What do you want to be when you grow up?  Art Linkletter used to ask that to kids on his television program.  Perhaps some of those same kids, now grown up, still haven’t figured out what they really want to do in life.  As one motivational speaker said, “They are wandering generalities rather than meaningful specifics.”  What about you?
  L.B.J.  Recently I read this story.  When elected President, Lyndon B. Johnson asked a famous evangelist what position he would like to have in his administration.  Without a moment’s thought the evangelist said, “Sir, I believe that Jesus Christ has called me to preach the gospel.  To me that is the highest calling any man could have on earth.”
  Search And Rescue.  Without a doubt there must be great satisfaction in the lives of those who are involved in the business of searching for lost people and rescuing them from danger.  They risk their own lives to save others.  If you are involved in this kind of business, we salute you and appreciate you for your work.
  Shepherds.  Have you ever met a shepherd?  That occupation is not in high demand today in our society.  I’ve never seen a want ad for that position.   Have you?  But good shepherds are needed today more than ever.  They need to have exceptional qualifications for the job.  So do their assistants and their wives (1 Timothy 3:1-13).
  The Good Shepherd.  Jesus referred to Himself as the Good Shepherd.  He laid down His life for His sheep (John 10:11, 14). A “hireling” shepherd, when encountering a wolf, might flee rather than protect the sheep that doesn’t belong to him.
  Awesome Responsibilities.  When a man takes on the role of a bishop (overseer) of a local church that belongs to Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 3:1-7), he has some awesome responsibilities that he must fulfill.  He must not treat his job lightly.
  Surveillance.  He needs to know that he is under the watchful eye of the omniscient “Chief Shepherd” Jesus Christ (1 Peter 5:4; Revelation 3:8).  If he does his work well, he will receive the crown of glory (1 Peter 5:4).  But if he does the work in the wrong way or for the wrong reasons he could be disqualified and/or disciplined by God (1 Corinthians 9:27; 2 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 12:5, 6).  
  Apostate Teachers.  If he is an unsaved, apostate teacher he will be judged by Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne judgment (John 5:22).  Then he will be cast into hell and suffer with the devil and his angels (demons) forever (Matthew 25:41, 46; Jude 1:13).  His torment in hell will exceed that of those whom he misled (Revelation 20:13; Matthew 23:13-36). 
  Higher Standards.  Bible teachers are held to a higher standard than those whom they teach (James 3:1).  If they twist the Scriptures (2 Peter 3:16) or preach another gospel (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) or another Christ, a curse rests on them (2 Corinthians 11:4, 13-15; Galatians 1:6-9).
  Content.  The Word of God, contained in the 66 books of the Bible, has all that the Christian needs for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).  Everything in it is the truth (John 17:17).  It tells us the truth about God, ourselves, the way of salvation, spirit beings, man’s future and much more.
  All “For” But Not All “To.”  All of the Bible is for the Christian, but not all of it is addressed to him.  Those who fail to see the distinctions between the Jews, Gentiles, and the church are often confused and disappointed in life (1 Corinthians 10:32).  You can’t claim promises that weren’t offered to you.  
  Holocaust.  Don’t be taken in by those who believe in “Replacement Theology.”  It’s a serious heresy that is spreading rapidily again in some churches.  It is ani-Semitic.  Sadly, it is going to lead to another Holocaust far greater than the one in Nazi Germany. The Bible predicts it (Zechariah 14:2; Revelation 16:16).
  The Plague.  Woe to all the armies of the world that come to Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-16) to wipe the Jews off the face of the earth (Genesis 12:3).  A weapon of mass destruction will cause their flesh to drop off from their bones quickly (Zechariah 14:12).  It will be a gruesome scene as the birds eat their flesh (Revelation 19:17-19).
  Dispensations.  When a person interprets the Bible normally, historically, and grammatically, he comes to realize that God has had different rules for different people throughout history.  In the Bible they are called “dispensations” or “stewardships” (1 Corinthians 9:17; Ephesians 1:10; 3:2). They are not different ways of salvation. (For more information about “Dispensations” we invite you to go to our website for a free chart.)
  Preach The Word.  Too often a “preacher” talks about things other than the Word of God.  It is the Word of God that is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.  It pierces even to the division of the soul and spirit…and it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents (motivations) of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). 
  Can’t Stand This?  God’s ministers are told to “Convince, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and teaching” (2 Timothy 4:2).  Some folks don’t want any of this.  They want their preachers to speak smooth words to them and tell them how wonderful they are even though they are living in open rebellion toward God.  They have “itching ears” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4).  This happened in the Old Testament times too (Isaiah 30:10).  
  The Church Today.  Many local churches around the world are filled with religious people who haven’t been “born again from above” (John 3:3).  Some are relying on their good works to get them into heaven while others are relying on their faith plus their good works.  Neither way saves a person from hell (Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Apostasy is rampant.
  One Way.  If you want to argue, argue with Jesus.  He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6).  If you say that there are many ways to God, you’re calling Him a liar.  Some even thought He was a lunatic, including His half brothers (Matthew 13:55; Mark 3:21; John 7:5).  Isaiah the prophet predicted this (Isaiah 53:4).  It wasn’t until after His resurrection that His brothers believed in Him as the Messiah and as their personal Savior (1 Corinthians 15:7).  What are your thoughts abut Jesus Christ?  This is a critical matter.
  The Gospel.  It’s clear and simple.  We’re all sinners who have come short of God’s glory and standard for heaven (Romans 3:10, 23).  As such, we all deserve to die physically and be sent to hell to suffer forever (Romans 6:23). But Jesus Christ, the virgin born, sinless God-man, died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Yes, bodily (Luke 24:33-43).  His resurrected, glorified body doesn’t have or need blood but it does have a different and better kind of flesh and bones.  Those who deny that Jesus Christ will return to earth with a glorified body of flesh and bones are deceivers and antichrists (2 John 7).
  Believe.  “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  One act of faith in the right person through the Gospel will result in your being saved.  Once saved, God wants His children to live in an attitude of faith throughout their lives (Roman 1:17).  They need to know and claim His promises for them.  He also wants them to do the good works He planned for them to do while they live here on earth (Ephesians 2:10).
  Spiritual Gifts.  These good works are related to the spiritual gift that God has given to each believer (1 Peter 4:10).  Some of these gifts were temporary and aren’t needed today since God isn’t dispensing new revelation to mankind today (1 Corinthians 13:10).    
  Caution.  Beware of anyone who tells you he/she is receiving new revelation (information) from God.  Cursed are those who add to or take away from the completed Scriptures (Revelation 22:18, 19).  For more information, we invite you to go to the “Bible Basics” section on our web site.
  Hungry?  Are you hungering for the Word of God?  Do you want more than the “milk of the Word?”  Would you like to sink your teeth into some solid food and a “spiritual steak?”  Do you have assurance of salvation?  Is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation?
  Need Help?  If you have Bible questions, we invite you to call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.

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