that stands in contrast to it. [2] (See the link below.)

In an article entitled, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” Dr. Manfred Kober talks about some of the false Gospels being proclaimed today which can’t/don’t save anyone from eternal condemnation. To make sure that you are truly saved (2 Peter 1:10), or if you want to help someone else get saved, we invite you to read carefully what he wrote. He deals with the Human Problem, the Divine Provision, and the Personal Procurement. He shows you how you can present a “Clear Gospel” message with 24 words so an unsaved person, who is about to die, can be saved. (See link below.) [3] Christians who lead others to Christ for salvation can earn “The Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). What about you? Have you ever lead another person to Christ? Would you like to do this?

To be saved, one needs to know the correct facts of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Then he/she needs to give mental assent to the facts. But if a person stops there, he/she isn’t saved yet. There must be a transfer of faith and trust from one’s good works over to the Christ of the Scriptures alone, not toward the Christ of the cults who can’t save anyone (See Matthew 24:4, 5; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15). Read “Which Jesus Saves?” [4]

In His“Sermon on the Mount” Jesus said to some Jews who were anticipating His setting up of His kingdom on/over the earth, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of [the heavens], but he who does the [desirous] will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day [of judgment], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” (Matthew 7:21-23; See Matt. 25:41, 46). Sad words for anyone to hear, but they are the truth because there is only one way to be saved (John 3:16, 18; 14:6).

Jesus explained what doing “the will of the Father” involved. “[The Jews] said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him [Jesus] whom He [God the Father] sent’” (John 6:28, 29). He also said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him [the Father] who sent Me has [eternal] life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life” (John 5:24).

They had to believe that Jesus came forth from God the Father [See John 3:16], and that He shared an absolute equality with God the Father. (See John 1:1-18; Colossians 2:9.) He said, “I and My Father are one” [meaning- we share the same essence.] (John 10:30). For a Jew to be saved today, he/she must believe the same Gospel that non-Jews must believe (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:16, 17), and he/she must acknowledge and believe in the full Deity of Jesus Christ (See Romans 10:9; 1:16, 17), and trust in Him alone to save him/her. What about you? Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Correct Formula: Grace + Faith = Salvation + Works (Ephesians 2:8-10)

Incorrect Formula: Grace + Faith + Works = Salvation (Titus 3:5)

Need Help? If you are not sure about your personal relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that you will go to heaven the moment you die, (rather than having to go to “Purgatory” first), or if you need more help and/or have questions, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. You can have a part in another person’s deliverance from eternal condemnation by SHARING this article with him/her. Jesus said,  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15; See Acts 1:8). Can we count on you to help us get the Gospel out to others? If yes, please let us know.

[1] The Apostles’ Creed – https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/prayer/apostles-creed-prayer-of-faith.html

https://www.beliefnet.com/prayers/catholic/comfort/the-apostles-creed.aspx

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/prayers-of-the-rosary

[2] Bad News & Good News – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

[3] Dr. Manfred Kober – https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

[4] Which Jesus Saves? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/which-jesus-saves/

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel Illustrated – http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

It’s Imminent. Perhaps Today! That would be wonderful for those Christians who make up the true Church that becomes Christ’s Bride at the Rapture (Ephesians 5:32; Revelation 22:17), but not for those who are merely “professing Christians,” or for the Old Testament believers. (See Daniel 12:2, 12; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24) So, what’s keeping Jesus Christ from coming back for her? Let’s find out.

The Church’s Origin. It began on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) about 2,000 years ago. This was 50 days after Passover when Jesus was crucified. Since that day God has been adding true Christians to “His Church” from every tongue, tribe, and nation (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8; 2:47). It is made up of a specific number of people known only to God. Jesus said, “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37).

How Are People Saved? We are saved by believing in Christ alone, through the Gospel. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). “For by grace [unmerited favor] you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast” (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Merely knowing the facts, and giving mental assent to them won’t save anyone. There must be a transfer of faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone who can save us. Have you done this yet? If not, why not right now?

Good Works. Not only is it necessary for all these people to be saved before Christ returns, they also need to do some praiseworthy works that God planned for us to do. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). On Judgment Day, for New Testament Christians, Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge, will find something praiseworthy in every true Christian (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). Sadly, not every Christian will receive all the crowns, rewards, and praise from God that were intended for him/her (Revelation 3:11). What about you? Would you like to learn more about these things? If so, ask.

Problem. Maybe you’ve been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), but you haven’t yet presented/yielded your body to God as a living sacrifice for Him to use you for His glory and for the good of others (Romans 12:1, 2). Is He your Lord/Master (1 Peter 3:15)? Jesus said, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another” [with God’s quality of agape love] (John 15:16, 17; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13, 22, 23). We can’t do this unless we are “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). We must not be “grieving” (Ephesians 5:30), or “quenching” (1 Thessalonians 5:19) Him. Are you doing these things? If so, confess your sins to God and claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; See James 5:16).

Fruit. Such spiritual fruit might involve our having and displaying a Christlike character (2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:22, 23), a life characterized by good works (Colossians 1:10), being a faithful witness (Romans 1:13; 1 Corinthians 16:15), a pair of lips that praise God (Hebrews 13:15, 16), and generous giving (Romans 15:28; Philippians 4:17). (See Dr. Charles Ryrie, So Great Salvation, p. 50)

Effects . Those believers who love and anticipate Christ’s imminent return in the Rapture (John 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18) will live differently. It’s called “The Blessed Hope” because it makes us happy (Titus 2:13). It’s called a “Comforting Hope” for Christians who have had believing loved ones taken from us in death (1 Thessalonians 4:18). It’s a “Purifying Hope” because it will motivate believers not to be engaged in anything that would be displeasing to Christ (1 John 3:2, 3; See 2 Corinthians 5:9, 10). It’s also a “Sure Hope” because it is based on the immutable promises of God rather than the wishful thinking of men (John 14:1-3).

Help. If you’re not sure that you’re truly saved, or if you lack assurance of salvation, or need additional information, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

The Believers’ Hope – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/the-believers-hope/

After The Rapture – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

Lordship Salvation – https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html

Scripture verses taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.

How ironic. With it I can bless God and then turn around and curse men (James 3:9). And even though I’ve been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, I could succumb to a temptation from the devil to lie, or to tell half truths with the intent to deceive, to gossip, to slander, to malign others, or use it for inappropriate language. I could even speak the truth to hurt someone rather than help and edify him/her. As a Christian, I should always speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), at the right time, for the right reason (1 Corinthians 10:31).

From King Solomon. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). “A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). “Keep your heart [mind, will, and emotions] with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).

What/How? The Apostle Paul admonished Timothy to – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort [notice] with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV).

Church? Do you attend a church where the Pastor tells people what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear? Did you know that church leaders are judged by a stricter standard (James 3:1), and that faithful Pastors/Shepherds can earn the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4, See 1 Corinthians 4:2)?

Reproof. God uses His Word to reprove us when necessary (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Why? The Apostle Peter lied when he denied his Lord (Matthew 26:75); Ananias and Sapphira lied about the money they gave (Acts 5:1-4). Some believers were using their tongues to bite and devour others (Galatians 5:15). Corrupt communication (Ephesians 4:27-29), gossiping, and tale bearing (1 Timothy 5:13) took place among the believers. It has been suggested that the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah may have had a problem with the use of his tongue (Isaiah 6:5-7). But an encounter with God changed that.

Untamable. Does the fact that the tongue is untamable excuse you and me and make us not liable for the words that come out of our mouths? No! Jesus said, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36 NKJV; See Hebrews 9:27).

Solution. What is the solution for this problem that plagues all of us to a lesser or greater degree? We, as Christians, must recognize that lying or using inappropriate speech are temptations that come from the devil or demons (Acts 5:1-4; Ephesians 4:27-29). When tempted to engage in these things, we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), and be sober and vigilant (1 Peter 5:8). Then we must submit ourselves to God and rely on Him for divine strength to overcome these strong desires/lusts that come from the devil or demons (James 4:7). Then we must put on the whole armor of God and use the “belt of truth” and the “sword of the Spirit which is the word [individual utterances] of God” as counter measures and thoughts (Ephesians 6:14).

God’s Word. “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22). “But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8). “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. [Please notice the following carefully.] And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11). Our relationship with God changed when we placed our faith and trust in Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Sin No More. Once a person has been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1), he/she no longer needs to sin (act lawlessly) even though we will periodically (1 John 2:1, 2; 3:1-10). God has provided everything we need for life and godliness within the pages of His Word (2 Peter 1:3). But we must “Be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God, [workers who don’t] need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Help. If you’re teachable and willing to change (if necessary), we’re here to assist you (2 Timothy 2:2). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com Please SHARE this with others if it has helped you.

“Of Gossip & Feathers”

Posted: May 5, 2021 in Uncategorized
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“It’s been said, knowledge is power. Unfortunately, many people like to spread damaging information or intimate details about others, whether true or not. This is what is called gossip. It used to be that people called gossip, dishing the dirt. Whatever it’s called, people use gossip to hurt people, in order to feel good about themselves and to feel like they have power over others.” Dawson McAllistar [1] “Gossip magazines” are money makers for many stores. Don’t waste money that you receive from God on them. (See Deuteronomy 8:18)

Quotes

Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It’s gossip.” ~ Erma Bombeck.

“Words have no wings but they can fly a thousand miles.”  ~ Korean Proverb

If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.”  ~ Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events.

Small minds discuss people.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“There are many places [in] the Bible dedicated to warn us against ‘malicious gossips, busybodies, slanderers, talebearers, whisperers, false witnesses, quarrelers, meddlers, deceivers, backbiters.’”  [Here are a few verses that deal with these subjects that would be good to review periodically and/or memorize:]

“Where there is no talebearer, the strife ceases.” (Proverbs 26:20)

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear” (Ephesians 4:29).

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless” (James 1:26).

“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell” (James 3:6).

“Remind them…to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:1, 2). [3]

God’s Desire. He always wants His people to do what is right in His sight, to be compassionate to those who are hurting, and to walk humbly before God. (A paraphrase of Micah 6:8) Are we doing this or not? If not, why?

Unusual Penance

“The story is often told of the most unusual penance St. Philip Neri assigned to a woman for her sin of spreading gossip. The sixteenth-century saint instructed her to take a feather pillow to the top of the church bell tower, rip it open, and let the wind blow all the feathers away. This probably was not the kind of penance this woman, or any of us, would have been used to!

“But the penance didn’t end there. Philip Neri gave her a second and more difficult task. He told her to come down from the bell tower and collect all the feathers that had been scattered throughout the town. The poor lady, of course, could not do it — and that was the point Philip Neri was trying to make in order to underscore the destructive nature of gossip.

“When we detract from others in our speech, our malicious words are scattered abroad and cannot be gathered back. They continue to dishonor and divide many days, months, and years after we speak them as they linger in people’s minds and pass from one tale-bearer to the next.” [4]

Problem. Some Christians, even from the earliest days of the church, had some serious problems. They were busybodies and tale-bearers (1 Timothy 5:13-15). These particular temptations come from the devil/demons and must be overcome by putting on the whole armor of God and specifically using the belt of truth to overcome them (Ephesians 6:10-17).

Questions. Allen Redpath suggested that before speaking of any person or subject that might be controversial, ask these questions. If what we are about to say doesn’t pass these tests, it’s best to keep our mouths shut. (We should memorize and use this acrostic (THINK) to remind ourselves to guard our words.)

T–Is it true?
H–Is it helpful?
I–Is it inspiring?
N–Is it necessary?
K–Is it kind? [5]

Day Of Reckoning. Believe it or not, Judgement Day is coming (Hebrews 9:27) and all of us will give an account to Judge Jesus (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) for every word that we say, and everything that we do (Matthew 12:36; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:11-15). These separate judgments will be to determine our degree of enjoyment in heaven, or our degree of suffering in the lake of fire (Daniel 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:12, 13).

Don’t Be Confused. Faith or lack of faith in Christ alone and the Gospel will determine the place of our eternal destiny (John 3:16, 18, 46; Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Where will you spend it?

Sure? My Friend, Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what? We’re here to assist those who aren’t sure of their eternal destiny, and to help Christians grow spiritually. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com If this has helped you, please SHARE it with others.

Some of the material for this article was gathered from these websites:

[1] https://www.thehopeline.com/danger-of-gossip/

[2] https://www.thepositivemom.com/35-powerful-quotes-that-will-make-you-rethink-gossip

[3] https://pastorunlikely.com/23-forceful-bible-verses-on-gossip-and-slander/

[4] https://www.catholiceducation.org/en/religion-and-philosophy/philosophy/the-feathers-of-gossip-how-our-words-can-build-up-or-tear-down.html

[5] http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/g/gossip.htm