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

God is omniscient – all knowing. He knows all about the sparrows that fall to the ground, and even the number of hairs on your head (Luke 12:6, 7). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). Jesus, as the God-man, knew what was in the hearts of men (John 2:24, 25), and He knows the motivations behind our actions (1 Corinthians 4:5; Hebrews 4:12-16). Absolutely nothing is hidden from Him. This can comfort us when we are being abused unjustly, but it can/should disturb us when we, as Christians, are acting lawlessly (James 2:19-25; Hebrews 10:30, 31).

The Judge. One day the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrected, glorified, and righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8) will evaluate everyone’s works to determine the unbeliever’s degree of suffering in the lake of fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15), or the Christian’s enjoyment in heaven, or the Jewish believer’s enjoyment on the new earth that was promised to them (John 14:1-3; Psalm 16:10; Romans 4:13).

Destinies. Our eternal destiny will be determined, not by our works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5), but by our faith or lack of faith in God and His promises (John 3:16, 18, 36; See Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3, 23, 24). Today, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, if he/she is to be saved (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Romans 1:16).

Judicial vs Family Forgiveness. At the point of our salvation God judicially forgives believers (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1). He acknowledges that the believer acted right by dying for his sins in the person of his Substitute, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that he/she was raised with Him into newness of life (Galatians 2:20; 1 Peter 3:18). Family forgiveness takes place when a believer confesses his/her sins to God the Father by naming them specifically to Him (1 John 1:9; See Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16). But wait. Before confessing our sins, we must examine ourselves and discern what we have done to displease God (1 Corinthians 11:28, 29; See Hebrews 4:12), and then repent/change our minds about what we did (2 Corinthians 7:9)

Another Opportunity. When God forgives us He doesn’t hold our sins against us (Psalm 103:12; See Ezekiel 33:16). But, being omniscient, He can’t/doesn’t forget what we have done. He knows and determines when it’s necessary for us to be tested again with the same temptation that led to our sinning so that we are given another opportunity to demonstrate either our love for Him or for the temporary pleasure that we had by engaging in the sinful activity (James 1:12-15; See 1 John 2:15-17; Hebrews 11:25). Yes, there are temporary pleasures when we engage in sin/lawlessness, otherwise we wouldn’t engage in them (Proverbs 5:1-5; 7:1-27; 14:12). Think about that for a moment. Isn’t that true?

Consequences. Believers who fail to confess their sins to God may be subjected to weakness, sickness, or sleep – a premature physical death (1 Corinthians 11:30; See James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16). Demonic oppression and mental disturbances could also occur if we refuse to forgive others (Matthew 18:34). Why should we forgive others? No one has wronged us as badly as we have wronged God (See Ephesians 4:32). Confession of our sins doesn’t mean that we won’t have to suffer the natural consequences of our sins for the rest of our lives on earth. God disciplines His unruly children, sometimes severely because He loves us. Those who aren’t chastened by their heavenly Father should question who their real father is (Hebrews 12:5-11; See John 8:44; 1 John 3:9, 10).

Questions: Have you placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day? If not, why not now? Are you sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die without your having to go to a purging place before you can get into heaven? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe that you’re truly saved, is there anything that you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Help. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change, if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this article has helped you, we’d like to know how it has. Then SHARE this with others please.

The Psalmist David wrote, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:14). And, “Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3).

The Apostle Paul wrote, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, [graciously] forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:29-32 NKJV). “But if you [Christians] bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another” (Galatians 5:15 NKJV)

The Lord’s Half Brother, James also had some words to say about our untamable tongues. Please read and/or listen to his words: https://www.blueletterbible.org/nkjv/jas/3/1/s_1149001

Temptation. When a Christian is tempted by the devil to use corrupt/inappropriate/foul language, he/she must “put on the whole armor of God” and then use “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [specific, appropriate words] of God” to counter the temptation (Ephesians 6:12-17). If we fail the test, we must confess it to God first and then claim His forgiveness (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13). Then we should try to make things right with those whom we offended (James 5:16).

Omniscient. God is listening to everything we say and do, and knows what kinds of words are coming forth from our mouths. So, let’s all be a part of the “construction crew” rather than the “demolition crew”?

Help. 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.

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“Check The Weight Limit”

Posted: April 28, 2021 in Uncategorized

Our world is filled with people who are stressed out by current events. Many are committing suicide. Maybe you yourself are somewhat depressed, discouraged, and disturbed by the things you see and hear on the news or on social media. Why is there so much hatred in our world? Why are the rich, powerful, and elite people of the world pushing their “New World Order” agenda so hard? Will their “Utopia” be a wonderful place without God? What is the basic problem in the world today?

Visualize. Before we try to answer some of these questions, I’d like for you to picture these things clearly in your mind: A ladder, an elevator, a truck, a bridge, and an airplane? What do all these things have in common? They all have weight limits. You probably haven’t given much thought to this even if you’ve been on a ladder recently, or in an elevator, or hauled things in a truck, or as you drove across a bridge, or flown in an airplane.

Assume. We take it for granted that each of these things will do the job they were intended to do to insure our safety. But if, perchance, we have exceeded the weight limits, we might be crippled or dead today. Gravity is a strong force that must not be ignored. Neither is sin to be ignored. But sadly, it is.

Sin. What is it? How does it affect us every day? How did it affect those who have gone before us? Why do people get sick and die? What can we do to avoid sickness and death? Can science and technology save us? Are heaven and hell real places or not? If they are real, how can we avoid hell and gain heaven?

Faulty Thinking. Many people have distorted views about the man called Jesus and His ability to save men and women from their plight and their problems. Most people probably don’t think of Jesus as Superman in the comic books. They know very little about the devil and demons. They have a hard time believing that one man could save another man from hell by dying in his place. They’re not convinced that a person can rise from the dead after being dead for three days. They don’t know, or have never been told that God the Father was satisfied with the payment that Jesus made on the cross for the sins of the whole world (See 1 John 2:2; 4:10).

Man’s Problem – Sin. “Sin is lawlessness” (1 John 3:4). It occurs when we do things that God tells us not to do, or when we fail to do the things He tells us to do (James 4:17). We all have a sinful nature (disposition) that resists rules and regulations (1 John 1:8; Romans 7:15-25). Sin has been responsible for man’s physical and spiritual deaths (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27). Death involves separation, not annihilation. To the dismay of many people who hope for a better life in the future, reincarnation is not taught in the Scriptures.

Unnecessary/Insufficient. Some people believe that Christ’s death on the cross was not necessary because they don’t think that they have been bad enough to deserve a death like His or hell (See Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; Isaiah 64:6). They might say, “I believe He died for me. After all, I’m a pretty good person and I’m worth it; God was lucky to get me.” Others think that His death on their behalf was not sufficient and so they try to add their good works to earn their way into heaven (See Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5; Matthew 7:21-23). This is what the religions of the world teach. Do you think Christ’s death was unnecessary or insufficient? Still others say, “I believe He died for my sins. But I don’t believe that He rose again bodily from the dead on the third day” (See 2 John 1:7).

A Glorified Body. The Scriptures teach us that Christ died for our sins (the whole human race – John 3:16; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2) and then rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. His resurrected, glorified body consists of flesh and bones, but has no blood (Luke 24:36-43; 1 Corinthians 15). Those who claim to be Christians, but who don’t believe in His bodily resurrection “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2). They aren’t saved. What about you?

Living. A dead Savior is of no value to anyone. Think of all the religious leaders of the world who are still dead and incapable of helping anyone. I’ve never asked a dead person to do anything for me. They can’t. We don’t pray to the dead, or to the saints, or to Mary. She is the mother of Jesus’ humanity only, not the “Mother of God.” There is only One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). She even admitted that she herself needed a Savior (Luke 1:47).

Proof. Belief in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead is absolutely essential for our salvation. It was proven by His appearances to over 500 witnesses on ten different occasions over a forty day period of time (See 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:1-11). If He were still dead He wouldn’t be able to save anyone from eternal condemnation with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8), and to take believers to heaven to spend eternity with Him (John 14:1-3).

The Father’s Role. God the Father raised Jesus from the dead to prove to us that He was satisfied with the payment that His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ made on our behalf (Romans 4:25; See 1 John 2:2; 4:10). He died once for all of our sins (Romans 6:10; Hebrews 10:10). Romanists falsely teach that Christ is re-crucified every time they observe the Mass, and that a person receives Christ through the wafer, and that they are saved by faith plus keeping the sacraments (See Ephesians 2:8, 9). Sadly, those who believe these heresies aren’t saved.

The Son’s Role. Did you know that Jesus Himself was also involved in His own bodily resurrection? He said, “… My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father” (John 10:17, 18; 2:19).

All Raised. Since Jesus has resurrection power, He can/will save anyone who believes on Him alone for his/her salvation (John 3:16, 18, 36; 6:37). He also will raise up from the dead everyone who has died physically (1 Corinthians 15:21-28; Daniel 12:2; Revelation 20:11-25). Believers will spend eternity with Him, and unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire. Where will you spend eternity? Not sure? You can be sure if you believe in/on the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior while you’re still alive here on earth. (See 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

Carnal Christian? Are you a “carnal Christian” who is engaged in the “works of the flesh” which are all perversions of good things (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 5:19-21)? If so, don’t bother telling others about Christ. You will do more harm than good. But if you’re a true Christian, who has your known sins confessed to God (1 John 1:9; Proverbs 28:13; James 5:16), and who has dedicated your body to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2), and if you’re being filled with God the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to fill up where you are lacking in Christ likeness (Ephesians 5:18; Galatians 5:22, 23), God wants you to be one of His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Will you joyfully be a true witness for Jehovah God, the Lord Jesus Christ, or be intimidated by the devil as Peter and Timothy once were (Acts 5:41; Matthew 26:34, 75; 2 Timothy 1:7)?

Crown. Christians can earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” when they point people to Christ and see them saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; Romans 10:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 3:6). The greatest joy will come when we help and see that new believer grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18; 3 John 4).

Questions: Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment your die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would that be?

Tenses Of Salvation. Think about this: True Christians have been saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 8:1); we are being saved from the power of sin (Romans 6:14); and we shall be saved from the presence of sin (Romans 8:18-23). God wants us, as Christians, to cast our cares [concerns, burdens] on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). Are you doing this? If you do, you can enjoy the “peace of God” in your life (Philippians 4:6, 7).

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“Yes, You Can Help”

Posted: April 24, 2021 in Uncategorized

Those of us who have been saved by God’s grace through faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, by believing that He died for our sins, was buried, and rose again bodily on the third day [1], also believe that He is going to return for us some day and take us to the heavenly home that He has been preparing for us (John 14:1-3; Revelation 21:9 ff). “Perhaps Today!” Some deceased believers will need to be raised up from the dead; others, who are alive when He returns, will be changed into Christ’s likeness without dying (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 John 3:2).

From Body To Bride. Before He returns for “His Body,” the true Church (1 Corinthians 12:12, 13), and makes it “His Bride” (Ephesians 5:25-33; Revelation 22:17), all those whom God the Father has given to Him (John 6:37) must be saved and have done some praiseworthy works (1 Corinthians 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; John 15:16). We don’t know who that last person will be, or when he/she will be saved. It could be a family member, a friend, a fellow worker, or someone else.

Complete. The spiritual “Body of Christ,” began on the Day of Pentecost – about 2,000 years ago (Acts 2; 11:15), and will be complete when the Rapture occurs (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This group of Christians, with better promises than the Jews had (Hebrews 8:6; 11:39, 40), is distinct from the Old Testament believers, and those who will be saved during the Tribulation and the millennial reign of Christ (Daniel 9:24-27; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-7). The church has NOT replaced Israel (Romans 11). There are several resurrections mentioned in Scripture. (See 1 Corinthians 15:23, 24, 52, 52.)

Privilege. Every true Christian can/should do his/her part by being lead by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14) to lost, unsaved people. (See Acts 8:26-40; 16:6). We should share the Gospel in its entirety with them so they have Someone in whom they can believe in order for them to be saved. The bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is an essential part of the Gospel message and must be shared and believed if a person is to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Luke 24:36-43). A dead Christ can’t save anyone.

Believing In Vain? It’s not enough to know the correct facts of the Gospel (which, believe it or not, many people on earth have never heard), or to merely agree with the facts. Many people “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:2; See Matthew 7:21-23). Unbelievers must transfer their faith and trust from themselves and their good works over to Christ alone, through the Gospel message, if they are to be saved. God, Who is omniscient, knows exactly when a person believes in/on Christ for salvation.

Baptism. But to demonstrate his/her faith to other people, the first thing the new believer needs to do is to be baptized/immersed (Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38; 1 Peter 3:21). It pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20). Note: Baptism doesn’t save us. We don’t believe in “baptismal regeneration” as some folks do.

Crown Of Rejoicing. This crown will be given to believers who have had a part in bringing the Gospel message to an unsaved person so he/she can be saved (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 3:5-7). If you’re a Christian, don’t neglect your privilege/responsibility (Acts 1:8) to share the clear Gospel with others or let someone else get the crown that was intended for you (Revelation 3:11). The crowns (five are available for us to earn) we receive from the Lord at the Bema Seat Judgment (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10) will be given back to Him as we declare, “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:10, 11).

Responsibility. “Our responsibility [as true Christians] is to preach the Savior and proclaim pardon and peace to every creature. All of us can do this. All of us should do this. All of us should do it more. As we are faithful to the Master’s mandate we can expect the [Holy] Spirit to empower us and the sovereign Lord to give the increase.” – Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” [2]

If you have questions and/or comments, please send them to us. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Please SHARE this with others. We never know who is ready to receive the message and be saved (John 1:12; 3:16, 18, 36). Click on “Follow” to receive future articles as they come out.

If, as a result of reading this, you have placed your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, through the message of the Gospel, we’d like to know about it so we can help you grow spiritually in the Lord (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 2:18). You don’t have to wait until you are dead physically before you can have assurance of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16).

[1] When sharing the Gospel with lost people, never leave out the bodily resurrection of Christ. (See 1 Corinthians 15; Luke 24:36-43) Without it, we have no Good News for people to believe. Consider – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/04/24/the-bad-news-the-good-news/

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

Additional help:

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

Pastor/Prof. David Spurbeck – “The Gospel Checker,” http://bartimaeus.us/pub_dom/monographs.html

What kind of home life did you have when you were growing up as a child? Was it a happy home or a stress filled home? Were your parents strict or lenient? Who was the dominant parent in your family – your father or your mother? Or did you or your siblings rule the house and do whatever you wanted to do? Did you grow up in a single parent home? Were you an only child or did you have brothers and sisters? What “house rules” did you have? Did you rebel against them? What happened when you disobeyed them and did whatever you wanted to do? Was there any discipline at all and was it consistent?

Imagine, if you can, a small, one story, three bedroom house with 23 people living in it. I knew a Hispanic man who lived in such a house. When we were starting a church out in California, he came to church one day and told me that he enjoyed the service. Then he said, “I want to help you build this church up with people.” I wasn’t exactly sure how he planned to do that.

So the next Sunday he came to church with 22 other members of his family which included his kids and grandchildren. We had quite a crowd that day. My wife took the small children and taught them, and I had the adults as we met in a motel conference room that we had rented.

With so many people living in his house, there had to be some “House Rules” or there would have been total chaos. In like manner, there needs to be “House Rules” in societies and in nations. Any form of government, including communism, is better than total anarchy, when everyone does what he/she wants to do without any regard for others. We seem to be living in times like this as the Scriptures predicted (Read 1 Timothy 4; 2 Timothy 3.)

Since the beginning of time, God has had rules to regulate mankind. Through a careful study of the Bible, using the normal rules of interpretation, we discover that there have been six periods of time called “Dispensations” and one yet to come in the future. Each period of time has different rules for different people. But they all end up in failure because man has a corrupted, sinful nature (disposition) that we all inherited from our first parents (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5). We’ll have one as long as we live. Christians are given a new nature from above (2 Peter 1:4) when we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4)

Right after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and were expelled from the Garden of Eden, they and their descendants lived according to their consciences. This lasted for about 1,600 years and ended up in total disaster and the need for God to bring in a universal flood to wipe out all mankind, who apparently had been genetically modified (GMO), with the exception of Noah and his family (See Genesis 6-8; Jude 1:6).

Later, after a couple more “Dispensations” had failed, God gave to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the Mosaic Law that lasted for about 1,500 years. They had strict dietary laws, ceremonial, and civil laws to regulate their lives. They had a special priesthood that acted as a bridge between God and the Jews. They were given many promises, including a Messiah to deliver them from their bondage to other nations and from their sins. When the Jews rejected their Messiah (Jesus Christ), God temporarily set the Jews aside, and is currently dealing primarily with another group of people (non-Jews) under “Grace Principles for Living.”

For additional information about how Christians are supposed to live today, go to our website: www.kelseypeach.com and download our FREE “Understanding The Times Dispensations Chart” and notice the Christians’ Responsibilities, Failures, and coming Judgment. Then consider these two articles:

We’re here to help those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). Send us your questions and/or comments. Please SHARE this with others who might benefit from this information.

If you have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9), Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), you will not spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire forever (Matthew 25:41, 46). Instead you will spend eternity with God where there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

Baptism. Once you have been saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures, and not the Christ of the cults (Ephesians 2:8, 9), you should be baptized (immersed) to identify yourself with Christ in His death, burial, and bodily resurrection (Galatians 2:20; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 8:38). It is NOT a requirement for you to be saved but it gives evidence to others of your faith. It enables you to have a good conscience before God (1 Peter 3:21).

Spiritual Growth. God wants every true Christin to “grow [spiritually] in the [sphere of] grace and [experiential] knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen” (2 Peter 3:18; 1 Timothy 1:17). Do you have a strong desire to grow spiritually? If so, we’re here to help you if you’re teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15).

Your First Sacrifice. The Apostle Paul wrote, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world [age], but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1, 2).

Making Distinctions. Christians are exhorted to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). What does this mean? We are to interpret the Scriptures normally, historically, grammatically, and contextually. God said what He meant, and meant what He said. The devil was the first one to use the allegorical (non-literal, not normal) method of interpretation. He said to Eve, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1 ff).

Profitable. “All Scripture is [God breathed] and is profitable for doctrine [teaching], for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man [and woman] of God [i.e. believers] may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16. 17 NKJV). Cp kober

Truth. While all the Bible is to be believed as truth from God (John 17:17), (which also accurately records the lies that the devil and humans tell), not all of it is to be “believed and practiced.” Examples: Today, Christians don’t offer bloody sacrifices to God but spiritual sacrifices (Hebrews 10:4; 13:15, 16). Our diets are different (Leviticus 11:2 ff; 1 Timothy 4:4). Israel had a priesthood consisting of Levites; every Christian is a priest today (1 Peter 2:5, 9). There are other differences too.

Our Practice. A Christian man, with the spiritual gift of Pastor-teacher (Ephesians 4:11), who desires to be a bishop (an overseer) of God’s people, must hold “fast the faithful word [which is to be believed and practiced] as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine [which is to be believed but not practiced], both to exhort and convict those who contradict” (Titus 1:9).

The Rules. Throughout human history God has imposed different “Rules for Living” (known as “Dispensations”) upon all or some of mankind. Three dispensations are prominent in the Scriptures: “The Mosaic Law” (Exodus 20), “The Dispensation of Grace” (Ephesians 3:2), and the future dispensation of “The Kingdom of the Heavens” (Ephesians 1:10). Dispensations are NOT different ways to be saved. (See our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” on our website.)

Failure. Sadly, all seven Dispensations, that God uses to test mankind, end up in failure. This demonstrates that man, by his own efforts, while living independently of God, cannot please God (Hebrews 10:38; 11:6). Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; Acts 17:28). Man’s heart (mind, will, and emotions with which we all were born) is deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9; See Romans 3:10-23). We can’t save ourselves by our own brand of good works, and once saved, we are to do the good works that God planned for us to do (Ephesians 2:8-10; Titus 3:5).

New Birth. We all need to “be born again from above” (John 3:3-7). With the new divine nature from God (2 Peter 1:4) we are able to do the things that God wants us to do while we live here on earth (Philippians 4:13; 1 Peter 4:10) as we are being led and filled by God the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Ephesians 5:18).

Value. The Old Testament tells us much about the unchanging character and attributes of the only true and living God (Exodus 3:14). It also serves as a negative example of how not to behave lest we suffer the same kind of consequences that the Jews in the wilderness did (1 Corinthians 10:1-13). God disciplines His own unruly children who act lawlessly. “But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons” (See Hebrews 12:5-11). The Old Testament also gives us hope (a confident expectation) as we are reminded that God will keep His promises to us as Christians just as He did for the Jews (Romans 15:4). Many of them were fulfilled with Christ’s first coming to earth and many more will be fulfilled when He returns to rule and reign for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-10).

Location. The Christians’ “Rules for Living” can be found generally between John 13 and Revelation 3. Before the seven years of the Tribulation begin (Daniel 9:27; Revelation 6-19), all true Christians will be removed from earth to heaven at the Rapture (Revelation 3:10; John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:9).

Old v. New. In John 13:34, 35 Jesus gave His disciples a New Commandment to “love one another (i.e., fellow believers) as I (Jesus) have loved you.” By our doing this the world will know that we are His disciples. The Old Testament requirement was to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). That was the best they could do. But Christians can/should have and use the divine love (agape) that God the Holy Spirit produces in the lives of believers who are rightly related to God (Galatians 5:22, 23). It is greater than brotherly love (Romans 12:10) or love for one’s own family (2 Timothy 3:3).

Action. Since Christ laid down His life for us, “… we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (i.e., fellow believers). But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother [or sister] in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?” (1 John 3:16, 17). “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

Spiritual Gift. Not only are we concerned about your salvation, but also about your spiritual growth as a Christian. God wants us to use our spiritual gift with love for the advantage of other believers (Galatians 5:13; 1 Corinthians 13). He wants to use us as His witnesses as we share the Gospel clearly with lost people so they can be saved (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).

We invite you to go to our website at www.kelseypeach.com for additional information and help by clicking on various links you find there. We have many articles at www.kelseypeach.wordpress.com.

The Gospel

The Bad News & Good News” (on our website)

Do We Really Know The Gospel?” by Dr. Manfred Kober

The Clear Gospel” by Dr. Ron Shea (Illustrated)

http://www.cleargospel.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/English/English-Display-Pkg-2014.pdf

God’s Simple Plan Of Salvation” by Ford Porter (Over 650,000,000 tracts printed in 123 languages)

https://www.godssimpleplan.org/languages-in-print

Handy Bible Study Book Marker (On our website) Click on –

Understanding the Times” for our Dispensations Chart, Bible Study Aids, How to Pray, How to Witness

Doctrinal Statements

What We Believe (See our website)

Grace Life Baptist Church – http://www.gracelifebaptistchurch.us/pdf/GLBC_StatementOfFaith.pdf

Bartimaeus Alliance of the Blind, Incorporated – http://bartimaeus.us/faith.html

New King James Scofield Study Bible http://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780195275520-the-scofield-study-bible-iii-nkjv-indexed

Audio Bible Readings

King James read by Alexander Scourby – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjhwhNvG0SQ&list=PLL4itf8rGtj5lwP2jQ_yuQFhDlY6q_bg8

New King James – Old and New Testaments

New Living Translation with Mike Kellogg – New Testament

Helpful Bible Study Methods by the late Dr. Howard Hendricks

Living By The Book (Paperback) https://www.amazon.com/Living-Book-Science-Reading-Bible/dp/0802408230/ref=sr_1_2?crid=34R7AHL13RP5S&dchild=1&keywords=living+by+the+book+howard+hendricks&qid=1617819626&sprefix=living+by+the+book+%2Caps%2C200&sr=8-2

Living By The Book  (Audio-video)

Personal Bible Study – Why Study the Bible? (Audio-video)

Bible Survey https://www.biblebelievers.com/Bible_Survey.html

Memorize Scripture, The Easy Wayhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYOX47E-j24

God’s wants every Christian to earn “The Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20) by leading lost people to Christ so they can be saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Matthew 25:41). But unsaved people need to hear the Gospel clearly and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, if they are to be saved (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4 ; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Andrew had the joy of leading his brother Peter to the Lord (John 1:41, 42). Peter, in turn, had the joy of leading thousands of Jews and non-Jews to the Lord (Acts 2:41; 4:4; 10:1-11:18).

Many Christians (perhaps you’re one of them too) would like to have the joy of leading their family, friends, or fellow workers to Christ, and earning the “Crown of Rejoicing” to present to Christ when they see Him at the time of the Rapture of the true Church (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20; 4:13-18; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 4:10). But sadly, many of them don’t know how to do this joyfully or they yield to Satan’s temptation to be timid and fearful (Luke 22:32-34; 56-62; 1 Corinthians 2:3; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 5:8). Others distort the Gospel message or leave out parts of it (1 Corinthians 15:1-8; 2 Corinthians 11:3, 4, 13-15).

Here are some helpful suggestions from evangelist Dr. Larry Moyer* for us to consider:

People – See Them As God Does. Unsaved people are like sheep without a Shepherd (Matthew 9:36; 14:14). Christ wept over them because of their unbelief (Matthew 23:37-39). We should too.

Obey – Don’t Make Excuses. Negative examples: Moses (Exodus 3:11); Jeremiah (1:6); Jonah (1:3). Positive examples: Isaiah (6:8), Peter (Acts 2:14 ff); Paul (2 Timothy 2:8-10)

Pray – For open doors (Revelation 3:8; 1 Corinthians 16:9) and for more workers (Matthew 9:37; Ephesians 4:11). Don’t expect the “professionals” alone to do this work. (See Acts 1:8.)

Contact – People Are All Around Us. In our neighborhood, in the marketplace, and workplace (John 4:35). Songs to sing: “Rescue The Perishing” (Jude 1:23), “Give Me A Passion For Souls”

Be Bold – Not Timid. Satan’s desire (Luke 22:32-34; 1 Peter 5:8; See Ephesians 6:17). Go forth in God’s strength (1 John 4:4; Philippians 4:13; Acts 4:13, 29, 31).

The Gospel – Share It Clearly. Friend, You have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again [bodily]. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now!”**

Conclusion: God is glorified through the salvation of unbelievers (Luke 19:10) and when Christians grow spiritually and bear much spiritual fruit (John 15:8). He also wants all of His children to be F.A.T.F.R.E.E: Faithful, Available, Teachable, Flexible, Resilient, Evangelistic, and Enthusiastic. If you’re a believer, will you let God live out His life through your life (Galatians 2:20)? What actions does God want you to take now? (Read James 1:22; 4:17.)

*Portions taken and adapted from Dr. Larry Moyer’s book, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism,” Chapter 1, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI

**Taken from Dr. Manfred Kober – Do We Really Know The Gospel? https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

For additional help, go to www.kelseypeach.com

Just prior to his being crucified upside down (according to tradition), the Apostle Peter wrote these words to some persecuted Christians: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense [an answer] to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;” (1 Peter 3:15 NKJV).

Many people today are living in fear, frustration, and without adequate finances. They lack hope as they watch the news and hear about so many tragic things happening all around the world. To such people, every “professing Christian,” who has made Christ the Master of his/her life, can/should be prepared to provide Biblical answers to those who would like a ray of hope to go on in life. Can you answer these questions and back it up with Scripture?

What is the next major event on God’s calendar and what is preventing it from taking place? How does or should this event affect your daily life? What three things must be in place before the “Seven Years of Tribulation” begin? Were the 10 Plagues in Egypt real? What about the 21 Judgments mentioned in the Book of Revelation? What do the four horsemen of the Apocalypse represent? When, where, and how will the “Russian Bear” die? Who is killed at this time and then brought back to life? Will China dominate the whole world? How many people will die during the Tribulation? Why must the days be shortened to 16 hour days? Who are the 144,000 and what will they do? Who are “the least of these My brethren”? What’s wrong with the “social justice gospel”? When will Satan know that his time is short? What will he do to try to exterminate the Jews? How and where will God preserve a Jewish remnant? When is the “the time of Jacob’s trouble” and why is it so devastating? Where is Armageddon and what takes place there? Who is cast into the lake of fire at this time? How long will Christ’s kingdom last? What characterizes it? When and why is Satan released from the sides of the abyss and what will he do? When does God create the new heavens and earth? What determines a person’s eternal destiny? Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you believe you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what?

Having Biblical answers to these and other questions won’t save anyone but it may give you an opportunity to share with lost people the Good News that Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. Any and all who place their faith and trust in Him alone, apart from their good works, will be saved.

If, after you have made an honest effort to answer the above questions, you still can’t find the answers, we invite you to contact us at out website: www.kelseypeach.com. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary. Ask about our FREE “Seven Dispensations Chart.”

For additional help, consider these:

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

“Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

“Salvation – What’s It All About?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oVxcF5yWko&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0iOpm6-3KfDiZTSZVbwwEdpMmaqWm_W5eanm5vi5EIBpt2uOjwA9fAtTU