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

What about them? I’ve been asked this question on several occasions. Without hearing and believing in/on the Christ of the Scriptures, Who died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day, people will end up in the lake of fire forever. It’s a real place to which people will go (Matthew 25:41, 46; Mark 9:42-48; Revelation 20:10-15; 21:8). But no human being needs to go there.

Anyone can look around at nature and come to the realization that there must be a God who is all powerful. There is no excuse for unbelief (Romans 1:20). The Psalmist wrote, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3). Even a blind man can feel the warmth of the sun or smell the fragrance of a flower.

God, Who is omnipotent and all knowing, can see to it than anyone (Jewish or not) who truly desires to know more about Him can/will receive the Good News concerning Christ that is the power of God unto his/her salvation (Romans 1:16, 17; 10:9-17). It might be through a radio or TV broadcast, a missionary, or a clear Gospel tract. It is God’s desirous will that all men and women, boys and girls be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:4).

Why don’t people come to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved? “He who believes in Him [the Lord Jesus Christ] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name [person and work] of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil” (John 3:18, 19). What about you? What do you really love?

When a person chooses to worship and exalt the creature (man) rather than the Creator, God often gives him/her up to uncleanness, to vile passions, and to a debased mind (Read carefully Romans 1:20-32). This kind of behavior is seen all around us today as the Scriptures predicted (1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1ff; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1). What about rulers and politicians, who usually come from the basest of mankind (Daniel 4:17. 25)? We are supposed to pray for them too (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

The ultimate expression of humanism will be on display when the “Man of Lawlessness” (the Antichrist) gains total domination over the whole world during the middle of the “Seven Years of Tribulation” (Revelation 13:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; Daniel 9:27; 11:36). He will be empowered by the devil and have an assistant (the false prophet) with equal power and authority.

A former Belgian Prime Minister, Paul-Henri Spaak, who was one of the founding fathers of the European Union spoke ‘prophetically’ into the current climate surrounding the EU and the economic chaos. The prospect is chillingly real.”We do not want another committee, we have too many already.  What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and be he god or devil, we will receive him.”

Whether you want to believe it or not, we seem to be on the verge of a great transformation (“The Great Reset” [1]) that the rich and powerful people of the world are pushing at this very moment. Mankind, as a whole, doesn’t want God to rule over them. The Psalmist wrote, “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us’” (Psalm 2:1-3). May we suggest that you read the entire Psalm and heed the advice lest you be crushed with a rod of iron? (Read also Revelation 2:27; 12:5; 19:15).

If you’ve never placed your faith and trust in Christ alone as your personal Savior, why not do so now? We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If this article has helped you, we’d like to hear from you and ask you to SHARE it with others. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com.

[1] “The Great Reset” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIl9gmlhPY0&feature=emb_logo

John 14:6; Acts 4:12

Imagine there’s no heaven / It’s easy if you try / No hell below us / Above us only sky / Imagine all the people / Living for today… Aha-ah…” – John Lennon (Please read what Jesus said in Luke 16:19-31 to discover what J. L. may be thinking now that he is dead and the warning he may be wishing he could send back to lost unbelievers on earth.)

I don’t know about you, but I choose to believe what Jesus said about heaven and hell (John 14:1-6; Matthew 25:41 46; See Revelation 21:8). I don’t want to end up with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire to suffer forever and I don’t want that to happen to you either. You might ask, “What do I need to do to be saved from hell and gain heaven (Acts 16:31)? Can I be sure?

What have you heard in church, on the radio, or TV? Pray. Confess all the sins you’ve ever committed in your life. Stop sinning. Repent and make Jesus the Lord and Master of your life. Believe and do good works. Say the sinner’s prayer. Come forward and confess Christ publicly. Repent and be baptized. Deny yourself and take up your cross. Follow Jesus. Ask Jesus to forgive you, etc.  [1] Beware of false teachers ( 2 Corinthians 11:3:3, 4, 13-15; 2 Peter 2:1 ff; Jude 1:8-13). [2]

Are you confused? I used to be until someone shared the truth from God’s Word with me and God the Holy Spirit illuminated my mind to it (1 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 1 John 2:20, 27). “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32; 14:6; 17:17).

The “Gospel” for our salvation is the same for Jews and non-Jews (Romans 1:16). It is that Christ died for our sins…, was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily from the grave on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; See Luke 24:33-43; Romans 10:9-13).

Merely knowing and agreeing with these facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone. We must believe – transfer our faith and trust from ourselves and our good works over to the Lord Jesus Christ alone if we are to be saved. We aren’t saved by our good works or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Questions: 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 that you are saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be?

Help. We’re here to assist you and others if you want additional information. We want you to be assured of your salvation so you can share what you have with others (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:11-13; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:15). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others who could benefit from this information.

Portions of this article were taken from : https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/another-way-of-salvation/

[1] Dr. Ron Shea Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

[2] Lordship Salvation: Dr. Andy Woods

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

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

Repentance: https://voice.dts.edu/review/g-michael-cocoris-repentance/

Dr. Manfred Kober Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

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

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

Listen Up! When one of God’s prophets [1] spoke, the people needed to pay attention to what he had to say. “The word of the Lord came again to me [the Prophet Ezekiel], saying: ‘Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its supply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it. Even if these three [righteous] men, Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, they would only deliver themselves by their righteous,’ says the LORD God” (Ezekiel 14:12-14 NKJV; See Genesis 18:22-33; 2 Peter 2:6-8).

Who? In this context God was about to judge His chosen people, the idolatrous Jews (See Exodus 20:1-6), and send them into captivity to suffer for 70 years at the hands of King Nebuchadnezzar and the cruel Babylonians (Jeremiah 25:11, 12; 29:10; Daniel 1:1, 2; 9:2; See Isaiah 28:11; 1 Corinthians 14:21). Later, during the reign of King Cyrus of Medo-Persia (current day Iran), the Jews were allowed to return to the land that God promised to give to them (Genesis 15:18-21; See Romans 4:13) so they could rebuild their Temple and the walls around Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36:22, 23). But not all of the Jews went back to their land (Ezra 2; See Book of Esther).

The United States. Are we, as a nation, headed for destruction and about to lose our freedom because of our worshipping “American idols” or things (homes, automobiles, bank accounts, etc) rather than the true and living God? These Jews were sacrificing their babies in the fire to the pagan god Molech (2 Kings 23:10). What about the millions of abortions that have taken place in our country? Is this not an abomination to God? See Jeremiah 32:35.

God’s Judgment. Is God about to bring us down as He did other nations? Why isn’t the United States mentioned in Bible prophecy? We need to know that it is God Who sets up kings (rulers) and nations and also brings them down according to His plan (Acts 13:21, 22; Ephesians 1:11; See Daniel 2). He is the one who determines the boundaries of nations (Acts 17:26). He often allows the basest of men to rule over others (Daniel 4:17, 25, 34-37). Consider many politicians. But God has also been gracious to save those rulers who place their faith and trust in Him alone as King Nebuchadnezzar did (See 1 Corinthians 1:26-29; Proverbs 21:1). Contrast him with Pharaoh, King in Egypt (Exodus 8:15, 32; Romans 9:7).

Our Duty. The Apostle Paul wrote: “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1-4; See Romans 11:2). When was the last time you communicated with God this way?

Time. God is also the one who determines the number of our days here on earth. They are like a vapor that appears for a little time and then they’re gone (James 4:14). We all have “potential years” and “actual years.” Sin (lawless behavior) can result in God’s children being chastened (Hebrews 12:5 ff) or dying prematurely (1 Corinthians 10:6-13; 11:30; James 5:19, 20). Some believers commit the “sin unto death” and we’re told not to pray for them (1 John 5:16). Are you one of then? “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31; See Hebrews 12:5 ff). “The [unsaved] wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). What are you doing with the time and life that God has given to you (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5)? Are you glorifying Him by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31)?

Christ’s Work. The Lord Jesus Christ spent about 33 years here on earth. During that time He accomplished all that God the Father planned for Him to do (John 17:4; Hebrews 10:7, 9). Then He died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day. He was seen over a 40 day period of time by over 500 witnesses before He ascended back to heaven where He now sits at God the Father’s right hand until He returns to claim His Bride, the true Church (also referred to as the spiritual “Body of Christ” – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13; Ephesians 1:20; 5:25-27).

Christ’s Bride. These are the ones whom God the Father has given to God the Son (John 6:37, 44; Revelation 22:17). The true “Church” (not the “apostate church”) will become Christ’s Bride at the time to the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51, 52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Old Testament believers or those who will be saved during the 7 years of the Tribulation and during Christ’s millennial reign over the earth have a different relationship to God (See Daniel 9:27; 12:1-3; Matthew 24:14; 25:1; Revelation 6:9-11; 7:4-17; 20:1-6; Hebrews 12:22-24 ). We do NOT believe that the Church has replaced Israel (See Romans 11). [2]

Requirement. To become a part of this unique group, the future “Bride of Christ,” you must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are saved by God’s grace (unmerited favor) through faith in the Christ of the Scriptures alone (not the Christ of the cults – Mathew 24:5). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). [3]

Not Enough. Knowing and agreeing with the facts of the Gospel won’t save anyone (1 Corinthians 15:1-4; James 2:19; See Matthew 7:21-23). A transfer of trust from ourselves and our good works over to Christ alone will result in our being saved from having to spend eternity with the devil and his angels in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46). Where will you spend eternity? Are you sure (1 John 5:13)? If not, seek help immediately!

Baptism. Every true Christian should display his/her faith before other people by being baptized (immersed). Doing this will enable us to have a good conscience toward God (1 Peter 3:21), provide a testimony for others to learn about our sincerity and intent to live in newness of life (Romans 6:4; Acts 8:36), and to demonstrate our obedience to Christ who commanded believers to be baptized (Matthew 28:19, 20). This pictures our death, burial, and resurrection with Christ (Galatians 2:20). If you’ve been saved, have you been baptized? If not, why not now?

New Birth. Only after we have been born spiritually into God’s family and have eternal life (God’s quality of life) can we begin to live a life that pleases God and truly blesses others (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:11-13; 2 Corinthians 5:9). How does your life measure up to His standards? Are you using your spiritual gift from God with love (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-16)?

Help. Are you a believer or a non-believer? 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, we’d like to hear from you. Please SHARE this with others.

[1] God sent many prophets in Old Testament times (Luke 11: 47-51) and in the early days of the church to instruct and/or to warn people who needed to hear what God wanted said. There have been and there are many false prophets and teachers today (2 Peter 2:1 ff; Deuteronomy 18:20-22). God isn’t giving out new revelation/information today (1 Corinthians 13: 8). We have all we need for life and godliness within the 66 Books of the Bible (2 Peter 1:3). After the Rapture of the true Church God will have additional information to dispense to the people on earth through His prophets (Joel 2:28; Revelation 11:3). Study it and apply what you should to your life (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17; James 1:22). All Scripture is for us, but not all of it is addressed to us (See Titus 1:9). See our “Dispensations Chart.”

[2] Replacement Theology. Dr. Renald Showers http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/reformed/replace.pdf

Dr. David Reagan http://www.lamblion.us/2013/12/the-evil-of-replacement-theology_27.html

[3] Lordship Salvation:Dr. Andy Woods

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

George Zeller, http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

For your additional consideration:

“Worthless Prayers” – https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/worthless-prayers/

Dr. Manfred Kober, Do We Really Know The Gospel?”  (Are you proclaiming a false gospel?)

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

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“The Story Of Hope”

Posted: November 8, 2020 in Gospel, Heaven, Hell, Salvation

Heather came from a dysfunctional family where her parents fought often and where she was abused as a child. She didn’t grow up in a healthy or happy environment. But one day, when she was 10 years old, a friend invited her to a Bible Club for kids at her church. With her parents permission, she went to it. She forgot about her troubles at home and had a great time with the other kids and the group leader was very friendly to her.

Not long after attending this club, she heard “The Story of Hope” and put her faith and trust in Jesus as her personal Savior. Her life began to change dramatically and her parents noticed it. Not long after that her parents came to trust in Jesus as their Savior too. This made Heather very happy.

Shortly after she was saved, God began to work in Heather’s life and placed a burden on her heart to be a missionary teacher in Africa. Fast forward. The day finally came when she finished college. She had been approved by her church and a mission board, and had raised her support to go to Africa. Now she was on her way to be a fourth grade teacher. She had “high hopes” and wanted to teach her students the basics. But her primary goal was to share God’s love and “The Story Of Hope” with her students so they could be saved. Once saved, she wanted to challenge them to be and do their best for God and follow His leading in their lives.

She was a little nervous about meeting her students for the first time. They were curious, but friendly. She began by telling them some things about herself and the dysfunctional home in which she grew up, and what had happened in her life. Some of them were able to identify with her in this area. She told them how she came to know Jesus as her personal Savior and shared how God had been working in her life and why she wanted to become a school teacher.

To learn more about them, she asked for volunteers to share with her and the others what their hopes and dreams were. One boy enthusiastically said, “I want to be a Doctor someday if my family can afford for me to go to college and medical school.” A little girl said, “I want to be a chemist like my dad.” Another student said, “I want and hope to be a politician someday to help people out of poverty.” A few others shared their dreams and hopes with the rest of the class. Heather was excited to see their enthusiasm.

But she noticed that there were a few students who didn’t respond. So she went over to one of them and said, “Would you like to share with us what your dreams and hopes are?” Reluctantly, one boy said with tears in his eyes, “I hope when I get home today that my dad won’t be drunk and start beating me and my mother again.” Somewhat surprised, Heather was taken off guard. Another student chimed in to say, “I hope my older brother won’t end up in prison for a long time for using illegal drugs.” Still another one said, “I hope I won’t have to go to bed hungry again tonight like I usually do.” Heather’s heart was broken. She didn’t realize the hurt that some of her students were feeling at the time.

While many young people today seem to be excited about life and living, there are others who are very depressed, and even suicidal. Some children, whose parents can afford it, are taking medically prescribed drugs to keep them calm so they don’t hurt themselves and others. Other young people are killing their pain with illegal drugs and alcohol or acting up to gain attention.

When young people or older people lose hope, bad things begin to happen. Dreams are shattered. Husbands and/or wives often give up on their marriages. Some parents give up and abandon their children. Millions of babies are aborted every year. Pastors and missionaries have been known to quit the ministry and leave the people that were entrusted to them. Disappointment, discouragement, and doubt (questioning God and His Word) have destroyed many people’s lives. [2]

Perhaps you are a relatively happy person right now. Or maybe you’re pretending to be alright on the outside, but deep down inside you are really hurting. Do you feel like your life is falling apart? Do you feel hopeless? Be honest.

If you feel this way, could it be because you don’t know (1) where you came from (your past), (2) why you’re here on earth (your present), or (3) where you will go when you die (your future)? Maybe you’ve been taught in school and led to believe in the theory of evolution [3] and that you’re nothing more than an animal. Does your race (skin color), your face (bodily features), or your place (status) in life make you feel inferior, or perhaps superior to others? If you could change some things, what would you change? Think about this – “What do you have that you didn’t receive” (1 Corinthians 4:7)? We have no reason to be proud. Furthermore, God hates it (Proverbs 6:17).

Maybe you feel hopeless at times because you have no clear purpose in life, and you aren’t sure if there is life after death. If you, like many other people, lack hope, I’d like to tell you another story. Unlike the fictitious story about Heather, the following story is a true story. It’s called –

The Story Of Hope”

If you’ll come with me, I’d like to take you across a bridge. It’s been called “The Chronological Bridge To Life.” [1] It’s a true story that is found in the Bible. As we cross this bridge, I’d like for us to focus briefly on 8 topics: God-Man-Sin-Death-Christ-Cross-Faith-Life.

God.  In the first verse of the Bible (God’s Word) we read,“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See John 1:3; Colossians 1:16, 17). God has always existed. He refers to Himself as the eternal “I AM” (Exodus 3:14). He created three heavens: the atmospheric heaven where the birds fly (Genesis 1:21; Revelation 19:17), the starry heaven where the angels dwell (Ephesians 6:12), and the third heaven where He currently resides (2 Corinthians 12:2). And, of course, we dwell on the earth that God created out of nothing. It is just at the right distance from the sun so we don’t burn up or freeze to death.

Man. On the sixth day of creation, God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. This involved physical life and spiritual life. He instructed Adam (who probably was “red skinned”) [4] to take care of the fruit and vegetable garden that was located eastward in Eden. He told him not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. His disobedience to this command would result in death (separation) – in the spiritual and physical realm. On the same day God also took a rib from Adam’s side and formed a woman to be his helper (See Genesis 1; 2).

Sin.  After Adam and Eve had been in the garden for some time,God’s enemy (the devil) used the serpent to deceive Eve into believing that if she ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that she would become like God (in one area), knowing the difference between good (what was beneficial) and evil (not beneficial). This part was true. But he lied when he said that she wouldn’t die. He is a liar and is called the father of lies (John 8:44). Being deceived by him, she ate the forbidden fruit and invited Adam to eat it too. Adam wasn’t deceived, but he ate the fruit anyway (1 Timothy 2:13, 14; See Genesis 3; 2 Corinthians 11:3; Revelation 12:9). Sin is lawlessness – when we act like there are no laws/rules from God for us to obey (1 John 3:4).

Death. Adam’s disobedience resulted in both spiritual and physical death. As soon as they ate the forbidden fruit, they immediately became aware of the fact that their close and intimate relationship with God had been broken and they began to die physically (Genesis 5). They foolishly tried to hide from God Who knows everything. Their nature (disposition – natural tendency) became corrupted. They also realized that they were naked or had been stripped of something. So they sewed fig leaves to cover themselves (Genesis 3:7). But God graciously gave them animal skins instead to cover their nakedness. This is when sin (lawlessness) and death entered into the world (Romans 5:12; Hebrews 9:27) and why the theory of evolution [3] isn’t true. There was no physical death until Adam sinned.

Christ.  For about the next 4,000 years men and women were given different “rules for living” to test their obedience to God. They were not different ways of salvation. [4] (Think about the different rules that govern sports – football, baseball, basketball, etc.) But, no matter what rules God gave to them, they kept failing to do what He told them to do. To demonstrate His love for the people who had rebelled (sinned) against Him, God the Father sent God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ) down from heaven to earth to live among us for about 33 years (John 1:11, 12; 3:16; Hebrews 10:7, 9). His primary purpose was to make God known to us and to the angels (John 1:14; 17:3-5; 1 Peter 1:12). Jesus offered Himself as the promised Deliverer, the Messiah, and the rightful King of the Jews. He also came to seek and save lost sinners like you and me (Genesis 3:15; Matthew 2:2; 16:16; 27:11; John 1:29; See also Romans 3:10-23; 6:23; 5:8).

Cross.  God doesn’t want (desire) that any of us, no matter how bad we’ve been, to end up forever in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). So Jesus Christ (the God-man), Who was born or the virgin, Mary, and Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), offered to die in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God (Romans 6:23; See Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46; John 19:30). When Jesus did this for us, God the Father was satisfied (1 John 2:2; 4:10). This made it possible for Him to save those who would believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (Acts 16:31).

Faith. True Christians can know (be absolutely sure) that God has forgiven their sins and that they are no longer condemned (Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:1). We know this is true because God the Father raised Jesus from the dead on the third day with a glorified body. It has flesh and bones, but no blood (Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4, 50; Luke 24:33-43; 1 John 3:2).

NOTE: The Gospel (Good News) that we must believe in order to be saved is that Christ died for our sins (once for all – Hebrews 10:10), was buried for three days and nights, and then rose again bodily on the third day (Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We are not saved by our good works, or by faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5).

Life.  When we place our faith and trust in Christ alone to save us, we receive eternal life (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; Acts 16:31). It is God’s kind of life. We also receive a new nature from Him that is capable of pleasing God (2 Peter 1:2-4; Romans 8:8). But He also wants us to enjoy an abundant life as we think about our spiritual blessings and riches that He has given to us (John 10:10; Ephesians 1:3 ff).

Decision. You alone must decide whether you will believe on Him as your personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Your decision will determine whether you spend eternity with God or apart from Him in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (John 3:18; 14:1-3; Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). It’s not enough to just know and believe the facts of the Gospel; you must transfer your faith and trust from yourself and your good works over to the Christ of the Scriptures [5] alone if you are to be saved? Have you done this yet? If not, why not now?

Help. We’re here to help you if you want/need additional information to make a decision to become a “true Christian.” We want you to be assured of your salvation (1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16), to grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18), so you can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10; Galatians 5:13). God also wants all Christins to reproduce themselves while they are here on earth (Matthew 28:19, 20). We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know how it has. And then would you please share this information with others so they can be helped too?

[1] “The Chronological Bridge To Life” Information taken from https://www.goodsoil.com/

[2] Hope. Adapted from Ray Johnston – http://hopequotient.com/blog/category/hope/page/2/

[3] Video – Evolution vs God: https://www.livingwaters.com/movie/evolution-vs-god/

[4] The Original Red Skins. https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/07/03/the-original-red-skins/

[5] Seven Dispensations. Download a FREE copy of it from our website: “Understanding the Times”

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

Other Helpful Information:

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

Dr. Ron Shea, Clear Gospel”  (Note the confusing conditions for salvation on page 2.)

Do you profess to be a Christian but act like God doesn’t exist. Are you a “practical atheist”? Suppose, after listening to you talk and observing your walk in life, someone were to ask you these questions about your faith, what would you say? Are you absolutely (100%) sure that if you died today you’d go to heaven immediately? 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 would it be? Please think about them carefully and be ready to give an honest answer to anyone who might ask you these questions (1 Peter 3:15). Furthermore, if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?

Sadly, many Christians have doubts about their salvation (deliverance from hell to heaven). Are you one of them? Many people believe that they have to go to Purgatory for awhile before they can go to heaven. In other words, they can’t go through the front door but only through the back door. Others think it’s very presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows for sure that he will go to heaven the moment he dies. What are your thoughts about this? We’d like to hear from you.

Why do so many people lack assurance of their salvation? Dr. Larry Moyer, in his book entitled, “How To Book On Personal Evangelism” suggests several reasons for this. [1]

First, he writes, there are those who have never understood the Gospel. Or perhaps they struggle with the fact that salvation is freely offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2). There are no “good works” that a person needs to do to be saved. It’s all of grace – unmerited favor from God (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). What is the Gospel that leads to salvation? Jesus Christ, the God-man, Who never sinned (Hebrews 4:15), died in our place for our sins to pay the debt that we owed to God. His bodily resurrection from the dead assures us that God the Father was satisfied with His payment for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 4:25; 6:23). The only thing that a person must do is to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily from the grave, and he/she will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The word “believe” is used almost 100 times in the Gospel of John as the only condition for us to be saved.

Most people think that good works or faith plus good works are the means of our salvation. When asked, “Why should God let you into His heaven,” some can be heard to say, “I try to live by the 10 commandments and do good works. Furthermore, I’m not as bad as some people I know.” They miss the fact that salvation is granted only to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Unbelievers can’t have a Biblical assurance of salvation. But the devil will try to convince them that they don’t need God and are OK without Him (2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19).

Second, there are people who fail to realize that God’s gift is called eternal life” and involves eternal security” (John 3:16, 18, 36; 5:24; 10:28, 29). It isn’t something that God takes away from a Christian just because he/she is disobedient periodically to his/her heavenly Father (1 John 3:9, 10). Furthermore, “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable” (Romans 11:29). Having “eternal life” (God’s quality of life) right now should cause true Christians to want to live a holy (pure) life that pleases God and be devoted fully to Him (1 Peter 1:16; 3:15; Romans 12:1, 2). The Apostle Paul wrote, “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). Christians who live carnally (1 Corinthians 3:1 ff; Galatians 5:19-21) in disobedience to their heavenly Father can/should expect to be disciplined/chastened by Him (Hebrews 12:5-11; 1 John 5:16; James 5:19, 20; 1 Corinthians 11:30) without losing their salvation and eternal security. (See John 10:28, 29.)

Illustration. Dr. Moyer tries to illustrate three types of people by drawing three circles. In the first circle, he puts the letter “W”. This refers to those who want to gain entrance into heaven by their good works. Underneath the circle, he puts the words “Unnecessary.” This individual says, “It wasn’t necessary for Jesus Christ to die on the cross for me. I’m not so bad and I can make it on my own.” The second circle has “C+W” in it. Underneath this circle is written the word “Disappointing.” This person believes that Christ paid for some sins, but not for all of them. He/she believes that salvation is a partnership, not a gift. The third circle has a “C” in it. It refers to the fact that Christ alone paid our debt to God by dying for our sins (Romans 6:23). He satisfied God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins (1 John 2:2). Underneath this circle is the word “Sufficient.”

Third. Dr. Moyer also points out that some people lack assurance of salvation because they have been the victims of false teaching. We need to study God’s Word carefully so we see for ourselves what God said (2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16, 17). We must be careful not to read into the Scriptures what we want it to say. Instead, we should seek to find out what God the Holy Spirit wanted conveyed to us through the human author. Some teachers of the Bible make the “rules for living” and spiritual maturity the conditions for salvation (Example: “Lordship in exchange for salvation.”) [2] Others tell their people that if they don’t pray, love, forgive (and the list goes on and on), they aren’t saved. This becomes very subjective. How could anyone be assured of his/her salvation if such things have been imposed on someone as a condition for salvation? Our good works and service to God and others should be done out of love, not grudgingly out of obligation (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 13; Galatians 5:13). Many Christians have never been taught how to study and interpret the Bible. (Ask about our FREE “Dispensations Chart & Bible Study Helps book marker.”)

Fourth. There are some people who seem to have doubts about everything. They have doubts about being loved by their spouses, their children, and their friends. They can’t believe that God could love them and forgive them because of all their past, horrific sins. Perhaps they have been led to believe that they’ve committed an “unforgivable sin.” The Apostle Paul wrote, “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. 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). Judicial forgiveness (Ephesians 1:7; See Romans 8:1) comes to everyone who believes on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day.

Know So Salvation. Can true believers know for sure that they have “eternal life” as a present possession and that they will spend eternity with God in heaven? Yes, since God’s Word is trustworthy (1 John 5:13; See John 17:17) and God the Holy Spirit will bear witness with the true believer’s spirit that he/she is a genuine child of God (Romas 8:16). One’s lack of assurance also may be due to unconfessed sins. “If we [as Christians should] confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). If a believer wants to be “at ease with God” (abide – John 15:1-8), and enjoy intimate fellowship with God, he/she needs to walk in the light as God is in the light (1 John 1:6, 7).

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. Please let us know if this article has helped you, and then SHARE this with others.

[1] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998,pp. 103-115

https://www.cheapestbookprice.com/prices/9780825431791-larry-moyers-how-to-book-on-personal-evangelism

[2] Lordship In Exchange For Salvation: (Must reading)

Dr. Andy Woods, https://www.bibleprophecyblog.com/2011/03/what-is-wrong-with-lordship-salvation.html/

Dr. Manfred Kober, http://indefenseofthegospel.blogspot.com/2010/07/lordship-salvation-forgotten-truth-or.html

George Zeller: http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/salvatio/lordshrq.pdf

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

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

Eternal Security: https://www.gotquestions.org/eternal-security.html

https://bible.org/seriespage/14-assurance-eternal-security

Dr. G. Michael Cocorus, Repentance: The Most Misunderstood Word

https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2019/02/28/repentance-the-most-misunderstood-word-in-the-bible/

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

“The Greatest Story Ever Told”

Posted: September 10, 2020 in Uncategorized

One of the things I love to do is to share with people “The Greatest Story Ever Told.” It is “The Good News” concerning Jesus Christ and what He has done for us human beings. God wants all His children to share this story with others while we’re here on earth (Mark 16:15). Our world is filled with bad news. But the worse the bad news gets, the better “The Good News” sounds.

I don’t think that I need to tell you that we are living in perilous times in our own country and all around the world, especially since the Covid19 epidemic and the riots, burning, looting since the death of a black man several months ago (See 1 Timothy 4:1 ff; 2 Timothy 3:1 ff). People everywhere are hurting and are longing for peace on earth. Will it ever come? If so, when and how?

The Bible is quite clear about many things that will happen in the future. Rather than “things falling apart, they are falling into place.” (I have several charts that I’ve prepared for those who might like to know what has been predicted in God’s Word, the Bible. I will have some links below for you to click on and read if you desire to examine them for yourself.) [1]

To really understand and appreciate this information, one needs to be a person who is at “peace with God” (Romans 5:1). This comes to any and all who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for his/her sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Believers can also have the “peace of God” that passes all understanding when certain conditions have been met (Philippians 4:6, 7).

I want my love and compassion for those around me to be like the love that Jesus had as He wept for the people in Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37; See 2 Corinthians 5:14). As I meet people, and as God opens doors for me (Revelation 3:7), I try to find something to say to “break the ice” and begin a conversation with them.

If you’re a true Christian, I want to help you earn the “Crown of Rejoicing” for leading people to Christ for salvation (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20). Allow me to illustrate what I like to do when opportunities come my way.

Recently I came across some young fellows at the gym where I work out. One fellow had a shirt on that identified him with the marines. So I asked him about his shirt. He told me that he had been in the marines for about 12 years. I thanked him for his service to our country. I asked him how old he was and he told me he was 32 years old. I told him that I was happy that he wasn’t killed while he was in the service. I then told him about our son, Bill who was 38 when he died in Japan. [2] Then I gave him a tract about my son and the Gospel message on the back and asked him to read it when he had a few moments.

I also met a couple other younger fellows there. One had a shirt with the name of a college on it. I asked him if he went to that particular college. He told me that he didn’t but he liked the shirt. I asked him his age and then I told him about my son’s death. Then I mentioned to him and his friend that they probably didn’t get up in the morning expecting to die. But I told them that this is a real possibility with any and all of us (Hebrews 9:27). Life is like a vapor that appears for a moment and then vanishes away (James 4:14). So let’s “Treat every day as though it might be our last day on earth.”

After giving them a Gospel tract I’d written, [3] they told me that they both were believers. So I made a couple new friends and got their names and invited them to go to my website for more information that is designed first to help unbelievers become true believers, and then to help Christians grow spiritually (2 Peter 3:18) so they can serve God and others effectively (1 Peter 4:10), and reproduce themselves (Matthew 28:19, 20).

In Dr. Larry Moyer’s book entitled “How-To Book on Personal Evangelism” [4] he writes about the importance and privilege of sharing the Gospel with others rather than thinking of evangelizing others as an unpleasant duty or a chore.

If you’re a Christian, do you ever share the Gospel with others? If so, do you witness to them out of guilt? Or are you amazed that God would even allow you to share the Gospel with others? Are you presenting the Gospel clearly to them or are you confusing them?

Could/would you memorize these two Bible verses and then share them with others as God the Holy Spirit opens doors for you so unbelievers can be saved? “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). “Christ died for our sins…and rose again on the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Dr. Manfred Kober put it this way – “Friend, you have sinned. But Christ died for sinners and rose again. Trust Him alone and He will save you eternally. Do it now.” [5]

For anyone to be saved, he/she must believe in/on the Christ of the Scriptures alone, apart from his/her good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). The Gospel (Bad News & Good News) which is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16) must include, not only the fact that Christ died for our sins, but also the resurrection of Christ which is often left out by many people, including Christian leaders and teachers.

Without Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead (Luke 24:36-43), we have no hope (1 Corinthians 15:17). His bodily resurrection assures believers of the fact that God the Father accepted Christ’s substitutionary death as a sufficient payment for our sins (Romans 4:25; 6:23). It also assures us of the fact that everyone who has died physically will be raised from the dead someday. Our works will be judged to determine our degree of pleasure in the next life if we’re true believers, or our degree of torment we will experience in the lake of fire if we’re an unbeliever (Hebrews 9:27). There are different orders of resurrections in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:20-26). Believers will spend eternity with God, but unbelievers will spend eternity with the devil and his angels/demons in the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41, 46; Revelation 21:8). We don’t want anyone to end up in hell (1 Timothy 2:1-4). Salvation is offered to all mankind (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2).

Are you 100% sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die? Why should God let you into His heaven? Are you depending on any of your good works to help you get there (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5)? 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 it be? How secure are you? Do you lack assurance?

We are here for those who seek spiritual help and 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 article has helped you, please let us know and then SHARE it with others. Remember – The Lord Jesus Christ won’t return for His True Church, the “Body of Christ,” until all whom the Father has given to Him have come to Him and been saved (John 6:37, 44; 14:1-3; 1 Corinthians 12:12, 13). If you’re a true Christian, will you do your part in this great effort by sharing the clear Gospel with others? [6]

[1]“The Order Of Coming Events” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/ (See also our “Understanding The Times” chart of our home page.)

[2] “The Death Of Our Son” https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/04/16/the-death-of-our-son-2/

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

[4] Dr. Larry Moyer, “How-To Book On Personal Evangelism” Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids. MI,1998, p. 65 ff

[5] Dr. Manfred Kober, “Do We Really Know The Gospel?” https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/

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

You might think that she would have lived her life as a bitter woman because a “Doctor” gave here the wrong medication which caused her to go blind at a very young age (six weeks old). But instead, with the help of her godly grandmother, who taught her about God and His Word, she allowed the Lord to use her “handicap” to bless the lives of countless others through the six thousand Gospel songs she wrote. Included in the list were these: Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine,” “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour,” and “Rescue The Perishing.”

“Rescue The Perishing” was written after she had met a young, blue collar worker at one of her speaking engagements. During her talk, she felt compelled to ask, “If there is a dear boy here tonight who has perchance wandered away from his mother’s home and his mother’s teaching, please come at the end of the service and talk to me.”

When the meeting was over, a young man (18 years old) approached her. “Did you mean me?” he asked. “I promised my mother that I would meet her in heaven, but the way I have been living, I don’t think that will be possible now.” This blind lady then had the joy of leading that young man to Christ. Upon returning to her room that night, all she could think about was the theme “Rescue The Perishing.” (See Jude 1:22, 23). So she wrote the words to the song we often sing in church. [1]

Rescue the perishing.” God the Father loved the people of this world who had sinned (acted lawlessly) against Him (John 3:16; See 1 John 3:4). He wanted to rescue us so that we wouldn’t have to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil and his angels/demons (1 Timothy 2:4; Matthew 25:41, 46). He saw us in a desperate condition. To make this deliverance possible, One of the members in the Godhead needed to come down to this earth (Philippians 2:5-11), add to His deity at true human nature and a real body (John 1:1-18; Hebrews 10:7, 9). He needed to be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23), and live a sinless life Himself (Hebrews 4:15). Then He would need to die as our Substitute to satisfy God’s outraged holiness against our sin nature and our sins/acts of lawlessness (1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). So God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ volunteered to die for our sins. But without His bodily resurrection from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:17), He wouldn’t be able to save to the uttermost those who would come to Him by faith (Hebrews 7:25; 11:6). That is why He rose again from the dead and now sits at God the Father’s right hand in heaven (Romans 4:25; Colossians 3:1).

Care for the dying.” Not only are we all dying physically a little bit each day, every baby who comes into this world is born spiritually dead and separated from God (Ephesians 2:1). We all need to be “born again from above” (John 3:3-7; 1 Peter 1:23). Being born of Christian parents doesn’t guarantee our salvation. God has no grandchildren. It’s an individual decision we must make for ourselves – Believe in/on Him as our personal Savior, or reject Him and His offer of salvation. Why would anyone do this? Could it be because they love darkness rather than light (John 1:12; 3:19). What about you?

Snatch them in pity from sin and the grave.” God looks with grace, mercy, and pity on us sinners and has done everything necessary for us to be saved and to live a godly, Christian life (2 Peter 1:3, 4). No amount of good works can save us (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). All we need to do is “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day, and we will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Have you done this yet? If not, why not trust in Him right now?

Weep o’er the erring one.” So few Christians ever weep for lost people as Jesus did when He looked over the city of Jerusalem and said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” (Matthew 23:37; See Romans 9:1-3). Jude, the Lord’s half-brother wrote: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:20-23). Has your love for God, for other Christians, and for lost people grown cold or indifferent (John 13:34, 35; 1 John 3:16, 17; Revelation 2:4)? If it has, renew it and let God live His life through your life (Romans 5:5; Galatians 2:20).

Lift up the fallen.” We’ve all fallen into sin and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). As Jesus cast out a demon from a young man and lifted up him up (Mark 9:17-27), so may we be in a position to lift up the fallen and…

Tell them of Jesus.” Jesus said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the only One who can save us eternally (Acts 4:12). The false Christs and a false gospel message leads to everlasting destruction (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15). False teachers “are spots in your love feasts, while they feast with you without fear, serving only themselves. They are clouds without water, carried about by the winds; late autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, pulled up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever” (Jude 1:12, 13).

The mighty to save.” Jesus, along with the other two Members in the Godhead, is the omnipotent God (Revelation 1:8), who created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1- 3; Colossians 1:15-17). There is no one whom He can’t save no matter how bad a person has been. “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. 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; See 1 John 3:4-9). When we place our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone to be saved, we are judicially forgiven (Ephesians 1:7) and cannot be condemned (Romans 8:1). Family forgiveness is based on a Christian’s honest confession of his/her sins to God the Father (1 John 1:9).

Feeling Useless? Fanny Crosby, [2] the blind author of this song and many of the other hymns we still sing, might have thought at one time that maybe God couldn’t use someone like her for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). But she didn’t allow the devil to defeat her and become bitter or to have an unforgiving spirit toward the “Doctor” who was responsible for her being blind (Hebrews 12:15; See Ephesians 6:17). Once she was saved, she dedicated her life to God (Romans 12:1, 2), and He used her in a mighty way to bless others (See 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

Do you feel like God couldn’t possibly use you (See Ephesians 3:20; 1 Peter 4:10)? If so, consider these Bible characters whom God used for His glory:

Noah got drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah and Timothy were too young, David was an adulterer and a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Peter denied Christ, the disciples fell asleep while praying, Martha worried about everything, the Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once), Zacchaeus was too small, Paul was a blasphemer and a murderer, Timothy had an ulcer, and Lazarus was dead! [3]

Application. All of us have challenges, hardships, trials, and testings in this life that could easily cause us to become bitter, angry, rebellious, cynical, and hateful toward others who have hurt us. But we’re not alone (1 Corinthians 10:13). Think for a moment about those who have hurt you deeply or let you down in life. Have they treated you as badly and as often as you’ve treated God? Has God forgiven you? If you’ve been forgiven, then why are you unwilling to forgive others (See Matthew 18:21-35; Ephesians 4:32)?

If you are a true Christian, is your bad attitude (B.A.) keeping you from having and exhibiting the nine parts of the “Fruit of the Spirt” (Galatians 5:22, 23) in your life? Are you looking for an opportunity to take vengeance into your own hands (Romans 12:19-21)? How is your bad attitude affecting the unsaved people around you? Do you grumble, gripe, and complain often in their hearing as the children of Israel did while they were in the wilderness (1 Corinthians 10:1-12)? Are you suffering physically or mentally and about to die prematurely because of your rebellious, and unforgiving spirit (See 1 Corinthians 11:30; James 5:19, 20; 1 John 5:16; 1 Samuel 15:23)? Do you know that God wants us, as believers, to bless and pray for those who persecute us (Romans 12:14; Matthew 5:44)? Is honest confession to God and others (if necessary) in order (1 John 1:9; James 5:16; Proverbs 28:13)?

When we are tempted by the devil to be bitter or have an unforgiving spirit, we need to put on the whole “armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-17). The “helmet of salvation” is the piece of the armor that helps us overcome these two temptations (Ephesians 6:17).

If you are saved, and rightly related to God the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:9; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians 5:18), you are in a position to help someone who has a bad attitude (B.A.) and take part in adjusting his/her thinking before sin is involved (Galatians 6:1 ff; 1 John 3:4). You could keep a person from dying prematurely (1 John 5:15; James 5:19, 20) so he/she can live a productive life for the glory of God and good of others.

One ship sails east

One ship sails west

Regardless of how the winds blow.

It is the set of the sail

And not the gale

That determines the way we go.”

Charles R. Swindoll [4]

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

[1] “Rescue The Perishing” story. Robert J. Morgan, “Then Sings My Soul” Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, TN, p. 175

[2] Fanny Crosby https://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/bcrosby15.html

[3] https://www.jollynotes.com/biblical-examples-of-imperfect-people-god-used-in-the-bible/

[4] Charles R. Swindoll, Laugh Again, Word Publishing, Dallas, 1992, p. 34

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Music Video: Rescue The Perishing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMFRt2aLuMI

*Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.  Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Perhaps you enjoy reading mystery novels or like watching crime scene investigations. I found the “Columbo” TV series to be very interesting as Detective Lt. Columbo went about looking for clues in his investigations as he tried to “convict” the real criminal. Do you remember his catchphrase “Just one more thing”? He always got the right person who was the guilty party.

Criminals. There is a lot of criminal activity going on in all levels of society and there are crimes that never get solved. Eye witnesses often are “mysteriously snuffed out” before they can testify in court. Sometimes critical evidence is withheld or distorted so as to convict the wrong person. Perhaps this happens more often than we might want to admit, and it’s happening all over the world. As the Scriptures teach, it’s going to get worse as lawlessness (sin) abounds (2 Timothy 3:1 ff; 1 John 3:4).

Unjust Judges. While there are judges who haven’t been corrupted by bribes, others misuse their office and condemn the wrong person and release the guilty party. This problem existed in the Old Testament times among God’s chosen people, the Jews, and it still happens today. Crimes will continue to be committed Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil” (Ecclesiastes 8:11).

The Righteous Judge. But there is coming a day when everyone of us will stand before the Righteous Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 4:8; See John 5:22; Hebrews 9:27). It won’t be to determine if we get into heaven or end up in the lake of fire, but to determine our degree of pleasure in heaven or our suffering in the lake of fire forever (Psalm 16:11; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Matthew 10:15; 25:30, 41, 46; Revelation 20:11-15).

Condemnation. He who believes in Him [i. e. the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day – 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4] is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:18; See Romans 8:1). Once a person dies physically, his/her eternal destiny is settled and irreversible.

Omniscient & Omnipotent. Being God manifested in human flesh (John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-11), the Lord Jesus Christ knows everything we’ve ever thought, said, and done. He also knows our motives. “Probable cause” won’t be an issue with Him. Good works done by Christians with bad motives won’t be rewarded (1Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5). “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents [motivations] of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12; See 1 Corinthians 4:5). “For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light” (Mark 4:22; See Psalm 139).

Denial. “[The wicked man] has said in his heart, ‘God has forgotten; He hides His face; He will never see’” (Psalm 10:11). Don’t be deceived, “The wicked shall be turned into hell, And all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). But I [Jesus] 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).

Lake Of Fire. “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. And such were some of you. But you [who have placed your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily on the third day] 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).

Confused? 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 would it be? Do you know how to lead a person to Christ so he/she can be saved? What would you say to him/her?

Contact. We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17). If you have questions and/or comments, we can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please SHARE this with others.

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Dr. Manfred Kober: Do We Really Know The Gospel? (24 word presentation)

https://faith.edu/faith-news/do-we-really-know-the-gospel/